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Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice Annual Meeting: Know Before You Go

Posted by Jason Lewallen on August 3, 2015
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The Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice will host their 46th Annual Meeting next week (Aug. 11 – 13) at the Moody Gardens Resort and Conference Center in Galveston, TX and we are looking forward to participating as an exhibitor. The theme of this year’s conference, “Looking Beyond the Horizon” will have speakers covering topics that I believe will provide attendees a better sense of the future changes for home-based healthcare services.

Here are three sessions I think really hone in on the “future” theme of the week and highly recommend attending at the upcoming conference:

1. The Keynote Speaker Arnie Cisneros will be presenting Transitions in Health Care: A Guide to the Home Health of Tomorrow on Wednesday, Aug. 12 from 8:15–10:15 a.m.

Overview of session: His message will focus on the home health industry and how it is confronting a period of great change that will challenge all community service providers as healthcare reform reinvents how care is produced, managed and delivered. He will dive into the Prospective Payment System (PPS) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) healthcare reform efforts.

Why you should go: The new regulations affecting our industry is top of mind for everyone attending this conference. He is going to help attendees learn how they can stay on top of the changes, and I have no doubt it will be an excellent, forward-looking session that will provide positive insight as to what is coming ahead.


2. Be sure to catch Elizabeth Hogue, Esq. who will present Increase Market Share Through Preferred Provider and Care Transition Agreements on Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 1:30–3 p.m.

Overview of session: The competition throughout the home care, hospice and private duty industries is fierce. As a result, agreements to establish preferred provider relationships and for care transition services are increasingly common. In a highly regulated industry, however, providers must meet certain requirements in order to enter into such agreements. Come to this session to learn what providers are allowed to do, how to establish relationships with potential partners, how to negotiate and what key provisions should be included in these agreements.

Why you should go: This session will look toward the future of home healthcare and home based services being prepared to build profitable alliances within your community. The session will help you better understand who you want to be working with and how you can work with them to make it most effective, provide the best care, save money with Medicare and deliver the best service.


3. Don’t miss the chance to see Jennifer Warfield, Education Director with PPS Plus Software who will present Destination Documentation: Surviving Medicare Denials & Audits on Thursday, Aug. 13 from 9:45–11:15 a.m.

Overview of session: Agencies are constantly at risk of audits, denials, sanctions and or penalties for missing or inadequate documentation. This session will help you learn to avoid pitfalls of poor documentation, recognize areas which are likely to trigger an audit and detect items that frequently contradict care deemed to be reasonable and necessary.

Why you should go: Jennifer is a great resource on this topic and will provide insight on how to survive medical denials and audits, which comes down to smart paperwork. She’ll dive into tips that will help you safeguard your agency by properly responding to ADRs and audits.

As always, I recommend attending the networking events. The President’s Reception on Tuesday, Aug. 11 from 6-7 p.m. is the perfect way to get to know your peers and share your knowledge. RSVP is required, so don’t forget to do this on the registration form.

Please stop by PlayMaker CRM’s Booth #51 and say hello to me… I look forward to meeting you in Texas!

Topics: Tradeshows, conference, Texas

Jason Lewallen

Written by Jason Lewallen

Jason Lewallen, National Business Development Manager with PlayMaker, specializes in connecting healthcare organizations with technology solutions to boost sales and grow business. Having previously worked on the front lines of post-acute care sales, he understands the challenges facing providers and helps them maximize their growth potential.