Volume 8, Number 43 May  29, 2019




Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

Our lead news story this week concerns an investigative finding by the HHS Office of Inspector General that extrapolated a $55,000 overpayment into a $7.5 million repayment demand. You will want to read how the accused Illinois HHA is fighting back in court. Many agencies hit with unreasonable overpayment demands have chosen the Chapter 11 route and closed their doors. Click below on "OIG Uses Homebound Status and Skilled Care Need to Target Providers" to read the official OIG statement.

We accompany this story with one of our occasional editorial comments, believing the details needed some elaboration and interpretation. We interviewed an attorney and a former CMS employee to try to understand how reviewers' extrapolation power started to spiral out of control. In the process, we think we found the source of the problem. You'll be surprised to discover who it is. But a solution may be on the horizon. Apparently, CMS has decided it is as much of a victim of the situation as the accused HHAs are. When an agency shuts down instead of paying, CMS is left with nothing.

This is important because it could happen to any home health agency, in fact, to any Medicare provider. In our opinion piece, we think the experts we interviewed gave us a solid understanding of not only how this happens but why extrapolation became a death sentence. Click on "What Does the OIG vs EHS Story Mean?" As always, let us know what you think by writing to editor@homecaretechreport.com.

In our continuing examination of strategies to prepare for the major Medicare reimbursement changes coming in January, we invited a guest author to discuss the advantages of outsourcing coding and billing functions. Though Kristin Donar is Director of Revenue Cycle Management for HEALTHCAREfirst, she has sent us a vendor-neutral argument in favor of letting professionals take over certain tasks in order to improve accuracy and timeliness and, consequently, increase episode payment levels.

News for non-medical providers:
While the news is heavily oriented toward Medicare skilled providers this week, private duty providers will be interested in our Vendor Watch column, especially you who are searching for value to add to your services. GrandCare is a technology company that places large-screen communication systems into homes to allow designated family members and professional caregivers to remotely monitor and communicate with clients in their residences. The Wisconsin company announced the appointment of a new CEO this week, longtime friend of and occasional contributor to this publication, Laura Mitchell, who started in marketing and rose up through the ranks to take the reins.

It was good to see so many regular readers in New York, Colorado, and Pennsylvania this month. I get to stay home for a while but am looking forward to meeting more of you at the NAHC Financial Managers conference in July, the LincolnHealth Senior Living 360 gathering in August, and the HCAOA Annual Meeting in September.

Senior staff reporter Darcey Trescone and I wish you a great week and a great summer. Keep making a difference!

 

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Tim Rowan



OIG Uses Homebound Status and Skilled Care Need to Target Providers
A Chicago-area HHA received a $7.5 million overpayment bill from the OIG. This is the OIG statement on one example case among many.

What Does the EHS vs. OIG Story Mean?
This could happen to any HHA. Understand the financial and political motivations on all sides before it happens to you.

Outsourcing Coding and Billing: Key to PDGM Success?
As PDGM will demand a higher level of accuracy and timeliness, it may make sense to outsource coding and billing to experts.

CMS News: Hospice Compare and PACE Improvements
— National Training Program Monthly Update Webinar
— May 2019 Hospice Compare refresh of quality data is now available; now includes additional information on hospice characteristics to complement existing quality and patient experience metrics.
— Final rule removes redundancy, reduces administrative burden on PACE providers.

Vendor Watch
— GrandCare Systems appoints Laura Mitchell as new CEO, expands executive team



During the 3rd Quarter of 2020, web sites of the above advertisers were visited by home care and hospice executives and staff 3691 times.

To inquire about placing your message here, contact:

Kristin@rowanresources.com

As of this date, approximately 33,781,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.

 

Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

PDGM Vendor Perspectives and Preparations
Casamba and Thornberry discuss their PDGM perspectives and preparations.

Music as Medicine to Improve Patient Outcomes
Singfit is using music as medicine to address the needs of dementia and COPD patient's in home care.




Upcoming Events

Webinar: Post-Acute Care Quality Reporting Programs

Presented by: CMS

Date: Thursday, November 14

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 pm EST

Fee: Free

Description: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a webinar for Medicare-certified hospice providers to provide an overview on Hospital Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements.

During this webinar, CMS subject matter experts will provide information on the following topics:

CMS will answer questions at the end of the webinar as time permits.

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Conference: Successful Home Health Transformation

Hosted Dixon Healthcare Solutions, Inc.

Date: December 5-6
Location
: Bally's, Las Vegas
Time: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Speakers: Richard K. Dixon, Cheryl Peltekis, RN, Meaghan McCormick, Esq., Donna Floyd, RN, BSN, J'non Griffin, RN, MHA, HCS-D, BCCH-C, COS-C, WCC; Annette Lee, RN, MS, HCS-D, COS-C; Cory Mertz, managing partner for a leading healthcare M&A firm.

Information and Registration

Approved for up to 10 hours of Continuing Nursing Education by Corexcel, an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

 


 

WEBINAR: PDGM Preparation: Operational Strategies

Sponsored by Kornetti & Krafft Health Care Solutions & MedBridge

Date: December 5
Time: 1:00 pm EST

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Knowing that resources are tight as PDGM approaches, Kornetti & Krafft is offering a free overview of OASIS D1 to ensure that changes to this critical data collection instrument do not get lost in the shuffle.

What is Included:

 


Homecare 100 *January 19-22
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Miami, FL

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WEBINAR: Key Documentation Issues for 2020 & the Future

A 90-Minute Lunch & Learn Audio Conference by Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq. Health Care Attorney

Date: March 18
Time:
1:00 - 2:30 EDT

Encore date:
March 25; On-demand recording available


Information and Registration

Documentation remains a key requirement for home care providers as the consequences for inadequate documentation become more severe.

Gather your staff members to emphasize effective documentation yet again. Real examples of cases involving problematic documentation will be presented. Questions and case examples are welcome, and extensive handouts will be provided for use by staff members.

Recordings Available: Pandemic Recovery - Rebuild Stronger Than Ever

Texas Association for Home Care and Hospice

Two days of keynote and breakout presentations for home health and hospice providers.

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Webinar Series: Sales Training, Home Health and Hospice

Presented by: Healthcare Strategica, LLC

Featuring: Michael Ferris

1 - 8-week Hospice & Palliative Care Sales Training Course

2 - 8-week Home Health Sales Training

Rowan Report subscribers: Register with this link to receive $100 discount.

We have taken our best of class industry specific sales training bootcamps and are offering them via Webinar to enable you to continue to train your sales team in today's world of limited travel and social distancing.

The Hospice and Palliative Care course will be offered live every Tuesday starting May 19 through July 7, 2020.

The Home Health course will be offered live every Tuesday starting May 21 through July 9, 2020.

Each class will have participation exercises, homework assignments, quizzes and question and answer opportunities.

Each participant will receive their own course materials and individual coaching and feedback. At the conclusion of the course each student will receive a certificate of completion, an invitation to join the exclusive Sales Mastery Group* and opportunity to join the 52-week Sales Training Excellence Course.*

* Only available to Sales Professionals that have successfully completed the 8-week Sales Training Course – additional fees may apply.

Each session will be offered on-demand and if unable to attend the live webinar, you will be able to view the recording and participate in exercises, questions, coaching and quizzes. If you start after the first webinar date, you will be provided with access to those classes missed so that you can get caught up or you may elect to attend via the recorded sessions.


Virtual Conference: NAHC Financial Managers Annual Meeting

July 27-30

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FREE WEBINAR: How Technology Enhances Home Care in an Increasingly Remote World *

Sponsored by: Care Connect

Moderator: Tim Rowan

Panelists: Mike Gelman, President COO, CareConnect; Jim Rolla, SVP, VNSYNY Partners in Care; Steve Pellito, SVP, Provider Sales, Sandata

Date: November 12
Time:
1:00 pm EDT

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The 2021 Home Health Final Rule 

Insights to position your agency for success

Sponsored by: WellSky

Featuring: Sharon Harder, president, C3 Advisors; Jill Dyer, BSN, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O, president, JID Consulting and Coding, LLC

Date: November 18
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 EST

Attendees will learn:

  • How to prepare for and implement the operational changes imposed by the final rule, including submission of no-pay RAPs within five calendar days of the start of care and changes to the types of non-physician practitioners who can order home health services
  • The impact of CMS’s decision to retain the PDGM behavioral adjustment
  • The status of proposed legislation aimed to allow home health agencies to bill for telehealth services during public health emergencies and how this change would affect care planning and delivery

Virtual Conference: Southwest Homecare and Hospice

A collaborative online conference by the home care associations of:

Date: November 18-19

Information and Registration

Experience recognized experts and thought leaders as they share their insights, actionable strategies, and relevant tools and resources.


FREE WEBINAR: CY2021 Home Health Final PPS Rule

Presented by: HealthRev Partners

Featuring: John Reisinger, CPA

Date: November 19
Time: 2:00 EST
Fee:
Free

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CMS released the Final Home Health Prospective Payment System Rule for CY2021, which will impact all Medicare-certified home health agencies. In this webinar, John Reisinger, CPA, will discuss the various updates and the projected impact on home health, all the way down to the agency level. He’ll review: – Significant issues and changes in the final rule – Home health payment rates – Telehealth provisions for home health – Requirements for home health infusion therapy suppliers – Preparation tips for upcoming changes

For more than 20 years, John Reisinger, CPA, Principal of Innovative Financial Solutions, has been an industry leader in education about the CMS rule-making process. His diverse background includes Medicare auditor, home health financial executive, and he currently serves as a highly in-demand home health and hospice consultant and turnaround specialist.


FREE WEBINAR: RAP Changes in 2021 – Learn and Prepare!

Sponsored by: HealthCare Synergy

Featuring: Mike Deck, Synergy EMR Project Manager

Date: Thursday, November 19
Time:
11:00 am PST / 2:00 pm EST

Information and Registration

Overview:

 

CMS continues to drive new rules for home health care, and January 1, 2021 brings a change that will directly effect both your intake process and budgets.

Objectives:

 

 


FREE WEBINAR: Why it is All About Cash-Flow in 2021

Sponsored by: KanTime

Featuring: Kristi Bajer, RN, COSC VP clinical Operations @OperaCare, LLC; Michael McGowan, Founder, President @OperaCare,LLC

Date: November 24
Time: 1:00 EST; 10:00 PST

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AGENDA:

  1. Quick overview of the final rule and Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) We will review everything your agency needs to know about the final rule and RCD
  2. Deep dive into the RAP in 2021 History and future of the RAP What you need and don’t need to file a RAP in 2021 How does the RAP penalty work? What if the RAP is late? Exceptional circumstances, Cancelled RAPs and low utilization patients How to ensure HIPPS codes for RAP and final match
  3. Home health cash flow in 2021 Why flying blind financially is not an option for successful agencies How RAP timing is crucial for financial management Why controlling compliance and utilization is necessary for your agency’s health How to use your OASIS as your Medicare Pre-authorization
  4. Learn how OperaCare Clients submit their RAPs in 4-24 hours by utilizing "Live Interactive QA."

VIRTUALLY UNSTOPPABLE

The 2020 Annual Conference of the South Carolina Home Care & Hospice Association

Virtual Conference: December 9-10
This year's conference will be presented online

Information and Registration

Keynote Speakers:


*The Rowan Report will see you there.

Interoperability for Service Providers through CMS’s EMDI Initiative

Presented by: ElevatingHOME and VNAA

Featuring: Pallavi Talekar, Project Manager, Scope Infotech, Inc.; Ray Wilkerson, Sr. Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.; Nandini Ganguly, Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.; Kishan Patel Business Analyst, Scope Infotech, Inc.; Briana Barnes, Project Coordinator, Scope Infotech, Inc.

Date: Tuesday, July 30
Time:
12:00 pm EDT
Fee:
Free to ElevatingHome, VNAA, and Alliance for Home Health Quality Improvement members

Registration

Representatives from the EMDI Initiative team will discuss interoperability using health IT standards, including Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). Participants will learn about pilot opportunities with CMS to enhance provider workflow using three critical use cases. Participants will:


Security Risk Assessment Tool Overview and User Feedback Session

Presented by: CMS

Date: Wednesday July 17

Time: 1:00 pm EDT

Fee: Free

ONC and the HHS Office for Civil Rights are holding a training session and overview of the Security Risk Assessment (SRA) Tool. The tool is designed to assist small to medium providers in conducting an internal security risk assessment. This assessment will aid providers with their security risk analysis as required by the HIPAA Security Rule and the CMS EHR Incentive program. Following the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.
 
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PDGM’s Behavioral Adjustments - What You Need to Know Now

Sponsored by eSolutions

Featuring: Karri Wright, Sr. Director, Product Management at Homecare Homebase

Date: Thursday, August 29
Time: 2:00 pm CDT
Fee: Free

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The webinar covers:



A QUALITY JOB: Clinical Management & Care Coordination Under PDGM

Hosted by VNAA
Sponsored by MatrixCare/Brightree
Presented by Simione Healthcare Consultants

Featuring: Laura Wilson, RN, BSN, Sr. Manager, Simione Healthcare Consultants
Date: Wednesday, September 11
Time: 12:00 pm EDT

Free Registration

PDGM is so much more than a billing change! Home health agencies preparing for payment reform need to look closely at clinical operations to make accommodations that will uphold quality, including care alternatives that add value to the equation. In this webinar, we’ll share insights based on the findings of gap analyses to help your organization make a successful transition under the new requirements. Recommended Attendees: Clinical Managers, Intake Staff, Coders / QA, Finance & Billing personnel Hosted by VNAA, sponsored by MatrixCare/Brightree, presented by Simione Healthcare Consultants




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