Volume 12, Number 36 September  27, 2023

Dear Healthcare at Home Colleague,

Do you know the difference between pre-employment background checks and OIG Exclusion Screening? I'm going to assume you do, but, just in case, we are running an article this week elucidating the difference in high-level detail, but without too much legalese. Guest author Roger Shindell is a HIPAA compliance expert who has studied this law carefully. If you are in a position where hiring into healthcare is your responsibility, I urge you to scroll down to the headline section and begin your reading this week with "Pre-Employment Background Checks vs. OIG Exclusion Screening: Understanding the Difference."

Your Patients/Clients and Long COVID

After three years, COVID-19 is still impacting the long-term health of many, especially seniors. Our AI specialist, Heather Thompson, turns her attention this week to "Long COVID's Lingering Shadow." New variants continue to arise, met by newly formulated vaccines, but the plight of those who contracted the virus three years ago and are still suffering its aftereffects today is a story everyone in healthcare needs to learn. 


Vendor Watch

Two well-known software companies sent us their news this week. Axxess let us know about a new partnership that will enable the Dallas-based Home Health and Hospice EMR vendor to provide coding consulting, regulatory assistance, and help with ADR, UPIC, and RAC reviews and appeals. Gateway Home Health Coding & Consulting, LLC also has experience with Administrative Law Judges. We include a briefing on Gentiva signing up with HHAeXchange and will add to it next week after our interview with leadership in both companies.

As a reminder, our Vendor Watch column is always hungry for announcements items like these. Submit your vendor announcements to kristin@rowanresources.com


CMS Needs Assistance

Are you a tech expert? CMS, in partnership with Acumen , LLC and Abt Associates, Inc. have opened nominations for seats on a "Technical Expert Panel" to study post-acute care and hospice measurement sets. It sounds like this is a long-term commitment for panel members, but if you are a subject-matter expert and wish to impact the future of quality measures, scroll down to our CMS News column.


Worth the Trip 

We intend to continue publishing this free service every week, but our arms are going to be tired by the end of October with all the flying we will be doing. Punning aside, we hope you see you at both The NAHC Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo in National Harbor, MD, just outside of DC, October 15-17, and the HCAOA National Home Care Conference in Chicago, October 23-24 in Chicago. If you plan on attending, please come find us during the event. We will have a big announcement for you at both meetings. If we miss you at one of these events, don't worry. We'll tell you all about it in these pages when we return from Chicago.

Have a great week. Keep making a difference!

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Tim Rowan

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.

Long COVID's Lingering Shadow: An Imperative for Continued Vigilance in Senior Care
Long COVID has lingering effects, especially for the aging population. Even though we seem to be "post-pandemic," now is the time for diligence in safeguarding our most vulnerable.

Nominations are open for CMS Technical Experts Panel
CMS, in partnership with Acumen, LLC and Abt Associates, Inc. are seeking nominations to their Technical Expert Panel on the development, evaluation, and maintenance of post-acute care and Hospice quality reporting program measurement sets.

Vendor Watch
Axxess partner can now provide clients with coding, appeals, and ALJ assistance; After winning a contract to provide EVV services in Texas, HHAeXchange announced last week it has signed Gentiva as its newest customer.

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

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As of this date, approximately 51,183,000 Baby Boomers have become Medicare eligible.


Last Week's Most-Read Stories:

EEOC Sues Licensed Home Care Agency for Discrimination
Federal agency charges Home Care agency with removing Black and Hispanic caregivers when client expressed racial or language preference.

Breaking News: CMS Amplifies Measures Against Hospice Fraud
As of August 7, CMS has completed more than 7,000 hospice site visits in a crackdown on care and billing abuse.

Upcoming Events


Home and Community-Based Palliative Care: Past, Present, and Future

September 28, 2023

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2023 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition *

"One Voice, Many Stories"

October 15-17
Gaylord Hotel and Conference Center
National Harbor, MD

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2023 National Home Care Conference*
Home Care Association of America

October 23-24, 2023

Hilton Chicago
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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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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

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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
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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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Call for Speaker Proposals

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

April 7-10, 2024
Raleigh Convention Center

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


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


Dec 6, 2023
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CRM Showcase:Empowering Reps for Smarter, More Efficient Growth

Trella Health

December 12, 2023
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Don't be Late for Section GGPrepare now for the new Discharge Function Score


Dec 12, 2023
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CRM Showcase: Empowering Reps for Smarter, More Efficient Growth

Trella Health

Dec 12, 2023
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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
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Agency Amplify


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