A New Approach to Education at the 2017 NAHC Annual Meeting
February 16, 2017 03:05 PM
In anticipation of the National Association for Home Care and Hospice Annual Meeting and Exposition, NAHC staff has begun planning for one of the meeting’s most important pieces: education.
With the intent of meeting members and other prospective attendees needing to keep up with industry changes and demands, NAHC has incorporated innovative ideas to tailor education to an ever-changing home care and hospice landscape. One of the biggest changes from years past is direct involvement of members in the education development. NAHC issued a survey to members and past conference attendees to gauge interest in a variety of topics and invite people to participate in education development committees. Over the past two weeks NAHC staff has been engaging in discussions with these committees to evaluate hot topics, new regulations, and impending legislative changes in home health and hospice and lay the groundwork for the 2017 Annual Meeting education sessions. Board members, Forum of State Association members and NAHC members responding to a survey asking for volunteers all participated. This approach to developing education content for the annual meeting has proven effective and popular among the committee members, as it will be responsive to the collective needs of consultants, vendors, and providers on the front lines of care.
Some of the issues we expected to hear about include sharing practical strategies for navigating pre-claim review in its pilot states, developing emergency preparedness programs per the new provision, managing the face-to-face mandate, and how to prepare for the new home health conditions of participation (HHCoPs) that will go into effect in July of 2017. Even prior to the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Annual Meeting attendance for regulation education in the “legal & regulatory” and “management & leadership” tracks was nearly twice that of other tracks. With popular [general] consensus in mind, our NAHC-staffed oversight committee has done away with the traditional tracks and the even distribution of sessions therein. This year, we’ll be incorporating proportionally appropriate offerings sessions without the bounds of past tracks, and while we knew compliance codes like these would dominate the conversations, we were pleasantly surprised by some of the other points discussed in the committees and mentioned in our survey.
The caregiver shortage so many of us have seen coming is starting to put the squeeze on agencies of all sizes and in all regions. Recruitment, retention, and recovery tactics are steadily climbing the triage list of agency priorities, and the education committees have compiled a variety of creative, technological, strategies as well as some new spins on traditional methods. How do you support staff morale in an industry of constant change and pressure? Many agencies are also struggling to facilitate better staff relationships between clinicians and business management.
The education committee is also considering including a selection of poster sessions – quick and easy ways to pick up tips and network with people who are eager to share their solutions. As always, NAHC is looking for the best way to serve our members and continue improving our services. Continuing education is an integral piece of the home health and hospice puzzle. As such, we will continue to evaluate for improvements, redevelopment, and new means to deliver so you will be up to date with current trends, laws, and regulations.