Upcoming Events

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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 various dates from July 2017 to June 2018. Download the registration form at the link above for session details. Here are upcoming installments in the series..

October 12, 2017: The Aide’s Role in Maintaining Professional Boundaries
(registration deadline is October 5)

Speaker: Cindy Morgan, RN, MSN, CHC, CHPN

During this presentation, the participant will discover: the meaning of a professional boundaries, and the importance of maintaining professional boundaries. We will identify some red flags or indicators that give warning to boundary issues and strategies to prevent boundary issues.

November 9, 2017:  The Aide’s Role in Communication and Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
(registration deadline is November 2)

Speaker: Kathie Smith, RN

Basic principles of communication include verbal and non-verbal communication. We are communicating, even when we are not using words, with our body language. This webinar will cover communication skills and ways to communicate to help with conflict resolution such as effective listening; self-management; self-awareness and how emotions affect communication.

December 14, 2017: The Aide’s Role in Understanding Depression
(registration deadline is December 7)

Speaker: Cindy Morgan, RN, MSN, CHC, CHPN

The CDC estimates that one in ten adults in the United States reports depression. About 25 million Americans will have an episode of major depression this year alone but only half of them receive treatment. Depression is a leading cause of disability worldwide and represents a public health challenge. This presentation will focus on the manifestations of depression that patients may exhibit and the aide’s role in caring for the depressed patient.


Are You Prepared: Emergency Preparedness Essentials in Home Care & Hospice Settings

Includes tabletop exercise that partly fulfills imminent CoP requirement; plus, group registration discounts offered for HCA members!

September 27, 2017

HCA presents a comprehensive full-day program on September 27 in Albany, during National Preparedness Month, that will delve into all critical and timely aspects of home care and hospice emergency preparedness affecting your operation.

The program features state health and emergency preparedness officials, including regional officers, planning managers and the Director of the Office of Health Emergency Preparedness, Michael J. Primeau, for insights on challenges and opportunities in home care and hospice preparedness. This is a great opportunity to share your experiences and concerns with top health emergency preparedness officials.

Most urgently, with the fast-approaching November 16 effective date for the new emergency preparedness Conditions of Participation (CoPs), we’ll also have state DOH officials helping you to sort out the differences between the new federal CoP requirements and existing state regulations so that you know how much work is ahead of you in order to ramp up fully for federal compliance. DOH will also share insights on what surveyors will be examining in their audit process.

In addition, we’ll have a session on Incident Command Principles and a tabletop training exercise that includes the necessary elements for qualifying as your agency’s secondary exercise requirement under the new CoPs!

Best yet, we are offering a special HCA Member group rate of $99 per person if you send three or more staff to this program, so please take this opportunity for staff development across multiple areas.


Downstate LHCSA and HCC Forum

October 11, 2017
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Corporate Office – Auditorium
107 E. 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

Please join your LHCSA and HCC colleagues, HCA staff and Board Members for this exchange of valuable information, advocacy concerns and recommendations for action. Some of the vital issues to be covered include:

  • Minimum Wage Increase and Funding
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Quality Incentive/Vital Access Provider Pool (QIVAPP) Monies
  • CDPAP Fiscal Intermediary Authorization Process
  • Any Regulatory Changes
  • 24-Hour/Live-In Cases
  • Uniform Billing Codes
  • Value Based Payment Contracts with MLTC Plans
  • Additional Issues or Concerns

This forum is for HCA Members Only. If you are not currently a member of HCA, but would like to become one, please contact Laura Constable, Director of Membership at (518) 810-0660.


Corporate Compliance Symposium

October 19

One of our signature conferences, the Corporate Compliance Symposium draws CEOs, COOs, corporate compliance officers and other managers who have responsibility for planning, operationalizing, and establishing a compliance-conscious culture at your organization.

Each year, HCA flags the compliance hot-topics and focus areas, matched with the expertise of top officials and consultants to help you get a handle on issues with direct implications for your financial stability, your reputation, your value to system partners, and the overall integrity of your patient-care mission.

From big-picture considerations to the concrete mechanics of maintaining a compliance program, this conference will: emphasize the focus areas targeted by government auditors (i.e., OMIG and OIG); provide takeaways and best-practice guidance based on real-world cases of HIT- and HIPAA-related breaches and enforcement actions; help you overcome exposure and identify new risks introduced by your participation in new integrated models of care; and examine growing segments of the home care continuum that are drawing scrutiny and new regulatory activity from state compliance agencies.



Blueprint for OASIS Accuracy OASIS C-2 Data Set

October 23 & 24 (Workshop)
October 25 (Optional COS-C exam)

VNSNY – Corporate Office
107 E. 70th Street
1st Floor Conference Room
New York, NY 10021

Clinician leaders from OASIS Answers are bringing the acclaimed Blueprint for OASIS Accuracy C-2 Data Set workshop to New York City on October 23 and 24, with the option to take the COS-C exam at the same location on October 25. Through guided, expert instruction, problem-solving discussions and application scenarios, participants will achieve mastery of the OASIS items, conventions and the latest data collection rules.



Webinar: From Frailty to Functionality: Evidence-Based Rehabilitation Strategies for Deconditioned Patients

November 1, 2017
1 to 2 p.m.

Deconditioning is a complex process of physiological change following a period of inactivity that results in functional losses including mental status, continence and ability to accomplish activities of daily living. This webinar will delve into the operational definitions for frailty and deconditioning as well as examine the scope and prevalence of the problem in today’s patient populations compared to similar patients ten or 20 years ago. Although these limitations are exacerbated with physiological consequences of low activity levels and extended bed rest, gains can be achieved and maintained by developing an evidenced-based practice for re-conditioning.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe clinical aspects of frailty;
  • Discuss risk related to frailty such as hospitalization or nursing home placement;
  • Examine effects of reduced activity on elderly subjects, such as sarcopenia;
  • Accurately perform at least four validated field tests to assess functional aspects related to frailty or deconditioning;
  • Introduce new techniques and modification for frail and deconditioned patients;
  • Analyze the latest in physio science research; and
  • Discuss cases to illustrate new direction of care.


The Second Annual Women in Health Care Leadership Summit

Own Your Voice: Leading with Strength, Certainty & Style

December 7 & 8
Excelsior Springs at the Courtyard Marriott
47 Excelsior Avenue
Saratoga Springs, NY

Building on the success of last year’s inaugural program, HCA is excited to present the second annual Women in Healthcare Leadership Summit on December 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.




Save The Date for These Signature Events

Quality and Technology Conference

November 16 & 17

Crowne Plaza
3 Executive Blvd.
Suffern, NY 10901

To make your overnight room reservations at the Crowne Plaza, call 800-227-6963 and ask for the HCA rate of $119 per night. This rate is valid through October 25. After this date, higher rates will apply based on availability.

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. These courses offer an evidence-based approach to wound management, along with an opportunity for certification. 




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