2017 New England Home Care & Hospice Conference and Trade Show Speaker Proposal Deadline Approaching!


With the holidays around usNEHCC-2015-Logosm, the NEHCC committee wanted to provide the gift of a deadline extension! To date there have been many qualified and appealing submissions but it is no longer too late to submit your own presentation!

The NEHHC welcomes Speaker Presentation applications from a diverse audience of home health and healthcare experts.


The New England Home Care & Hospice Conference and Trade Show is designed for senior and mid-level administrative and clinical staff. The conference features multiple keynote sessions, workshops, and intensive programs. Topics are designed to meet the needs of all agencies, including Medicare-certified, private duty, and hospices. The New England Home Care & Hospice Conference and Trade Show is the region’s premier event for home care and hospice agencies. It’s hosted by the six New England state home care Associations, which collectively represent nearly 400 organizations. This coming year, the conference returns to the Radisson Hotel Manchester May 16 – 18, 2017.

Go to www.NEHCC.com for more information about the conference!





Leadership Summit: Mission Possible Theme Song Released

For those of you that attended the 2016 Northeast Home Health Leadership Summit, you know that the closing keynote, Angus Clark with Song Division, worked with everyone to create a theme song for the conference.

Angus used this engaging session to utilize the songwriting process to demonstrate the qualities your people need to cultivate collectively to innovate, succeed and create as a cohesive unit. The practical takeaways that could be immediately applied in the workplace included:

  • A refresher on active listening
  • The experience of a safe, fun environment where people can express ideas to solve workplace challenges without fear of criticism
  • A ‘yes’ mentality where the focus is on the solution, not the problem
  • And Collectively achieving something together that the group previously didn’t think was possible (writing an original song), improving group cohesiveness and productivity back in the workplace.

Without further ado, the official recording of the original theme song: Mission Possible

To see the live version done at the conference see below:

We are healthcare in the home.

You don’t have to be alone.

Together we’re unstoppable.

It’s ALL… Mission Possible!

2016 NEHCC Registration Now Open!


It’s that time of the year again when the New England Home Care & Hospice Conference and Trade Show comes around. Representing more than 375 agencies, the six home care associations of New England are pleased to announce that the 2016 NEHCC will return to Foxwoods Resort & Casino for its 6th annual conference, this time at the the Grand Pequot Tower from May 16-18, 2016.

The line-up will cover keynote speakers such as:

  • Dan Marshall, Author of “Home is Burning: A Memoir”
  • Ellen Breslin, Senior Consultant, Health Management Consultants
  • Andrew Reed, President and CEO, Multi-View Incorporated
  • Peter Ross, CEO and Co-Founder of Senior Helpers

There will also be 10 break-out sessions as well as, new this year, 5 intensives that cover topics on hospice, private duty, HR/nursing, leadership and reform and more!

A special pre-conference training will also be available on Monday, May 16th with Amy Matthews on “Meeting the Dementia Challenge in Home Care”.

Registration is now open and can be done by clicking HERE

For more information on the conference you can go to the website at www.NEHCC.com. New information on speakers will be posted soon! Check regularly for the most up to date information! Hope to see you there

Don’t Miss the Early Bird Special for the 2016 Leadership Summit

Your mission, should you choose to accept, is to register for the 2016 Northeast Home Health Leadership Summit before December 18th to receive the early bird special!

The Northeast Home Health Leadership Summit, now in its 14th year, is the premier gathering of home health agency leaders throughout the northeast. This cutting-edge conference is attended by home care executives seeking to take their operation to the next level by gaining insights on the latest trends in home care and leadership. Join your peers in Boston, January 19-21, 2016 for this not to be missed event!

This year’s theme is Mission:POSSIBLE and includes a superb lineup of speakers. To see the brochure click here.

This program is sponsored by: Connecticut Association for Healthcare at Home; Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine; Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts; Home Care Association of New Hampshire; Home Care and Hospice Association of New Jersey; Home Care Association of New York State; New York State Association of Health Care Providers; Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care; and VNA’s of Vermont.

To register NOW and receive the early bird rate click here or download the brochure for the hard copy registration form.


Alliance Fall Conferences: Private Care and Financial Management




The Home Care Alliance is hosting two great conferences in the next coming weeks. Check out the information below to learn more about next weeks Private Care Conference and the Financial Conference being held on December 1st.
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The 2015 Private Care Conference is just a little over a week out but it is not too late to register! Come out to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA on Thursday, November 19th to listen to a stellar line-up of speakers.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Recruitment & Retention with Maggie Keen of myCNAjobs.com
  • Advocacy with HCA’s own James Fuccione
  • Sales & Marketing with Merrily Orsini of CoreCubed
  • Technology with Michael Radice of ChartaCloud
  • and Wage & Hour Compliance with Anita Maietta of the AG’s Office

Click to see the full Private Care Agenda and Registration

To register online, click here.

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HCA is proud to announce the office agenda for the annual Financial Management Conference being held on December 1st at the Waltham Woods Conference Center in Waltham, MA. Value Based Purchasing … ACO Contracting … Post-Acute Transitions … Agency CEOs and CFOs face a rapidly-evolving financial environment that brings huge challenges.  Gain tools and knowledge to help your agency succeed and thrive, from nationally-recognized expert speakers such as:

  • Teresa Lee of the Alliance for Home Health Quality & Innovation
  • Chris Attaya of Strategic Healthcare Programs
  • Rob Simione of Simione Healthcare Consultants
  • Jeanne Ryan, MA, OTR, MBA
  • and Jessica Hatch of MAeHC

Click to see the Financial Conference Agenda and Registration

To register online click here.

For any questions contact Megan Fournier at mfournier@thinkhomecare.org or 617-482-8830.

2016 Northeast Home Health Leadership Summit Brochure Released

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Mission: Possible

As a leader in home care, you are charged with piloting uncharted terrain in a rapidly unfolding health care delivery and payment environment. Value-based purchasing, federal star ratings, bundled payments and regulatory changes dot the landscape with potential pitfalls creating what seems like an impossible operation. The 14th Annual Northeast Home Health Leadership Summit has gathered intelligence from across the country to offer you the inspiration, strategies, insights and tools you need to make this mission… POSSIBLE!

Mission: Possible Agents & Training Highlights

  • Sharing insights and lessons learned through her experience as a first responder at the Boston marathon bombing, Natalie Stavas, named 2013 Bostonian of the Year by The Boston Globe, will teach you how to flex your leadership muscles by running towards chaos.
  • Robert Fazzi, PhD and Tim Ashe, MS, MBA from Fazzi will guide you on successfully navigating the inevitable changes in health care and what these changes mean to every agency in the country.
  • Armed with findings of the American Hospital Association’s soon-to-be-released report on the operational and policy changes facing the post-acute care marketplace Rochelle M. Archuleta, MSHA, MBA will provide attendees with a national roadmap for acute/post-acute collaboration.
  • Grammy-nominated musician Angus Clark of Song Division will lead the final mission on creating a culture of innovation through his interactive session demonstrating how to cultivate group cohesiveness and productivity in your agency to innovate and succeed.

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Click to view the newly released NELS 2016 Brochure.


For full mission details or to sign up and join the home health leadership go-team visit:  www.nehomehealthsummit.com

Come to the ICD-10 Coding Conference Before October Transition

The anticipated transition to ICD-10 is to be implemented as scheduled on October 1, 2015. Now is the time to attend the ICD-10 Coding Conference being held on April 15-16 with Selman-Holman & Associates, LLC. Maybe you have started training, but where do you go from there? This intermediate ICD-10 course takes coders and other home health professionals one step closer to the finish line in the race to ICD-10 readiness. In this seminar, professionals will review the basics of the conventions and official guidelines relevant to ICD-10-CM, and begin to apply ICD-10 skills to advanced and complex coding scenarios in order to assure mastery of the ICD-10 code set. In addition, the course will review the current guidance for transitional claims testing and processing and provide attendees with an understanding of operational processes necessary to reduce productivity and financial losses. Recently released OASIS C-1 items and the impact of the proposed document on coding processes in home health will also be reviewed to provide a clear and comprehensive understanding of the coding process for ICD-10. In-depth scenarios will provide all attendees with the opportunity to apply learned principles to coding complex patient conditions using OASIS C-1 proposed coding data items using learned ICD-10-CM coding skills in order to assure competency.

To register for the ICD-10 Coding Conference, click here.

The Home Care Alliance of MA has been keeping a close eye on the status of the ICD-10 coding transformation, I have included some important information we have received below:

From: NAHC, Regulatory Affairs

An  ICD-10 Resource Page has been added to the NAHC web site.  click here

NAHC and the home health and hospice vendor community have a shared goal in assuring  that agencies are adequately preparing for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 diagnosis coding. Included on the page are education and guidance materials along with tools to assist our members in attaining  that goal.

The materials have been provided by home health and hospice vendors who work with the NAHC membership. In addition to the materials, the vendors have provided their contact information along with a brief company profile.

The page will be updated as more contributions are received.

Providers should be aware that Congress will not likely delay the implementation date again. Therefore, we anticipate the transition to ICD-10 to be implemented as scheduled on October 1, 2015

CMS Bog:

Successful ICD-10 Testing Shows Industry Ready to Take Next Step to Modernize Health Care

I am delighted to announce that CMS has recently successfully completed the first week of end-to-end testing of new ICD-10 coding.

The International Classification of Diseases, or ICD, is used to standardize codes for medical conditions and procedures. While most countries already use the 10th revision of these codes (or ICD-10), the United States has yet to adopt this convention. Since ICD-10 codes are more specific than ICD-9, doctors can capture much more information, meaning they can better understand important details about the patient’s health than with ICD-9-CM.


Read more of the story here: http://blog.cms.gov/2015/02/25/successful-icd-10-testing-shows-industry-ready-to-take-next-step-to-modernize-health-care/


To register for the ICD-10 Coding Conference, click here. For any questions, contact Megan Fournier at mfournier@thinkhomecare.org or 617-482-8830

What’s Coming up for HCA Educational Events

The Home Care Alliance is getting busy with upcoming meetings, webinars, and conferences. Each week be sure to check out our posts about one of our great educational events!

Check out what is in store in the upcoming months below!


February 10: Face to Face Update Webinar
Presented by HCA of MA Staff
February 12: Infection Control: Part 1 of Series: “Hot Topics in Home Care”
Sturbridge Host Hotel, 9:30AM-11:30AM
Including Deb Wilson (Nurse in Doctors Without Borders)
&Select Panelists
Feb.18, Mar. 4&18: Maintenance Therapy 3- Part Webinar Series
Presented by Cindy Krafft
February 25: Legal Breakfast: Complying with the MA Sick Leave Law
Presented by Attorneys Allyson Kurker and Margaret Paget
Sheraton Framingham, Framingham, MA
February 26: Advanced Coding Webinar
Presented by Joan Usher, JLU Health
April 16-19: Skin & Wound Management Course
Presented by Wound Care Education Institute
Woburn, MA
April 28: Innovation Showcase & STAR Awards
Revere Hotel, Boston, MA


April 15-16: ICD-10 Coding Conference
Four Points by Sheraton Norwood
Presented by Lisa Selman-Holman
May 19-21: New England Home Care & Hospice Conference & Trade Show
Radisson Hotel Manchester
Manchester, NH
September 23-25: Blueprint for Oasis
Location TBD

Contact Megan Fournier at mfournier@thinkhomecare.org or 617-482-8830 for more information on upcoming events.
Interested in sponsoring one of the numerous educational events? Contact us to find out how!

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