Volume 10, Number 44 August  25, 2021




Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

The NMHA vaccine grant is in full swing, and your peers are signing up by the dozen. AccentCare is the first multi-state agency to participate so it and its workers and clients/patients will soon start receiving their rewards. NMHA leadership is telling me they are in discussions with many other agencies, both national and local, Medicare and Private Duty. They were surprised, though, to learn how few healthcare workers are vaccinated. Do you know who is and is not protected among your staff? Many states are requiring all healthcare workers to get the shots.

Now, through this grant, they can be financially rewarded for doing so. They may even qualify to double the amount of their reward. Imagine the applicant response when you add "generous bonus payment program" to your web site's recruiting page. Look for details in this week's lead article, "AccentCare and NAHC Partner with NMHA to Mobilize and Vaccinate Home Care Workers." (Scroll down to click on this week's headlines.) Learn how to participate and receive your financial rewards here: FlexForChecks.com

 

 

REMINDER FOR BOTH HOME CARE & HOME HEALTH

The "Healthcare at Home 2021 Best Practices and Future Insights Study," conducted by BerryDunn, is in full swing but there is still time to have your expertise recorded. Those who participate will gain exclusive access to the BerryDunn interactive portal with detailed benchmarks based on survey data. Reference our August 11 edition for full details, or click here.

 

HOME HEALTH NEWS - VBP ALMOST HERE

At this month's NAHC Financial Managers meeting, the single most useful and information-rich presentation was delivered by SHP's Chris Attaya and Corridor's Sue Payne. You have heard it said that Home Health Value Based Purchasing will expand from nine demonstration states to all 50 states, beginning soon. Well, it turns out that "soon" means about four months from now, but, according to Chris and Sue, that is not the whole story.

For most HHAs, 2019 was already the baseline year against which future quality score improvements will be compared. So, in a sense, VBP began while you weren't looking. I took copious notes during their excellent presentation and offer a report that summarizes the critical details you need and includes pertinent links. There are different rules for new vs. established agencies, and different cohorts against which your outcomes will be compared. They ended with some useful clinical and operational recommendations. Click on "Value Based Purchasing to Include All HHAs as of 1/1/22," below.

When your local hospital launches a "Hospital-to-Home" initiative, will you be the one providing the daily in-home care? Or will the hospital bypass your nurses with their own? Staff writer Darcey Trescone takes a deep dive into the burgeoning H2H movement and offers some ideas on how to take control rather than be bypassed. Click on "Build Relationships; Join Hospital-to-Home Initiatives."

 

 

STAFFING SERVICES MEET IN APPEALS COURT

Friend of this publication Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. has found another court case that may make some of you re-examine a few of your contracts. Two staffing agencies entered into an agreement for one to provide nurses for the other. They wound up in a lawsuit over a non-solicitation clause that one thought was fair and the other thought was unreasonable. Elizabeth explains, in plain English, what the appeals court's decision means for those with similar contracts.

 

VENDOR WATCH

In this week's column, we feature a video from halfway around the world. Tony Onaissi founded Lebanon Home Care in 1997 and has found great success with his Home IV service. He tells his story in person and makes a great case for the patient outcomes - not to mention profits - than can emerge from in-home IV.

We also feature the announcement that Connect America LLC, a provider of digital health and connected care for seniors and vulnerable populations, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 100Plus, an AI-based remote patient monitoring platform.

 

 

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Have a great, healthy, vaccinated week. Keep making a difference! Sign up for the grant!

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Tim Rowan



AccentCare and NAHC Partner with NMHA to Mobilize and Vaccinate Home Care Workers
AccentCare joins "Flex for Checks" initiative from National Minority Health Association to launch $11.1 million HHS grant and increase vaccination confidence and rates in underserved communities. CMS announces payments for in-home vaccinations.

Value Based Purchasing to Include All HHAs as of 1/1/22
Value Based Purchasing is four months away, but experts assert it has already begun. Here are the details and tips for preparing.

Build Relationships; Join Hospital-to-Home Initiatives
Hospital-at-Home initiatives are appearing nationwide. Home Healthcare agencies would do well to create relationships and participate in local programs.

Non-Solicitation Agreements Under Fire
An appeals court upheld a non-solicitation clause in a contract between competitors.

Vendor Watch
— Connect America Acquires Leading Remote Patient Monitoring Provider 100Plus
— Home care agency owner makes the case for Home IV Therapy, cites his agency's historic outcomes



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As of this date, approximately 42,790,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.

 

Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

Honor and Home Instead CEOs Offer Insights into Acquisition
Company growth, employee satisfaction, improved technology, all goals behind Honor's Home Instead acquisition.

HHS Awards $125 Million in Workforce Grants to Bolster Vaccinations
Home Care, Home Health agencies encouraging COVID vaccinations to receive payments from grantee.




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 24-25
Venue: Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas

Information and Registration



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