Simione Solutions Newsletter - April 2017
Lisa Green, RN, BS
Jeremy Crow
Simione Appoints Experts in Referral Management and Information Technology

Lisa Green, RN, BS, Senior Manager, has joined consulting efforts in sales and marketing with a focus on referral management. Lisa has more than 25 years of nursing and leadership experience in home health and hospice clinical and administrative operations. Most recently, she was the director at Reverence Homecare and Hospice/St. John Health System, Clinton Township, Michigan, where she oversaw operations and strategic development. She has served several years as a board member on the Midwest Care Alliance for Home Healthcare, Hospice and Palliative Care, and was elected as secretary of its executive board in 2014. Between 1987-2015, Lisa served in direct care and leadership roles, including multi-site operations, with Eliza Jennings at Home, Cleveland; Gentiva Health Services and Interim Healthcare, both in Peoria; and Pekin Hospital and Specialized Home Care, both in Pekin. An Illinois resident, she graduated from University of St. Francis (BS, Healthcare Leadership), Illinois Central College (RN), and Spoon River College (LPN).   

Jeremy Crow, MBA, PMP, Senior Manager, has joined the Information Systems and Technology team.  Jeremy has more than 15 years of experience as a senior software executive in the home care and hospice industry, and is certified by the Project Management Institute. Jeremy brings extensive expertise to Simione in the areas of project and program management, system evaluation, review and optimization, vendor review, and operational review and design.  His previous roles include Senior Vice President of Professional Services at Complia Health, Vice President of Customer Care at Healthland, and Vice President of Customer Services at McKesson, where he gained 13 years of progressive leadership experience in sales, service integration and implementation, training and consulting.  A Missouri resident, Jeremy holds an MBA from Washington University, St. Louis.  
Consultants Earn Certifications
Simione congratulates our 4 newly certified consultants: Rachel Hawkins, RN, BSN, BCHH-C, Senior Manager (M&A), Kim Skehan, RN, MSN, Senior Manager (Operations), and Julia Maroney, RN, MHSA, HCS-D, Director (Operations), were OASIS-certified by OASIS Answers, adding the credential of COS-C. All three are also certified in ICD-10 coding to support home health and hospice organizational improvement. Ruth KV Recchia, RN, CHPN, Senior Manager (Operations), has been certified in ICD-10 by the Association of Home Care Coding and Compliance, adding the credential of HCS-H. 
Simione Joins 2nd Annual NAHC Tour on Value-Based Purchasing

Simione is participating in the second phase of an educational effort by the National Association for Home Care and Hospice to prepare home care leaders for the brave new world of value-based payment.  Along with other experts across the country, Simione faculty will include: Kim Skehan, RN, MSN, Senior Manager; Mark Tsiames, CPA, CGMA, CVA, Principal; Mike Simione, MBA, Manager; and Bill Simione, Managing Principal. Throughout March and April, they will participate in educational sessions scheduled in Nebraska, Massachusetts, Maryland and Arizona, discussing advanced payment models, financial best practices, clinical practice improvement, and data analytics. In 2016, CMS initiated a demonstration program to test the impact of a Home Health Value-Based Purchasing program (HHVBP) in Medicare. After just over a year of experience in the pilot, home health agencies need to evaluate the early outcomes and best practices that have emerged to improve HHVBP scores and qualify for bonus payments.  This program will combine an early data analysis of HHVBP measured outcomes with real-life successes by professionals to show the pathways to improved patient outcomes, higher achievement scores, and long-term success with HHVBP.   
Climb the Ladder of Success with Home Health CoPs: The 6-Part Series 

Simione has published a 6-part series outlining key requirements and strategies for the new CMS Home Health Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs). With the implementation of the final rule now proposed for January 13, 2018, CMS seeks to “develop a more continuous, integrated care process across all aspects of home health services, based on a patient-centered assessment, care planning, service delivery, and quality assessment and performance improvement.”  

Part 1 - Comprehensive Assessment, Care Planning & Coordination
Part  2 - Patient Rights, Admission and Discharge
Part 3 - QAPI & Infecion Prevention/Control
Part 4 - Emergency Preparedness
Part 5 - Personnel Qualifications: Leadership, Professional and HH Aide Services
Part 6 - Organizational and Administration of Services and Clinical Records

Simione specializes in helping home health organizations improve clinical and administrative performance with expertise and business tools in the areas of operations, compliance and risk, finance, sales, marketing and referral management, cost reporting, and mergers and acquisitions. 

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April 6, 2017 @ 2-3 PM Eastern

Don’t Run from the CoPs:  A Simione Guide for Personnel Qualifications & Organization & Administration of Services

Presenters:  Laura Gramenelles, RN, BSN, HCS-D, COS-C, and Julia Maroney, RN, MHSA, HCS-D, Directors, Simione Healthcare Consultants

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Don't Run from the CoPs: A Simione Guide for Patient Rights, Care Planning & Care Coordination

Presenters: Anna Alvarez, RN, MSN, and Rachel Hawkins, RN, BSN, BCHH-C, COS-C, Senior Managers, Simione Healthcare Consultants
Don't Run from the CoPs: A Simione Guide for QAPI, Infection Prevention/Control and Emergency Preparedness

Presenters: Kim Skehan , RN, MSN, and  Karen Bommelje , RN, BSN, HCS-D, CHC, Senior Managers, Simione Healthcare Consultants
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