Volume 12, Number 25 June  14, 2023

Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

There is a lot going on this week. Here are two loosely kept secrets about how to plow through one of our issues when it is overstuffed with news. Look through the headlines below and pick the articles that have more meaning to you. When you click on a headline, you will be directed to the sub-topic page on our web site in which that article is stored. You will see the story you clicked on, plus headlines for all our archived articles within that topic area. To change topic areas, or to go to the main page, use the topic wheel toward the top of the page.

Secret #2: if you find an article that deserves deeper exploration, use our search engine. It can be accessed from the home page or from any topic page. Type in one to three key words, click “search now,” and all articles that contain those words, either in the headline or the body of the text, will rise to the top of the list.



While we continue to focus on technology issues you want to learn – those that help with staff recruiting and retention and the rapid rise of Artificial Intelligence in healthcare, we also attended two high-level conferences in the past two weeks and are still processing all we learned. We will bring it to you a little at a time, including profiles of new technology vendors with great plans to improve your patient outcomes or streamline your operations or raise satisfaction scores, or all of the above.

We also found a scathing report on hospice abuses, which we summarize this week for you, along with a plethora of URLs for your further study of the problem. You will find it a combination of a little good and quite a bit of bad news for that sector.

Staff writer Heather Thompson continues to delve into the mysteries of Chat-GPT and GPT-4 this week. She is getting better and better at querying the tools and accomplishing two important results. We are learning about the capabilities of AI and about the ways it can be -- and should not be -- deployed in healthcare. Personally, I have learned a lot from her research, and I hope you are benefiting as well.


Worth the Trip

The coming weeks will feature some summer travel opportunities, at least one of which will match your needs. The NAHC Financial Managers Conference is set for July 16-18 in New Orleans. "Bring Care Home" is the theme for the annual conference of the Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice, August 28-31 in San Antonio. If we missed one, write to us and we will add your announcement to our next issue.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!



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Tim Rowan

Study Compares Profit vs Non-Profit Hospices
Fewer visits, live discharges, other efforts to maximize profits occur far more often in some agencies.

EU Proposes Regulation; GPT-4 Urges AGI Caution
Give AI the right instructions and it will tell you all about itself. These warnings about the dangers of using AI for health diagnosing come directly from the tool.

Advanced Caregiver Retention Strategies: myCNAjobs CEO Updates Research Study Findings
At last week's Home Care Innovation Forum, Brandi Kurtyka outlined the surprising findings of "The State of The Direct Care Workforce" study conducted by NAHC and MissionCare Collective.

Ransomware Criminals Release Thousands of Insurance Company Customers' Data
An insurance company succumbed to a ransomware attack and the data kidnappers retaliated by releasing thousands of patient records. Could it happen to you?

CMS News
Join CMS's expanded HHVBP Model live stream event, "Overview of the Interim Performance Report (IPR): The July 2023 IPR," July 27.

Telehealth as an Excepted Benefit Clears House Education and Workforce Committee
Telehealth Benefit Expansion for Workers Act of 2023 would allow access to telehealth for all employees, including part-time, contracted and seasonal workers.

Vendor Watch
— Advanced Hospice Management, a Palliative Billing Service, Makes Strategic Acquisition

During the 2nd Quarter of 2023, web sites of the above advertisers were visited by home care and hospice executives and staff 4976 times.

To inquire about placing your message here, contact:


As of this date, approximately 50,028,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.


Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

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.

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 .

Upcoming Events

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




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
Hotel or Conference Center, City, State

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