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HCTR Interview: NAHC's Bill Dombi Discusses Ebola, Alzheimer's, and ACOs(11/12/2014)
NAHC’s Vice President for Law sat down exclusively with reporter Liz Seegert last month during the association’s annual meeting in Phoenix for a wide-ranging interview on policy, programs, and the future of home healthcare. In this final segment, he discusses ACOs opening and closing, the CMS final rule for 2015, and NAHC's efforts to join the Ebola battle.
Attorney Elizabeth Hogue Explains Meaning for Home Care of Latest "Jimmo Case" Ruling(11/12/2014)
On October 29, the federal court in Vermont handed down a final decision in the case of Glenda Jimmo vs. CMS. It may or may not change the way home care serves persons with chronic conditions. This clarification by home care attorney Elizabeth Hogue offers some cautions regarding the ruling's exact meaning.
Clinicians Improve Outcomes by Connecting to a Circle of Care(11/12/2014)
Donna Thomson is the author of The 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 Manual(11/12/2014)
VNAA’s new Clinical Procedure Manual, available on paper or in digital format, features the latest home health and hospice best practices, offers guidance for more than 300 procedures specifically for home health and hospice care.
Court Decision Shakes Up What HIPAA Compliance Officers Thought They Knew(11/5/2014)
This is a new, developing story and we do not have all of the comments from all sides yet. Still, everyone charged with keeping a home care agency or hospice in compliance with HIPAA needs to be aware of this development.
HCTR Interview Part 2: NAHC's Bill Dombi Weighs in on ACA, F2F, IMPACT(11/5/2014)
NAHC’s Vice President for Law sat down exclusively with reporter Liz Seegert last month during the association’s annual meeting in Phoenix for a wide-ranging interview on policy, programs, and the future of home healthcare. In this second of three parts, he discusses legislation, rulemaking and politics. Look for his assessment of the rise in the cost of insurance. "I think the end result is going to be that there's a section of people who need this care that won't be getting the care."
Partners Healthcare Connected Health Symposium Introduces Key Player in Health Care Service Delivery — the Patient(11/5/2014)
We sent staff writer Audrey Kinsella to Partners Healthcare's annual symposium last month, titled "Connected Health in Practice: Engaging Patients and Providers Outside of Traditional Care Settings." The first of her reports features her overall impression of what connected health experts are saying this year, best summarized by one keynote speaker, who declared "Patient is King."
New York Software Developer Expanding; Hiring Frenzy in Advance of 50-state Strategy(11/5/2014)
One of the more interesting announcements at last month's NAHC Annual Meeting was made by HHA Exchange. The software vendor that has seen tremendous success serving New York's Medicaid home care providers plans to expand nationwide. They introduced three home care veterans who will be heading up their sales and marketing effort as they grow.
CTC2 Falls Short in Emmy Bid, But Producers Find Meaning During the Ride(11/5/2014)
Consider the Conversation 2: Stories about Cure, Relief, and Comfort did not win an Emmy® Award in Chicago on Saturday night (11/1), but co-producers Michael Bernhagen and Terry Kaldhusdal continue to be amazed by the ripple effect of their collective work despite the absence of funding, a publicist, national media attention and a famous front person.
Noninvasive Medical Technologies Lends its ZOE Monitor to the Battle to Stop Ebola (10/29/2014)
We have kept an eye on this company since 2008. We always knew it's ZOE Fluid Status Monitor was a great tool for CHF patients but we were surprised to learn that it can detect the presence of the Ebola virus before other symptoms appear. This article explains how it works and what the company is planning to do to join the fight.
Register Here for "Preparing to Pilot (P2P) Aging Service Technologies"(10/29/2014)
Home Care Technology Report is proud to be a media sponsor of this year's AgeTech West Conference, November 17-18 in Seattle. This article was provided to us by conference organizer Scott Peifer, Executive Director of AgeTech West to let you know the exciting things planned for this year's conference. Advance registration is November 7.
HCTR Interview: NAHC's Bill Dombi Sees Home Care Ready to Move Forward(10/29/2014)
NAHC’s Vice President for Law sat down exclusively with reporter Liz Seegert last week during the association’s annual meeting in Phoenix for a wide-ranging interview on policy, programs, and the future of home healthcare. In this first of three parts, he discusses the current widespread concern regarding payment rates and the acquisition movement.

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