Volume 12, Number 36 — October  18, 2023

Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

We are between trips this week, so our news is coming to you a few days late, and will again next week as we head to Chicago for the annual HCAOA Conference. Kristin and I share our highlights of the 2023 NAHC Annual Convention & Expo below. Stay tuned for in-depth articles from some of the last week's presenters.

Exclusion Screening

In recent weeks, we published two articles describing the requirement that Home Health agencies and Hospices, for that matter all Medicare providers, perform an OIG Exclusion Screening on all employees every month. That burdensome frequency is dictated by how often clinicians and other employees can be eligible to work in a Medicare certified agency one month and somehow disqualify themselves the next month. Due to the expense of running these screenings so often, many providers, sadly, put themselves at great risk by doing it sporadically. 

As a service to our readers, we have found a 3rd-party service that does the screenings at a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself. Before you are dinged, or worse, excluded from Medicare, do yourself a favor and read about this service in this week's issue. Click here or scroll down to read "OIG Express Can Save Your Agency."

Join This Research Study

BerryDunn, lead researcher of the National Healthcare at Home Best Practices and Future Insights Study, is launching a new research study to help agencies improve their CAHPS outcomes through implementation of research-based initiatives. Space is limited. Learn more at berrydunn.com/patient-satisfaction.

Vendor Watch

Another M&A press release hit our desk this week. Read the full press release on the Wellsky acquisition of Corridor.


Keynote speaker Kindra Hall will talk about better communication about the value of your company, products, and people through strategic storytelling. Author and comedian David Rendall will discuss innovation and creativity. Additional education sessions focus on retention, delegation, AI, & Technology in Home Care. Look for our overviews of these sessions next week. We hope to see you there.

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NAHC 2023 Message: Advocacy Only Way to Stop CMS From Destroying Half of HHAs
Threatened by disastrous pay rates, NAHC believes it is not too late to save 51 percent of HHAs from operating in the red. But it will take pleas to Congress from EVERY owner, employee, patient and family.

NAHC Conference Highlights: Part 1
Advocacy, Reputation, Burnout, & Storytelling. While not technology related, we found a lot of value in these educational sessions at NAHC and hope you will too.

NAHC Conference Highlights: Part 2
— Using AI to Track and Reduce Violence in Home Care
— New patient monitoring tool goes beyond patient monitoring, and it is free
— Online prescription processor may make PBMs obsolete

Conducting OIG Exclusion Screening is Not Just A Best Practice
Conducting OIG exclusion screening is essential for legal compliance, fraud prevention, patient safety, and financial stability. It is a fundamental step in maintaining the integrity of your organization and avoiding severe consequences for non-compliance.

The Agency of the Future: Art, Health, and Innovation
Rooted in a 2019 WHO report, the series explores the substantial impact of the arts on health and well-being, spanning from prevention to treatment across various conditions.

Product Review: OIG Express Facilitates Exclusion Screening
New service performs the required screening at a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself.

WellSky Acquires Corridor
The combined companies will work together to bolster providers’ ability to succeed in value-based care arrangements.

Risk of Violence on the Rise
The Office for Civil Rights and Health and Human Services provided resources to minimize risk. Violence in the workplace for in-home care providers is on the rise.

During the 3rd Quarter of 2023, web sites of the above advertisers were visited by home care and hospice executives and staff 11531 times.

To inquire about placing your message here, contact:


As of this date, approximately 51,414,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.


Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

Transformative Trends in Home Care: Strategies for Successful Business Sale
Selling a home care business is not as simple as it might sound. Guest author Greg Schriber offers tips to prepare your business, and yourself, for the process.

Pre-Employment Background Checks vs. OIG Exclusion Screening: Understanding the Difference
Everyone does pre-employment background checks. OIG Exclusion Screening is something quite different. It is a monthly check to prevent the continuing employment of individuals or entities excluded from federal healthcare programs. Guest writer Roger Shindell explains how to maintain legal compliance.

Upcoming Events


2023 National Home Care Conference*
Home Care Association of America

October 23-24, 2023

Hilton Chicago
Chicago, IL

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Vision – Plan – Succeed: 2023 Leadership Conference

Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina

October 29-31, 2023
Renaissance Hotel Ashville, NC

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Featured speakers:

Bill Dombi, Melinda Gaboury, Tim Rogers, Nick Seabrook, Mark Sharp, Robert Markette, Mark Kulik, and more.

Ignite Your Revenue Engine - Virtual


November 1-3, 2023

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Strategic Analysis and Provider Guidance

CMS CY2024 Final Rule Cuts to Home Health


November 9, 2023

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Unlocking Home Care Agency Efficiency with AI

Virtual Workshop

Automation Edge

Nov 8, 2023

11 a.m. CST

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Home Health Final Rule: Clinical & Financial Strategies for Success in 2024

McBee Associates

Nov 8, 2023
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. EST

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Automating Your Compliance Process in Home Care

AxisCare and CareAcademy

Nov 8. 2023
12 p.m. CT

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2023 Annual Conference – Hybrid Hospice & Palliative Care

Hospice & Palliative Care Association of New York State

November 13-14, 2023
Albany Marriott Hotel
Albany, NY

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Call for Speaker Proposals

Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina (AHHC) Annual Convention and Expo

April 7-10, 2024
Raleigh Convention Center

Submit Your Proposal

The deadline to submit a proposal is November 15, 2023.


Understanding the CY 2024 Home Health Final Rule:

Your agency's path forward


Nov 15, 2023
12 p.m. CST

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Presented by Cindy Campbell, MHA-Healthcare Informatics, BSN, RN, COQS, CHHCM

Request for Speakers: 2024 Annual Conference

Indiana Association for Home Health Care

April 16-17, 2024

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The deadline to submit proposals is November 17, 2023.

2023 Virtual Annual Conference
Virginia Association for Homecare and Hospice

Opening Date:November 15

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Rapid Competency and Quality Improvement Training


November 30, 2023
1:00 p.m. EST

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Safety Matters: Protecting Home Care Workers from Violence

National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Nov 29, 2023
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST

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Safety Matters:
Protecting Home Care Workers from Violence

National Association for Home Care and Hospice

Nov 29, 2023
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST

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Turning Lemons into Lemonade: Developing resilience in the face of change


Dec 6, 2023
1:00 p.m. EST

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CRM Showcase:Empowering Reps for Smarter, More Efficient Growth

Trella Health

December 12, 2023
12 p.m. EST

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Don't be Late for Section GGPrepare now for the new Discharge Function Score


Dec 12, 2023
2:00 p.m. EST

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CRM Showcase: Empowering Reps for Smarter, More Efficient Growth

Trella Health

Dec 12, 2023
12 p.m. EST

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Brand Leadership Summit

Revealing Genius

Dec 7-15, 2023
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. EST

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RCM Success Toolkit:

Insights for RCM Leaders


December 14, 2023
2:00 p.m. EST

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Understanding, Identifying, and Overcoming Conscious and Unconscious Bias

Home Care Pulse

FREE Sample Course

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Home Health and Hospice Summit

HealthCare Synergy

January 10, 2024
Renaissance Hotel
Long Beach, CA

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Home Care 100*

Lincoln Intelligence Group

January 21-24, 2024
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Scottsdale, AZ

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AGILE: Axxess Growth, Innovation and Leadership Experience*


April 21-24, 2024
Irving Convention Center
Dallas, TX

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Annual Conference & Trade Show

Michigan HomeCare & Hospice Association

May 8-9, 2024
Radisson of Kalamazoo

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2024 KHCA Annual Conference

Kentucky Home Care Association

August 14-15, 2024
Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington/UK Coldstream
Lexington, KY

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6th Annual Forum on Coding, OASIS & Quality


Aug 5-7, 2024
Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center
Overland Park, Kansas

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Agency Amplify


2nd Tuesday

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*The Rowan Report will see you there.

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