Volume 10, Number 44 September  1, 2021



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

Topping the news this week is another major software company joining NAHC, AccentCare, and the National Minority Health Association in the effort to get every home care worker and every one of their patients/clients vaccinated against COVID-19. HHAeXchange has committed to spreading the word to its 5,000+ member agencies and their 900,000 in-home care workers. There is good news and bad news that comes with this announcement, however. Some participating agencies have reported that their staff is only 30 percent vaccinated, which is surprising for healthcare workers. The good news is that these workers can register under their employer's account and receive a reward through the HRSA grant for BOTH the in-home worker portion and the vaccinated community member portions of the grant. For two-shot protocols, such as Pfizer and Moderna, this could put an additional $150 in each worker's pocket. Home health and home care agencies can get more information here: FlexForChecks.com

 

PRIVATE DUTY NEWS

How well do your clients do when you are not with them? Considering today's staffing shortage, those times may be more frequent than they used to be. Daily phone calls and remote patient monitoring technologies are helpful, but there are still concerns about meals and medications missed or forgotten. We discovered a new technology that may be of interest. Lark Health developed an AI-assisted personal health manager that seems to be fairly easy to use. What attracted our attention is a study conducted by four PH.D.'s to see whether seniors from 65 and up would take to such a system. Study results surprised even the study designers, blowing away the hypothesis they began with, that people 35 to 64 would adopt this kind of technology more readily. Check out our interview with OraLee Branch, Ph.D., Head of Clinical Studies at Lark Health.

 

HOME HEALTH NURSES WILL LOVE THIS

We also found a voice-to-text technology this week that has the imprimatur of Amedisys, Kindred, and several hospital systems. "nVoq" sits atop your EHR and allows your nurses to speak their assessments and visit notes instead of typing them. The claim, says Senior Director of Post-Acute Sales Jason Banks, is that users go home at the end of their day with no more paperwork.

 

TELEHEALTH NEWS

Where are we with remote patient monitoring? The American Telemedicine Association has issued another statement about new physician payments. We are yet to convince public and private payers that we can save them a ton of money if they would just help us acquire and deploy the news monitoring systems. Staff writer Darcey Trescone did a study of the current literature and concluded that we still need more data. If you have tried telehealth or telemedicine, or even passive monitoring technologies, or considered it, do not miss her study of what experts are saying.

 

Worth the Trip

As of this writing, the NAHC Annual Meeting and Expo, "On Higher Ground," is still set for October 3-5 in New Orleans. Naturally, our heart goes out to the people of Louisiana, and we are monitoring the daily reports as closely as you are, though maybe not as closely as the NAHC convention staff is. We promised them we would let our readers know as soon as they decide. A lot depends on the restoration of electric power and water, the condition of the convention center, and airport operations.

The Home Care Association of America, HCAOA, has decided it is best not to ask people to come to Orlando at the end of September. We are in touch with Executive Director Vicki Hoak and will let you know their plans for a makeup date or postponement until next year. Homecare 100 is still set for Scottsdale next February 6-9. We hope to see you there.

On the state level, I have been invited to present on Recruitment and Retention Technologies I Have Discovered for the Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice, a virtual conference on September 28, and for the Colorado Association, an in-person event on October 11. Recruiting and retention have become a passion of ours lately and I have a lot to say about it, so I hope my friends in Ohio and Colorado will turn out, either remotely or at the Keystone Resort.

 

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



HHAeXchange Partners With National Minority Health Association to Mobilize and Vaccinate Home Health Workers in COVID-19 Fight
Homecare technology leader HHAeXchange joins Flex for Checks initiative to launch $11.1 million HHS grant to increase vaccination confidence and rates among home care workers and in underserved communities.

Telehealth Research - We Still Need More
COVID advanced the cause of using telehealth in healthcare, but there are lingering doubts about its ROI. Darcey Trescone found the specific questions that need to be researched.

New Point-of-Care App Listens, Replaces Typing
nVoq is a voice-recognition supplement to a home health EMR that is designed to streamline clinical documentation, sending nurses home with less work at the end of the day.

Study: Seniors Adopt Tech Better than 35-64 Age Group
AI-assisted health coach system, Lark, proves to be easy for seniors to use, says 4-Ph.D. study published in "Frontiers in Digital Health."



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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

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.

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.




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.

 


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.


*The Rowan Report will see you there.

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.


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.

ARE YOU READY?

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!


Bandwidth, Not Burnout: Workforce Technologies To Combat Burnout in Home-Health and Hospice

Free Webinar, presented by: CareXM

Speakers: - Kelli Carner, RN, BSN, BRMP, MHA, CBRM, Executive Director of Information Services, Providence Home and Community Care; Jeanette Dove, RN, MA, Executive VP & Chief Quality Officer Emeritus, Bristol Hospice and Founder/Principal, Engage Home-Health and Hospice Consultancy; Laurie Nelson, BSN, RN, Director of Clinical Services, CareXM

Date: September 28, 2022
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 EDT

Details and Registration

In our post-Pandemic world, higher percentages of operating budgets are going to "staffing." But in spending these extra dollars are we solving for triage chaos, improving both patient and clinician experiences?

Three expert clinician-managers – two from top-10 Home-Health and Hospice providers and one the from the company delivering Software with a Service solutions – will assess our current situation, point out what is needed for future development, and share their POV about what is available today to solve for triage chaos and sustainable, scalable growth, yielding Bandwidth, not Burnout.


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!


42nd Annual Conference

Presented by: Hospice & Palliative Care Association of NYS

Dates: November 2-3

Venue: Albany Marriott

 

Information and Registration

 

 


2022 Annual Conference
New Mexico Association for Home and Hospice Care

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

Information and Registration

Featuring:


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:

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