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*Note: The opening keynote for the Policy Conference has been changed.

The Medicare Advantage Session on October 22nd has been changed and is now Billing Under PDGM.

October 22: Policy Summit

7:30 AM Continental Breakfast, Registration & Networking with Sponsors
8:00 AM

Opening Keynote: Minnesota Department of Human Services and Home Care: Current Updates of Interest

  • Receive an update on DHS, their policies that impact home care and DHS’ role in Medical Assistance payment reform.
  • Learn about the DHS Waiver Reimagine Project’s efforts to reconfigure the four disability waivers.
  • Learn about DHS’ current stakeholder workgroup focused on development of PCA Rate Setting System.
  • Learn about the DHS Office of Inspector General efforts to address concerns around Medical Assistance Fraud/Waste/Abuse.

STACY TWITE, Chief of Staff and Interim Assistant Commissioner for the Community Supports Administration and ALEXANDRA BARTOLIC, Director Disability Services Division, Minnesota Department of Human Services, St. Paul, MN

9:15 AM Stretch Break & Networking with Sponsors
9:45 AM

State Legislative Update

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

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

10:30 AM

State Legislative Panel

 Looking Ahead to the 2020 Legislative Session

Legislators to be Announced, Moderated by Kevin Goodno

11:45 AM Networking Lunch with Legislators
12:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions A & B

  1. Billing Under PDGM*
  • Understand the details of billing changes under PDGM.
  • Explain how to develop cash flow model for PDGM impact.
  • Review the process that NGS will go through to pay claims.
  • Identify preparation checklist items for billing to complete prior to January.

    NICK SEABROOK, Managing Principal, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting, ERIN MASTERSON, Consulting Manager, BlackTree Healthcare Consulting, King of Prussia, PA

    BElectronic Visit Verification in Minnesota: Status Update

  • Review federal requirements and federal timelines for the implementation of EVV.
  • Learn about new federal guidance to states relating to EVV.
  • Learn about Minnesota’s progress in implementation of EVV.

     NATASHA MERZ, J.D., Manager, Services and Standards Unit, Department of Human Services, St. Paul, MN

1:45 PM Stretch Break & Networking with Sponsors
2:15 PM

Concurrent Sessions C & D

  1. MDH Update
  • Clarifications from CMS on standards related to Medication Administration and Vaccination policy for Federally certified home care providers.
  • Review of standards and interpretive guidance for a number of Level 1 standards reviewed on a Federally certified home care survey.
  • Review of the exit, post survey, letter to provider and plan of correction requirements for Federally Certified Home Care providers.
  • Understanding the top 5 licensing order trends in licensed only Home Care agencies.

     KATHLEEN LUCAS, RN, HFE-Unit Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Cloud, MN

     LINDSEY KRUEGER, RN, Interim Program Manager, Home Care and Assisted Living Program, St. Paul, MN

    D. Community First Services and Supports Overview

  • Understand and generally articulate the CFSS program background and the CFSS implementation timeline.
  • Describe the similarities between the Personal Care Assistance program and Community First Services and Supports.
  • List new options and supports offered within Community First Services and Supports.

     CARA BENSON, Policy Staff, Minnesota Department of Human Services, St. Paul, MN

3:20 PM

Federal Policy Update

  • Discuss key issues facing the Home Health industry.
  • Discuss Key Medicare Payment and Regulatory Initiatives.
  • Learn what the important home care congressional issues are and how to advocate for your agency and clients.

GINA MAZZA, BSN, RN, CPHQ, Senior Vice President Regulations and Compliance, Fazzi Associates, Northampton, MA

JUDY GIEL, RRT, Chief Clinical Officer, Pediatric Home Service, Roseville, MN

ANDREA JUNG, OTR/L, President & CEO, Guardian Angels Elim Home Care and Hospice, Elk River, MN

4:30 PM Adjourn



7:30 AM Continental Breakfast, Registration & Networking with Sponsors
8:00 AM

Opening Keynote:  Succeeding Under PDGM and Beyond

  • Identify the impact of the PDGM and other new policies on the home health industry.
  • Learn how to use data and predictive analytics to drive performance.
  • Discuss how technology can bring value to the client and agency.          

TIM ASHE, RN, MS, MBA, President, Fazzi Associates, Chief Clinical Officer, WellSky, Northampton, MA

GINA MAZZA, BSN, RN, CPHQ, Senior Vice President Regulations and Compliance, Fazzi Associates, Northampton, MA

9:20 AM Stretch Break & Networking with Sponsors
9:50 AM

Concurrent Sessions E & F

  1. The Final Rule is Out: Are you Ready?
  • Discuss the key changes issued from the 2020 final rule.
  • Discuss the structure behind PDGM and contrast with the current HHPPS methodology.
  • Discuss processes from intake to final billing to determine what must be refined to succeed.

     GINA MAZZA, BSN, RN, CPHQ, Senior Vice President Regulations and Compliance, Fazzi Associates, Northampton, MA

    F. Building Your Brand for a Sustainable Employment Base

  • Learn about branding and the impact it can have on employees and customers.
  • Determine how your employment branding compares to what the market is offering.
  • Develop a successful employment brand strategy.

     MICHAEL BEHAN, PhD-Marketing, MA-Business Education, BBA-Marketing, Assistant Professor, Winona State University, Winona, MN

11:05 AM Networking Lunch & Sponsors
12:05 PM

Concurrent Sessions G & H

  1. Guerrilla Workforce Strategies: Recruiting and Retaining with Limited Resources
  • Discuss strategies for creating a work culture to retain employees.
  • Learn how to engage and support the new workforce generation.
  • Explore collaboration strategies with academic partners to prepare and recruit the next generation.
  • Review data from the Board of Nursing related to graduate numbers by program type, licensure trends, education mobility and age of licensees.

    JUDY GIEL, RRT, Chief Clinical Officer, Pediatric Home Service, Roseville, MN

    DIANE DAHL, PhD, RN, Dean of Nursing and CAPS-GS, Health, Medical, and Social Science Programs, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN

    HEATHER GRACE, RN, Case Manager, Pediatric Home Service, Roseville, MN

    MARILYN KRASOWSKI, EdD, MSN, RN, Director of Education, Minnesota Board of Nursing, Mendota Heights, MN

    H. Aging with Technology: What does it take to support living at home?

  • Learn how technology supports independence from personal to professional caregiving.
  • Demonstrate some of the newest health and safety devices available today.
  • Interact with the technologies and test drive one of the Lab’s telepresence robots.

    MARY CHAPA, RN, Manager, Fairview Lifelines Program, Fairview Home Care & Hospice, Bloomington, MN

    KATE INGALLS-MALONEY, Director, Cassia Technology Integration and The Learning Lab, Hopkins, MN

    LARRY CARPENTER, Learning Lab Assistant, Cassia Technology Integration and The Learning Lab, Hopkins, MN


1:20 PM Refreshment Break & Networking with Sponsors
1:50 PM

Closing Keynote:  Maximizing the Benefits of Telehealth

  • Establish objectives and goals to measure the telehealth programs success.
  • Discuss different program designs.
  • Understand program design as it relates to the patient risk score.
  • Define the best use of a telehealth program and how to incorporate that program into the agency’s care delivery model for PDGM for the best results.

KAREN R. THOMAS, MBA, President, Cardeum, Hilton Head, SC

3:00 PM Adjourn


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