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Educational Webinars

Case Management - The Key to Success in Homecare

Sharon M. Litwin, Senior Managing Partner of 5 Star Consultants
Sharon is a nationally known speaker on the topic of Homecare Case Management. She has over 25 years experience in the homecare industry, and has been Executive and Regional Directors in Homecare Companies.
She will share her winning strategies to use within a case management model:
  • Communication: It is vital that clinicians remain in close communication for effective case management, so establish guidelines to stay connected.
  • Processes for admission, recertification and discharge: Here’s how to streamline these procedures to boost efficiency.
  • Documentation techniques: Record all coordination of care meeting all requirements without increasing documentation time.
  • Processes to manage episodes: Know your profit/loss per patient and avoid surprises in the monthly financials with these fool-proof techniques to track your patients throughout each episode.
  • Scheduling methods: Empower your clinicians to manage their patients while the agency provides oversight of master schedules. Find out how to develop multi-disciplinary teams to jointly carry a caseload of patients.
All Agencies will benefit from this webinar. Whether you are in the early stages of case management, have been doing case management for years or haven’t even heard of it, you will learn from experiences of others, while receiving best practices.

2012 Final Rule

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

After much anticipation, the Home Health Final Rule was released on October 31, 2011. The 2012 Final Rule contains many changes that agencies will need to be familiar with in order to be compliant and successful in 2012.

The Final Rule contains clarifications and changes to the F2F guidelines, information regarding essential HTN, case-mix points, changes to therapy weights, annual market basket information and much more.

Join Jennifer Warfield as she helps you decipher and understand the areas of the Final Rule that will affect Home Health agencies the most.

The Impact of the 2012 Changes on Home Health Coding

Judy Adams, RN, BSN, HCS-D, HCS-O, COS-C
The influence of ICD-10 continues to be seen in the changes to ICD-9-CM codes. All of the new and changed codes for this year provide greater specificity. This 90- minute webinar will not only review the codes most likely to impact home health care of the nearly 200 new and changed codes, but also identify the codes that have received case mix designation for 2012, and review the changes in the ICD-9-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting that became effective 10/1/11. The program will enable the attendee to determine if you are using the new and changed codes to your advantage as well as have an opportunity to practice application of new codes and ask questions about coding issues.

1. Identify which of the 40 new skin cancer codes provide case mix points for both the Home Health Resource Group and Non-routine supplies.
2. Describe the proper code sequencing for removal of a joint prosthesis in a variety of situations – replacement of the joint, treatment of an active infection and use of a space between surgeries.
3. Correctly select and apply new codes in a variety of scenarios.
4. Describe the impact of updates in the Official Coding Guidelines related to complications and late effects.

So Much More Than Just a Documentation Issue

Arnie Cisneros, P.T., President of HHSM
The 2011 PPS Rule requires that therapists employ objective tests and measures in their care plan production and subsequent care delivery. New documentation requirements will add 1-3 hours of professional time to each episode. Learn how to help your therapists produce and document qualified programs that can survive both new requirements and audit scrutiny.

1. Identify areas of concern regarding therapy delivery/documentation in the era of CMS Audits and reforms.
2. Review the latest audit denial findings from multiple CMS contractors regarding therapy claims and reimbursements.
3. Outline care content and documentation requirements that address areas of exposure in current Homecare therapy delivery.
4. Provide examples of care and documentation that achieve CMS current and future therapy goals.