• Overview OASIS D includes an array of changes, including omission of several very familiar items and addition of several new items. Agencies will need to determine how they will maintain best practices and collect vital information without items such as pressure ulcer risk and pain assessment. The expansion of the one clinician rule and Medicare’s continued plans to make home health assessment like all the other post-acute settings requires a new look at agency policies on collaboration. Home health agency administrators, directors, clinicians, and QA staff need to know the impact of the new and changed items that OASIS-D brings.  This program will assist you and your agency staff to navigate through the myriad of changes to the guidance and get you up to speed on the latest on OASIS, and how your practice will be impacted.  Attendees will review the most up to date OASIS guidance, including the impact of the expansion of the one clinician rule, the updates to the CoPs regarding resumption of care, as well as updates to payment for 2019 and planned changes to payment in 2020.  In-depth scenarios and a review of individual OASIS items will provide attendees with a comprehensive and applied understanding of OASIS to ensure success. This workshop explains what you need to know, what you need to do and how to do it.  The most accurate OASIS means the right POC, the right outcomes and the right payment.  There will be plenty of scenarios and documentation examples to set things straight.  The key to accurate payment and to accurate outcomes depends on answering the OASIS data items accurately and according to CMS instructions.  This program includes not only the CMS based interpretations but also timely advice on operationally implementing all aspects of OASIS.

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  • Overview Knowing and understanding Hospice Quality Reporting is vital for positive Hospice patient outcomes as well as avoidance of potential negative financial impact.  During the workshop we will discuss the evolution of Hospice Quality reporting, current and future Hospice Quality Reporting requirements, ways to make your Hospice Quality program more robust and ways to get buy-in from front line staff as well as leadership in the organization. Who Should Attend: This workshop is designed for anyone who participates in the Hospice quality program which includes staff who are new to Quality, seasoned Quality staff, Quality Team members and Leadership.

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  • Overview: OCHCH is happy to partner with QIRT to bring you a 5-part webinar series to help prepare your agency to transition into the new world of PDGM. Preparing your agency for the new world of PDGM is vital to making sure your agency survives and thrives under PDGM. Please see the breakdown of each webinar part below. 1.) PDGM Readiness: What agencies can do now to assess overall readiness for the transition, including completing an analysis of current referral and patient mix, and a quality assurance chart audit to identify data-collection gaps and train staff to close those gaps? The session will include steps to completing an operational assessment that identifies opportunities for agencies to improve current workflow processes to ensure a smooth transition to PDGM. Also included, when and how to train/prepare staff for coming transition. October 29, 2019, Shelly Eggleton, RN, BS, MBA, Director, Clinical Consulting 2.) PDGM: The devil is in the details: It is more important than ever that agencies collect timely, accurate data. It starts at intake with staff completing a comprehensive checklist to ensure all needed information is collected.  To ensure proper payment, clinicians must provide an accurate assessment of the patient condition on intake, including comorbidities that are likely to have an impact on the plan of care, and correctly capture the primary reason skilled nursing is in the home. Anything less almost certainly will result in improper payment. Strategies for reducing the days to RAP also will be discussed, as the current national average of 12 days to RAP will prove problematic in the PDGM era. November 5, 2019, Sherri Parson, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O, HCS-H, COS-C, BCHH-C 3.) PDGM: Revving up referrals. Do most of your referrals come from the community? It might be time to build bridges to hospitals, in-patient rehabilitation centers and skilled nursing facilities. Does your agency have a patient population disproportionally skewed toward joint-replacement or stroke recovery? November 12, 2019, Gio Pagano, Director, Business Development 4.) P Stands for PATIENT in PDGM. PDGM puts the patient at the center of care decisions and makes a complete 180 on what drives revenue. Its value not volume of services provided. It’s all about giving patients the care they need using the resources necessary to achieve the goals established with the patient. For the patient that might mean more intensive start of care visits, more thorough assessments during the episode of care and documentation by the clinician at the point of care. Agencies also will need to focus on teaching patients how to manage chronic conditions to reduce the patient’s reliance on skilled nursing services, as well as mitigate the risk of rehospitalization and decrease recertifications. November 19, 2019, Laura Page-Greifinger, RN, BSN, MPA 5.) PDGM: Thriving in the new model.  What does a healthy agency look like in this new era? In this session, QIRT will discuss the critical importance of quality cycle management in the PDGM era. QIRT will walk attendees through the process of establishing measurable metrics for every task at each point in the patient journey and the importance of communicating with staff as to how the metrics were established and that their job performance will be measured against those metrics. Agencies will need to focus on episode management keeping the patient’s clinical characteristics and care need at the center of all decisions, ensuring the plan of care addresses those needs to decrease rehospitalizations and recertifications. December 3, 2019, Joe Osentoski, BAS, RN-BC

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  • OCHCH is excited to provide this introductory program to provide attendees an up-to-date overview of the state requirements for a Medicare/Medicaid and Department of Aging certified home health agency. The participants will gain knowledge of each of the Medicaid Programs’ Conditions of Participation (CoPs) and rules; the required coordination of services with or without case management; the role of Medicaid’s oversight contractor, and Medicaid managed care. Discussion will include the following Medicaid programs: State Plan Home Health and Private Duty Nursing Services, Ohio Home Care Program, PASSPORT Waiver; and Assisted Living Waiver. The main components and requirements of “basic” state plan Medicaid

    • Improve coordination of “basic” state plan Medicaid services with Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers
    • “Basic” and “related” state plan Medicaid services included are – Home health (HH) services – Private duty nursing (PDN) services
    The main components and requirements of HCBS waiver services
    • Improve coordination of HCBS waivers with “basic” state plan Medicaid services
    • HCBS include: Ohio Home Care Waiver; PASSPORT Waiver, and Assisted Living Waiver

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  • 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.

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  • OCHCH is excited to partner with Savii to bring you a 3 Part webinar series centered on recruiting, retaining, and empowering your workforce. Details on each webinar are below: November 7 @ 11:30am EST Webinar 1: Not your Average Retention Strategy Former Personal Care Assistant, now Savii CEO, Kristen Duell will guide attendees to help reduce agency turnover, boost retention, and keep growing your home care agency. Get Savvy on our retention strategy! November 14 @ 11:30am EST Webinar 2: Building a Winning 2020 Recruitment Plan This year, over sixty percent of home care agencies turned away a case and nearly all agencies reported caregiver recruitment as their top concern.  As we head into a new year, dive in with a new recruitment plan. Join CEO, Brandi Kurtyka, for a front-row seat to learn first-hand what's working, what's not working, and key components to build into your annual recruitment plan. Gain insight into how to approach recruitment, what to measure, how to measure it, and where to recruit. All attendees, joining the full session that are not current customers of myCNAjobs, will receive a $600 voucher to use towards a recruitment program within one week following the webinar. November 21 @ 11:30am EST Webinar 3: Empowering Caregivers thru Technology Home Care Provider across multi States, now Nevvon CEO, James Cohen will go thru his own personal journey into how caregivers became empowered in using new technology

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  • Program Description:  This program has been developed to assist experienced home health managers to enhance the operational performance of their home health agency.  Our introductory Home Care 101 course provides the basics of home care operations.  Home Care 201 is the next level.  Improving clinical performance and financial management in a Medicare skilled home health agency is the focus of Home Care 201.  Essential to improving agency operations is identifying clinical issues that impact performance.  This program will provide strategies to refine and improve billing performance as well as explain the important relationship between clinical and financial areas of the agency.  This focus is important as the future viability of home care operations will be determined by the agency’s ability to remain current with changing regulations, the ongoing focus on patient outcomes, declining reimbursement, and closer scrutiny by auditors that can lead to denials.  Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring to the program a written description of at least one problem that they need to resolve within their agency; the goal is to best serve the individual's purpose for attending the class

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  • Overview: The Wound Care Nurse Certification Course (WCN-C) is a premier training program formulated to meet the basic educational needs of the nurses and other medical professionals working in different clinical settings. This course provides a comprehensive review about different types of wounds and management strategies currently utilized nationally. In addition; skills competency session provides each attendee with the hands-on experience needed to function as a wound care professional. Course participation will increase the knowledge, skills, ability and confidence of the attendees leading to improved patient outcomes. Upon successful completion of the program, all attendees will receive OWCN certification as a “Wound Care Nurse – Certified” (WCN-C) title which is valid for (4) years and verifiable online at: www.woundcarenurses.org.

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  • Description: The purpose of this workshop is to give attendees an up-to-date overview of the operations of a Medicare/Medicaid certified hospice.  The participants will gain knowledge of the Conditions of Participation (CoP), describe Medicare certification and licensure, define hospice core services, levels of care, plans of care, notice of election, revocation, discharge and transfer.  A brief overview of the billing process for Medicare and Medicaid and the basic elements of cost reporting will also be provided. Who Should Attend: This program is developed for newly certified hospice staff including administration and clinical; new staff of an existing hospice; social workers, and private duty hospice administrators considering becoming Medicare certified.

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