Upcoming Events

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Call for Presenters at HCA Education Programs

HCA Education and Research, the education arm of the Home Care Association of New York State, is seeking engaging educational sessions on timely, innovative and relevant topics for home health, palliative care and hospice industry professionals. Throughout the year, HCA hosts several signature events including our Annual Membership conference, as well as an array of educational workshops, webinars. If you are an industry expert and have an education program to pitch or feel you have some insights you can present as part of HCA’s education programming, please download our Call for Presenters form below for details on how you can participate in HCA education.  


HCA Member Discounts on Wound Care Education Institute Courses for Clinicians

Online course and 5-day onsite courses in East Elmhurst and Buffalo woundcarelogo

HCA has partnered with the Wound Care Education Institute to provide HCA members with discounts on courses for wound and skin care management. These include an online class as well as upcoming five-day onsite courses being offered on April 24-28, 2017 in Buffalo and September 11 to 15, 2017 in East Elmhurst. These courses offer an evidence-based approach to wound management, along with an opportunity for certification. 


Webinars for Home Health and Hospice Aides

HCA is sponsoring a series of webinars to provide training for home health and hospice aides. These programs are being offered on carious dates from July 2016 to June 2017. Download the registration form at the link above for session details. Here are some upcoming installments of the series.

May 11, 2017: The Aide’s Role in Infection Control in Home Care & Hospice
(registration deadline is May 4)

Speaker: Michelle White, MSN, RN

This workshop will focus on the basic principles of infection prevention and control. It will also focus on Blood Borne Pathogens and the principles surrounding transmission and methods for aides to protect themselves and their patients.

June 8, 2017:  Eagle Eye Aides – Recognizing Key Patient Abnormalities
(registration deadline is June 1)

Speaker: Sherry Thomas, BSN, MPH

You are in the first line of patient defense! You are the boots on the ground as far as helping to identify that something is “wrong” with your patient. You are the Eagle Eye Aide! Join this webinar to learn how to recognize the subtle and not so subtle changes in your patient that are the first clues that something is amiss patient-wise and what, then, to report to your supervisor.


Rediscover, Reimagine, Reinvent at HCA’s May 3 to 5 Annual Conference in Saratoga

Saratoga Springs, NY
May 3 to 5

Please join HCA on May 3 to 5 to “Rediscover, Reimagine, Reinvent Home Care” during our Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs.

HCA’s Annual Conference is our biggest gathering of New York’s home care, hospice and managed long term care community for learning and networking.

Our conference theme has a three-part message: Rediscover, Reimagine, Reinvent. It will help you respond to another important trio of ideas that are fundamentally driving health care policy: the CMS-defined “triple-aim” of reducing costs, improving population health, and enhancing the patient care experience.

As the health care system pivots toward value-based payments, our lineup of expert presenters will investigate data points, revenue cycle management solutions, clinical strategies, and other avenues to achieve value.

Focusing on “cultivating the home care workforce,” you’ll also explore some important cultural principles for employee engagement that will enhance the quality of interpersonal connections among peers and with their patients.

As a bonus, our special pre-conference focus on palliative care will help you discover ways of integrating new, patient-centered, curative offerings to meet the prerogatives of value-based care.

All of these sessions — plus our Annual Awards luncheon, networking sessions, exhibit hall of vendors, “town hall” meeting with the HCA Policy team, and others — await you on May 3 to 5 in beautiful Saratoga Springs. Please register today and be on the lookout for more conference updates coming soon, along with a more detailed brochure.


New Webinar on Financial Management Aspects of the New OASIS C2

May 11 webinar is open to all, but is free of charge to members who attended HCA’s Senior Financial Managers Forum in April

On May 11, HCA is offering a unique webinar opportunity for all members, but it’s free of charge for those who attended or paid for our April Senior Financial Managers Forum. The webinar, on Financial Management Aspects of the New OASIS C2, was originally scheduled as part of the April Forum; but flight delays prevented our speaker from presenting.

This is why HCA has invited Melinda Gaboury — a favorite national speaker and the cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc. (HPS) — to present the session as a webinar on May 11, free for those who attended the Senior Financial Managers Forum, as well as for a small fee open to all registrants.

All health care finance managers know the important connection between clinician activities and budgeting. Now that the OASIS C2 is in effect, this parallel understanding of clinician assessment procedures and their cost impact will help drive top-to-bottom improvements in the function and efficiency of your organization.

During this webinar, Ms. Gaboury will review how to calculate the HHRG, corresponding HIPPS code and determine case-mix weight, all of which are fundamental to a home care agency’s operation-wide understanding of the clinician’s role in patient care and financial outcomes. The webinar will also establish processes that agencies need to strengthen regarding OASIS-C2 completion and review, as well as the specific OASIS-C2 M items that have a direct impact on patient outcomes and costs.


Moving Beyond Personal Care to Meet the Challenge & Opportunities of Value-Based Care

May 18, 2017

Visiting Nurse Service of New York 107 East 70th Street
(between Park and Lexington Ave)
New York, NY 10021
9:30 to 10 a.m. registration and breakfast
10 a.m. to noon program

As NYS races toward a system of value-based payment metrics and financial incentives, LHCSAs must deliver on the quality-of-care expectations being driven by their managed care plan contract partners in the evolving landscape.

This program will show LHCSA operators how to fine-tune their operations in line with the new reimbursement models governing managed long term care for enhancing LHCSA appeal in contract negotiations and readying LHCSAs to meet the standards of a fundamentally changing system.

This program is presented by Andrea Brown, RN, President/CEO, AB Coaching and Consulting, who has more than thirty-two years of experience in health care and has served in roles with responsibility for home care operations, delivery of clinical care, staff education, quality improvement, and compliance.


Second Annual Women in Healthcare Leadership Summit

Own Your Voice: Leading with Strength, Certainty & Style

June 7-8, 2017
Excelsior Springs at the
Courtyard Marriott
47 Excelsior Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural program, HCA is excited to present the second annual Women in Healthcare Leadership Summit on June 7-8 to help women leaders from across the health care spectrum cultivate their unique talents and strengths as leaders.

Hear from women executives, leadership consultants and other engaging presenters who will help you leverage tools and insights for professional advancement, enhance your potential for leadership growth, and further develop your talents as women leaders in health care.



Make Your Emergency Preparedness Plan CoP-Ready on June 28

June 28, 2017
Crowne Plaza Hotel
3 Executive Boulevard
Suffern, NY 10901

The new federal Conditions of Participation (CoP), along with a separate federal rule, have established sweeping new emergency preparedness requirements for 17 types of providers, including home care and hospice – an historical first!

This regulation goes into effect on November 16, despite a delay in other CoP provisions for home health, requiring providers to plan adequately for natural and man-made disasters, with a specific focus on patients and employees.

On June 28, in Suffern, NY (conveniently located for upstate and downstate agencies alike), HCA is hosting RBC President and emergency preparedness expert Barbara Citarella for a comprehensive workshop to assist agencies in: understanding the four major components of this regulation; planning for continuity of operations (COOP); operationalizing policies and procedures; communication; and conducting/testing a training program related to your emergency plans.

An agency’s entire emergency plan must be built on a hazard vulnerability assessment platform using an all-hazards approach to ensure continuity of services to patients. In addition, planning and communication should include a collaborative partnership with a health care coalition. This session will focus on the major components of COOP and its correlation to the new Emergency Preparedness (EP) regulations


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