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..

September 14, 2017: The Aide’s Role in Quality Improvement Activities
(registration deadline is September 7)

Speaker: Heather Jones, MPH, CHES, COS-C

What is QAPI? This session will describe the requirement for home health and hospice agencies to conduct Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) activities including a family satisfaction survey. How your agency performs on these measures is available to the public. In-home aides will learn how they play a role in supporting QAPI

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.


Webinar: Primary Pediatric Palliative Care — Teaching and Learning from Bedside to the Community

Participants are eligible for Nursing Contact Hours (CEUs)

August 29, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pediatric palliative care programs have expanded significantly in the past decade. However, many bedside clinicians express fear and lack of confidence in caring for pediatric patients with serious illness. A lack of pediatric palliative care specialists often results in delays.

Primary palliative care education and mentoring increases the ability of bedside clinicians to advocate for earlier referrals, provide better access, and decrease moral distress.

This webinar will discuss a novel model of primary pediatric palliative care education and mentoring for hospital-based and hospice clinicians. Participants will be able to: define pediatric palliative care; discuss differences and similarities between adult and pediatric palliative care; define primary palliative care across settings from the hospital to the community; and identify and discuss educational and mentoring needs of clinicians across settings in caring for pediatric patients.

Participants in this program, offered in partnership with the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice, are eligible for nursing continuing education contact hours.


Senior & Financial Manager’s Retreat

September 7-8
Mohonk Mountain House
New Paltz

This highly-anticipated program is for home care, hospice and MLTC CEOs, COOs, CFOs, finance managers or other senior officers involved in finance decision-making and implementation at your organization.

We have several new program segments this year, along with annual updates on vital finance and reimbursement issues, including particularly well-timed opportunities to learn about federal health care developments, the 2018 home health prospective payment system proposal, Medicaid rate-setting and more.

Top finance consultants, state Department of Health Officials, data experts, and legal/government-relations representatives will all be on hand for the following sessions:

  • Hot Topics in Home Care Finance Round-table Discussion
  • State Department of Health Home Health and Hospice Reimbursement Update
  • Know Your ‘Stats’ Workshop
  • Federal Issues Update on Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Building Contracts and Arrangements to Succeed in a Managed Care and VBP Environment
  • HCA Overview and Policy Priorities that Impact Your Bottom Line
  • Federal Update on Regulatory and Reimbursement Issues
  • Building Better MLTC-Provider Relationships



Optimizing Your Agency’s Revenue Cycle for Improved Financial Performance

September 13, 2017
New York City

Home care providers continue to struggle with payment adequacy issues and ever-thinning margins. Agency leaders need an efficient and effective vehicle to focus on the areas of their revenue cycle that could be improved in order to maximize collections performance. In this workshop, you will learn how to analyze and target under-performing areas of the revenue cycle through the use of metrics as an efficient and effective means of improving revenue and cash flow. Presenter Phil Feldman, Vice President of Revenue Management Solutions at Sandata Technologies, LLC, is an expert on end-to-end revenue cycle management service.


HCA Co-Sponsors Sept. 13 Webinar to Outline ICD-10 Changes Effective in October

Approximately 3,392 new ICD-10 codes are coming in October 2017 for the 2018 fiscal year. Is your team ready?

The changes include 360 new codes, 142 code deletions and 226 code title revisions. Chapters where many of the major ICD-10 code changes occur include “Diseases of the Circulatory System” (Chapter 9); “Diseases of skin & subcutaneous tissue” (Chapter 12); “Injury, Poisoning and Certain Other Consequences of External Causes” (Chapter 19). New codes changes will affect case mix categories: Blindness & Low Vision; Neuro 1; Neuro 2; Diabetes; Ortho 2 and Skin 2.

On September 13, HCA is hosting a webinar, in conjunction with the Home Care Association of New Hampshire, to identify the coding changes that affect home health and hospice, with a review of changes to case-mix diagnoses, updates and changes to the Coding Guidelines, and case examples to illustrate the new coding changes.

Make sure your coding team learns all the intricacies of these changes.


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.


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.


Save The Date for These Signature Events

Corporate Compliance Symposium

October 19, 2017

Hilton Albany
40 Lodge Street
Albany, NY 12207

To make your overnight room reservations at the Hilton Albany, call 866-691-1183 and ask for the HCA rate of $179 per night. This rate is valid through September 18. After this date, higher rates will apply based on availability.

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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