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The home care industry in Florida has seen significant changes since COVID-19, and in the coming years, those changes are expected to be transformational. A key strategy for organizations and the home care industry in Florida is to communicate the economic and social benefits that our industry provides to the state. In order to compete with nursing homes and other health care sectors for state and federal monies, it is critical to have hard economic data on the impact of home care. By sharing the collective impact of the Florida home care provider community, we will assist in driving current and future policy decisions that will help our industry grow so it can meet future demands. In this exclusive webinar, Paul Umbach, an international expert in economic design transformation in health care, explains how hard data can be used to drive changes in policy and funding for our industry.  Speaker/Course Author - Paul Umbach  Read More

With the onset of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) during the pandemic era, many home health providers have failed to address the operational changes required to manage rehab under the new value-based model. As a result of the PDGM removing rehab visits from the payment calculation, many agencies have struggled with changes required to manage rehab content and outcomes. Recent work with multiple home health providers since the onset of the PDGM has revealed the connection between PDGM-compliant rehab programs, 5-Star Ratings, and optimal reimbursement. During this four-part webinar series, attendees will learn how Medicare positioned rehab management at the center of the PDGM despite removing per/visit therapy payments. Discover how to utilize the FIL (Functional Impairment Level) successfully to deliver value-based rehab programs based on the content modifications required for PDGM outcome success. In that manner, providers can develop the OASIS accuracy necessary for optimal reimbursement, while simultaneously establishing the care pathways required for 5-Star Ratings, single-digit readmissions, and optimal fiscal margins. This exciting series breaks down the Medicare approach to the PDGM’s development to assure an understanding of rehab changes and how to achieve compliance with your therapy staff and programs. Beginning with a 10,000-foot view of the hidden value opportunities in the PDGM’s rehab regulations, home health administrators, managers and supervisors will gain insight into how to rewire therapy for new levels of success. In subsequent presentations, the development of PDGM-compliant rehab plans of care (POCs) and visit content can assure a value-based therapy episode. Finally, required rehab content necessary for skill, and denials occurring under the PDGM will round out where we are today in terms of qualified therapy expectations. The series concludes with a summary of the PDGM’s rehab POC development and in-episode delivery from admission to discharge, with a nod to future IMPACT Act reforms that will modify rehab even more. Don’t miss the exciting and informative series to optimize your rehab programs for PDGM success. Course Author -  Arnie Cisneros, PT Read More

Variety is the spice of life! And for your home care business, diversification could be the key. During this webinar, SimiTree Healthcare Consulting's J'non Griffin will discuss ways to combat today's financial challenges, which include new competition, decreasing government reimbursements, inflation, and staffing shortages. This program aims at helping home care providers that might not know where to start, what opportunities to consider, and potential headaches they might encounter. We will discuss a range of options based on the sector (e.g. Medicare, Medicaid, private duty, licensed only, and hospice) as well as pros, cons, and considerations of adding a new revenue stream, forming a partnership with a provider already doing it successfully, or expanding services. Additionally, we will discuss the attraction of value-based, risk-sharing agreements with new partners as a means to test the water for both parties. The following service lines will be discussed for addition, expansion, or partnership: Private Duty for Medicare/Medicaid-certified organizations or separate licensure Non-skilled Private Duty satellite office Hospice Palliative care Medicare Medicaid, including both federal certification and managed care/contracting  Wound care Infusion Hospital-at-Home and SNF-at-Home models for Medicare Advantage business Telehealth and remote monitoring technology Markets tailored to specific ethnic groups We will also discuss Florida-specific nuances for each of these lines.    Speaker/Course Author - J'non Griffin, RN, HCS-D, COS-C, HCS-H, HCS-C  Read More

Join HCAF for this informative chat about hot topics affecting the Private Duty home care sector. As a benefit of membership, these monthly online programs are offered at no cost to Private Duty members. This Month's Topic: Legal Industry Updates, Challenges, and Regulatory Concerns Private Duty home cares are never without some regulatory hoop or hurdle to try to conquer. During last month’s chat, HCAF's Bobby Lolley and Kyle Simon discussed broadening the scope of what a home health aide could do WITH the supervision of a registered nurse. Certainly, this scenario could lead to liability issues when there is a breakdown in the delegation and training of duties. The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) will certainly need to complete the rulemaking process for these new laws but discussions like this will help HCAF advocate for clear guidance that protects everyone involved. This month we will strive to flesh out some of those thorny legal issues with attorney Susan St. John, Esq., of Florida Healthcare Law Firm. Join us for this month’s chat to hear what she has been seeing and helping with lately. Take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions on this and other topics regarding: Regulatory compliance Health care business operations and transactions Telemedicine and telehealth. Course Author/s: Bobby Lolley, RN; Kyle Simon; Susan St.John, Esq Read More

2022 has gotten off to a running start all while the Public Health Emergency (PHE) continues on after more than two long, arduous years. While there are still many unknowns ahead of us, there is quite a bit of information that can be gleaned since the start of the year. Join us for an opportunity to network and learn about how 2022 is shaping up, on both the state and federal levels. HCAF staff will lead an engaging and lively discussion to get you up to speed on Certified topics: Assessing the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) so far; 2022 Florida Legislative Session recap; Preparing for OASIS-E (Outcome and Assessment Information Set) and the nationwide expansion of the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) coming in 2023; and The health care worker COVID-19 vaccine mandate requirement. Join your state home care association and fellow Florida home care colleagues for the spring series of our Home Care Connection events, your local industry gathering to learn, network, and prepare for what's happening now and for what’s on the horizon in Florida home care. Read More

This webinar will cover the top ten survey deficiencies for Medicare-certified agencies, and how to avoid them. During this program, we will outline those top deficiencies and review the documentation that is required in the chart to avoid the deficiency. Best practices for your agency charts, processes, etc., will be detailed so that providers realize how the surveyor is going to review the elements related to the Conditions of Participation (CoPs). Key elements that surveyors find deficient in agency records will be outlined and reviewed. Course Author: Victoria Barron, MBA, BSN, RN Read More

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