Volume 11, Number 22 August  24, 2022

Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

DATA, DATA, DATA. You have been hearing it is king for so long, you are likely growing immune to the cliché. Please do not succumb to the temptation to say, "I've heard this song before."

This week is different.

We are learning about advances in data analysis due to Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing are on the brink of changing your life and the lives of every clinician in Home Health. The way you train how to do an OASIS visit will change. The way your coders operate will change. Your hospital readmission rates will improve. And the overall impact will accrue to your bottom line.

Do I have your attention yet?

Note to Private Duty providers: we have forgotten you this week. Look below for information to nominate your caregivers for the 2022 CellTrak $1,000 scholarship for home care aides.




First up is a new artificial intelligence system designed for use by coders. Since the introduction of PDGM, and especially after Value-Based Purchasing arrives, coding accuracy and optimal sequencing are make or break functions for your star ratings, patient outcomes, and profit margins.

Our lead story unveils the long-awaited release of SmartCareAI, a futuristic AI tool for Home Health coders from Select Data. You will read about their years of testing and fine-tuning the system's intelligence by first giving it to their own experts on their coding services team, then expanding it to some large, national HHA organizations. Top-rated coders, already with the best outcomes in the industry, are seeing improvements in their accuracy, while slicing their intake document processing time by 90 percent. OASIS time is down and accuracy is up. As always, when OASIS is more correct and complete, PDGM revenue rises. 

The article you will read is not another rewrite of a tech company's promotional news release. We went to Anaheim and studied SmartCareAI in person; we spoke to a product designer and to CEO Ed Buckley; we read the comments of Select Data's coders. We read numbers from an early adopter and saw evidence of total elimination of ADRs. We became convinced that this product is no incremental improvement on existing data analysis tools. This is a leap forward. Scroll down to "Product Review: New AI Tool Turns Good Coders into Great Coders; Eliminates ADRs"



Aveanna and Medalogix 

Until AI came along, the data analysis made possible by Natural Language Processing was already improving Home Health processes for Homecare Homebase customers. Through its affiliation with Medalogix, HCHB is able to add a deep dive into data gathered by its EMR. This story is about national Home Health and Hospice provider Aveanna, with offices in 30 states and a flurry of recent acquisitions in California, Alabama, and Tennessee. A Homecare Homebase client, Aveanna has reported substantial gains in clinical outcomes from Medalogix data analysis. Look below for the complete Aveanna story.


Worth the Trip

We are packing up for the Lincoln Health Leadership technology conference in DC, September 6-8. I hope to see you at the Gaylord in National Harbor, Maryland. Click on the graphic ad above or click here for information and registration. I have also been confirmed to present at the New Mexico Association for Home & Hospice Care. I will be speaking about technologies for recruiting and retention of clinicians and caregivers on November 3-4 in Albuquerque. If not at one of these events, maybe I'll see you at the NAHC Annual Meeting in St. Louis, October 23-25. If you are in the Carolinas, be sure to scroll down for information about the South's annual meeting later this month and the North's in September.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference.

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Tim Rowan

Product Review: New AI Tool Turns Good Coders into Great Coders; Eliminates ADRs
Early adopters report 6% reimbursement increases, 16.2% improvement in co-morbidities identification, and 35% reduction in hospital readmissions. Longtime users speak of employee satisfaction and a 27% decrease in clinician turnover.

Aveanna Healthcare Launches Homecare Homebase and Medalogix Platforms Across Home Health and Hospice Divisions
Data analysis leads to improved patient care for Homecare Homebase customers using Medalogix.

Nominations Open for Annual CellTrak Home Care Aide Scholarship Program
Act now to nominate a home care aide for a $1,000 scholarship.

During the 4th Quarter of 2022, web sites of the above advertisers were visited by home care and hospice executives and staff 6586 times.

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As of this date, approximately 46,794,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.


Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

Brandi Kurtyka on Recruiting
Whether in Winslow, Arizona or anywhere else, Home Care recruiters should have seven women on their minds, but they only have one. Founder of myCNAjobs explains what you are doing wrong by not recruiting all seven caregiver personas.

Retaining And Growing The Direct Care Workforce
Your care worker shortage problem can only get worse as the number of senior citizens grows. Here are some recruiting and retention suggestions and a list of Congressional bills to support that may help.

Upcoming Events

2022 ONC Virtual Tech Forum 

Sponsored by: Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT

Location: Online

Dates: September 9, 16, and 23

Information and Registration

ONC has posted the high-level agenda and opened up registration for the 2022 ONC Virtual Tech Forum on HealthIT.gov. This year's event takes place during three consecutive Fridays in September (9th, 16th, 23rd). As in years past, the Tech Forum will feature industry perspectives on the progress made in health IT over the past year, and highlight how we can continue to advance health technology to improve patient care, health equity, data exchange, and interoperability.


2022 Leadership Conference: Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina

Dates: September 25-27

Venue: Hotel Ballast

City: Wilmington

Register: ahhcconferences.com

20 educational sessions led by top industry experts, 30+ high caliber speakers, and over 40 exhibitors, including NAHC's Bill Dombi; David Rendall, Author; NC DHHS's Debra C. Farrington, MSW, LCSW; AHHC of NC Staff and Lobbyists; experts from ACHC; CHAP; Axxess; Wellsky; FORVIS; KATANA Safety; Cone Health; Delta Care Rx; The Joint Commission; Well Care Health; SembraCare, Inc.; SimiTree; LTSS Consulting, Inc.; Healthcare Provider Solutions; CareXM; 3HC and more!

MHCA 52nd Annual Meeting & Expo

Sponsored by: Minnesota Home Care Association

Date: October 12-14
Venue: Breezy Point Resort
City: Breezy Point, MN

Information and Registration

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!

2022 Annual Conference
New Mexico Association for Home and Hospice Care

Date: November 3
Venue: CNM Workforce Training Center
City: Albuquerque

Information and Registration


20th Annual Northeast Home Health Leadership Summit

Sponsored by: State Associations of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York (HCA), New York (HCP), Rhode Island, VNAs of Vermont

Dates: January 17-19

Venue: Revere Hotel, Boston


Information and Registration

FREE WEBINAR: NAHC President Bill Dombi Shares 2023 Industry Outlook

Hosted by Mike Dordick, Netsmart

Date: January 18
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 EST

Details and Registration

(Unable to attend? Register anyway to receive the recording.)

Discussion Topics:

Homecare 100 *

Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

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

Registration Information

Your state or national association meeting or webinar not listed? Send the details to Conferences@RowanResources.com using this format:

Conference Title
Sponsoring Association
Hotel or Conference Center, City, State

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