General Sessions Descriptions

Sunday, June 28, 2015
Opening General Session 
6:30 to 8:00 pm

900. Opening General Session: National Home Care and Hospice Update

The White House and Congress continue to put health care in the spotlight with deficit reduction debates and care delivery reforms. The recent congressional elections returned the Congress to Republican control. Once again, congressional leadership is focusing on health care, raising every issue from Obamacare to entitlement reforms.  With the full-scale implementation of health care reform under the Affordable Care Act continuing in 2015, this year is quickly becoming one of the most important ever in the history of U.S. healthcare. Home Care and Hospice are very well positioned to step forward as prime solutions to what ails our health care system.  However, challenges continue to surface on the regulatory front. This opening session brings Washington to the stage with up-to-the-minute details on the legislative and regulatory landscape along with a forecast of the impact of national politics on health care.


  • Identify the crucial health care issues pending before Congress and the Administration.
  • Detail the innovations underway in Medicare and Medicaid creating opportunities for home care.
  • Discuss the potential impact of the upcoming 2016 elections on home care and hospice and the balance of power on health care

Faculty: Val J. Halamandaris, JD, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice; William A. Dombi, Esq., Vice President for Law, National Association for Home Care & Hospice; Executive Director, Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of legislative, regulatory, and legal issues in home care and hospice.

Course Level:  Intemediate; Nursing 1.5 CEs; Accounting 2.0 CPEs (NASBA/RE)


Monday, June 29, 2015
General Session
9:15 to 10:55 am

901. HHFMA Healthcare Leadership Panel – Who Owns the Future of Health Care?

One of the obvious developments in the delivery and financing of health is the growing integration of payment and services. This General Session returns to the Conference lineup, with the focus on the wide range of players in health care. The panelists include leaders from the world of Health Systems, Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities, Physicians and Managed Care, and Home  Care and Hospice. Each can be a partner or competitor with home care and hospice. Care and payment Integration promises more success with partnership than competition for tightening health care dollars. The leaders from these respective health care sectors will share their view of the future of health care and where home care and hospice fits best.

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of health care reform legislation.

Course Level: Intemediate; Nursing 1.6 CEs; Accounting 2.0 CPEs (NASBA/MAS)


Monday, June 29, 2015
General Session
11:30 to 1:00 pm

902. The Inevitable Future of Home Care, Hospice and Care at Home and the Change Strategies Needed to Become a Leader in This New Environment

There is a world-wide change in how health care will be delivered.  It is affecting every continent and every country.  It is driven by the same factors and it is leading to the same structural conclusions.  It is inevitable.  So too are the changes and the growing shift to services in the home as the first choice in newly emerging health systems.   For home care and hospice providers, change creates opportunities for those who aggressively move in the right strategic directions and threats for those who want to retain the status quo.  This General Session will help you learn why change is inevitable, the four factors you have to control, what changes you need to make now and within the next eighteen months and how to make these changes successfully.  Expect to be confronted by one additional critical question: do the new realities of health care call for a new and dramatically expanded definition for home care, hospice and the full range of care at home?  

Course Level: Intemediate; Nursing 1.6 CEs; Accounting 2.0 CPEs (NASBA/MAS)


Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Closing General Session
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

903. Closing General Session: Financial Managers Open Forum

Once again, HHFMA presents its open, no holds-barred forum meeting to conclude the annual conference. The session addresses any and all issues of interest to the conference faculty and attendees. The insights are endless, all the advice is free and the experience is priceless. All are welcome to attend and get engaged!


  • Identify the highest priority issues affecting home care and hospice financial management
  • Recognize tools available to financial management executives to help them in their work
  • Share best practices with financial management peers

Faculty: William A. Dombi, Esq., Vice President for Law, National Association for Home Care and Hospice, Director, Center for Health Care Law, Executive Director, Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association

Course Level: Intermediate; Nursing 2.0 CEs; Accounting 2.0 CPEs (NASBA/MAS)


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