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Winter Mini Conference

1/21/2015 to 1/22/2015
When: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 & Thursday, January 22, 2015
Where: Gallery One DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
2670 E Sunrise Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL  33304
United States
Contact: Julia Heath
(850) 222-8967

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HCAF's Winter Mini Conference

Keep Your Home Care Boat Afloat & Cruise Through a Sea of Change

January 21st & 22nd, 2015

HCAF is planning a winter mini 1.5 day conference to offer owner-operators, administrators, directors and managers of home care agencies an opportunity to learn more about new developments in home health care and offer practical and effective management strategies to survive all these new developments and changes. Detailed agenda available here.

Wednesday, January 21

  • Lunch Presentation at 12pm
  • Afternoon Sessions until 5:30pm
  • Happy Hour Reception 5:30-6:30pm

Thursday, January 22

  • Morning Sessions starting at 8am
  • Afternoon Sessions until 4pm
  • Breakfast & Lunch Included 

• Medicare Home Health Care the Here and Now 
By Tammy Tucci, Palmetto GBA (Lunch Presentation Wed: 12:00-1:15pm)

Get the latest information on the Medicare regulations that are impacting Home Health providers like you. Find out what you need to do to prepare for these changes and to meet the Medicare requirements and learn about what tools are available to assist you in that process.

The Emergence of New Payment and Care Delivery Models: How Will They Affect Post-Acute Care Providers?
By Lilly Hummel, Avalere Health (Wed: 1:30-2:45pm)

This session will highlight some of the key policy changes already underway and forthcoming in the health care delivery system for post-acute care (PAC) providers. In particular, this session will focus on the potential effects of these changes on home health agencies and on industry trends. Attendees will learn about payment and delivery reform updates and market trends. This can include the shift to value-based payments, potential pay- ment changes for PAC providers, the status of accountable care organizations, participation in the bundled payment demonstration, growth in MA and Medicaid managed care, CMS’ suggested value-based purchasing program for home health agencies, and what it all means for home health providers.

Your Home Care Future is Under Construction, Build Wisely, Carefully and Bravely
by Kathy Roby of Qualidigm (Wed: 3:00-4:15pm)

The powers that be are literally rewriting all the home care rules under your feet and any home care veteran will tell you that our industry is not what it used to be. You and your organization will need to adapt and that may mean some serious renovations need to take place. To thrive and succeed, strong leaders will need to take a hard long look at everything about their organizations, polices, processes, operations and culture. Then they will need to boldly and bravely inspire their staff to make the changes that will allow them to achieve the financial, clinical and strategic outcomes that will define success in this new neighborhood. A solid fiscal foundation with a bedrock commitment to Quality and Compliance will enable your agency to move forward and your house will be the envy of all.

• Employer Mandate and the Companionship Services Exemption Requirement: Achieving Compliance in 2015
by Stacey Worthy of DCBA Law & Policy, and Kyle Simon of the Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence (Wed: 4:30-5:30pm)

The home care industry faces unique challenges as it begins to comply with federal mandates to provide health insurance, minimum wage, and overtime benefits for its workforce, effective January 1, 2015.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires employers to provided a minimum level of health coverage to employees and their dependents if they employ at least 50 full-time employees (including full-time and part-time workers based on a particular formula). While employers were exempt from penalties for not providing health coverage in 2014, confusion abounds about how to determine which businesses are exempt from providing health insurance to workers in 2015 and beyond.

Additionally, after years of debate between industry and the labor movement, the U.S. Department of Labor will enforce the long-delayed regulations requiring home care agencies to pay agency-employed workers minimum wage ($7.93 per hour) and overtime pay ($11.90 per hour). New cost liabilities without reimbursement relief from payers will have significant implications for businesses and potential unintended consequences for staff and clients. This overview of the new regulations will provide recommendations for compliance in 2015.

Happy Hour Reception
Thankfully provided by participating vendors and sponsors! (Wed: 5:30-6:30pm)

Trends in the ‘Real Home Care World’
By Barbara McCann of Interim Healthcare
(Thu: 8:00-9:15am)

From Star Ratings to responsibility for care across the community, the emerging trends in home care challenge each of us to re-think how we see home care vs. how the rest of the health care and payer system sees home care and the opportunity. The battle for managing and delivering home and community services is just beginning. Hear what is happening from coast to coast, how home care is being provided, how it is being paid for, and sometimes surprisingly who is delivering it. Learn about the operational challenges facing each of us and the choices to be made to move forward and thrive-whether you are independent or facility based, profit or non-profit.

AHCA State Regulatory Update for Home Health Agencies, Nurse Registries, Home Medical Equipment Providers & Homemaker Companion Services
By Anne Menard, Agency for Health Care Administration (Thu: 9:30-10:45am)

Get the latest information specific to your business model, from state rule revisions and surveys to online licensing. We will address the State rule revisions which should be completed for nurse registries, home health agencies, home medical equipment providers, and homemaker companion services. How these revisions affect what you need to do for compliance – and what you will no longer have to do – will be covered. Get an introduction to AHCA’s new online licensing portal that will help you save time when you renew your license. Time will be allotted for questions and answers regarding all four business models during this program.

Financial perspective of how to adapt to the 2015 PPS Rule and Medicare Rebasing
By Peter Stanfield of Synergy Consulting (Thu: 11:00am-12:00pm)

Payments have significantly dropped and knowing how to run your agency efficiently and not be in the red is crucial to survive. We will be reviewing the 2015 PPS rule changes and how CMS has modified the reimbursements for the 60 day episode. We will review and dissect the details of the OASIS C1 and case mix groupers which make up the reimbursement.

  The Importance of Home Health Care to Reduce Avoidable Readmissions
By Peggy Loesch & Carmen Creed of Health Services Advisory Group (Lunch Presentation Thu: 12:00-1:15pm)

Improving the quality of care coordination is a challenge for both inpatient and outpatient settings. Transitions between care settings are fragmented; resulting in avoidable readmissions. In Florida, communities of providers are collaborating across care settings to close the gaps during the transition process and improve the safety and effectiveness of care transitions for their patients. Home Health providers are vital partners in this collaboration and their care is a cost effective solution. Participation in these care coordination communities will be discussed, as well as the role of the HHQI Cardiac Data Registry to demonstrate your commitment to improving the quality of care for your cardiac patients.

CoP Revisions Finally, What Now?
By Glenda Burke of Alternatives, A Consulting & Education Service (Thu: 1:30-2:45pm)

This session offers a review of the changes to the Federal Conditions of Participation affecting certified home health agencies. The CoPS are the Federal requirements that certified agencies live and die by. We all know the terrible dread of survey results that include noncompliance with a “condition” or a “standard” cited in the CoPS. Recently there have been changes that will require revisions to your day to day operations. Some are expected, others not so much; we have requirements that have not been specifically addressed in the past and revisions to others. We offer interpretations of the changes and guidelines for actions that agencies will need to implement to demonstrate compliance. Please join us for this mid-winter event.

Improving the Patient Experience, Outcomes, and HHCAHPS Performance with Exceptional Communication
By Wendy Leebov of Language of Caring
(Thu: 3:00-4:00pm)

Consistently high or upward trending HHCAHPS scores reflect an organization-wide focus on the patient experience. High scores not only have a positive impact on your reimbursement, but they also make you a more desirable referral partner for hospitals. In this session, you will learn concrete best practices for improving the patient experience by training and coaching staff to communicate with compassion and caring. The results: Not only higher scores, but also improved adherence to care plans, better patient outcomes, increased patient loyalty, referrals and the position of home care provider of choice in your healthcare marketplace. 

Guiding Rehab Therapists in a New Documentation Era
By Kerri Seguin of Hometown Homecare (Breakout Session on
Wed: 3:00-4:15pm)

Help all your therapists, from the seasoned clinician to those new to the home care setting, adapt to the new rules and regulations. Learn how to manage multiple disciplines at one time and still have supportive documentation. Learn how to properly guide your skilled clinicians through high utilization cases so they can make the most of each episode in their effort to achieve the ultimate goal of improved patient outcomes.

How to Exchange Health Information to Improve Care Transitions
By Michael Deck of HealthCare Synergy 
(Breakout Session on Wed: 4:30-5:30pm)

Communication among providers about a patient can be difficult without a central repository for patient data. Lack of information can lead to errors or omissions in treatment, resulting in readmissions to the hospital or long-term care facility. This program will describe the types of patient information available through health information exchanges and show how increased access to patients’ clinical information fosters smoother transitions of care.

Face to Face: Revisions and Details from CMS... Interpretations and Suggestions for Management
By Jann Collins of The Transitive Group (Breakout Session on Thu: 11:00am-12:00pm)

After an overview of the Face-to-Face requirement, attendees will participate in a practical discussion of management of this critically important facet of home care. Come and discuss your experience and bring your ideas and concepts to share with your peers. We are home care! Adaptable and creative! We CAN do this!

Plus more breakout sessions that are still being planned!  More details coming soon!

 Make your hotel reservations by clicking here.  After you enter the dates, you will have the option to put in a Group/convention Code which is HCA. Or you can call the hotel Reservations Hotline at 800-222-TREE (8733) and ask for the group rate for the Home Care Association of Florida. Space is extremely limited within our room block and is expected to sell out before the hotel deadline of December 22, 2014. 







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