Volume 10, Number 44 May  5, 2021



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

By now, everyone has heard about Humana's acquisition of the remaining 60% of Kindred at Home, but what does it mean? I offer my take on the message behind the move in my "Tim's Blog" opinion piece this week. Spoiler alert: commercial payors have learned that home health and home care save them money. Now we just have to hope public payors learn the same lesson.

Speaking of acquisitions, we also heard right before releasing this week's issue that Royal Philips has sold off its PERS division. Connect America will close in a few weeks on the acquisition of Lifeline, the medical alert system Philips acquired in 2006. We spoke with CEO Janet Dillione to get the inside story.

 

 

This seems to be the month for new alliances. In addition to these two acquisitions, we have news of two significant partnerships as well. Homecare Homebase is going to be working with Addus HomeCare and CellTrak to adapt its Medicare-centric EMR for Medicaid and personal care providers. Addus will detail its functionality needs; Homecare Homebase will do the software development.

The National Minority Health Association has partnered with online education company Nevvon to create a professional certification in dementia care for caregivers.

 

 

President Biden nominated his choice for CMS Administrator in February. Chiquita Brooks-LaSure is still waiting for Senate confirmation. Staff writer Darcey Trescone takes a detailed look into the nominee's career to find out what kind of administrator she might be.

Scroll down and click on the headlines to read this week's articles. By the way, did you know that it is easy to look up our archived news articles? Many people use our search function for research or to bring new hires up to speed on our industry's history. Every article we have published since 2005 is available by entering one, two, or three search terms into our "Search For" feature at homecaretechreport.com.

 

 

Worth the Trip

We are excited about the gradual return of live conferences. Homecare100, Marcus Island, Florida, June 27-30. NAHC Financial Managers in Chicago, August 1-3. Home Care Association of America, Orlando, September 26-27. NAHC Annual Meeting, New Orleans, October 3-5. I hope to see you at one or more of these. Several state associations want to see your face later this year as well. Live conferences are planned in Florida, Utah, Colorado, and others. For the more adventurous, HIMSS goes live -- with a digital backup -- in Las Vegas in August (9-13).

Have a great week. Stay healthy and keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



Chiquita Brooks-LaSure May or May Not become CMS Administrator
If the Senate confirms her nomination, Ms. Brooks-LaSure will be the first Black woman to lead CMS.

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?

Homecare Homebase Partners with Addus Homecare
Multi-state Medicaid provider will guide its vendor's development of new functionalities, in cooperation with its EVV vendor. We interview Addus CIO Mike Wattenbarger.

National Minority Health Association Partners with Nevvon
Partnership to deliver memory impairment certification for Home Care workers serving minority communities.

Connect America Acquires Philips Aging and Caregiving Business
Combined business will service an expanded customer base of PERS and senior living subscribers and healthcare providers across the U.S. and in Canada.



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Upcoming Events

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: 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.

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.

 


*The Rowan Report will see you there.

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."

 


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.


2022 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference *Presented by: Home Care Association of Colorado

Dates: May 5-6
Venue: Keystone Resort & Conference Center, Keystone, CO


Information and Registration


FREE WEBINAR: Combat the Great Resignation and Reduce Employee Turnover by 40%

Presented by: National Minority Health Association

Date: Tuesday, May 24

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

Information and Registration

 

Agenda
As organizations plan for the future, they must cultivate a happier, healthier workforce. Most CEOs, CFOs, HR professionals, and other business leaders are eager to know the true impact of financial wellness. We are gathering to discuss and explore how prioritizing employee financial wellness can help increase caregiver retention and productivity at no cost to your businesses.

 


Gulf Coast Regional Conference & Exposition

Presented by: Home Care Associations of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama

Date: July 18-20

Venue: Grand Hotel Marriott Resort

Location: Point Clear, Alabama

Information and Registration


2022 NAHC Financial Management Conference & Exposition *

Date: July 24-26
Venue: Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas

Information and Registration

 

Register for the in-person conference - starting at $750 for NAHC members or $1,025 for non-members - or for the digital only content - $400 for members and $600 for non-members. If you register for the in-person conference, you'll get access to all of the digital content.


Home Care Tech Expo *

Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

Date: September 6-8, 2022
Venue: Gaylord National Harbor Maryland

Registration Information


2022 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition *

"Connection 4.0: Linkup"

Date: October 23-25
Venue: America's Center Convention Complex
Location: St. Louis, MO

Information and Registration

This year, we want to celebrate one of the most meaningful touchstones of our industry — connection. At the Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo, we'll explore ideas around connection and community to help attendees reach their stakeholders in authentic and meaningful ways.

New technology, workforce developments, and the importance of high standards in quality care continue to push our community of clinicians and providers to revamp their strategies and skill sets. This event is the meeting point for you to uncover groundbreaking ideas, discover new interests, and network with industry pros.

Meet us in St. Louis, Missouri, once known as the "Gateway to the West." So, it is perfectly centered to make those connections even easier for members and attendees from all ends of the U.S. We look forward to linking up with you this October!


Homecare 100 *

Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

Date: January 22-25, 2023
Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Orlando, Grande Lakes, FL

Registration Information



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