Annual Meeting Spotlight: Hospice and Health IT Education Sessions
In coming weeks, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is running a series of articles highlighting the exciting education sessions available under the various education tracks at the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition.
August 6, 2015 09:06 AM
Today, we highlight the Hospice education track as well as the Health IT education track at the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting.
“The Hospice education track will provide agencies with the tools and strategies they need to improve care, build effective programs, and bring down costs,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris, “while the Health IT education track will identify opportunities for agencies to maximize the benefits of health IT to improve outcomes and efficiency."
Following are the exciting courses available under the Hospice track at the 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition:
How to be Ready for Your Hospice Survey
The IMPACT Act requires each Medicare-certified hospice to undergo a survey at least once every 36 months. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and state survey agencies have been gearing up to tackle the increase in surveys. Has your hospice been getting ready, too? The session will review CMS’ plans to implement the IMPACT Act and walk you through the hospice federal recertification survey process, including steps surveyors will take and the reports, forms, and documents hospices should have available at each of these steps. The session will also offer advice on how to handle concerns identified by surveyors and how to manage the survey process. For instance, what should a hospice be prepared to provide a surveyor during the entrance interview and how much time does the hospice have to supply the surveyor with information?
How to Implement an Acuity Rating System in Your Hospice Agency
This program will show how you can use information captured through your EHR to calculate acuity and better evaluate patient needs. This trending and benchmarking will allow the organization to build a sustainable business model, develop performance improvement plans, and be prepared for the population it serves.
How to Integrate Palliative Care Into Your Community-Based Home Health and Hospice Programs
This session will look at the development and implementation of palliative care in community-based home health and hospice programs. We will share our successes and lessons learned about clinical services, operations, and finances as they relate to developing business.
How to Manage a Hospice Effectively in a Time of Rapid Regulatory Change
In recent years hospice has been subject to an increasing number of regulatory requirements that create significant challenges for “line staff.” A hospice’s ability to effectively manage the growing number of clinical, financial, and operational requirements can have a dramatic impact on its daily work and its ongoing financial success. Effective management of a hospice requires understanding these requirements as they come up, analysis of their potential impact on the organization, identification and education of relevant staff, implementation of a coherent strategy to address change, and a means for timely feedback on how well the strategy is working. This session will explore ways in which various hospice managers respond to new regulatory requirements, secure “buy in” from affected staff, and monitor the effectiveness of their hospice’s strategies for ensuring compliance.
How to Bring a Medical Perspective to Hospice
In 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began returning to provider (RTP) any claims with manifestation codes as principal diagnoses and proposed new definitions for “terminal illness” and hospice “related condition.” CMS is also gathering additional data to formulate hospice payment reforms that require hospices to focus on a patient’s prognosis instead of diagnosis, clearly documenting “relatedness” and hospice eligibility. This session will explore ways hospices can develop and implement a deliberate, thoughtful process for determining a patient’s prognosis and what is related to it, as well as review required elements for documenting eligibility.
How to Deal with Current and Future Changes: Hospice Policy Roundup Part 1 and 2
The Medicare Hospice Benefit has entered an era of rapid change driven by regulatory and legislative initiatives. As part of this session, experts from NAHC’s affiliate, the Hospice Association of America, will provide insight into the latest regulatory issues hospice providers are addressing, as well as changes that are anticipated in the not-too-distant future. The session will also outline hospice issues currently under consideration by Congress, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), and oversight organizations which may yield future changes in Medicare hospice policy.
How to Create a “Dementia Capable” Hospice Team: Raising the Bar
People with advanced dementia commonly undergo aggressive and burdensome interventions that offer little to no clinical benefit. Hospices can bridge the gap between the type of care Americans with dementia want at life’s end and what they commonly receive. The traditional hospice model does not, however, meet the unique care needs of both dementia patients and their loved ones. In 2003, Hospice of the Valley responded to this pressing need by creating a dementia program that educates all members of the hospice interdisciplinary teams in best practices for advanced dementia and provides them with innovative discipline-specific materials. Since its inception, the dementia program has led to positive outcomes while serving thousand of persons with dementia and their loved ones. Customers and staff are more satisfied, and there have been fewer preventable hospitalizations, along with simpler medication regimens and a higher percentage of completed health care directives. This session will provide insights into the challenges of and methods for tailoring hospice care to effectively meet the special needs of individuals with advanced dementia and their families.
How to Ensure a Culture of Compliance in your Hospice
Regardless of requirements, it is becoming ever more important to have an effective compliance program, which is not a packet of a few policies that staff members learn each year. An effective compliance program encompasses the seven elements laid out by CMS and implements them in a culture of compliance. This session will explain the components of an effective compliance program, the importance of such a program, and tips for creating and maintaining a culture of compliance. It will also outline what to do when a compliance issue is discovered.
Following are the exciting courses available under the Health IT track:
How to Maximize Technology to Improve Quality and Reduce Cost
Technology is increasingly needed in health care as we all strive to avoid reimbursement penalties. Unfortunately, we’re struggling to find easy success with the new technologies, and less than half of us are satisfied. Luckily, we can learn from those who have had success, like Justine Garcia from Jordan Health Systems, which invested in technology that analyzes their EMR data. This program will review the 10 best practices for technology integration in home care and hospice through a real-life case example.
How to Make a Plan for IT Optimization and be Ready for the Future
This presentation will help agencies analyze their current practices with their operational software. We will provide specific recommendations and best practices to ensure your agency is receiving the maximum benefit from its investment. Learn why your agency may not be getting the most benefit from your software resource and what you can do to guarantee successful implementation and use of your agency software program.
How to Use Cloud Technology to Reduce Costs and Improve Compliance
Rebasing has forced agencies to evaluate how their back-office infrastructure and employee productivity affect the bottom line. Learn how Gaffey Home Nursing & Hospice strategically formulated and executed a plan to improve back-office processes, reduce costs, and improve compliance. Their core focus on people, processes, and technology led to reduced cost per episode, enabling the agency to increase profit margins, streamline job processes, and thereby focus more on patient care.
How to Implement and Manage the Change to Outsourced Coding
Agencies must learn to efficiently manage the changes driven by ICD-10. This program will highlight the challenges faced and answers found when making the change from in-house coding to an external solution.
How to Address Internal Barriers to Adopting Telehealth
This presentation will provide an overview of the evolution and expansion of Henry Ford's e-Home Care telehealth program. We will also discuss internal marketing of telehealth within Henry Ford's own health care system and home health agencies. Attendees will learn best practice strategies that address barriers to telehealth adoption and the migration process to a new telehealth platform.
How to Use Telehealth to Improve Outcomes: Banner Health’s Experience with Patients in its Pioneer ACO
This session describes a Banner Care program that focuses on patients who have the highest recurring costs and receive ongoing care from a co-located, cross-functional telehealth team. The clinical, operational, and financial dimensions of the program will be discussed.
How to Develop the Expertise to Put Your Agency-Specific Training Online
Have ever thought that your agency’s training and education was superior to an on-line vendor's? Have you also considered how much more efficient it would be to record the programs your agency provides and keep them for future use? This session will provide an overview of Moodle (open source software) to put your agency-specific training on-line. We will review specifications, considerations, and the expertise needed to make this happen.
How to Re-Charge Your Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring System
Aurora at Home shares techniques to develop or recharge your remote patient monitoring program. This session will cover episode management and patient engagement within our telehealth program.
About NAHC Annual Meeting Education Sessions
The 2015 NAHC Annual Meeting offers the greatest, most expansive, and largest number of education programs for home care and hospice. The education programs cover the latest information that home care and hospice providers need in order to prepare for changes and trends in the legal and regulatory environments. 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.
For more information about the Hospice track, please click here.
For more information about the Health IT track, please click here.