NAHC to Host 6 New Free Webinars: PDGM in Real Time

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Thomas Threlkeld
Director of Communications
202-547-7424/tom@nahc.org

NAHC to Host 6 New Free Webinars: PDGM in Real Time

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present a new six part webinar series, PDGM in Real Time, that will cover the essential topics of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and also feature an open forum in which attendees can have their specific questions answered by the top PDGM experts in the home health industry. Every webinar in the series is free to NAHC members and non-members alike. REGISTER NOW!

PDGM represents the most significant change in the Medicare home health program in the 21st Century. It radically changes the Medicare payment methodology, including the unit of payment, the case mix adjuster, Low Utilization Payment Adjustment standards, and payment for Non-Routine Medical Supplies.

Participants in the webinar series will share and gain insights with Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) experts about what is working and not working in the early weeks of PDGM. These webinars, along with the PDGM 2020 National Summits, which start at the end of March, are designed to enable home health agencies to achieve “high performer” status through continuous operational improvements in financial, clinical, business analytics, and administrative operations as PDGM unfolds.

The schedule for the webinars is as follows:

  1. February 12 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
    EMR Readiness
  2. February 19 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
    PDGM Coding
  3. February 26 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
    PDGM Cash Flow & LUPAs
  4. March 4 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
    Therapy in PDGM
  5. March 11 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
    Clinical Management of Patient Episode
  6. March 18 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET
    PDGM Data Analytics

Faculty for these webinars will include: Chris Attaya, MBA, FHFMA, Claudia Baker, Cindy Campbell, MHA, BSN, RN, COQS, Nick Dobrzelecki, BSN, Melinda Gaboury, COS-C, Christine Lang, MBA, Aaron Little, CPA, Wes Little, Gina Mazza, BSN, RN, Carissa McKenna, BSN, RN, Hannah Patterson, Sue Payne, BSN, MBA, Mike Simione, MBA, Rob Simione, CPA, Karen Vance, BS, OT, and Laura Wilson, BSN, RN.

Don’t wonder if your agency is doing everything it can to prosper under PDGM, find out for sure with the experts who have access to the latest data and intelligence.

REGISTER NOW for this free webinar series.

 

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About National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers, who depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that helps its members maintain the highest standards of care. To learn more, visit nahc.org.

NAHC to Host 12 New Summits on PDGM Lessons Learned

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Thomas Threlkeld
Director of Communications
202-547-7424/tom@nahc.org

NAHC to Host 12 New Summits on PDGM Lessons Learned

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), in partnership with the NAHC Forum of State Associations, the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association, and the Home Care Technology Association of America, will sponsor 12 one-day National Summits across the country, from March 30 through April 14.

Success Comes From Continuous Operational Improvements: Lessons Learned in PDGM 2020 Q1

These Summits will focus on PDGM-related continuous performance improvement in financial, clinical, data analytics, and administrative operations. These are not “run-of-the-mill” PDGM programs. Instead, these programs are based on real-time, nationwide experiences and data that provide the nationally-renowned expert faculty with the deepest understanding about how to achieve success in PDGM. Comparable in format to the intensely valuable 2019 Summits, the PDGM 2020 National Summits will be your key to thriving under PDGM. The major difference is that PDGM is now affecting every Medicare home health agency and will have the experiences and data to fully determine the ingredients for success.

Faculty for these one-day programs once again will be comprised of leading national experts from top home health consulting firms who will provide you with the tools and knowledge to:

  • Gain a better understanding of what it takes to be a winner in PDGM;
  • Identify key steps that are proving successful in managing services under PDGM;
  • Recognize the actions that create unnecessary risks for your HHA; and
  • Determine the early clinical and financial benchmarks that distinguish the successful HHA from others.

Attending one of these summits will fully prepare you to undertake any needed course corrections in your PDGM management, along with reinforcing the actions that you have already taken to ensure a positive outcome throughout 2020 and beyond.

Learn  more by visiting: pdgm.NAHC.org

 

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About National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers, who depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that helps its members maintain the highest standards of care. To learn more, visit nahc.org.

NAHC Statement on National Public Radio Story on Hospice at Home

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Thomas Threlkeld
Director of Communications
202-547-7424/tom@nahc.org

NAHC Statement on National Public Radio Story on Hospice at Home

The Medicare hospice benefit offers a broad range of services designed to address physical, medical, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families during the final six months of life. In increasing numbers terminally ill beneficiaries and their families are availing themselves of hospice services, and — due in large part to hospice’s comprehensive and compassionate approach to care – indications are that use of hospice care increases satisfaction at end of life.

“Patients Want to Die at Home, But Home Hospice Care can be Tough on Families” (NPR, 1/21/2020) presents some compelling concerns raised by family members that illustrate the caregiver burden that can be associated with care of patients at the end of life. An unfortunate reality is that the Medicare hospice benefit, consistent with the rest of the Medicare program, does not cover extended in-home care. While these burdens are real, they must be acknowledged as part of a larger crisis that is confronting our health care system and relates to Medicare’s failure, in statute and policy, to allow for comprehensive care that sufficiently responds to patient needs outside of facility-based care. Under hospice, there are limitations to what services the interdisciplinary team can provide. Volunteers are expressly prohibited from providing hands-on care; even hospice aides may not go outside the scope of providing personal care and homemaker duties. However, all hospices, as a matter of course, are required to assess a caregiver’s ability to provide care to a patient, and to teach them the skills that they may need – such as administering medications or suppositories in cases where a patient can no longer take medications by mouth. Social workers and other members of the team are involved on a regular basis in helping to identify resources in the community a patient or family can use to secure care that is not covered by Medicare.

Addressing care needs in the final days of life is a particularly important part of hospice care, and hospices make a concerted effort to have staff available to the patient and family during this time. In fact, the provision of visits at the end of life is one of several measures that can be viewed on the Hospice Compare website and can help patients and their family members make better informed choices about hospice care.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) strongly supports expanding patient and family supports, and as part of its plan for reform of the process under which hospices are surveyed for compliance with health and safety requirements, NAHC urges Congress to establish a hospice-focused ombudsman program to address and respond to patient and family concerns.

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About National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers, who depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that helps its members maintain the highest standards of care. To learn more, visit nahc.org.