April 18-19, 2019 • Paris Hotel – Las Vegas

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.

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AGENDA

Thursday, April 18

Moderator: John Kublank, Connected Home Living

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m

William A. Dombi

President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Keynote – Home Care and Hospice: A View from Washington 2019

One thing that never seems to change is that each year, home care and hospice face many changes. 2019 is no exception. Home health is preparing for a revolutionary new payment model in Medicare while dealing with Value-Based Purchasing, claims audits, and the administration of new Conditions of Participation. Hospice is facing possible “carve-in” of Medicare hospice into Medicare Advantage along with new data requirements, expanded oversight, and public reporting of quality data. On top of all those changes is increasing experimentation with innovative care and payment systems. This program brings the up-to-the-minute legislative, regulatory, and legal overview from DC to the State of Washington.

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Break

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tim Rowan

President, Rowan Consulting Associates, Inc

21st Century Remote Patient Monitoring: From HANC to FitBit

From the ATM-sized telemonitoring devices of the 90’s that were delivered to homes by piano movers to the wristband and necklace-borne devices of today, to the robots of tomorrow, remote patient monitoring technology has never stood still. Once state-of-the-art devices fill home care agency storage closets. Are today’s latest inventions destined for the same fate? Or have inventors and product designers finally discovered the monitoring tools that care providers will buy, patients will actually use, and payers will reimburse? This survey of past, present, and future remote patient monitoring systems will attempt to predict the answer to these questions.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch and round table discussions

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Robert W. Markett

Attorney, Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, P.C.

Telehealth, Telemonitoring, Homecare and the Continuum

This session will start by defining terms – Telehealth v. Telemonitoring and applicable regulatory definitions. CMS’s recent decision to include Telemonitoring costs on cost reports may be a precursor to building reimbursement into home health reimbursement. Providers can use Telehealth/Telemonitoring as a force multiplier which is important as a way to reduce costs and be more efficient.This equipment can be utilized in a compliant fashion, for example, what fraud and abuse issues might arise from putting equipment into a home that is not necessarily paid for by Medicare.From the ATM-sized telemonitoring devices of the 90’s that were delivered to homes by piano movers to the wristband and necklace-borne devices of today, to the robots of tomorrow, remote patient monitoring technology has never stood still. Once state-of-the-art devices fill home care agency storage closets. Are today’s latest inventions destined for the same fate? Or have inventors and product designers finally discovered the monitoring tools that care providers will buy, patients will actually use, and payers will reimburse? This survey of past, present, and future remote patient monitoring systems will attempt to predict the answer to these questions.

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Break

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Michelle Pezzani

Hospitalist, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Medical Director, El Camino Hospital

Grace Benlice

Director, Care Coordination and Palliative Care, El
Camino Health

The El Camino Health Experience: Leveraging Telehealth to Prevent Readmissions

Improve outcomes, prevent readmissions, empower and engage patients in health management and increase patient satisfaction.
This session will highlight how El Camino Hospital is leveraging
Telehealth to reduce readmissions, provide data and results,
lessons learned, and visit next stages to expand Telehealth.

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Reception

Friday, April 19

Moderator: John Kublank, Connected Home Living

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m

Tammy Ross

Senior Vice President Professional Services, Axxess

Telehealth PDGM Opportunites

The Patient- Driven Groupings Model is the most significant payment change in the Home Health industry since PPS and will take effect January 1 2020. The motivation for change was to increase reimbursement for those patients that require more intensive services. Home Health agencies will be required to implement operational changes in order to strive and thrive under the new reimbursement model. Opportunities are available for success for agencies that prepare now for the future. Telehealth offers agencies cost savings advantages and improves patient outcomes while positioning agencies well for Value Based Purchasing. Through oversight of the home health agencies care plan which includes empirical data indicators provided by telehealth, providers are able to prevent repeat hospitalization and ED visits which drive down the Medicare spend rate. Join us as we discuss the value of telehealth to various stakeholders throughout the continuum of care.

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Break

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Karen R. Thomas

President, Cardeum LLC

Maximizing the Benefits of Remote Patient Monitoring and Effective Program Design

The complexity of the health care delivery system, the aging population, the challenge of reducing the cost of care while improving the clinical outcomes, and the change in reimbursement models reinforces the need for innovation related to care delivery and patient engagement. CMS allowing the cost of remote patient monitoring (RPM) on the home health cost report and the establishment of physician billing codes for chronic care management and remote patient monitoring demonstrates CMS’s recognition of the benefit of remote patient monitoring. This session will discuss and review proven ways to maximize the benefits of remote patient monitoring programs.

The session will also include information on how to design and implement programs that are successful in meeting the established goals, and how to ensure that the programs are scalable and sustainable.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Moderator: Tim Ingram

Senior Vice President, Axxess

Panel Discussion

Neil Tantingco
Bob Markette, Esq
Tammy Ross, RN,BSN
Matt Timmins
Rich Curry
Tim Rowan

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

VIP Session – By invitation only

ACCOMMODATIONS

Special Conference Hotel Room Rates $99/night (Wednesday & Thursday) $159/night Friday, plus resort fees through March 27th.

Make your reservations at https://book.passkey.com/go/SPCHL9

For guests that prefer to phone in reservations, which will include an additional processing fee, call direct to the Paris Hotel Las Vegas Reservation Center at 877-603-4389 to secure a reservation for the Connected Home Living Conference. Our group identity is SPCHL9.