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Healthcare in Transition Seminar Set for April 13-15(3/25/2015)
Here is a rundown of the seminar agenda that will provide your agency with the tools to THRIVE through the healthcare reform era. Click on the link in this article to register your team for three powerful days at the only seminar sponsored by the publisher of Home Care Technology Report.
HIPAA Compliance, Policies Lag Behind Mobile Health Innovations(3/25/2015)
Physician practice software vendor NueMD wanted to know where their industry stands with HIPAA compliance. Working with Porter Research and The Daniel Brown Law Group, they designed a questionnaire to gauge respondents' knowledge of HIPAA's Privacy and Security regulations, compliance measures, and communication methods. The results were every bit as disappointing as those of our own 2013 survey of home health workers. Guest author Mark Healey worked with the Porter Research team to develop this analysis of their survey. He considers the results in light of the emergence of mHealth technologies, which introduce a new layer of complexity to HIPAA compliance.
GAO Says Medicare Advantage Was Overpaid $12 Billion in 2014(3/25/2015)
Found in the MedPAC 2015 Report to Congress, Chapter 9:
  • "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.
Tools for Seniors Needed Home Care Tools for Today’s Senior Populations(3/25/2015)
Audrey Kinsella has been a valuable telehealth reporter for us for a number of years. We thought it would both show appreciation to her and provide important information for our readers to give her a forum to describe the new web page, titled, "Seniors Living Safely at Home: Needed Telecare-Ready Tools & Assisters" which she recently added to her popular web site, "Information for Tomorrow."
It Is Time for CMS to Figure Out the Difference Between Typos and Crimes(3/18/2015)
HCTR editor Tim Rowan analyzes the dilemma facing home health providers in the wake of the government's effort to preserve the Medicare Trust Fund with exactly the opposite tactics from the ones that would have worked.
HIPAA Prep® Training Aimed at Small- to Mid-Sized Home Care and Hospice Market(3/18/2015)
HIPAA consulting firm Carosh Compliance Solutions launches online, actionable training series for home care and hospice providers that may not have a full-time HIPAA compliance officer.
Are You On This List? New Free Service May Boost Your Referrals(3/18/2015)
Among familiar names such as PPS Plus, Kinnser, Axxess, and SutureHealth, we found an interesting new company at this week's PMX2 conference, the user group meeting for users of customer relationship management software from PlaymakerCRM. It is one that deserves at least a quick look, if only to make sure they have described your company accurately.
Forcura and QIRT Form Strategic Alliance to Boost Speed and Efficiency(3/18/2015)
Partnership with Quality in Real Time will add compliance and quality assurance solution to end-to-end document management firm.
Procura Group, Parent of ContinuLink and Progresa, Acquires Igea Home Health Software(3/11/2015)
Procura announced on March 12 that it has acquired Indura Software, Inc., the developer and owner of Igea home health care software, adding a SaaS system for Medicare and Private Duty agencies to a portfolio that includes ContinuLink and Progresa for home care, and the PeoplePoint system for residential management.
Why Does HIPAA Fail to Prevent Medical Identity Theft?(3/11/2015)
HIPAA has been in place for over a decade, yet medical ID theft continues to be a serious problem. Is the law flawed? Or could Covered Entities, like yours, be doing more to protect patient privacy? HIPAA compliance consultant Roger Shindell presents a detailed reminder of what you are obligated to do to protect your patients...and to protect your agency from debilitating fines.
Vendor Watch(3/11/2015)
— Kinnser VisitVerify 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
Home Care by Black Stone Inks Allscripts Contract(3/11/2015)
Multi-site Ohio home health and private duty agency selects Allscripts Homecare to consolidate multiple EHRs into a single, interoperable and integrated IT platform.

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