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Message from Carla Braveman, Chair, Hospice Association of America

One of the most challenging aspects of working in the hospice field today is the prospect of unprecedented change over forthcoming years and the need to prepare NOW. Fortunately, NAHC’s Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association understands what we as hospice professionals need to know right now to keep our fiscal houses in order as we ride out these turbulent times.

This year’s Financial Management Conference & Exposition will offer a pre-conference summer camp focused on hospice. The Hospice Summer Camp provides an overview of the financial aspects of hospice, including discussion of emerging national economic and policy changes that will impact hospice operations, revenue-enhancing strategies, and regulatory issues. It is structured for intermediate to advanced hospice executives and will help you hone the skills needed to manage hospice financial operations.

In addition, the conference will offer a full track of sessions geared to help hospices assess their current status and take well-considered steps to forge ahead. The hospice track includes the following sessions:

  • Future Directions: Evaluating and Executing a Palliative Care Strategy
  • Improving Your Hospice Services Bottom Line: Cost Efficiency in Tighter Reimbursement
  • Modeling Hospice Changes to Prepare for Medicare Reimbursement and Care Delivery Reform
  • Minimize Reimbursement Risks: Keys to Developing a Successful Hospice Compliance Audit Program for Billing

Take advantage of what’s in store and see why the Financial Management Conference & Exposition has become a not-to-be-missed event for hospice financial and management pros.

To register, Register Now!

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NAHC 2013 Annual Meeting & Exposition
Pre-Conference: ICD-10 Coding Basics for Home Health and Hospice Coders

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2013,
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Fee: $300.00 Members |
$400.00 Non Members
(Includes lunch)
Location: National Harbor Sunset, Room 137, National Plaza, Oxon Hill, MD (A short walk from the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center)

This full-day training program will serve as an introduction to ICD-10-CM for coding professionals and clinicians looking to achieve proficiency in the new coding system. The educational session is being offered to home health agencies and hospices to ensure a smooth transition to ICD-10 Diagnosis Coding, which will be mandatory effective October 1, 2014. Program attendees will come away with the following:

  • A well-rounded knowledge base for every chapter in ICD-10-CM
  • Comparison of the ICD-9 and ICD-10 code sets
  • ICD-10 conventions and sequencing guidelines

Attendees will have opportunities to practice accessing the index, locating codes, and noting tabular list instructions. They will also have the chance to apply this information to coding scenarios that they encounter in their daily work. Insights will be offered on ways to improve clinical documentation necessary for choosing the most specific and appropriate codes.


  • Describe ICD-10 coding protocols
  • Identify query methods that will secure more descriptive information from physicians and improve clinical documentation
  • Compare and contrast ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM conventions and guidelines
  • Apply coding guidelines to home care and hospice scenarios

Audience: Home health and hospice coders and clinicians responsible for diagnosis coding

Faculty: Lisa Selman-Holman, JD, BSN, RN, HCS-D, COSC, HCS-O, AHIMA ICD-10-CM Ambassador for ICDS10-TM

Register for the Pre-Conference and Annual Meeting.

Get more information on the NAHC Annual Meeting & Conference.

VNA Hospice of Philadelphia Hosting a Palliative Care Conference

Date: Friday, June 7, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Fee:

$225.00 Physicians
$125.00 Physicians in training, Nurses, and Allied Health Professionals

Location: Philadelphia University, Tuttleman Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA

On Friday, June 7, VNA Hospice of Philadelphia will host an all-day conference entitled “Palliative Medicine: Where are we now, Where are we going, and How do we get there?” This unique course will interest you if you’re a physician, nurse, social worker, or chaplain who wants to enhance your understanding of palliative medicine today and tomorrow. It’s a chance to learn about the growing role of this important field in the medical arena, gain more insight into the characteristics and needs of special populations in palliative care, and communicate better with patients who are seriously ill. Conference participant will have the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge from national and local palliative care experts on state-of-the art philosophy in palliative care and how you can deliver it to the patients you serve. Register here to attend.

There’s Still Time to Vote for Modern Healthcare’s 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare

There is still time to vote for your choices to be included in Modern Healthcare's 12th annual 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare program. Of the nearly 28,000 nominations submitted, the publication’s editors selected the top 300 names for the final ballot. Included on the final ballot is NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris.

Voting is open now until June 14, People can vote for their top five candidates. Their votes will count for 50 percent of the outcome; the other 50 percent will be based on the expert opinions of the senior editors at Modern Healthcare.

The combination of readers’ votes and editors’ choices will determine the final ranking of the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare, which will be published in the August 26 issue of Modern Healthcare.

A special thank you to our sponsors of the
Financial Management
Conference & Exposition

The Renaissance Hotel
Washington, DC
July 28-30, 2013
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