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Spring Into Action - Hot Topics for 2018

  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • (CDT)
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
  • (CDT)
  • 4 sessions
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (CDT)
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (CDT)
  • Tuesday, May 01, 2018, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (CDT)
  • Tuesday, May 08, 2018, 1:00 PM 2:30 PM (CDT)
  • 4-part Webinar Series

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Spring into Action – Hot Topics for 2018

4-Part Webinar Series
Tuesdays, April 17, April 24, May 1 and May 8, 2018
1:00 to 2:30 pm Central

Recordings Available through May 31, 2018

Webinar 1

Patient Centered, Interdisciplinary Care Planning

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 * 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. CST

Webinar Overview:  The stated principles for transforming the CoP include using a patient-centered, interdisciplinary approach that recognizes the contributions of various skilled professionals and their interactions with each other to meet the patient's needs.  This session will be exploring core competencies that all clinicians should possess, regardless of their discipline, to meet the needs of the 21st-century health system: provide patient-centered care; work in interdisciplinary teams; employ evidence-based practice; apply quality improvement, and; utilize informatics. The session will continue with strategies for interdisciplinary collaboration and how they can result in better outcomes of patient-centered care.

Objectives:  After attending this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the required standards of 484.50(c) and 484.60 in the new CoPs
  2. Review best practice strategies to incorporate into agency care planning
  3. Outline a structure and process that operationalizes these standards

Target Audience:  Home health administrators, clinical managers, and clinicians


Webinar 2 

An Integrated, Living QAPI Program

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 * 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. CST

Webinar Overview:  484.50(c), 484.60 and 484.65 in the new CoPs can be operationalized within a structure and process that integrates these standards within an agency cost efficiently.  This session will present strategies that objectify processes in practice and documentation to address these requirements. Care plan outcomes are targeted through an embedded QAPI program that loops back around with carefully constructed Plans of Action intended to influence targeted outcomes before they occur. This session will also outline the metrics to monitor for evidence of successful outcomes and the documentation necessary for evidence of compliance with the new CoPs.

Objectives:  After attending this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the required standards of 484. 65 – Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI)
  2. Outline a structure and process that operationalizes these standards in an integrated method
  3. List metrics quantifying improvement in outcomes and lowered costs with this approach

Target Audience:  Home health administrators, clinical managers, and clinicians



Webinar 3 

Changes in Therapy Approach to Home Health

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 * 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. CST

Webinar Overview:  CMS plans changes to the PPS case mix system “to rely on patient characteristics to set payment for therapy and non-therapy services and should no longer use the number of therapy visits as a payment factor.” The practice patterns and therapy compensation creep associated with the current PPS methodology will fit poorly with a case mix system not relying on a therapy visit number. However, practice pattern changes do not occur as abruptly as payment changes.

This session will review the proposed new Home Health Groupings Model and the impact on therapy practice. We will then apply reasonable and necessary plans of care to typical home health conditions and link them to the outcomes agencies strive to achieve. Participants will learn to prepare changes in practice and to demonstrate the value therapy services can bring to the home health agency.


Objectives:  After attending this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe the changes in the Proposed Groupings Model for HH PPS
  2. Review the impact on therapy from eliminating thresholds in the PPS case mix
  3. Explain how reasonable and necessary therapy plans of care should directly relate to outcomes home health agencies need

Target Audience:  Clinical managers, Clinicians


Webinar 4 

The Value of Remote Patient Monitoring to Outcomes

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 * 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. CST

Webinar Overview:  CMS recently pledged more support for telehealth in upcoming payment rules. Longstanding advocates have complained about the lack of coverage for telehealth and the impact it has on the home health industry. The focus will be on how to leverage technology to improve access to care. The 2018 physician fee schedule included new billing codes for telehealth, including chronic care management and data analysis collected by remote monitoring. Regardless of specific coverage for remote patient monitoring, there is great value in the service for improved outcomes and reduced cost. This webinar provides insights into one remote patient monitoring call center. We will review the relationship of the call center with the agency, its nurses, the patients, and the value it brings to improved patient outcomes.  Karen Vance will be joined by Karen Thomas from Advanced Telehealth for this webinar.

Objectives:  After attending this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  1. Explain the history of telehealth’s role in home health to date and recent CMS announcements for coverage
  2. Describe the difference between telehealth and remote patient monitoring
  3. Define the relationships between the call center and the agency
  4. List metrics quantifying improvement in outcomes and lowered costs with this approach

Target Audience:  Administrators, Clinical managers


Speaker:  Karen A. Vance, OTR, Supervising Consultant BKD, LLP, Springfield, MO

Karen is an occupational therapist with 30 years of home care experience as a provider and clinical manager. She specializes in clinical and general operations consulting services to home care and hospice agencies and helps providers establish and maintain quality management practices. Specifically, she provides care management training and implementation, OASIS accuracy and compliance assessments, operations and productivity assessments and other similar services.

Registration Fee: 

  • KHCHA Members:  $150 per webinar; $540 for series
  • Non-Members:  $300 per webinar; $1080 for series. 

Registration fees are based on one phone/webinar connection per webinar offering; multiple site participation for your agency will require a separate registration fee for each connection.  Sharing of registration or fees with other agencies and/or individuals is prohibited.


Recording:  If you are unable to participate in one or more of the live webinars of this series, recordings will be made available online through May 31, 2018.

Registration Deadline:  Those registering for the live presentation must do so at least three days prior.  Registrations to access the recordings (see above) will be accepted through May 30.   

Confirmation:  Approximately three days prior to each live webinar, a confirmation will be emailed to you.  This confirmation will include a link to access the presentation handouts, the sign-in sheet, and evaluation, as well as a link enabling you to access the webinar.


CEUs:  Kansas Home Care & Hospice Association is approved as a provider of CNE by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Each course offering is approved independently for 1.5 contact hours applicable for APRN, RN, or LPN relicensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing provider number: LT0287-0314.  APRNs, RNs and LPNs must participate in the entire presentation in order for contact hours to be awarded – partial credit will not be available.  To apply for nursing contact hours, within one week following webinar participation, a completed sign-in sheet and evaluations from each individual must be returned to KHCHA.  Certificates will then be issued by e-mail. 


Cancellations:   Fees will be refunded only if written cancellation is received one week prior to the workshop and no refunds after the dial-in number is sent to your agency. In the event of a written cancellation, KHCHA will retain, or charge, $25 of the initial registration fee, per registrant, to cover administrative overhead.


Questions?  Contact Kristen Ada, KHCHA Director of Programs & Member Services, at 913/669-0460 or kada@kshomecare.org 

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