The Association continues to work diligently to provide its members the critical information needed to re-engineer their agencies, streamline operations, reduce costs, and develop new product lines and revenue sources while ensuring their patients continue to receive the highest quality of care possible. This area of AHHC's website is designed to announce events and workshops, or to provide educational resources for use within your organization to help you stay ahead of the curve. AHHC Members Save 10% on the Most Popular Coding Resources & Exams!

The Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Below is a list of AHHC's latest educational offerings. To view program descriptions, dates and locations, or to download registration forms click on the specific event.

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Convenient Online Education

ICD-9 Coding 1: Introduction

This course is a great beginning to ICD-9-CM coding through an introduction to the ICD-9-CM Coding Manual. This course will highlight the three volumes of the coding manual, common conventions for coding that you must know, and a guide to the abbreviations and directions that help you select the correct code.

ICD-9 Coding 2: Principles

This course will acquaint the new ICD-9-CM coder with some of the key principles involved in coding. In the first course, ICD-9 Coding 1: Introduction, participants learned basic coding information. This course builds on that information. Didactic information as well as mini case examples provide the participant with a basic foundation for ICD-9-CM coding. Some topics of the session include: general coding guidelines, multiple coding guidelines, etiology/manifestation situations, coding acute and chronic conditions, use of symptom codes, coding fractures, determining the primary and other codes, and the basics for sequencing codes.

Objectives

  • Explain the purpose of coding
  • Perform a comprehensive assessment and reference appropriate documents for data collection
  • List diagnosis codes in order according to sequencing guidelines
  • Identify characteristics of the different coding situations

It is the NC Law... Infection Control Workshop for Home Care and Hospice

This on-line education is designed to provide participants with information on the principles and practices of infection control. This education is also planned to assist your agency in meeting the requirements of the North Carolina Infection Control Law - 10A NCAC 41A.0206.

The updated slides and handouts are available for your use at http://spice.unc.edu/0206-home-health-hospice-provider/

The course is available on-line through SPICEducation at a cost of $150 (by credit card). Register for the on-line course at this link: http://tinyurl.com/ld2yjqo

 

Hospice Aide Education

S.N.A.P. Packets for Hospice

Home Care / Home Health Aide Teleconferences

Knowing When to Call for Help
A Teleconference May 14, 2015

The movie has just started. A ship is sinking off the coast of Florida. The ship's Captain is calling out over the radio – Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! The Coast Guard arrives in time, the crew is saved and the movie has a happy ending. Did you know that this international distress signal comes from the French word meaning "come help me?" Aides often find themselves afloat on the high seas of home care and need to call for help. This teleconference will assist the aides in sorting through how to respond and when - as they deal with various patient scenarios.

Working with Clients with Dementia
A Teleconference June 11, 2015

Dementia is an illness that affects the brain and eventually causes a person to lose the ability to perform daily self-care. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia and is a devastating condition that results in the loss of memory and other cognitive abilities and in the ability to care of oneself independently. This teleconference will provide an overview of Alzheimer's and dementia and the aide's role in providing care to their clients with dementia.

Quality Initiatives in Home Health
Teleconference: June 18, 2015 3:00pm-4:30pm

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has a number of quality initiatives for home health on the horizon. A Home Health Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement requirement, 5 Star Ratings on the Home Health Compare website, and Value-Based Purchasing are fast approaching. The OASIS data collection continues to evolve and ICD-10 will finally be implemented this year. This teleconference will provide an update on the CMS initiatives and specify resources that are available to support agencies' quality improvement efforts.

 

Professional Webinars & Teleconferences

Hospice Billing — 3-Part Webinar Series
May 6, May 12, and May 27, 2015 (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern)

Be among the elite group of billers that are current on all Hospice Medicare billing regulations. Billing is a very critical part of hospice reimbursement. This webinar series will lay a concrete foundation for hospice billers, as well as, any hospice staff that need to more effectively understand the Medicare regulations. The series will include Medicare verifications with HIQA screen examples, field by field on Notice of Election and claim forms and sequential billing requirements. Billing requirements to deal with late NOEs will be covered. We will review the regulations for billing all hospice services (SN, HHA, MSW and therapy), face-to-face encounters and additionally home health providing care while a patient is on service with hospice. The program will conclude with many of the day-to-day scenarios that billers face such as: transfers, discharge, and revocation. Information regarding Aggregate CAP Self Report and Palliative Care billing will be an emphasis. If you are part of revenue cycle management in hospice this webinar series is a must!

ICD-10-CM Training Webinar
2 Part Series — May 19 & May 20, 2015 | 3:00pm-4:30pm EST

May 19, 2015: Foundation of ICD-10-CM Coding
To succeed in coding, it is important to have a strong foundation in the fundamentals of coding. This 90 minute program will provide a brief review of the major similarities and differences between the ICD-9-CM and the ICD-10-CM data sets. The program will also highlight the unique features in ICD-10-CM and guidelines using specific case examples.

May 20, 2015: The Next Step in ICD-10-CM
This 90 minute webinar will focus on a sampling of the most diagnoses used in home care within areas such as endocrine (diabetes), mental/behavioral health, nervous, circulatory, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems.

Home Health Face-to-Face: Cut Through The Confusion!
Webinar: June 15, 2015 3:00pm-4:30pm EST

Drowning in paperwork? Home Health F2F continues to cause much confusion for providers. This webinar will bring agencies up-to-date with CMS' current decisions regarding face to face documentation and offer guidance taken from CMS on how to determine if the documentation you have will stand up to medical review. The presenter will provide up-to date information on what the agency can and cannot add to the documentation and provide resources to assist you in making the best decisions!

Advance Directives in North Carolina
Webinar: June 24, 2015 | 3:00pm-4:30pm EST

This program will review North Carolina's advance directives laws; the obligations of health care providers, including home health and hospice providers, to provide information to patients about their right to execute, and have honored, advance directives. The program will focus on living wills, health care powers of attorney and the Medical Order for Scope of Treatment available under North Carolina law. The program will focus on basic information health care providers need to know about these important documents; examine some of the most common misperceptions about them and mistakes providers often make in implementing patients' advance directives and offer practical tips for avoiding mistakes when dealing with third-party surrogacy issues. We will also look at some recent cases. If you have new staff, or haven't attended training in a while on advance directives, don't miss this webinar.

Is It Medicare or Medicaid Home Health?
Webinar: June 26, 2015 2:00pm-3:30pm EST

If you missed the annual convention and the session entitled "Is Medicare or Medicaid the Payer?" you can attend a webinar from the convenience of your agency and for the convenience of the visiting staff. The instructors will address areas that AHHC receives a lot of questions on as related to ensuring the right payer for the home health services. For example – are all your nurses able to answer the following questions correctly? These payer and coverage decisions, in addition to others, will be covered in detail during the webinar, a wise investment for your agency!

 

Professional Workshops

Home Care Highway: The Road to Successful Compliance
June 23, 2015 AHHC Offices | Raleigh, NC

Home Care provides a unique opportunity to deliver a holistic approach to patient care. This class is designed for employees either new to Home Care or for employees who want to validate their understanding of Home Care Rules and Regulations. This one-day class will include a basic introduction to home care services with particular emphasis on regulatory oversight of home care services including requirements of home care licensure and related impacting laws and rules. Additionally, the class will focus on: Person Centered Plan of Care development, delegation to in-home aides, communication and coaching skills and the Home Care agency role in chronic disease management.

ICD-10-CM Bootcamp
June 16 and 17, 2015 • AHHC Offices | Raleigh, NC

It's official – ICD-10-CM will be implemented fully with no grace period for all services provided on and after October 1, 2015! The ICD-10-CM Bootcamp provides the basic preparation for taking the HCS-D certification. For Home Care, Home Health AND Hospice Providers.

 

Audio Aide Training for Home Care / Home Health

S.N.A.P. - Superior Nurse Aide Performance

In-home aides play a vital role in serving the nations ill, disabled, and aging populations. Often having the most contact with patients, these individuals are usually closer to their patients than any other home care discipline making them uniquely qualified to meet the challenges they face. And, no matter what programs your aides work in, an investment in their learning pays off in quality care and better risk management for your agency. As you know, Medicare Conditions of Participation require that home health aides accrue a minimum of twelve hours of training every twelve months. Other federal and state laws also mandate training. These requirements may be difficult to achieve. The Caring Connection audio conferences and aide training modules are an efficient, effective way to provide your aides with the knowledge they need while keeping your agency training costs low!

 

Miscellaneous

Purchase the 2012 ICD-9 Code Book and Other Resources at Significant Savings!

Quick Reference: CMS Website for Medicare Fee-for-Service Providers

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Archived Education

Better Business Bootcamp Recording Flyer

CMS Updates to the Home Health COPS

Companionship Exemption Law

HIPAA 2013 and Beyond...

Home Health Conditions of Participation (COPs)

Homebound Under the Medicare Home Health Benefit

Hospice Coding Challenge!

HR Legal Summit

ICD-10 Pedal to the Metal

ICD-10 Coding Survival Kit

Lessons Learned from Survey Sanctions

Medicare Home Health Nursing

OASIS-C1 Recording Series

Pain and Dementia Recording

Palliative Care Principles Recording

Too Hot Not to Handle Recording

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