SESSIONS

DAY 1

Feb 9

DAY 2

Feb 11

Day 1 Admin CEs: 13

Day 1 Nursing CEs: 6.0

Day 2 Admin CEs: 13.5

Day 2 Nursing CEs: 9.5

Total CEUs For Both Day 1 & 2

Admin/Alt: 26.5    |    CNEs 15.5

 

FEBRUARY 9

Day 1

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

GENERAL SESSION: Legislative Update: Federal And State Updates: State Of The Industry

Session Description

Welcome messages, share information regarding federal and state industry updates

Speakers

Representative Donna Howard, Texas House Member; Rachel Hammon, Executive Director, Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice, Sarah Mills, Director of Government Relations and Regulatory, Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice

Continuing Education

1.0 clock hours Administrators/Alternates

9:35 AM - 9:55 AM

Quick-Hits Sessions Presented by Mueller Prost:

Preparing for the New Home Health Medicare Cost Report Requirements

Session Description

Did you know recent Home Health Medicare Cost Report requirements could significantly impact you? The new retroactive requirements have begun, and we can help with those changes! Join us to learn how to prepare for your next Medicare cost report.

Speakers

Tiffany Karlin, Mueller Prost 

Continuing Education

0.25 clock hours Administrators/Alternates

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

1A: MEDICARE: Wrapping Your Arms Around RAP Requirements for 2021 and Beyond

Session Description:

Still questioning how your agency may be impacted by the full RAP requirements for 2021? Join Melinda Gaboury to learn what is needed for filing a RAP and the penalty calculation for untimely RAPs. Don't miss out on an outline of the NOA timing parameters along with operational processes for being effective with RAP submissions.

 

Speaker:

Melinda Gaboury, COS-C, Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc.

Continuing Education: 1.5 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

1B.HOSPICE: The Secret World of HIS Measures--How CMS Validates and Changes Your HIS Responses

Session Description

Are your agency's HIS scores lower than you expected?  Are you trying to figure out how you could be less than 100%?  You are not alone!  Hospice agencies across the nation are surprised that their comprehensive assessment composite, as well as some of the individual scores are lower than expected per CMS data.  Did you know that even if you answer positively to some of these process measures, CMS has "Validation questions" embedded in the HIS to ensure your answers represent the measure, as CMS defines it.  Literally, you may say "Yes, we screened the patient for pain"- but if any of the following questions- date, rating or type of standardized tool are not answered correctly, per the measure, CMS will change your answer to "No, we did not screen the patient for pain".  This session will uncover these validation questions, and provide a thorough understanding of the measures, per CMS guidance, and how to be successful 100% of the time!

Speakers: Annette Lee, RN, MS, HCS-D, COS-C

Continuing Education:

1.5 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

1.5 contact hours for Nurses

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

1C. Avoiding Risky Business – A Texas Home Care Compliance Discussion

Session Description: Join Littler Shareholder, Angelo Spinola, for a high-level overview of the latest legal updates in the home care industry at the national, state, and local levels. Angelo will advise on best practices to remain in compliance with the rapidly changing legal landscape. He will also discuss the highly anticipated legal practices that are most likely to result in new lawsuits as we move through a new year. With a new administration in the White House and the COVID-19 vaccine, we must anticipate new challenges the industry may face. Angelo will provide you with the solid foundation you’ll need for your business to continue to thrive through 2021.

Speakers: Angelo Spinola, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson, P.C.

Continuing Education:

1.50 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

1D. Handling COVID-19 Employees and Clients: A Licensure & HR Perspective

This session will address the latest changes to COVID-19 leave-related laws, as well as what to consider on encouraging, incentivizing, or mandating employee vaccinations. Ms Chapa will also address common issues affecting employers in the health care industry, such as incomplete documentation, wage and hour issues, and options for disciplinary action. Jennifer Elder will address the Licensure perspective of having COVID-19 positive patients and employees and will demonstrate how to access the TAHCH COVID page and resources.

Speakers: Velissa Chapa, Legal Counsel for the Commissioner, Texas Workforce Commission; Jennifer Elder, TAHCH, Home Care Regulatory and Policy Manager

Continuing Education:

1.5 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

1.5 contact hours for Nurses

12:00 PM - 12:25 PM

Quick-Hits Sessions Presented by WellSky:

RN Productivity and Turnover in Home Health and Hospice: Finding the Balance

Within the rapidly growing industry of care at home, nursing productivity and turnover must be kept in careful balance. This presentation will reference a study that revealed a correlation between RN visits per day and RN resignation rates. Practical solutions and strategies for avoiding this dynamic will be shared, calling on leaders to revisit how they prepare today's clinical workforce for successful, productive practice and enhanced work-life balance.

Speakers: Cindy Campbell, WellSky

Continuing Education:

0.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

2A. MEDICARE: Managed Care Billing

Session Description:

Do you often find yourself asking, "To be or not to be……In Network?" Join Petria McKelvey to learn what you need to know BEFORE signing that contract. Plus more including Credentialing, Contracts, Rates, Rules and Negotiation. Understanding how you can bill makes a significant difference in reimvursement, do you know if you can bill Episodic billing vs. Per Visit billing?  Petria will also share her expertise on understanding Clearinghouses and Benefits vs. Eligibility vs. Prior Authorization vs. Nothing and will share tools needed to be successful: Workflows, Processes, & Plans. You cannot miss this knowledge-packed session on Managed Medicare Billing!

Speakers: Petria McKelvey, CEO, Precision Medical Billing

Continuing Education:

1.5 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

2B. HOSPICE: Hospice MA Carve-In: The Time Has Come

Session Description: This webinar will cover the details of the Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model – Hospice Benefit Component.  Medicare Advantage (MA) has long had coverage for home health patients, but there has never been coverage for Hospice under the MA benefit.  VBID is a demonstration that will begin January 1, 2021.  There are 9 Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAO) that will be participating and have coverage in multiple states.  In addition to Hospice care there is an expansion of Palliative Care services that will be offered to patients through the MAO.  CMS is testing how the hospice benefit component can improve beneficiary care through greater care coordination, reduced fragmentation, and transparency in line with recommendations by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and others. CMS will require that MAOs provide beneficiaries with broad access to the complete original Medicare hospice benefit. This webinar will cover all known aspects of the demonstration and will prepare hospices for the reality that Medicare Advantage is now in the Hospice world.

Speakers: Melinda Gaboury, COS-C, Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc.

Continuing Education:

1.5 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

1.5 contact hours for Nurses

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

2C. Improving Care at Home For Veterans Using Private Duty as a Care Delivery Mode

Session Description:

 

There are nearly 20 million veterans in the United States and 30% of those veterans have multiple chronic conditions that may be managed by private duty care. Most veterans and private duty organizations are unaware of the multiple funding sources available to pay for veterans care. Educating your team on the variety of benefits available to veterans for post- acute care (private duty, home health, and  hospice care) will ensure that your organization is ready to  grow your referral sources while providing a niche market to those that have served our country so well. Axxess' private duty expert, Tammy Ross, will speak with retired   Air Force Col. Terry Ross about where home care organizations and veterans can find the funding needed to cover care in the home and will discuss practical considerations for caring for veterans.

Speakers: Tammy Ross, Senior VP, Professional Services, AXXESS

Continuing Education:

1.5 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

1.5 contact hours for Nurses

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

2D. ALL HCSSAs: Economic Stimulus Package Update

Session Description: Join us as Amy Knight discusses the latest developments in the world of PPP Loans. Specifically covered will be round one loan forgiveness and updates for those with loans less than $150,000 as well as the qualifications for round 2 PPP Loans. We will also review how PPP Loan borrowers can also now participate in the Employee Retention Credit as part of the latest COVID Relief Package signed into law on 12/27/2020.

Speakers: Amy Knight, CPA, Knight CPA Group

Continuing Education:

1.5 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

 

FEBRUARY 11

Day 2

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

GENERAL SESSION: Growth Hacks for Your Agency

Session Description

Join Jeff Howell for an educational yet entertaining session on new growth strategies for the home care industry.  Witness real-llife examples, denomstrating how a home care agency can grow sitting behind a computer!  

Speakers

Jeff Howell, Director of Growth, Alayacare

Continuing Education

1.5 clock hours Administrators/Alternates

9:35 AM - 10:00 AM

Quick-Hits Sessions Presented by Whirks:

Employee Leave in 2021: How COVID 19 is changing how you manager your leave of absence policy

Session Description

Now that FFCRA has expired, employers must be equipped to deal with their leave of absence program (PTO, requesting time off, and covid19 related absences). Join Greg Henderson, PHR as he shares tips & techniques on managing your employee's leave of absence in 2021.

Speakers

Greg Henderson, Whirks

Continuing Education

0.25 clock hours Administrators/Alternates

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

3A: MEDICARE: 2021 Home Infusion Benefit: “HIT” It Out of the Ballpark With Home Infusion Therapy

Session Description

Changes to Medicare Reimbursement are altering requirements for home infusion therapy, however, the good news is, this can be an additional revenue stream for your agency. Join Home Health Solutions-A Simione Coding company as we explore the requirements needed for your agency to set up a successful Part B revenue stream with Home Infusion. Get accredited under the Home Infusion Therapy Supplier accreditation process and “HIT” it out of the ballpark by providing this niche service. In this interactive, virtual presentation, we will discuss what is needed to get started, and marketing towards the accreditation.

Speaker:

J'non Griffin, RN,MHA,HCS-D,HCS-C,HCS-H,COS-C, President, Home Health Solutions-A Simione Coding

Continuing Education:

1.5 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

1.5 contact hours for Nurses

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

3B.HOSPICE: Caring for Veterans On Hospice Care

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: Tammy Ross, Senior VP, Professional Services, AXXESS

Continuing Education:

1.5 clock hours for Admin/Alts.

1.5 contact hours for Nurses

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

3C. OIG Reports on Fraud, Waste & Abuse: Protecting the Integrity of Texas Health and Human Services

Session Description:

Inspector General Sylvia Hernandez Kauffman shares the results of her office’s efforts to fight fraud, waste and abuse in Texas Medicaid and CHIP delivery. She will include details specific to home care and hospice and the common areas where potential trouble can arise in the health care industry.

Speakers: Sylvia Kauffman, Inspector General, HHS

Continuing Education:

1.50 clock hours for Admin/Alt.

1.50 contact hours for Nurses

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

3D. ALL HCSSA: Top Ten Deficiencies and Violations for HCSSAs and the COVID-19 Pandemic’s Impact on Non-Compliance.

The presenters will provide an overview of the most frequently cited state violations and federal deficiencies in Texas surveys and investigations. Additionally, there will be a discussion of the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has presented to the HCSSA industry and their clients. Topics include the planned service delivery, abuse, neglect and exploitation reporting, supervision of services, infection control, coordination of care, emergency preparedness, and quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI). Source: State of Texas Health and Human Services Annual Report and data for the period of April 2020 through December 2020.

Speakers: Rosalind Nelson-Gamblin, Senior Policy Specialist, HHS; Joyce Stamatis, HCSSA Program Specialist, HHS

Continuing Education:

1.50 clock hours for Admin/Alt.

1.50 contact hours for Nurses

12:00 PM - 12:25 PM

Quick-Hits Sessions Presented by Various Sponsors

TBA

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

4A. MEDICARE: PDGM and Visit Utilization: Does Your Documentation Support It?

Session Description: We are one year into the new PDGM payment model. How has your agency adapted to not only the processes, the payment, but also to provide visit utilization based on acuity? Who determines that acuity, and is it based on benchmarks, or is it based off of “the way we have always done it”? We will discuss when it may or may not be appropriate for nursing, therapy, or other disciplines, based off of YOUR documentation. Implement or continue developing a sound case management program which is comprehensive, collaborative, and patient centered.

Speakers: J'non Griffin, RN,MHA,HCS-D,HCS-C,HCS-H,COS-C, President, Home Health Solutions-A Simione Coding

Continuing Education:

1.50 clock hours for Admin/Alt.

1.50 contact hours for Nurses

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

4B. HOSPICE: The Balancing Act: Stratifying Length of Stay Through Referral Sources

Session Description:

Length of stay is one of the primary determinants in a hospice agency's clinical, quality, and financial success. The most effective way to impact the length of stay is by stratifying referral source types. In this session we will detail best practice approaches to effecting change in the average and median length of stay through analysis of current census and referral source diversification. Participants will be able to describe their agency’s length of stay patterns as they relate to referral sources and apply best practice approaches to stratify length of stay in multiple referral source types.

Speakers: Cindy Campbell, MHA Healthcare Informatics, BSN, RN, Director Operational Consulting, Wellsky

Continuing Education:

1.50 clock hours for Admin/Alt.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

4C. ALL HCCSAs: Inclusive Leadership: A Critical Leadership Milestone

Session Description: This session will be a safe space to talk about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).  After a brief overview of DEI,  attendees will be invited to complete a self-assessment to explore their readiness for the Inclusive Leadership journey.  Ms West will share how clarity of values and mastery of distinct traits can equip today’s leaders to become catalysts for meaningful change and a more effective fight against bias and discrimination.  

Speakers: Belinda West, OTR, C-SIPT Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care, Clinical Director, Therapy Occupation Humanity, Founder

Continuing Education:

1.50 clock hours for Admin/Alt.

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

4D. Nursing Jurisprudence & Ethics

Session Description:

All Texas nurses must obtain 2 contact hours continuing education on jurisprudence and ethics that must include education on board rules, practice act, position statements and professional boundaries. This session fulfills the requirements of the Texas Board of Nursing in an interactive format. Join us in becoming reacquainted with the Texas Nursing Practice Act, Texas BON Rules and Position Statements. Every nurse is charged with knowing the Texas BON rules that apply to nursing practice. Our speakers will take the rules everyone needs to know and apply those rules to your practice in home care. Ethical principles and professional boundaries will also be covered.

Speakers: Marie Berliner, Healthcare Attorney; Greg Mazick,  Director of Clinical Excellence, Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care

Continuing Education:

2.0 clock hours for Admin/Alt.

2.0 contact hours for Nurses