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The Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice (OCHCH) is a non-profit association that serves as the voice of health care at home in Ohio, advocating on behalf of the industry and the individuals and families we serve.

We are a valuable resource to our members and provide continuing education with our workshops, webinars, online learning solutions, regional regulatory meetings, as well as our Annual Conference and Trade Show. We have a staffed help desk for regulatory and procedural questions and finally, we provide a community of agencies to provide support and help each other find success in serving others!

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Education

OCHCH offers educational opportunities as part of a comprehensive set of tools and resources to support your agency’s clinical skills, managerial operations, and regulatory requirements. From frontline caregivers to health care executives, OCHCH education programs ensure agencies have the tools they need to thrive.

Advocacy

As the voice of health care at home in Ohio, OCHCH works together with our members to speak assertively and thoughtfully for the interests of the industry. OCHCH ensures our members’ interests are protected and supported by working alongside legislators and other policymakers.

Provider Support

OCHCH members get answers to the toughest compliance, reimbursement, and regulatory questions. Our Help Desk Online and our regulatory experts ensure members receive support for questions dealing with complex subjects.

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Recent News

  • Home Health Face-to-Face Encounters via Telehealth

    By Beth Foster, RN, BA, CPHQ, CEHCH CMS allows telehealth encounters for home health face-to-face encounters. These encounters must meet two-way audio and visual component requirements. When conducting telehealth encounters, it must be evident that both the audio and video portions were conducted. The practitioner can state what he or she observed, thus showing that […]

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  • HOME HEALTH: Face-to-Face Encounter Must Be Audio/Video Telehealth

    HOME HEALTH: Face-to-Face Encounter Must Be Audio/Video Telehealth ‌ Question: I submitted an RCD F2F telehealth visit that was denied. Palmetto states the visit must be both audio and video. The F2F took place on 04/10/2020. The claim is being non-affirmed. Is there any way around this? Not sure how to proceed with this claim. The SOC was 03/16/2020. [...]
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Upcoming Events

  • Program Overview: Beginning January 1, 2021 home health agencies (HHAs) will be required to submit a request for anticipated payment (RAP) that will be paid at 0%, prior to each claim. The No-Pay RAP will be used to update the Medicare Common Working File to enforce the home health consolidated billing rules. The No Pay RAP will be replaced with the Notice of Admission (NOA) in 2022. During the webinar we will discuss: -criteria for submission -penalty for late submission -exceptions to the penalty

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  • Series Overview: Home health clinicians encounter all types of medications in their patients’ medicine cabinets and it is important that they are well-grounded in pharmacology. This webinar series will cover the key principles of pharmacology and review medications used to treat common diseases and conditions. Series participants will learn concepts important to the use of medications in patients including common terminology, the effect of comorbid disease or concomitant medications on therapeutic and toxic effects, and special considerations based on a patient’s age and comorbidities. To introduce pharmacy practice, the session will discuss routes of drug administration and general time to onset of effect, advantages, and disadvantages of various drug information sources, and will provide recommendations on medication history taking and medication reconciliation in the patient’s home. Medications Used in the Treatment of Pain and Inflammation December 16, 2020, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    • Explain the general step-wise approach to the treatment of pain.
    • Given a patient’s medication list, identify which medications are primarily being used to treat pain or inflammation.
    • Identify basic therapeutic effects and common adverse effects for the medications used to treat pain and inflammation
    • Explain the rationale for the use of two or more pain medications together in combination

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  • This is the second part to the original November course for follow-up. Please be sure to sign up for the November webinar FIRST. OCHCH is proud and excited to bring you a new education series "Trauma Informed Care for Veterans". This two part series targeted audience will be Hospice, Palliative Care and Home Health nurses, social workers and chaplains. Course Description:  The impact of trauma especially trauma experienced in war, is far reaching and affects every aspect of life. By implementing a trauma-informed care approach, both staff and clients work together in a framework that produces improved outcomes. This Trauma Informed Care training program will equip nurses, social workers and chaplains to better understand the impact of Trauma in the lives of Veterans.  This program will equip your staff to better serve your local Veteran population resulting in improved care. The training program will consist of five elements:

    1. Trauma Informed Care for Veterans webinar #1—June 24
    2. Participants will be given a link to a series of three Trauma Informed Care trainings which have CEs attached and are each one hour in length.  The participants will have until July 8, 2020 to complete the trainings.
    3. Trauma Informed Care for Veterans webinar #2 –July 14
    4. Doing the work
    5. Provider Support Calls
    Title: Trauma Informed Care for Veterans webinar #1 Date: June 24, 2020 Time: 11:30 am to 1:00pm Topics to be covered:
    1. Trauma Informed Care background
    2. VA/local Hospice Partnership
    3. VA Telemental Health
    4. VA Benefits
    5. How the Trauma Informed Care for Vets program will work
    Title: Trauma Informed Care for Veterans webinar #2 Date: July 14, 2020 Time: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm Topics to be covered:
    1. Veteran Resources
    2. Questions and Answers
     

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Listen to the latest "The Scope" Podcast with our Platinum Partners @AloraSoftware

The Scope: The Home Care and Hospice Industries after Covid with Alora
https://www.ochch.org/podcast/the-scope-the-home-care-and-hospice-industries-after-covid-with-alora

Help Desk Question of the Week:

Is there any time an LPN may independently work alone on the phone (e.g. reorder medications, take MD orders, call DME…)? Is LPN considered nursing services without an RN?

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#nurse #hospice
https://www.ochch.org/newsletter/our-take-11-18-2020

OUR TAKE: Passion and Perseverance for Higher Reimbursement and Better Regulations By Alexandra Weingarth, Director of Advocacy

https://www.ochch.org/newsletter/our-take-11-18-2020

Provider Search

The provider membership directory is a comprehensive listing of OCHCH members who offer home care and hospice services. Search for agencies based on location and services offered.