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How Are You Doing? Wearable Health Devices Tell You...and Your Doctor
In her third report from this year's Partners Health Center for Connected Health symposium (Boston, October 22-25), telehealth reporter Audrey Kinsella surveys the rapid progression toward handheld and wearable healthcare technologies for people with chronic conditions.
The IMPACT Act: What You Need to Know
Post-acute providers take note: standardizing post-acute data to improve care coordination and outcomes is now law. In a rare instance of bipartisan, bicameral cooperation, Congress passed, and the President signed, The IMPACT Act, or officially, the “Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014" in October.
Care Transitions Software Helps Hospitals, Home Care Agencies, Payers and Patients
Care transition management is a healthcare field that has gone from obscure concept to coveted credential in less than a decade. Two care transition software systems recently came to our attention and are the subject of this week's technology profile. Ankota LLC and Curaspan Health Group Inc. are both headquartered in the Boston area.
Vendor Watch
— Suncoast Solutions releases benchmarking network for clients to compare quality data with other hospices.
— Independa receives Consumer Electronics award
CMS (Finally) Answers American Telemedicine Association's Call to Allow Telehealth Use by ACOs
Three years ago, the American Telemedicine Association wrote to CMS, outlining the benefits of using remote monitoring and other telehealth technologies by Accountable Care Organizations. This week, they finally got an answer, and it may be good news for home health and home care providers that work with ACOs.
HCTR Opinion: Has Home Care Lost the Lead in Home Telehealth?
Is home care's future in jeopardy? Or did HCTR editor Tim Rowan just have a bad week? In this opinion piece, he describes the discouraging events that led him to issue a call to action to the entire home care industry.
CellTrak™ Releases Practical New Innovations for Care Providers
With over 100,000 healthcare workers in seven countries using its mobile solution, CellTrak has begun to announce a series of product enhancements. The company was also recently awarded a Canadian patent.

Notable Upcoming Conferences:

Home Care 100 *
January 31-February 3
Ritz Carlton
Laguna Niguel, CA
(Registration is sold out. Click here to add your name to the wait list.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Click here to reach Mike Morrissey or call 203-644-1732.

Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council Annual ConferenceMarch 11-13
Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
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Omaha System International ConferenceApril 15-18, 2015
Eagan, MN

Bi-annual conference for individuals who use or intend to use the Omaha System in community health practice, education, or research. 
Guidelines for submission of poster abstracts and details regarding workshop registration can be found at

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THRIVE: Healthcare in TransitionProspering Through Population Health Management
April 13-15
Scottsdale, AZ
Registration opens 12/8

Michigan Association for Home Care Annual ConferenceMay 13-15
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Participant registration available in late January

LINK Home Care & Hospice Conference *June 3-5
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
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