Volume 12, Number 13 January  18, 2023

Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

We are happy to present the next episode in our "Meet the CEO" series of video interviews with our sponsors and advertisers. In this episode, we pick the brain of Adrien Schauer, CEO and founder of Alayacare. He recently wrote and published a paper on the pathways Home Care and Home Health agencies ought to be taking to thrive through the developments expected in 2023. We got his permission to share a summary of his ideas and a link to the complete document.

Let me take this moment to personally thank all of you for your support of and interest in this video series. Response has been impressive, so we will keep it going. Join me and Adrien at Meet the CEO: Alayacare. You can also click here for links to all episode in the series as well as links to our in-depth conversations with Lindsay Doak, lead researcher for the Berry Dunn "Healthcare at Home Best Practices Study."



Free Software Worth a Look

You get what you pay for, right? If something is free, it can't be that good, right? Maybe not. Take a look at our product review of Careswitch and see what we thought of the Home Care agency management system that supports quite a few basic agency functions at no charge.



Our sponsors are some of the best people in our industry. For the latest example, check out the story Homecare Homebase sent us about their RAK program: Random Acts of Kindness.



Worth the Trip

Registration is at capacity for this year's Homecare 100 event, but we mention it one more time to remind you that we will be there and hope to see you. If you like to plan ahead, both NAHC and HCAOA have announced their dates and locations for 2023.

FREE WEBINAR TOMORROW, Wednesday, 2:00 Eastern
Netsmart consultant Mike Dordick will interview NAHC President Bill Dombi About His 2023 Industry Outlook. Scroll down for details, or click here to register.

Have a great week! Keep making a difference in 2023!

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Tim Rowan

Prepare Your Agency for the Unexpected in 2023
We summarize the white paper released last week by AlayaCare CEO Adrian Schauer, with tips for thriving in an uncertain year.

Product Review: How Good Can A Free Agency Management System Be?
We took an in-depth look at CareSwitch and found that a free AMS can actually be more than adequate for small and startup Home Care agencies.

Kudos to One of Our Sponsors
Homecare Homebase employees participate in "Random Acts of Kindness Day."

BerryDunn to Provide ANCC-Accredited Education Services for Home Health and Hospice Agencies
Designed to help agencies improve patient outcomes.

During the 1st Quarter of 2023, web sites of the above advertisers were visited by home care and hospice executives and staff 4163 times.

To inquire about placing your message here, contact:


As of this date, approximately 48,411,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.


Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

Home Care Nurse Shot and Killed
Guest author and home care attorney Elizabeth Hogue outlines the legal responsibilities and limitations of an employer with regard to efforts to keep mobile workers safe.

Careficient Acquires Home Health, Hospice, Home Care, Palliative and RCM Solutions and Services from Net Health
New home for HealthWyse, Hospicesoft, and Net Health's RCM division to make Careficient a major player in 2023.

Upcoming Events

20th Annual Northeast Home Health Leadership Summit

Sponsored by: State Associations of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York (HCA), New York (HCP), Rhode Island, VNAs of Vermont

Dates: January 17-19

Venue: Revere Hotel, Boston


Information and Registration

Homecare 100 *

Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

Date: January 22-25, 2023
Venue: Ritz-Carlton, Orlando, Grande Lakes, FL

Registration Information


Shine Your Light
Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council Annual Meeting and Exposition

Dates: April 9-10
Venue: NIU Naperville

Information and Registration

FREE WEBINAR: CMS’ Proposed Hospice FY2024 Payment Rule: Implications for Agencies and the Hospice Community

Sponsored by NAHC
Featuring: Theresa Forster, Katie Wehri

Date: April 11
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 EDT

Details and Registration


Description: In addition to routine annual payment changes, CMS proposed FY2024 Hospice Payment Rule, issued on March 31, contains valuable updates on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). Perhaps most notable, the rule's deep dive into utilization trends signals an intensified interest in hospice care patterns, potentially inappropriate behavior in the hospice sector, and program integrity concerns.  Join two of NAHC's hospice experts as they detail proposed changes, including a new requirement that hospice certifying physicians be Medicare enrolled (or to have validly opted-out) and CMS' Requests for Information on hospice utilization and health equity, and examine their potential impact on hospice practice going forward.

Faculty: Theresa M. Forster, NAHC VP for Hospice Policy & Programs
Katie Wehri, NAHC Director of Home Health & Hospice Regulatory Affairs

WEBINAR: Audits: What to Do

A 90-minute Lunch & Learn Audio Conference by Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq. Health Care Attorney

Date: Thursday, April 6
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 EDT

Encore date: April 13
On-demand recording available 24/7
Option to purchase recording and handouts


Information and Registration


Audio-Conference Description: Home care providers of all types; including home health agencies, private duty agencies, hospices and HME companies; remain targets of audits by various regulators, including but certainly not limited to United Program Integrity Contractors (UPICs). The results of these audits can be devastating because they may threaten the ability of providers to remain in business, especially when overpayments are extrapolated to millions of dollars. Audits of all types must be taken seriously and providers must take action to close audits as quickly as possible! The first thing providers must do is to review records requested by auditors.

The purpose of this teleconference is to give providers detailed steps to follow to avoid adverse consequences of audits. Examples of common issues targeted by auditors will be provided and there will be time for questions and answers.


First Joint Conference of the Carolinas

Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina & South Carolina Home Care & Hospice Association

Dates: April 23-26

Venue: Westin

City: Charlotte

Information and Registration 

Rise Above!

Michigan Home Care & Hospice Association Annual Conference

Dates: May 3-5
Venue: Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

Registration and Information

The theme for the Conference is “RISE ABOVE” a fitting recognition of the challenges our industry and each of you overcame in your personal lives and professional careers to navigate the challenges of the past three years.

The MHHA conference presents an opportunity to meet new friends and reacquaint with peers. What better place to rise above, than at the spacious and beautiful Grand Traverse Resort & Spa? This conference has a little bit for every service line and discipline. Wednesday offers a track for Volunteer Managers and Thursday offers a track for Palliative Care as well as many other sessions for Certified Home Health, Hospice, DME and Private Duty Home Care.

2023 Annual Home Health & Hospice Conference
Homecare and Hospice Association of Utah

Date: May 10-11

City: Sandy

Attendee Registration

Exhibitor/Sponsor Registration

2023 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference *Presented by: Home Care and Hospice Association of Colorado

Dates: May 18-19
Venue: Beaver Creek

Information and Registration for Attendees and Exhibitors

Home Care Innovation Forum*Presented by: The Influence Group

Dates: June 4-6
Venue: Park Hyatt Aviara 
Carlsbad, CA

Information and Registration

Featured Speakers:

Partial list of topics:

HI2: Home Care Innovation and Investment Conference *Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

Dates: June 12-14
Venue: Swissotel 

Information and Registration

Featured Speakers:

leading ONE vision

Homecare Homebase User Group Meeting

Dates: June 12-14
Venue: Sheraton Dallas Hotel

Information and Registration

Clinical Education Credits
Nationally recognized speakers, eight clinical sessions. Clinicians are encouraged to sign up for the clinical sessions, but are free to jump between clinical and non-clinical topics. Clinical topics include a homecare focus on Wound Care, Value Based Purchasing, Clinical Leadership, conflict resolution, Quality Report, Oasis and more.

Featured Speakers:

Your state or national association meeting or webinar not listed? Send the details to Conferences@RowanResources.com using this format:

Conference Title
Sponsoring Association
Hotel or Conference Center, City, State

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