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
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resources for use within your organization to help you stay
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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
December 10, 2013
One of the primary concepts of hospice is providing comfort to the patients and family we work with. The management of their symptoms is a large part of keeping the patient comfortable and the family satisfied. This teleconference will address some of the more common symptoms we see at the end of life and the Hospice Aide's role in helping the team manage them.
Home Care / Home Health Aide Teleconferences
The Aide's Role in Customer Service & Patient-Centered Care
A Teleconference – December 12, 2013
Health care providers recognize that greater client satisfaction leads to both better agency financial outcomes and clinical outcomes. Patient centered care actively involves the client in both planning and implementing care and takes into account not only what the client needs, but also what they want. Customer service and patient centered care are linked in focusing on the client as the center of the care. This workshop will cover what it means to provide person centered care and how that can lead to greater client satisfaction and better agency outcomes.
The Aide's Role in Understanding How Patients Qualify for Medicare Home Health
A Teleconference – January 9, 2014
Have you ever wondered what are those other Home Health clinicians doing on their home visits? This teleconference will cover the basic qualifying and coverage criteria for Medicare home health services and the role of the home health clinician. Various patient scenarios will be included to illustrate patients who are appropriate for services and to assist the home health aide in better coordinating patient care with other team members. So join us on the SS Home Health as we set sail to new horizons of understanding!!
The Aide's Role in HIPAA
A Teleconference February 13, 2014
This workshop 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.
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
ICD-10 Coding for Home Health Agencies
DVD Education Series
To meet member requests, AHHC is proud to offer a series of DVDs 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.
An Introduction to ICD-10
Overview of ICD-10
Chapter 4 – Endocrine, Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases
Chapter 9 – Common Diseases of the Circulatory; Chapter 10 – Diseases of the Respiratory Systems
Chapter 1 – Infections and Parasitic disease; Chapter 2 – Neoplasms; Chapter 3 – Disorders of Blood
Chapter 3 – Diseases of Blood and Forming Organs and Disorders involving Immune Mechanism; Chapter 5 – Mental, Behavioral and Neurodevelopment Disorders
Chapter 5 – Diseases of the Nervous System; Chapter11 – Diseases of the Digestive System
Chapter 12 – Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue; Chapter 14 – Diseases of the Genitourinary System
Chapter 13 – Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System; Chapter 18 – Symptoms, Signs and Abnormal Clinical and Laboratory Findings
Chapter 19 – Injury, Poisoning and other Consequences of External Causes; Chapter 20 – External Causes of Morbidity
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
Back to the Basics – What Happened to the SOAP Note?
Order & Listen Online by December 31st, 2013!
This series of recorded online workshops will create a change in how clinicians think about documentation by peeling back layers of myth and unclear directions and getting back to the very foundational components of good content creation – subjective information, objective data, assessment of patient response and performance and planning for ongoing care. The necessary level of content is driven by the clinician having the right focus and not a new form.
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
The Hospice Coding Challenge! – Three 90 Minute Webinar Tutorials
November 15, 2013 3:00 - 4:30PM
December 11, 2013 3:00 - 4:30PM
January 8, 2014
3:00 - 4:30PM
In the Fiscal Year 2014 Payment, Wage Index Final Rule there was much more than information about finances! We again have been reminded that Adult Failure to Thrive (AFTT) and Debility are not to be used as Primary Diagnoses as they are defined as "Symptoms, Signs and Ill-defined conditions." As of October 1, 2014 claims with either of these will be returned to the provider to give a more accurate diagnosis.
Hospice Quality Reporting
A one hour teleconference, December 5, 2013
All Medicare certified hospices are required to submit quality data to CMS... But what will impact payment is whether hospices collected the requested data and submitted it as instructed in the rules.
2014 – The Current State of Home Health
December 11, 2013 11:30am -1:00pm
Many home health agencies are suffering from negative profit margins. This program will outline the current state of Medicare home health margins and where they are headed. The most critical items covered in this session are rebasing, 2014 rate changes, case-mix weight redistributions and agency risks. This program will examine the key components of the 2014 Home Health PPS Final Rule, and its effect on your payment and compliance. It will describe the potential effects of the rate changes on home health and describe strategies for reducing the financial impact.
December 18, 2013 – Hope Lodge, Greenville, 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.
Utilizing Nurses in Home Care: Are You in Compliance?
Advanced Home Care, High Point, NC December 3, 2013
Do you know the laws & regulations that govern your practice as an RN working in Home Care? 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. Come explore your unique role and receive contact hours!!
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