Are you ready for the upcoming regulatory updates? Join the HCAW on November 13th as we take an in-depth look into how new regulatory changes will affect home health, palliative and hospice. Industry experts will provide guidance on how to best prepare you, your agency, and patients.

**We've had an overwhelmingly positive response to our Fall Conference and have already hit our attendance limit for the live session registration! You can still benefit from our experts' industry knowledge with the purchase of the audio recording.**


7:30 - 8:00 am  Registration/Check-In  
8:00 - 9:30 am
General Session
Designing a Data Driven QAPI System: Understanding the Steps to Success with Jeff Sobotka, MBA, PMP, CPHIT, CHP   
9:30 - 9:45 am Break  
9:45 - 11:45 am
Breakout Session 1
The Future of Payment in Home Health with J'non Griffin, RN, MHA, HCS-D, HCS-H, HCS-C, COS-C 

UPDATED: Professional Boundary Settings and Using Social Media in Home Health, Hospice, and Palliative Care with Margaret Holm, JD, RN

11:45 am - 12:45 pm Lunch  
12:45 - 2:45 pm
Breakout Session 2
OASIS D Implementation and Strategies with J'non Griffin, RN, MHA, HCS-D, HCS-H, HCS-C, COS-C  Compliance Issues for Direct-Care Staff: How Does the OIG and HQRP Impact Everyday Life? with Barb Hansen, MA, RN
2:45 - 3:00 pm Break  
3:00 - 4:00 pm
General Session
UPDATED: So You Thought You Knew the Rules...Revisited with John Hilger, MSW  

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Session Topics
"Designing a Data Driven QAPI System: Understanding the Steps to Success" with Jeff Sobotka, MBA, PMP, CPHIT, CHP
The session is on the purpose and structure of the steps toward developing and sustaining a QAPI plan.  It will focus on team development, options for identifying areas for process improvement, and utilizing data to drive a meaningful QAPI plan.

About Jeff:
Jeff is a Quality Improvement and HIT Consultant for Qualis Health. He has over 25 years of experience in Healthcare IT, Project Management, HIPAA security, and EHR selection and implementation. Jeff has worked at Qualis Health for Home Health clients, Cardiovascular Prevention initiatives supporting Million Hearts, Value Based Purchasing, QPP/MIPS, and Meaningful Use initiatives. Jeff has also provided technical and business process consulting to Ambulatory groups. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree, Project Management Certificate and CPHIMS certification.

"The Future of Payment in Home Health" with J'non Griffin, RN, MHA, HCS-D, HCS-H, HCS-C, COS-C
For VBP states, there are changes that will affect your outcomes and your reimbursement. By 2020, PDGM is proposed as the payment model that agencies will be paid from. This will require accurate coding and OASIS, along with review of referral patterns, and your overall length of stay. Will your biller be able to adapt under the new rule, and how will your cash flow be affected? Other things that could possibly arise, will be the full implementation of Review Choice Demonstrations across the country. What can your agency do now to prepare for all these changes?

About J'non:
J’non Griffin is a 30 year veteran of home care as an RN, a national full service consultant in home health and hospice, and is a nationally recognized speaker on a variety of pertinent home health and hospice topics. She has several publications in the home health and hospice market, and has developed agency tools and products for sale.

She received her Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration in 2005.  She has experience as a field nurse, director and executive with home health and hospice agencies, both large and small. She has served as Director of Staff Development and Appeals for home health and hospice agencies. She has taken part in mock surveys for agencies, and prepared agencies for accreditation. She has been directly involved in accreditation surveys, acquisitions and many regulatory crises with state survey agencies and the intermediary. J’non is certified as a Homecare Coding Specialist-Diagnosis (HCS-D), Certified in OASIS competency, COS-C, Hospice certified coder (HCS-H) Homecare Compliance (HCS-C) and is an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM trainer/ambassador. 

"Professional Boundary Settings and Using Social Media in Home Health, Hospice, and Palliative Care" with Margaret Holm, JD, RN

About Margaret:
Margaret has been an RN and an attorney for over 30 years. Since June 2012, Ms. Holm has been a nursing consultant for the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. In this role she provides consultation and educational activities relating to various aspects of the Commission’s nursing regulations. Ms. Holm’s nursing experience includes medical/surgical, critical care, psychiatric, discharge planning and forensic nursing. After obtaining her law degree, she practiced in the fields of professional malpractice, personal injury, health care law and adoption. Prior to her joining the Nursing Commission, she served as a health law judge. Ms. Holm is a frequent speaker in state, national and international venues. She has served on a number of professional boards and currently serves on a board for international institutional research review. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Attorneys.

"OASIS D Implementation and Strategies" with J'non Griffin, RN, MHA, HCS-D, HCS-H, HCS-C, COS-C
Thanks to the IMPACT act, another OASIS data set will be implemented on January 1. We will discuss what items will be included and excluded, revised, and practical strategies. Learn how agencies will need to be sure to have interdisciplinary care and strategies to answer some of the GG items (hint: does your clinician ambulate your patient for 1/2 of a football field now?). The new Section GG items are expected to take more time as clinicians gather the necessary information; in addition, the new items may require some policy changes around how nurses and therapists collaborate and share information. How can this be done with the thoughts of PDGM coming in the near future? Learn changes in the verbiage in the new data set and other items which were made to align the OASIS measures with data sets already in place in Inpatient Rehab, Hospital and SNF MDS sets.

"Compliance Issues for Direct-Care Staff: How Does the OIG and HQRP Impact Everyday Life?" with Barb Hansen, MA, RN
This session will explore the history, challenges and recent changes in the Hospice Quality Reporting program, including a discussion of what we can expect in the future. The session will also provide an overview of the CMS “Meaningful Measures” initiative. We will also discuss in depth the OIG report issued in July of 2018: “Vulnerabilities in the Medicare Hospice Program Affect Quality Care and Program Integrity: An OIG Portfolio” and how this report is impacting the hospice industry. We will review actions direct-care staff can incorporate into their practice to ensure they are fully compliant with the Medicare Hospice Conditions of Participation.

About Barb:
Barb received her BS in Nursing from the Oregon Health and Sciences University and completed the Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nursing Education Program at Emory University. She received a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at Oregon State University with a focus on Gerontology and Community Health. Barb has an extensive background in end-of-life care. She has served in many roles, some of which include; Home Health and Hospice Nurse Case Manager and Clinical Coordinator, Home Care Surveyor for the Joint Commission on the Accreditation for Healthcare; Wound, Ostomy, Continence RN, and Director of a Hospice, a Hospice Inpatient Unit and a Home Health program. Currently, Barb serves as the CEO of the Oregon Hospice and Palliative Care Association and Executive Director of the Washington State Hospice & Palliative Care Organization.  In her spare time, Barb enjoys camping, baking and trying to get her Basset Hound to walk nicely on a leash.

"So You Thought You Knew the Rules...Revisited" with John Hilger, MSW
The in-home services licensing rules which were revised by the Department of Health in April 2018 have been implemented.  The grace period for adoption of the rules expires on October 6, 2018.  Agencies have been provided technical assistance related to the rule changes up to the implementation date.  Now it is time to visit compliance issues related to the revised rule.

This presentation will be an interactive discussion to highlight attendee’s experiences with the new rule implementation and survey issues.  Additionally there will be a brief review of the rule changes and an update on current data/trends provided by DOH in-home services licensing personnel. 

About John:
John Hilger joined the Department of Health in 2008 as a rules coordinator and has served as the In-Home Services Program Manager since 2012. John is primarily responsible for rule and policy development, legislative bill analysis, and providing licensing related technical assistance to applicants as well as active licensees. John works closely with the department’s survey office on licensing and compliance issues. John also manages the department’s licensing programs for ambulatory surgical facilities and childbirth centers. Before joining DOH, John worked for 9 years at the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Home and Community Services determining Medicaid eligibility for vulnerable adults in need of In-Home Services and long-term residential care. John holds a Master Degree in Social Work and lives in Lakewood, WA with his wife and family.

Registration Rates

We've hit our maximum attendance for the live sessions, but you can still learn from our industry experts by purchasing the audio recording.

  HCAW Members*  Non-Members 
 Live Session ONLY  $150  $175
 Live Session + Recording  $200  $250
 Recording ONLY  $100  $150

Late registration is in effect starting October 31st:

  HCAW Members*  Non-Members 
 Live Session ONLY  $175  $195
 Live Session + Recording  $225  $275
 Recording ONLY  $100  $150

*OAHC Members may register at the HCAW Member rate.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Our 2018 Fall Conference brings together Washington State’s top industry experts, clinical managers, directors, nurses, and innovators to discuss the upcoming regulations affecting the in-home services industry. We are planning an exceptional conference for our attendees – and for you! Our sponsorship opportunities are designed to increase attendee’s awareness of our participating partners. Take advantage of getting your company name in front of our attendees and speakers - over 50 people!

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  • Your company logo included in looping presentation between conference sessions.
  • Recognition in the conference program.
  • Recognition on conference signage.
  • Recognition in monthly newsletter.
  • Your company logo and link on all email correspondences related to the conference
  • Your company logo and link on our conference website.

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