Volume 12, Number 25 August  9, 2023



Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

Wasn't it only a few years ago that only a handful of tech-oriented folks were using Zoom? If there was anything close to an upside to the Covid pandemic, it was Zoom sales exploding 326 percent in 2020, to $2.6 billion. Zoom Video Communications, Inc. profits were $21.7 million in 2019 and $671.5 million by the end of 2020. By 2022, gross revenue had hit $4.3 billion. An even surer sign it is now part of the culture is that its name has become a verb.

This matters if you use Zoom, and you do, no matter who you are. It matters also because a controversy that would have been unthinkable a year ago not only appeared this week but rose to fever pitch within a few days and then cooled off just as quickly. Unthinkable before this year because it involved the intersection between Zoom's explosion in popularity and the company's adoption of Artificial Intelligence.

And we were caught up in it!

Here is the story, which is explored more fully in this week's top news story by staff writer Heather Thompson. In March, Zoom quietly added a condition to its user agreement through which it gave itself permission to use anything you say or write during a Zoom meeting to "train" its in-house AI tool. Your thoughts, words, and chats, according to paragraphs 10.2 and 10.4, are no longer your own, but property of Zoom, including the right to sublicense it.

Someone actually read the new user agreement and publicized it, which led to widespread questioning of the company's motives. Our Heather Thompson posted a critical article on LinkedIn and a high-level Zoom executive responded to her. Days later, CEO Eric Yuan rescinded the new paragraphs and apologized if his company's intentions were misunderstood.

This is just one example of why we are keeping a close eye on AI for you. As it moves into healthcare, AI will bring advantages and dangers even more serious than what it might be bringing to a virtual meeting platform. We will do our best to sort one from the other. Scroll down and click on Heather's two fascinating AI stories in this week's issue.

 

 

In This Week's News

We checked in with Netsmart this week on the occasion of the Home Health, Home Care, and Hospice software company's recognition by "Black Book," an independent customer satisfaction evaluation organization. We had a chat with post-acute division director Dawn Iddings about the meaning of this award and how difficult it is to win.

We also continue to follow the gap between what Medicare Advantage plans are paid by HHS and CMS and what they pay to Home Health and Hospice. This week, I offer an opinion piece about the way CMS contract auditors come down hard on improper Home Health claims while they let slide the cheating — amounting to billions more — by insurance companies.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan



How I Stopped Zoom From Owning Your Life
Our quest to learn how to prompt a conversational AI tool properly led us to a controversy surrounding a new permission Zoom quietly gave itself to use your content.

AI and Humans in Harmony: An Experiment in Generated Imagery
What happens when you ask AI to create an image representative of Artificial General Intelligence in a future where AGI is real?

Medicare Dollars Flow Freely to MA Plans
Overpayments to Home Health must be extrapolated and paid back. MA plans are held to a different standard.

Vendor Watch: Netsmart Wins Black Book Award Again
Post-Acute Care Providers Award Netsmart Top Overall Client-Rated Technology Platform for 9th Consecutive Year.



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As of this date, approximately 50,644,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.

 

Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

BREAKING NEWS: Axxess Acquires Complia Health
Monday's announcement comes after months of negotiations between CEOs John Olajide and Rich Berner, who will continue to run Complia Health during expected months of integration.

Analysis: Complia Health's Circuitous Route to Axxess
We have been tracking the company now known as Complia Health since its birth in 2009. Here is what we have written about them over the years.


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Conference Title:                                                   2023 Annual Hybrid Hospice & Palliative Care Conference

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