Texas Through The Looking Glass - What Does The Data Tell Us?


[W3238] Texas Through The Looking Glass - What Does The Data Tell Us?
A one-hour tour of Medicare home health claims and cost report data from the Lone Star State.

Presentation Info:

  • Presentation Date: April 2018
  • TAHC&H Event: TAHC&H Monthly Webinars

Education-Training Credits:

  • TX HCSSA Administrator/Alternate Continuing Education
    • 1.0 Clock Hrs

CE Approval Statements:
· This program meets continuing education requirements for Administrators and Alternates under Texas HCSSA licensing regulations.

HCSSA Topic(s) Addressed:

  • §558.259[d][4]agency responsibilities
  • §558.260[a][7]financial management

Program Description: It is said that every picture tells a story, and Medicare claims data tells a very transparent story that can answer important questions while lending thoughtful guidance as we move forward both as an industry and as individual providers. How do Texas home health metrics compare to the rest of the country? How does my agency differ from my neighbor? Which measures define success? Where do I need to “get better”? What do ACOs and Hospital Systems expect from me, and why? Where does Medicare Advantage fit in with all of this? Why doesn’t McDonald’s sell hotdogs? We’ll answer most of these questions and more! Duane Blackwell, CEO of National Home Health Analytics, will be our guide as we review the relevant highlights of some 10 Billion Medicare data points.

Program Learning Outcome:

  • Participants will actively engage in the learning activity by reviewing National and Texas home health agency operational metrics in an effort to improve the quality and cost-efficiency of their agency's services. 

TAHC&H Faculty/Presenter: Duane Blackwell, CEO of National Home Health Analytics

About the Presenter:
Duane Blackwell
has been in home health since August, 1997 when he was hired as CEO of Thompson Home Health, a multi-provider Louisiana-based home health company. At that time, the industry was undergoing a dramatic transition from a cost-based system to prospective payment. Duane’s previous career in commercial banking seemed a good fit for what was to be a tectonic shift in the way home health was delivered. In 2003, he assisted in the successful sale of Thompson to an equity investment firm, staying on as CEO for five years following the sale. In 2008, Duane established SOSO Solutions, LLC, a consulting practice focused primarily on the serving needs of post-acute care providers, including home health and hospice companies. SOSO’s areas of focus include strategic planning, financial management, the management of change, and sales and business development. SOSO continues to serve a client base centered in the Gulf South.

In 2015, Duane partnered with Dr. Cordt Kassner and Dr Warren Hebert to establish National Home Health Analytics; a Medicare Clams and Cost Report research and consulting company focused on delivering industry transparency. A native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Duane earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Southern Mississippi.

[W3238] Texas Through The Looking Glass - What Does The Data Tell Us?

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