Volume 10, Number 44 May  26, 2021



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

There may be a scandal brewing. Without making any specific accusations, but clearly with an accusatory glance in a specific direction, the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology has issued an interim final rule under the Cures Act designed to stop EHR vendors and health systems from interfering with patient data exchange. Two recent surveys of Health Information Exchange operators revealed that both software vendors and their customers have been practicing "information blocking" in order to surreptitiously preserve a competitive advantage. The practice negatively impacts every category of post-acute care provider. Staff writer Darcey Trescone explores the meaning of the survey's findings in this week's lead article, below.

 

 

We also sent Darcey to look into the winners of the CMS Artificial Intelligence (AI) Health Outcomes Challenge, which were announced in a press release late last month. AI may seem a distant concern from your day-to-day patient care and business management challenges, but its reality will invade your awareness sooner than you might expect. We will keep an eye on it for you. Scroll down to read Darcey's report.

 

Speaking of your daily challenges, the aftermath of the pandemic will be with us long after the last American is vaccinated. Everyone has a story, whether about success or struggle, and we are happy to share them when you send them to us. This week, an international focus. Guest author Tony Onaissi, owner of a home health and home infusion company in Lebanon, describes his team's creative response to the problem of frightened patients slamming the door in the face of their home health nurses.

 

 

There is more than one milestone announcement in our Vendor Watch category this week. Simione Healthcare Consultants and BlackTree Healthcare Consulting have merged. Read about the new company, aptly named "SimiTree," by clicking on the headline below.

Short of a merger, a partnership has been formed between AxisCare and CareConnect®. Users will be able to access credit card and ACH payments from within the AxisCare EMR and scheduling application.

 

 

Worth the Trip

Scroll down for the complete list of events -- some of them live and in person -- that state and other associations have told us about. We hope to see you at a couple of them. Homecare 100 will be on Marco Island, Florida, June 27-30. The NAHC Financial Managers will meet in Chicago, August 1-3. HCAOA will gather private duty providers in Orlando at the end of September. And the NAHC 2021 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo will invade New Orleans, October 3-5. More events listed below.

Have a safe, healthy week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



According to HIEs, EHR Vendors and Health Systems Engage in Information Blocking Practices
Maybe interoperability is not hard, maybe it is just not wanted. ONC issues rule to force EHRs to stop blocking patient data exchange for competitive advantage.

Coping with COVID: A Success Story From Across the Ocean
Home Health and infusion business in Lebanon faced, and met, the same challenges we did.

CMS AI Health Outcomes Challenge Winners Announced
Finalists selected from 300 entries with ideas to transform healthcare with Artificial Intelligence.

Simione and BlackTree Merge
Major home care consulting firms join to form "SimiTree Healthcare Consulting."

Vendor Watch
Home care software provider adds integrated payment system.



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As of this date, approximately 41,789,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.

 

Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

Applying Technology to Improve Caregiver Recruiting and Retention
If recruiting and retaining caregivers is your #1 problem, consider these new technology solutions outlined by guest author Stephen Tweed.

Why Did Humana Buy the Other 60% of Kindred?
Acquisition confirms that commercial payors are finally learning what everyone in home health and home care has known since 1965: in-home care saves more than it costs. Will public payors ever get the message?




Upcoming Events

Homecare 100 *

Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

Date: June 27-30, 2021
Venue: JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, FL

Registration Information


2021 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo *

National Association for Home Care and Hospice

Date: October 3-5
Venue: New Orleans

Sadly, this conference has had to be postponed, due to the hurricane in New Orleans and COVID situation in Louisiana.


FREE WEBINAR: Vaccine Hesitancy: How Training Can Help

Presented by: Nevvon, Flex For Checks, & Dr. Ian Smith

Date: Monday, October 11

Time: 10:00 AM Pacific; 1:00 PM Eastern 

Information and Registration

Featuring:

Who should attend? Caregiver agencies looking for creative ways to alleviate vaccine hesitancy and get more workers and patients protected from the COVID-19 virus.

Agenda:
Learn how training caregivers on vaccines can ensure better compliance, reduce hesitancy and lead to better outcomes. We will share first-hand experience of how the Flex For Checks program has been leading the way in vaccinating caregivers through an amazing and potentially lucrative incentive program.


FREE WEBINAR: Targeted Probe & Educate: Where Do You Stand?

Presented by: Healthcare Synergy
Featuring:
Michael Tidd, COS-C, HCS-D, HealthCare Synergy Clinical Manager

Date: Wednesday, November 3
Time: 11:00 am PDT / 2:00 pm EDT

Register

Overview:
Targeted Probe and Educate is a CMS initiative to seek a better understanding of agencies practices in order to protect the Medicare funds. Agencies self-identify themselves and request reviews by their actions and the data they provide to CMS. Are you aware of the signals you might be sending and how to protect yourself?
Objectives:
Speaker:
Michael Tidd has over 19 years of experience in the Home Care Industry and is a frequent speaker at HealthCare Synergy Workshops and Webinars. He is a Software Developer, LVN and Certified in ICD-9/10 Coding and OASIS (COS-C, HCS-D). As the Clinical Manager for HealthCare Synergy, he directs the Outsourced Management Services, assists in directing the development of the Healthcare Assistant Web Edition, oversees the Clinical Documentation Auditing provided to clients and directs the Clinical Form Development for the Healthcare Assistant Web Edition. Michael continues to educate agencies in the ongoing regulations that CMS produces, the proper application of the Medicare Conditions of Participation and completing timely, accurate and defendable clinical documentation to survive in the current Medicare Reimbursement Model.

AHHC 2021 Leadership Conference

Presented by: Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina

Date: November 8-9

Location: Holiday Inn Resort, Wrightsville Beach, NC

Information and Registration


FREE WEBINAR: Admit more Patients & Stop Nursing Burnout!

Presented by: OperaCare

Date: November 10

Time: 1:00 pm EST; 10:00 PST

Information and Registration

The nursing shortage is getting much worse and will most likely impact your business if it has not already.
During this event we will demonstrate how to complete an entire OASIS in approx. 60 minutes or less. This includes ICD-10 coding, entry and revision of medication’s, all the OASIS items, and Quality Assurance while the nurse is with the patient in the home.

The result: Eliminating 100% of after-hours documentation, increasing clinical productivity, and reducing your labor costs.

The Benefit: The ability to significantly increase your recruitment and retention efforts by providing your clinicians with a sane and humane work life balance.


Important Final Rule Discoveries Every Agency Needs to Know: Examining HH PPS for CY2022

Presented by: HealthRevPartners

Featuring: John Reisinger, CPA

DATE: November 18

TIME: 2:00 - 3:00 EST

VENUE: Online

FEE: NONE

Register Here

One of the major changes in CMS’ final rule for the Home Health Prospective Payment System announced is this — ???2022 will be a "pre-implementation year for the HHVBP, which was originally scheduled to begin in January.

Learn exactly what you need to do in 2022 for HHVBP.

Additionally, we will cover these final rule changes and more:

And, do you know how much your Medicare revenues are projected to change?

There will be a 3.2% increase ($570 million) in home health spending for CY2022.

 


FREE WEBINARS: "Best of Home Care Heroes" Series 

Sponsored by: Ankota

Featuring: Steve "The Hurricane" Weiss, Ophelia Cole, Barbara Gaines, Cheryl Hammons, others

Dates: Ongoing

 

Contact Ankota directly about two special offers: a free trial of a staffed, live-chat solution for your website, and a discount to Steve Weiss' "Mililonaire Bootcamp."

 


*The Rowan Report will see you there.

FREE WEBINAR: New, Science-Based Methodology Reduces Cost of Recruitment and Retention

Presented by: The Rowan Report

Featuring: Eric Becker, CEO, MiliMatch

Date: Thursday, March 18

Time: 3:00 pm EST; Noon PST

Recorded version available.

 

Agenda:

Every time a home care agency hires and trains a new caregiver, it invests about $4,500, which is wasted if that new hire does not work out, often before working a first shift. MiliMatch CEO Eric Becker will explain the company's patented product/service, based on the science of Applied Cognitive Linguistics, which has been proven to help home care agencies avoid those costly bad hires.



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