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Below is a list of AHHC's latest educational offerings. To view
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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.
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
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.
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.
This presentation will focus on the signs and symptoms that may occur when a patient is actively dying. We will also talk about how to manage those symptoms. Information will be discussed that can be helpful when dealing with the family of the dying patient as well.
Depression among hospice patients and their families is common problem that hospice staff encounters. This presentation will identify signs of depression and interventions that may be helpful in trying to improve the quality of life for our patients and their families.
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.
Skin is the body’s largest organ. Its primary function is to protect the body. Hair and nails are a modified version of skin. This in-service will assist the aide in understanding types of conditions affecting the skin, hair and nails, such as psoriasis, shingles, scabies, warts, dermatitis, fungal infections and alopecia (just to name a few). Precautions, prevention and treatment options will also be discussed.
If you are an HR Leader, then we have tailor-made a webinar series just for you and others on your team that must oversee and carry out your company’s HR compliance. While the HR laws can be complex, simple mistakes can be costly in time, resources and dollars. So...are you ready for the employer mandate under health care reform? Do you have the screening and hiring practices in place that you can legally have? Is your agency in compliance with the various HR laws and wage & hour requirements? Do you understand the necessary concepts around unionization that non-union agencies should understand? Are you ready should the Companionship Exemption be revoked, and if not revoked, do you understand how this works? And finally, are your Personnel Policies and Employee Handbooks safeguards or pitfalls for your agency?
Health Care Reform’s Employer Mandate January 16, 2013
To meet member requests, AHHC is proud to offer a series of webinars to prepare you and your staff for the implementation of ICD-10 coding on October 1, 2014. The series will present a session approximately once a month to enable participants to become familiar with the ICD-10 changes in an incremental fashion by focusing on 1-2 specific chapters in each session to learn the organization of the ICD-10 chapter(s), unique features of ICD-10 utilized in that chapter, chapter specific guidelines, major changes from ICD-9 coding seen in that topical area, and highlight diagnoses more likely to be used in home health. These webinars will benefit those individuals new to coding as well as seasoned coders.
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. As a private duty agency are you aware of the opportunities that the transformation in today’s health care environment brings to Private Duty? Are your services marketed in a way that help acute care entities understand what you have to offer in helping with care transitions and chronic disease management? Have you heard of care transitions, accountable care organizations (ACO’s), medical neighborhoods or other transition models? Come explore how services provided in your agency coupled with enhanced aide training - such as in falls risk prevention; person centered thinking; chronic disease symptoms; and, the O R R method (observation, reporting and recording) - can help bring your agency to the forefront in ensuring smooth care transitions, chronic disease management and preventing hospitalizations. Also discussed and shared will be tools that your agencies can use for assessment and teaching! Don’t be left out!
It is vital that home health and hospice agencies are able to demonstrate the value to the referral community of identifying patient referrals prior to hospitalization. It is the number one growth strategy for most agencies and is our obligation. It only makes sense to deliver care at home and prevent unnecessary hospitalizations. Want to grow your referrals from your best accounts? Don’t miss this webinar with the national expert on home care and hospice sales strategies. Becoming a pre-acute provider is a win-win-win-win! Good for patient, referral partner, your agency and Medicare.
Hospice Fundamentals 2/19/2013 – Hospice of Randolph Co.
3/28/2013 – 3HC Goldsboro, NC
4/16/2013 – AHHC Raleigh, NC
5/28/2013 – Hope Lodge, Greenville, NC
6/18/2013 – Community HC Asheboro NC
The goal of Hospice Fundamentals is to assist hospice staff in obtaining a basic understanding of the hospice benefit and the regulations and payer requirements that impact hospice agencies. This class will provide a basic overview of hospice for either the new hospice employee or individuals seeking a refresher course.
OASIS C is probably the most important document used in home health since it impacts payment, quality outcomes and the appropriateness of the plan of care and support for the services provided by the home health agency. OASIS item responses need to demonstrate compliance with home health rules and regulations while supporting the plan of care, payment determination and outcomes for home health services. The intent of the program is to use critical thinking applied to key OASIS items to go beyond understanding the intent and guidelines for individual OASIS items and instead focus on the connection between the OASIS responses and how they impact and interact to support the services provided.
AHHC is very pleased to bring together two great minds to address our providers on the Employer Mandate! The workshop will pair the regulations with how to practically address the regulations in your agency. It is planned to make the most of your busy schedules and is appropriate for Business Owners, HR staff, Compliance Staff, CFO’s and Directors/Supervisors. Read below to determine if you need to attend!
This one day session provides an in-depth discussion of the New Alternative Sanctions adopted by CMS in November 2012. The first portion of this new regulation with many of the sanctions is scheduled to become effective on July 1, 2013 and the final section will be implemented in July 2014.
These Alternative Sanctions are used when a home health agency has deficiencies cited during their certification survey whether that survey is conducted by the state agency or an accreditation program. The session will provide details on the definitions, circumstances when they may apply, time period, etc. related to termination of a provider agreement and the alternative sanctions and within this new regulation.
An Advanced Class for Home Health Agency Supervisors, Managers, Team Leaders and Experienced Clinical Staff. This one-day workshop will build on Medicare coverage, documentation and regulatory knowledge and will assist seasoned clinical staff in meeting the current challenges in Medicare home health care. The workshop will assist you in operating your agency within the framework of required regulations.
Audio Aide Training for Home Care / Home Health & Hospice Aides