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Important CMS Open Door Forum Call Today at 1:30 EST; 10:30 PST(2/24/2015)
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(2/18/2015)
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 (2/18/2015)
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(2/18/2015)
— 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(2/11/2015)
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(2/11/2015)
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(2/11/2015)
— Cardiocom announces partnerships with home healthcare companies
— Kinnser inks contract with Intrepid USA
What Does the Anthem Breach Mean?(2/4/2015)
At first glance, it may appear that only Anthem customers need be concerned about last week's breach of Anthem's customer databases by unknown hackers. Not so. There are lessons here for all employers, all healthcare providers, and all healthcare consumers. We take a look at the details and try to glean some of those lessons.
Sights and Sounds of Homecare 100 2015(2/4/2015)
With the roar of the Pacific as a backdrop and the wisdom of leadership consultants Rick Foster and Greg Hicks, authors of the best selling "How We Choose to Be Happy ó the 9 Choices of Extremely Happy People," setting the tone, Homecare 100 brought over 300 people to Liguna Niguel, California last week for an update on the state of the industry. Here are the highlights of what we learned...and taught.
Family Involvement Enhances Effectiveness of Home Telehealth(1/28/2015)
With only 28% of home health providers offering remote patient monitoring services, but more than 80% of large agencies investing in home telehealth systems, we thought it might be timely to offer a refresher for the small agencies reluctant to take the plunge. New guest author Paul Murphy, MS, MA, and Paramedic, goes over the basics in his first article for us.
VNAA Statement on CMS Draft Standardized Template for Face to Face Encounters(1/28/2015)
Noting that the home health payment error rate jumped from 17.3% to 51.4% from 2013 to 2014, the Visiting Nurse Associations of America has offered to help CMS solve the administrative burdens and unnecessary payment denials created by the face-to-face documentation regulation.
Best in KLAS 2014 Announced(1/28/2015)
Once a year, KLAS publishes a report on selected home care software vendors and their products, based on evaluations obtained in customer interviews. This year's survey named the same vendor as last year as "Best in KLAS."

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