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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.
Professional Webinars & Teleconferences
Easily Accessed and Affordable Education on all the topics you need for compliance, documentation, operations, individual hospice disciplines, billing and more is available through our affiliate Home Health & Hospice Education Network. The Network offers nationally acclaimed presenters and exciting timely topics. AHHC is excited to join over 25 other Hospice Associations in this exciting venture!
Registration rates are deeply discounted for AHHC members and every purchase produces a royalty payment to AHHC.
Purchasing these great webinars benefits your hospice program and AHHC!
Click here to explore the available webinars and registration details.
All questions related to the webinars (including registration and billing issues) must be addressed directly to the Network at AHHC@eewebinarnetwork.com.
OASIS-C2: Focus On Accuracy | 5-Part Webinar Series
All Webinars Take Place From 3:00 – 4:30pm EST
This nationally-attended, affordable series of 5 webinars will cover the OASIS section by section and discuss the problematic areas and new OASIS-C2 items and provide an opportunity for questions and answers.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) require the collection of OASIS items on all appropriate home health patients at several time points. CMS provides both annual and quarterly updates to their guidance on how to appropriately respond to the items. Are you current with this evolving guidance?
These educational webinars will focus on assisting home health clinical staff, QI Coordinators and supervisors who want to increase their knowledge related to OASIS completion. The sessions will identify the items that contribute to the new CMS value-based purchasing model and provide tips for accurate completion.
Part One: January 19, 2017 - Recording Available!
This webinar will cover the OASIS data collection requirements, general conventions, and CMS resources. The Patient Tracking, Clinical Record will be discussed.
Part Two: January 26, 2017
This webinar will cover the Patient History & Diagnoses, Living Arrangements, Sensory Status items
Part Three: February 2, 2017
This webinar will cover the Integumentary Status and Respiratory items
Part Four: February 9, 2017
This webinar will cover the Cardiac Status, Elimination Status, Neuro/Emotional/Behavioral Status, and the ADL/IADL items.
Part Five: February 16, 2017
This webinar will cover the Medication, Care Management, Therapy Need, Plan of Care/Intervention Synopsis, Emergent Care, and Discharge items
Webinar Presenter: Heather Jones, MPH, CHES, COS-C, Associate Vice President for Quality Initiatives & State Relations for AHHC/SCHCHA
Applying Legal Nursing Concepts & the Ethics of Caring in Hospice
February 15, 2017 | 3:00 – 4:00pm EST
In this session, the presenter, who is both a legal nurse consultant and a certified hospice and palliative nurse, will present through case scenarios how legal issues and ethical issues in hospice care often intertwine. What are essential clues in agency operations, clinical care and documentation that something is amiss, thus placing the agency at risk? And once determined, how do agencies then address these concerns through quality assurance and performance improvement?
Webinar Presenter: Cindy R. Morgan, RN, MSN, CHC, CHPN, Vice President for Hospice, Palliative Care & Clinical Innovations for AHHC/SCHCHA
Hospice Public Reporting & Quality Initiatives Update
February 21, 2017 | 1:30 – 3:00pm EST
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) plans to roll-out a Hospice Compare website later this year that will for the first time report agency-level data on Hospice Item Set and CAHPS survey quality measures compared to state and national benchmarks. The number of quality measures required as part of the Hospice Quality Reporting Initiative continues to increase and a new version of the Hospice Item Set is scheduled for implementation in April 2017. Hospices must comply with the changing requirements all while continuing to meet the Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement requirements that are specified in the Medicare Conditions of Participation. This webinar will provide an update on the CMS initiatives and specify resources that are available to support hospices’ quality improvement efforts.
Webinar Presenter:Heather P. Jones, MPH, CHES, COS-C, Associate Vice President for Quality Initiatives & State Relations for AHHC/SCHCHA
Moderator: Cindy R. Morgan, RN, MSN, CHC, CHPN, Vice President for Hospice, Palliative Care & Clinical Innovations for AHHC/SCHCHA Click Here to Register
The 60 Day Rule & What It Means for Your Home Health & Hospice Agency
February 27, 2017 | 3:00-4:00pm EST
Under the Affordable Care Act, any health care provider that identifies an overpayment from Medicare or Medicaid has a legal requirement to return the overpayment. The Act requires that the overpayments must be reported and returned by the later of 60 days after the date identified or the date any corresponding cost report is due. This has left providers confused about what is meant by identifying an overpayment and how far back providers should “look back” when investigating possible overpayments. In 2016, CMS published final regulations clarifying how Medicare Part A and Part B providers are expected to audit for and fully investigate potential overpayments.
This webinar will cover the essential elements of the final regulation for Medicare providers such as: how to define when an overpayment is identified; what CMS expects regarding agency reasonable diligence; defining the lookback period; and, how overpayments should be reported and returned. The webinar will also touch on penalties and the appeals process as related to overpayments. The webinar will also discuss how the ACA provision affects payments from other federal health care programs such as Medicaid.
Webinar Presenters: Matthew W. Wolfe, JD, Partner @ Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein and Jamie Lesnett, JD, Partner @ Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein
What the New Federal Discrimination Law Means to You!
March 2, 2017 | 3:00-4:00pm EST
Section 1557 prohibits health care providers that receive Medicare, Medicaid or other federal funding sources from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. The requirements of the Section 1557 Rules, which were recently adopted by DHHS, requires providers to take many affirmative steps to comply with the law including, adopting nondiscrimination policies, providing free language assistance to individuals with limited English proficiency, and accommodating individuals with disabilities.
Under the new 1557 Rules, providers must also post specific notices relating to their nondiscrimination policy and language assistance practices. Health care providers with more than fifteen employees have special obligations to adopt a patient discrimination grievance policy and appoint a civil rights coordinator.
Please join us Wednesday, March 2, 2017 to learn more about the requirements of Section 1557 and the potential repercussions for failing to comply with the law.
Webinar Presenters: Matthew W. Wolfe, JD, Partner and Robb Leandro, JD, Partner @ Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein
Home Health CoPs: Out the Gate & Racing Toward Compliance! - Webinar Trilogy
March 7, 9 & 14, 2017 | All Webinars are from 3:00-4:30pm
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized the long awaited Home Health COPs with the effective date of July 13, 2017! These changes are an integral part of CMS’ overall effort to improve the quality of care furnished through the Medicare and Medicaid programs, while streamlining requirements for providers. This Webinar Trilogy will provide the information you need on the rules in order to understand the compliance needs and educate all your staff. As extra value to your agency, the webinars will be available for 6 months from the live presentations in order for all your staff to have a chance to listen and learn! All webinars are from 3:00-4:30pm EST.
Webinar Presenters: Judy Adams, RN, BSN, HCS-D, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Trainer, Adams Home Care Consulting; Heather P. Jones, MPH, CHES, COS-C, Associate Vice President for Quality Initiatives & State Relations for AHHC/SCHCHA
Home Health CoPs: Out the Gate & Racing Toward Compliance!
Attend this workshop at one of two locations:
February 28, 2017 | Axxess Home Care & Hospice Conference Center - Raleigh, NC
March 1, 2017 | Advanced Home Care - High Point, NC
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized the long awaited Home Health COPs
with the effective date of July 13, 2017! These changes are an integral part of CMS’ overall effort to
improve the quality of care furnished through the Medicare and Medicaid programs, while streamlining
requirements for providers. This workshop will provide the information you need on the rules in
order to understand the compliance needs and educate all your staff. Choose one of our two offered
locations for your convenience.
Valuable take aways to include: A CoP Crosswalk; A Reorganization Table; A Definition
List; and, A “To-do List” to Get Your Agency on the Fast Track to Compliance!
Judy Adams, RN, BSN, HCS-D, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Trainer, Adams Home Care Consulting;
The Hospice Clinical Intensive for Hospice Nurses
March 1, 2017 | Axxess Home Care & Hospice Conference Center in Raleigh, NC
The Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina is pleased to present the Hospice Clinical Intensive for Hospice nurses. This workshop is intended to bring hospice nurses together in a focused setting where they can discuss hospice-specific clinical topics from four qualified experts in the sessions below:
9:00-11:00am Utilizing Your Agency’s Formulary to Maximize Pain & Symptom Management
Ellen Fulp, PharmD, CGP, Clinical Education Coordinator @ AvaCare
11:15am-12:30pm Dignity Intact: Management of Skin Integrity in a Fragile Population
Sarah Connolly, RN, BSN, CHPN, Patient Services Manager @ SECU Jim & Betsy Bryan UNC Hospice Home
1:15-2:30pm Palliative Sedation: What Nurses Need to Know
Leslie Sutton, MD, Associate Medical Director @ Transitions LifeCare
2:45-3:45pm Building & Maintaining Meaningful Relationships with SNF Staff
Tammy Patterson, RN, MSN, Staff Development/Performance Improvement Coordinator @ Hospice of the Piedmont
On-Site Workshops (We Come to You!)
Hospice & Palliative Nurse RN Certification Review Course Comes to You!
Cindy Morgan, RN, MSN, CHC, CHPN is a Certified Hospice & Palliative Care Nurse and HPN approved educator... and as a member benefit to your agency, we are pleased to offer this on-site education opportunity to those interested in having Cindy teach at your site! Nurse Contact Hours will be provided!
The curriculum will cover:
- The care goals and decisions for hospice and palliative care patients
- The components of treatment decisions
- The principles of effective pain management
- A comprehensive pain assessment
- Providing appropriate care at the time of dying
- Utilizing pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for common symptoms
- Grief at time of diagnosis and bereavement management after the death of a loved one
- Self-care for the health care professional.
Hospice: the Heart of the Matter | On-Site Workshop Comes to YOU!
Cindy Morgan, RN, MSN, CHC, CHPN is the instructor for this course... and as a member benefit to your agency, we are pleased to offer this on-site education opportunity to those interested in having Cindy teach at your site!
Through on-site education:
- Cindy Morgan makes it convenient for your staff and your schedule
- Your staff do not have to travel, saving your agency expense and time
- There is no limit to the number of your staff who may attend from your agency
- Education is provided by a respected, knowledgeable presenter
Home Care, Home Health and Hospice Aide Webinars
The Aide's Role in Working with the Immobile Patient
February 9, 2017
Immobility and long periods of inactivity are harmful to elderly patients and can lead to a further loss of ambulation and strength as well as the increased risk of falls. Patients suffering a loss of mobility can also become depressed. Immobility can impact and cause serious health complications – including blood clots, urinary tract infection and respiratory complications. In-home aides play a vital role in helping to increase/maintain patient mobility and in preventing serious negative impacts.
The Aide's Role in Confidentiality & HIPAA
March 9, 2017
This webinar will focus on assisting your In-Home Aides in understanding HIPAA and confidentiality guidelines. This workshop will offer practical tips to ensure that the para-professional adheres to the required privacy standards. Also included: the impact of social media such as Facebook, My Space, YouTube and cell phones, text messages, etc.
Convenient Online Education
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
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 SNAP 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!
Hospice Aide Education
S.N.A.P. Packets for Hospice
Quick Reference: CMS Website for Medicare Fee-for-Service Providers
Audit and Quality Assurance Teleconference
Understanding the Background & Importance of Compression for Wound Care Patients
OASIS C2: What's New & What's Changed
Home Health Orientation Portal
Probe Your Documentation, Educate Your Staff
Important Employer Law Updates
Hospice Quality Initiatives Update
Improving Home Health CAHPS Scores and Patient Experiences
Home Health Quality Initiatives Update
Insights Into the Financial & Risk Management Aspects of the CMS CJR Payment Initiative
Win With Home Health Fundamentals
Per Visit Pay of RNs and Therapists Has Become Dangerous
Creating a Seat at the Table for Chronic Disease Management
OASIS 5-Part Webinar Series
The 2016 Home Health Payment Rules
Troubleshooting ICD-10 Coding
Shining Light on Home Health Face to Face
CMS Updates to the Home Health COPS
Comprehensive Home Health Case Management
Home Health Conditions of Participation (COPs)
Homebound Under the Medicare Home Health Benefit
ICD-10 Basic and Intermediate Coding
ICD-10 Coding Survival Kit
Lessons Learned from Survey Sanctions
Medicare Home Health Nursing
Pain and Dementia Recording
Palliative Care Principles Recording