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. 


Senior Financial Managers Forum (NEW DATE)

April 7, 2017

With the state budget on mark for an April 1 conclusion, 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 April 7. Please note that this is a new date, following an earlier postponement due to winter storms. 

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.



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.


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 mwww.etrics 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.