Calendar

Apr
10
Thu
Getting Referrals from Physicians without Breaking the Law Teleconference
Apr 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The Aide’s Role in Defensible Documentation Teleconference
Apr 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The 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.
Register by March 27
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Apr
16
Wed
COS-C Exam Prep & Oasis Training A Webinar Series Session 7
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Chapter 3 OASIS Questions – Medications M2000s
  • M2100 Care Management
  • M2200 Therapy Need & Plan of Care
  • Plan of Care interventions M2250 & M2400
  • Emergent Care items M2300s
  • Discharge items M2420, M0903, M0906

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Reflection and Direction: Leadership Skills for Success Teleconference
Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Discuss strategies for self-awareness in order to be more aware of co-worker’s and team member’s strengths
  • Identify basic team models of leadership
  • Analyze behaviors that are detrimental to the effectiveness and value of themselves, co-workers and the overall team

Register by April 7
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Apr
24
Thu
AAHomecare’s Educational Webinar – Prospective Oxygen Patient: Pre-Screens, Free Use of Concentrators, and Other Problem Areas
Apr 24 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

There are activities that an HME supplier may reasonably consider to be innocuous and certainly clinically beneficial to the Medicare beneficiary. For example, a physician may ask the supplier to conduct an oxygen pre-screen oximetry test on a patient and then report back to the physician. Depending on the results of the pre-screen, the physician may or may not order a formal oximetry test on the patient.

Likewise, the HME supplier may conclude that a beneficiary is having problems breathing, but unfortunately the beneficiary’s physician has not yet ordered a concentrator for the beneficiary. To help the patient out, the HME supplier may allow the patient to use a concentrator free of charge for a short period of time until the patient’s oxygen level is formally tested and the physician orders a concentrator. Unfortunately, the OIG has warned against these (and similar types of) activities. The OIG considers these types of activities to be a violation of the Medicare anti-kickback statute and the beneficiary inducement statute.

This program will discuss the type of relationship that an HME supplier can – and cannot – enter into a prospective oxygen patient.

Sign up now with noted Medicare reimbursement expert Jeffrey S. Baird, Esq., of Brown & Fortunato, PC and Kelly Riley, CRT, RCP, Director, Clinical Networks with The MED Group, who brings more than 25 years of experience in the respiratory arena in both institutional and home care settings to this session.

Please note: we have adopted a new online meeting registration system; please contact Ika Sukh at ikas@aahomecare.org if you experience any difficulties registering.

FEES
Member: $99.00
Non-Member: $129.00

May
7
Wed
Partnering with Physicians – The New Model: Strategies to Win Business and Improve Care Coordination Webinar
May 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Too often agency-physician relations deteriorate into burdensome exchanges that must be endured, rather than fruitful alliances to provide optimal patient care. Understand why this happens and what you can do to promote partnerships with your referral sources.

Objectives: After attending this webinar, the home health/hospice participant will be able to:

  • Outline why physician-homecare relations deteriorate and what can be done to transform challenges into opportunities.
  • Discuss the physician psyche and how to become their “hero”.
  • Explain how to properly communicate your value and sell your services.

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May
8
Thu
The Aide’s Role in Maintaining Professional Boundaries Teleconference
May 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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.

Who’s invited: Home Health and Hospice Aides
Price: Members $95 | Non-Members $190
Register By: April 24
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May
15
Thu
Palliative Care Doula Program Teleconference
May 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Topics will address hospice and palliative care education, operations, experiences, and how to transition students into the profession of hospice and palliative care.
Price: Members $89 | Non-Members $109
Register By: March 6
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Jun
12
Thu
Home Health Therapy: Policy and Practice Webinar
Jun 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Webinar Overview: Therapy service delivery in home health illustrates well how policy and payment models can drive practice. The shift in Medicare payment from cost based to prospective payment with the therapy threshold calculation created a dramatic change in therapy utilization. The corresponding shift from process based to outcome based quality measures created opportunities to connect therapy utilization with the outcomes needed in home health. However the emphasis on visit count overshadowed such opportunities. The visit count and reassessment requirements saw additional changes in utilization as well as office processes to assure proper billing. The impact from the Jimmo vs Sebelius ruling has yet to see the full impact on practice due to the emphases still being on visits versus plan of care content. The MedPac recommendations, however, will have the greatest impact as the emphasis shifts further from ‘volume based to value based’ health care. The question remains, can therapists demonstrate the value brought to home health when there is no longer an emphasis on visits?

This session reviews each of these policy and payment changes, the impact on practice, opportunities lost and regained. Strategies for optimizing such opportunities will conclude the session.

Objectives: After attending this webinar, the home health participant will be able to:

  • Describe the impact of policy on therapy practice.
  • Clarify issues surrounding therapy reassessment requirements.
  • Explain the facts of Jimmo vs. Sebelius and the effect on therapy plans of care.
  • Describe the MedPac recommendation for removing therapy utilization from the PPS rate calculation.
  • Identify strategies to prove the value of therapy after utilization no longer adds to PPS payment.

Speaker:
Karen A. Vance, OTR
BKD Health Care Group, Colorado Springs, CO

Karen is an occupational therapist with 30 years of home care experience as a provider and clinical manager. She specializes in clinical and general operations consulting services to home care and hospice agencies and helps providers establish and maintain quality management practices. Specifically, she provides care management training and implementation, OASIS accuracy and compliance assessments, operations and productivity assessments and other similar services.

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The Aide’s Role in Safety in the Home for the Patient and the Aide Teleconference
Jun 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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.

Presenter: Kathie Smith, RN

Register by May 30
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