Please your palate in Long Beach

Long Beach Dining

Long Beach is a food lover’s paradise. With more than 100 options within an 8-block radius, you are sure to find something delectable. Of course, you can always eat in the restaurant at your hotel, but if you take a short walk around you will find hidden gems on corners, the waterfront, and everywhere in between. Seafood, burgers, Asian fusion, haute cuisine, craft cocktails, local brews and so much more await you while you’re in town for the 2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo. You can even enjoy a drink or a meal on a historic, world-class ocean liner.

From casual cafes to five-star dining, Long Beach has it all. Thrillist offers these 12 essential restaurants and bars while Eater Los Angeles suggests these eateries. L.A. Weekly recommends its top 10 but we offer these Yelp reviews so you can make a list of your own.  Bon Appétit!

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How to stay fit while in Long Beach

Long Beach Bike Ride

Staying fit while you’re in Long Beach for the 2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo won’t be hard. Nearly every hotel has a fitness center with cardio machines like treadmills and elliptical trainers, weight machines, and an outdoor pool. Some also have indoor pools, free weights, and stretching areas. The Westin offers New Balance workout gear rentals and three-and-five-mile outdoor jogging maps.

If you prefer to do your own thing outside, just walk on one of the many scenic paths or on the miles of sandy beach. Getting your 10 thousand daily steps never felt so good! Or, rent a bike and take a ride. You can get your daily exercise while having fun and soaking up some Vitamin D in sunny California. There are also yoga studios and gyms in Long Beach. Some may offer drop-in classes for a fee.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to stay in shape while in town for the Conference. Just don’t forget to pack your exercise clothes.

Register soon, the best hotel rates expire on 9/20.

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Change is good!

Innovation

You may notice some new and exciting changes at the Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo in October, particularly with our education program, theme, and general sessions.

We listened to feedback from you – our past attendees – and made this year better than ever. We changed our education program on the back end so you can have a streamlined, integrated experience on the front end. You will choose from more than 50 hours of education sessions on topics you care about – including quality assurance, leadership, private pay and much more. There will also be an Innovations Gallery on the Expo Floor, where you’ll learn about everything from clinical compliance to social issues and wound care in a robust, graphic format that fosters social interaction.

The theme of #NAHC2017 is Q3: Quality of Care. Quality at Work. Quality at Home. Our three, dynamic keynote speakers – Laura Adams, Juliet Funt, and John O’Leary – will each address an area of that theme in their keynote speeches during the general sessions. They will encourage you to think differently about all aspects of your life and we know you’ll leave empowered and inspired.

There have also been exciting changes happening at NAHC. Come to the Conference to experience something new in the home care and hospice industry. But don’t worry – there will still be tons of actionable advice and information from NAHC that you have come to rely upon and trust. Come to the Conference and help your agency thrive during these challenging times.

Register today and be sure to book your hotel room before 9/20 for the best rates!

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Challenges faced by emerging leaders in home care and hospice

Quality Control

Are you an emerging leader in home care and hospice with less than five years of health care experience or are you a clinician who crossed over to management? No matter how you describe yourself you may feel overwhelmed by all there is to know about the business side of the business. After you learn all of the acronyms – HHCoPs and QAPI for example – you need to know what they mean for your agency, best practices, and how to balance quality care delivery with cost savings.

The learning curve is constant in this fast-paced, ever-changing industry but we have a solution that could help you in the short term. Take our special add-on pre-conference session “How to Succeed When You’re New-ish in the Business” at the Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo in October. Considered a great value for the money, this class will provide the tools you need to get ahead. Don’t miss out!

Learn more about this session or register for the conference today!

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Private duty agencies

We're Hiring

Private duty home care providers treat those who are unwell, disabled, elderly, or recovering from an illness or injury and enable them to remain safe and comfortable at home. Whether the care delivered is skilled (nursing) or unskilled (light housekeeping, errands, and companion care) their importance to one’s health and well being cannot be overstated.

Unfortunately, the private duty industry faces caregiver shortages and high turnover rates, and also has difficulty finding qualified candidates. Without caregivers, you can’t serve your clients and your agency won’t grow. Your agency’s ability to provide quality care could also be compromised.

If these are challenges faced by your agency, come to the 2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo where you will learn staff recruitment and retention strategies, and gain valuable feedback from peers who had similar issues. There is also a special add-on preconference session about private duty on Sunday, October 15.

Learn more about our exciting education program or register for the Conference. Early bird rates expire 8/31. 

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Get to know the Long Beach Convention Center

Long Beach Convention Center

The 2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo will be taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center, a multi-purpose complex located on the Pacific Ocean. It’s a modern, renovated space within walking distance of many hotels, restaurants, and attractions, including 5/12 miles of beautiful, sandy beach.

It’s also environmentally-friendly and one of the first green arenas in the country with 5,800 solar panels on top of 400,000 square feet of meeting space. The Convention Center also aims to conserve resources through its recycling and energy-reduction programs.

Your trip to Long Beach should be hassle-free! There are thousands of hotel rooms to choose from and NAHC has negotiated special pricing at these 9 hotels. Also, there are three airports less than 30 minutes away, including LAX in Los Angeles.

You really can’t beat the convenience. Take a walk on the beach in the morning and still have plenty of time to get ready for the conference or go out in the evening for a night on the town. Because everything is nearby, the hardest choice you’ll have is deciding what to do.

Learn more about Long Beach or click here for registration and housing.

The exact location of the Convention Center is 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802 but you can also view it on this map.

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Learn to develop a population health management strategy

Population Health Management

If your agency handles chronic care patients, population health management in action will optimize your value-based arrangements and lower the chance of reduced reimbursements or re-hospitalizations. You can harness the power of population health management by using information technology to collect and analyze patient data, which can then be used to create an action plan.

So, if your agency is looking for improved clinical and financial outcomes, attend the Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo in October where you can:

 

  • Learn how to create a population health management strategy
  • Hear about effective case management methods
  • Discuss the role of post-acute care organizations in managing chronic care patients across the continuum
  • Identify payment models including Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Medicare Advantage, Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) and more
  • Gain an understanding of care management and how a well-developed plan can lead to better patient outcomes and cost savings

We hope to see you in Long Beach!

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Health Care Episodes and Payment Models

Patient in wheelchair

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services defines an episode of care as a “set of services provided to treat a clinical condition or procedure.” This episode occurs within a specific time period and across the continuum of care – acute care in a hospital, ambulatory care, home care, and more. For example, if a 60-year-old man fell at home and broke his leg, he would receive emergency medical treatment, including x-rays and other tests, and would probably be admitted to the hospital or a rehabilitation center for specified time period. Eventually, he’d be able to go home but might also need home health care for a while.

With so much involved, it’s important to look at the breadth and depth of these episodes of care, as well as the various payment structures and quality metrics that need to be monitored and reported. Explore this topic in depth at the 2017 Home Care and Hospice Conference and Expo. Register today!

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QAPI: Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement

Caregiver

A QAPI program consists of Quality Assurance (QA) and Performance Improvement (PI) measures. QA is a process that ensures quality standards are met and a high level of care is delivered. It is reactive, taking a look at why standards weren’t met. PI is pro-active and identifies ways to improve health care delivery. It involves changing processes to minimize the risk of problems.

As defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, there are five elements to a QAPI program:

Design and Scope
Governance and Leadership
Feedback, Data Systems, and Monitoring
Performance Improvement Projects
Systematic Analysis and Systemic Action

Needless to say, a lot goes into developing a successful QAPI program. If you already have one in place but would like to learn how to improve outcomes, consider coming to the Home Care and Hospice Conference in October where you can learn from subject matter experts and exchange ideas with your peers. You will also learn industry best practices, including how to gain clinician involvement and how to make QAPI second-nature for your staff.

Learn more about this year’s conference.

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Hospice quality measures and policy

Hospice

Hospice has undergone a rapid transformation in recent years and these regulatory and policy changes are expected to continue. For example, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) determines whether hospices are noncompliant with its Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements. Those hospice agencies found non-compliant for the calendar year (CY) 2016 will be affected in their fiscal year (FY) 2018 Annual Payment Update (APU) and they may be subject to a two (2) percentage point reduction in their APU.

Explore related developments, and identify key hospice and end-of-life care policy issues being examined by MedPAC, in Congress, and by CMS at this year’s Home Care and Hospice Conference in Long Beach. Click here to find out more about the conference.

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