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Important CMS Open Door Forum Call Today at 1:30 EST; 10:30 PST
On February 12, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services conducted possibly its most controversial Open Door Forum conference call since the dawn of the Home Health Prospective Payment System in 2000. The topic was the proposed Star Ratings for home health agencies as an add-on the Home Health Compare website. It was followed by a Q&A session but, according to one participant, "the 'A' portion of the Q&As didnít exactly fill everyone with comfort." This article includes call-in instructions for today's ODF and commentary about the proposed Star Rating system.
Healthcare in Transition Seminar Preview: Thrive With A Solid Branding Strategy
Home Care Technology Report's sister company, Tim Rowan Seminars, has been fortunate enough to schedule nationally-known home care branding expert Nils Bunde as a keynote speaker for the upcoming "Healthcare in Transition" seminar, April 13-15, in Scottsdale, Arizona. What the president and founder of BrainForest, Inc. will have to say about cultivating your competitive edge will catapult seminar attendees to a new level of success through the healthcare reform and aging population era. In this article, guest writer Tamela Buhrke interviews Mr. Bunde about his company and its services and about your path toward success through a corporate branding strategy.
Delta Health Technologies Release Guide to Long Term Post-Acute Care Market
Stating, "Coordination of care is essential as is the need for systems to support the capturing, use and exchange of patient information," Delta Health Technologies CEO Keith Crownover announced the release of an infographic titled "A Guide to the Growing LTPAC Market."
Vendor Watch
— HHAeXchange to send elite training team to help Missouri providers with EVV mandate
— Inofile's "Kno2" enables secure document exchange, allowing home care providers to help hospitals and physicians with MU2 requirements.
New Study Launched to Document Home Care's Actual Impact on Healthcare Outcomes and Costs
Where is the evidence, they ask, that in-home care services reduce hospital admissions, promote self-management of chronic conditions, and save payers more than they put into the home care system? Are there any studies that prove home care's efficacy? Is there proof that reducing home care spending increases net healthcare costs? Soon, the answer will finally be 'yes.' Harvard Medical School, Right at Home, and ClearCare software have launched a three-year study to definitively identify the savings that accrue to public and private payers when people are cared for at home.
Taking Home Telehealth Beyond Vital Signs Produces Patient Outcomes, Increases Agency Revenue
Some believe in remote patient monitoring, some do not. Georgia Brown, COO of Care Cycle in Dallas, has used it to save her company nearly $5 million in legitimately avoided LUPAs, reduced average visits per episide to six, and achieved a 7.8% hospital readmission rate. How? By developing a software system, soon to be available to other home health providers, that gives her nurses a picture of each patient that goes far beyond mere vital signs.
Vendor Watch
— Cardiocom announces partnerships with home healthcare companies
— Kinnser inks contract with Intrepid USA

Notable Upcoming Conferences:

Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council Annual ConferenceMarch 11-13
Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
Click here to register

PMX: Playmaker CRM Expo & User Conference *March 16-18
Music City Center
Nashville, TN

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

Email abstracts to lchoromanski@gillettechildrens.com

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

VNAA Annual Meeting

April 20-22
Roosevelt Hotel
New Orleans

43rd Annual Convention & Exposition

Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina
April 27-29
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center

Michigan Association for Home Care Annual ConferenceMay 13-15
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Registration Information

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

*HCTR will see you there.