HOME HEALTH AGENCY CONFERENCE

PROGRAM SCHEDULE AND TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS

Program Schedule

May 15, 2013
 
  8:30 a.m.   Registration/Continental Breakfast

  9:00 a.m.   How Clinicians in the Field Impact Your Bottom Line

10:30 a.m.   Break

10:45 a.m.   Do You Measure Up? How Home Health Agencies are measured for Quality

12:00 p.m.   Lunch (Provided)

12:30p.m.    Understanding the Comprehensive Assessment and OASIS

  2:00 p.m.   Break

  2:15 p.m.   Surveyor Issues – A Look at the Standards

  3:30 p.m.   Adjourn


Topic Descriptions

How Clinicians in the Field Impact Your Bottom Line
  Your nurses and therapists have a huge responsibility in carrying out the physician’s Plan of Care, but did you realize they also hold the keys to your financial success as an agency? Your payment relies heavily upon their expertise in filling out the OASIS, and also by the utilization and efficiencies of the services they are providing. This session will provide an overview of the PPS system and how to be successful within this system.

Do You Measure Up? How Home Health Agencies are measured for Quality
  HHAs nationally have their outcomes reported publically. These include “endpoint outcomes”, such as the percentage of their patients who improve in ambulation, and “utilization outcomes”, such as re-hospitalizations. We are measured by the changes in our patients- from Start of Care or a Resumption of Care to how they appear at discharge. HHAs also have the opportunity to show their utilization of “best practices”, and these are also publically reported. This session will look at these quality measures, and provide insights on how to “move the needle” to provide best patient care and show improved outcomes for your agency.

Understanding the Comprehensive Assessment and OASIS
  The comprehensive assessment is the base of a plan of care- which is the foundation of quality care in the home. We will review the different components of the comprehensive assessments and provide strategies for accuracy, including education and tools for some of the toughest OASIS items.

Surveyor Issues – A Look at the Standards
  Beginning in 2013, there are high monetary penalties for HHAs who do not meet compliance standards. CMS not only provides all of the Conditions of Participation, and their standards, but they also give us the road map which Surveyors are directed to use to review home health agencies. We will use these protocols to get a glimpse of what to expect in a survey, to ensure compliance, and provide a foundation of ensuring quality care.