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.

**Our registration is currently closed.  Please contact our offices if you have any questions or would like to be put on a waitlist.**


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  Pediatric Concurrent Care Update & Proposed Adult Palliative Care Program Overview with Nancy Hite, LVN, ASN, MSBM 
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
So You Thought You Knew the Rules...Revisited with Nancy James, RN, BSN  

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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. 

"Pediatric Concurrent Care Update & Proposed Adult Palliative Care Program Overview" with Nancy Hite, LVN, ASN, MSBM
This session will cover pediatric concurrent care including a clarification of covered services under concurrent care and how services are billed. In addition Ms. Hite will provide a comprehensive overview of Adult Palliative Care – the proposal: who, what, where, and when.

About Nancy:
Born in Portland, OR, her family moved to California, where she began her career in nursing. Always striving for a higher education, she completed an Associated Sciences degree in nursing in 1984. She then continued on at the University of LaVerne and fulfilled her dream of receiving a Bachelor & Master's degree in Business Management in 1994. Nancy's love of nursing and caring for others lead her to many areas of health care, including twenty years in home health and hospice. Currently, she works as an Occupational Nurse Consultant for the State of Washington. In 1998, she returned to the Northwest and currently resides with her husband in Tacoma, WA.

"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 Nancy James, RN, BSN
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 Nancy:
Nancy has worked in the home care industry since 1965.  She has owned and operated a Medicare certified home health agency in Edmonds, WA, serving Snohomish County.  She currently is President of Breakthrough Resources, Inc., a health care consulting business in Edmonds, WA, founded in 1982.  Breakthrough Resources provides consultation related to in-home services licensing. She has provided consultation to small startup agencies and to large hospital systems.  Nancy was the Director of Professional Affairs for seventeen years for Home Care Association of Washington and is a past president of HCAW.


HCAW has reserved a small room block at the Seattle Airport Marriott for those who need to travel for the Fall Conference. Reservations must be booked by October 22, 2018 to qualify for the discounted rate of $147 + taxes/night.

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Registration Rates

  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!

All sponsors receive the below benefits:

  • 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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2311 N 45th St, #337
Seattle, WA 98103
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