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Educational Webinars


Using Data to Reduce Hospitalizations and Become an Attractive Partner to Hospitals

Barbara Rosenblum, Founder and CEO of Strategic Healthcare Programs (SHP)
Barbara Rosenblum
Reducing hospitalizations and readmits has proven an elusive endeavor for home health agencies, yet the ability to do so has never been more important. Learn the hidden details behind the data and leave the session with a clear path to reducing hospitalization rates.

Objectives:
- Describe the key data a home health agency must collect to embark on a plan to reduce hospitalization rates.
- Describe the patient data most valuable to hospitals as they seek a home health agency partner.
- Describe a successful plan to decrease hospitalizations.

Payment Bundling

Arnie Cisneros, P.T., President of HHSM
Arnie Cisneros

Healthcare reform will change how we produce and deliver care programs in the near future. As Medicare reinvents the care continuum to address advances in care programming, all clinicians will be challenged to rethink how we do what we do. Learn specifics of healthcare reform, ACOs and other care models that will focus on clinical quality and efficiency, and how you can start to focus and prepare today for the care challenges of tomorrow.

Walking Through the Maze of Coding Wounds

Jennifer Warfield, RN, BSN, HCS-D, COS-C, PPS PLUS Education Director
Jennifer Warfield

Wounds are one of our biggest obstacles in home health. The primary reason for this being, the wound was not properly identified initially. Wounds that are not identified and coded correctly at the initial evaluation are at major risk of not healing and/or deteriorating. Additionally, valuable non-routine supply costs can be left on the table when the correct ICD-9 codes are not used. Join Jennifer as she walks you through the maze of coding wounds in home health.

2012 Therapy Payment Reforms: Hope Beyond the Hype

Arnie Cisneros, P.T., President of HHSM

The 2012 Medicare Proposed Rule outlines the re-distribution of therapy payments to address CMS and Med Pac concerns regarding the production and delivery of rehab services for Home Health clients. The re-weighting of payment based on visit volumes means that homecare providers will experience a rate increase for low-utilization therapy episodes and a decrease in payment for high-utilization therapy episodes. Both providers and clinicians are perplexed by the proposals; what is the logic in being paid less to deliver more services? In addition, the contract nature of rehab staffing makes adjustments to traditional delivery models more difficult than with employed clinical personnel.
This session will allow you to address these changes with an eye on the Medicare motivations behind the new proposals. These latest attempts to introduce cost and quality controls to therapy care delivery will challenge all providers to re-assess their rehab departments while re-examining the levels of efficiency in these types of programs. By breaking down the new payment system, attendees will understand the goals of the reforms, and learn how SNF rehab care delivery was modified to address identical payment reforms nearly 10 years ago. Also, learn techniques that help you manage clinical care concerns that speak to the very heart of the payment reforms. Don’t believe the hype – you can manage your therapy content and deliver quality care for patients while preparing your agency for future cost and quality refinements.