Volume 12, Number 25 May  17, 2023



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

We continue this week with our exploration of the rapid advances in Artificial Intelligence capabilities in healthcare. Staff writer Heather Thompson has been "drinking from a firehose" of information about what AI can do as those capabilities seem to expand not just daily but hourly. Her report this week brings us up to date on using AI in healthcare, especially AI's growing ability to "imagine" the future. Can it imagine yours?

This week's news starts with a warning, mostly for employers of personal care workers, but potentially for all employers. The Department of Labor has chosen eight Southern states as targets of its crackdown on wage violations. So far, they claim that 89 percent of home care agencies fail to pay overtime. Some have been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars. Scroll down to "Crackdown is Coming: Are You Paying Overtime?" to see if you are in one of those states. Tip: if a caregiver works for two or more of your locations, you must combine all hours worked to calculate your overtime responsibility. Yes, it sounds obvious, but that is what led to one of the largest penalties.

 

 

VENDOR NEWS

In one vendor interview and one new product review, we have two articles this week that will be of interest to all providers, including Hospice, Home Care, and Home Health. HHAeXchange is rapidly expanding its Partner Connect program, bringing added functionality to its customers through cooperative arrangements with 3rd-party tech companies. 

A team of co-founders gave us a detailed demonstration of PocketRN, a new service that puts patients, clients, families, and caregivers in touch with nurses working from their homes at all hours. We had a few questions about how such a system might work but were generally impressed.

 

WORTH THE TRIP

State and national conference season is here. We do our best to post every announcement sent to us. Scroll down to see our current list of upcoming events. There are some where we hope to see you. Let me point out a couple. 

Home Care Innovation Forum is a new conference from "The Influence Group," set for June 4-6 in Carlsbad, California. Not to be confused with Home Care Innovation and Investment Conference, a production of Lincoln Healthcare Leadership, the organizers of Home Care 100. It will take place in Chicago, June 12-14. Looking to the end of the month, CAHSAH is scheduled for the 22nd to 25th at the Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa. We hope to see you at one or more of these. In addition to the ones we will attend, look below for our Upcoming Events column, with links to the state association conference in Colorado and the Homecare Homebase annual user group meeting. 

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



ALYS in Wonderland? AI is Ready for Home Care
As Artificial Intelligence makes its way into Healthcare at Home, it is important to understand how it "thinks," imagines, and maybe even ... "feels?"

Crackdown is Coming: Are You Paying Overtime?
The Department of Labor is targeting home care agencies that fail to pay overtime. Southern states in the initial crosshairs.

Product Review: PocketRN Aims to Solve Nursing Shortage
New communication service puts remote RNs at a patient's beck and call via video or voice 24/7, easing the nursing shortage.

HCTR Interview: HHAeXchange Seeks to Expand Partner Connect Program
The Agency Management and EMR software company integrates 3rd party products with its core application.



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Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

AI and the Agency of the Future — Opportunities, Threats, and Promising New Efficiencies
AI is already a part of our everyday lives. From art to academics and disease management, continuous advances have already changed the way humans access and utilize information. Recent tests reveal occasional difficulties distinguishing AI responses from human. This article is the first in a series exploring key considerations as artificial intelligence makes its way into home health, hospice and home care .

Meet Our New Staff Writer, Heather L Thompson
You might remember her as Heather Rooney, the sales and marketing expert who helped put OCS on the map and later went out on her own as "Heather L. Rooney Strategy & Marketing." We are excited to welcome her back and put her to work as our new expert contributing writer on topics related to AI, Machine Learning and the Agency of the Future.




Upcoming Events

Home Care Innovation Forum*Presented by: The Influence Group

Dates: June 4-6
Venue: Park Hyatt Aviara 
City: 
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 
City: 
Chicago


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:


2032 NAHC Financial Management Conference & Exposition

Date: July 16-18
Venue: Hilton Riverside, New Orleans

Information and Registration

 

In addition to NAHC president Bill Dombi, featured speakers will include:


54th Annual Meeting: "Bring Care Home"Presented by: Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice

Dates: August 28-31
Venue: Grand Hyatt Riverwalk
City: San Antonio


Information and Registration


FREE Webinar: "The Role of the Hospice Physician in Organizational Compliance"Presented by: FEMA

Date: September 6

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, EDT

Register here 

Collaborating with the Administration for Community Living, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Office of Policy, Planning, and Innovation, and the Schoharie County, NY, Area Agency on Aging, the webinar is designed to equip organizations with strategies to ensure seamless service continuity during an emergency. 

 


2023 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition *

"One Voice, Many Stories"

Date: October 15-17
Venue: Gaylord 
Location: National Harbor, MD

Information and Registration

Keynote Speakers:


 

Vision – Plan – Succeed: 2023 Leadership Conference

Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina

Dates: October 29-31
Venue: Renaissance Hotel
City: Ashville

Information and Registration 


Featured speakers:

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

 


 

Call for Speaker Proposals

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

Dates: April 7-10, 2024
Venue: Raleigh Convention Center

 

Click this link to learn more and to submit your proposal: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6RRNNY3
The deadline to submit a proposal is November 15, 2023.


Conference Title:                                                   2023 Annual Hybrid Hospice & Palliative Care Conference

Sponsoring Association:                                       Hospice & Palliative Care Association of New York State
Date(s):                                                                    November 13-14, 2023
Hotel or Conference Center, City, State:            Albany Marriott Hotel, Albany, NY
URL:                                                                          www.hpcanys.org

 

 

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Kimberly Ryan ?

Education & Membership 

Hospice & Palliative Care Association of NYS (HPCANYS)

Advance Care Planning Center for Excellence
119 Washington Ave, Suite 302 

Albany NY 12210 

518.446.1483 x 224 |www.hpcanys.org 


 

2023 Virtual Annual Conference
Virginia Association for Homecare and Hospice

Opening Date: November 15

More Information

 


*The Rowan Report will see you there.


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

Conference Title
Sponsoring Association
Date(s)
Hotel or Conference Center, City, State
URL



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