HHS settlement conference facilitation pilot
On Thursday, July 14th the Alliance and VNAA hosted a webinar on the HHS settlement conference facilitation (SCF) pilot that is being run by the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals. This webinar featured the Honoroble Judge C.F. Moore, Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge, Office of the Chief Judge for the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA), Cherise Neville, JD, Senior Attorney, OMHA, Carla McGregor, JD, MPH, Deputy Director of Field Operations, OMHA, and Amanda Axeen, JD, Director of Program Evaluation and Policy Division, OMHA. The pilot allows for appellants and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to discuss a mutually agreeable resolution for claims appealed to the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing level of the Medicare claim appeals process. The SCF pilot is available for both Part A and Part B claims, subject to eligibility requirements. Ms. Neville will discuss the pilot on this call.
CMS'S NEW INTEROPERABILITY INITIATIVE WITH ONC'S TOM NOVAK
On Thursday, July 7th, the Alliance and VNAA hosted a joint webinar on potential improvements in HIT funding for home health agencies that are Medicaid providers. This webinar will feature Thomas Novak, Medicaid Interoperability Lead for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new initiative is aimed at better connecting the Medicaid program by broadening the scope of providers available for the 90% enhanced matching funds. States are now able to claim 90 percent HITECH matching for expenditures which connect eligible providers to other Medicaid providers, including home health providers. The initiative, which was announced in February of this year, is meant to facilitate better and more timely data sharing between a patient’s numerous providers. More information is available through the CMS Blog here, CMS’s letter to state Medicaid directors here, and this article from Healthcare DIVE.
Alliance/VNAA Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Series:
VNAA and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation are collaborating to host a series of webinars to help home health agencies succeed in a value-based purchasing environment. The webinars address requirements in the new CMS Home Health Value-Based Purchasing demonstration program (HHVBP). Each webinar addresses information needs of agencies and state associations in the nine participating HHVBP states, but will also be important for organizations wanting to understand future payment and quality trends. Register for each webinar individually or listen to past webinars on demand!
Registration is free for Alliance and VNAA members, and $55 for those who are not a member of either organization. Members of state associations who are VNAA state association members will qualify for an additional discount. Please contact the Alliance's Director of Communications and Events, Jen Schiller, at firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Measure Performance Improvement
Speakers: Andrea Foley, MSN, RN, CWCN, Director of PI/Education, NVNA & Hospice
Suzanne Clark, PT, DPT, GCS, COS-C, Staff Development Coordinator, NVNA & Hospice
VNAA and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation have teamed up to provide a webinar series focused on Home Health Value-Based Purchasing.
As the CMS Value Based Purchasing program kicks in, agencies will need to adopt new programs and initiatives to drive quality. In this session, agencies will learn about clinical and operational best practices that will help them improve their performance in the HHVBP Model. Each agency will target performance improvement to the topics that most impact patient outcomes and performance measures. Quality improvement strategies may range from improving medication reconciliation practices to developing partnerships that reduce hospital readmissions. Best practice recommendations will be drawn from the VNAA Blueprint for Excellence.
Performance Improvement 102. "Customizing Your QAPI to Meet Strategic and Operational Objectives in a VPB Environment"
Speaker: Margherita C. Labson RN, MSHSA, CPHQ Executive Director Home Care Program The Joint Commission
This session will focus in on strategies to identify and implement an effective Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) plan that targets VBP-related goals. The session will cover strategies to review data, identify improvement targets, develop and implement interventions, and evaluate effectiveness. The key is to focus on high priority improvement areas that impact VBP goals.
HOME HEALTH VALUE-BASED PURCHASING SERIES: PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT 101
Speaker: Barbara Muntz, RN, BSN, MTS, Senior Advisor, Community Healthcare Accreditation Program (CHAP)
Agencies that want to thrive under value-based purchasing need to demonstrate that they can deliver high quality care. This introductory session will identify models of performance improvement, and describe components of a robust performance improvement program. Issues such as putting together an effective quality improvement team, developing program metrics, and implementing performance improvement projects will be discussed.
HOME HEALTH VALUE-BASED PURCHASING SERIES: HHVBP MODEL 101
Speaker: Christopher Attaya, Vice President, Business Intelligence, SHP
This kickoff session in the VNAA-Alliance webinar series provides an introduction to the CMS Value Based Purchasing program for Home Health. The session reviews the program basics including the program implementation timeline, performance measures that will be used, financial implications, and which agencies will compete in the model.
Alliance learning collaborative webinar
WEDNESDAY, September 16 AT 2:00 PM ET
Few industries are experiencing as seismic shifts in their landscape as home health care. Healthcare reform, new regulatory demands and the race toward value-based care have created extraordinary competitive pressures. These have expressed themselves in downward revenue pressure, heighten expenses and referral uncertainty driven by preferred network development. Key to a home health agency’s future success is building the key relationships that ensure a high-value partnership with ACOs, health systems and managed care organizations.
“Positioning for Partnership: Home Health Agencies Building Key Relationships for Success” with Brent T. Feorene, MBA, Vice President with Health Dimensions Group tackles some of these critical issues. On the webinar, Brent discussed the impact of the current environment on home health care and offer tools to assist your agency to position for partner relationships for future success.
Specific questions addressed included:
- What are the current trends which are shaping the environment for home health care and what is the impact?
- What are ACOs, health systems and MCOs looking for when selecting home health care agencies for preferred networks?
- Where does data capture, analysis and reporting fit in?
- What are strategies for approaching a potential partner?
- How does an agency “fit it all together” with multiple competing, at times conflicting demands?
Wednesday, May 27 AT 2:00 PM ET
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are growing models of care in which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken a vested interest. With three types of Medicare ACOs--bringing together providers from across the spectrum of care--learning and forecasting current and future trends, as well as understanding the role home health care may play in ACOs, is critical to achieving a lower cost, higher quality future of care delivery. The Alliance will be joined by Clif Gaus, CEO of the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS), and David Introcaso, Vice President of Policy, to discuss the future of ACOs and how home healthfits into that future.
Thursday, April 9th AT 1:00 PM ET
On Thursday, April 9th at 1 pm ET, Alliance hosted a webinar update on bundled payments from Avalere Health. The webinar focused on how to evaluate the opportunity and strategies for success under bundled payments.
Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial payers are adopting bundled acute and post-acute care payments to align cost and quality incentives across an entire episode of care. Over 6,000 providers are currently participating in the Medicare bundled payment for care improvement (BPCI) initiative alone.
How should providers equip themselves to effectively manage bundled payments? What are the robust data and analytics tools needed to support decision-making for organizations involved in bundling? Discussion focused on the parameters, risks, and opportunities of assuming financial responsibility for episodes of care, and tools available to navigate bundled payment arrangements.
This webinar also addressed:
- National trends in government and commercial bundled payments
- Key BPCI milestones and timelines for 2015
- How BPCI participants and non-participants should analyze their opportunity
- How to empower teams with the data and analytics needed to be successful under bundled payments
Wednesday, February 11 AT 2:00 PM ET
On Wednesday, February 11, 2015 the Alliance hosted a webinar with Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky, CEO/Co-Founder of Care at Hand. Dr. Ostrovsky presented on new models of care delivery that leverage home care and mobile technology to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations. From Dr. Ostrovsky, "There is $250 Billion in wasteful healthcare spending per year. Skilled home care has an opportunity to tap into their non-skilled and private duty providers to extend the reach of their nurses and drive down the cost of care delivery. Featured in an AHRQ Innovations Exchange profile, our program was able to reduce readmissions by 39.6% and save net $2.57 for every $1.00 invested." Dr. Ostrovsky will discuss how mobile technology can better leverage the home health care workforce to achieve the Triple Aim.
Wednesday, November 12 AT 3:00 PM ET
The Alliance is pleased to have had representatives from the Home Health Quality Improvement Campaign (HHQI) join us for a webinar on Wednesday, November 12th. HHQI team members, including Cindy Sun, RN, Lead HHQI Cardiovascular Coordinator and Misty Kevech, RN, HHQI Project Coordinator discussed the new initiative HHQI is undertaking, and the organization's plans for the future.
Wednesday, August 13 AT 3:00 PM ET
On Wednesday, August 13th the Alliance hosted a Learning Collaborative Webinar on “Discovering the VNAA Blueprint for Excellence: Best Practices for Home Health, Hospice, and Palliative Care.” The webinar featured the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA)’s President and CEO Tracey Moorhead and Vice President of Quality and Innovation Margaret Terry. Topics covered in the webinar included the VNAA’s recently released Blueprint for Excellence: Hospice and Palliative Care on providing end-of-life care, as well as an overview of the original Blueprint for Excellence on home health care transitions.
thursday, july 17 at 2:00 PM et
Legal and Regulatory Developments in Home Health
On Thursday, July 17, the Alliance for a Learning Collaborative webinar hosted a Learning Collaborative webinar with speakers from the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) to discuss legal and regulatory developments in home health care. William Dombi and Mary Carr presented on legal and regulatory developments in federal policy as they pertain to the home health care industry. e cutbacks for high-tech home care patients, lawsuits against Medicaid programs for inadequate payment rates, a nationwide class action against then-HCFA for its failure to enforce the federal HMO Act, litigation directed against the "Interim Payment System" for the Medicare home health benefit, and a lawsuit addressing the so-called Medicare “case mix creep adjustments” in 2008-2010.
wednesday, may 21 at 3:00 pm et
Home Health After Hip and Knee Replacement: Physical Therapist Decision-Making
On Wednesday, May 21 at 3:00 p.m. ET the Allaince hosted a webinar titled “Home Health After Hip and Knee Replacement: Physical Therapist Decision-Making.” This webinar featured experts Lisa Culver, PT, DPT, MBA and Roger Herr, PT, MPA, COS-C from the American Physical Therapy Association addressing the process of making sound clinical decisions, and the use of valid and reliable outcomes measures to measure progress and success. The presentation focued on the collaborative nature of the home health environment, both the challenges and opportunities it presents, and featured a case illustration using an individual with a lower extremity joint arthroplasty.
Tuesday, april 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm ET
Home Health: Federal Challenges and Opportunities
Reimbursement, PAC Reform, Public Perception and More
The Alliance and Eric Berger, CEO of the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, held a discussion on the legislative development currently affecting home health care. Representing more than 2,000 skilled home healthcare agencies nationwide, the Partnership is dedicated to securing patient access to clinically- and cost-effective skilled home healthcare services and to advancing innovative solutions that strengthen the skilled home healthcare benefit for the nation’s seniors and taxpayers.
Advanced Care: Politics, Policy, & Health Care Innovation
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
ACOs, Bundling, & Population Health Management: Hospital Strategies For Optimizing Post-Acute Care
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Optimizing Home Health Care: Enhanced Value and Improved Outcomes
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Final Paper Webinar
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
CACEP Working Paper #4 Webinar
Friday, July 20, 2012
CACEP Working Paper #3 Webinar
Friday, May 18, 2012
CACEP Working Papers #1 & #2 Webinar
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Bundled Payments Webinar
Thursday, September 29, 2011