Volume 10, Number 17 January  27, 2021



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

Only one topic today in this special edition of Home Care Tech: The Rowan Report. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the renewed effort by the federal government to battle it, some shocking statistics have emerged that deserve the attention of all healthcare providers.

According to a report from The Human Rights Watch, coronavirus is hitting low-income communities harder than others. They cite the prevalence of service jobs that cannot be done from home, often crowded, multi-general living conditions, and less access to insurance:

"While the virus infects people regardless of wealth, the poor will be most affected due to longstanding segregation by income and race, reduced economic mobility, and the high cost of medical care. Low-income communities are more likely to be exposed to the virus, have higher mortality rates, and suffer economically. In times of economic crisis, these vulnerabilities will be more pronounced for marginal groups – identified by race, gender, and immigration status:

 

 

You are in healthcare. You probably already know most of these things:

This brief list should be understood as the tip of the iceberg. I want to introduce you to the national association focused on the entire problem.

 

 

National Minority Health Association

The National Minority Health Association was formed to reduce healthcare inequality through education and advocacy. Recently, it attracted the attention of the White House Healthcare Task Force. Executive Director Burgess Harrison spoke with us about how the in-home care sector can help.

NMHA was founded in 1988 by Dr. David L. Dalton, with the mission to establish Offices of Minority Health in all 50 states. That mission has been accomplished. Today, the NMHA is working at making those offices obsolete by eliminating the healthcare disparity gap. According to E.D. Burgess, "To achieve this, we are deploying new programs that utilize patient centered, value based care, and pathways to help lower costs and improve outcomes for minority and under-served communities."

Among those programs, Harrison told us, is the "Health Equity Action League." "HEAL is for healthcare companies. Those who join will accept the guiding principles and ask themselves, 'What did we do to further health equity?' Every home health, hospice, and home care agency should be a part of HEAL; every software company should participate.:

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

NMHA asks every business in America to adopt its Guiding Principles and join their fight to eliminate the minority healthcare gap.

Step One is to join as a member NMHA. Step Two is to agree to the NMHA Guiding Principles and implement them. There are also sponsorships available on different price levels to fit with the size of your organization.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES: Acknowledge — Create — Transform

Acknowledge that, even in the wealthiest of countries is a well proven process, backed up by more then 600 peer reviewed case studies. Activation is a term used to describe a person’s capability and willingness to take charge of their own health care.worldwide, there are significant disparities, biases, stereotypes, and inequalities in the healthcare of minority communities. These disparities often lead to less than optimal outcomes.

Create pathways for healthcare equality to provide a means for change.

Transform the health care system to be more inclusive, less costly, and more accessible.

Read more about the guiding principles by clicking on the headline below.

 

PATIENT ACTIVATION MEASURE

Lastly, NMHA recently launched "Operation Healthy You™," an effort to help reduce the disparity between how minorities and under-served populations manage chronic diseases as compared to how more affluent and better-insured populations manage the same disease states.

A lynchpin of this effort is an exciting tool NMHA is promoting and that you can use. The "Patient Activation Measure" is a well proven method for determining a person’s activation level, backed up by more then 600 peer reviewed case studies. Activation is a term used to describe a person's capability and willingness to take charge of their own health care. Click on the headline below for a complete description of PAM and links to evidence of its efficacy.

"Every software company should participate," Harrison urged. "They can help support the collection of PAM scores by building its 10-question survey into their systems, thus supporting the secure and anonymous transfer of data to a new research repository currently being developed. Our industry can be a leader...and should be."

As I mentioned at the top, this is an important enough topic that I feel justified in focusing this week's entire issue to it. We will be back to our regular breaking news and analysis next week.

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Tim Rowan



NMHA Guiding Principles
Get to know The National Minority Health Association.

What is the Patient Activation Measure?
The National Minority Health Association has thrown its weight behind a measurement tool that can help healthcare providers slash costs.



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As of this date, approximately 40,480,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.

 

Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

Payers Livid About CMS Final Rule
Matt Eyles, president and CEO of AHIP, issued this statement following the release of the CMS final rule on relaxed prior authorization processes.

Four Home Care Agencies Solve Expensive "Bad Hire" Problem
What does it cost when a new caregiver disappears after orientation and training, never taking a first shift? How often does it happen? One franchise organization has found a way to lower this risk, saving $4,500 or more every time a bad hire is avoided.




Upcoming Events

FREE WEBINAR: The Rise of Hospital at Home: A Roundtable Discussion

Sponsored by: AlayaCare

Featuring: Dr. Bruce Leff, Hospital at Home Pioneer & Professor, John Hopkins School of Medicine; Adrian Schauer, Founder and CEO
AlayaCare; Joel Theisen, Founder and CEO, Lifesprk; Brady Murphy, VP Sales & Marketing, AlayaCare

Date: Wednesday, January 27
Time:
1:00 EST

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Agenda
Across the U.S., the Acute Hospital Care at Home initiative from CMS is taking off amid the pandemic with at least 80 approved participants to date. As hospital-at-home models become more popular and more beneficial to both patients and health care organizations, those that have recognized the perks of home-based care prior to the COVID-19 crisis may have the upper hand.

Join us on Wednesday, Jan 27th at 1:00 pm EST for a roundtable discussion with industry experts such as Dr. Bruce Leff, Hospital at Home Pioneer and Professor at John Hopkins School of Medicine who deserves his reputation as a founding father of this virtual hospital concept, to learn about the hospital-at-home model and its impact on the home care industry.



FREE WEBINAR: 6 New COVID-19 ICD-10 Codes to Learn Webinar

Presented by: Healthcare Synergy
Featuring:
Michael Tidd, HealthCare Synergy Clinical Manager

Date: Thursday, February 4
Time: 11:00 - 11:30 PST

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COVID-19 has resulted in multiple waivers along with changes to programs and treatments to patients.  April 1 had an unexpected release of a new diagnosis code for the COVID-19 disease.  October 1 had additional diagnosis codes for agencies to learn and use.  January 1, 2021 brings six additional diagnosis codes that CMS released the week of Thanksgiving.  These will not be listed in your existing diagnosis coding manuals until a new manual is released later in August. 
Objectives:
Michael Tidd has over 19 years of experience in the Home Care Industry and is a frequent speaker at HealthCare Synergy Workshops and Webinars. He is a Software Developer, LVN and Certified in ICD-9/10 Coding and OASIS (COS-C, HCS-D). As the Clinical Manager for HealthCare Synergy, he directs the Outsourced Management Services, assists in directing the development of the Healthcare Assistant Web Edition, oversees the Clinical Documentation Auditing provided to clients and directs the Clinical Form Development for the Healthcare Assistant Web Edition. Michael continues to educate agencies in the ongoing regulations that CMS produces, the proper application of the Medicare Conditions of Participation and completing timely, accurate and defendable clinical documentation to survive in the current Medicare Reimbursement Model.

FREE Webinar: Practical Application of Information Blocking and Interoperability Rules for Post-Acute Care Providers

Sponsored by: Complia Health and Kno2

Date: February 18
Time: 1:00 EST

Information and Registration

Join healthcare technology experts Alan Swenson, VP of Interoperability at Kno2, and Melissa Turner, Director of Integration at Complia Health, on Thursday, February 18th at 1pm Eastern to learn about information blocking and what it means for your post-acute care organization today and looking ahead to the future. 


Virtual Conference: Winter Leadership Summit

Presented by: National Association for Home Care and Hospice

Date: February 23, 2021

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FREE WEBINARS: Virtual Seminar Series 

"Building the Bridge to Hospice" and "How to Increase Referrals"

Sponsored by: WellSky

Featuring: Cindy Campbell, Jody Holmes-Dion, Bob Parker, Melanie Stover

Dates: March 2, 16, 30; April 6
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 EST

Register for one or both webinars

Building the bridge to hospice: Leveraging connections between home health, palliative, and hospice care
Presented by consultants Cindy Campbell and Jody Holmes-Dion of WellSky and Bob Parker of Intrepid USA
CE credit offered – approved for up to 1.25 contact hours
Tuesday, March 2 | Tuesday, March 30

Turn up the volume! How to increase referrals in a value-driven market
Presented by Cindy Campbell and sales and marketing expert Melanie Stover of Home Care Sales
Tuesday, March 16 | Tuesday, April 6


FREE WEBINAR: Tech Titans Join Forces to Tackle Post Acute Care Challenges

Sponsored by: KanTime

Featuring: Terra Vicario (Moderator) CMO, Viventium; Malka Trump, Director of Compliance, Viventium; Kristen Duell, EVP, KanTime; Kim Spence, RN, Customer Success Division Leader, KanTime; James Cohen, CEO & Co-Founder, Nevvon

Date: Thursday, April 22

Time: 11:00 am PDT, 2:00 pm EDT

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2021, in many ways, is a continuation of challenges from 2020 and more! During this webinar, experts from companies with solutions for talent/retention and compliance issues, along with the continued challenges that COVID-19 has presented to our industry, will cover rules, regulations, and programs you need to stay on top of so your company can thrive amidst the pandemic.

FREE WEBINAR: New, Science-Based Methodology Reduces Cost of Recruitment and Retention

Presented by: The Rowan Report

Featuring: Eric Becker, CEO, MiliMatch

Date: Thursday, March 18

Time: 3:00 pm EST; Noon PST

Recorded version available soon.

 

Agenda:

Every time a home care agency hires and trains a new caregiver, it invests about $4,500, which is wasted if that new hire does not work out, often before working a first shift. MiliMatch CEO Eric Becker will explain the company's patented product/service, based on the science of Applied Cognitive Linguistics, which has been proven to help home care agencies avoid those costly bad hires.


Honoring Healthcare Heroes

Michigan Home Care & Hospice Association Annual Conference

Date: May 12-14
Venue: Virtual Event and Trade Show

There is something for every service line in home care as well as sessions for many of the disciplines in your organization.  Stay up to date on the current regulatory, legal, employment, and leadership topics that will help your organization succeed in the coming year. 
 
Invest in your future and the future of many of your co-workers.  MHHA has made this conference affordable by offering the 1st person to come at full price and additional people to attend at $70 if you are a MHHA member. 
 
Use this link to register on-line or download the registration form.  We look forward to your participation!

Registration

 



Sprinting Toward Brighter Days

Homecare & Hospice Association of Utah Annual Conference - LIVE AND IN PERSON!

Date: May 18-19

Location: Salt Lake Community College, Sandy, UT

Information and Registration

Interested sponsors/exhibitors: hover over the "Partners" tab on the website menu and select "Sponsorship/Exhibitor Opportunities" or email info@hhau.org for more information.

 


Homecare 100 *

Presented by: Lincoln Healthcare Leadership

Date: June 27-30, 2021
Venue: JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, FL

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*The Rowan Report will see you there.


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