Sessions

Full Conference: Up To 14 clock hours for Admins/Alt!

Tuesday, August 30

This session will discuss current trends and issues with Medicare Home Health and Hospice

  • Hospice utilization

    • Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER)

    • Average Length of Stay

    • Non-cancer Length of Stay

  • Discharge from the Medicare Hospice Benefit

  • Respite Care

  • Home Health Utilization Trends

    • Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER)

    • Periods with Low Visits

  • NOA/NOE and any billing issues surrounding those

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
1a. Jurisdiction M HH and Hospice Hot Topics

Speaker: Charles Canaan, RN, Senior Provider Relations Consultant, Provider Outreach & Education, Palmetto GBA

Continuing Education: 2.0 clock hours for Admin/Alts. / Nursing Credits: TBA

The pandemic has taken some trends in the home care industry and brought them into full relief.  Successful leaders will be those willing to question everything and make the changes that in the past would have seemed too disruptive. Pay structures, staff ratios, office space, client and staff relationships: Everything is on the table. In this presentation we will explore areas that are ripe for disruption and offer ideas for big and small changes.

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
1b. Rethink Everything: How the toughest times are an opportunity to do make big changes

Speakers: Brett Brier, VP of Business Development, CubHub Systems and Cole Ballweg, President, CubHub Systems

Continuing Education:
 2.0 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

This session will discuss improper payment and denials and give tips on how to prevent them.

  • RCD

  • Hospice medical review denials

  • Documentation best strategies and most denied due to documentation

  • Comprehensive Error Rate Testing errors

2:45 pm - 4:45 pm
2a. Jurisdiction M HH and Hospice: Getting it Right the First Time

Speakers:  Charles Canaan, RN, Senior Provider Relations Consultant, Provider Outreach & Education, Palmetto GBA

Continuing Education:
2.0 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

Review of Top Ten Violations for LHH and PAS and Preparing for Survey;

 This session will discuss the most frequently cited state licensing standards for home health and personal assistance services. The presentation will make a connection between the regulations and the need for documentation during a state licensing survey. The participant will be able to use the information to make self-determination of non-compliance.

Regulations for Supportive Palliative Care in the Home Care Setting

Join Rosalind Nelson-Gamblin as she delves into the topic of Supportive Palliative Care. This session will discuss the definition of supportive palliative care and current regulations and guidance for home health and hospice agencies.

2b. HHSC Power Hour—2 hour Information Packed Session You Don’t Want to Miss!

Speakers: Rosalind Nelson-Gamblin, Senior Policy Specialist, Long-Term Care Regulation, HHSC

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 2.0 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

Wednesday, August 31

This session will kick off with TAHC&H's Executive Director, Rachel Hammon and Board President, Kristen Robison welcoming attendees with an  association and industry update. We will then be entertained and motivated by the hilarious, Buzz Sutherland.  The 16-time Comedian of the Year believes that when it comes to success in your personal or professional life… IT’S ALL ABOUT FAMILY! Buzz will take you on a hysterical journey into how we can all improve our day-to-day experiences.

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Opening Ceremonies & Keynote

Speakers: Buzz Sutherland

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.0 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /

After the five-year Medicare Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Demonstration came to an end on December 31, 2020, industry analysts got busy digging into the data from across the nine VBP demonstration states. Before the VBP expands nationwide in 2023, join Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP) Chris Attaya for an analysis of Texas agencies overall performance compared to providers in other VBP states using SHP's National database. Additionally, attendees will gain insight into what to expect in the next phase of VBP to ensure continued success.

11:15 am - 12:30 pm
4a. Preparing for Medicare Home Health Value-Based Purchasing

Speaker: Chris Attaya, MBA, Vice President, Product Strategy, Strategic Healthcare Programs

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

The aging demographics of the workforce coupled with realignment of individual priorities brought about by the pandemic have led many to label 2022 the “Great Resignation” or the “Great Reshuffle." As a result of this human capital conundrum, it has become evident that knowledge transfer, retention, and upskilling should be top of mind while managing this multigenerational workforce representing four and five cohorts. Using technology to boost productivity and efficiency is an effective way to scale organizations, however there are myths surrounding various cohorts’ application and competency which may challenge the culture of an organization. Join in as we explore various myths surrounding the generations and learn practical tips for improving your organization by embracing the diversity of a multigenerational team.

4b. Tips and Myths Leading a Multi-Generational Workforce

Speakers: Tammy Ross, MHA, BSN, Senior VP of Professional Services; Axxess

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

Description coming soon!

4c. TBD

Speakers: TBD

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

This session will explore the potential benefits and challenges of states paying parents as caregivers for their medically fragile children.

4d. Paying Parents as Caregivers

Speakers: Lisa Malone and Brian Nelson; Axxess

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

Description coming soon!

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5a. TBD

Speakers: TBD

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.50 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

Description coming soon!

5b. Hospice TBD

Speakers: Colleen Bryan, MSNed, RN, Senior Consultant, Primary Nurse Planner; JCC Consulting

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.50 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

Description coming soon!

5c. Cleaning out the Home Health Closet - Operational Metrics for Value Era Success with all Payors

Speakers: Arnie Cisneros, PT, President, Home Health Strategic Management and Kimberly McCormick, RN, BSN, Executive Clinical Director, Home Health Strategic Management

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.50 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

Description coming soon!

5d. DOL Issues 

Speaker: Tommy Simmons, Legal Counsel for the Commissioner, Texas Workforce Commission

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.50 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

Description coming soon!

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
6a. Home Health Update on Revenue Cycle

Speaker: Melinda Gaboury,  COS-C, Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare Provider Solutions

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.50 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

Description coming soon!

3:45 pm - 5:45 pm
6b. Nursing Jurisprudence & Ethics

Speakers: Lisa Selman-Holman,  Vice President Quality and Education, McBee

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 2.0 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: 2.0

Annual review of association business and election of new Board of Directors.

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
TAHC&H Business Meeting

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Thursday, September 1

9:00 am - 10:15 am
General Session: Industry Update

Description coming soon!

Speaker: William A. Dombi, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.0 clock hours for Admin/Alts. 

11:00 am - 12:15 pm
7a. Choose Home and Hospital at Home

Description coming soon!

Speaker: William A. Dombi, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice and Kurt Baumgartel, Executive Vice President of Home Based Care, COMPASSUS 

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

7b. Chronic Care Management - Benefits of an Evidence Based Program

Description coming soon!

Speaker: J’non Griffin, RN, MHA, HCS-D, HCS-C, HCS-H, COS-C, Principal, SimiTree Healthcare Consulting

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

7c. Turning Vision Into Value: Top 3 Business Opportunities for Private Duty Agencies

Older Americans with chronic illness and other maladies of aging insist on remaining as independent as possible and aging in place. This presents the Private Duty arena with enormous opportunities. How can Private Duty agencies set themselves apart? What innovations have you yet to capitalize on? Industry experts will discuss several opportunities that your organization can take advantage of to serve your communities better while also increasing the value of your organization and having meaningful positive impacts on your bottom line. This session will touch on the top three business opportunities for Private Duty agencies and help your organization become a trailblazer.

Speaker: Sheila Davis,  Executive Senior Vice President, Area Operations, Always Best Care Senior Services, LLC

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

7d. Value Based Insurance Design Model

Expanding rapidly, Medicare Advantage networks in twenty-one states and Puerto Rico are participating in the Value Based Insurance Design Model for hospice. It is important now more than ever to understand the VBID Model for hospice, how it will impact hospice organizations as well as the ins and outs of working with participating Medicare Advantage Plans. Beginning with the why and moving through reimbursement, this session will bring the VBID Hospice Component into focus while providing strategies to be successful when partnering with Medicare Advantage plans.

Speaker: Melinda Gaboury, COS-C, Chief Executive Officer, Healthcare Provider Solutions

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
8a. Red Flags and the New Home Health PEPPER Reports

Have you checked your PEPPER? Did you even know you have a PEPPER? CMS uses PEPPER as a guide for auditing and monitoring efforts. Although it does not identify improper payments, it can be used to identify practices that may lead that way. Petria will assist you in utilizing the PEPPER for identifying and correcting behaviors around the Review Choice Demo and TPE. PEPPER identifies your agencies’ bad behavior that shows you how you may be red flagging yourself to CMS and OIG. For CY2020 in Texas, only 34% of home health agencies have downloaded their reports.  Of the available 1,667 reports available, only 571 reports have been downloaded.  Nationwide the download rate is 48%. 

Speakers: Petria McKelvey, CEO, Precision Medical Billing

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

8b. Buying and Selling an Agency in COVID Times

Description coming soon!

Speakers: Amy Knight, CPA; Knight CPA Group

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

8c. TBD

Description coming soon!

Speaker: TBD

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

8d. Social Work Role in Hospice

Description coming soon!

Speaker: Lisa Meadows, MSW, Manager, Clinical Compliance Education; ACHC

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.25 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
9a. OASIS and VBP

Description coming soon!

Speaker: Lisa Selman-Holman,Vice President Quality and Education, McBee

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.50 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

9b. Outsourcing Back Office

Description coming soon!

Speaker: Amy Knight, CPA; Knight CPA Group

Continuing Education: Continuing Education: 1.50 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBA

9c. Mental Health and Pediatric Care 

This session will discuss the importance of utilizing mental health resources and support for all those involved in pediatric care.

Speakers: Lisa Malone and Brian Nelson; Axxess

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.50 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBD

9d. TBD

Description coming soon!

Speaker: TBD

Continuing Education:
Continuing Education: 1.50 clock hours for Admin/Alts. /  Nursing Credits: TBD