Volume 8, Number 43 — September  25, 2019




Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

It is working! I passed along to you NAHC President Bill Dombi's urgent request to contact your Senators and Congresspeople about the bills to shut down PDGM's 8.01% behavioral adjustment and it looks like you are doing it. Bill told me both Senate Bill 433 and House Bill 2573 are gaining co-sponsors and moving steadily toward an eventual vote. This is not a time to congratulate ourselves, however. Call your representative and Senators today. That 8% rate reduction, based on what they assume you might do in the future, is going to hurt if it takes effect simultaneously with PDGM. You have a chance to stop it but you have to get on the phone. Do it now. Details are in "Last Week's Most-Read Articles" section below.

Note to tech vendors

We are in the final stages of updating our free service, The Home Care Technology Buyer's Guide, and we need to hear from you. Home care, home health, and hospice agencies that are in the market use The Guide to identify the most appropriate software companies to receive their RFPs. It is a great way for them to save time and effort and for you to get warm leads while avoiding wasting time with phone calls from people shopping for something you do not offer. However, it only works if every vendor we know of is included in our list, so we include them all.

Here is how it works:

In this week's news

A San Francisco home health CEO is facing jail time and huge fines after getting caught paying for referrals. In addition to a summary of the story, we have a comment about this problem in one of our occasional opinion pieces. What instigated the piece is that we have been hearing that far too many referring physicians extort "pay-to-play" referral fees but that calling the fraud hotline can be a frustrating, disappointing experience. In our piece, titled "Why Do You Put Up With This?" we invite your feedback. Please take a look and maybe we can work together to effect change.

Staff writer Darcey Trescone, RN, BSN, spent some time with Wellsky CEO Bill Miller recently. She explored his expertise on Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Interoperability, the Social Determinants of Health, and a number of other topics. Whether you are a Medicare or Personal Care provider, don't miss her excellent story on emerging technologies, "National Health IT Week Perspectives."

We also have two CMS announcements important to hospice providers. See the headlines below to read up on HIS, CAHPS, and HQRP reports.

Worth the trip

It was a pleasure to meet so many subscribers and readers at this week's HCAOA Annual Leadership Conference. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the NAHC Annual Meeting next month in Seattle. In the meantime, though, remember that our sponsor Axxess has begun its series of PDGM seminars. To see if one of the nine cities on their tour is convenient for you, scroll down to our "Upcoming Events" column or refer to our September 4 article, "PDGM Action and Strategy Seminars Kicking Off!"

Have a great week. Keep making a difference.

 

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Tim Rowan



National Health IT Week Perspectives from WellSky CEO
The focus of National Health IT Week is "Supporting Healthy Communities," driving transformation of our health and wellness ecosystem to promote better health outcomes and health equity. Wellsky CEO Bill Miller shares perspectives on the quickly changing landscape of technology in the post-acute care space.

Why Do You Put Up With This?
To report Medicare fraud or abuse, call 800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477) or send up to 10 pages describing the incident to HHSTips@oig.hhs.gov.

Home Health CEO Arrested in $115 Million Fraud Scheme
If the crime is large enough, count on HHS and FBI to swoop in.

Hospice Provider Preview Reports Now Available
Providers have 30-days to review their HIS and CAHPS® results (September 11, 2019 through October 11, 2019) prior to the November 2019 Hospice Compare site refresh, during which this data will be publicly displayed.

Important Updates on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP)
On September 18, 2019 CORMAC sent an outreach communication via email with the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Update. The communication summarized the reporting requirements for HIS and CAHPS and encourages providers to be mindful of dates and data submitted.



During the 4th Quarter of 2020, web sites of the above advertisers were visited by home care and hospice executives and staff 4319 times.

To inquire about placing your message here, contact:

Kristin@rowanresources.com

As of this date, approximately 35,090,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.

 

Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

Senate Bill 433 and House Bill 2573 - Call Washington Today!
Senate Bill 433 and House Bill 2573 are legislation important to all home health providers. It is desperately important that every DC lawmaker hears from the industry. Copyright on this article is waived. Share it widely.

Top National Healthcare Experts Appear at First Annual "Sage" Conference
Several top geriatricians and home care researchers shared a month's worth of wisdom in one day.




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.

Register

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: 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.

Purchase Recordings

 


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.


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

Register


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

FREE WEBINAR: Cybersecurity in Healthcare: Assess Threats & Reduce Your Risk

Presented by: Netsmart

Featuring: Randy Pargman, Binary Defense senior director of threat hunting and counterintelligence; Sharon Hicks, MBA, MSW, OPEN MINDS senior associate; and Mike Murray, Netsmart director of Plexus Technologies,

Date: December 9

Time: 1:00 EST

Information and Registration

Healthcare organizations are often at risk of cyberattacks due to a lack of dedicated IT and reliance on traditional reactive approaches. To learn how to protect your data, register now to join Randy Pargman, as they map the risk landscape and provide guidance for safeguarding your organization.

Key takeaways:

• Cyber threats in healthcare
• Impacts of a data breach
• Best practices for securing your data


 

FREE WEBINAR: Can you collect Cash faster?

Sponsored by: Savii

Date: Tuesday, January 12

Time: 2:00 pm EST

Information and Registration

With small margins in home care it has prompted the question, “Can we collect cash faster?” And what would this do for an agency? One thing we know is margins are small and have become more challenging than ever to for agencies to profit. This doesn’t mean it impossible for agencies to survive; it means a focus on collecting cash faster will be ever so important.


Agency leaders will first need to develop a timeline cadence of when to address claims based on when they were submitted for payment. In addition it will be pertinent to understand their own agency metrics such as DSO (Daily Sales Outstanding) and how they compare to industry standards.

On this webinar you will walk away with how to develop a timeline and your own DSO dashboard for benchmarking. All of these topics will weave into  strategic steps to take toward collecting cash flow faster.

FREE WEBINAR: Return to Work under COVID-19

Presented by: Healthcare Synergy
Featuring:
David Mauzey, SVP & General Manager, HealthPointe Solutions

Date: January 14
Time: 11:00 - 11:30 PST

Register

The COVID pandemic has evolved, initial processes in place ensure a safe work force environments but need to evolve to stay effective and efficient. Home health has an extra layer of scrutiny given the population may be at a higher risk. This webinar will focus on how an organization can evolve to keep their workforce and patients safe. HealthPointe Solutions has a full inventory of new and advanced recommendations that help implement and maintain site safety. This includes step-by-step guidance that include medical testing administration strategies, patient/employee monitoring, training/education and program auditing.
Objectives:
David Mauzey has over 25 years' experience in healthcare, helping bring operational efficiency solutions to both providers and payers. Within HealthPointe Solutions, he is responsible for operations and was a part of the team that developed HealthPointe Solutions’ COVID response solutions. Prior to joining HealthPointe Solutions, David served as VP and GM of Optum's Network Payment Innovation, where he focused on alternative payment programs, including bundle d payments and population-centric, value-based programs.

FREE WEBINAR: The Rise of Hospital at Home: A Roundtable Discussion

Sponsored by: AlayaCare

Featuring: Dr. Bruce Leff, Hospital at Home Pioneer & Professor, John Hopkins School of Medicine; Adrian Schauer, Founder and CEO
AlayaCare; Joel Theisen, Founder and CEO, Lifesprk; Brady Murphy, VP Sales & Marketing, AlayaCare

Date: Wednesday, January 27
Time:
1:00 EST

Information and Registration

Agenda
Across the U.S., the Acute Hospital Care at Home initiative from CMS is taking off amid the pandemic with at least 80 approved participants to date. As hospital-at-home models become more popular and more beneficial to both patients and health care organizations, those that have recognized the perks of home-based care prior to the COVID-19 crisis may have the upper hand.

Join us on Wednesday, Jan 27th at 1:00 pm EST for a roundtable discussion with industry experts such as Dr. Bruce Leff, Hospital at Home Pioneer and Professor at John Hopkins School of Medicine who deserves his reputation as a founding father of this virtual hospital concept, to learn about the hospital-at-home model and its impact on the home care industry.



FREE WEBINAR: 5 Key Elements of a Successful Home Health Remote Patient Monitoring Program

Presented by: Amity Healthcare Group

Featuring: Irina Gorovaya, owner and president of Amity Healthcare Group; Erin Vallier, AlayaCare Account Executive; Kaila Raimondo, AlayaCare Solution Engineer

Date: Wednesday, January 27

Time: 2:00 pm EST

Information and Registration

 

Agenda:

Explore key factors and solutions necessary for successful deployment of patient remote monitoring program in home health.

The discussion will include policies and procedures, documentation, staff education, and telehealth equipment and solutions.


FREE WEBINAR: Rubber Meets the Road with the No-Pay RAP

Sponsored by: KanTime & BlackTree Consulting

Featuring: Nick Seabrook, Managing Principal and Founder, BlackTree; Kim Spence, RN, Director, KanTime Customer Success; Greg Lotz, Director, KanTime Marketing & Sales Technology

Date: February 4
Time: 2:00 EST

Register

AGENDA:

Re-visit regulatory changes and how they have impacted agencies. Plus, tips and tricks to stay ahead of the curve.


Virtual Conference: Winter Leadership Summit

Presented by: National Association for Home Care and Hospice

Date: February 23, 2021

Register


Homecare 100 *

Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

Date: June 27-30, 2021
Venue: JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, FL

https://www.homecare100.com/


*The Rowan Report will see you there.


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