Upcoming Education & Events

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HCA’s March 9 State Advocacy Day

March 9, 2021, from 9 a.m. to noon

HCA’s State Advocacy Day will take place March 9 in a virtual format on Zoom. We urge you to participate in this important event to connect with lawmakers. Please register here today.

Advocacy Day begins at 9 a.m. and will feature key leaders from the Senate and Assembly addressing the HCA membership. During the program, HCA will present our priority legislative agenda. It calls for the withdrawal of proposed state budget cuts, as well as telehealth safeguards, regulatory relief, and the enactment of HCA’s ‘Home Care First’ proposals. Please see HCA’s summary page here for further background on our legislative agenda.

We also urge you to make legislative appointments of your own following the March 9 Advocacy Day presentation through the end of the week. Click here to Find Your Legislators and obtain their contact information to make appointments. For guidance on scheduling appointments and what to say to legislators, please download HCA’s Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit.


Managing a Remote Workforce: Keeping People Engaged and On Track

March 11, 2021, 11 a.m. to noon

With Eric Scharber, Principal, Exact Recruiting, A Simione Talent Solution; and Laura Wilson, RN, BSN, COS-C, Director, Simione Healthcare Consultants

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, many workers continue to uphold their professional responsibilities in a remote capacity. During this session, home care agency leaders will learn how to differentiate the challenges of managing a remote staff versus in-office staff. Leading HR and talent acquisition experts from Simione Healthcare Consultants will explore how to leverage technology to expand communication; key takeaways to improve your remote employee management process; proven “soft skills” for keeping the remote worker supported and connected; and what it takes to define and manage productivity with remote employees.


OASIS Answers ‘INSTANT Hacks’ Webinar Series

March 16-17, 2021, from 2 to 4 p.m. (Register by March 8, 2021)

HCA is partnering with OASIS Answers, Inc. (OAI) to offer OAI’s ‘INSTANT Hacks’ series.

In this unique, hands-on learning experience, home health clinicians will learn some behind-the-scenes ‘hacks’ that OAI’s experts use to organize, highlight, and quickly access key CMS guidance. OAI uses this resource when teaching Blueprint for OASIS Accuracy workshops, conducting audits, and responding to provider questions.

The training sessions span over two days. Each day consists of a two-hour-long webinar.

Prior to the training dates, attendees will receive by mail a hardcopy “INSTANT OASIS Hacks Kit.” This indispensable resource can be used during the open-book COS-C Exam and day-to-day OASIS work.

IMPORTANT: Register by March 8, 2021 to ensure you have your ‘Hacks Kit’ for the webinars.


Register Today: March 18 HCA Senior Financial Managers Summit

March 18, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Register today for HCA’s Senior Financial Managers Summit, virtual edition, on March 18.

This signature program is for CFOs, Finance Managers, Executive Staff and other senior leaders at home care, hospice and MLTC organizations with responsibility for budgeting and finance.

Live Event, Plus Session Recordings When You Want Them

This is a live broadcast event offering the opportunity to engage with presenters, but we know your schedule is unpredictable. Not to worry: your registration also gives you access to all session recordings for two weeks following the March 18 live event.


Upcoming Member Forums for LHCSAs & CHHAs: Join Us

Join us for HCA’s member forums in March and April.

HCA’s member forums offer policy and advocacy updates. They are also a venue for the exchange of ideas with peers and strategic problem-solving specific to your program type and region.

Click the links below to register and encourage your peers to do so as well. Once we have confirmed your membership, you will receive instructions to join the session on Zoom.

Downstate LHCSA Forum
March 24, 2021
10 to 11:30 a.m.

Upstate LHCSA Forum
April 6, 2021
10:30 a.m. to noon

Statewide CHHA Forum
April 13, 2021
10:30 a.m. to noon

These forums are 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.

Hospice Documentation: The Evidence of a Hospice’s Daily Work

April 7, 2021, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This webinar will focus on how the entire hospice admission is built on details, dates, facts, research, patient history, subjective and objective findings from all disciplines, the patient and family, and the patient’s attending physician. Medical, legal and ethical issues will also be discussed, and attendees will learn how interdisciplinary documentation collectively supports the hospice plan of care.


12 On-Demand Webinars: Best Home Care Practices in the COVID-19 Emergency and Beyond

HCA Education and Research (E&R) is pleased to present Best Clinical and Operational Practices in COVID and Beyond, a grant-funded online learning series curated by HCA E&R under a grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.

These 24/7, on-demand webinars are free of charge. They provide model insights and innovations pioneered by home and community-based providers. Our faculty include home and community care clinicians, operational leaders, and executives covering a range of clinical and operational topics.

All twelve webinars are available on HCA E&R’s new Learning Management System (LMS).

Navigating This Series on the LMS

You must create an HCA user account (or login with an existing account) by completing the registration form here. If you need help with this process, please contact HCA’s Senior Director of Membership Laura Constable.

Home Care Clinician Training for COVID-19 Testing

Under a grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, the Home Care Association of New York State (HCA), Iroquois Healthcare Alliance (IHA) and clinical faculty at the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) are delivering web-based training for home health RNs and other personnel on COVID-19 testing procedures that can be conducted at home.

This complimentary training is open to all home care personnel in New York State whose scope of practice permits testing (i.e., nurses and respiratory therapists).

Learn more at https://hca-nys.org/testing.

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.


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 or 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 consider submitting a proposal.

Click Here to Learn More and Submit a Proposal



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