2016 Annual Conference & Exposition

2016 Annual Conference & Exposition
Please join us for the Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition to be held March 9-10, 2016, at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois.
The purpose of the Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council's Annual Conference is to enable the learner to assess and provide care for patients in the delivery of home health and hospice care. 

This educational activity is being jointly provided by the Illinois HomeCare & Hospice Council and Oakton Community College/Alliance for Lifelong Learning/Continuing Education for Health Professionals.

Receive a discounted rate at the Westin of $129/night if reservations are made by Feb. 15, 2016.  For Hotel Reservations, call 888-627-9031 or click here for on-line reservations.

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When
3/9/2016 - 3/10/2016
Where
The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
70 Yorktown Center
Lombard, IL 60148 United States

Program

   

Wednesday, 09 March 2016

 
Speakers: Bonny Kohr, RN CHCE HCS-D
Marcum LLP
Rebecca Friedman Zuber, BSW, MA President
Rebecca Friedman Zuber, Inc.

Bonny Kohr and Rebecca Friedman Zuber present an overview of the hot topics in reimbursement and regulation that home care and hospice providers must be aware of for the coming year. Topics include major policy initiatives, licensing changes, Medicare certification, payment methodologies, privacy regulations, OSHA standards anything and everything that providers must be aware of and plan for. This annual session gives conference attendees the information they need to operate their organizations today and to plan for future challenges.

O B J E C T I V E S

•Identify regulatory changes affecting home care and hospice providers in 2015 and beyond
•Discuss reimbursement changes affecting home care and hospice provider in 2015 and beyond
Time
9:05 AM - 9:50 AM
9:05 AM
Speaker: Hank Dunn, BA, M.Div, CPE
A & A Publishers, Inc.

Hank Dunn is an ordained healthcare chaplain, best-selling author and speaker who, since 1983, has been helping patients and their families as they struggle with end-of-life decisions. To help with his mission, he wrote a booklet to hand to them so they could reflect on the issues. As an afterthought, he sent the book out to other institutions to see if they would be interested in purchasing it for the people they serve. First published in 1990, Hard Choices for Loving People has sold over 3 million copies, and is being used in more than 5,000 hospitals, nursing homes, faith communities, and hospice programs nationwide.

Chaplain Dunn is a past president of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer s Association and he has served on the Ethics Committee at the Reston Hospital Center and the Chaplaincy Advisory Board at the Loudoun Hospital Center. He continues to volunteer as a chaplain at the Loudoun Hospital and at the Loudoun Adult Medical Psychiatric Services. For several years,

Chaplain Dunn volunteered at Joseph's House, a home for formerly homeless men with AIDS. Chaplain Dunn will explore in-depth the life tasks involved in addressing the emotional and spiritual issues at the end of life.

“What really makes these decision hard choices’ has little to do with the medical, legal, ethical, or moral aspects of the decision process. The real struggles are emotional and spiritual,” says Chaplain Dunn.

O B J E C T I V E S

•Attendees will know that for patients and their families, end-of-life decisions are almost wholly emotional and spiritual.
•Attendees will know some of the emotional and spiritual issues patients and families face.
Time
9:55 AM - 10:40 AM
9:55 AM
Speaker: Barbara McCann, BSW, MA
Interim HealthCare

From strategies to improve star ratings to higher care standards across the community, the emerging trends in home care challenge each of us to re-think how we see home care versus how the rest of the health care and payer system sees us. Hear what is happening from coast to coast, how home care is being provided, how it is being paid for, and sometimes, surprisingly, who is delivering it. Learn about the operational challenges facing each of us and the choices that must be made to move forward and thrive, whether you are independent or facility based, profit or non-profit.

O B J E C T I V E S

•Identify the key elements of home health value based payment, and action to take now in anticipation of its national expansion
•Identify the key elements of change for home health providers contained in the Comprehensive Joint Replacement demonstration
•Identify new payment models for palliative care and for chronic disease now pending, and new cross setting measures.
Time
10:45 AM - 11:30 AM
10:45 AM
Time
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
11:45 AM
Interdisciplinary Approaches: What Home Health Providers Can Learn from Hospice IDTs about Patient Care and Cross Continuum Transitions

Speakers: Barbara McCann, BSW, MA
Interim HealthCare

Cindy Krafft PT, MS, CEO
Kornetti & Krafft Health Care Solutions

Barb Byers, RN, MS, CEO/President
Western Illinois Home Health Care, Inc.

Dr. Paul P. Chiang, MD
Homecare Physicians

Beth Ludwig, MSN, RN, CCP, CHFN
Riverside Medical Center

Jason Williamson, BS, RPh
McDonough District Hospital

Facilitator: Karen Kosinski, RN, BSN, MBA, CHPN
Advocate Home Health & Hospice

Applying what we know about Hospice Interdisciplinary Teams to help shape stronger Home Care and Hospice teams of the future. How should interdisciplinary teams operate to achieve value and efficiency in health care delivery? What are some promising care models?

O B J E C T I V E S
- Differentiate between a multidisciplinary team and an interdisciplinary team and the effective behaviors in either kind of team.
- Identify the characteristics of a well-functioning team.
- Develop ideas on how to improve teams and measure the results
Time
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
1:15 PM
Speakers: Joy Duling, MSW
Central Illinois Health Information Exchange

Stacy Ragogna, RN, BS
OSF Home Care Services

Colin Gainer, Attorney and Certified Healthcare Privacy Compliance
SmithAmundsen LLC

Glenn Steigbigel, MPP
HRS

Michelle Maimonis, M.P.H.
Advocate Health Care

Facilitator: Cheryl Adams, RN, BSN, MBA, HSC-D, COS-C
Sparta Community Hospital

Whether you are focused on your Star Rating, Value Based Performance, negotiating Managed Care rates or wanting to be a preferred provider, you need to collect and report good data. Health information technology can improve care coordination, prove our worth and help keep patients healthy. Are we on top of our data? What are the regulatory issues? What are the legal risks? What are the future opportunities?

O B J E C T I V E S

- Describe the degree to which collecting and comparing data can improve patient outcomes.
- Identify how quality data can positively impact business partnerships, increase referrals and achieve desired goals of the organization.
- Describe the potential EHRs and HIEs to help in their own setting.
- Identify how to adapt some of these tools and concepts to help his/her agency and the patients they serve.
Time
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
3:00 PM
Enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres while browsing the latest products and services to help you and your team members become even more successful.
Time
4:45 PM - 7:15 PM
4:45 PM

Thursday, 10 March 2016

 
Time
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
7:30 AM
Speaker: Lisa Abicht-Swensen, M.H.A.
Director of Home Health and Hospice  Pathway Health Services  

Too many Americans die badly. Despite the best in medical science and technology, many patients with advanced, life-limiting illnesses suffer needlessly in the final stages of their lives and die in ways that leave their families with legacies of pain. This session describes the role hospice care plays in improving the quality of care for dying Americans and their families.

O B J E C T I V E S

•Describe the current status of dying in America.
•Describe the elements of good end of life care.
•Discuss the urgency of developing better ways to provide high quality care – while avoiding unnecessary and unwanted care – during the waning phases of life.
Time
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
8:30 AM
Speakers: Heather Tullio D’Orazio, JD,  Deputy Bureau Chief
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Office of the Illinois Attorney General

Catherine M. Katilius, JD, ACNP, MSN, RN,   Associate Counsel 
Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau

Alice Kush, BSN, JD
Attorney Law Offices of Alice Kehl Kush

Stephen Chahn Lee, JD,  Assistant United States Attorney
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois

Mario M. Pinto, JD,  Assistant Special Agent in Charge
U.S. Dept. of HHS Office of Inspector General – Office of Investigations

Linda Wawzenski, J.D. Deputy Chief
Civil Division U.S. Attorney’s Office

Get the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding law enforcement efforts for home health and hospice. Several large lawsuits went to trial or were settled in 2015. Now the speakers can talk about those cases. Learn about the increasing efforts to prosecute Medicaid fraud and abuse, including home care companions. Find out about the new ZPIC. The first "Reverse False Claim Act" case has been filed. Let's talk about how the failure to repay overpayments before 60 days can result in prosecution for reverse false claims -- even though the regulations have not been finalized. Talk to our panelists about the issues that you encounter. They always appreciate learning from you.

O B J E C T I V E S

•Discuss some ways in which the government is able to identify fraud and abuse 
•Describe the significance of the definition of “homebound”
•Discuss what the government looks for when it is investigating/prosecuting a hospice
Time
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
8:30 AM
Speaker: Leon M. Huddleston, MD, JD, CHC Medical Director
Presence St. Joseph Wound Center

Home health and hospice nurses are on the front lines of patient care. They often see patients at their worst and this is often related to pain. One of the most important aspects of quality patient care is pain management. This lecture is designed to give a general overview of pain including its general pathways, types and medical management. It will also include ways to address complications related to pain medications. The program format will be lecture/interactive. It will also involve case scenarios. Handouts will be available.

O B J E C T I V E S

•Describe how to perform a general pain assessment
•Discuss the various classes of pain medications and their uses
•Recognize medication diversion, tolerance and side effects
Time
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
8:30 AM
Speakers: Donna Krapf, CPHQ, RN, BSN,   Director of Quality Management  
Wellness Healthcare Partners

Joni Alderton, RN, COS-C,  Quality Management Nurse
Wellness Healthcare Partners

Peggy Nelson, MBA, LNHA, OTR/L COO/Administrator
Wellness Healthcare Partners

Carolyn Porter, OTR/L,  Therapy Quality Manager
Wellness Healthcare Partners

This presentation will illustrate a local home health agency's progress with understanding the OASIS; from what the questions mean to the outcomes derived (i.e. end-result, utilization, process.) This program will start with the Administrator presenting about the quality support needed to approach the Quality Assessment/Performance Improvement process - this all starts with having a culture of Quality and the support of Quality from the top. The QI team will then share the succession of OASIS education since January 2015.

The lecture portion will conclude with taking a look at our most recent data; how is it trending; is the focus on OASIS accuracy impacting outcomes? The last half hour will be a panel discussion with the four speakers being available for questions.

Since January 2015: OASIS Accuracy
- Every check mark is as important as the Systolic BP
- Review of OASIS-C to OASIS-C1
- Focus on Wound OASIS questions
- Case mix points I weights and how it works - importance of most accurate scoring
- AOL's in detail - how to most accurately assess, observe, and score
- Communication amongst steams - Nursing and Therapy when completing the OASIS Assessment  

O B J E C T I V E S

- Explain having a foundation that includes a Culture of Quality and Compliance has on understanding OASIS accuracy and the impact each answer has on Outcomes.
- List 4 Casper Reports that are integral to using when performing data analysis. - Verbalize the 3 types of Outcomes
- End Result Outcomes, Utilization Outcomes, and Process Outcomes.
- Describe at least 3 clinician educational topics to improve understanding of criticality of each answer on the OASIS.
- Summarize general improvement in WHP outcomes in comparing pre-OASIS enhancement education to post-OASIS enhancement education.
Time
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
8:30 AM
Speaker: Lisa Meadows, MSW, Clinical Compliance Educator 
Accreditation Commission for Health Care

 The Impact Act now requires all hospice providers to have a Medicare recertification survey every three years for the next ten years, at a minimum. Many hospice providers have gone several years without a Medicare survey which may have led to habits that have led to non-compliance. For many providers, the lack of familiarity with the Medicare survey process will also cause a lot of anxiety. This presentation will cover the basics of the regulatory requirements, the tasks associated with survey, the top deficiencies and compliance tips to avoid deficiencies as well as how to develop a Plan of Correction.

O B J E C T I V E S

•Discuss the expectations during a hospice Medicare re-certification survey.
• Discuss how to utilize surveyor prep to develop a culture of compliance.
•Describe how to complete a Plan of Correction.
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
10:30 AM
Speaker: Glynis Laing, PhD, RN, Clinical Nurse Educator
Clinical Specialties/OptionCare

Low health literacy may be an unidentified problem in patients with frequent readmissions. Specifically, low health literacy impacts one's ability to manage their chronic illness, take their medications properly and often results in nonadherence to the treatment plan. Integrating effective teaching strategies to enhance a patient's understanding of their illness is critical in breaking the cycle of readmissions.

O B J E C T I V E S

•Discuss health literacy and methods to assess for it.
•Describe effective teaching strategies to use with low health literacy patients.
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
10:30 AM
Speaker: Kathy K. Clark, MSN, RN, Associate Project Director Specialist
The Joint Commission

In order to meet the ongoing changes across the health care continuum, and many home health and hospice organizations are expanding their businesses to provide palliative care in community settings. Studies have shown that patients receiving palliative care in the home have reported improved quality of life, better symptom control and pain relief, emotional and spiritual support, and patient and caregiver education. This session will provide information on the clinical practice guidelines for palliative care, and will also address various administrative approaches, models of care, and benefits of palliative care for home care patients.

O B J E C T I V E S

•Identify critical stakeholders and key elements necessary in the development of a successful home-based palliative care program.
•Analyze various models of palliative care and how they can be utilized to provide community-based palliative care services.
•Examine regulatory considerations and administrative approaches that differentiate palliative care services in a home care program.
•Describe two ways home care providers can work with payers to deliver community-based palliative care services in the home.
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
10:30 AM
Speakers: Bonny Kohr, RN CHCE HCS-D
Marcum, LLP

Rebecca Friedman Zuber, MA, BSW, President
Rebecca Friedman Zuber, Inc.

Performance Measures are everywhere on the healthcare landscape and home health is no exception. From the proposed Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement COP; Home Health Compare with its new Five Star ratings; the proposed Value Based Purchasing Program; the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model demo; and the cross-setting measures required by the IMPACT Act, it is clear that the ability to understand, describe and influence your agency's performance through objective measures will require increasingly high levels of attention going forward. Join Bonny Kohr and Rebecca Zuber for a discussion of the tools you need to face the future.

O B J E C T I V E S

•Identify the performance measures available to all agencies and those available to outside entities
•Recognize the importance of incorporating the data available into the agency’s performance improvement plans
•Discuss key indicators which may affect your agencies participation in contracting with other entities
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
10:30 AM
Speakers: Nancy Flowers, MSW, LCSW , Community Educator/Dementia Project Manager
Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care

Teresa S. Fitzgerald, RN,  Executive Director of Product Development
VNA Healthtrends  

Caring for hospice patients at home, while preferred, is a complex undertaking. In situations where there is a paid non-skilled caregiver helping the family in the home it can be difficult for all concerned to fully understand how the legal limitations of professional licensing and provider regulations limit the roles the various participants can play, particularly around medication administration and some personal care activities. The purpose of this panel is to sensitively discuss the challenges faced by all of the parties in these circumstances and to develop constructive and compliance-oriented approaches to coordinating care between hospices and home care providers.

O B J E C T I V E S

•Describe the laws and regulations that provide a framework for the delivery of health care services in the home by paid and unpaid caregivers 
•Identify the roles of licensed professionals, paid non-skilled caregivers and family members in the delivery of health care services to hospice patients in the home setting.
•Discuss how to apply regulatory parameters and role limitations to the hospice care planning process in a manner that respects patient and family needs.
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2:00 PM
Speakers: Cheryl Adams, RN, BSN, MBA, HSC-D, COS-C, Administrator
At-Home Health Care of Sparta Community Hospital

Mark A. Bassett, RN, BSN, MAS, Lead Software Developer
Meditech

Operating in today's home care environment requires that we both increase quality and decrease cost Critical to an agency's ability to achieve both is producing quality documentation. Quality documentation is required to support the actual delivery of care, demonstration of quality via outcomes and also supports reimbursement and other payer requirements. Accuracy and timeliness of the documentation are therefore essential. Electronic documentation tools offer many features that are designed to increase both the quality and the utility of clinical documentation, enhancing communication between all healthcare providers. These features address traditional well known requirements for documentation principles while supporting expansive new technologies. However, processes must be in place to ensure the documentation for the health information used in care, research, and health management is valid, accurate, complete, trustworthy, and timely. This program describes one agency's experiences with the implementation of a prototype dashboard.

O B J E C T I V E S

•Identify the importance of Quality Documentation
•Describe the benefits of making related performance data available in dashboard format.
•Describe how to engage your employees’ buy in
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2:00 PM
Speaker: August “AJ” Querciagrossa, RPh, MS, MBA,  President
OSF Home Care Services

The Pioneer ACO Model is designed for health care organizations and providers that are already experienced in coordinating care for patients across care settings. OSF HealthCare is one of the original Pioneer ACO's who continues to re-engineer their care delivery systems to align to a population-based payment model (risk share). Gain insight into strategies and innovative approaches of one Pioneer ACO provider's journey to helping their healthcare system achieve goals of providing better care to patients and reducing Medicare costs.

O B J E C T I V E S

•Recognize the key elements of the Pioneer ACO and the Next Generation ACO design. 
•Discuss key elements of one healthcare system used in transitioning patients across the healthcare continuum.  
•Recognize the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for the home care industry in terms of accountable care organizations.
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2:00 PM
Speaker: Lois Bentler-Lampe, MS, RN, Chief Nursing Officer/Vice President of Clinical Operations 
OSF Home Care Services

Your leadership skills may be the most important thing you bring to your employees and organization, so let's take time to put effort into getting better! In the intense pressures of our days, it is often hard to look inward and see how our actions are affecting our organization. Outcomes need to be met and it takes effort to align all employees to these outcomes. With this session, come away with concrete tactics to improve your leadership skills and feel energized again. The best part of your job can be helping your employees develop in their role and perform at an exceptional level!

O B J E C T I V E S

•Identify your leadership style
•Discuss how to prioritize leadership skills as a critical element of your role 
•Describe how to apply creative strategies to engage staff
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2:00 PM
Facilitator: Karen Kosinski, RN, BSN, MBA, CHPN
Advocate Home Health & Hospice

The Special interest Meetings offer time for colleagues to convene, network and discuss the topic at hand. Each session will be moderated. Join the meeting that most interests you and learn from the experts in the room each other.
Time
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
3:45 PM
Facilitator: Rebecca Friedman Zuber MA, BSW
Rebecca Friedman Zuber, Inc.

The Special interest Meetings offer time for colleagues to convene, network and discuss the topic at hand. Each session will be moderated. Join the meeting that most interests you and learn from the experts in the room each other.
Time
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
3:45 PM
Facilitator: Sheila Guither, RN, MSN, CWOCN, COS-C, Manager of Clinical Practice and Staff Development
OSF Home Care Services

The Special interest Meetings offer time for colleagues to convene, network and discuss the topic at hand. Each session will be moderated. Join the meeting that most interests you and learn from the experts in the room each other.
Time
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
3:45 PM
Facilitator: Bonny Kohr,RN CHCE HCS-D
Marcum, LLP

The Special interest Meetings offer time for colleagues to convene, network and discuss the topic at hand. Each session will be moderated. Join the meeting that most interests you and learn from the experts in the room each other.
Time
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM
3:45 PM

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