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 Wednesday, May 10

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. OPENING KEYNOTE

Home Care and Hospice is a Marathon: Developing Your Marathon Mentality

Presented by: MATTHEW D. JONES, Three Time Cancer Survivor & Marathon Runner, Bedford, TX

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the key to keeping your passion alive for Home Care
  • Explore how to operate at a greater level of excellence with in-home health services
  • Discover how to thrive amid adversity, setbacks, and failures in your career

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.     CONCURRENT SESSIONS

101: Leadership

GREAT SCOTT! Emergency Preparedness

Presented by: SHAWN STOEN, Regional Healthcare Preparedness Coordinator, CentraCare, St. Cloud, MN

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss best practices regarding emergency preparedness in a Home Care setting
  • Identify and review the new CMS emergency preparedness requirements that will be implemented November 2017
  • Examine the tools and resources available to support a safe and prepared agency for staff, visitors and patients
  • Discuss the role of regional Health Care Coalitions in emergency preparedness as well as Home Care’s role in regional preparedness

102: Clinical

BAM! Training Your Agency to be the MVP of VBP

Presented by: JENNIFER WARFIELD, BSN,COS-C, HCS-D, Education Director, PPS Plus, Biloxi, MS

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the concept behind the VBP model and the latest requirements for 2017
  • Understand measures included in the VBP model
  • Identify areas in documentation that contribute to improved outcomes

103: Regulatory/Licensure

Up, Up, and Away! MDH State Home Care Update

Presented by: PAM KERSSEN, Assistant Manager; and CYNTHIA SKOGEN, OASIS Coordinator, Health Regulation Division, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), St. Paul, MN

Learning Objectives

  • List the top five state and federal violations
  • Discuss, in general terms, the revised Medicare Conditions of Participation
  • Describe two or more positive aspects about home care surveys

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.     CONCURRENT SESSIONS

201: Leadership

I Have Seen the Future, Captain! How to Incorporate the INTERACT Quality Improvement Process to Reduce Unnecessary Hospital Readmission

Presented by: LISA THOMSON, LNHA, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, Pathway Health, White Bear Lake, MN

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the current landscape of health care reform and funding that make INTERACT™ QIP an essential QI initiative for home health agencies
  • Understand the role of INTERACT™ as a quality improvement tool to improve the care of home health patients experiencing acute changes in condition
  • Review the INTERACT™ clinical and educational tools and strategies for use in every day practice in home health settings
  • Explore implementation strategies and assess organizational readiness for INTERACT™

202: Clinical

EXCELSIOR! It's Time to Prepare for the New Medicare Home Health CoPs

Presented by: JENNIFER WARFIELD, BSN,COS-C, HCS-D, Education Director, PPS Plus, Biloxi, MS

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how the New and Revised Requirements will affect your agency's process
  • Discuss the new requirements for Patient's Bill of Rights
  • Review the new POC requirements
  • Discuss elements of the QAPI requirements

*Please note:  This session is replacing the session entitled, "The 5 W's of Pre-Claim Review".  The interpretative guidelines for the new CoPs have not yet been released by CMS. This presentation will cover the information included in the Final Rule and corresponding best practices.


203: Regulatory/Licensure

Holy Batman! Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) Updates for Enrolled Providers

Presented by: PANSI MILLAGE, MHCP Provider Trainer; DENISE NELSON, MHCP Provider Trainer; and MAI YANG, MHCP Provider Trainer, Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), St. Paul, MN

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the revalidation process and how to indentify when it is time for your agency to go through the revalidation process.
  • Learn how to navigate the MHCP Provider Website
  • Gain knowledge of new and upcoming changes that affect the MHCP Enrolled Providers and indentify the impacts they will have on providers

 Thursday, May 11

8:15 – 9:15 a.m.

Medicare Update: Home Health Certification and Recertification

Presented by: LAURI DOMINGO, RN, Home Health Clinical Consultant, Provider Outreach & Education, National Government Services, Inc., East Syracuse, NY

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the documentation that supports home health eligibility
  • Gain direction on how to respond to an Additional Development Request to support your claim for home health services
  • Learn the top reasons for denial and how to avoid them for Phase II of the Probe & Educate Endeavor

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Federal Health Care Policy Update: What’s in Store for Home Health “Under New Management”

Presented by: COLIN ROSKEY, Attorney, Alston & Bird, Washington, DC

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understating of the Trump Administration’s approach to health care policy
  • Obtain knowledge of the new Congress’ thinking on “repeal/replace” and on post-acute care
  • Learn what the new CMS’ plans for home health in CY 2018 are beginning to look like

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

2017 State Legislative Summary

Presented by: KEVIN GOODNO, MHCA Government Relations Counsel, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., St. Paul, MN

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss key home care issues under consideration during the 2017 Minnesota legislative session including: reimbursement, Medical Assistance spenddown, health plan administrative standardization and Health Care Paraprofessionals
  • Understand how these issues will potentially affect you, your business and the home care industry

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.     CONCURRENT SESSIONS

301: Leadership

COWABUNGA! MinnesotaHelp.info®: New Tools and Ways to Market Your Home Care Agency

Presented by: KRISTA BOSTON, JD, Director – Consumer Assistance Programs; and DARCI BUTTKE, MPP, Care Transitions Policy Analyst, MN Board on Aging, St. Paul, MN

Learning Objectives

  • Review the MinnesotaHelp.info®’s new Direct Support Worker Registry via a live demonstration
  • Learn how to review your home care agency’s record
  • Understand how to update the features on your home care agency’s record and make your organization rank high in results

302: Clinical

Train the Trainer: Preparing Your Home Care Super Heroes for Clients with Dementia

Presented by: CONNIE DREYER, MSN, RN; and MARILYN CHAMBERS, MSN, RN, PHN, Home Care Consultants, St. Paul, MN

Learning Objectives

  • Describe Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders
  • Identify effective approaches to use with client’s challenging behaviors, including communication techniques
  • Apply tools for implementing an orientation and ongoing training program for home health staff related to Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders

303: Regulatory/Licensure

Here I Come to Save The Day! Vulnerable Adult and Minor Reporting Requirements

Presented by: ROBERT RODÈ, Attorney, Partner, Voigt, Rodè & Boxeth, LLC, St. Paul, MN

Learning Objectives

  • Understand reporting and investigative requirements for mandated reporters providing care to minors and vulnerable adults
  • Develop strategies in working with and identifying abuse/neglect/maltreatment/exploitation by your client’s representatives and family members
  • Review legislation for the reporting process and improving protections for minors and vulnerable adults
  • Take home ideas and best practices for remaining in compliance

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.     CONCURRENT SESSIONS

401: Leadership

Ready, Set, Go! - Solid Strategies and Best Practices for Quality PCA Services

Presented by: MHCA MA Team

Learning Objectives

  • Learn best practices for PCA program integrity
  • Discover how qualified professionals can be high performers
  • Understand common barriers and challenges to PCA service delivery

402: Clinical

Protect Krypton! Improving Medication Safety for Older Adults on High Risk Medications

Presented by: KIM MCCOY, MPH, MS, Sr. Program Manager, Stratis Health/Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network, Bloomington, MN

Learning Objectives

  • Identify opportunities for improving medication safety thru the use of OASIS data
  • Explore quality improvement methods and tools for targeting medication safety improvement strategies
  • Integrate medication safety improvement strategies into collaborative efforts to improve care transitions and reduce hospital readmissions

403: Regulatory/Licensure

It’s a Bird, it’s a Plane, it’s the Medicare Team: Medicare Hot Topics

Presented by: MHCA Medicare Team

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss new and revised Medicare regulatory topics that directly impact home health
  • Explore the F2F Tool Kit, developed by the MHCA Medicare Team
  • Review the Medicare Resource List, compiled by the MHCA Medicare Team

 Friday, May 12

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.     CONCURRENT SESSIONS

501: Leadership

Holy Jackpot! How to Manage Employee Medical Issues

Presented by: BRIAN BENKSTEIN, Juris Doctor - Attorney; and JENNIFER NODES, Juris Doctor – Attorney, Jackson Lewis, Minneapolis, MN

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the legal requirements that are implicated by employee medical issues
  • Gain strategies to analyze, respond to and manage employee medical issues and comply with legal obligations
  • Discuss how employee medical issues intersect with workers’ compensation law and strategies to avoid risk
  • Explore key provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), to gain an understanding of the accommodations required by law

502: Clinical

SHAZAM! Reducing Readmission & Preventing Re-Hospitalizations

Presented by: RACHEL RHODES, RN, Executive Director and RYAN SHARROW, PT, Rehabilitation Director, Kindred at Home, Duluth, MN; and JANELLE SHEARER, BSN, MA, CPHQ, Program Manager, Stratis Health, Bloomington, MN

Learning Objectives

  • Describe a community-based approach to reduce hospital readmissions by bringing community partners together to improve care coordination
  • Identify community-level identified barriers to success and key strategies implemented to overcome those barriers
  • Discover home health agency-level challenges and solutions to hospital-readmissions

503: Regulatory/Licensure

Avengers Assemble: Prepare for Survey!

Presented by: MHCA Survey & Regulatory Analysis Team

Learning Objectives

  • List 2016 Top 10 Survey Deficiencies for Comprehensive and Medicare Agencies
  • List top 3 Comprehensive deficiencies and the statute that pertain to them and how to help ensure you agency is in compliance
  • List the top 3 Medicare G-Tag deficiencies and how to ensure you agency is in compliance
  • Identify information sources for agencies that provide HCN services, as it relates to referrals/start of care and survey.
  • Review helpful Pre Survey Tips

11:00 a.m. - Noon     CLOSING SESSION

Burning Bright: How to Move Through Fear & Overcome Obstacles

Presented by: JILL BLASHACK STRAHAN, Founder & CEO, Tastefully Simple, Alexandria, MN

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to move past your fears and persevere in your job
  • Discover how to approach those everyday home care struggles positively and avoid getting caught in a downward spiral
  • Learn how you can use insights from Jill’s inspirational story of strength, hope and hardship to burn bright and overcome obstacles in your career
  * Disclaimer: This conference and the particular sessions listed above are not affiliated in any way with Marvel Entertainment, the Walt Disney Company, or any similar entertainment business.


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