Hospice Education Sessions at the 2016 Home Care & Hospice Annual Meeting
August 26, 2016 06:33 AM
The educational programming at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s (NAHC) 2016 Annual Meeting will address the legislative and regulatory issues that are having the most significant impact on your agency. Industry experts will be conducting over a dozen education sessions covering hospice and palliative care topics and as an attendee you’ll have the opportunity to network with peers – sharing challenges and success stories. Get the information you need and answers to your questions.
Start previewing the education sessions. Remember that with our new system, searching by key word categories “hospice” and “palliative” will produce a list of all of the sessions that cover these updates. You can also search by keyword for popular terms like “surveys,” “CAHPS,” “CoPs,” “end-of-life,” and “partners,” as well by speaker. Click the star next to the title of your favorite sessions – these will sync with our phone app to create your personalized schedule for the conference.
Healthy Growth in a Changing Environment will discuss how the current trends in hospital closings and agency consolidations are changing how hospices can expect to grow their businesses. Having a solid understanding of regulatory updates in payments, outcomes and quality requirements, and updates to the Medicare hospice benefit will strengthen your operations strategies and pave the way to better business development.
Hospices are now being surveyed at least every 36 months for a CMS recertification survey, thanks to the IMPACT Act. There is tension in operations with needing to be prepared for surveys at all times – 2015 revealed record-breaking deficiencies per survey. Learn how to operate Beyond Survey Preparedness and into Survey Success by integrating a survey-readiness program.
Dealing with Current and Future Changes: Hospice Policy Roundup is back by popular demand. This two-part educational session is the ideal opportunity to ask experts from NAHC and its affiliate, the Hospice Association of America, about regulatory issues confronting providers and what may be coming down the pike. Discussions about hospice policy are underway in Congress, as well as the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC] and oversight bodies.
Designing Hospital-based Units to Fill in the Gaps could be the missing link in your care continuum. You can learn from this case study how to create a seamless care continuum that is comfortable to elderly patients, their families, and their caregivers, while at the same time accommodating the patient’s advances in age and conditions. This session will present the business case for hospital-based hospice units, the challenges of designing for the aged and how to integrate supportive design features into other settings.
Increasingly, strategic referral partners for home health and hospice are showing a strong interest in palliative care services. With the prospect of narrowing networks, palliative care may become an important distinguishing mark, if not a requirement, for agencies that wish to partner with health systems, physician networks and/or commercial payors. Palliative Care – A Key To Strategic Partnerships will focus on examples of palliative care programs that home care providers are creating to meet the needs of these key strategic partners. Learn what agencies and their referral partners have to say about the challenges and rewards of setting up these programs, with a focus on the issue of how much to customize programs to suit individual partners’ specific need.
As home care and hospice build new community-based programs, they must position themselves with population health programs and partner with payors on new reimbursement models. At Innovations in Community-Based Advanced Illness Care: A Population Health Approach, you will hear about an innovative community-based program providing advanced illness management [AIM] to a Medicare Advantage population. The presenters will discuss considerations for organizations interested in developing AIM programs that enable them to move beyond “fee for service” and traditional care models. Population health offer opportunities for agencies that develop new skills and infrastructures for delivering care and you can become one of them by attending this session. Learn how to contract with new partners to serve their members; use claims data for patient selection; employ risk stratification to guide care management; and measure outcomes to show quality of care and return on investment.
Palliative care is driving outcomes for home health and hospice as value-based payment takes hold. In Palliative Care: Prepare to Integrate Your Organization and Get Value-Based Outcomes you will learn how this emerging care model can improve your agency’s practice and ability to provide a continuum of care across multiple business lines or via partnerships. This session includes operational and financial metrics from a case study of CarePoint, a nurse-practitioner-led program that provides collaborative medical support to patients in managing progressive illness. CarePoint’s experience demonstrates that early use of palliative care prevents futile treatments, reduces cost and enhances lives. If you are struggling to determine how to integrate palliative care into your business, attend this session and see how CarePoint’s program produces quality outcomes, yields new revenue sources and integrates care across its divisions.