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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
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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.
The 2017 Home Health Payment Hurdles: How Fast Can You Run & How High Can You Jump?
A Webinar Series on the Medicare Home Health Payment Updates
The Proposed Updates* July 21st, 2016 * 3:00 – 4:30pm EST - Recording Available!
The Final Rule * November 10th, 2016 * 3:00 – 4:30pm EST
What's Ahead for CY 2017? The Proposed & Final 2017 HH Payment Updates!
These two 90 minute webinars will focus on key details of the proposed & final 2017 HH Payment Updates including: the proposed and final case mix changes in the clinical and functional thresholds; the proposed and final outlier changes including the proposed change to a cost per visit approach based on service units; the proposed and final LUPA rates and Rural add-on; detail on the proposed and final new billing of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) Using a Disposable Device; and a review of the proposed and final changes to HHVBP. The webinar on the Final rules will help you sort out what to expect in 2017 to keep you in the race and get you across the finish line! Your participation will ensure staff have the knowledge needed to both comment to CMS on the proposed rules and implement the final rules! Your agency’s financial & clinical leaders need to know what to expect for 2017!!
Webinar Presenter: Our presenter is our 2017 Payment Coach Melinda Gaboury – a favorite national speaker, she is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc. (HPS). Melinda Gaboury and Mark Cannon founded the company in April 2001 and currently provide financial, reimbursement and clinical consulting services to the home health and hospice industries. Ms. Gaboury has many years of firsthand experience in the following key areas: Medicare Home Health PPS & Hospice Billing Training - Chart Reviews as a result of OIG Corporate Integrity Agreements - Chart Reviews for Billing, ICD-10 Coding & OASIS Integrity Issues - Coordination of Clinical and Financial Staff Communications - Home Health PPS & Hospice Billing, Collections & Case Mix Calculations - Medicare Revenue Recognition Models - Due Diligence Procedures – and, Management of a Medical Billing Department. She has developed and taught clinician and billing Medicare PPS Training Workshops in a variety of venues. Ms. Gaboury’s priority remains bridging the gap between clinical and financial issues in home care agencies. Gaboury is also the author of The Home Health Pocket Guide to OASIS C1 – revision for C2 to be published in December 2016.
Aligning Nursing Services with the Nursing Process
November 17, 2016 | 3:00 – 4:30pm EST
Nursing is the second largest group of licensed professionals in the United States with more than 4.5 million individuals holding licenses and most frequently the case managers for patients in home health, hospice and home care. In the home, the licensed nurse is working in a setting without direct oversight and has to make professional decisions every day related to the care of patients. He or she has to rely on her knowledge and judgement to ensure he/she is practicing in compliance with the state Nurse Practice Act, Medicare Conditions of Participation, home care licensure laws, and a myriad of other rules and regulations that impact the provision of home care. One of the more common Medicare Conditions of Participation deficiencies cited during licensure and certification surveys in recent years has been Nursing services. Every day you work as a licensed nurse, you put your license on the line while serving your patients if you are not staying up-to-date on the constantly changing regulations.
Webinar Presenter: Judy Adams, RN, BSN, HCS-D, AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM Trainer
ELNEC - The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium
November 3-4, 2016 | The Axxess Home Care & Hospice Conference Center at AHHC in Raleigh, NC
The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) project is an international education initiative to improve palliative care around the world. No other healthcare professional spends more time at the bedside than the nurse supporting physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. The research indicates that a lot of nurses do not feel competent or confident to be able to provide this holistic end-of-life care for patients and families.
This course is based on the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium training model previously supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and City of Hope National Medical Center.
ELNEC is developed by nurses for nurses, we welcome all nurses from all healthcare settings, as well as other members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team who have an interest in palliative care and care at the end of life.
12.0 Nurse Contact Hours will be offered. See flyer for agenda, registration and faculty info.
Hospice QAPI and Quality Reporting
November 9, 2016 | The Axxess Home Care & Hospice Conference Center at AHHC in Raleigh, NC
The Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina is pleased to present Hospice QAPI and Quality Reporting. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Hospice Quality Reporting Program has been a whirlwind of activities with the implementation of the Hospice Item Set and the CAHPS survey. In 2016 a timeliness submission threshold for the Hospice Item Set was implemented and public reporting of quality measures is on the horizon. Hospices must comply with the changing requirements all while continuing to meet the QAPI requirements that are specified in the Medicare Conditions of Participation. Hospice compliance, QI, Directors and Management Staff should attend this class.
This workshop will:
1. Describe the requirements for your QAPI program
2. Identify the timeline and components of the quality reporting program
3. Discuss the elements of the Hospice Item Set and the CAHPS Survey
Program Faculty: AHHC's Cindy Morgan, RN, MSN, CHC, CHPN, Vice President of Hospice, Palliative Care and Clinical Innovations and Heather Jones, MPH, CHES, COS-C, Associate Vice President of Quality Initiatives and State Relations
Home Health Intensive - Flipping the Value Scales
November 16, 2016 | The Axxess Home Care & Hospice Conference Center at AHHC in Raleigh, NC
What a year so far! Rapid change is happening in the world of Home Health payment models and the expectations of the delivery and quality of care across the healthcare continuum... so AHHC is bringing you the Value Summit Once Again!
Hear from the following speakers on a wide range of topics:
- Teresa Lee, Executive Director for the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation
- Gina Mazza, RN, BSN, Partner, Fazzi Associates
- Matt Wolfe, JD, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein
- Gary Massey, CPA, Principle and Sandy Marshall, Sr. Consultant for CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP
- Chuck Kesler, MBA, CISSP, CISM, PMP, Chief Information Security Officer for Duke Medicine
- Will Fleshman, Kinnser Software
- Mike Freytag, Managing Director for Blacktree Consulting
This workshop will:
- Delve into the data, research and initiatives addressing how post-acute care is changing in the wake of payment an dsystem reform, identify the demographic and clinical characteristics of Medicare HH patients; and focus on how agency data can be used to drive emerging partnerships and demonstrate value
- Review the most up-to-date information on VBP, featuring an attendee engaging session in which agency leaders can share the steps they have taken toward outcome improvements and obtain insights into what other agencies are doing nationally
- Provide the latest info on happenings in the RAC and ZPIC world and how members can be better prepared and know the action steps to take for the best possible outcome
- Discuss how to convert metrics and goals into action items that a clinical team member can understand and use as guidelines in their area of practice, and how to drill feedback on goal achievement down to the individual clinician level
- Examine how and why healthcare information is targeted by attackers, how the cyber security threat landscape has affected legislation and how everyone in a healthcare organization has a role to play in protecting patinet data
- Give an online tour of CMS & other sites to personally view their own agency data followed by a discussion how to best use the data to improve financial and clinical outcomes as well as the agency's audit focus in this day of payback avoidance and value based payments and care! Bring your mobile devices to access your data
HIPAA Compliance Update & Ways to Approach Risk
December 1, 2016 | The Axxess Home Care & Hospice Conference Center at AHHC in Raleigh, NC
HIPAA continues to stay at the forefront of agency concerns, especially since the OCR began its desk reviews as part of their 2016 Phase 2 HIPAA Audit Program (with on-site reviews planned for 2017). The OCR Phase 2 audit will review the policies and procedures adopted and employed by covered entities and their business associates to meet selected standards and implementation specifications of the Privacy, Security and Breach Notification Rules.
This workshop will:
- Differentiate the HIPAA Privacy Rule from the HIPAA Security Rule
- Highlight the HIPAA Omnibus rules that require an "assessment of the potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of electronic protected health information (ePHI) held by the covered entity"
- Review the essential elements of a HIPAA risk assessment/analysis
- Review through a panel format an entity's vulnerable areas of non-compliance and share recent OCR reported breach happenings and outcomes
- Review key audit processes of the Phase 2 OCR audit and OCR desk audit guidance
Program Faculty: Matthew A. Fisher, Partner, Poyner Spruill, LLP
Home Care Summit
December 9, 2016 | Johnston Medical Mall, Smithfield, NC
Join us for the 3rd Annual Home Care Summit, a day-long meeting focused on the following topics for agencies that provide both private pay and Medicaid reimbursed Home Care programs.
Staffing Recruitment and Retention
Kathie Smith, RN Vice President of State Relations, Home & Community Based Care, AHHC
What the New Federal Discrimination Laws Mean to You!
Matthew Wolfe Attorney, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein
Saving Agency Dollars With Proven Workers’ Comp Strategies
Jarred Chappell Business Insurers of the Carolinas
State of the State & Legislative Strategy for the Long Session
Tracy Colvard, Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy, AHHC; Julia Adams-Scheurich, Lobbyist, AHHC; Matt Wolfe, Parker Poe
Marketing & Healthcare Consumerism
Brandon Ives, Brasco Marketing
NC Medicaid PCS Provider Enrollment Training – [Registration Form]
After becoming a licensed home care agency, In-home Aide Agencies may also be interested in enrolling with NC Medicaid as a personal care services provider. However, even if you are not yet licensed for in-home aide services, you will find this 4-hour workshop helpful in covering the necessary steps in enrolling with NC Medicaid as a Personal Care Services Provider (PCS) provider. The workshop will cover highlights of the Medicaid PCS clinical coverage policy, including an overview of the role of the NC Medicaid PCS Independent Assessment Entity and their role in assessing Medicaid beneficiaries for eligibility for Medicaid PCS services. This workshop is also for agencies wanting to add a PCS service line to their existing business.
The topics to be covered are:
- Requirements for enrolling with NC Medicaid as an enrolled provider, the role of Computer Science Corporation (CSC- NC tracks) in enrolling providers
- Review of the provider enrollment agreement
- Review of the education provided by NC tracks in preparation for provider enrollment
- On site visit requirements for becoming enrolled with NC Medicaid as a provider
- Review of the NC Medicaid clinical coverage policy 3L- requirement for physician referral, service plan requirement, Quality Improvement requirement, Attestation requirement for providing services to patients with cognitive disorders, other policy highlights
- Review of the NC Medicaid Independent assessment entity (currently Liberty Healthcare Corporation)
- Review of the PCS provider portal and registration required for PCS providers through QiReport
- General overview of NC Medicaid Program Integrity section and review of pre and post payment review audits
The class is offered on the following dates from 9:00am-1:00pm:
The class is $229 per person. The following discounts apply:
- $50 off if you’ve attended the AHHC Licensure Applicant Training Class (with verification)
- $100 off if you are a member of AHHC
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 Patient Centered Care
November 10, 2016
Patient Centered Care focuses on the patient as an individual and takes into account the individual person’s likes, dislikes and what makes for a “good day” along with the tasks necessary to carry out the assigned plan of care. This teleconference will focus on how to see the patient as a unique individual in providing patient centered care.
The Aide's Role in Understanding Mental Health Disorders
December 8, 2016
This presentation will explore some mental health disorders that may create challenges for the Nurse Aide in the home setting. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness approximately 43.8 million adults or 1 in 5 adults in the U.S experiences mental illness annually. Chances are that some of the patients we care for in the home may be experiencing some sort of mental illness. Learn strategies that can help you when caring for these patients.
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
OASIS C2: What's New & What's Changed
NEW! Home Health Orientation Portal
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