Annual Meeting Spotlight: Exciting Legal & Regulatory Education Sessions Available
July 31, 2015 03:07 PM
The Legal & Regulatory education track at the 2015 annual meeting includes courses covering the latest information that home care and hospice providers need to prepare for changes and trends, both legal and regulatory.
“The Legal & Regulatory education track will help agencies stay ahead of the changing regulatory and legal environments, highlighting keys issues and offering clear strategies and advice that agencies can implement after the meeting in order to prepare for the future,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris.
Individuals who attend the 2015 Annual Meeting will have the opportunity to earn up to 20 Continuing Education credits in-person, as well as additional credits through programs that will be available online. All of the course offerings will be available for credits to Nurses and Certified Public Accountants. Specific courses and credits will be available to Nursing Home Administrators, Assisted Living Administrators, and Social Workers.
Following are some of the exciting courses available under the Legal & Regulatory track at the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition:
How to Overhaul Your Internal Structure to Be Prepared for the New HHCoPs
CMS's new rule for home health agencies constitutes a major shift in the regulations. Changes in the HHCoPs may require HHAs to overhaul their internal structures, especially with the new focus on quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI). As CMS gears up to propose rules for mandatory provider compliance programs, learn how you can incorporate compliance and ethics activities into your QAPI program, integrate HHCoPs within your compliance program, and appreciate the difference.
How to Stay Informed: Updates from Palmetto
Palmetto GBA is the Medicare administrative contractor for many home health and hospice agencies in the US. This program will include information on the most recent Medicare regulatory updates and changes. Participants will also learn about some available tools and resources that will allow them to better implement processes to ensure compliance with the regulations. In addition, participants will increase their knowledge of electronic data interchange (EDI) functions and processes.
How to Stay Informed: Medicare Updates From CGS
CGS, the Medicare administrative contractor for Jurisdiction 15 will discuss recent or impending Medicare changes affecting home health and hospice agencies. Participants will gain advanced knowledge about the most common reasons home health and hospice claims are rejected or returned and learn how to identify resources to assist in resolving these billing issues and errors. Time is allotted for Q & As during this session.
How to Deal with Current and Future Changes: The Home Health Regulatory Roundup
This program will be presented to inform attendees about the status of the current Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations and policies that are of greatest concern to home health agencies. Hot topics will include: an update on the F2F requirement, medical review activities, proposed HHCoPs, Star Rating, ICD-10 coding, and the IMPACT Act. During this session, an opportunity will be provided to attendees to discuss the challenges that they are facing.
How to Train Staff to Be Prepared for Documentation and the New HHCoPs
Clinical documentation can jeopardize or support payment. The new HHCoPs demand changes in documentation. This session will show you how to teach and prepare your clinicians for the changed requirements in documentation.
How to Mitigate Risk; Enforcement Trends in Home Health and Hospice
This program will discuss current federal and state enforcement trends in both the home health and hospice sectors. Understanding the focus of government enforcers helps providers know how to prioritize activities in their compliance programs in order to audit and monitor areas of high risk. The program will also explore compliance and risk mitigation steps that home health and hospice providers can take now to address these enforcement trends.
How to Stay Informed: A Panel Update on Medicaid
Medicaid is fast becoming the center of home care services for all age groups. At the same time, Medicaid home care is rapidly changing with innovations in home- and community-based care programs. NAHC’s Medicaid Action Council will offer information and opportunities to discuss the hottest Medicaid issues of the day.
How to Assimilate the Tools and Best Practices Derived from the Integrated Care Management Model to Meet the New HHCoPs
Home health agencies can position themselves to meet the proposed CMS Conditions of Participation (CoPs) by equipping staff with tools and competencies to deliver patient-centered, health-literate care. Presenters will review best practices that meet the intent of the new CoPs.
How to Develop New Models of Care for Medicaid Patients
In many states Medicaid programs are rapidly shifting to managed care, integrated and performance-based care models. As home care providers struggle to provide quality services and support to Medicaid beneficiaries, care must be both clinically and economically appropriate. Home care agencies must adapt to work outside of traditional fee for service models to develop technology-empowered and outcome-based programs that share risk and rewards with MCOs. New options for home care agencies to work with State Medicaid Programs that are innovative, maintain patients safely in their communities and provide financial incentives for quality outcomes will be discussed.
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