SESSIONS

DAY 1

Feb 23

DAY 2

Feb 24

Day 1 Admin CEs: 5.25

Day 2 Admin CEs: 5.25

CE for Nurses: Depends on Track

 

FEBRUARY 23

Day 1

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

GENERAL SESSION: Shaping the Future: Where are We Now? 

Session Description: TBA

Speakers: Rachel Hammon, RN, Executive Director, TAHC&H and Jennifer Elder, Director of Regulatory Affairs, TAHC&H

9:20 AM - 9:50 AM

Quick-Hits Sessions 

Session Description: TBA

Speakers: TBA

Continuing Education: TBA

10:00 AM - 11:15 PM

1A: OASIS E: Never Too Early to Get Started

Session Description: One of the biggest OASIS changes we have had is coming soon to your agency! Start introducing the importance of OASIS E, and how it is essential to understand the changes and how it will impact value-based purchasing. Prepare your clinicians in the new behavioral health screening tools, transfer of health information, among many more things! Join us in this interactive session to understand what needs to happen sooner than later at your agency.

Speaker: J’non Griffin, RN MHA, HCS-D, HCS-C, HCS-H, COS-C, Principal, SimiTree Healthcare Consulting

 

Continuing Education:

1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts;

1.25 contact hours for Nurses

10:00 AM - 11:15 PM

1B. Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP)

This session will describe the components of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) and the financial impact for hospice providers who do not meet the reporting requirements. You will learn the changes in the HQRP that were finalized in the Hospice FY 2022 payment rule including the new Hospice Care Index (claims-based) measure, an update on the Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life (HVLDL) measure, STAR rating for the hospice CAHPS survey and removal of the seven HIS measures from Care Compare. This session will also provide an update on the HOPE tool.

Speakers: Melinda A. Gaboury, COS-C, Chief Executive Officer

Continuing Education:

1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts;

1.25 contact hours for Nurses

10:00 AM - 11:15 PM

1C. Health Care Fraud and Abuse Issues in Home Based and Community Care

Session Description: Provide overview of health care fraud and abuse issues that are common in health care, particularly in home based community care. The course will emphasize operational mistakes and pitfalls that lead to False Claims, Anti-Kickback, OIG Exclusionary and Civil Monetary Penalty violations.  The discussion will discuss strategies associated with how such mistakes can be prevented and a review of cases with associated penalties as it relates to similar violations.

Speakers: Richard Y. Cheng, JD, CHC, Weaver Johnston Nelson, PLLC

Continuing Education:

1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts;

1.25 contact hours for Nurses

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

2A. Notice of Admission – HH Revenue Cycle Update

Session Description: There has been a rough start to 2022 with the implementation of the Notice of Admission (NOA).  No matter how much agencies prepared ahead of time, they are at the mercy of EMRs and the Medicare MACs to also be prepared.  This session will take agencies through the current state of the NOA implementation and provide some best practices to implement moving forward.  Your Revenue Cycle Team cannot afford to miss this webinar.

Speakers: Melinda A. Gaboury, COS-C, Chief Executive Officer

Continuing Education:

1.0 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

1.0 contact hours for Nurses

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

2B. Clinical Documentation Strategies for Skilled Care

Session Description: TBA

Speakers: Colleen Bryan, MSNED, RN, Senior Consultant, Primary Nurse Planner, JCC Consulting

Continuing Education:

1.0 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

1.0 contact hours for Nurses

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

2C. Mergers and Acquisitions 

Session Description:

Speakers: Brian Bruenderman, Stoneridge Partners & Joe Lynch, Stoneridge Partners

Continuing Education:

1.0 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

3A. PDGM Breakdown

Session Description: Prior to the pandemic, most PDGM education focused on billing or coding aspects of the reform, with little attention to operational and care delivery requirements. As a result, many HH clinicians don’t understand exactly how PDGM works; the Value-based Operational changes, and the legacy HH approaches that compromise clinical and fiscal outcomes. With most Providers just returning to a pre-2020 level of care, many of these operational requirements remain un-addressed. This progressive presentation addresses areas that directly affect quality care outcomes under PDGM, from both a front-line delivery and in-office managerial aspect. Learn how to hardwire for tangible results, driving costs down and fiscal margins up, while you improve Star Ratings with single digit readmissions. Learn PDGM Strategies to address case-Mix, POC development and in-episode control and wound management thru Case Studies and Outcome statistics. Don’t miss this interactive presentation that will change your agency today and tomorrow. 

Speakers: Arnie Cisneros, P.T., President of Home Health Strategic Management; &  Kimberly McCormick, RN, BSN, Executive Clinical Director, Home Health Strategic Management

Continuing Education:

1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

1.25 contact hours for Nurses

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

3B. Creating a Hospice Care Plan That Works

Session Description: Hospice care plans are under the review microscope - ensure that yours does all that it needs to! Plan your patient care with a care plan that meets all regulatory requirements and provides your clinical staff with an effective plan that impacts the patient and their families.

Speakers: Colleen Bryan, MSNED, RN, Senior Consultant, Primary Nurse Planner, JCC Consulting

Continuing Education:

1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

1.25 contact hours for Nurses

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

3C. Communicating with Influence to Grow Your Business

Session Description: Setting the bar for your communications strategy begins with leadership and, when done strategically, spreads throughout the organization. With improved communication, you can benefit sales, patient relationships and team dynamics. Learn how to structure what you say to influence others.

Speakers: Laura Barnett, VP of Interoperability Sales, AXXESS

Continuing Education:

1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

4A. PDGM Year 2: What We Learned – Assessment and Improvement Plans

Session Description: Use data from the first two years of PDGM to identify key metrics and variables that agencies should target to optimize revenue, and gross margin.  Strategically identify market segments to provide value to both referral partners and agency performance.   

Speakers: John Rabbia, PT, DPT, MS, MBA, COS-C, SimiTree Healthcare Consulting

Continuing Education:

1.00 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

1.00 contact hours for Nurses

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

4B. Don’t Leave Money on the Table

Session Description: In this day and age of high deductible health plans and insurance companies pushing more and more of the financial responsibility to patients, healthcare providers need to know and understand the importance of making patients priority #1 when it comes to getting reimbursed. We will give them the guidelines and tools needed to be proactively pursuing payment BEFORE services are done or at the time of service compared to, in the olden days, of sending a statement a month or 2 after services and been performed.  

Speakers:  Petria McKelvey, CEO, Precision Medical Billing

Continuing Education:

1.00 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

4C. Caring for the Patient with Dementia at Home 

Session Description: Dementia is a progressive disease that affects many of our home health and hospice patients. Providers who care for dementia patients in the home setting face a unique set of challenges, especially as the disease becomes more advanced. In this session we will analyze the types and manifestations of dementia and how it affects the patient, family, and caregivers. We will also explore the importance of disease management and educating caregivers on best practices and strategies to improve the quality of care provided and to allow the patient to remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. 

Speakers:  Lisa McClammy, BSN, RN, COS-C, HCS-D, Senior Clinical Education Consultant, MAC Legacy

Continuing Education:

1.00 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

1.00 contact hours for Nurses

FEBRUARY 24

Day 2

 

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM

GENERAL SESSION: Moving Forward While Embracing Our Future

Session Description:

Natural disasters cause structural damages to buildings, businesses, neighborhoods, schools, etc.  Diseases that plague the nation unexpectedly cause structural damages to people, individual hearts, mental capabilities, physical abilities, emotional status, and psychological being. The emotional rollercoaster is unmeasurably devastating. We are strong, resilient workers, leaders.  We must rise to the occasion to rebuild, refocus, recommit, and maintain business practices through recovery. 

Speakers

Anita Foster, MSW, Ph.D., Master Caregivers

Continuing Education

1.0 clock hours Administrators/Alternates

9:20 AM - 9:50 AM

Quick-Hits Sessions 

Session Description

Speakers

Continuing Education

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

5A: Actionable VBP Business Intelligence Dashboards: Understanding and Taking Action on KPIs That Lead to Success

Session Description: Information overload describes the excess of information available to a person aiming to complete a task or make a decision; resulting in a poor decision or no decision being made. This often happens in the fast-paced world of home care operations. Leaders are inundated from metrics from multiple sources that are often not actionable and not concurrent. This leads to no action and poor outcomes. Understanding the value of KPIs is the first step to successful outcomes. Developing a business intelligence dashboard that contains the Metrics that Matter in the new world of Value Based Purchasing is the next and most critical step. Metrics should be easy to understand and lead operators to implement corrective action concurrently. Thus, turning a possible negative outcome into a positive one. Participants will walk away with an understanding of root cause analysis and multi contributing factors affecting metrics so that they can apply rapid corrective action measures. This presentation is a must for those wishing to streamline their operations and achieve VBP financial success. 

Speaker:

Mike Carr PT, COS-C, Senior Product Manager, AXXESS & Jaime Carlson, Senior Director of Business Intelligence, AXXESS

Continuing Education:

1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

1.25 contact hours for Nurses

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

5B.QAPI

Session Description

Because of  the unique circumstances experienced during war and peace time, veterans require individualized  hospice compassionate care delivery focused on both physical, emotional and psychosocial  needs.  Veterans represent nearly a third of terminally ill patients and it is important that organizations embrace the  “ We Honor our Veterans “ concepts in order to serve this population that have served us so well.  By understanding the resources and benefits available to veterans and their families for end of life care, participants are well prepared to discuss these options with their patients.   Texas has the second largest veteran population targeted to be the largest in in just one year. Understanding care concepts  for this population group will ensure positive outcomes for the hospice organization, communities, families , and  most importantly for the veteran hospice  patient.  

Speakers: Jennifer Gibson Osburn, RN, HCS-D, COS-C, Director of Education, SimiTree Healthcare Consulting 

Continuing Education:

1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

1.25 contact hours for Nurses

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

5C. No Client Left Behind: Taking QAPI Seriously in PAS 

Session Description:

Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) is often treated as a chore we have to "check off the list" to remain in compliance with regulations. But it's so much more than that. There's a reason that every successful organization in the world uses some version of QAPI as a measuring tool to continue to evolve and adapt in an ever-changing environment. Just because you don't bill medical insurance, doesn't mean that QAPI is less important than it is for home health and hospice. Private Duty agencies have a different, and in some ways deeper obligation to their clientele than medical providers. You're in their homes for extended periods of time, and become involved in many areas of their lives, including their general wellbeing. With this in mind, you'll learn how analyzing QA information and applying improved performance measures to the whole spectrum of service will not only enhance the quality of care you provide, but foster loyalty amongst your clients and employees. 

Speakers: Candyce Slusher, LVN, CDCS, Owner of SLUSHER Consulting, Certified Dementia Care

Continuing Education:

1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alt.

1.25 contact hours for Nurses

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

6A. Maintenance Therapy: Understanding and Best Practices

The provision of maintenance therapy continues to be a source of confusion and misinformation for many home health agencies. This session will take the most common questions asked by TAHCH members, as well as live ones from attendees, and provide clear and reliable information and resources to empower agencies to confidently provide this important component of the Medicare benefit.

Speakers: Cindy Krafft PT, MS, HCS-O, Owner / Founder, K&K Health Care Solutions  

Continuing Education:

1.0 clock hours for Admin/Alt.

1.0 contact hours for Nurses

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

6B. Closing the Loop Between Hospice Assessment and POC

Session Description: CMS will require survey results to be publicly reported for Medicare certified hospice programs. This additional scrutiny on hospice programs reinforces the necessity to reduce or eliminate survey deficiencies related to patient care so as not to negatively impact referrals or admissions to hospice. This presentation will be a review of the top patient care related deficiencies and how to document to avoid these deficiencies during a Medicare certification or re-certification survey. 

Speakers: Lisa Meadows, ACHC 

Continuing Education:

1.0 clock hours for Admin/Alt.

1.0 contact hours for Nurses

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

6C. Vaccine Mandate Updates 

Session Description: In July 2021, President Biden began rolling out COVID-19 vaccination mandates covering federal employees and contractors and called on employers to implement their own mandates. Since that time, thousands of organizations around the country have taken steps to require their employees to be vaccinated. On November 21, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new regulations requiring vaccination, and in the case of the OSHA rule, vaccination or mandatory weekly testing. Notably, CMS’s vaccination mandate applies to 15 types of providers and suppliers, including home health and hospice agencies, and in total covers more than 17 million health care workers and approximately 76,000 health care facilities. After extensive litigation, the OSHA rule has been enjoined nationwide by the US Supreme Court, and all of the injunctions affecting the CMS rule have been terminated. What rules apply to your agency and what actions should you be taking to come into compliance with state and federal laws?

Speakers: Jennifer Papapanagiotou, Liles Parker; Jennifer Elder, Director of Regulatory Affairs, TAHC&H.

Continuing Education:

1.0 clock hours for Admin/Alt.

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

7A. Achieving Success During VBP Pre-Implementation with Clinical Operational Best Practices  

Session Description: Under the Final Rule policies, CMS will assess achievement or improvement of performance based on designated quality measures and home health providers will compete nationally in their applicable size cohort, smaller-volume providers or larger-volume providers. Financial Success starts with clinical and operational best practices. In order to ensure that agencies do not incur a negative revenue adjustment, CMS has granted a one-year pre-implementation phase for Value Based Purchasing. Organizations should use this year to focus on quality value-based performance metrics that will ensure success under the new revenue adjustment model. Having a quality plan that addresses both outcome and process measures as well as patient satisfaction is the foundation to success under VBP. This presentation is a must for all areas of home health to include financial managers, clinical staff and operational leaders as they learn the value of collaboration and team metrics while exploring the details of Value Based Purchasing. Participants will walk away with a foundational knowledge of VBP and practical solutions to implement in their organizations. 

Speaker: Mike Carr, PT, COS-C, AXXESS and Andrew Awoniyi, ND, RN-BC, CDE, AXXESS 

Continuing Education:

1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alt.

1.25 contact hours for Nurses

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

7B. Building an Engaged and Committed Team that Stays 

Session Description: With an aging population that will require more home care, it is imperative that homecare leaders be proactive in identifying, recruiting and retaining healthcare professionals that will be committed to the organization’s mission and vision, their teammates and the industry. By understanding the necessity of a strategic plan to develop an engaged and committed team that stays, with a focus on the development of a strategic recruitment and retention plan, we will review and discuss strategies used to identify, empower and retain the very best healthcare professionals. 

Speakers: Zaundra Ellis, Hospice Product Manager, AXXESS and Christina Andrews, Director of Professional Services, AXXESS 

Continuing Education:

1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alt.

1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

7C. Taking the Intimidation Out of RN Delegation for Private Duty and PAS

Session Description:

Do you ever worry that your caregivers could be “crossing the line” when it comes to assistance with self-administration of certain medications? Do your staff really provide “hand-over-hand” assistance with eye drops and inhalers? What about those clients who need their oral medications crushed or put in food?  If you own a PAS in Texas, and you’re not yet providing RN Delegation as a specialty program, then you could be doing your clients a dis-service, or unknowingly breaking the rules. Our primary goal in PAS is make the lives of our clients and their families simpler. So, if we “draw the line” at those much-needed tasks that must be delegated, then are we really giving them the best service we can? 

 

Speaker: Candyce Slusher, LVN, CDCS, Owner of SLUSHER Consulting, Certified Dementia Care

Continuing Education:

1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alt.

1.25 contact hours for Nurses

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

8A. Home Health Quality Reporting Updates from the 2022 Final Rule  

Session Description: Having been disrupted by the global health crisis, agencies may have focused on infection control and staffing issues while other quality measures fell by the wayside. In this session, learn about the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HHQRP) and the updates for 2022 and into 2023. See which quality measures have been removed, which are modified, and which new measures are included in your publicly reported information. This information is crucial as you revamp your quality programs and resume normal operations. 

Speaker: Jennifer Gibson Osburn, RN, HCS-D, COS-C, Director of Education 

SimiTree Healthcare Consulting 

Continuing Education:

1.0 clock hours for Admin/Alt.

1.0 contact hours for Nurses

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

8B. Understanding & Implementing Strategies to be Successful with the Hospice VBID Model 

Session Description: Expanding rapidly, Medicare Advantage networks in twenty-one states and Puerto Rico are participating in the Value Based Insurance Design Model for hospice. It is important now more than ever to understand the VBID Model for hospice, how it will impact hospice organizations as well as the ins and outs of working with participating Medicare Advantage Plans. Beginning with the why and moving through reimbursement, this session will bring the VBID Hospice Component into focus while providing strategies to be successful when partnering with Medicare Advantage plans.

Speaker: Zaundra Ellis, Hospice Product Manager, AXXESS 

Continuing Education:

1.0 clock hours for Admin/Alt.

1.0 contact hours for Nurses

3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

8C. Industry Under a Scope: DOL Updates

Session Description: Did you know that just because someone paid on a 1099 basis does not necessarily make him or her a “bona fide” independent contractor? Did you know that time traveled between job sites is compensable time?  Did you know that employees paid on a salary does not necessarily mean they are exempt from overtime?  Come learn what the rules are on these and other topics at the Did You Know session presented by a U.S. Department of Labor Wage & Hour representative.   

Speaker: Domingo Y. Castillo, Community Outreach & Resource Planning Specialist, U.S. DOL/Wage & Hour Division, Dallas District Office

Continuing Education:

1.0 clock hours for Admin/Alt.