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Largest Not-For-Profit Home Care Agency Selects Delta Health Technologies(4/2/2014)
Delta Health Technologies President and CEO Keith Crownover announced on April 2 that his company will be installing its Crescendo product for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.
The Benefits of Disruption: An HCTR Interview with Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky(4/2/2014)
"If I can get a few folks to convert from the old-school, fee for service mindset, and start to make effective pitches to hospitals about reducing 30-day readmissions or to ACOs about helping them thrive under a Medicare shared savings system, then I will have given them something valuable." Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky, MD, spoke with our Liz Seegert about his keynote address at our upcoming "Healthcare in Transition" seminar.
Clinicians, Are You Asking All the Right Questions?(4/2/2014)
The 2014 National Health Interview Survey turned up evidence that many people with chronic conditions are forced by their financial situation to choose between food and prescription medications. One way of preventing avoidable rehospitalizations might be to simply ask people if they are in this situation and knowing how to refer them to SNAP, WIC or local food banks.
Seriously? House Votes to Delay ICD-10 Yet Another Year(3/26/2014)
The AHA, AMA, AHIMA and CHIME are urging their members to contact Senators to stop the House-passed ICD-10 delay amendment before sending it to the President for signature.
Former Kaiser Physician Explains How to Become A High-Performing Post-Acute Partner(3/26/2014)
32-year Kaiser veteran physician Richard Della Penna will kick off our fist Healthcare 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 Survival(3/26/2014)
One of the primary characteristics of home care agencies that will thrive through healthcare reform is the ability to exchange data with hospitals and ACOs. At our upcoming Healthcare 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 Technology(3/26/2014)
Canon Hospice provides in-home and inpatient hospice care in central and southern Louisiana. Earlier this year, the 18 year-old hospice eliminated paper forms, improved caregiver safety, and streamlined operations with a mobile forms solution from CellTrak.
HealthWyse Names New CEO(3/19/2014)
Before HealthWyse issued its press release announcing that Graham Barnes will replace Robert Pahlavan as CEO, the pair called us to talk about the new leader's plans for the company's future.
CMS News: Some Hospice Patients May Receive Simultaneous Palliative and Curative Care(3/19/2014)
Through the Medicare Care Choices Model, some Medicare beneficiaries will gain the option to receive palliative care services from certain hospice providers while continuing to receiving curative care services.
CMS News: Application Period for Bundling Demonstration Project Reopened(3/19/2014)
Bundled payments are in your future if you work with Medicare or Medicaid. There is a new opportunity to create a proposal and participate in a bundling demonstration project to get a head start on your competition.
Vendor Watch(3/19/2014)
Suncoast Solutions says it is ready for CMS Change Request 8358
Independa's Remote Care Model featured in CAST Leading Age Technology selection tool
No Clear Answer on RAC Suspensions(3/5/2014)
CMS is not talking about its decision to tell Recovery Audit Contractors to stop reviewing home healthcare claims. Does this mean you can relax? Absolutely not. Keep up your compliance efforts and continue to demand excellence in clinical documentation.

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