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.

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.

The Perfect Storm- Navigating QAPI, HHVBP, PDGM and STARS

May 12 @ 11:15 am 12:15 pm

Clinical staff and managers carry an immense responsibility to manage patient care within a complicated regulatory environment and an organizational expectation for excellent STARS and patient engagement scores. Learn the most salient impacts on quality and engagement scores and revenue; and how to simplify and manage patient care within PDGM and HHVBP.

Cheryl Pacella DNP, HHCNS-BC, CPHQ, Quality Consultant, Corcoran Consulting Group, advises on several home health and hospice quality initiatives, including quality improvement, OASIS accuracy, Medicare billing, responding to denials, and appeals, ICD-10 coding, care transitions, and survey preparation.

Jean Zaleski, PT, MEd, DPT, Clinical and Quality Consultant, Corcoran Consulting Group, has more than two decades of experience in home health as clinician and clinical leader. Her career focus includes provision of high-quality patient centered care and documentation, promotion of cross continuum care transitions, chronic disease management and prevention of injury and rehospitalization. Jean has served in leadership positions with Holyoke VNA and Hospice Life Care, Mercy Home Care, and VNA Care Home Health and Hospice.

Full Conference Brochure- Available Now

Take a look at the New England Home Care & Hospice Conference and Trade Show (NEHCC) brochure for the event at Gurney’s Resort, in Newport, RI, May 11-13, 2022.

Plan to join hundreds of your peers from around New England for two days of learning, networking, and being inspired by home care and hospice experts from across the country. Hear captivating insights, build relationships, and view products and services targeted to industry executives and professionals in this beautiful and unique setting.

The New England Home Care & Hospice Conference and Trade Show brings together top industry vendors and home health providers for dynamic education and networking opportunities. The six New England state home care associations, representing nearly 400 agencies, host this annual event.

For more information about the conference, or to register to attend, visit www.nehcc.com.

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Save the Date: NEHCC 2018 at Cliff House Maine

We’re pleased to announce that the 8th New England Home Care and Hospice Conference & Trade Show will be at the Cliff House Maine from April 25 – 27, 2018.

The NEHCC is the region’s premier event for home care and hospice agencies. It’s hosted by the six New England state home care associations, which collectively represent nearly 400 organizations.

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Registration is Open for the 2017 NEHCC!

We’re pleased to announce that registration for the 2017 New England Home Care and Hospice Conference and Trade Show is now open!

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The NEHCC is the region’s premier event for home care and hospice agencies. It’s hosted by the six New England state home care associations, which collectively represent nearly 400 organizations. This coming year, the conference returns to the Radisson Hotel Manchester May 16 – 18, 2017.

Registration Member Non-Member
Full Conference, Early Bird (Ends March 31, 2017) $345 $700
Full Conference, Regular (April 1 – May 5, 2017) $395 $750
One-Day Rate, Tuesday-Only $245 $400
One-Day Rate, Wednesday-Only $195 $350

2017 Pre-Conference (Meeting the Dementia Challenge) Member/Non-Member
Pre-Conference Session (for Conference Attendees) $90
Pre-Conference Session (stand-alone, for those not attending) $150

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NEHCC Speaker Profiles: Amy Boutwell, MD

Amy Boutwell (MD, MPP)

Amy BoutwellEstablishing Shared Expectations with ACOs and Bundled Payment Providers Around Care Transitions and Rehospitalization Avoidance

This presentation will focus on 2015 market forces driving cross-setting collaboration, and the central role that case management professionals and inter-professional teams play in achieving triple-aim outcomes for payers, funders, and organizations.

Boutwell founded Collaborative Healthcare Strategies to pursue work aligned with the opportunities created by the Affordable Care Act, the CMS Center for Innovation, and the Partnership for Patients; specifically, with the goal of engaging thousands of communities across the nation to work across settings and sectors to improve healthcare delivery. Dr. Boutwell is the co-founder of the STAAR (State Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations) Initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), and serves as a senior physician consultant to the National Coordinating Center for the CMS QIO Care Transitions Theme.

Registration for the conference is now open. Learn about other speakers at the 2015 conference.

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NEHCC Session Handouts & Full Program Guide Available

Session handouts for most of the conferences programs are now available, and more will be added as they come in.  Please take a few minutes to download and print any handouts you want to have hard copies of, as printed copies will not be available at the conference.

Additionally, the full program guide, including descriptions of all sessions, maps, sponsors, and everything else you’ll need for the conference.