Annual Conference Education (ACE): Virtual Edition is Now Open!

ACE Virtual introduces 27 educational webinars covering topics ranging from PDGM, COVID-19, Staff Retention, IT Security and more!

Although it is a chaotic time, and personal energy probably barely exists outside of work – we know that we must continue to offer opportunities for all to stay educated as we adjust to the “new normal”.

The sessions in this new virtual conference have been made available in a recorded format with the option for members to purchase as individual sessions, packages of 5 (based on tracks), or the full series. Thanks to sponsors, you will also be given the opportunity to receive significant discounts on products (up to 50% off!)!

If a staff member that is in the position of Director or higher agrees to have one-on-one phone calls with our Premium Sponsors you earn significant discounts!

Use the following codes:
3 Sponsor Calls: 30% OFF – ACE30
5 Sponsor Calls: 50% OFF – ACE50


An example of what the platform looks like per webinar

PDGM: 3-Month Check-Up Virtual Conference Update

The hosting states of the PDGM Summit and NAHC have decided to postpone the virtual conference until late April so agencies can focus on the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for the next weeks.

The hosting states of the PDGM Summit and NAHC have decided to postpone the virtual conference until late April so agencies can focus on the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for the next weeks. 

The following information will explain any conference updates that are included with the postponement:

The virtual conference will be held according to the 4 different time zones: Tuesday, April 28 will be for EST and CST, Wednesday, April 29 will be for MST and PST. 

All sessions will be from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM according with the time zone.

Attendees can choose which day/time zone they prefer Members who previously registered for the March 30 in-person event are automatically registered to listen to the EST session on Tuesday, April 28 and will receive the recording for free. If you are already registered, you do not need to register again. 

Any members not already registered will now be charged $225 per person plus an optional $75 for the recording. Non-members will be charged $375 per person plus an additional $100 for the recording. 

Anyone wishing to receive CEUs for this conference MUST register separately. CEUs will only be provided to someone who paid for their own registration – not to anyone else that may listen to the live session in the same room or to the recording afterwards. 

There will be an additional session added in the morning that provides an overview of PDGM basics. The schedule will include two 15-minutes breaks and a 30-minute lunch break during the day.

Call-In logistics will be sent our closer to the conference.

For any questions, please contact Megan Fournier at mfournier@thinkhomecare.org.

You can register below if not already registered. 

Register Here

2020 NEHCC Program Released!

You have been waiting, and now it’s here, The 2020 New England Home Care & Hospice Conference and Trade Show Program has been released! Join colleagues from throughout the region from May 13-15 in Newport, RI for the best home health and hospice event of the year!

You have been waiting, and now it’s here, The 2020 New England Home Care & Hospice Conference and Trade Show Program has been released! Join colleagues from throughout the region from May 13-15 in Newport, RI for the best home health and hospice event of the year! This fabulous conference will feature renowned keynoters and informative workshops that will give you new ideas and insight to take back to your agency. Sessions include Pre-Conferences on PDGM: Lessons Learned, and Medicaid Healthcare Reform; Keynotes on Caregiver Trends, Navigating Change, The Future in Home Health Through Data, and Bridging the Gap Between Life and Death. With 25 additional break-out sessions, you are bound to find topics that appeal to you and your staff as there is something for everyone!

Looking to find new partners with your agency regarding things like software systems, consulting, staff benefits, etc? Our exhibit show is the largest home health gathering in the Northeast with close to 80 exhibitors! See who is currently exhibiting here.

Don’t miss this great event close to home. Check out the brochure here

Learn more about the conference at www.nehcc.com

Colleen’s Corner: Quality Check

An Update on Quality Reporting Measures.

Did You Know?

The quality measure Improvement in Pain Interfering with Activity is being removed from Home Health Compare as of the April 2020 Compare Refresh. However, home health agencies are still collecting data for this measure through CY2020.

This quality measure will also be removed from the Quality of Patient Care Star Rating which will be calculated using seven measures beginning April 2020. Make sure to check how this will impact your agency’s star rating, so check out your Quality of Patient Care Star Rating Provider Preview Report in your agency’s CASPER Folders

The January 2020 Compare Refresh will be available this week, on January 23. CMS is no longer publicly reporting Emergency Department Use without Hospital Readmission During the First 30 Days of Home Health, and Rehospitalization during the First 30 Days of Home Health on Compare beginning with this January 2020 Refresh.

The OASIS Quarterly Q&As are scheduled to be posted on January 21, 2020.

Make your Star Ratings Rise to the Top

Provide focused education to your clinical staff with Blueprint for OASIS Accuracy training hosted by the Home Care Alliance on April 15-16, 2020 at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center, 1657 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA.

Registration fills up fast so be sure to register early.

Click Here to Register

2019 Our Time to Shine Winners Announced

The Home Care Alliance of MA will honor excellence in home care when we present the 2019 Innovations Showcase and Star Awards at the “Our Time to Shine” celebration on Tuesday, November 19, at the Granite Hills Golf Club, Quincy.

The Home Care Alliance of MA will honor excellence in home care when we present the 2019 Innovations Showcase and Star Awards at the “Our Time to Shine” celebration on Tuesday, November 19, at the Granite Hills Golf Club, Quincy. 

What a better way to show your staff appreciation during home care month then treating them to an afternoon of celebration, food and a special inspiration keynote by Tim Cunningham, an intrepid survivor and best-selling author.

Together, we can celebrate our people and our pioneers by recognizing how they make life better for thousands of patients and their families. In celebrating individual achievement, we shine a light on our collective accomplishments.  

2019 Star Award winners are:  
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Sandy Hurley, President/Administrator, Commonwealth Clinical Services, Winthrop  

Clinicians of the Year:
Nicole Geddes, LPN, Aberdeen Home Care, Danvers
Gerry Sanderson, RN CDP, NVNA and Hospice, Norwell  

Manager of the Year:
Robin Pelletier, Director of Supportive Care Services, Southcoast VNA, Fairhaven  

Aides of the Year:
Me McBride, CHHA Team Leader, South Shore VNA, Rockland
Vinette Tyme, Care Coordinator, HouseWorks, Newton  

Innovation award winners:  
Connected Home Care
, Concord:  Oz Documentation System
O’Connell Care at Home, South Hadley: Advanced Internal In-Service Training
Maxim HealthCare Services, Plymouth: Novice Nurse Program  

Join your peers on November 19 as we celebrate these honorees! Learn more at http://www.thinkhomecare.org/shine

Tickets are just $40 or $275 for a table of 8!

Celebrate Your Stars! Nominations are Now Open for Our Time to Shine Innovation & Star Awards!

Celebrate Home Care Month by nominating your best and brightest staff members for the Innovation and Star Awards!

Join us during Home Care Month for the Alliance’s annual celebration of innovation and excellence which will return to the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy on November 19, 2019.

Nominate your innovative programs and star employees to be recognized during this celebration of the BEST in home care in Massachusetts!

Innovations Awards

The Innovations Awards recognize programs, products, or operational changes that enhance the quality or outcomes of patient care, improve community well-being; drive efficiency in operations within the agency or the health care system; or enhance staff productivity or satisfaction.

Star Awards

The Star Awards celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of the everyday heroes in our midst who make incredible differences in the lives of their patients/clients and their families. A STAR award brings well-deserved recognition for both the agency and the individual.

Nominations are due September 27, 2019!

Thank you for all you do to celebrate excellence at your agency!

50th Anniversary Celebration Photos Now Available!

25 Emerging Stars Honored

HCA held a celebration for our 50th Anniversary on Wednesday, June 26th at the Venezia Waterfront Ballroom in Boston, MA. With close to 200 in attendance it certainly showed the great community the home health industry offers in the state of Massachusetts! The Home Care Alliance is honored to have so many supporting members, old and new.

Pictures from this great event are now available for viewing. A special thank you to Wellsky for sponsoring our photographer for the evening. We would also like to thank our other sponsors as through their support, we were able to hold such a memorable night. Drink sponsor, Axxess; Entertainment sponsor, Simione Healthcare Consultants; Favor sponsor, Hanover Insurance; Décor sponsors, Byram and Fred C. Church.

View pictures here

View the Memorabilia Program Book Here. Featured are throwback pictures, 50 original All-Star Honorees, and 25 Rising Stars!

Most of the HCA Staff (Left to Right): Jake Krilovich, Megan Fournier, Jon Ezrin, Tim Burgers, Pat Kelleher, Colleen Bayard, Michelle Burton, (Missing) Tom Meyer

New England Conference Heads to RI for 2020

The 2019 New England Home Care & Hospice conference was a resounding success!

That only makes us more excited about the 2020 NEHCC, which will be at Gurney’s Newport Resort in beautiful Newport, RI May 13-15, 2020.

Nearly 300 registrants and over 75 vendors (over 450 total attendees) made the 2019 New England Home Care & Hospice Conference and Trade Show one of the biggest and best ever. The Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, MA hosted two pre-conference intensives, four keynotes, and 24 break-out sessions over three days. Attendees left happy and with their brains full of innovative ideas to bring back to their agencies. The NEHCC committee is thankful to all whom attended and look forward to seeing everyone back next year.

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Be sure to save the date for the 10th Annual Conference, scheduled for May 13-15, 2020 at the Gurney’s Newport Resort in beautiful Newport, RI.

Return to www.thinkhomecare.org.

 

Lunch & Learn Series Continues with Discussion on Connecting Care for Patients

There’s a reason for the saying: “It’s lonely at the top.” Being a leader can sometimes become a very isolating experience. With this new “Lunch and Learn” series, HCA of MA is encouraging our industry leaders to ease that executive isolation by joining with a peer group whose responsibilities and challenges mirror your own. Each session features an “expert” talk on a topic of relevance to you as an industry leader. There will also be lunch and plenty of time to talk. Step away from the office, and the phone for a few hours to connect because sometimes “what you know is who you know.”

Connecting Care for Patients: Interdisciplinary Care Transitions and Collaboration
Friday, June 14th, 12:00-2:00PM

Spotty communication, task‐oriented case management, inadequate teamwork and work silos all conspire to fuel poor outcomes, higher costs and staff and patient dissatisfaction. The recently published book Connecting Care for Patients: Interdisciplinary Care Transitions and Collaboration is a powerful system of evidence‐based strategies for reducing fragmentation and achieving quadruple‐aim goals. Come out to hear a high level look at techniques for implementing truly connected care.

Speaker: Barbara Katz, RN, MSN, President, BK Health Care Consulting, LLC

Additional upcoming sessions include:

Gas Explosions in Lawrence MA: Emergency Preparedness, Management and Lessons Learned
Wednesday, July 17

In September, 2018, a series of gas explosions rocked the towns surrounding Home Health Foundation’s corporate office. Thousands of residents, including HHF staff, patients and families were impacted, and HHF was plunged into rapid implementation of their emergency plan. What followed was a testament to the importance of preplanning and how a creative, nimble and dedicated team can make all the difference in the face of an unprecedented emergency. As the fires receded and life began to return to normal, the emergency team moved into after-action analysis in order to continously improve the quality and scope of its emergency preparedness. This presentation will describe in detail the pre-, inter-, and post-emergency activities employed, and lessons learned.

Speakers: Donna Beaudin, OTR/L, MBA, CHC, NHA, Corporate Compliance Officer, Karen Gomes, RN, MS, CPHQ, President and CEO

Medicare Advantage’s New Supplemental Benefit: Plan Views And Next Steps
Monday, August 26

As part of the Chronic Care Act of 2018, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans were allowed greater flexibility in structuring and targeting supplemental benefits, so that plans could offer benefits to “maintain the health or function of chronically ill enrollees” that are not “primarily health-related.” A small percentage of plans added some services in 2019 (primarily nicotine replace therapy) In the only report of its kind, the Long term Quality Alliance interviewed Medicare plans to identify challenges that they face in including a supplemental benefit in their MA bid and preparing to launch it. Hear about LTQA’s findings as well as their recommendations for statutory, regulatory or CMS Guidance they are looking toward to move this important change forward.

Speaker: G. Lawrence Atkins, Executive Director, Long-Term Quality Alliance in Washington, DC.

Registration is just $40/Person!

Get “Woke” on Sepsis

Several new resources are available to members to help them combat one of the most dangerous health conditions in the Commonwealth: Sepsis.

Massachusetts Sepsis ConsortiumSepsis: A public health challenge of enormous proportions, a top driver of health care costs, and a condition that kills more people each year than cancer. But when recognized and treated swiftly, sepsis can be stopped before it causes significant health damage.

The statistics are sobering: Approximately 42,000 Massachusetts residents are diagnosed with sepsis every year and an estimated 5,000-7,000 of them die from the condition. Sepsis is consistently among the top causes for 30-day hospital re-admissions in all regions of Massachusetts and is the third-leading cause of hospital inpatient deaths in the state. And yet, Massachusetts is only a middling performer on sepsis indicators, ranked 25th in mortality in 2017 and at the national average in providing timely care for patients with sepsis.

Providers and policy makers have come together as the Massachusetts Sepsis Coalition – under the umbrella of the Betsey Lehman Center for Patient Safety – to bring more resources to bear in terms of understanding, identifying, and treating sepsis. The Coalition’s initial task force assessed the current state of sepsis response in hospital emergency departments and just recently released their extensive report, with recommendations.

Because 80% of sepsis cases are thought to originate outside the hospital, the home care community is beginning to examine our own understanding of, and training around, sepsis identification. A year or so ago, the Home Care Association of New York State developed their “Stop Sepsis at Home” campaign and tool kit. The Home Care Alliance of MA presented this to our members on several occasions, including at last year’s annual Spring Conference and Trade show.

On May 14th, 2019, the Alliance will host – along with Healthcentric Advisors – a free Train the Trainer session on Sepsis Awareness in the home setting. All members are encouraged to send someone. Agencies who cannot attend can find sepsis resources below.

Return to www.thinkhomecare.org.