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Medicare Home Health CoPs Webinar Series

3/9/2017 to 4/6/2017

When: March 9 | March 23 | April 6
1 pm - 2:30 pm CST
Where: 3-Part Webinar Series
United States
Diane Link, RN, MHA, Senior Clinical Consulting Manager, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting
Allison Kindseth

Phone: 651-635-0923

Registration Information
Online registration is closed.


The Home Health Conditions of Participation are out and we’ve got your education covered!

All registrations include 6 months of access to the webinar recordings so your agencies’ entire staff can be trained!


Registration Fee:

Registration fees are based on one phone/webinar connection; multiple site participation for your agency will require a separate registration fee for each connection. A webinar recording is included with the registration fee.

Please note: if your agency purchased only one phone/webinar connection but connects to the presentation from multiple site areas, your agency will be invoiced for the additional lines used to participate.

MHCA Member Rate $399 per agency line
Non-Member Rate
$599 per agency line


FREE RECORDING with your registration. You will be sent the recording link following the presentation and it will be available for 6-months following the webinar. The webinar format allows education of home health clinicians, supervisors and quality coordinators in a concise and low cost format plus the additional bonus of having access to the materials for a full 6-months provides additional flexibility to ensure everyone in the agency has an opportunity to access the information. Recordings do not qualify for CEU.


Webinar Description:

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized the long-awaited Home Health CoPs with the effective date of July 13, 2017!

Home health agencies (HHAs) must meet the Medicare HH CoPs to participate in the Medicare program. Agencies that fail to meet any of the HH CoPs are at risk, at a minimum, for the imposition of several sanctions and potentially at risk for program termination. QAPI, infection control and patient rights are among the new categories coming to CMS’ Home Health Conditions of Participation — and agencies need to comply or they could be cited on surveys. This webinar series will provide an overview of the new CoPs and offer compliance strategies on how agencies can meet the new requirements of participation in 2017.


Target Audience:

Medicare Certified Home Care Agencies


  • Understand the CMS philosophy behind the revised CoPs
  • Explore the restructuring of the CoPs (changes to patient rights, OASIS and the clinical record)
  • Understand the changes to comprehensive assessment, care planning, and infection control
  • Discuss the new QAPI requirements, including tools for documenting performance improvement projects
  • Identify the organizational and administrative service included in the new requirements for the governing body, administrator, clinical manager, professional services and home health aide
  • Identify the steps your agency will need to take prior to the implementation on July 13, 2017


 Part 1 – March 9

 Part 2 – March 23

 Part 3 – April 6

  • Overview of revised CoPs
    • CMS philosophy behind the revised CoPs
    • Structural Changes to CoPs
    • Effective dates
    • Definitions added, revised or deleted
  • Organizational Environment
  • Clinical Records
  • Patient Rights
  • Comprehensive Assessment
  • Care Planning
  • QAPI
  • Infection Control
  • Organization and Administration of Services
    • Governing Body
    • Skilled Professional Services
    • Speech Language Pathologist
    • Home Health Aide Services
    • Clinical Manager
    • Administrator



Diane Link, RN, MHA, Senior Clinical Consulting Manager, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting, Conshohocken, PA

Diane Link is a home health and hospice Senior Clinical Consulting Manager for BlackTree Healthcare Consulting. By using her vast knowledge of industry regulations, Diane helps agencies meet regulatory requirements by improving their clinical, organizational and performance workflows. Before joining BlackTree, Diane spent 27 years as a registered nurse where she served as a clinician, performance improvement nurse, clinical manager and executive director. She also worked as a CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Program) surveyor for home health, hospice and private duty services.

Drawing on her more than 25 years in the industry, Diane is familiar with all aspects of managing home health and hospice organizations, ranging from clinical management, episodic management, performance improvement and outcome management.

Diane is currently the President of the Board of Directors for the Maryland National Capital Home Care Association (MNCHA), and is a frequent contributor to industry forums where she presents home health and hospice issues at the state and national level. She was also part of the NAHC Value Based Purchasing faculty which provided presentations to the nine VBP model states.

Most recently, Diane published the book “The Hospice Guide to Quality Care and Reporting: Promoting Sustainability in an Evolving Regulatory Climate.” She also collaborated with MNCHA and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Preparedness to author the “Emergency Preparedness Manual for Home Care Providers in Maryland.”

Ms. Link holds a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Maryland, as well as a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma.

Whats a Webinar?

Enjoy the convenience and cost-efficiency of a webinar – watch the speaker’s slide presentation on the internet while listening by telephone or through your computer’s microphone and speakers (VoIP). There is no limit to the number of attendees from your agency who may participate at your site using one phone line and a computer with internet access.

Prior to the webinar, a GoToWebinar link will be e-mailed to you. You will need to register through this link to attend the webinar. You will be sent a confirmation which will include a join link to access the webinar, a dial-in number and an access code to listen in via telephone. You will also be sent any pertinent handouts if available, the sign-in sheet, and evaluation form.


Continuing Education Credits

This program has been designed to meet the continuing education requirements for the Minnesota Board of Nursing for contact hours.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations must be in writing and received by MHCA on or before March 3, 2017 to receive a refund less a $25 cancellation fee. No refunds for cancellations made after the cancellation deadline or for no-shows.


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