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Home Care & Hospice Speaker Kurt Kazanowski Is HHAC Conference Headliner

Don't forget to register for the 2020 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference is May 13-15 at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek.

The conference's Thursday morning invited keynote speaker is Kurt Kazanowski, consultant, speaker, author and coach for hospice and home care organizations. He is a native of Detroit Michigan and has over three decades of experience in the field of health care. He received his bachelors degree from Mercy College of Detroit and practiced as a public health nurse for many years. Today, Kurt is the owner of two successful personal care home health companies, one in Michigan where he lives and the other in Moscow Russia.

As a health care executive and successful entrepreneur, he has helped numerous health care organizations develop the necessary strategies to improve service delivery, grow market share and enhance profitability.

Learn more at the conference website.



Study: Hospital-Level Care in the Home Lowered Costs and had Better Outcomes

A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that at-home patients fared better than those in the hospital when it came to price and outcomes. They saw reduced costs and readmissions, used fewer healthcare services and were more physically active than their hospital counterparts, according to Remington Report.

As more care moves to an outpatient setting, hospitals are trying to get ahead of the curve by providing care to patients at home for those who don’t need continuous monitoring and do not have a life-threatening diagnosis.

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CMS Suspends Surveys In Colo., Elsewhere Amid Covid-19 Crisis

Saying it is committed to "taking critical steps to ensure America’s health care facilities and clinical laboratories are prepared to respond to the threat of the COVID-19 and other respiratory illness," the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services today suspended non-emergency inspections across the country, allowing inspectors to turn their focus on the most serious health and safety threats like infectious diseases and abuse.

This shift in approach will also allow inspectors to focus on addressing the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the agency said in a memorandum to State Survey Agencies.

Margaret Mohan, Branch Chief, Acute Care and Nursing Facilities for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said her agency would be releasing "additional guidance in the near future" regarding State Licensure inspections.

Effective immediately, CMS survey activity is limited to the following (in Priority Order):

  • All immediate jeopardy complaints (cases that represents a situation in which entity noncompliance has placed the health and safety of recipients in its care at risk for serious injury, serious harm, serious impairment or death or harm) and allegations of abuse and neglect;
  • Complaints alleging infection control concerns, including facilities with potential COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses;
    • Statutorily required recertification surveys (Nursing Home, Home Health, Hospice, and ICF/IID facilities);
    • Any re-visits necessary to resolve current enforcement actions;
    • Initial certifications;
    • Surveys of facilities/hospitals that have a history of infection control deficiencies at the immediate jeopardy level in the last three years;
    • Surveys of facilities/hospitals/dialysis centers that have a history of infection control deficiencies at lower levels than immediate jeopardy.

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139 Agency Owners, Managers Respond To HHAC's Appeal For Higher Medicaid Rates

Scores of home-care agencies in Colorado responded to a request by the Home Care & Hospice Association of Colorado to compose messages appealing to lawmakers for higher Medicaid rates. 

HHAC is using a new grassroots advocacy tool to coordinate such appeals. You can participate by clicking here and following the instructions.

Home-based services play a vital role in helping people remain in their homes and out of higher-cost facilities, HHAC said in its overall appeal to members of the Joint Budget Committee. To maintain access to these services we request an increase in reimbursement for the 700 small business licensed home health and home care agencies in Colorado that serve tens of thousands of clients.
The rate requests are: 
  • Home Health Rates: Request: $13 million to increase reimbursement rates to 90% of Medicare LUPA
  • Private Duty Nursing / LPN Rates:  Request: $1.2 million to increase rates for LPN visits
  • Home and Community Based Services Personal Care and Homemaker Services Rates: Request: $17.6 million (for six months starting Jan. 1 2021) to increase personal care and homemaker rates

The 2020 Rocky Mountain Home Care, Home Health & Hospice Conference Is Open For Registration

This year's conference will take place at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek on May 13 - 15. Conference fees remain the same as last year!

Visit the conference site for registration, schedule, hotel and sponsor/exhibitor information.

Conference Website

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