2020 AHHC of NC Annual Conference

Join us in April for Vision Beyond 2020, AHHC's 2020 Annual Convention & Expo, the largest conference and tradeshow for home care, home health and hospice providers in the southeastern US.



Our Vision Beyond 2020 Annual Conference is packed to the brim with second-to-none education, dynamic speakers, FUN networking events & opportunities, and best-in-the-industry business affiliates at a newly renovated hotel right in the heart of Raleigh. We are proud to introduce the Hospice & Palliative Care Intensive Pre-Conference on Sunday, April 26, followed by our two-day main conference Monday, April 27 & Tuesday, April 28, and closing with Population Health Day on Wednesday, April 29.

**NEW THIS YEAR: We are thrilled that 4 CME (Continuing Medical Education) Hours are available for Sunday, April 26! Physicians/providers please register for the Hospice & Palliative Care Pre-Conference and you will be sent a link to register for CME through Greensboro AHEC.

We are honored to welcome guest speakers such as Edo Banach, Bill Dombi, Vicki Hoak, NC Attorney General Josh Stein, Dr. Arif Kamal, Charles Canaan & MaKisha Pressley-Callaham from Palmetto GBA, a moving SPRX talk that you won't want to miss, and so many more. Please visit our conference website and browse our 16-page brochure for complete details!

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CONTINUING EDUCATION

CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION (SUNDAY ONLY)
The Pre-Conference Portion of this event will provide up to 4 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 credit. Physicians/providers must register for Sunday's Hospice & Palliative Care Pre-Con through AHHC, and they will be sent a private link to register for CME through Greensboro AHEC.
Greensboro Area Health Education Center designates this pre-conference activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

NURSE CONTACT HOURS
There are 16.75 possible nurse contact hours at this event.
The Association for Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

SOCIAL WORKER CONTINUING EDUCATION
Social Worker continuing education requirements set forth through regulation are intentionally designed to allow social workers some latitude and flexibility in selecting course activity relevant to their area of interest and expertise. Please reference Chapter 63, Section .0401 of the NC Administrative Code for guidance on what constitutes appropriate and acceptable continuing education activities.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Online Registration:Registering online is easy! Just sign in to your account, then visit www.ahhcnc.org/AHHC2020 to proceed. If you do not have one, please click "Create an Account" at the top of the page. 

Attendees may register by Fax:
Fax a copy of the registration form with the appropriate credit card information and signature to (919) 848-2355.  Faxed registrations will not be processed without credit card information. 

By Mail: Mail registration form with payment to: AHHC, 3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 204, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27609. Registration forms will not be processed without payment. (Be sure and include the suite number!)

Cancellation Policy: Please note that due to hotel obligations having to be made far in advance, fees will be refunded, or invoices will be adjusted, only if written notice of cancellation is received by April 1st.   In the event of cancellation, AHHC will retain, or charge, $100 of the initial registration fee, per registrant, to cover administrative overhead. Once written cancellation is received, an AHHC staff member will review for approval. If your cancellation is approved, we will email back a signed and dated copy of the cancellation that your agency should retain on file in case of questions. While it is not permissible for several individuals to share a registration, AHHC will be happy to accept substitutions if notified of the change in writing.

Confirmation: A confirmation notice, with directions to the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree, information on nurse contact hour requirements, and a link to handouts will be sent via email prior to the convention. Should you have any questions or need additional information about registration, please don’t hesitate to contact Richard Lawrence at (919) 848-3450 or via email at richard@ahhcnc.org.

Auxiliary Aids, Services, & Special Diet Requests: AHHC is committed to ensuring that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied service, segregated or otherwise treated differently than other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need any auxiliary aids or services or have a special diet request, please contact Richard Lawrence at richard@ahhcnc.org.

When
4/26/2020 - 4/29/2020
Where
Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley 4500 Marriott Drive Raleigh 27612 UNITED STATES

Program

   

Sunday, 26 April 2020

 
Facilitated by: Michael Lalor, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer for Trellis Supportive Care

CME OFFERED

Hospice physicians are invited to an exclusive lunch & learn facilitated by Michael Lalor, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Trellis Supportive Care.  Topics of discussion will include: Symptom Management, Ethical Dilemmas, Certification of Terminal Illness, Nausea/Vomiting, Population-Based Palliative Care, and Defensive Documentation
Track
CME
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
11:30 AM

This interactive session may challenge how you view grief and the caregiving experience. Through case studies and simulations of this unique grief journey, we will explore how caregiving creates both transformative loss and growth. During this workshop, you can expand your toolkit of strategies for coping with personal grief, while adding new resources to support your patients and their families.

Presenters: Becky Sansbury, M.Div., Crisis Care Expert, Author; Pam Kuras, LCSW, Certified Grief Counselor, Owner, Johnston Integrative Counsling
Audience: Bereavement Counselors, Chaplains
Category
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM

A World-Class Hospice or Homecare organization can only be built from the strength and quality of its Clinical Managers. This is because up to 70% of the 1) development, 2) morale and 3) retention of staff comes from the immediate Manager as all front-line clinicians take their behavior and performance cues from this critical position. Therefore this level of management requires laser-beam FOCUS. Methods of organizations that operate at the 90th percentile and insights from work with over 1,000 Hospices will be shared in this session.

Presenter: Andrew Reed, System Analyst/CPA, CEO & Chief Teaching Officer, Multi-View, Inc.
Audience: Clinicians
Category
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM

CME OFFERED

This session will provide an in-depth discussion on data metrics that hospices need to consider as part of an internal hospice assessment and strategy. Through their work with palliative care model delivery, hospice, accountable care organizations and managed care organizations, the presenters will share their insight and proven experience in analysis of data metrics that drive success. 

Presenters: Beth G. Hodges, MD, co-Founder, Hodges Family Practice; Matt Harkness, VP of Business Development, Hospice of the Piedmont
Audience: Hospice Leaders/Managers, All
Category
CME
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM

This interactive session regarding advance care planning and advance care directives will begin with a brief overview on the topic including key issue updates, transition to a review of common questions and answers related to advance care planning and advance care directives, and conclude with time for open question and answer with the audience. This is a session you will not want to miss.         

Presenters: Ken Burgess, Partner, Poyner Spruill;  Shannon Pointer, MSN, RN, CHPN, Vice President of Hospice & Palliative Care, AHHC of NC
Audience: All
Category
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM

CME OFFERED

Join us for an interactive discussion of palliative care experiences from a provider perspective. The session will begin with a brief overview of the state of palliative care both nationally and locally. There will be discussion of successes and challenges both in leading palliative care program development and palliative care clinical practice. The session is case review format and will conclude with time for questions and answers with the audience.        

Presenter: Elizabeth Golding, MD, Medical Director, Cone Health Palliative Care Services
Audience: All
Category
CME
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM

This session is open to all providers and staff within hospice and palliative care, and will educate participants on the new person-centered approach, Trauma-Informed Care. Through interactive and experiential learning, participants will develop immediately applicable trauma-informed strategies, both personally and professionally. This session will emphasize the importance of self-sustaining practices to optimize professional wellness. 

Presenter: Ashley Swinson, MSW, LCSW, Founder of TIDE & Certified Therapist in EMDR Audience: Social Workers, All
Category
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM

CME OFFERED

Working with people living with dementia can be complicated! But changing your approach can make life better for them and for their care partners. This session offers participants opportunity to practice communication and approach strategies that will improve interactions with people living with dementia, as well as, with others who may be experiencing cognitive or processing changes. 

Presenter: Melanie Bunn, MS, RN, GNP, Dementia Training Specialist, Dementia Alliance of NC
Audience: All
Category
CME
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
3:15 PM

Yoga has been recommended for symptoms of anxiety and depression and is being utilized for management of grief. Developing a yoga practice as a coping skill can be beneficial to someone who experiences symptoms of grief, most commonly depression and anxiety. Applying yoga to grief management provides an opportunity to manage symptoms of grief and support healing. Yoga can be used in a supportive grief group setting as well as during individual sessions. Providing supportive processing groups that utilize yoga and other aspects of yoga such as meditation and breathing, Hospice agencies will be able to provide an opportunity for clients to expand their coping skills.

Presenter: Sarah McNulty, MSW, LCSW, RYT-200, Hospice Facility Team Social Worker, AuthoraCare Collective, formerly Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell and Hospice & Palliative Care of Greensboro
Audience: Social Workers, All
Category
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
3:15 PM

There are Hospices & Homecare organizations that are going days, sometimes weeks, without a single service failure, complaint or documentation error. Organizations have had to regularly cancel weekly quality meetings as there was nothing to report. Clinicians returning from vacation have exclaimed that it was the first time they didn’t have to do catchup work. These are almost unbelievable results achieved by a number of Hospices and Homecare organizations, from California to New York, with truly impressive Standards combined with unique training methods fused with strong Accountability. This program will provide an overview to help people see how this level of quality has become reality.

Presenter: Andrew Reed, System Analyst/CPA, CEO & Chief Teaching Officer, Multi-View, Inc.
Audience: Clinicians
Category
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
3:15 PM

This presentation will address the changing role of community bereavement support. Hospices are increasingly receiving requests to provide grief support to individuals who have experienced deaths outside the “traditional hospice death.” This includes community requests supporting deaths from suicide, homicide, substance use overdose, and accidents. This presentation will provide an overview of Lower Cape Fear LifeCare’s response to these needs, in addition to how LCFLC is positioning itself to adapt to the changing community needs. Learning objectives include: A review of the changing landscape of grief; Identifying community needs; Staff training; Impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), trauma, and the grief process; and Funding opportunities.

Presenter: Joseph Peters, MSW, LCSW, APHSW-C, Director of Counseling & Volunteer Services, Lower Cape Fear LifeCare
Audience: Bereavement Counselors, Chaplains
Category
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
3:15 PM

The model of caring for people with serious illness is ever-changing. Health Care providers are faced with navigating these changes amidst the challenges of managing multiple payment models, the move to value and managing risk. This session will look at the future models of care and will serve as a guide to help sustain effective Palliative Care and Hospice programs today while preparing for tomorrow. Included will be a focus on ACO’s as well as CMMI Direct Contracting and Primary Care First; how to manage today in Fee For Service while preparing for Alternative Payment Models; and how to make the value proposition to ACO’s that Palliative Care is a solution to help improve quality while reducing cost. 

Presenters: Chris Comeaux, President/CEO; Christopher Morrissette, COO of Palliative Care Teleios Collaborative Network
Audience: All
Category
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
3:15 PM

CME OFFERED In the hospice and palliative care field, it is crucial to have good communication and collaboration among everyone involved in patient care. This fun and interactive presentation will review evidence-based studies and demonstrate how behavioral science can impact perception. Suggestions will be provided to improve the effectiveness and influence of your communication skills based on these studies. Participants will learn how communication frameworks in hospice and palliative care can improve the quality of both clinical and leadership conversations.

Presenter: Michael Lalor, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Trellis Supportive Care Audience: All
Category
CME
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM
3:15 PM

Join us for a welcome reception on the Glenwood Terrace immediately following the Hospice & Palliative Care Pre-Conference.
Category
CME
Hospice
Palliative Care
Home Health
Home Care
Time
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
5:00 PM

Monday, 27 April 2020

 
Opening General Session Monday, April 27, 2020

Nurturing our Humanity and Tending our Spark in the Face of Change

As we face change, there is an inherent tendency to insulate ourselves. Instead, should we lean in to the vulnerability that allows us to hear, help, and heal our patients, even those we can't cure, and embrace their families in the journey? The SPRX (Service, Purpose, Resilience, Experience) Talk will take place in the Glenwood Ballroom at 9am on Monday, April 27.

Tiffany Christensen: Patient | Fire
Steve Smith: Caregiver | Fuel
Stan Massey: The One Left | Air

with Cooper Linton & Nicole Clagett, Co-Hosts of Edge of Aging
Category
Home Care
Home Health
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
9:00 AM

"2020 Jurisdiction M (JM) Hospice Medicare Workshop Series - Hitting the Target with Medicare"

Charles Canaan, RN, Senior Provider Relations Representative, Palmetto GBA

Palmetto GBA is pleased to announce their 2020 Home Health and Hospice Workshop Series “Hitting the Target with Medicare.” These workshops are designed to equip home health and hospice providers and their staff with the tools they need to be successful with Medicare billing, coverage and documentation requirements.
Category
Hospice
Time
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
10:45 AM

Lawrencette McSwain, MSEd, BS, RN, Nurse Consultant II/Regional Supervisor, Complaint Intake and Health Care Personnel Investigations, DHSR, NC Department of Health and Human Services

The Health Care Personnel Registry is a state-mandated registry that contains the names of health care personnel who have pending investigations of allegations or substantiated findings by the department of resident abuse, resident neglect, misappropriation of resident or facility property, fraud against a resident or facility, or diversion of drugs belonging to a resident or facility. Before hiring health care personnel into a health care facility or service, health care facility employers as defined in G.S. 131E- 256 (b) ( includes home care and hospice)  must access the Health Care Personnel Registry and note each incident of access in their business files. In this presentation, a representative from the NC Health Care Personnel Investigations (HCPI) unit at the Division of Health Service Regulation (DHSR) will review HCPI laws related to reporting reportable allegations (i.e. abuse, neglect, etc.) of home care and hospice agency staff.
Category
Home Care
Home Health
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
10:45 AM

Ellen Fulp, PharmD, MSPC, BCGP, Director of Pharmacy Education, AvaCare

This session will review recommendations for safe opioid analgesic utilization. Patient cases will be reviewed to highlight the importance of consistent, thorough pain assessment. Appropriate analgesic use will be discussed, with special consideration given to formulary selection. This presentation will review cases involving methadone, opioid infusions, and opioid sparing medications.
Category
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
10:45 AM

Home Care and Hospice Advocacy 20/20: Perfecting the Advocacy Vision Through Storytelling

Lee Dobson, Area Director, Government Affairs BAYADA Home Health Care Wendy Chavez, MSN, RN, Director, The Advocacy Center at Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care

Lawmakers make decisions every day that impact home care from what is covered to the reimbursement rate and how we deliver care. Join us for an interactive session where you will learn the issues and how to approach a lawmaker to garner support for home care. You will be able to practice your pitch during a mock legislative meeting. By leveraging grassroots together, we will make a difference for our clients/patients and the staff who care for them at home.
Category
Home Care
Home Health
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
10:45 AM

Mark Sharp, CPA, Partner, BKD CPAs & Advisors

Home Health is presented with many challenges including a changing reimbursement model, staffing issues, and ongoing regulatory and compliance updates at the national and state level. Agencies must budget appropriately each year and use key performance indicators on a regular basis to track and measure performance. The budget and KPI process is an essential step to communicate the financial impact of key decisions to clinical management and operations. Finance must collaborate with all functional areas to identify key revenue and cost drivers and develop realistic projections to drive the budget process. This session will focus on preparations of a home health budget and methods to track and measure the agency’s progress through key performance indicators and dashboards.
Category
Home Health
Time
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
10:45 AM

So You're Thinking About Starting a Serious Illness Care (SIC) Program?

Andrew Mihalyo, PharmD, President and COO, DeltaCare Rx
Nandip Kothari, MBA, CEO, SMARTMD

The need for palliative care and serious illness care (SIC) is outpacing the capacity of existing community-based programs. But building a sustainable program that complements your hospice or home care agency is not a trivial matter. This presentation offers lessons learned from multiple successful program launches. Key topics include: How to calculate ROI and get the funding you need to start the program, key metrics to help you keep focused in year 1, outsourcing strategies to control costs without losing the mission, patient engagement using Telehealth for better care with less effort, the importance of sound pharmaceutical care, overcoming technology barriers (like your EHR), and blueprint for your first 30, 60, 90 days.
Category
Home Care
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
10:45 AM

The following awards will be presented at the Awards Luncheon and Ceremony:
Carolyn Cusic Professional of the Year
Nurse Aide of the Year
Agency Support Personnel of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Category
Home Care
Home Health
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
12:30 PM

On Monday, join us for an unprecedented panel of three national industry leaders who will take the stage to share their “Vision” for Home Care, Home Health and Hospice for 2020 and Beyond.

Panel:
Edo Banach, President & CEO, National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization
Vicki Hoak, Executive Director, Home Care Association of America
Bill Dombi, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice
Moderator: Tim Rogers, President and CEO, AHHC
Category
Home Care
Home Health
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM

"2020 Jurisdiction M (JM) Home Health Medicare Workshop Series - Hitting the Target with Medicare"

Charles Canaan, RN, Senior Provider Relations Representative, Palmetto GBA

Palmetto GBA is pleased to announce their 2020 Home Health and Hospice Workshop Series “Hitting the Target with Medicare.” These workshops are designed to equip home health and hospice providers and their staff with the tools they need to be successful with Medicare billing, coverage and documentation requirements.
Category
Home Health
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM

New Technologies to Improve Day to Day Operations While Creating Cost Savings

Steve Pellito, SVP, Sales & Marketing, Sandata Technologies

With recruitment, retention, and staff shortages plaguing the home health care industry, agencies are struggling to find and onboard new staff, properly utilize existing staff, and increase efficiencies in the home office to keep operations as lean and efficient as possible. Learn about some of the newest technologies that are reinventing the way agencies are approaching the traditional scheduling process. Communicate more effectively, maximize caregiver potential, reduce overtime, and decrease turnover/recruitment/on-boarding costs.
Category
Home Care
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM

Joe Osentoski, BAS, RN-BC, Chief Reimbursement Recovery Consultant, Gateway Home Health Coding & Consulting

The HHS OIG Report (OEI-02-10-00491) concluded that “Hospices Inappropriately Billed Medicare Over $250 Million,” causing CMS to instruct its Supplemental Medical Review Contractor (SMRC) to initiate a nationwide post-payment review of claims for general hospice inpatient level of care (01-009 General Inpatient Hospice Notification of Medical Review). Even hospices far under the allowed percentage of General Inpatient (GIP) level of care have been subject to these reviews. In addition, all hospices providing GIP are under additional scrutiny to support their GIP was reasonable and necessary. This session will walk attendees through the CMS requirements for GIP level of care, as well as provide documentation guidelines for when to change the level of care and for each of 15 common situations that precipitate GIP, such as agitation, pain management, respiratory distress, and wound care. Coordination needs with the care center staff are also covered. Specific charting tips are provided to ensure a complete record of GIP service is generated.
Category
Hospice
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM

Greta D. Hill, RN, Lead Nurse Consultant II
Phyllis Nealey, RN, Lead Nurse Consultant II
Acute and Home Care Licensure & Certification DHSR, NC Department of Health and Human Services

The NC Home Care Licensure rules 10A NCAC 13J underwent rule changes June 1, 2018. This session will place emphasis on the eight sections of the rules that were changed with a summary of DHSR home care survey activity findings since the adoption of the new rules.
Category
Home Care
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM

Lisa McClammy, BSN, RN, COS-C, HCS-D, Director of Customer Sucess, KanTime

Every agency struggles with ADRs. This session will cover different types of ADRs, required documentation, how to organize the information and respond to the ADR. We will take a step back and look at how the agency can build internal processes from intake through each episode of care all the way to billing that will ensure no matter which patients are chosen for an ADR, their documentation will exceed the requirements. We will also discuss how the ADR workflow is important for agencies in states that are a part of Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) and how they can have a complete process to track every step to ensure approval. Last, we will take a look at the main reasons for ADR denials and the appeal process.
Category
Home Health
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM

The Balancing Act: Stratifying Length of Stay Through Referral Sources

Catherine Dehlin, RN, BSN, CHPN, CHCM, Director of Hospice & Palliative Care Services, Fazzi Associates

Length of stay is one of the primary determinants in an agency’s clinical, quality, and financial success. The most effective way to impact the length of stay is by stratifying referral source types. In this session we will detail best practice approaches to effecting change in the average and median length of stay through analysis of current census and referral source diversification. Participants will be able to describe their agency’s length of stay patterns as they relate to referral sources and apply best practice approaches to stratify length of stay in multiple referral source types.
Category
Hospice
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM

This year's exhibit hall will be throughout the entire meeting space, interspersed with attendees and our Around-the-World themed Vendor Reception! Join us after the last session on Monday for drinks and hor d'oeuvres inspired by cuisines across the world! Network with your colleagues and our vendors before heading out to dinner in Raleigh!
Category
Home Care
Home Health
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
5:00 PM

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

 
Join us for a legislative update from the AHHC Lobby Team:
Tracy Colvard, VP of Government Relations & Public Policy, AHHC
Julia Adams-Scheurich, AHHC Contract Lobbyist and Owner of Oak City Government Relations
Matthew W. Wolfe, AHHC Legal Counsel, and Partner at Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein
Category
Home Care
Home Health
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
8:45 AM

"2020 Jurisdiction M (JM) Hospice Medicare Workshop Series - Hitting the Target with Medicare"

MaKisha Pressley-Callaham, Ed.D, Senior Provider Relations Representative, Palmetto GBA

Palmetto GBA is pleased to announce their 2020 Home Health and Hospice Workshop Series “Hitting the Target with Medicare.” These workshops are designed to equip home health and hospice providers and their staff with the tools they need to be successful with Medicare billing, coverage and documentation requirements.
Category
Hospice
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
10:30 AM

Home Care Agency In-Home Care Providers: Yes, You Can Succeed and Prosper

Richard Rutherford, President, LTSS Consulting

This session is designed to provide direct and specific advice and strategies for Providers to Medicaid PCS & CAP, Veterans Affairs, Long Term Care Insurers, Medicare Advantage, County and Grant programs, and Private Pay Providers. This session will review how agencies can increase revenue and broaden their business base. Participant questions and concerns about audits, NCTracks, EVV and NC HIEA update will be addressed.
Category
Home Care
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
10:30 AM

Robert Simione, CPA, Director
Julia Maroney, RN, MHSA, HCS-D, COS-C, Managing Director
Simione Healthcare Consultants

Turn the post-PDGM jitters into strong steps for success. Home health organizations can still make changes to ensure that clinical and financial operations make the grade. Many areas of operations - intake, clinical, coding, OASIS, and referral partners - have been impacted. What did we learn and how can we continue to make changes to ensure success operationally under PDGM? This session will assist you in evaluating where further adjustments to operations are needed.
Category
Home Health
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
10:30 AM

Ricky Smith, President, Innovative Business Technologies

Our new reality: risks are on the rise. With data breaches in the last nine years affecting over 2,500 healthcare data breaches and more than 500 records. Data breaches and resulting regulatory and legal action have escalated in healthcare with penalties reaching millions in 2019 so far. Learn about the common areas of vulnerability, the impact of data loss, key elements for protecting your organization, and ways to reduce risk.
Category
Home Care
Home Health
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
10:30 AM

Nick Seabrook, Managing Principal
Erin Masterson, Consulting Director
BlackTree Healthcare Consulting

The new home health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) are intended to drive quality in care and eliminate unnecessary procedural requirements for home health agencies. However, in order to realize the benefits these revised CoPs were designed to deliver, home health and hospice organizations need to optimize documentation and technology processes. Presenters will share industry best practices in adhering to these new requirements with technology today and in the future.
Category
Home Health
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
10:30 AM

The Impact of Clinical Documentation on Agency Financials, Star Ratings and Survey Compliance

Sue Payne, MBA, RN, CHCE, Vice President  and Chief Clinical Officer
Kimberly Gunter BSN, MSN, RN, CDI-P, HCS-D, HCS-O, Director of Home Health/Hospice Documentation Improvement
Corridor

This session will focus on one of the most important challenges facing the home health/hospice industry. When the care provided to the patient does not match the clinical picture of the patient in the medical record, it can negatively impact the publicly reported outcomes, financials, and survey compliance of the organization. During this session, the presenters will offer actionable ways to engage clinicians in improving their documentation to match the care they are providing.
Category
Home Health
Hospice
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
10:30 AM

Companion/Sitter Services That Can Be Provided and Terms of Valid Agreements for Those Services

Susan Fradenberg, Partner, Fox Rothschild, LLP

This session will discuss the different types of companion/sitter, and respite services that can be provided in the home care setting and best practices for providing those services. Discussion will also address supervision and competency of staff providing companion, sitter, and respite services and creation of a plan of care as well as the elements of a comprehensive agreement for those services.
Category
Home Care
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
10:30 AM

Join us for some NC BBQ!
Category
Home Care
Home Health
Hospice
Time
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
12:00 PM

"2019 Jurisdiction M (JM) Home Health Medicare Workshop Series - Tools for Medicare Success"

MaKisha Pressley-Callaham, Ed.D, Senior Provider Relations Representative , Palmetto GBA

Palmetto GBA is pleased to announce their 2020 Home Health and Hospice Workshop Series “Hitting the Target with Medicare.” These workshops are designed to equip home health and hospice providers and their staff with the tools they need to be successful with Medicare billing, coverage and documentation requirements.
Category
Home Health
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM

Kathie Smith, BSN, RN, Vice President of State Relations, Home & Community-Based Care
Jane Garrett, RN, BSN, MHSA, Vice President of Quality Initiatives & State Liaison
AHHC of NC

Home Care agencies are required to have a Quality Improvement program in place through various payer sources and home care licensing rules. Home Care agencies will also need to track quality measures in working with value based payers in the future. This session will review a Quality Improvement Program for home care agencies using Quality Assurance (meeting standards) and Performance Improvement (preventing problems) (QAPI) principles. Attendees will be provided with guidance and tools to implement or build upon a program to ensure Home Care Quality Improvement focused on client outcomes.
Category
Home Care
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM

Nicole Martin, MBA, BSN, RN, CHPN, CHC, Vice President of Quality & Compliance
Melody Foster, BSN, RN, Performance Improvement Coordinator
Transitions LifeCare

This session will review the most recent OIG reports that point to quality of care issues among hospice and discussion of how to foster a culture of “quality matters” within your organization. Audit tools will be made available that target the areas of OIG concern.
Category
Hospice
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM

Harnessing Star Power: Leadership Development & Its Impact on Financial Performance

Eric Scharber, Principal
Rob Simione, CPA, Director
Simione Healthcare Consultants

Developing leaders may be the best investment you make to accelerate financial performance in your home care and hospice organization. Research shows that more than 90 percent of employees say they would stay at a company longer if it invested in their careers. Knowing top employees leave when dissatisfied with advancement, engagement and compensation, why not develop them for greater profitability? Building teams and developing leaders at every level of your organization requires a commitment to proven methods for recruiting and engaging employees across disciplines. Learn about ways to develop competitive programs for recruiting, compensation, training and advancement that will help your leaders positively impact the bottom line.
Category
Home Care
Home Health
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM

Getting Back to Documentation Basics to Ensure Review Choice Demonstration Success

Sandy Decker, RN, BSN, Vice President of Home Health Clinical & Regulatory Affairs, AHHC of NC

Let’s banish your anxiety about claim denials along with delayed or denied payments! We will go over the primary reasons home health claims are denied and how to keep those denials from happening. We’ll discuss everything from face-to-face encounters to homebound status to signatures and everything in between. You will leave this session with many resources for future reference along with a checklist to make sure nothing is forgotten as you’re getting your submissions together. Please bring your questions and concerns and leave with answers and newfound confidence!
Category
Home Health
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM

An Agency’s Journey to Quality Cycle Management in the Era of PDGM

Laura Page-Greifinger, BSN, RN, MPA, Chairman of the Board/Co-Founder
Quality in Real Time (QIRT)

The patient-driven groupings model (PDGM) is much more than a change to the prospective payment system. It represents a paradigm shift for agencies that will require continuous quality improvement throughout the patient journey. Quality Cycle Management (QCM) is a means by which management can hold staff accountable. QCM encompasses and connects all parts of the workflow process achieving the goal of patient-centered care and lower health-care costs. In this session we will walk attendees through the patient journey, identifying best practices and expected outcomes for each task and the metrics by which to measure results.
Category
Home Health
Hospice
Time
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

 
North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein

The opioid epidemic is taking lives and tearing families apart across our state and the country. More people die in North Carolina of an accidental drug overdose–usually an opioid–than from any other cause of accidental death. In this session, NC Attorney General Josh Stein will provide an update on North Carolina’s efforts and  initiatives to combat this epidemic.
Category
Home Care
Home Health
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
8:30 AM - 9:20 AM
8:30 AM

The State of the Physician Workforce & Its Impact on Care Team Resilience and Affirmation of the Patient/Family Experience

Arif Kamal, MD, MBA, MHS, Medical Oncologist, Palliative Medicine Specialist, Physician Quality and Outcomes Officer, Duke Cancer Institute

In this session, Dr. Kamal will provide insight into the current state of the physician workforce, including the impending retirement of a generation of physicians and how that will impact other members of the care team. As providers of care, resilience in the face of burnout is a critical component to acknowledging and affirming the individual patient experience and their decision-making, as well as the emotional impact a serious illness can have on patients and their families. How do we walk the fine line of remembering that it’s “their story, not ours,” while being the best patient advocates that we can be?
Category
Home Care
Home Health
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
9:30 AM - 10:20 AM
9:30 AM

Not a Question of If but When: Prepare to Manage the Next Crisis

Maureen Demarest Murray, Attorney/EMT, Fox Rothschild, LLP; Joseph (Jody) Moore, Certified Emergency Manager, Senior Director of Triad Regional Development, Advanced Home Health

No matter your role in an organization, you may find yourself suddenly faced with a natural or man-made crisis. Will your organization be able to function and assure care to patients? Take steps to be prepared and learn: CMS and NC Emergency Preparedness Requirements, practical lessons learned from Florence and Michael, how to deal with unexpected crisis issues, and advance crisis tools you want from your lawyer.
Category
Home Care
Home Health
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
10:30 AM - 11:20 AM
10:30 AM

Toni Cutson, MD, Medical Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Service
Jamie Grant, MSW, LCSW, Hospice & Palliative Care Coordinator
Durham VA Medical Center

Join Dr. Toni Cutson and Jamie Grant, MSW, LCSW with the Durham VA Healthcare System for a comprehensive review and insight on how to access and navigate the VA system. This session will include a review of the VA health care system components, helpful tools and resources designed to improve knowledge and understanding of the VA healthcare system, veteran demographics, specific war time period diseases and conditions and helpful suggestions for how to develop relationships with local community partners who serve Veterans.
Category
Home Care
Home Health
Hospice
Palliative Care
Time
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
11:30 AM

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