Volume 9, Number 44 September  30, 2020

Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

We told you about it last week, and we are digging into it a little more deeply today. CMS provided emergency supplemental payments to Medicare providers early in the pandemic, with the promise that they would need to report how they spent the funds if they had accepted $150,000 or more. Late last month, a surprise announcement emerged from CMS changing the upper limit to $10,000. Read Darcey Trescone's analysis of your new reporting requirements in our lead article, "PRF Reporting Requirements and Potential Audits."


Home Care Providers

Non-medical providers will be interested in the announcement from AlayaCare about its new integration with background screening service supplier ClearStar. The integration will streamline onboarding and occasional background checks for AlayaCare customers. Click below on "AlayaCare Integrates Background Screening Service Supplier."




We were told about two Remote Patient Monitoring announcements this week. These new products will be useful to both home care and home health providers. First, do not miss our interview with Dr. Kerry, the Chief Gerontologist at GrandPad. Kerry Burnight, PhD, taught us about the relationship between isolation and physical health, especially for seniors. GrandPad has added music to its patient communications tablet.

Every type of in-home care provider will want to hear about Aloe Care's announcement. The PERS provider has freed users from a limited area by adding GPS-enabled 4G LTE PERS device. Find this week's Vendor Watch column below.


Home Health Providers

In addition to the surprise we mentioned above, CMS also made a Medicaid announcement this week. The 33 states in the "Money Follows the Person" demonstration will be getting an extra $5 million to enable more patients to move from residential facilities to their own homes. See "Medicaid News: New Funding Released for SNF-to-Home Transitions."



Hospice Providers

Citus Health partnered with Porter Research to study hospice family preferences. They discovered that 80% of families would select a hospice provider that offers one particular type of technology over other hospice choices. If you are a hospice in a tight competitive market, you will find Porter's findings a real find. We summarize in "Citus Health Announces Groundbreaking Hospice Family Caregiver Research," and we make the entire survey report available in our shared whitepaper section. To find it, go to our home page at homecaretechreport.com and scroll down to "Partner News."

Worth the Trip

We wanted to make sure the Porter Research survey mentioned above gets the attention it deserves, so we arranged to present a webinar with the folks at Citus Health. Click here to register for our free webinar, set for October 8 at 2:00 EDT. I will be joined by Citus Health founder and CEO Melissa Kozak, RN, CRNI, and company VP Rob Stoltz. The details of the study will help not only hospice but all in-home care providers.

"PREPARATION FOR A NEW NORMAL: INFECTION CONTROL" is a free webinar hosted by our friends at Savii. It is set for Tuesday, October 20, at 1:00 PM EDT. The instructor will be James Cohen, founder and CEO of Nevvon, an online education service. James' educational background is in finance and healthcare, while his business experience has been in the delivery of healthcare. Before starting Nevvon, James founded and exited a technology-enabled home care provider which serviced 2 countries and 3 States. Click here for more information.

Have a great week, stay healthy. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan

PRF Reporting Requirements and Potential Audits
CMS has changed the rules after the game began. If you took emergency COVID funds, learn these new reporting rules and deadlines.

A Rowan Report Interview: GrandPad Radio; "Not Just For COVID" Anymore
Dr. Kerry Burnight, PhD. is the Chief Gerontologist at GrandPad. After a career studying loneliness and depression in older adults, and presenting her findings at a White House conference, she spoke with us about the effect of isolation on health.

Medicaid News: New Funding Released for SNF-to-Home Transitions
CMS Announces New Federal Funding for 33 States to Support Transitioning Individuals from Nursing Homes to the Community. "Our goal must always be to keep our loved ones in their own homes and communities for as long as possible." —Seema Verma

Citus Health Announces Groundbreaking Hospice Family Caregiver Research
Porter Research Finding: 80% of family caregivers would choose one hospice over another based on the ability to effectively communicate In real time.

AlayaCare Integrates Background Screening Service Supplier
Employee background checks can be a hassle. AlayaCare's integration with ClearStar may alleviate some of the pain.

Vendor Watch
— Aloe Care Adds GPS-Enabled, Remote PERS

During the 3rd Quarter of 2020, web sites of the above advertisers were visited by home care and hospice executives and staff 3691 times.

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As of this date, approximately 39,171,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.


Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

Recipients of HHS Provider Relief Fund Payments Surprised by New Use Guidance
This new notice to PRF recipients may find some surprised healthcare providers owing some, if not all, of their payments back to HHS.

SwyftOps Enters the Non-Medical Software Arena
One can measure the growth of the non-medical home care sector by the number of entrepreneurs building software for it. Here is another new one.

Upcoming Events

Free Webinar: Preparation For A New Normal — Infection Control

Presented by: Savii

Featuring: James Cohen, CEO, Nevvon

Date: October 20
Time: 1:00 EDT


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FREE WEBINAR: How Technology Enhances Home Care in an Increasingly Remote World *

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Panelists: Mike Gelman, President COO, CareConnect; Jim Rolla, SVP, VNSYNY Partners in Care; Steve Pellito, SVP, Provider Sales, Sandata

Date: November 12
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Virtual Conference: Southwest Homecare and Hospice

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Experience recognized experts and thought leaders as they share their insights, actionable strategies, and relevant tools and resources.


The 2020 Annual Conference of the South Carolina Home Care & Hospice Association

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