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Session One
April 2, 2014
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Hospice and Palliative Nurse Certification Course
Bonnie Morgan, MA, RN, CHPN, FPCH

This is an important time for hospice and palliative organizations as they begin to focus on quality measurement and reporting. Crucial to the each organization is the ability to demonstrate high quality care. This one day prep course will enable your nurse clinicians to obtain an important credential demonstrating their knowledge and skill in Hospice and Palliative. This will also distinguish your organization as one with clinical staff with this recognized competency. This one-day course prepares nurses to be a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse (CHPN). 

Sessions Two and Three
April 2, 2014
12:00 – 3:45 p.m.

Connecting Home Care With Health Care Partners
Joe Scopelliti | President and CEO, VNA Health System
Jim Younkin | Project Manager, Keystone Beacon Community and Director, Information Technology at Geisinger Health System
George Richardson | Chief Information Officer at VNA Care Network and Hospice
Tim Rowan | Editor, Home Care Technology Report (Moderator)

The use of technology through a Health Information Exchange (HIW) is critical to assure coordinated care for patients as they move through health care systems. Join these leaders as they share the role of home care in IT partnerships in their communities and rapidly develop the structure for the exchange of information for a coordinated care for patients.

This presentation will highlight the success of the VNA Health System in Shamokin, Pa. and the Keystone Information Exchange (KeyHIE)’s new health exchange where care is being revolutionized through the coordination of care between providers, health plans and patients. KeyHIE has developed a tool for electronically sharing patient information from the OASIS data set into a standardized continuity of care document (CCD) for use by all clinicians.

Representatives from the VNA Care Network in Worcester, Mass. will discuss Project IMPACT. Funded by the Office of the National Coordinator, the Massachusetts Post-Acute Care Transfers (Project IMPACT) improves care transitions using an enhanced electronic Universal Transfer Form (UTF) and electronic health information exchange. Using the Massachusetts Health Information Highway (The Mass HIway) for the transmission of the electronic UTF between acute providers and the post-acute care settings, Project IMPACT created a system for information exchange between health care providers that allowed groups with EHRs and those without to share information about their patients electronically.

Download Presentation – Connecting Home Care With Health Care Partners

Download Presentation – The Federal IMPACT Project and the Movement Towards Uniform Electronic Post-Acute Care Data Transfer

Download Supporting Document – Start of Care Report

Download Supporting Document – Discharge Report

Care Modeling: How to Develop and Deliver the Care Programs of the Future Today
Arnie Cisneros | President, Home Health Strategic Management

This interactive and progressive pre-conference presentation examines the areas of current PPS production for opportunities to improve care outcomes, both fiscal and clinical, to meet the demands of the future. Learn how to assure case-mix accuracy, essential in the era of rebasing, by employing assessment protocols from outside of the Home Health world. Install nursing proportionally to clinical deficits in the productivity-based style of other CMS Providers. Match therapy utilization to clinical specifics identified by CMS as directly related to therapy volumes. Reinvent your financial realities as you optimize the results of your programming, meanwhile honing the skills required for the episodic requirements and new care models of the future. Grab the steering wheel, regain control of your patient programs, and prepare to continue your care mission into the future.

These activities have been been approved for contact hours by the Maryland Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.