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8:30 – 10:00 a.m.


WILLIAM A. DOMBI, Interim President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), Washington, D.C.

  • Discuss how the 2016 elections and a power shift in Congress has affected home care and hospice this year
  • Understand the crucial home care issues pending before Congress and the Administration
  • Explore the future of Medicare, Medicaid and the impact on home care

10:10 – 11:10 a.m.


SESSION A: Best Practices for Survey Compliance
MARIA KING, RN/APM, Licensing & Certification Program, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
JERI CUMMINS, Health Resource Supervisor, Home Care and Assisted Living, Health Regulation Division Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

  • Gain first-hand perspectives from MDH on observations of best practices
  • Learn tips from MDH on survey preparedness
  • Participate in Q and A time with MDH

SESSION B: Electronic Visit Verification: Landscape & Tips
WILLIAM A. DOMBI, Interim President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), Washington, D.C.
JAROD CHAMPEAUX, Administrator, Heartland PCA, Duluth, MN

  • Learn how to prepare for Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) implementation
  • Gain advocacy tools and operational tips to ensure a successful transition
  • Glean insight into a provider’s experience with EVV systems
  • Review Minnesota’s process and timeline for EVV rollout

11:20 – 11:50 a.m.


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

  • Gain insights into the upcoming legislative session
  • Understand MHCA’s priority advocacy issues

12:20 – 1:20 p.m.


Looking Ahead to the 2018 Legislative Session
Legislators to be Announced

The Legislative Panel will consist of a one-hour facilitated discussion where members of the Minnesota legislature will be asked to share their thoughts on the upcoming session, including, potential areas of focus for Health and Human Services and personal areas of interest for potential reform. This presentation will provide audience members with state legislators’ perspectives on various emerging issues in the Health and Human Services arena.

1:50 – 2:50 p.m.


SESSION C: Payment Reform: Sustainability & Survival
JULIE MARQUARDT, Director, DHS Purchasing and Service Delivery
TODD BERGSTROM, Director of Research & Data Analysis, Care Providers of Minnesota
KEVIN GOODNO, MHCA Government Relations Counsel

  • Understand the basic details of rate setting processes used for other Health and Human Services outside of home care, including the Resource Based Relative Value Scale system that is used for certain services, the Disability Waiver Rate Setting system that is used for the community based disability waivers and the evolving rate setting system for the Elderly Waiver.
  • Gain insight into lessons learned and implications of these other rate settings systems for potential home care rate setting reform that MHCA and other stakeholders may work on in the future.

SESSION D: Creative Strategies and Alliances for Workforce Recruitment & Retention
JUDY GIEL, RRT, Chief Clinical Officer, Chair MHCA Workforce Taskforce, Pediatric Home Service, Roseville, MN
SALLY STOCKBRIDGE, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Director of Human Resources, Allina Health Home Care Services, St. Paul, MN
CARRIE TREPTOW, SPHR, Director of Human Resources, Fairview Home Care and Hospice, Minneapolis, MN

  • Review 2017 MHCA Workforce Taskforce activity
  • Learn how to create a work place environment that honors your employees' passion and desire for working in home and community-based settings
  • Describe creative solutions to attract and retain licensed direct care home health care workers
  • Understand how to engage and motivate your deployed workforce by investing in leadership competency
  • Explore how strategies such as academic partnerships, simulations, and scheduling models may lead to lower turnover rates

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Citizen Lobbyist: The Why's and How's of Reaching Your Legislators
TARA MACK, Public Policy Specialist, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., St. Paul, MN
SUSIE EMMERT SCHATZ, MSW, LGSW, Senior Director of Advocacy, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS), St. Paul, MN

  • Learn about grassroots advocacy and why it’s important
  • Gain knowledge on how to craft and share your story with your legislators and what main messages you should be hitting on during your meetings
  • Know how to train others to be effective advocates and build a culture of advocacy within your organization

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