Blueprint for OASIS Accuracy

August 22 @ 8:00 am August 23 @ 4:00 pm EDT

Blueprint for OASIS Accuracy

August 22 – 23, 2022
Alliance Headquarters
Manchester, Maine

Blueprint for OASIS Accuracy is a 2-day, 13-hour workshop highly focused on the current OASIS data collection rules and instructions. As these rules continue to evolve, Blueprint keeps you up to date, always sourcing instructions and providing the latest key source documents in handout form to rely upon after the workshop. Empowering staff with defendable OASIS scoring practices provides your agency with the accurate outcomes and proper reimbursement you deserve to provide quality care. All sessions are presented by two expert instructors who have earned the Certificate for OASIS Specialist-Clinical (COS-C) designation.

Our instructors use their many years and varied home health experiences to illustrate concepts, answer questions and guide attendees easily through multiple application scenarios and a mock exam. The Blueprint for OASIS Accuracy program serves as the premier review workshop for the COS-C exam and is offered exclusively through OASIS Answers, Inc. – the industry leader in OASIS Education.

$499.00 Member Rate

Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine


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Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine

30 Association Drive
Manchester, 04351-0227 United States
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VBP: Connecting Finance and Quality Management

May 13 @ 11:45 am 12:45 pm

The recent announcement by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to delay the national expansion of the Medicare Value Based Purchasing (VBP) model until 2023 offers home health agencies a year of “pre-implementation” preparation opportunities to align quality with finance management. This session will provide the latest information on the construct of the VBP model and implementation timelines and will provide a practical approach for incorporating the VBP performance measures into quality and financial management strategies. This session will also examine scenarios to measure the impact of specific performance improvements on resulting financial outcomes and will explore strategies for achieving optimal quality performance.

Aaron Little, CPA, Managing Director, BKD, oversees the operations of BKD Health Care Billing & Revenue Cycle Services and is nationally recognized for his expertise in home care and hospice billing and operations. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Indiana Association for Home & Hospice Care and the CGS Home Health and Hospice Provider Outreach and Education Advisory Group.

Angela Huff, RN is a member of BKD National Health Care Group and provides consulting services to home care and hospice clients. She has over 30 years of experience as a registered nurse, and has spent the last 17 years in executive leadership in home health, hospice operations, and software development in the post-acute space.

Leading Through CY 2023 Changes: Transition to OASIS and HHVBP Expansion

May 13 @ 9:40 am 10:40 am

CY2022 will be an essential year for organizations to prepare for two significant updates in-home health – the transition to OASIS-E and the national expansion of CMS’s Home Health Value-based Purchasing initiative. Join the presenters as they take a deep dive into how home health leaders have been and should be preparing for these changes from clinical and financial management perspectives.

Chris Attaya, MBA, is VP of Product Strategy at Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP.) He joined SHP in 2014 after spending 28 years in executive and consulting positions within the Home Health and Hospice industry. Before SHP, Chris was the CFO at the VNA of Boston and served as CFO and CEO at Partners Health Care at Home.

Sue Payne, MBA, RN, CHCE, Home Care Strategies Advisor at Corridor, has 30 years of experience leading home care provider operations, including home health, skilled care, and non-skilled private duty. Sue was Chief Clinical Officer and Vice President at Corridor. She presents nationally on clinical and operational topics that support home care providers’ success.

Six “Must Pack” Essentials to Survive & Thrive the Wilderness of Grief and Trauma of COVID-19

May 13 @ 9:40 am 10:40 am

The pandemic has led to a series of losses, great and small, from the loss of loved ones and our sense of safety to our social connections and financial security. The crisis isn’t just shaking our faith in those systems; it’s upending our understanding of the world around us. Learn how to heal. This interactive presentation will create a growing “Toolbox” of essentials. These must-pack essentials will help us continue to SURVIVE and THRIVE beyond COVID 19, which has us traversing this uncharted terrain in the wilderness of grief and trauma.

Deborah Pausig, LMFT, CT, VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Certified Thanatologist, Hospice Bereavement Coordinator for VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice Guilford CT, and NHPCO Bereavement Professional Steering Committee Member. Debbie uses humor and compassion drawn from 25 years of experience in Law Enforcement and 17 years as a family caregiver into her profession as a therapist and presenter.

Sustainable Hiring and Retention Strategies for Your Organization

May 12 @ 2:50 pm 3:50 pm

Outsourcing and algorithms won’t get you the people you need. Recent data revealed that most people who took a new job last year weren’t even searching for one: someone came and got them. Join Chris from Trova Healthcare to take a critical look at how companies have revamped their processes for hiring and retention. We’ll evaluate local data and how new trends in hiring drive higher engagement, staff, and retention by investing in employees from day one throughout their careers. 

Chris Romanello, Managing Partner at Trova Healthcare has worked in the healthcare recruiting field for 15 years. His experience spans multiple healthcare recruiting areas, including physicians, nurses, and advanced practice providers. Chris has run some of the largest U.S.-based healthcare staffing divisions for LocumTenens, a company specializing in the temporary placement of Physicians, PAs, NPs, CRNAs and psychologists.  He also has extensive experience with permanent recruiting. 

Joe Desjardins is a Senior Business Development Executive at Trova Healthcare. He is currently focused on providing innovative solutions and consulting expertise to elevate employers ability to attract and retain much-needed talent for their nursing positions.

Getting a “Clean” OASIS: Balancing Speed & Accuracy

May 12 @ 11:15 am 12:15 pm

The ability to promptly get a “clean” OASIS out the door is an ongoing challenge to the home health industry. The resources consumed by the QA process can be a financial strain on the organization – and even more of an issue in the PDGM environment. Focusing almost exclusively on the QA process will produce limited results and drive up costs. This session will address the three pillars that impact the achievement of a “clean” OASIS: 1) information collection by Intake; 2) data collection by clinicians; and 3) accountability of clinicians and QA.

Cindy Krafft, PT, MS, HCS-O, owner of Kornetti & Krafft Health Care Solutions, has more than 25 years of home health expertise in patient care, agency operations, and management, along with a passion for understanding regulations. Cindy is a nationally-recognized educator who serves on several CMS Technical Advisory Panels and NAHC committees. She has written three books on home health documentation.

Preparing for the Evolving Healthcare Environment: Findings from the National Healthcare at Home Best Practices and Future Insights Study

May 12 @ 9:00 am 10:00 am

General Session Sponsored by Wellsky

We just experienced two of the biggest industry challenges in healthcare history – COVID-19 and a radically new payment system. Now we face yet another challenge with a significant expansion of value-based care. Agencies who are slow to respond or lack clarity on what to do may have their viability questioned. Agencies that have responded quickly and have tested an array of best practices in staffing, technology, clinical strategies, and operations will come ahead. Which side will you be on?

Get ready to find out strategies that work! Join Bill Dombi, President of NAHC, and Lindsay Doak, National Director of the largest national best practice study in our field, as they come together to answer two critical questions; 

  1. What are the legislative, regulatory, and legal forces driving the changes? 
  2. What are the best practices the most successful agencies have implemented to respond to these changes?

Through this dynamic presentation, you will find out what works, what doesn’t, and what you can do to improve the overall success of your agency. Be the first to see best practice benchmarks for New England and learn which agencies were awarded the Center of Excellence distinction.

What’s the problem?

Dig into the data from the National Healthcare at Home Best Practices and Future Insights Study this May at the New England Home Care & Hospice Conference and Trade Show.

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Lindsay Doak

Lindsay Doak, Research Director and Senior Manager of Home Health Care at Berry Dunn.  She has over 15 collective years of experience leading strategic direction and growth initiatives for healthcare education, business intelligence, and patient satisfaction markets and extensive experience working on national studies, including this 2021 national home care study and the Phillips National Telehealth Study.

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Bill Dombi

Bill Dombi, JD, is the president and CEO of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, (NAHC). Bill also serves as the Director, Center for Health Care Law and the Executive Director, Home Care and Hospice Financial Managers Association. Bill specializes in legal, legislative, and regulatory advocacy on behalf of patients and providers of home health and hospice care. With over 40 years of experience in health care law and policy. Bill is also a longstanding and active member of the ABA and American Health Lawyers Association.

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1 Goat Island
Newport, Rhode Island 02840 United States
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Curiosity & Connection

May 11 @ 2:00 pm 5:00 pm

Uniting what divides us

Managers and rising leaders are encouraged to attend this year’s session offered by Everyday Boston, a nonprofit that connects people through the sharing of stories. This pre- conference session is a unique opportunity to meet other attendees, and explore what unites us.

Even before the pandemic, American employers were raising alarm bells about a “soft skills deficit” in this country. We’ve forgotten how to listen to each other. We’ve forgotten how to communicate with each other. It’s affecting how well we do our work and how satisfied we are when we do it.

In fact, public health officials are describing a “loneliness epidemic” at work,  with consequences for productivity, teamwork and job satisfaction. Add to that the health risks—weak social connections and loneliness are associated with a reduced life expectancy similar to smoking 15 cigarettes a day—and we’ve got a problem.

Everyday Boston’s Curiosity and Connection Training is designed to strengthen the listening and communication skills employees and job seekers need to succeed in the workplace and beyond.

Through a series of interactive, story-based activities, participants practice active listening, framing effective questions, and asking follow-up questions as a group. Then, in a community-building exercise, we will pair up to interview each other about our life experiences.

The two-hour training strengthens soft skills that are critical to surviving and thriving in today’s economy. Among them: Curiosity, creativity, problem solving, empathy, persistence and collaborating across differences. 

In this diverse economy, we think anyone who’s working, or wants to work, can use the extra training in listening, communicating, and using their curious mind. Maybe you do, too. Join us.

Cara Solomon, Founder, Everyday Boston

Cara Solomon is the Founder and Executive Director of Everyday Boston, a nonprofit that brings people from all backgrounds together through the sharing of stories, strengthening communication and understanding across the city. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Cara is a former reporter for The Seattle Times and The Hartford Courant. She also continues to freelance as a journalist. Most recently, Cara worked as the Communications Manager for the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School.

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Newport, Rhode Island 02840 United States
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Conference Keynote Speakers Celebrate Strengths

New England Home Care & Hospice Conference & Trade

There isn’t one type of patient or one type of caregiver that creates the home care difference. The advantage lies in the industry’s ability to adapt quickly and effectively, to respond to changing demands while continually delivering the highest quality care. The industry’s heroic response to COVID-19 proved how valuable that adaptation is for our patients and our communities. The 12th annual New England Home Care and Hospice Conference and Trade Show at Gurney’s Resort from May 11-13 at Gurney’s Resort in Newport, RI will highlight and celebrate the strength of home care and hospice.

Keynote speakers Bill Dombi, the President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, and Lindsay Doak, Senior Manager of Home Health Care at Berry Dunn, will delve into the 2021 Best Practices and Future Insights Study, physician and author Lynn Hallarman, MD will speak to the importance of direct caregivers and speaker Tyler Enslin of Direct Development Training will inspire attendees with his message of resilience and thriving in times of crisis.

Data Driven Decisions

Bill Dombi
Lindsay Doak

We just experienced two of the biggest industry challenges in healthcare history – COVID-19 and a radically new payment system. Agencies who are slow to respond or lack clarity on what to do, may have their viability questioned. Learn from agencies that have tested an array of best practices in staffing, technology, clinical strategies, and operations will come ahead.

Join Bill Dombi and Lindsay to for the data you need to be among the most successful agencies.


Caregiving in the Midst of a Global Pandemic

Lynn Hallerman, MD

COVID-19 kills people, but it also steals their chance to die governed by their own stories and wishes. Lynn Hallarman’s she shares her family’s journey with cargiving during a pandemic , The Great Escape—A Physician Confronts Family Caregiving During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Join Lynn for this powerful presentation that draws on her own family’s experience, caregiver guilt, and how important it is to develop and support our most essential workforce.


The Power of Perspective

Tyler Enslin

Even in challenging times, we still possess the ability to make the best of our circumstances, develop positive habits, and manage our mindset effectively. Join Tyler to learn strategies that can help them to control stress levels, build habits that promote growth, and focus on opportunities. This highly interactive program has been specifically designed to help attendees navigate the issues caused by the COVID19 crisis.


The 12th Annual Conference will feature dozens of speakers for three days of inspiration, reinvention and networking. Topics include leadership, career advancement, financial and regulatory issues, health and wellness, small business and entrepreneurship, social media, branding and more. The nonpartisan, nonprofit conference is New England’s largest professional development event for home care, hospice and palliative care, attracting more than 300 attendees each year.

The Conference Trade Show showcases speakers and companies dedicated to patient health, and exhibits featuring products or services to improve processes and business practices at your agency.

The New England Home Care & Hospice Conference and Trade Show is presented by the six state associations serving home care and hospice agencies, Connecticut Association for Health Care and Home, Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts, Home Care & Hospice of Maine, Home Care, Hospice & Palliative Care Alliance of New Hampshire, Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care and the VNAs of Vermont. Our 2022 Conference Sponsors are Corcoran Consulting Group, Amedisys and BerryDunn.

Additional Hotels Added for NEHCC!

Good news! This really is a GREAT conference, and you don’t have to take my word for it!

It’s SO great that we have filled the Sea Crest hotel on Wednesday & Thursday night. No worries though, if you haven’t made room reservations yet. We have partnered with a few other great lodging locations nearby to offer you the best prices in the area. Check out the HOTEL tab for the most up to date list:

Join us at the conference by day, and you be you by night. Hey, look at it this way staying off campus might save you a few dollars or you could earn some reward points at the hotel of your choosing. Getting out an about and using offsite location can be sort of a bonus retreat, too. What a great opportunity for your team to get a couple of rooms together at a sister property. It’s the retreat you’ve never had! Let’s be honest, there really isn’t a down side to staying on the Cape in June. I mean YOU’RE ON THE CAPE!

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