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With Just Over Four Months To Go (Maybe), CMS Offers ICD-10 Guidances
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has just released a fact sheet on preparing for ICD-10. This latest message offers suggestions for providers whose information systems may not be ready in time for the October 1 transition deadline. The facts sheet also attempts to dispel some myths and issues a warning.
New Product Analysis: CuraCall Offers Enhanced Communications, Lowered Overall Costs
Former AMAC executive Paul Lieberman has created an answering service for Home Health, Hospice, Infusion, DME, and Long Term Care providers that offers a range of HIPAA-compliant communication services that we have not seen before from answering service companies.
Is The Apple Watch Ready for Home Health Care?
You have seen the TV ads that seem to reappear during every commercial break. You have read the hype and the technical articles. Now you are wondering, is this new Apple Watch just a fad consumer product? Or could it have a use in the care of people with chronic conditions? We asked staff writer Tamela Buhrke to take a look beyond the hype and lay out the objective pros and cons so that you can decide for yourself.
Letters Column: Reader Cannot Get Clinicians to Complete Charting in the Home
An agency administrator wants to know this week how to encourage clinicians to complete documentation in the presence of the patient instead of at home at the end of the day...or end of the week.
Medicare Technical Reports: What They Mean for Future Hospice Payment Changes
Data analysts at Avalere took a second look at a report on Medicare hospice data commissioned by CMS and written by Abt Associates. The report is supposed to help CMS develop changes to the hospice payment system but those changes would be quite different if CMS saw the data the way Avalere sees it rather than the way Abt does.
Agency Owner Prepares to Meet Healthcare Reform Head On
When the twin pressures from government and private payers to shrink reimbursement rates and increase claims denials make it too difficult for some home health and home care providers to survive, Peter Miska’s Chicago agency will still be standing, and thriving. At last month’s “Healthcare in Transition” seminar, he spoke with our Tamela Buhrke about the difficult operational and cultural changes that have strengthened his agency in an extremely competitive market.
Congress Floods the Halls with Telemedicine Proposals
At the annual meeting of the American Telemedicine Association last week in Los Angeles, CEO Jonathan Linkous announced that the notion of payer reimbursement for remote patient services is gaining traction in Washington...finally.

Notable Upcoming Conferences:

Southwest / Gulf Coast Regional Home Care & Hospice Conference & Exhibition

Multi-State Association Conference – Texas, Alabama, New Mexico, Oklahoma & Louisiana
June 2-4
Hyatt Regency New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

LINK Home Care & Hospice Conference *June 3-5
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
Click here to register

Home Care Emergency Preparedness Conference

Maryland-National Capital Home Care Association
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 9:00 AM EDT 
Loyola Graduate Center - Room 210/230
8890 McGaw Road

Home Care: Providing Collaborative & Holistic Care

The International Home Care Nurses Organization (IHCNO)
July 8-10
University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Nursing
Contact Tina Marrelli (news@marrelli.com) or Mary Narayan (mary.narayan@cox.net) for additional information.

*HCTR will see you there.