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

90-day 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 a 90-day online class as well as upcoming five-day onsite courses being offered on April 10-14, 2017 in East Elmhurst and on April 24-28, 2017 in Buffalo. 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.

March 9, 2017: The Aide’s Role in Confidentiality and HIPAA
NEW TIME: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
(registration deadline is March 2)

Speaker: Michelle White, MSN, RN

This workshop will focus on assisting your In-Home Aides in understanding HIPAA and confidentiality guidelines. This workshop will offer practical tips to ensure that the paraprofessional adheres to the required privacy standards. Also included: the impact of social media such as Facebook, My Space, YouTube and cell phones, text messages, etc.

April 13, 2017:  The Aide’s Role in Working with a Terminal Client and Their Family
(registration deadline is April 6)

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

What does it mean to be terminally ill? This presentation will define terminally ill as well as some of the different aspects of care that are so important to the patients and families facing a terminal illness. Learn about the trajectory of terminal illness and what to expect when the patient is nearing the end of life.


Hospice Billing: Three-part Webinar Series

(Available individually or as a discounted series)

Final installment: February 28, 2017 (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Staying current on all Hospice Medicare billing regulations can be a challenge. This webinar series will lay a concrete foundation for hospice billers, and other hospice staff who need a more comprehensive understanding of the Medicare regulations.

Part 3: February 28

  • Detail Face‐to‐Face Requirements.
  • Review Hospice Aggregate CAP Self Reporting Requirement.
  • Discuss Palliative Care Reimbursement.
  • Recap HIS documentation impact on Reimbursement.


Home Care Council of HCA Member Forum

March 6, 2017
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Hunter College Brookdale Campus
425 East 25th Street (between 1st Ave. and FDR Drive)
The Osborn Room (Mezzanine Level)
New York, New York 10010
A continental breakfast will be served.

Please join the staff of HCA and member colleagues from HCA and the home care community for the next Home Care Council of HCA Member Forum. Participation in HCA Member Forums gives you an opportunity to interact with HCA staff and members, and exchange valuable information with your colleagues. Some of the vital issues to be covered include:

  • Update on HRA contracts and other important topics;
  • State Budget proposals that impact home care;
  • Funding for minimum wage increase;
  • Minimum wage survey;
  • QIVAPP final awards;
  • Spread of hours requirements;
  • Uniform billing codes;
  • Other policy changes; and
  • Future education programs.

For more information, contact Andrew Koski at (518) 810-0662 or at akoski@hcanys.org.


Successfully Acting as a Fiscal Intermediary in the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP)

March 9, 2017
Mohawk Valley Health System Sogg’s Room (1650 Champlin Avenue)
Utica, NY
9:30 a.m. to noon

A statewide Medicaid program, CDPAP empowers consumers by giving them flexibility and freedom to choose who provides their care and how it is provided. LHCSAs can participate in this growth by becoming a Fiscal Intermediary (FI). At this morning session, you will get important information about CDPAP, including: consumer eligibility requirements and obligations; the process to become an FI; advantages and disadvantages of LHCSAs serving as FIs; requirements and obligations of the FI; policies and procedures; required contracts; wage and hour issues facing FIs; potential risk areas; and best practices of a successful program. This program will be presented by Michael Weiner, a partner in the law firm of Glaser & Weiner, LLP. For more than 20 years, Michael has been a trusted advisor to his clients, providing them with practical legal counsel and business advice.

LHCSAs are encouraged to participate in this CDPAP program and to stay for the noon Upstate LHCSA Forum (being held at the same location) for an exchange of valuable information, advocacy concerns and recommendations for action (see below).


Upstate LHCSA Forum

March 9, 2017
Mohawk Valley Health System Sogg’s Room (1650 Champlin Avenue)
Noon to 3 p.m.

On March 9, HCA is holding our Upstate LHCSA Forum for an exchange of valuable information, advocacy concerns and recommendations for action, including on: state budget developments; federal legislative issues; uniform billing codes; the minimum wage increase and state funding; the state’s offsite surveillance pilot program; CDPAP; the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) and value based payment; and issues in your region.

This Forum follows a Bootcamp program on the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program that we encourage LHCSAs to also attend at the same location (see above).


HCA Bootcamp: Establishing and Maintaining an Effective Compliance Program

March 23, 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 continental breakfast)
10 a.m. to noon (program)

HCA is holding a bootcamp session on March 23 in New York City (from 9:30 a.m. to noon) to help providers establish and maintain an effective compliance program — a topic that is all the more important during a time of heightened compliance scrutiny and multiple audits by state and federal agencies.

This program, presented by compliance expert Rachel Hold-Weiss of the Arent Fox Health Care Group, will convey:

  • Why a compliance program is needed.
  • An overview of state and federal requirements for compliance programs
  • Components of an effective compliance program, including the eight required elements and seven areas a compliance program must cover.
  • Which staff need to be trained and how training should be conducted.
  • Recent state Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) compliance guidance and OMIG audit protocols.
  • Testing the effectiveness of a compliance program, including auditing the compliance program and self-assessment.
  • State and Federal False Claims Acts.
  • Compliance findings and remedial actions.
  • OMIG (and OIG) voluntary disclosures.
  • Annual compliance (and federal) certifications.


Senior Financial Managers Forum

March 15, 2017

With state budget negotiations in full swing, and intense federal activity on health policy, HCA invites member CEOs, CFOs, finance managers and other senior staff to our popular Senior Financial Managers Forum in Albany on March 15.

This rigorous, information-loaded Forum, for HCA members only, brings together HCA Policy staff, Department of Health officials, finance consultants, and federal analysts to inform your budgeting, projections and understanding of all significant Medicaid and Medicare payment, reimbursement and finance factors affecting your bottom line as a home care provider or MLTC plan.

See our brochure at the link below for the lineup of must-hear speakers, including a new segment on the implications of OASIS C2, which will give home care finance officers some important considerations to make in their oversight of cost factors related to clinician activities.  

Please return your registration soon, to assure a seat at this important annual event offering focused information for you and your finance teams.  


“Unpack the Home Health CoPs” with HCA on April 5

April 5, 2017

Join HCA for an in-person, comprehensive session that will be “Unpacking the New Home Health CoPs” in Albany on April 5. 

This program is the second installment of HCA education to assist providers on the most significant federal regulatory changes in 30 years: the newly finalized revisions to the Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs).

We recently offered a webinar on this topic. Our April 5 session will take you deeper into the CoPs, offering implementation action items, operational and clinical practice refinements, and insights from peer agencies that have already begun moving quickly with their compliance and readiness activities for the July 13 effective date.

Providers only have a few months to get ready for this sprawling new set of regulations affecting all aspects of your agency, so don’t miss this opportunity for further insights and tools to set your agency on a path to success in CoP readiness, especially if you are a CEO, COO, Administrator, Clinical Supervisor, Director, Educator, Performance Improvement Manager or are responsible for the oversight and delivery of care and services.

This program is presented by Trish Tulloch, a seasoned clinician and home care operational management consultant who works with multiple health care organizations to meet regulatory and accrediting standards.


Blueprint for OASIS Accuracy OASIS C-2 Data Set

April 19-20 Workshop, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 21 COS-C Exam, 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Doubletree by Hilton
100 Nott Terrace Schenectady, NY 12308

This two-day OASIS-C2 data collection workshop provides effective, up-to-the-minute education targeted for field data collectors, their supervisors and those preparing for the COS-C Exam.

Experience the comprehensive and nationally acclaimed two-day Blueprint for OASIS Accuracy workshop and learn to confidently teach, audit and collect OASIS items accurately. Through guided, expert instruction, and participation in problem-solving discussions and application scenarios, participants will achieve mastery of the OASIS items, conventions, and the latest data collection rules. Rather than provide opinions, assumptions, or unfounded interpretations, the “Blueprint” presenters will model reliance on U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidance documents and provide and demonstrate strategies for how to find defendable answers to your OASIS questions.

Individuals may register for the workshop, the exam or both. Please note the exam fee is in addition to the two-day workshop fee.