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Educational Webinars

Payment Bundling

Arnie Cisneros, P.T., President of HHSM
Arnie Cisneros

Healthcare reform will change how we produce and deliver care programs in the near future. As Medicare reinvents the care continuum to address advances in care programming, all clinicians will be challenged to rethink how we do what we do. Learn specifics of healthcare reform, ACOs and other care models that will focus on clinical quality and efficiency, and how you can start to focus and prepare today for the care challenges of tomorrow.

Walking Through the Maze of Coding Wounds

Jennifer Warfield, RN, BSN, HCS-D, COS-C, PPS PLUS Education Director
Jennifer Warfield

Wounds are one of our biggest obstacles in home health. The primary reason for this being, the wound was not properly identified initially. Wounds that are not identified and coded correctly at the initial evaluation are at major risk of not healing and/or deteriorating. Additionally, valuable non-routine supply costs can be left on the table when the correct ICD-9 codes are not used. Join Jennifer as she walks you through the maze of coding wounds in home health.

2012 Therapy Payment Reforms: Hope Beyond the Hype

Arnie Cisneros, P.T., President of HHSM

The 2012 Medicare Proposed Rule outlines the re-distribution of therapy payments to address CMS and Med Pac concerns regarding the production and delivery of rehab services for Home Health clients. The re-weighting of payment based on visit volumes means that homecare providers will experience a rate increase for low-utilization therapy episodes and a decrease in payment for high-utilization therapy episodes. Both providers and clinicians are perplexed by the proposals; what is the logic in being paid less to deliver more services? In addition, the contract nature of rehab staffing makes adjustments to traditional delivery models more difficult than with employed clinical personnel.
This session will allow you to address these changes with an eye on the Medicare motivations behind the new proposals. These latest attempts to introduce cost and quality controls to therapy care delivery will challenge all providers to re-assess their rehab departments while re-examining the levels of efficiency in these types of programs. By breaking down the new payment system, attendees will understand the goals of the reforms, and learn how SNF rehab care delivery was modified to address identical payment reforms nearly 10 years ago. Also, learn techniques that help you manage clinical care concerns that speak to the very heart of the payment reforms. Don’t believe the hype – you can manage your therapy content and deliver quality care for patients while preparing your agency for future cost and quality refinements.

Countdown to 2013: Conversion from ICD-9 To ICD-10

Jennifer Warfield, RN, BSN, HCS-D, COS-C, PPS PLUS Education Director

As a homecare coding specialist, OASIS specialist and registered nurse with 30 years of clinical and management experience, Jennifer is an informational ally for hundreds of home health agencies across the country. Well known as an ICD-9 coding and OASIS expert, she frequently conducts online and on-site educational workshops and is a regular guest speaker at numerous home care conferences throughout the country.
Developed as a means of tracking causes of death, the ICD system is now used by the World Health Organization (WHO) to collect causes of morbidity and mortality. The US is behind other industrialized countries as we still utilize the ICD-9 system of coding. On Oct 1, 2013, the US will change from ICD-9 to ICD-10 for medical diagnoses in home health. This transition will require major changes for agencies. Join Jennifer Warfield as she presents an introduction to the transition. Learn what you should be doing now, important dates to remember and ways to start preparing your staff.