Volume 9, Number 50 July  15, 2020




Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

According to a July 14 report by research and advisory company Gartner, businesses looking beyond the COVID-19 pandemic are going to be facing a new kind of challenge: managing a new kind of highly complicated, hybrid workforce.  The study found that 82% of business leaders say their organizations plan to let employees continue to work from home at least some of the time, while 47% plan to allow employees to do so permanently. 

How about you? We would like to know our thinking on this issue. Is working from home working? Are you going to continue it after the pandemic subsides? Tell us in this week's brief, anonymous, 4-question survey. It will take you about two minutes to complete and we urge you to do so. We will publish the results in an early August issue. Click here to begin the 2-minute survey.

In this week's news

Private Duty Home Care: How do you deal with competition? TV ads? Yellow Page ads? Does your next client's adult daughter 1,000 miles away see them? In his ongoing series about how to bolster your online reputation to attract more phone calls from that adult daughter, Roger McManus explains, in detail, how to solicit and manage online reviews. He includes an argument to avoid paying for Google ads. If staying ahead of your competition is an issue, don't miss "Let Your Customers Write Your Advertising."

 

 

Medicaid Providers: Another state has finalized its EVV decision. Congratulations to New York Medicaid for allowing home care providers to choose their own EVV vendor, as long as it can integrate with a data aggregator. Details in "NY State Announces "Choice" Model for EVV."

Watch out and be prepared! The Kaiser Family Foundation has determined that COVID-related unemployment is going to make millions more people eligible for Medicaid. Is your state going to be able to handle the influx? Are you? Read Darcey Trescone's analysis of the problem in "Potential Payer Changes and Considerations."

 

 

Medicare Providers: Another CMS rule relaxation to help you cope with the pandemic is the we-hope-it's-not-temporary provision allowing Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants to sign home health documents. If you have weaned yourself from that bastion of 1980's technology, the fax machine, one of our industry's electronic signature software vendors has already released a version for documents signed by NPs and PAs. See our interview with SutureHealth founder Dr. Michael Blackstone.

PDGM: Wound care took on new importance this year. Homecare Homebase users and those considering signing on with them will be happy to learn of the Dallas-based vendor's new partnership with Swift Medical, a wound care software company with offices in Toronto and Chicago. See "Vendor Watch: Swift Medical Integrates Digital Wound Care Solution with Homecare Homebase."

Worth the (virtual) trip

Thanks to all who joined me for part 2 of the webinar series I am hosting for HealthRev Partners, titled "COVID-19 Forum: How Coronavirus is Reshaping the Future of Home Health and Hospice. The discussion was lively and the information shared was invaluable. The third and final episode is set for Thursday, July 23 at 2:00pm EDT. The topic will be "Agency Leadership and Operations" and my panelists are all stars:

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Have a great, healthy, and safe week. Keep making a difference! (And PLEASE take our survey!)

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Tim Rowan



Let Your Customers Write Your Advertising
You read reviews before choosing a hotel or restaurant. What makes you think people do not read your reviews before calling you? Do you know how to leverage that social media era human trait?

Potential Payer Changes and Considerations
Kaiser Family Foundation: unemployment will send millions to Medicaid eligibility. States and care providers must prepare.

SutureHealth Launches Industry-First Enhanced Workflow for NP/PA Signing
NPs and PAs can now sign your documents. Here is one way to avoid fax and postage stamps so you get those signatures back quickly.

NY State Announces "Choice" Model for EVV
Finally, in May, New York Medicaid has chosen a model to comply with the EVV mandate that became law in January.

Vendor Watch: Swift Medical Integrates Digital Wound Care Solution with Homecare Homebase
Product integration said to enable high-quality, cost efficient care.



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As of this date, approximately 38,324,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.

 

Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

Homecare Homebase and CipherHealth Form Partnership
Partnership adds new level of care, enhanced communication with physicians and family.

Five Online Marketing Mistakes Home Care Agency Owners Make
If your online reputation is so important, why do so many home care agencies not take better care of it?


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With small margins in home care it has prompted the question, “Can we collect cash faster?” And what would this do for an agency? One thing we know is margins are small and have become more challenging than ever to for agencies to profit. This doesn’t mean it impossible for agencies to survive; it means a focus on collecting cash faster will be ever so important.


Agency leaders will first need to develop a timeline cadence of when to address claims based on when they were submitted for payment. In addition it will be pertinent to understand their own agency metrics such as DSO (Daily Sales Outstanding) and how they compare to industry standards.

On this webinar you will walk away with how to develop a timeline and your own DSO dashboard for benchmarking. All of these topics will weave into  strategic steps to take toward collecting cash flow faster.

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

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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. 
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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

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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. 


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

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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

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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

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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.


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