Consider one of these add-on pre-conference sessions for a deeper dive into important issues. For more information, including dates and times, please go to MyPlanner.

801. Pre-Conference: The New HHCoPs: Everything You Need to Know
Saturday, October 14, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Mary Carr RN, MPH
Sharon Litwin RN
Gina Mazza BSN, RN, CPHQ
Mary McGoldrick MS, RN, CRNI

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule the implements significant changes to Home Health Conditions of Participation (HHCoPs). The rule expands the standards for patient rights, care planning, and care coordination, and includes two new CoPs — one for a quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI) program and another for an infection control program.

Many of the revisions will present significant process, operational and cultural changes for agencies.

Home health agencies (HHAs) must meet the Medicare HH CoPs in order to participate in the Medicare program. Agencies that fail to meet any of the HH CoPs are at risk, at a minimum, for the imposition of a number of sanctions and potentially at risk for program termination.

Mary Carr, NAHC’s Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, and a panel of experts will be leading an all-day, in-depth analysis of the new CoPs for Home Health. Learn how to be compliant with these updated health and safety standards.

Breakfast and lunch are included in this pre-conference.

802. Pre-Conference: How to Succeed When You’re New-ish in the Business
Sunday, October 15, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Brenda Beggs
Marcylle Combs MS, RN, BS, CHCE
Samantha McKay MS, BS, CHCE

The current times bring many leadership challenges in home care and hospice. With the retiring baby boomer generation, opportunities exist for a new generation and the departing leaders have a responsibility to mentor, engage, and provide vision for the incoming leaders. This pre-conference will take a closer look at succession-planning, how to provide leadership education to a new generation that might be attracted to different aspects of the industry, and how to bring out the best in business skills for clinicians rising to management levels.

Regardless of a leader’s background, it can be complicated to prioritize agency initiatives in a world where everything needs to be done today, and session faculty will be providing a toolkit to help navigate these challenges.

This pre-conference will cover how to help educate new executives entering the scene who might not have a background in home health. Common questions such as “Where do I find the CoPs and what do they mean for me as an agency executive,” “What is QAPI,” or “What affects star ratings, home health compare, or PEPPER” can be answered by preparing toolkits of clinical information that managers should still know. Additionally, attendees will learn about the importance of encouraging new leaders (rising from the clinical side of the industry) to learn about business. Issues such as HR faux-pas, melding business and care-specific skills, and prioritizing business tasks against clinical tasks will be discussed, as well as how to foster better relationships between clinical and case managers.


803. Pre-Conference: Key Strategies to Develop your Private Pay Organization
Sunday, October 15, 2017: 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Stephen Tweed BA, MS, CSP
Lucy Andrews RN, MS, DNP
Brittnei Salerno BS

Stephen TweedPart 1: 8:30am – 11:30am
Conquering the Crisis: Proven Solutions for Caregiver Recruiting and Retention (with Stephen Tweed)

If you can’t find and keep caregivers, you can’t serve your clients and grow your agency.
It’s as simple as that. Today, there is a major crisis facing Home Health agencies, Hospices, and Home Care companies. There are not enough front-line caregivers to meet the huge demands of our aging population and a highly competitive in-home care marketplace.

In this session, Stephen Tweed will describe the magnitude of this crisis. He’ll explore how it is negatively affecting you, your team members, and your agency. Stephen will lead you through The Seven Step Caregiver Solution System, and describe in detail how to make this work.

There is no easy solution, but this presentation will give you and your team the latest solutions and guide you through a long-term strategy for Conquering the Caregiver Recruiting and Retention Crisis.

Part 2: 11:30am – 12:00pm
A Panel Update for Private Duty Agencies*

NAHC is committed to promoting and protecting the Private Duty industry. This forum will provide up-to-the-minute updates from one of NAHC’s legislative specialists in Washington, D.C. Attendees will also hear from members of the PDHCA Advisory Board, NAHC’s Private Duty arm. Come for an update, come to network and come to share with us your most important private duty issues.

No CE’s will be awarded for attendance at this two-part pre-conference.

*Doors will open to all conference attendees at approximately 11:15am (at the conclusion of Stephen Tweed’s presentation) for the panel update. No pre-registration or other associated costs are required to attend only the panel session portion of the pre-conference.

Learn more about pre-conference rates here.