Home Care Tech Report

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This Week's Home Care News
Editor's Reflections on 20 Years of Home Care Tech Report
Experts Offer PDGM Advice at Home Care 100
Early Adopters Thrive with Artificial Intelligence in Home Care
CMS News
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Experts Offer PDGM Advice at Home Care 100
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Why Should You Advertise in Tim Rowan's Home Care Technology Report?

Reach more than 5,000 home care and hospice owners, executives, administrators, IT staff and clinicians every week.

Your ad is a live link that delivers motivated shoppers directly to your web site.

Have your conference booth numbers publicized.

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Contact an advertising advisor today by writing to kristin@RowanResources.com
Contact the Editor
HCTR gladly accepts article submissions from readers as well as comments on stories we have published. Send your 500 to 1000-word submissions, or your Letters to the Editor, to editor@homecaretechreport.com.

Tech Buyer’s Guide

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What is The Technology Guide?
"The Healthcare at Home Buyer's Guide" is a free online service created by 25-year industry veteran Tim Rowan. It helps home care and hospice providers compare their specific needs with the offerings of 100+ technology, telehealth, and supplies vendors, plus HIPAA and operational consultants.
What Does The Guide Do?
  • Describes 100+ companies with products and services for home health, home care & hospice providers.
  • Shows you only those vendors that match the product functions you define.
  • Saves hours of conversations with vendors not matching your needs.
  • Sends an RFP via email to the vendors you want to contact.

Plus...

  • Complete descriptions of participating vendors, with contact information and links to web sites.
  • Valuable articles on best practices in the vendor selection process.
  • PowerPoint presentations from leading home care technology experts.
How to Use: Home Care and Hospice Providers

Find the perfect technology partner in 4 simple steps:


  1. Create an agency profile.
  2. Search by category: EHR, Telehealth, EVV, OASIS Analysis, Clinicians' Tools, Education, CRM, Operational Consultants, more...
  3. Name your feature/function requirements and instantly see a list of vendors that match your needs.
  4. Click on each vendor's name to research company and products before contacting them.
How to Use: Tech Companies

Every home health, home care and hospice EHR, Home Telehealth, EVV, and Data Analysis Software company, and every consultant and medical supplies provider should be listed in The Healthcare at Home Buyer's Guide.


  1. Contact us
  2. Complete the questionnaire we send you. We will create your info pages.
  3. Choose your participation level: Name-only listing is free; complete detailed profile with links to your web site, phone numbers, email contacts, and more are available for an annual subscription.
  4. Sit back and wait for your phone to ring. Participating vendors receive qualified leads by email every time a Guide user identifies them as matching their requirements.
Contact “The Guide”

We have made every effort to make The Healthcare at Home Guide to Technology Vendor Selection easy to use and self-explanatory but if you need help, have a question about your membership, or if you are a vendor wanting to be added to our list, contact us: by email

About Rowan Consulting

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Serving Home Care and Hospice Providers Since 1993

This web site is your portal to all of the services we offer to the home care community.
Click on the titles below, on the left and on the right to find:

  • Home Care's most-respected technology journal
  • Expert IT consulting services
  • Our free online technology buyer's guide
  • Online education for clinicians and administrators
  • Important upcoming conferences
  • An affordable tool to enhance your online reputation and build your census
  • A Healthcare at Home jobs board
Consulting Services

Since 1999, Rowan Consulting Associates has helped home care agencies and hospices improve outcomes and efficiency through carefully guided technology selection.
  • Electronic Medical Record Software
  • Home Telehealth, EVV, CRM, HIPAA consultants
  • Agency Startup Assistance
  • Operations and Process Design
  • Sales training and marketing department overhaul
Our consulting team includes experienced Home Care and Hospice clinicians and former agency owners, CIOs and reimbursement experts.

CLICK HERE FOR CONTACT AND OTHER INFORMATION
Conference Presentations

State Association Meetings
Vendor User Group Meetings
Vendor Sales Staff Trainings
Agency Retreats and In-Service Seminars

Tim Rowan consistently earns evaluation comments naming him the "best presentation of this conference," "entertaining and engaging" and "a wealth of useful information." Call early, Tim's spring and fall schedules fill quickly.

DETAILS, FEES AND CONTACT INFORMATION

 
Discreet Investment Inquiries

Investors and fund managers often ask our assistance in identifying successful, growing software companies for discreet, off-the-record discussions. We help such parties find each other.
Contact Tim

To discuss any of the above services, write to us directly or simply pick up the phone. Office hours are 8:00 - 6:00 Mountain Time.

719-573-5090
tim@rowanresources.com

Homecare Conferences

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National Associations

The Association for Home Health Quality and Innovation
http://www.ahhqi.org

National Association for Home Care & Hospice
http://www.nahc.org

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
http://www.nhpco.org/mlc2016-0

Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare
http://www.homehealth4america.org/

Visiting Nurse Associations of America
http://www.vnaa.org/

Tim Rowan Seminars

Once per year, in the spring or fall, we call the industry's top consultants together to share their knowledge and forecasts with Healthcare at Home provider executives. Keep watching this space for announcements of the next in our series of "Healthcare in Transition" seminars.
Join Our Mailing List

Do not miss our next "Healthcare in Transition" seminar. Click here to be notified of our next dates, venue and speaker lineup.

Why Healthcare in Transition
Seminars are Special

No other conference offers you these benefits:


  • One room, all keynote sessions and all exhibit tables are together all day, every day
  • 2-minute commercial: Tim interview every exhibitor on Day One while attendees are present. Briefly tell your story and every attendee will hear it and be driven to your booth.
  • Breakfast and lunch and all breaks keep people in the exhibit hall.
  • Tuesday night dinner gala gives you ample time to socialize with, even dance with, prospective clients.
  • Option to place your logo on hotel key cards, water bottles, name badges, and meals and breaks.
  • Sponsors receive free passes to distribute to customers, a $399 value per pass.
  • All Exhibitors receive a discount coupon code to distribute to customers, a $100 value per attendee.

Contact event coordinator Kristin Girard at kristin@RowanResources.com to request your exhibitor/sponsor prospectus.

Upcoming Events
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Hospice & Palliative Care Leadership & Advocacy Conference 2019 (LAC 2019)*

National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization 

Preconference Dates: April 13-14, 2019
Main Conference Dates: April 15-17, 2019
Location: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, DC

Rates and Fees

Register Online

Executive leadership and management at all levels of hospice and palliative care will comprise the audience for this conference, including presidents and CEOs, administrators, directors, clinical managers, finance and development professionals, quality and performance improvement professionals, regulatory and compliance officers, marketing and public relations professionals, educators, researchers and other leaders working to promote advancement of hospice and palliative care and plan its future development.




National Healthcare CXO Summit

Presented by Marcus Evans Events


Date: May 19-21
Location: Eau Palm Beach Resort

Keynote Presenters: Susan Blumenthal, past US Assistant Surgeon General; Nicholas Webb, Healthcare Futurist

Registration Information

The National Healthcare CXO Summit is the premium forum bringing senior level healthcare executives and solution providers together. As an invitation-only event, taking place behind closed doors, the Summit offers an intimate environment for a focused discussion of key new drivers shaping the healthcare industry.




2019 Omaha System International Conference: A Key to Practice, Documentation, and Information Management

Date: April 3-5, 2019
Location: Eagan, Minnesota
Fees: Pre-Conference (1 day): $165
Conference (2 days): $335
Pre-conference and Conference (all 3 days): $500

Registration and Information
The Omaha System International Conference is held every two years as a venue for those in practice, education, research, and software development to exchange experiences. There is something for everyone involved with the Omaha System, from beginners to experts to everyone in between. Joyce Sensmeier, HIMSS is the keynote speaker, and The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing is the school host. The 2019 PDF flier includes location and registration information, speaker/planner list, agenda, exhibitors, and more.




*The Rowan Report will see you there.




National Healthcare CFO Summit
Sponsored by Marcus Evans

Date:
May 19-21
Location:
Eau Palm Beach Resort
Register
Andrew Gwin, Senior Director of Revenue Cycle, and his colleague David Maxwell, Senior Director of Performance Excellence at Ascension, present "Denials:Improving Your Playbook." They will discuss how Clinical Denials continue to be a leading opportunity to improve net revenue for most acute hospital organizations, and how Ascension is taking a collaborative approach by developing a comprehensive Playbook that invites each hospital to take an interdisciplinary approach to improving denials.
The session will address:
  • Discuss how to develop a national best practice playbook
  • Review key components of a successful clinical denial mitigation program
  • How to implement a national best practice amongst 150+ hospitals
  • Tracking and monitoring results




PDGM National Summits - Coming to a City Near You!

National Association of Home Care and Hospice

In early 2019, 12 summits were planned at strategically located cities around the United States. There are still 8 summits available to attend. Find the nearest location to gain insights and receive the tools you need to successfully transition to PDGM.  You still have time!

Previous Locations:
January 23, 2019 Orlando, Florida (Done)
January 24, 2019 Kansas City, Missouri (Done) 
February 5, 2019 New Orleans, Louisiana (Done)
February 6, 2019 Portland, Oregon (Done)
February 7, 2019 Valley Forge, Pennsylvania (Done)
February 13, 2019 Denver, Colorado (Done)

Locations Upcoming:

February 21, 2019 Columbus, Ohio

February 27, 2019 Charlotte, North Carolina

March 5, 2019 Chicago, Illinois

March 12, 2019 Boston Region - Northampton, MA (Sold Out)

March 13, 2019 Boston Region - Northampton, MA

March 19, 2019 Los Angeles, California

March 26, 2019 Dallas, Texas

Click Here for Information and to Register!

The most consequential changes to impact home health in decades are coming in 2020 — are you ready? The Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) was created by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is slated to debut on January 1, 2020. PDGM will revolutionize the payment methodology for all Medicare Home Health Agencies (HHAs) in the United States.




2019 Telehealth - Innovative Changes in Healthcare Delivery Conference *

Presented by: Connected Home Living

Date: April 18-19, 2019
Location: Paris Hotel - Las Vegas
Fee: $595 per person

Register

During this event, hear from some of the most dynamic and educational industry experts about current and upcoming CMS rules.  Learn about how telehealth can ease the burden of PDGM for home health, updates on PDPM for Skilled Nursing Facilities, the Physician Fee Schedule, and 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP) for physicians.  CMS is dramatically expanding opportunities for providers to include telemedicine and telehealth in plans for improving patient care, reducing costs, and improving patient satisfaction.

 




ICD-10 Coding: Beginner & Intermediate Workshops, Plus HCS-D Certification Exam

Presented by Home Care Association of Florida

Join HCAF and Home Health Solutions' J'non Griffin for full day ICD-10 workshops for beginner and intermediate coders, plus an optional Home Care Coding Specialist - Diagnosis certification exam!

Workshop 1: Beginner Coding
Date: March 4
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm EST
Location: Four Points Miami Airport West

Beginner: Information and Registration

Overview: In this interactive class, you will learn the basics of assigning ICD-10-CM coding for home health and hospice. You will understand how it relates to billing, audits, OASIS, and compliance, and why it is so important to have accurate coding on your agency claims. You will learn the guidelines and conventions, and ethical and legal considerations. We will also teach you how to properly look up codes in your manual. Bring a current 2019 ICD-10 CM manual with you to class.

 

Workshop 2: Intermediate Coding
Date: March 5-6
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm EST
Location: Four Points Miami Airport West

Intermediate: Information and Registration

Overview: This class is for the coder who understands the basics and is ready to take their coding knowledge to the next level. In this 2-day session, we will work through common home health and hospice scenarios for each chapter and discuss the rationale behind each. Understand how coding can affect accurate reimbursement, outcomes, and how important coding will be under PDGM. Understand the interaction between face-to-face documentation, clinical notes from the provider, accurate coding, and an accurate comprehensive assessment. Learn why it is important to get it right the first time. We will also discuss the latest coding clinic guidance related to coding. Bring a current 2019 ICD-10 CM manual with you to class.

 

Workshop 3: HCS-D Certification Exam
Date: March 7
Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Location: Four Points Miami Airport West

Download the Exam Registration Form

Overview: The Association of Home Care Coding & Compliance's (AHHC) credentialing arm, the Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance (BMSC), offers professional credentials, including the only nationally accredited home health coding credential that tests coding skills exclusively, the "Home Care Coding Specialist - Diagnosis (HCS-D)." BMSC has been credentialing home health coders since 2003. More than 68% of agencies require coders to have earned the HCS-D credential as a condition of employment.




National Healthcare CNO/CMO/Informatics Summit

Date: March 18-19, 2019
Location: The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Los Angeles, CA

The Healthcare Summits are the premium forums bringing senior level medical executives and solution providers together. The one-on-one business meetings provide access to senior medical executives within the largest healthcare organizations across the United States. A thorough selection process ensures a qualified audience, which grants unparalleled business and networking opportunities in a luxurious and stimulating environment.
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Reputation Resources

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Rowan Reputation Resources

Rowan Consulting Associates helps Healthcare at Home providers support their sales and marketing efforts — the ones where you say positive things about yourself — by introducing "Inverse Marketing" practices — the ones where you get your patients and clients to say positive things about you online. Why? Because this is where most people are doing their shopping today.

REVERE and REVERB are the two components of our Inverse Marketing system, which enhances your reputation and helps you compete. Continue reading in the boxes below for descriptions of both services. Reputation Management using Inverse Marketing is a new concept in marketing and Rowan Reputation Resources is leading the way. To contact us for more information and begin your marketing transformation, click here.

What is Reputation Management?

When we learned that 88% of people look you up on Google, Yelp, or other review sites before they call you up, we decided to develop a tool to help you rise to the top of these search sites. To grow your census, you need search engine prominence. To gain search engine prominence, you need:

  • More reviews than your competitors
  • More positive than negative reviews
  • More recent reviews
Reputation Management is knowing what your customers are saying about you online, engaging the unhappy customers, and asking the happy ones to put their positive comments on the right review sites. This would be a time consuming task if you had to do it manually. Our tool makes it simple. You will dominate all the review sites and your census will immediately start to grow.

Our new service, which we have dubbed Rowan Reputation Resources, can help you find and address negative reviews and solicit positive reviews from patients. Our monthly fee is a fraction of what it would cost to assign an FTE or two to this task. Write to us for more information or to sign up for our Reputation Management Service. Drive your company to the top!
About "Home Care Reviews"
Send your job opening or resume to editor@rowanresources.com.
About "Home Care Social"

Home Care Social is a service that gives you daily, professionally-written content that you provide to the public on your social media sites. With a REVERB subscription, you can position yourself as a source of healthcare and business knowledge, all without having to hire someone to do it. You will build your reputation in the community and be top of mind when home care or hospice needs arise.

How it works: At least 45 times per month, proposed content will be delivered to you for posting on your social media pages, such as Facebook Business, LinkedIn, and Twitter. You may upload it as is, edit it before posting, or disregard it until the next one comes. Building a professional, expert social media page has never been easier.
See the RRR web site for more details
RowanReputationResources.com

Online Education

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Online Education Services

Rowan Consulting Associates has partnered with Relias Learning to bring Healthcare at Home providers a complete catalog of online courses at VIP discount pricing. Open the boxes below for a full description of the course titles available to your clinicians and administrators.
Academy All Access
Academy All Access is the most cost-efficient and convenient way to access Relias Learning's massive library of online continuing education.* With over 1,200 courses at your fingertips and one-click enrollment, you can not only take CE you need, but CE you actually want!

Benefits of All Access include:
  • 12 months access to 1,200+ accredited online training courses.
  • One-click instant enrollment into courses approved by major boards: ANCC, AOTA, APA, APTA, ASWB, NAADAC, NAB, NADSP, NBCC, dozens of state licensing bodies, and more!
All for only $299!
Home Health Course Categories

  • Administration & Management
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Behavioral Health
  • Clinical Skills
  • Communication
  • Diabetes
  • Disease & Condition Management
  • Ethics
  • Infection Control
  • Medical Errors Prevention
  • Palliative Care
  • Rehabilitation
  • Therapy
Hospice Course Categories

  • Administration & Management
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Behavioral Health
  • Clinical Skills
  • Communication
  • Diabetes
  • Disease & Condition Management
  • Ethics
  • Infection Control
  • Medical Errors Prevention
  • Rehabilitation
  • Therapy
Academy Web Site
RowanResources.Academy.ReliasLearning.com