Clinically Integrated Network Applauds Blue Cross Hospice Direction

    VNANE’s Clinically Integrated Network endorses Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts direction on end of life and hospice care at home. Our network encourages all payers to consider and providers to advocate for these type of changes giving patients better choices while lowering cost. We highly commend Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and will work towards similar arrangements in our contract negotiations moving forward. Please see Boston Globe article and feel free to share.

    Article:

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2015/12/27/blue-cross-expands-benefits-for-end-life-care/5Uduttll3fG3ARVZkktP8I/story.html?event=event25

    Clinically Integrated Network Continues Excellence as “Home Care Elite”

    VNANE’s Clinically Integrated Network Celebrates Home Care Elite Awards

    Nov. 2015:    The Clinically Integrated Network of Visiting Nurse Associations of New England proudly recognizes its 13 members earning Home Care Elite Awards.   OCS Home Care by National Research Corporation and DecisionHealth research an annual listing of the top 25% of home health agencies based on performance measures.  In Connecticut, Bethel VNA in Bethel, Foothills Home Care and Hospice in Winsted, New Milford VNA in Milford(top 500), Stratford VNA in Stratford(top 500), VNA Community Healthcare of Guilford and VNA Northwest of Bantam all earned recognition.  Massachusetts is represented by Community VNA of Attleboro, Community Nurse and Hospice of Fairhaven, Natick VNA of Natick, Norwell VNA and Hospice of Norwell(top 100), Porchlight VNA of Lee, VNA of So. Worcester County of Webster and Walpole Area VNA of Walpole all achieving through quality outcomes.

     

    Having over 75% of membership earning Home Care Elite status, VNANE’s Clinically Integrated Network continues raising the bar for home care quality.

     

    VNANE’s Clinically Integrated Network is comprised of community based not for profit home health agencies throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. As a network of providers, VNANE’s Clinically Integrated Network provides solutions for health care payers and providers through their expertise and outcome excellence. Our membership mission: “To enable patients to experience the highest quality health care at the least cost possible in their homes.” For additional information on VNANE’s Clinically Integrated Network, contact, Kyle Moseley, VP, Business Development of VNANE at kmoseley@vnane.org.

     

    Clinically Integrated Network Member Porchlight VNA, Announces New Contract

    For Immediate Release

    10/12/2015

    Contact: Amie G. Miarecki

    Phone: (413)355-9018 Email: Amiarecki@porchlighthomecare.org _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    New Partnership Brings Quality Home Care to Hilltowns- Porchlight Receives Contract with Highland Valley Elder Services _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Lee, MA- Earlier this month, Porchlight VNA/Home Care began a new partnership with Highland Valley Elder Services for fiscal years 2016-2018. The contract will provide funds for elders in Hampden and Hampshire Counties to receive Porchlight’s quality home care services. After receiving notice of the contract award, Porchlight CEO, Holly Chaffee, commented, “We are very excited about this partnership and the opportunity to help more elders remain independent in their own homes.”

     

    Towns served will include: Blandford, Chester, Easthampton, Granville, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, Russell, Southampton, Southwick, Tolland, and Westfield. Several of these towns are considered Hilltowns of Western Massachusetts, which are often difficult to outreach or provide other services. The partnership represents a desire to address the needs of vulnerable elders in these communities and allow them access to home care services to remain independent at home. Services provided by Porchlight will include homemaking and personal care provided by licensed and/or non-licensed caregivers as appropriate.

     

    Porchlight is committed to excellence as an organization and will address the needs of clients in their visual or hearing, cultural and linguistic, memory impairment, and/or mental health needs. Porchlight caregivers are offered professional development to meet the demands of their positions, including Habilitative Training recommended by the Alzheimer’s Association.

     

     

    About Porchlight VNA/Home Care With the 2014 merger of Porchlight VNA/Home Care (formerly Lee Regional VNA) with Chicopee VNA and Great to Be Home Care, we have over 100 years of providing compassionate, exceptional care.  Porchlight is a unique, comprehensive resource for all home health needs, including: skilled nursing, therapies, 24-hour care, and social work.  Our offices are located in Lee and Chicopee and our services cover all of Berkshire, Hampshire, and Hampden Counties. As a free-standing non-profit, we also serve as the Board of Health for several towns in Berkshire County and regularly conduct community education and engagement programs to support our mission.  We are the only Western Massachusetts agency rated five stars by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  We received several HomeCare Elite™ Awards of Excellence and Massachusetts Department of Public Health deficiency-free surveys demonstrating our commitment to quality and safety.  Porchlight VNA/Home Care is simply, “Life As You Know It ®”.

    About Highland Valley Elder Services Highland Valley Elder Services serves older adults and their families through collaboration, education, advocacy and a range of programs designed to support them where they live.  The agency is a private, not-for-profit corporation serving twenty-four communities in Hampshire and Hampden Counties of Western Massachusetts.  Funds for the agency are received from the following main sources:  Administration on Aging, through its designation as an Area Agency on Aging and Home Care Corporation/Aging Services Access Point, and Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.  Highland Valley aims to provide the best services, which empower elders to discover their own strengths, talents, and solutions.

    VNANE Announces IV Partnership

    VNANE’s Clinically Integrated Network Joins Forces with IV Associates and Option Care Pharmacy

    Oct. 2015- In order to meet the demand of value based healthcare reimbursement, three organizations have agreed on an alliance working together on enhanced home infusion services that keep patients at home and facilitate expedited transitions to home care.  Visiting Nurse Associations of New England’s (VNANE) Clinically Integrated Network, IV Associates of Chicopee, MA and Option Care Enterprises, Inc., the country’s premier home infusion company with offices throughout New England and across the nation, proudly announce their new relationship. Uniquely positioned to provide increased cost savings and produce better clinical outcomes, all three organizations are excited to better service this underserved need in home care.

     

    “With the shift moving faster and faster towards care at home, the programs and offerings we produce together will meet and exceed the needs of hospitals, ACO’s, payers and post-acute providers,”  Ed Devaney, CEO of VNANE, remarked.  Brian O’Neil, President of IV Associates added, “We are very happy to be a partner in this joint effort towards providing higher quality in home care with such high caliber organizations.”

     

    VNANE’s Clinically Integrated Network is comprised of community based not for profit home health agencies throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. As a network of providers, VNANE’s Clinically Integrated Network provides solutions for health care payers and providers through their expertise and outcome excellence. Our membership mission: “To enable patients to experience the highest quality health care at the least cost possible in their homes.” For additional information on VNANE’s Clinically Integrated Network, contact, Kyle Moseley, VP, Business Development of VNANE at kmoseley@vnane.org.

     

    About IV-Associates:

    IV-Associates is an infusion services company that provides intravenous access and educational services to patients throughout New England.  As a premier provider, IV-Associates administers state of the art care to patients in various locations such as home care, long term care and other post -acute care settings.  Please visit our website at www.iv-associates.com.

    About Option Care:

    Option Care Enterprises, Inc., formerly Walgreens Infusion Services, Inc., offers clinical care provided by specially trained infusion nurses and pharmacists who treat patients with a wide range of acute, chronic and rare conditions. As one of the nation’s largest providers of home and alternate treatment site infusion services, Option Care has 92 infusion pharmacies and 110 alternate treatment sites across the country. Learn more at www.OptionCare.com .

     

    Clinically Integrated Network Outcomes

    VNANE’s Clinically Integrated Network Members Continue Raising the Bar on Outcome Excellence

    VNANE’s Clinically Integrated Network Members Continue Raising the Bar on Outcome Excellence
    August 2015- Since creation and implementation of disease specific pathways in Nov. 2014, Visiting Nurse Associations of New England’s (VNANE) Clinically Integrated Network customers have enjoyed impressive improvement on VNANE’s already leading outcomes. With a Q2 showing under 10% at 9.6%, the re-hospitalization rate continues to well surpass Connecticut and Massachusetts State averages. The second quarter’s improvement follows quarter one’s which was a result of the Network’s implementation of the disease specific standards of care.

    2014    Q1 2015                            Q2 2015     CT State Avg.*     MA State Avg.*
    16%         12%                                   10%                 17%                          17%

    *CMS Home Health Compare

    “Since implementation of our Clinically Integrated Network’s disease specific pathways and protocols all of our outcome measures have shown impressive improvement!” Ed Devaney, CEO of VNANE says. Ed added, “This improvement continues to put us further ahead of industry standards.”

    HDI Launches Collaboration with Visiting Nurse Associations of New England

    The Health Care Delivery Institute (HDI) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has signed a five-year strategic affiliation agreement with the Visiting Nurse Associations of New England (VNANE) and its Clinically Integrated Network of home health and hospice providers. The affiliation agreement provides a framework to collaborate on research, educational and technology development projects that improve home health care delivery.
    “Today, more health care is being delivered in the home and community and that will continue to increase in the years to come. At HDI we look for opportunities to make a positive impact across the whole continuum of health care delivery, so we are pleased to be teaming-up with home care experts,” said Vera Tice, managing director of HDI. “The goal of this new collaboration is to leverage our respective strengths for the betterment of patients and health care delivery in the home.”
    VNANE is an umbrella organization that provides a range of administrative and support services for its members which are non-profit, community-based home health care agencies in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. VNANE is the largest provider network of its kind in New England. Its members deliver a comprehensive array of home health care and hospice services including skilled nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, medical social work, nutrition counseling and end-of-life care.
    “We are excited to begin this relationship with WPI,” said Everett M. (Ed) Devaney, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of VNANE. “We see a lot of opportunities to blend the clinical experience of our member organizations with the research, educational and engineering expertise at WPI and work on a wide range of projects that will benefit patients at home and our professionals who deliver their care.”
    HDI is a university-wide multidisciplinary research and education organization that includes more than 30 research teams at WPI. HDI works collaboratively with industry, external healthcare providers, other academic and government partners to develop new patient-centric innovations to improve care and lower costs. WPI faculty researchers affiliated with HDI work in areas such as systems engineering, healthcare informatics and data analytics, digital health, advanced robotics (surgical, rehabilitative, assistive), disease management, and portable medical devices for monitoring and imaging.
    Among the early initiatives now being explored through the HDI/VNANE collaboration are development and testing of sensors for the home to monitor patient wellbeing and detect falls; offering an online systems engineering course customized for home healthcare providers to help improve their workflow processes; and early-stage clinical field testing of devices and mobile applications for health care delivery under development at WPI.

    Standards & Best Practices Quarterly Q&A Discusssion

    Thanks to all who attended the Standards of Care Quarterly Q&A calls held on August 20 ant 21st.  The Q&A is available on the website and can be found under the Members Only and click on the VNANE Video Training button.  VNANE will continue to hold Q&A discussion calls on a quarterly basis via a teleconference and facilitated by members of the Quality & Clinical Integration Committee for the clinically integrated network. This is a great forum to bring any questions, suggestions or just to listen in to learn how other VNANE members are doing at this point in time.  The schedule for future Q&As follows:  Be sure to save the date: Thursday, 10/29/15 at 11:00  & Friday, 10/30/15 at 10:00

     

     

    2014 Innovator Award

    The Innovator Award was awarded to Home Health VNA of Lawrence, MA for their collaborative work with Lawrence General Hospital, Pentucket Medical Associates and Greater Lawrence Family Health Center to form the Merrimack Valley Health Information Exchange (MVHIE) collaborative. The goal was to develop an electronic mechanism to share information about shared patients to ensure quality care across the continuum to reduce issues in care transitions experienced by providers and patients, especially patients utilizing the ER for non urgent and/or chronic medical problems.  This January, the MVHIE collaborative successfully developed and implemented the secure infrastructure   that was necessary to connect MVHIE collaborating providers and enabled the electronic transmission of patient care information using the Massachusetts Health Care Information Exchange, otherwise known as Mass HIway.  Read the Innovator Nomination to learn more.  Congratulations to Home Health VNA for their Innovation.

     

    ICD-10

    Are you ready for ICD-10 coding?  As of 10/1/15, it is a CMS requirement.  CMS offers a newsletter with updates on the changes.  Use the following link to learn more:http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/CMS_ICD-10_Industry_Email_Updates.html