Home Care Tech Reporthttp://homecaretechreport.com/Your weekly source for home care technology newsen-usKeeping an Eye on Mom from a Distancehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20574/1/2015Tim RowanTim Rowan]]>Tools for Seniors Needed Home Care Tools for Today’s Senior Populationshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20583/25/2015Tim RowanHealthcare in Transition Seminar Set for April 13-15http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20543/25/2015Tim RowanGAO Says Medicare Advantage Was Overpaid $12 Billion in 2014http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20553/25/2015Tim Rowan
  • "Overpaying for home health care has negative financial consequences for the federal budget and the beneficiary..."
  • "In 2013, about 3.5 million Medicare beneficiaries received home health care, and the program spent about $17.9 billion on home health services." (Approximately $5,100 per beneficiary served.)
  • Percentage of Medicare beneficiaries using home health care: 9.3%
  • MedPAC recommendation to control home health fraud, waste, and abuse, perpetrated by a tiny minority: reduce payment rates for all home health providers.Found in the Government Accountability Office report released at about the same time:
    • Improper payments to Medicare Advantage plans totaled more than $12 billion in 2014.
    • MedPAC recommendations to control MA fraud, waste, and abuse: none.
    • ]]>HIPAA Compliance, Policies Lag Behind Mobile Health Innovationshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20563/25/2015Tim RowanAre You On This List? New Free Service May Boost Your Referralshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20503/18/2015Tim RowanHIPAA Prep® Training Aimed at Small- to Mid-Sized Home Care and Hospice Markethttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20513/18/2015Tim RowanIt Is Time for CMS to Figure Out the Difference Between Typos and Crimeshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20523/18/2015Tim RowanForcura and QIRT Form Strategic Alliance to Boost Speed and Efficiencyhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20533/18/2015Tim RowanHome Care by Black Stone Inks Allscripts Contracthttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20463/11/2015Tim RowanWhy Does HIPAA Fail to Prevent Medical Identity Theft?http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20473/11/2015Tim RowanVendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20483/11/2015Tim RowanVisitVerify reaches milestone: 3 million verified patient visits
      — Philips to be Health Technology Sponsor at South By Southwest Interactive
      — Axxess releases free white paper on managing CMS audits
      — HomecareCRM sold to New York software provider SigmaCare]]>
      Procura Group, Parent of ContinuLink and Progresa, Acquires Igea Home Health Softwarehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20493/11/2015Tim RowanToshiba Releases "UCedge" to Promote Secure Communications Across Multiple Device Typeshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20423/4/2015Tim RowanVendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20433/4/2015Tim RowanHealthcare Reform Means Opportunity for the Prepared, Disaster for the Resthttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20443/4/2015Tim RowanCommentary: Supreme Court Decision Nullifying Subsidies Would Result in Chaoshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20453/4/2015Tim RowanImportant CMS Open Door Forum Call Today at 1:30 EST; 10:30 PSThttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20412/24/2015Tim RowanHealthcare in Transition Seminar Preview: Thrive With A Solid Branding Strategyhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20382/18/2015Tim RowanDelta Health Technologies Release Guide to Long Term Post-Acute Care Market http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20392/18/2015Tim RowanVendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20402/18/2015Tim Rowan — Inofile's "Kno2" enables secure document exchange, allowing home care providers to help hospitals and physicians with MU2 requirements.]]>Taking Home Telehealth Beyond Vital Signs Produces Patient Outcomes, Increases Agency Revenuehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20352/11/2015Tim RowanVendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20362/11/2015Tim Rowan — Kinnser inks contract with Intrepid USA]]>New Study Launched to Document Home Care's Actual Impact on Healthcare Outcomes and Costshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20372/11/2015Tim RowanWhat Does the Anthem Breach Mean?http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20322/4/2015Tim RowanSights and Sounds of Homecare 100 2015http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20332/4/2015Tim RowanVendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20281/28/2015Tim Rowan— Kinnser Software Debuts Mobile App ]]>Family Involvement Enhances Effectiveness of Home Telehealthhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20291/28/2015Tim RowanBest in KLAS 2014 Announcedhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20301/28/2015Tim RowanVNAA Statement on CMS Draft Standardized Template for Face to Face Encountershttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20311/28/2015Tim RowanVendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20241/21/2015Tim Rowan — HHA Exchange no longer exclusively a New York provider: wins approval as EVV vendor in Missouri, partners with CM2000 in Texas
      — PlayMaker CRM opens its user meeting to non-customers]]>
      First Medicaid, Now Insurance Told to Pay for Telehealth Visits in Coloradohttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20251/21/2015Tim RowanCMS Puts Time Squeeze on Hospices with Unexpected IACS Change; HHAs Have A Little Leeway http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20261/21/2015Tim RowanMark Battaglia Replaces Michael Wons as CellTrak President and CEOhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20271/21/2015Tim RowanEmployer Hiring Tax Credits Updated for 2015http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20231/14/2015Tim RowanSingFit Wins CES Innovation Awardhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20201/7/2015Tim RowanHealthcare Takes Center Stage at CEShttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20211/7/2015Tim RowanBREAKING NEWS FROM NAHC: Proposed Overtime Rule Invalidated by Courthttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=20221/7/2015Tim RowanVNAA Challenges MedPAC to Prove Pay Rate Cuts Do Not Harm Access to and Quality of Carehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=201712/31/2014Tim RowanWhat Home Health Agencies Need to Know about the CMS 2015 Final Rulehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=201812/31/2014Tim RowanPhilips Lifeline Partners With "Wish-of-a-Lifetime" to Grant Wishes to Seniorshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=201912/31/2014Tim RowanDear Home Care Colleague,http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=201612/18/2014Tim RowanThe time has finally arrived. Seminar plans are finalized. Expert keynote speakers are confirmed. The registration page is open. The water in the three pools is clean and sunshine is promised.

      Healthcare in Transition, the seminar series I created last spring for both Medicare and private duty home care owners and administrators, received rave reviews in its first incarnation and I have promised it will be bigger and better next year. So get your taxes done early and please join me and my team of renowned experts in Scottsdale, April 13-15, to learn how to make sure your home care agency will THRIVE through the coming healthcare reform changes.

      Register Early, Receive A Gift: If you happen to be in a position where getting your registration paid before the end of the year would be a tax advantage, I will add to that tax break and cover one night of your 3-night hotel stay at the DoubleTree Paradise Valley. This offer is extended to the first 10 people who register before the ball drops on Times Square. Click here to register, but hurry. More than 5,000 people are seeing this offer at the same time you are.

      In this week's news: We are honored to introduce two new guest authors with different areas of expertise this week. Jim Triandiflou is the CEO of Relias Learning. His feature article makes a strong case for the ability of online learning to reduce costs and improve outcomes. Laura Mitchell is the Chief Marketing Officer at grandCARE. She makes another strong case; this time for increasing the role of technology in the effort to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions.

      Lastly, don't miss my interview with Michael Link of Hospice and Community Care in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Since its founding, this hospice has expanded into seven Pennsylvania counties and continues to be regarded as the premier caregiving organization in the region. Link cites the hospice's 15-year partnership with its software vendor as one of the major supports behind its success. He talked to us about the difference between a vendor and partner, about increasing competition from for-profit startups, and about the joy of working with hospice clinicians.

      Let me take this opportunity to wish all of my subscribers and readers a happy and holy holiday season, surrounded by family and friends, and a prosperous 2015, throughout which you continue to care, continue to make a difference every day.

      Your colleague,

      Tim Rowan, Editor

      Raising the Bar to Meet Rising Demands in Home Care: How a Learning Program Can Enable Clinical and Operational Excellencehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=201212/17/2014Tim RowanIn-Home Patient Portal Systems Can Control Avoidable Hospital Admissionshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=201312/17/2014Tim RowanbetterCARE, to coincide with its new focus: better experience, better engagement, better patient outcomes. A new logo will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month, an event which has placed a growing emphasis on digital healthcare in recent years. Chief Marketing Officer Laura Mitchell provided us with an excellent article analyzing the hospital readmission problem and the important role of technology in solving it.]]>Pennsylvania Hospice Thrives with Support of its Software Vendor Partnerhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=201412/17/2014Tim RowanVendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=201512/17/2014Tim Rowan — HEALTHCAREfirst names 2014 "Compassionfirst Award" winners]]>The IMPACT Act: What You Need to Knowhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=200612/10/2014Tim RowanCare Transitions Software Helps Hospitals, Home Care Agencies, Payers and Patientshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=200712/10/2014Tim RowanHow Are You Doing? Wearable Health Devices Tell You...and Your Doctorhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=201012/10/2014Tim RowanVendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=201112/10/2014Tim Rowan — Independa receives Consumer Electronics award]]>CellTrak™ Releases Practical New Innovations for Care Providershttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=200312/3/2014Tim RowanCMS (Finally) Answers American Telemedicine Association's Call to Allow Telehealth Use by ACOshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=200412/3/2014Tim RowanHCTR Opinion: Has Home Care Lost the Lead in Home Telehealth?http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=200512/3/2014Tim RowanPatient Self Management — With Assistance From the Most Familiar Home Care Teamhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=200011/19/2014Tim RowanPower of the Pen: VNAA Pries Loose Delayed Patient Report from CMShttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=200111/19/2014Tim RowanCybercrimes’ Coming of Agehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=200211/19/2014Tim Rowan
    • The United States leads the world in the cost of cyber crime, accounting for 25% of the world total.
    • Cyber crime, as tracked by its costs, is growing at a 10% annualized rate.
    • Cyber crime that has historically been perpetrated by individuals has evolved into highly skilled networks of organized criminals and even nation states.

    Our resident HIPAA expert, Roger Shindell, analyzes the latest healthcare industry cyber crime report card from The Ponemon Institute.]]>Clinicians Improve Outcomes by Connecting to a Circle of Carehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=199711/12/2014Tim RowanThe Four Walls of My Freedom, a riveting and redemptive family memoir, in which she tells her very personal story of raising a son with cerebral palsy. It is a passionate appeal to change the way we think about “the good life.” This article summarizes the book's theme and describes the technology system Donna uses to support caregiver communication, the core of patient care coordination. She describes here the difference between a one-to-one patient relationship and a network of caregivers that includes family support on the team. The software system she describes that keeps her in the loop with Nicky's other caregivers is free to families.]]>VNAA Releases Updated Clinical Procedure Manualhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=199811/12/2014Tim Rowan]]>Attorney Elizabeth Hogue Explains Meaning for Home Care of Latest "Jimmo Case" Rulinghttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=199911/12/2014Tim RowanHCTR Interview: NAHC's Bill Dombi Discusses Ebola, Alzheimer's, and ACOshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=199511/12/2014Tim RowanCourt Decision Shakes Up What HIPAA Compliance Officers Thought They Knewhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=199611/5/2014Tim RowanCTC2 Falls Short in Emmy Bid, But Producers Find Meaning During the Ridehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=199211/5/2014Tim RowanNew York Software Developer Expanding; Hiring Frenzy in Advance of 50-state Strategyhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=199311/5/2014Tim RowanPartners Healthcare Connected Health Symposium Introduces Key Player in Health Care Service Delivery — the Patienthttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=199411/5/2014Tim RowanHCTR Interview Part 2: NAHC's Bill Dombi Weighs in on ACA, F2F, IMPACThttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=199011/5/2014Tim RowanRegister Here for "Preparing to Pilot (P2P) Aging Service Technologies"http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=199110/29/2014Tim RowanNoninvasive Medical Technologies Lends its ZOE Monitor to the Battle to Stop Ebola http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=198610/29/2014Tim Rowanbefore other symptoms appear. This article explains how it works and what the company is planning to do to join the fight.]]>Brightree Unveils Next Generation iPad App for Field Clinicianshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=198710/29/2014Tim RowanVendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=198810/29/2014Tim Rowan — Philips introduces GoSafe mobile PERS system for non-homebound seniors]]>HCTR Interview: NAHC's Bill Dombi Sees Home Care Ready to Move Forwardhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=198910/29/2014Tim RowanGerman Publishing Firm Acquires Relias Learninghttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=198310/22/2014Tim RowanLouisville Home Care Provider to Implement ContinuLinkhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=198510/22/2014Tim RowanRelias Learning Announces 28 New Courses for Home Health Organizationshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=197910/15/2014Tim RowanKinematix Introduces "ORTHOMONiTOR," Wearable Technology for Stroke Patientshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=198010/15/2014Tim RowanPlayMaker CRM Partners with Growth Equity Firmhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=198110/15/2014Tim RowanVendor Watch: What to Look for at NAHC Exhibit Hallhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=198210/15/2014Tim RowanProcura Releases HR Documentation Frameworkhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=197410/8/2014Tim RowanVendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=197510/8/2014Tim RowanActivePERS™, a combination personal emergency response and telemonitoring system.
    — Philips receives FDA 510(k) clearance for software applications eCareCoordinator and eCareCompanion. ]]>
    Partners’ Healthcare Connected Health Symposium Will Be Home Care Oriented This Yearhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=197610/8/2014Tim RowanHCTR Product Review: Citrix ShareFilehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=197710/8/2014Tim Rowan]]>Gentiva Agrees to $1.8 Billion Takeover Offer from Kindred Healthcarehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=197810/8/2014Tim RowanPopular Hospice Film Nominated for Regional Emmy Awardhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=197110/1/2014Tim RowanDid Epic Flaw Risk Ebola Outbreak?http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=197210/1/2014Tim RowanPattern of Delayed VA Physician Signatures Costs Home Healthcare Providers Millionshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=197310/1/2014Tim RowanVNAA Sees New Beginning in Home Healthcare for Remote Patient Monitoringhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19679/24/2014Tim RowanMichigan Merger Creates Nation's Largest Health Information Exchangehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19689/24/2014Tim RowanKeeping Seniors Safer at Home Will Benefit Home Health Industryhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19699/24/2014Tim Rowan]]>Abbott Diabetes Care Releases Glucose Monitoring System with No Pinpricking, No Daily Blood Drawhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19709/24/2014Tim RowanCellTrak Releases Updated Mobile Platformhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19519/17/2014Tim RowanWhen the Internet Touches Everythinghttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19549/17/2014Tim RowanHCTR Advertiser Interview Part 2: Homecare Homebase Chief Strategy Officer Maxwell Foresees New Technologies in 2015http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19629/17/2014Tim RowanProcura Group Reaches Milestonehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19669/17/2014Tim RowanPrinceton Researchers Measure Blood Sugar with Lasershttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19529/10/2014Tim RowanTeleStroke: Home Health Should Be Part of the Movement to Serve Stroke Patients with Technologyhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19599/10/2014Tim RowanNew Software Service Takes Aim at Slow Document Turnaroundhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19609/10/2014Tim RowanHCTR Advertiser Interview: Homecare Homebase Chief Strategy Officer Maxwell Eyes 2015 With Caution and Optimismhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19619/10/2014Tim RowanDespite proposed rule changes in face to face documentation, Tom Maxwell, chief strategy officer of Homecare Homebase thinks agencies cannot relax just yet — quite the opposite. Defensible documentation is vital. He shared some of his predictions about the state of the industry in the coming year with staff reporter Liz Seegert.

    ]]>Legislators and Other VIPs to Address National Health IT Week Eventhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19579/3/2014Tim RowanVNAA Urges CMS to Reconsider Rate Cuts and Burdensome Regulations That Limit Access to Carehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19589/3/2014Tim RowanReimbursement Expert Delivers Stern Message to CMS Regarding 2015 Ruleshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19639/3/2014Tim RowanWhy Is It So Difficult To Get VA Physician Signatures? Our Early Survey Resultshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19649/3/2014Tim RowanThe Impact of Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries on Medicare Home Healthhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19538/27/2014Tim RowanFree HIPAA Webinar Series Announced http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19558/27/2014Tim RowanVA Physicians Not Signing Required Documents; A Growing Problem in Home Carehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19568/27/2014Tim RowanMillions in Tax Credits Available to Employers; Most Leave it on the Tablehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19488/20/2014Tim RowanFDA Posts New Rules for In-Home Medical Deviceshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19498/20/2014Tim RowanWhat is Your Patient Data Worth...on the Black Market?http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19508/20/2014Tim RowanYou Can Drive Across A State Line, But Do Not Administer an Aspirin When You Get Therehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19458/13/2014Tim RowanTwo Online Training Users Relate Stories of Streamlined Processes and Happy Surveyorshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19468/13/2014Tim RowanJudith Peacock, RN, could write the book on how not to do staff training. Instead of writing that book, she hired an online training service that completely turned her New York hospice operation around...and slashed training costs at the same time.

    Compliance Managers Andrea Sparks and Jenny Wilder used to dread surveyor visits to their Texas hospice. Now, instead of manually tracking training records and printing endless reams, they print a simple monthly course completion report for each employee, drop it into their personnel file, and show it to surveyors as soon as they request it. The result: no more surveyor training questions or challenges...none.

    HIPAA Expert Guides VNS Through Breach Incident Without Fines or Penaltieshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19478/13/2014Tim RowanFREE: Online Training for Hospice Volunteershttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19408/6/2014Tim RowanGentiva's 2nd Quarter Profits Exceed Forecastshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19418/6/2014Tim RowanClosing Emergency Rooms Raises Mortality Ratehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19428/6/2014Tim RowanVendor Watch: GrandCare Systems Replaces Several Executiveshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19438/6/2014Tim RowanCMS News: RACs are Backhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19448/6/2014Tim RowanKinnser Acquires Private Duty Software Developer ADLwarehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19398/5/2014Tim RowanWhy Do We Need Healthcare Reform? How the U.S. System Compares with Other Nationshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19357/30/2014Tim RowanHospice of Southwest Ohio Merges High Tech with High Touchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19367/30/2014Tim RowanNew Product Review: Sengistix Patient Safety Monitoringhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19377/30/2014Tim RowanHow Healthcare Lobbying Works – Or Doesn't Work – in Washingtonhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19387/30/2014Tim RowanAOD Software Acquires Stratis Business Systems; Joe Kraus and Entire Team to Stay Onhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19307/16/2014Tim RowanMedicare Advantage Plans Accused of Padding Profitshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19317/16/2014Tim RowanSeniors' Demand Will Trump Both Telehealth Availability and Payer Reluctancehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19327/16/2014Tim RowaniHealthBeat has generated reaction from a wide spectrum of telehealth advocates. Interviews with industry leaders and advocates, analyzed here by staff writer Audrey Kinsella, reveal hope, optimism, and frustration.]]>Insights Into CMS's Next F2F Proposal: An Interview with Elizabeth Hoguehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19337/16/2014Tim RowanVendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19347/16/2014Tim RowanFormer Software Company Executive Creates App of the Futurehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19277/9/2014Tim RowanIs It Time to Develop Palliative Care Services?http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19287/9/2014Tim RowanVendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19297/9/2014Tim Rowanfirst to partner
    — ContinuLink introduces three new sales VPs]]>
    Hospice Data Tells the Real Story in Rebuttal to Recent Horror Stories http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19236/25/2014Tim RowanRecent sensationalist articles appearing in the Washington Post and online in the Huffington Post told the anecdotes of a few individuals' negative experiences with two or three hospices. These attempts to smear an entire category of caregivers with a couple of anecdotes grabbed the attention of every hospice provider, as well as of one Barbara Rosenblum, Founder and CEO of Strategic Healthcare Programs. As the owner of a massive database of organized home care and hospice data, she is uniquely qualified to answer anecdotes with statistics.

    And answer she did this week in her personal blog: e.g. "SHP's data and other studies show that hospice care reduces costs and, as evaluated by consumers, consistently provides high quality care." Grateful for her permission, we reprint Barbara's entire response here. If there is a chance that anyone will ever quote the two Posts' "exposés" to you, you need to be able to quote back this eloquent dissertation on the facts.

    Vendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19246/25/2014Tim Rowan— Briggs Healthcare® partners with Blackbean Software
    — Carewell Alliance of HIT vendors welcomes Brightree as first post-acute member]]>
    CMS Yields to Pressure, Backs Off on Major Physician F2F Documentation Requirementhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19256/25/2014Tim RowanSoftware Vendors Meet Hospice July 1 Regulatory Obligationhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19266/25/2014Tim RowanSurvey Reveals Frustration with CMS Face-to-Face Rulings, Poorly Trained Contractorshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19186/11/2014Tim RowanVNAA Releases Next "Blueprint for Excellence" for Hospice and Palliative Carehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19216/11/2014Tim RowanVendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19226/11/2014Tim RowanClinicians' Corner: Stabilizing Health and Reducing Hospitalizations via Noninvasive Zo Measurementhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19196/4/2014Tim RowanSurviving HHAs Will be Characterized by Communication and Collaborationhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19206/4/2014Tim RowanRelias Learning Launches Comprehensive Palliative Care Content Libraryhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19176/4/2014Tim RowanPricey Report Forecasts Home Care Growth, Profiles A Few Software Vendorshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19135/28/2014Tim RowanVisiting Nurse Service of New York CIO Talks About Selecting Delta Health Technologieshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19145/28/2014Tim RowanCrescendo from Delta Health Technologies raised a few eyebrows so we asked him to talk with us about it. You will find his answers to our questions enlightening, a look into the decision process of one of home care's leading IT professionals.]]>Vendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19155/28/2014Tim Rowan— Corridor Group Announces New CEO]]>Sales Success Means Meeting Partner Needshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19095/21/2014Tim RowanCMS News: Shared Savings Program Application Instructions; Hospice Item Set Assistancehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19105/21/2014Tim Rowan— Hospices must begin collecting Hospice Item Set data July 1 to avoid reduction in FY 2016 annual payment update. See links to CMS instructions here, plus a helpful free resource from a top hospice consulting firm.]]>Vendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19115/21/2014Tim Rowan— CellTrak launches mobile app for BlackBerry 10]]>Runzheimer Software's CareViz Takes Aim at Common Scheduling Problemshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19125/21/2014Tim RowanSimione Healthcare Consultants and PlayMaker CRM Launch Only CRM + Sales Training for the Home Health and Hospice Industryhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19055/14/2014Tim RowanBrightree® Strengthens Integrated ePurchasing Relationship with McKesson Medical-Surgical to Help HME Providers Reduce Operational Costshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19065/14/2014Tim RowanDallas Hospital Wins Grant to Build Information Exchange Portalhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19075/14/2014Tim RowanOhio Hospice Solves Operational Challenges in Delivery of Carehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19085/14/2014Tim RowanProcura Announces Majority Investment from Carrick Capital Partnershttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19005/7/2014Tim RowanCMS News: Registration for Hospice User IDs Begins May 19http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19015/7/2014Tim RowanHospice Item Set Admission Record and a Hospice Item Set Discharge Record for each patient admitted on or after July 1, 2014. This article provides details and links to CMS resources.]]>Delta Health Technologies Names New VP of Saleshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19035/7/2014Tim RowanNew and Familiar on Display at 2014 American Telemedicine Association Meetinghttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=19045/7/2014Tim RowanOld Weapon, New Teeth: Let's Play "Potential Jeopardy"http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18974/30/2014Tim RowanState Surveyors Join the Effort to Shutter Weakest Home Healthcare Agencieshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18984/30/2014Tim Rowan<a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JDSCKLQ" target="_blank">Click here to respond to our survey about efforts to close home healthcare agencies</a>http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18994/30/2014Tim Rowanhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JDSCKLQ]]>Cisneros Delivers Hard Truths About Home Care's Futurehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18944/23/2014Tim RowanHCTR Product Review: Citrix "ShareFile" Solves Email's HIPAA Problemhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18954/23/2014Tim RowanVendor Watch: New Ways to Hire and Train Staffhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18964/23/2014Tim Rowan— Briggs Healthcare Announces Partnership with 'myCNAjobs']]>First Healthcare in Transition Seminar Leaves Attendees With a Plan to Thrivehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18894/16/2014Tim RowanNew PERS Companies Knocking at Home Care's Doorhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18904/16/2014Tim RowanMedicare Administrator Who Did Not Believe in Home Care Departs CMShttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18914/16/2014Tim RowanVendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18924/16/2014Tim Rowan— Axxess releases mobile app for iOS and Android]]>Largest Not-For-Profit Home Care Agency Selects Delta Health Technologieshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18864/2/2014Tim RowanThe Benefits of Disruption: An HCTR Interview with Dr. Andrey Ostrovskyhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18874/2/2014Tim RowanClinicians, Are You Asking <i>All</i> the Right Questions?http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18884/2/2014Tim RowanFormer Kaiser Physician Explains How to Become A High-Performing Post-Acute Partnerhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18823/26/2014Tim RowanHealthcare in Transition seminar on April 14. His message, what ACOs are looking for in post-acute partners, will speak frankly about home care agencies that will survive and those that will not in the reform era. Staff writer Liz Seegert spoke with him this week in his San Diego office to get a preview of his important presentation.]]>Data Interoperability, Crucial to Home Care Agency Survivalhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18833/26/2014Tim RowanHealthcare in Transition seminar, technology specialist Mike Deck and Michigan Health Information Exchange director Greg Cavanaugh will explain the nuances and advantages of HIE participation. Here, staff writer Liz Seegert speaks with Mike Deck about the highlights of his message.]]>Louisiana Hospice Improves Care Coordination with Mobile Technologyhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18843/26/2014Tim RowanSeriously? House Votes to Delay ICD-10 Yet Another Yearhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18853/26/2014Tim RowanHealthWyse Names New CEOhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18783/19/2014Tim RowanVendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18793/19/2014Tim Rowan— Independa's Remote Care Model featured in CAST Leading Age Technology selection tool]]>CMS News: Some Hospice Patients May Receive Simultaneous Palliative and Curative Carehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18803/19/2014Tim RowanCMS News: Application Period for Bundling Demonstration Project Reopenedhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18813/19/2014Tim RowanNo Clear Answer on RAC Suspensionshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18743/5/2014Tim RowanMEDPac Entertains Proposal to Impose Readmission Penalties on Home Healthcarehttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18753/5/2014Tim RowanDallas Home Care Agency Finds Success With Procurahttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18763/5/2014Tim RowanAnkota Unveils New Software to Help Control 30-Day Readmissionshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18773/5/2014Tim RowanNew Mobile Technology Makes Readmission Waves at HIMSShttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18702/26/2014Tim RowanSullivan Institute and WEDI Announce Formation of Patient Experience Councilhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18712/26/2014Tim RowanMedication Tracking Simplified by New Medical Apphttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18722/26/2014Tim RowanCMS News: Open Door Forum Set for March 5http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18732/26/2014Tim RowanDelta Health Technologies Recognized as "Functionality and Development" Leader in KLAS Homecare Reporthttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18682/19/2014Tim RowanVNA Receives Grant for Care Transition Programhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18692/19/2014Tim RowanALJ Suspension Did Not Have to Happenhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18632/5/2014Tim RowanVendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18642/5/2014Tim Rowan— Philips promotes home healthcare group leader to North American CEO]]>Pamlico Capital Acquires Telehealth Services Provider VRIhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18652/5/2014Tim RowanHospital Partnerships More Vital Than Everhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18662/5/2014Tim RowanLHC Group Acquires Deaconess HomeCare from BioScriphttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18672/5/2014Tim RowanBREAKING NEWS: 2013 Best in KLAS Award for Home Health Software Goes To...http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18591/29/2014Tim RowanNDoc home health and hospice software application, received the coveted "Best in KLAS" rating for its customer support as well as its product features.]]>Sansio Merges with Portable Defribrillator Inventor Physio-Control Inc.http://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18601/29/2014Tim RowanALJ Appeals on Hold; All Agencies at Riskhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18611/29/2014Tim RowanBlacktree Healthcare Consulting Tackles 401(k) Hidden Fees, Finds Solutionhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18621/29/2014Tim RowanGentiva Rolls Out Point-of-Care Software to 264 Branches in 10 Weekshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18551/22/2014Tim RowanSimione Healthcare Consultants Acquires Boyd and Nicholashttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18561/22/2014Tim RowanElectronic Signature System Helps VNA of Cape Cod Reduce Cost and Improve Cash Flowhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18571/22/2014Tim RowanVendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18581/22/2014Tim Rowan— New National Coordinator to speak at HIMSS next month
    — Bosch Healthcare announces partnerships with GreatCall and Remedy Health Media ]]>
    Why Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V Can Land Your Agency in Deep Trouble With the OIGhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18501/15/2014Tim RowanCMS News: <em>Jimmo v. Sebelius</em> Case Reins in Improper Payment Denialshttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18511/15/2014Tim RowanVendor Watchhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18521/15/2014Tim Rowan— Availity Announces ICD-10 Readiness
    — BlackTree opens Clinical Consulting division]]>
    123 New Accountable Care Organizations Namedhttp://homecaretechreport.com/article.asp?id=18531/15/2014Tim Rowan