by Audrey Kinsella. Telehealth Reporter for HCTR “Connected Health for Shaping Health and Wellness for Every Generation,” was the title of the 2017 joint “Personal Connected Health” and Partners Healthcare’s Annual Symposium held in Boston last month. Joe Kvedar, MD, VP of Connected Health at Partners, kicked off this year’s event with a keynote address […]

Springfield Mo. — November 14, 2017 — HEALTHCAREfirst announced this week what it is calling a “game changing technology.” CAREpliance for hospice providers, released earlier this year for home health, comes at a time of pronounced regulatory change and increased scrutiny, promising to strengthen clinical documentation and create charts that uniquely describe each patient’s health […]

by Elizabeth Hogue, esq. New Conditions of Participation (CoPs) of the Medicare Program for home health require agencies to take action to protect patients’ exercise of their rights. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued draft Interpretive Guidelines for the new CoPs for home health agencies on October 27, 2017. The draft provides […]

The U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 7 [2017] passed the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2017 (H.R. 2123), which will allow Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health professionals to practice telemedicine more freely nationwide. The bill, introduced by Reps. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) and Julia Brownley (D-Calif.), would do three things. First, it would […]

by Tim Rowan, Editor & Publisher of Home are Technology Report In the shadow of the news that LHC Group and Almost Family are merging and that Kindred has been slapped with a $3.1 million fine, it is important to not lose sight of what is going on in the Private Duty Home Care sector. […]

Pubished by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (CMS-1672-F) that updates the calendar year (CY) 2018 Medicare payment rates and the wage index for home health agencies (HHAs) serving Medicare beneficiaries. The rule also finalizes proposals for the Home Health Value-Based […]

By Tim Rowan, Author and Publisher of Home Care Technology Report In a joint statement, the Medicare Rights Center and the Center for Medicare Advocacy described how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives this week, would impact Medicare beneficiaries. The statement was signed by Judith Stein, executive director, […]

By Tim Rowan, Editor & Publisher of Home Care Technology Report What keeps you awake at night? Technology? Regulations? Competition? Personnel issues? Why did Dave Roberts start Yu Darvish in game seven? At the 2017 Annual Meeting of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice last month, Netsmart held a vote. Though informal, their […]

by Carolyn Dean, the Regulations Compliance Manager for Brightree. Post-Acute Care Services, Lawrenceville, GA When a Medicare beneficiary elects to receive hospice care, the provider must submit a Notice of Election (NOE) with Medicare. NOEs are required to be filed and accepted in the Medicare system within five days of a patient’s hospice admission in […]

By Tim Rowan, Editor & Publisher of Home Care Technology Report In a rare but encouraging demonstration of unity and cooperation, an ad hoc collection of home health associations and large providers joined forces to speak to Congress and CMS with a single voice last week about the proposed Home Health Groupings Model. They agree […]