Resource Guide Included with Registration Fee
|MHCA Member Rate
*On-Site registrations are subject to an additional $50.00 fee per registrant.
If you are considering starting a Medicare home care agency or have just opened a new agency, you’ll find the tools and resources to do so in this comprehensive one-day Medicare start-up workshop. This workshop will cover:
- Everything you need to know about the Minnesota Department of Health; including the initial application process, website navigation, & resources available to you as a new agency
- The legal structure of the business
- Financial preparation for opening the business
- Operations & staffing
- State and Federal home care rules & regulations
- Preparation for state survey and the survey process
- Marketing your business
Plus, as an ADDITIONAL BONUS we will end the day with an interactive panel discussion with all faculty members. An excellent opportunity to get all your questions answered!
Comprehensive licensed home care agencies looking to obtain Medicare certification; recently Medicare certified agencies; and investors.
- Identify the Medicare Conditions of Participation as the regulatory foundation for home health operations.
- Describe the clinical processes to achieve Medicare certification.
- Identify the steps to prepare for the initial survey.
- Identify the options when considering a variety of business entity structures, including benefits and fallbacks associated with selecting each entity.
- Learn entity formation requirements and process for the most common entities.
- Form strategies behind selecting a specific business model, including discovering the model that affords the best protection for the business and you personally.
- Learn how to prepare the budget (including information on setting rates and billing for services)
- Learn some of the basics of home care licensing, along with the requirements and process for becoming Medicare certified.
- Learn how to navigate the Minnesota Department of Health website and successfully complete the application paperwork.
8:00 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Program Starts
12:20 p.m. Lunch
4:30 p.m. Adjourn
Connie Dreyer, MSN, RN, Home Care Consultants
is an experienced home care nurse and administrator. With over 30
years of home care experience, she has worked in clinical, leadership
and regulatory roles. Her background spans assisted living, private
duty and Medicare-certified agencies. Her primary areas of focus are
home care development, systems management, program development and
evaluation, leadership, quality improvement, orientation and education,
policy development, funding and regulatory compliance. She is also a
part-time surveyor for the Accreditation Commission for Health Care
(ACHC) and serves on the faculty of Bethel University, teaching in their
degree completion program.
Shellae Dietrich, Certification Specialist, Minnesota Department of Health
has 27 years’ experience working in the Licensing and Certification
Division of the Minnesota Department of Health. Shellae works with all
Medicare certified agencies/facilities in the state of Minnesota. This
includes Home Health Agencies, Medicare certified Hospice Providers,
Nursing Homes, Hospitals, End Stage Renal Dialysis Suppliers, Ambulatory
Surgery Centers, etc. Her areas of expertise include initial Medicare
certification, change of ownerships, certification changes and providing
certification updates to facilities/agencies.
Maria King, RN/APM, Licensing & Certification Program, Minnesota Department of Health
King is a registered nurse and the Assistant Program Manager for the
Licensing and Certification Section for the Minnesota Department of
Health in the Health Regulation Division. Ms. King has worked with MDH
for nearly 24 years. Throughout her years of service, she has surveyed
several health care providers including Home Health Agencies. Ms. King
has oversite and supervisory responsibilities for survey staff
throughout the metro and southern regions of the state. In addition to
routine surveys, Ms. King has participated in and had oversite of,
initial home health agency surveys to determine certification readiness.
She is knowledgeable in both State licensure and Federal regulatory
requirements, and has a strong understanding of survey process.
Jeanette Mefford, RN, MPH, President, Mefford, Knutson, & Associates, Inc.
has 30 years’ experience in the home health care industry as an owner,
manager, quality and compliance director. She has owned and operated a
consulting firm with business partner, Sally Knutson, since 1990.
Jeanette has broad administrative and management background in home
health, infusion therapy, and acute inpatient hospital settings. She
has extensive experience in regulation/compliance, quality improvement,
business development, group training and presentations. Jeannette has
her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Masters in Public Health Nursing
Administration from the University of MN. She has been certified in
Diagnostic Coding for over 10 years and is also certified in OASIS.
|Robert Rodè, Attorney, Partner, Voigt, Rodè & Boxeth, LLC
Rodè is a partner with Voigt, Rodè & Boxeth, LLC. Rob serves elder
care providers including LTC, AL/HWS, home health, rehab, adult day,
hospice and independent living and the licensed professionals in all
settings. Rob works with clients on issues like regulatory and legal
compliance, surveys/ appeals, OHFC, behaviors, discharges/evictions,
contracts, dispute resolution, litigation, employment/labor, CHOW and
start-ups, licensing, ethics and AR. Rob is a frequent speaker,
certified arbitrator, adjunct professor for the U of M, and active with
various provider and legal associations and the MN Elder Justice Center.
Aaron M. Sagedahl, Associate Attorney, Voigt, Rodè & Boxeth, LLC
M. Sagedahl is an Associate Attorney at Voigt, Rodè & Boxeth, LLC
practicing in the areas of collections, health care law, regulatory
compliance and business formation. Mr. Sagedahl advises clients in the
areas of licensure, regulatory and corporate compliance and general
corporate issues including business start-ups and CHOWs. Mr. Sagedahl
is a 2016 graduate from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
James C. Serakos, Serakos LTD
working in the field of public accounting in 1977 with an Associates
Degree in Accounting and Tax. He became a senior staff accountant at a
local Certified Public Accounting firm before starting his own Tax
Practice in 1983. During his career his focus has been on small
business, and providing basic needs in all accounting areas, and also
Individual Tax preparation. While growing his accounting practice Jim
entered the Home Health Care industry. He formed a Medicare Certified
Home Health Care Agency and has held positions on several regional and
Statewide committees. He has since sold that business, but remains on
the Statewide finance committee and provides specialized services to the
industry. Over the past 33 years, Jim has developed an ability to help
small businesses become successful with his experience and dedication to
their success. He is a member of the National Society of Accountants
and the National Society of Tax Professionals.
Continued Education Credits
This program has been designed to meet the continuing education requirements for the Minnesota Board of Nursing for contact hours.
Cancellations must be in writing and received by MHCA on or before June 9 to receive a refund less a $25 cancellation fee (per registration). No refunds for cancellations made after the cancellation deadline or for no-shows.