Register by April 7
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you experience any difficulties registering.
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:
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
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
Details: See flyer
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:
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.
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