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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
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resources for use within your organization to help you stay
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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.
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.
- 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
OASIS C Clinical Competency Test
AHHC is offering an affordable on-line OASIS exam that incorporates the new OASIS data with the current OASIS data to help you assess your readiness to meet OASIS requirements. Once at the site, click on "courses" to access the test and links for review material.
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.
Hospice Aide Teleconferences
Caring for Patients with Neurologic Disorders
March 11, 2014
This presentation will cover the more common neurological disorders that Hospice Aides may encounter. We will discuss the challenges associated with them and strategies to help when caring for the hospice patient with Neurological illness.
April 10, 2014
Hospice documentation has become a major focus among those who are auditing the hospice records for various reasons. Learn how to ensure that the Hospice Aide documentation meets the acceptable standards of our organizations as well as those who may be reading our records for quality review, legality and payment purposes.
Infection Prevention and Control
May 13, 2014
This presentation will explore how to prevent and control infections among our hospice patients. Prevention is key when working with the hospice patient who already may have a compromised immunity. Learn the role of the Hospice Aide in this important aspect of our day to day responsibilities.
Home Care / Home Health Aide Teleconferences
The Aide's Role in Understanding the Top 3 Chronic Diseases in the Elderly
A Teleconference – March 13, 2014
The number of people with chronic conditions is rapidly rising. Between 2000 and 2030, the number of Americans with one or more chronic conditions will increase 37 percent, an increase of 46 million people. Chronic conditions are conditions that last a year or more and require ongoing medical attention and/or limit activities of daily living. They include both physical conditions such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, COPD, heart failure, and HIV infection. Also included are mental and cognitive disorders, such as ongoing depression, substance addiction, and dementia. This workshop will cover the In-Home aide's role in assisting client's with the most common chronic conditions.
The Aide's Role in Defensible Documentation
A Teleconference – April 10, 2014
With all the scrutiny all health care settings are currently experiencing, defensible documentation is a vital component of the work we do to sustain our organizations and provide evidence of the services we deliver. This is true regardless of whether you work in a home care, home health or hospice setting. This presentation will focus on how to avoid the pitfalls that may be associated with documentation that does not meet the standard of those scrutinizing our work. Documentation is as important to our patients as providing that hands-on quality of care we strive to accomplish every day.
The Aide's Role in Maintaining Professional Boundaries
A Teleconference May 8, 2014
The relationship formed between aide and patient is different from non- professional, casual, social and personal relationships. While it is essential that the patients needs be foremost, establishing healthy boundaries or limits with our patients is essential to developing a healthy working relationship. This teleconference will address how to maintain those boundaries, managing boundary crossings, and examples of acceptable and non- acceptable behaviors.
The Aide's Role in Safety in the Home
A Teleconference – June 12, 2014
Safety hazards can exist in many areas of the client's home and the hazards may increase the risk of client falls and other injuries. This workshop will cover ways the In-Home aide can help the client to make their home safer and avoid injury to the client and worker.
Professional Webinars & Teleconferences
Better Business Bootcamp
A Webinar Series
Marketing Intelligence For Your Home Care Business
August 14, 3:00-4:00pm
Risk Management & Workers Compensation Issues & Solutions
October 16, 3:00-4:00pm
Avoiding Negligent Hiring and Retention Claims
December 18, 3:00-4:00pm
Working With Lean Margins & Trimming Your Costs
February 19, 3:00-4:00pm
Reflection and Direction: Leadership Skills for Success
April 16, 3:00-4:00pm
Academy for Hospice & Palliative Care Teleconference Series
Come join us in the pursuit of hospice and palliative care higher learning! The 2013-2014 "Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care" consists of FIVE audio presentations which may be attended live or downloaded later for your convenience. Listen to our featured guest speakers, ranging from CEO's and Advanced Level Practitioners to Physicians providing innovative hospice and palliative care solutions.
Transitioning Nursing Students into Hospice & Palliative Care
A Teleconference Thursday, November 21, 2013 3:00pm-4:00pm
Ethics at the End of Life
A Teleconference Thursday, January 16, 2014 3:00pm-4:00pm
Caring for Ourselves and Each Other in the Face of Grief & Loss
A Teleconference Thursday, March 20, 2014 3:00pm-4:00pm
Pain and Dementia: A Challenge You Can Meet!
February 27, 2014 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
This session will address problems and challenges of assessing and treating pain in older persons with dementia including discussion of prevalence of pain and dementia in older adult, undertreatment of pain in persons with dementia, consequence of undertreated pain, pain conditions common in older adults, misbeliefs about pain in dementia, aging changes impacting pain recognition, impact of dementia on experience of pain,, and challenges to pain assessment.
Introduction to Palliative Care Principles
March 5, 2014
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. Itfocuses on providing patients with relief from symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—associated with the chronic diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.
The Unique Role of Private Duty in Chronic Disease Management
A Teleconference April 9, 2014 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST
Private Duty is a broad term used for agencies that provide in-home aide services – public, third-party or private pay, non-medical home care, companion/sitter services and private duty nursing services.
Utilizing Nurses in Home Care Are You in Compliance?
A Teleconference 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST March 12, 2014
It takes special people, willing to use their knowledge and skills and offer part of themselves, to provide care to those in need. Home Care demands even more from those who work in this setting. As a Nurse working in a licensed home care agency, you are responsible for wearing many hats.
What the Final Employer Mandate Regulations Mean to Your Agency
A Webinar Thursday, April 3, 2014
Final Regulations implementing the "Employer Mandate" under the Affordable Care Act were published in the Federal Register on February 12, 2014. They contain many changes, additions and clarifications to the original proposed regulations. This webinar will provide an overview of the final regulations and how they affect your agency.
A Coaching Approach to Supervision
January 29, 2014 AHHC, Raleigh, NC (Day One)
January 30, 2014 AHHC, Raleigh, NC (Day Two)
This two day session will cover the principles and practices of a coaching-based approach to supervision of direct care workers (Nurse Aide's, In-Home Aides, etc.) and the basic elements of coaching supervision. This educational activity is designed to help meet the coaching supervision training criteria in the NC NOVA special licensure program. Registration is open to administrators, clinical directors and/or frontline supervisors.
Home Health Quality Improvement - Beyond the Basics
February 25, 2014 AHHC, Raleigh, NC
This Home Health Quality Improvement-Beyond the Basics workshop will focus on how your home health quality efforts are impacted by the changing landscape of CMS initiatives including care transitions, hospital readmissions, and the movement toward pay-for-performance.
Hospice Quality Assessment & Performance Improvement (QAPI)
February 26, 2014 AHHC - Raleigh, NC
This workshop will review the requirements for your QAPI program as outlined in the Medicare Conditions of Participation, the timeline and components of the reporting program, and discuss the elements of an effective program.
Medicare PPS Billing Workshop
March 11, 2014 – Raleigh, NC 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This workshop will lay a concrete foundation for home health billing, as well as, financial staff by giving billers a more effective approach to the Medicare PPS regulation, conducting Medicare verifications and understanding adjustments.
Hospice Billing Workshop: Billing Medicare Correctly
March 12, 2014 – Raleigh, NC 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
April 1, 2014 is just around the corner and there are MASSIVE changes to the Medicare Hospice Billing Regulations. Is your hospice ready? Is your software ready? Be among the elite group of billers that are current on all Hospice Medicare billing regulations.
ICD-10-CM Practice Learning Lab for Home Health & Hospice
March 18, 2014 – AHHC, Raleigh, NC
March 19, 2014 – CMC, Charlotte, NC
This one day class on ICD-10-CM will be a Practice Learning Lab to provide an opportunity for coders to have an opportunity to practice finding, selecting and sequencing ICD-10 codes for a variety of diagnostic statements as well as intermediate level case scenarios including codes from a wide cross section of major body system chapters in the ICD-10-CM Coding Manual. Learners will also be expected to apply guidelines from the 2014 ICD-10-CM Official Coding Guidelines for Reporting and Coding.
Hospice & Palliative Care Nurse Certification Review
May 5 & 6, 2014 Hope Lodge, Greenville, NC
This 2-day course will focus on hospice and palliative principles related to nursing care for patients with life-limiting illnesses. The course has been developed to help Registered Nurses prepare for the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses certification exam. The curriculum can also be beneficial for any nurse working in hospice, home health, oncology or other settings who are caring for patients with end stage disease processes.
Audio Aide Training for Home Care / Home Health & Hospice Aides
S.N.A.P. - Superior Nurse Aide Performance
These SNAP audio conferences cover a wide range of topics including the aide’s role in care of the immobile patient, disaster preparedness, falls prevention, diabetes, hypertension, and many more!
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Audit and Quality Assurance Teleconference
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
OASIS Exam Prep Recordings