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Conference Agenda


Main Conference Day 1

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration, Continental Breakfast | Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

KEYNOTE: State of the home care industry

William Dombi, president, National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

Get the inside scoop from one of the industry’s top advocates. Bill Dombi shares the latest updates on new regulatory requirements such as the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM), the revised CoPs, quality initiatives including value-based purchasing, 5-star ratings, face-to-face reviews, pre-claim reviews, bundled payment models, and more. Also get insights on the expected direction of the new Administration and Congress as they work to dismantle the ACA so you can prepare to take the strategic steps necessary to grow your agency despite the coming dramatic industry changes.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Networking Break | Exhibit Hall Open

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Continue CoP compliance with smart operational strategy

Barbara McCann, interim president and CEO of Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP), Washington, D.C.

The challenge of leadership includes knowing where you stand with the new home health Conditions of Participation (CoP). Learn the key questions to ask of your team, where to place your resources and the most common findings from CMS-deemed surveys to date. Receive key utilization and outcome benchmarks that should be on every administrator’s dashboard, and review how to conduct a gap analysis to efficiently prepare for a zero-deficiency survey.

TOOL  List of the most frequently cited deficiencies since the beginning of surveys Jan 13, 2018.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch | Exhibit Hall Open

1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Think creatively to improve star ratings, quality of care

LaDawn Pierce, QAPI administrator, Mays Home Care, Tulsa, Okla.

Make it fun for staff to help improve your agency’s star ratings. Learn how one agency used outside-the-box strategies such as bathroom updates highlighting key OASIS guidance, “Outcomes Owl” email education, and a QAPI Land board game, to move multiple agency branches to star status. Gain tools to make improvements in quality both fun and effective for your staff.

TOOL  Sample QAPI Land game instructions

2:15 – 3:30 p.m.

OASIS Outlook: Adapt assessment strategies for standardization across settings

Melinda A. Gaboury, COS-C, cofounder and chief executive officer, Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc., Nashville, Tenn.

Set up your agency for future success as CMS makes changes to OASIS data elements, which standardize patient assessment data points across post-acute settings. Take a detailed look at the new data your agency will need to collect related to falls, functional assessments, changes in skin integrity, and more. While several OASIS items will be eliminated, there are many more that are being added to show continuity across post-acute care providers. This session will take attendees through what we know and what is to come.

TOOL  OASIS Item changes crosswalk

3:30 – 4:00 p.m.

Networking Break | Exhibit Hall Open

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

HHGM: Data predicts who will be a winner in the new payment system

Chris Attaya, vice president of Product Strategy, Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP), Santa Barbara, Calif.

Take a good hard look at national benchmark data to uncover if your agency will be among the winners in the proposed Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM). Get a breakdown of data by admission source and timing of the episode by CMS region, community/institutional referrals along with the number of 30-day periods. Plus, find out which six clinical groupings, functional points and levels and comorbidity diagnoses are most often used. Compare reimbursement received under the HHRG vs. HHGM to see who the winners and losers will be based on therapy use, LUPA distribution by clinical group and more.

TOOL  HHGM benchmark report by region

Who Should Attend?

  • Administrators
  • Owners
  • CEOs / Presidents
  • COOs
  • CIOs / Technology Directors
  • CFOs / Directors of Finance
  • Business Developers
  • Care Managers
  • Directors of Marketing & Sales
  • HR Directors
  • Office Managers
  • Consultants

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