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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

  • Why Home Care And Hospice Matter

    By Joshua Wagner, Director of Marketing and Communication, The Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice We are standing there watching her fade away.  There is nothing we can do.  The rest of our family is there, around her bedside.  These have been a tough few months as she has fought a great fight, and […]

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  • OUR TAKE: Operation Warp Speed is Underway

    By Joe Russell, Ececutive Director, OCHCH Everyone knows by now that vaccine distributions are well underway in Ohio. But as Karen Carpenter once said “we’ve only just begun”. The state is doing an incredible job, but lots of work is left before we can call this a success.On Monday, Governor DeWine reviewed Phases 1A and […]

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Upcoming Events

  • THIS IS A VIRTUAL EDUCATION EVENT Program Description:  OCHCH is excited to introduce this new workshop, designed for hospice professionals that are stepping into a management role.  This program provides hospice-specific information that helps leaders and managers develop the skills they need to meet the challenges and changes they face in managing successful hospice programs, systems and caregivers.  Our introductory Hospice 101 course provides the basics of hospice care operations.  Hospice 201 is the next level.  This workshop offers suggestions for identifying the clinical issues that impact financial performance, and offers guidance on managing the relationship between the quality, clinical and the financial areas of the agency.  We’ll also provide strategies to refine and improve billing performance, reduce denials, improve profitability, and increase quality outcomes. Program Objectives:

    • Describe the role of hospice care in population care management.
    • Identify current state/ federal legislation and regulations affecting hospice care programs.
    • Describe methods to enhance the financial performance of a hospice program.
    • Describe how to manage staff performance to enhance agency reputation.
    • Identify the challenges and strategies to improve billing performance and reimbursement issues.
    • Identify opportunities and challenges posed by new quality reporting requirements for hospice programs.
    • Discuss current issues impacting the provision of hospice care in a long term care facility.
    • Identify useful operations management techniques through the use of dashboards and benchmarking.
    Presenter: Kathy Royer, RN, MBA, DMin, CHPN, CHPCA is the hospice regulatory director for the Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice.  She is a registered nurse with more than 23 years of experience in hospice.  She served as a corporate division director with a demonstrated history of improvement in quality scores.  She has expertise in hospice and hospital environments.  Kathy is skilled in corporate leadership development, operations management, regulatory consultation, coaching, Palliative Care, team building, and as a cultural change agent.

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  • ng to achieve proficiency in the coding system.  Coding professionals (or those looking to be coding professionals) looking to achieve proficiency in this system will find that this dynamic program provides a well-rounded knowledge base to every chapter in ICD-10-CM – you’ll get a great foundation in ICD-10-CM coding and its implications in home health practice. ICD-10-CM accuracy is essential for survival in home care, especially with a new payment system, even more dependent on diagnosis codes, than the current PPS. ICD-10-CM is not for the weak and weary. There are lots of rules and the successful coder needs to know which rule to apply in each situation. This program is for persons wanting to learn how to apply ICD-10 guidance to homecare and hospice claims correctly and accurately.  We will start with an introduction into the ICD-10-CM code set with ICD-10 conventions and sequencing guidelines. Attendees will have plenty of practice accessing the index in finding the codes, noting tabular list instructions, and then on to coding simple, common home health scenarios. The name of the game is learning and applying the rules and regulations for assigning diagnosis codes to an OASIS or hospice Plan of Care/claim. Attendees will leave with a good foundation of the rules and an awareness of the need to improve documentation at intake and query physicians for more descriptive information, in addition to the ability to code simple cases using chapter-specific guidelines. All participants must bring a coding manual! Presenter: Lisa Selman-Holman, JD, BSN, RN, HCS-D, COS-C, HCS-O, HCS-H, has more than 30 years in home care as a RN and Attorney practicing exclusively in home care. She is the Owner of Selman-Holman & Associates, LLC & CoDR-Coding Done Right. Additionally, Lisa sits on the Home Care Coding Specialist-Diagnosis (HCS-D) national advisory board for the Board of Medical Specialty Coding and Compliance (BMSCC) Board HCS-O for OASIS Competency.

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  • Program Overview: Challenging PDGM Coding Scenarios Two of the five PDGM categories are directly linked to coding: Clinical Grouping and Comorbidity Adjustment. PDGM requires Home Health Agencies to ensure that a patient is appropriate to be admitted to Home Health by having an acceptable primary diagnosis. What happens when the only diagnosis you have from the physician is an unaccepted diagnosis? What if the clinical record doesn’t align with the primary diagnosis? What about comorbidities? During this session, through case study analyses, we will explore some of the issues that can arise with ICD-10 CM coding under PDGM. We will discuss action plans agencies can implement to manage these challenging coding issues. Presenter: Sharon Litwin - Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc.

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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.