Upcoming Events

Click the session titles below for a brochure and/or registration form.

No-Cost Workforce Training Available through Regional WIOs

No-cost trainings are available to your home care staff throughout the state of New York via the Workforce Investment Organizations (WIOs). Each WIO is approved by the state Department of Health to service one or more regions across the state through contracts with MLTC plans. The trainings are not only complimentary but they also offer the opportunity for wage replacements funds. HCA has created a special page linking to the various WIOs and their programs across the state


Webinars for Home Health and Hospice Aides

Various dates to July 13, 2019

Each live webinar runs from 3 to 4 p.m. A recording of each Webinar is accessible for 30 days following the live event.

Provide your home health and hospice aide staff with the benefits of webinar-based education that is convenient, cost-effective and with no limit on the number of participants through your registered site connection. Here is the next webinar in this 12-part series (see the full brochure for all webinars):

  • March 14, 2019: The Aide’s Role in Infection Prevention and Control (registration deadline is March 1), Speaker: Michelle White, DNP, RN, CNL. This workshop will focus on the basic principles of infection prevention and control. It will also focus on Blood Borne Pathogens, transmission, and methods for aides to protect themselves and patients.


Senior Financial Managers Summit

March 19, 2019
Troy, NY

Payment systems, their funding, and the regulations that condition them are the drivers that determine your agency’s performance. Meanwhile, big reforms, like the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), mean you’ll be working with entirely new machinery in 2020.

As a CFO, finance manager, controller, or executive with finance oversight, you have enormous responsibility over all of these factors, which is why HCA’s popular Senior Financial Managers Summit on March 19 in Troy (near Albany) brings you the policymakers who directly influence home care, hospice and MLTC finance, as well as experts who have deftly analyzed it.


Hospice and Palliative Nurse Certification

March 25-26, 2019 (Holyoke, MA)
March 28-29, 2019 (Lawrence, MA)

In partnership with our Massachusetts colleagues, HCA is cosponsoring a course designed for nurses to take the hospice and palliative care certification exam at the member rate.

Nurses already certified can use this class as part of your continuing education requirements.

The two-day course is delivered via multi-media tools, handouts and lectures, as well as individual and group exercises to reinforce the information. The goal is to promote and review the special knowledge of hospice nursing care as well as disease progression and regulatory aspects of the Medicare benefit.

Click the link below from the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts for program objectives and registration.


WCEI 5-Day Onsite Skin and Wound Management Course: Become Board Certified

Philadelphia, PA (April 1-5)
Windsor, CT (May 6-10)

This five-day course from the Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI) is held at over 100 locations across the country including in nearby states on March 4-8. It offers an evidence-based approach to wound management, helping clinicians stay current with the standards of care. The course consists of classroom training followed by a certification exam on Day 5. HCA members receive a discount rate of $2,697 using the discount code HCANYS. (The regular rate is $2,997). 


Upstate and Downstate CHHA Member Forums

Upstate: April 3, 2019 (Albany)
Downstate: April 10, 2019 (NYC)

HCA’s Forums provide you with an opportunity to interact with HCA staff and members in an exchange of valuable information specific to your organization type. For CHHAs, HCA is holding two upcoming Forums: one for upstate members and another for downstate members. At each forum, we will discuss: state budget provisions impacting CHHAs; the financial profile and contracting concerns; operational issues; OMIG and other audits; and any issues you would like to bring to the table.



WEBINAR: Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Webinar

April 11, 2019
1 to 2 p.m.

Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) helps you ensure optimal patient outcomes, contribute to data quality metrics and drive accurate reimbursement. A robust CDI program is fundamental to your success under the Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). This program is a must for administrators, compliance officers, clinical management, billing, coders, OASIS reviewers and your medical records team to better utilize CDI strategies and achieve better outcomes.


WEBINAR: Lessons Learned from Value-Based Purchasing

April 18, 2019
1-2 p.m.

CMS began the home health value based purchasing model demo (HHVBP) in 2016 for nine states. The lessons learned from this demo are invaluable for all home care agencies, especially if CMS extends HHVBP to other states like New York, but also given New York’s own value-based initiatives and drive toward value over volume. This webinar for administrators, compliance staff, clinical management and medical records staff will discuss different methods that agencies have used to increase their performance scores and corresponding improvements in OASIS measures or HHCAHPS scores.


HCA Annual Conference: Force For the Future

May 8-10, 2019
Saratoga Springs

It’s almost flight time, and we’re calling on you to be a Force for the Future at HCA’s Annual Conference.

Online registration, a full brochure, and other information are on the conference website at www.hcaannualconference.com.

Our ‘navigation experts’ will help you get the right crew in place – one that can see new horizons beyond the cloud line of transitioning to PDGM and other challenges. We’ll show you how to glide in tandem with system partners and make a smooth connection for the benefit of improved patient care coordination. Technology experts will reveal some exciting solutions that offer field‐level clinical data and operational analytics, enhancing the efficiency of your “flight time” and your clinical outcomes. And we’ll help you become more productive by reclaiming “white space” … so that you can look clear‐eyed at the vast expanse of opportunity and priorities before you out the cockpit window.


WEBINAR: 4-Part ICD-10 Coding Webinar Series: Thursdays in May

May 4, 9, 16, 23
1-2 p.m.

This series will prepare coders for the Patient Driven Groupings Model. With PDGM’s 64% increase in case-mix categories (for a total of 432 possible case-mix-adjusted-groups), coders need to be prepared and ready for: the coding of comorbidities, understanding the complexities of wound coding, and correctly coding for dementia, Alzheimer’s and other cognitive deficits. Participants can join any single webinar date, or all four. See the brochure below for specific topics.


Blueprint for OASIS Accuracy – OASIS D Data Set

June 17-18 (Workshop)
June 19 (Optional COS-C Exam)

Acclaimed OASIS training is back with a session for upstate providers in Webster, NY (near Rochester). HCA generally offers two of these trainings each year: one upstate and downstate. This 13 contact hour progran is accompanied by an optional Certificate for OASIS Specialist exam (COS-C) at the same location.

Your clinicians and RN leaders need regular OASIS training, especially to keep their COS-C certification current and even more so this year with the onset of OASIS-D changes. These changes include the removal of more than two dozen items, as well as the addition or revision of several others.

OASIS accuracy and assessment reviews are vital for keeping track and ensuring proper reimbursement. OASIS is conducted for every one of your Medicare patients at multiple stages in the care progression. These assessments also feed the publicly reported outcome data about your agency, so you need to ensure that it accurately reflects the profile of your patients and services. Encourage your clinicians to register today.


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.  



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