Upcoming Events

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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.

A Virtual Senior Center for Your Home Care Patients: Learn More at July 24 Webinar

Join HCA Education and Research (E&R), Selfhelp Community Services and public officials on July 24 at 10:30 a.m. to see first-hand a powerful, interactive Virtual Senior Center (VSC) platform open for all home and community-based clients to enroll. Register for the webinar here.

Selfhelp has already achieved incredible outcomes offering the VSC to its own home and community-based clients. Under a grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, HCA E&R and Selfhelp are working to expand the VSC’s capabilities and invite home and community-based providers across New York State to enroll their own clientele.

During the July 24 webinar, HCA E&R, Selfhelp and partners will introduce you to the VSC, describe some of its outcomes, and outline the process for your organization to assess patients who would best benefit from the platform and get them connected to the VSC.


HCA Regional Listening Sessions Coming on Wednesdays in July and Aug.

The COVID-19 public health emergency has been all-consuming, and it remains so. But with the recent pivot toward New York’s reopening and recovery work, HCA is offering a series of free face-to-face virtual listening sessions on Zoom to hear directly from members throughout July and early August about a range of issues. We’ll also provide an update on non-COVID-19 policy issues.

Please click our online registration form to RSVP. There, you can choose any of the dates below, each with a distinct regional focus, and we will send you access instructions to join the session.

Please RSVP today and come prepared with your questions and experiences. These sessions are all from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

  • Wednesday, July 15: Upstate (Capital Region, Mohawk Valley, Southern Tier, North Country, Central and Western NY)
  • Wednesday, July 22: Hudson Valley/Westchester
  • Wednesday, July 29: NYC
  • Wednesday, August 5: Long Island

Instant OASIS Hacks – A Webinar Series with OASIS Answers

In this live, webinar series, you’ll learn some “behind the scenes” hacks that OASIS Answers experts use to organize, highlight, and quickly access key CMS guidance drawing from a kit of resources sent to you in advance.

All registrants will receive:

  • A copy of the 2020 INSTANT OASIS Answers Book
  • 75 customized Key Concepts tabs for your INSTANT book
  • An easy-to-use Key Concepts reference card
  • Access to the live webinar training

You must register by the deadline to ensure you have your Hacks Kit for the webinar.

Each webinar session will be held live in 1 hour-long sessions over four days on the dates listed below.

July 28 to July 31, 2020
4 to 5 p.m.
(Registration ends July 20)

August 18 to 21, 2020
4 to 5 p.m.
(Registration ends Aug. 10)

Register here today

*This is not an introductory OASIS course. Attendees should have at least a familiarity with the OASIS items and data collection rules.

Webinars for Home Health and Hospice Aides

August 13 & September 10

Now more than ever, home health and hospice aides need educational supports. In the coming months, HCA is holding a series of webinars to provide aides with vital education on the following topics. Please be sure to invite your aide staff to register and participate. Note: there are no limits on the number of participants from your agency through your registered site connection.

  • August 13, 2020: The Aide’s Role in Nutrition and Hydration (led by Sandy Decker, RN, BSN)
  • September 10, 2020: The Aide’s Role in Caring for Patients During a Pandemic (led by Michelle White, DNP, RN, CNL)


HCA’s Annual Conference

NEW DATE: August 25-26, 2020
NOW VIRTUAL! More information coming soon.  

Each new era in time is marked by certain distinguishing characteristics or features. 

For health care, major top-down policy forces (like PDGM) or credos (like the “Triple Aim” and “Value Based Care”) traditionally influence those definitions. 2020, of course, has been totally different, with a global pandemic entirely reshaping home and community-based health care. 

Overnight, this public health emergency has ushered new uses of patient-care technology, new care-planning and clinical procedures, new staff-and-patient safety measures and entirely new ways of thinking about our operations. It has also exacerbated long-standing issues and concerns, like recruitment and retention, that demand even greater attention. 

How many of these changes will stick over the long term, what new changes are to come, and how can home and community-based organizations be the agents of our own change? 

Join us to learn more and be a part of this enterprise by Forging a New Era in Home Care with HCA at our flagship forty-second annual conference, now virtual! Registration details are coming soon. 

Learn more at http://hcaannualconference.com/.

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 download our Call for Presenters form below for details on how you can participate in HCA education.  



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