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Nursing Conference

9/12/2019 - 9/13/2019

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, Lewis Center (near Columbus) , OH
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2019 Nursing Conference

Home Care * Skilled Nursing Facilities

September 12 - 13, 2019
Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
Columbus/Lewis Center, Ohio

Don't miss this year's Nursing Conference! This educationally loaded conference is packed full of cannot miss topics.

And don't forget, register 4 or more people from the same facility online and save an additional 15%.

Top Reasons to Attend

* Industry Updates - Attendees will receive updates on state and federal regulations, including survey, immediate jeopardies, and more.

* Hot Topics - A variety of topics of interest to nurses as well as administrators and other managers will be covered during the program. Attendees will be able to choose between a variety of concurrent sessions such as the impacts of PDGM & PDPM on nursing care and operations.

* Networking - The conference provides a relaxed atmosphere to connect with peers, business partners, and industry experts to share problems and workable solutions.

* CEs - up to 11.5 CEs for Ohio RN, Ohio LPN, Ohio NHA, and CEHCHs are available during this Conference.

Again this year! Association members registering for this conference will also receive complimentary one-day registration (a $169 value) to the Association's Annual Convention in May 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. The Annual Convention features over 100 educational sessions, a 300+ vendor trade show, CEs and more! An excellent opportunity for you to experience both events!

Conference Location:
Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center, 100 Green Meadows Drive South, Lewis Center, OH 43035.
Each participant is responsible for his/her own lodging and dinner arrangements. We encourage you to make your hotel reservations as early as possible.

A limited number of rooms have been blocked at the rate shown. Please make your reservation no later than August 21. Mention you are attending the Nursing Conference offered by OHCA for the group rate. The hotel may have additional rooms available once all of the OHCA rooms are gone, but they may not be at the special rate, even if you contact them prior to the cutoff date.

Every room and suite includes complimentary wireless Internet access, VOIP Telephone with speakerphone and voicemail, pillow-top mattress, refrigerator, microwave and Keurig coffee makers. Free parking is available at the Conference Center.

Reservations can be made by calling (614) 880-4300 or via the hotel website at and entering your group access code 162700

Group Rate: $134.00 (king suite or queen/queen suite).

Schedule of Events:

Pre-Conference Bonus Sessions - September 12

Morning Bonus Sessions:

Legal Issues in Nursing - Featuring Category A Credit

9:00 am - 10:00 am (1 CE, Nursing Category A)

This presentation reviews the purpose of the OBN laws and rules, where they are located, definitions of nursing liability and professional negligence, types of torts related to nursing care, identifying and reporting misconduct and the disciplinary process, and the rules and responsibility of delegation. Attendees will be able to discuss the NPA, role of the OBN, and a nurse's liability in resident care.

1. Discuss the Nurse Practice Act and the role of the Ohio Board of Nursing.
2. Review the definitions of law as they relate to nursing practice
3. Discuss liability and the most common nursing categories related to nursing malpractice
4. Review the rules of delegation
5. List the responsibility and liability of nursing supervisors
6. Discuss the mandatory reporting requirements for nursing supervisors

Presented by: Cathy Knopf, BSN, RN, Risk Management Consultant, Risk Management Solutions

Concurrent Sessions: Choose one

10:15 - 11:30 am (1.25 CE)

ICD 10 coding under PDGM

Home Care

As the implementation of PDGM begins to edge closer, there is rising concern and tension around the submission of claims that contain correct primary diagnoses and avoiding ones that do not fall into one of the twelve clinical groupings established by CMS. CMS has listed around 43,287 codes in their PDGM Grouper Tool that would be eligible to be qualified as a primary diagnosis code. We will discuss the following three objectives:

1. What are 'questionable encounter' codes? What are the most common QE's?
2. How can we avoid 'Return to Provider' claims and give examples?
3. Review statistics of questionable encounters and how they impact financials under PDGM.

Presented by: Jason Sasser, PTA, CWT, CSST, COQS, Vice President of Clinical Strategies, HealthPro Heritage

ICD-10 CM for Skilled Nursing


A correct and complete ICD-10-CM diagnosis list is paramount to accurate Medicare reimbursement under the new Patient Driven Payment Model. Having appropriate systems in place, along with staff well trained in diagnosis identification and ICD-10-CM coding, is critical. The determination of the principal/primary diagnosis, as well as all complication and comorbid diagnoses, is of utmost importance for proper reimbursement. This session, designed by LeaderStat's experts, will include information regarding the Official Coding Guidelines, best practices for accurate diagnoses identification and ICD-10- CM code assignment, how to avoid common coding mistakes, and the importance of principal/primary diagnosis identification.

Presented by: Kelly Schroer, MHA, RHIA, Medical Records Consultant, LeaderStat

Afternoon Bonus Sessions: for home care

12:15 pm - Check-In

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm (1 CE)

Understanding Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT)

With the implementation of PDGM, experts suggest that agencies with versatile case mixes that include comprehensive wound care will fare better than those that concentrate on therapy only patients. Having an in-depth knowledge of how to treat more complicated or difficult to heal wounds will help agencies prepare for this transition. In this session, we will provide clinicians with practical knowledge of how Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) works. Clinicians will gain the understanding on how to successfully manage a patient with NPWT by understanding the history, learning the four principles of wound care, learning about types of dressings and therapies, and understanding how wound care certification can help your patients have the best possible outcomes.

Presented by: Matt Cranfill RN, BSN, CWOCN, CCRN, Director of Clinical Operations, Cork Medical

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (1 CE)

Managed Care Utilization Management and Home Health

With the significant increase in Medicare Advantage enrollment over the last ten years, Home Health care providers have to work with more heightened scrutiny and review from utilization management from managed care programs. Furthermore, we have seen an increasing trend of requiring nurses to participate in the utilization review process for continued care reviews and additional service requests, which was previously handled by a mostly administrative workforce. In this session, we will discuss common current Ohio Managed Care plan utilization management requirements, best practices for ensuring that your clients receive the care they require, and future implications to the expansion of Medicare Advantage services.

Presented by: Erin Begin, Director of Home Health & Hospice, OHCA

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm (1.25 CE)

Managing Change

Change is indispensable to progress and progress comes only with change; resistance to change prevents great new ideas from being created and impedes organizational growth. Many of us give a lot of ?lip service? to wanting and appreciating change, but when it really comes down to it, we are creatures of habit and resist most attempts at variation in our daily routines.

The key to successfully responding to change is to create an environment of excitement and attraction so people are drawn to the new process. This finds much more success than heavy promotion of an unfamiliar concept because when people are involved and interested in the new method, there develops a sincere desire to meet the new challenges.

This program includes: Fear of Change, Misconceptions Surrounding Change, the Shifting Work Environment and Why Flexibility is a Must. This presentation also contains Steps to Managing Change.

Presented by: Dr. Karla Kay Potetz

Afternoon Bonus sessions for Skilled Nursing

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm (1 CE)

Trauma Informed Care - What is it, and how do you meet the requirements to provide it?

This session will provide you with the basic knowledge of Trauma Informed Care and practice/policy considerations to position you not only to be compliant with the ROPs, but to make a difference in your clients' lives.

Presented by: Victoria M. Motolik, BSN, RN, CEAL, CDP

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm (1 CE)

RoP Phase 3: Preparing for the New Infection Prevention & Control Program Requirements

This session will review the Federal Requirements of Participation for the Infection Prevention & Control Program (IPCP) and Infection Preventionist (IP) as well as discuss the role and responsibilities of the IP and IPCP in the QAPI process. Attend this session to understand how to integrate your IPCP into your QAPI program to meet the revised Requirements of Participation

Presented by: Teresa Remy, DS.C., MHA, BSN, LNHA, RN, CDP, RAC-CT, QCP, IPCO, Director of Consulting, LeaderStat

3:15 pm - 4:30 pm (1.25 CE)

Phase 3 Requirements for Plans of Care: Ensuring Communication, Continuity and Quality of Care

CMS Phase 3 Requirements of Participation will be implemented on November 28, 2019, bringing with them higher documentation expectations. In addition, the long term care industry will see a completely new Medicare payment system later this year, and more acutely ill residents than ever before. This session will provide a discussion regarding the Phase 3 Requirements of Participation as they relate to plans of care which are key to ensuring the critical communication necessary for the highest level of quality care. This session will provide participants with the tools essential to ensure successful outcomes for their residents, as well as strategies for successful implementation of new systems.

Presented by: Tammy Cassidy, RN, BSN, LNHA, RAC-CT, President, T. L. Cassidy & Associates, LLC

Hot Topics & Welcome Reception (to benefit PAC)
featuring 1 CE

Please join us for our Welcome Reception and enjoy appetizers and drinks while we share updates in these areas and network with our peers. There is no charge to attend this session and the Welcome Reception.

4:45 - 6:00 pm Home Care

For Home Health Care professionals, change is a constant in our lives. To best serve our clients, we strive to be knowledgeable and informed of the most current regulatory and industry related changes. During Hot Topics, we will discuss current industry changes and challenges as well as the financial and ethical impacts on reimbursement and managed care changes in a collaborative and informative session. In addition to a formal review of the changes, which includes ODH Survey results and trends, we will also engage in a breakout session of networking and sharing with peers in our industry.

4:45 - 6:00 pm SNF

As professionals serving in senior living communities, it is essential that we understand the challenges and changes facing the long-term care profession. Whether it is new initiatives, staffing challenges, regulatory issues, or dealing with the impact of changing reimbursement, Hot Topics provides you with the latest need-to-know information for nursing professionals. This session will be a combination of formal presentation and interactive breakout exchange as we network with our peers. Some of the topics to be covered include the latest Ohio Department of Health and national CMS survey results, immediate jeopardy citations, and more.

This event also features our most popular fundraising event. For a minimum donation of just $20, you can pick a gift card from the OHCA/PAC Fundraiser Tree. Gift cards from Bob Evans, Kohl's, McDonald's, Chipotle, Target and more valued at $20 - $100 are up for grabs. No Risk - Give $20, Get $20!

By participating in this fundraiser, you can bring change, expand influence, and advocate for long term care facilities. Through OHCA/PAC, we advocate for our facilities, staff, residents, and families. We drive quality and appropriate reimbursement for the care provided. An excellent opportunity for you to help raise money for this vital group with no risk!

Conference Schedule - September 13

8:00 am Check-In & Continental Breakfast

During conference check-in, you will pick up your conference materials and name badge, catch up with colleagues, and enjoy coffee and pastries with select vendors.

Home Care Sessions:

8:30 am PDGM Overview and Impact from Intake and Referral Management

The Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is on the horizon, and it will have some significant impacts on the way we coordinate care and process admissions. In this session, we give a high-level overview of key components of PDGM, consider effects of PDGM based on case mix and referral trends, discuss the importance of documentation timing and current obstacles, identify educational strategies to ensure critical data elements are captured at the time of referral and discuss how the intake and referral process may impact direct care or clinical review nursing staff.

Presented by: Erin Begin, Home Health & Hospice Director, OHCA

10:00 am - Networking Break

10:15 am Best Practice Strategies for Successful PDGM Therapy Integration

PDGM brings monumental changes to industry reimbursement. The most notable change is that therapy is included in the bundled payment vs. the current 'add-on' payment under PPS. This change forces us to step back and examine best practices to ensure our patients receive the outcomes they deserve. The challenge is aligning therapy with our patient needs. During this interactive presentation, we will discuss the following four objectives:

1. Overview of how the new payment factors impact reimbursement, and strategies to implement today to ensure success tomorrow.
2. Optimizing and standardizing interdisciplinary OASIS collaboration.
3. How to avoid LUPA's, maximize outcomes, and protect your bottom line using care pathways.
4. Positioning your agency for success with upstream and downstream partners.

Presented by: Derek Michael RVP of Home Health Operations, HealthPro Heritage

12:00 pm - Luncheon (included in your registration fee)
After a morning of learning, you've earned some time to unwind! Lunch has been provided to allow you to discuss the day's events with fellow nursing professionals, connect with some new friends, and share best practices!

1:00 pm Comprehensive Nursing Case Management in PDGM

PDGM will challenge agencies by requiring them to provide more comprehensive nursing case management to care for more medically complex patients, and yet still remain financially viable. How can we best utilize our office and field clinicians to achieve that goal?
1. Utilizing office staff for high-risk patients, OASIS review, QAPI, and utilization review.
2. Utilizing HHA and therapy in your plans of care strategically, especially wound care.
3. Utilization and application of frontloading specific diagnosis groups, implementing high-risk nursing calls, tuck in, and clinical strategic scheduling.

Presented by: Jason Sasser, PTA, CWT, CSST, COQS, Vice President of Clinical Strategies, HealthPro Heritage

2:45 pm Adjourn

Skilled Nursing Care Sessions

8:30 am PDPM for Clinicians - Are You Ready?

This session is perfect for the Director of Nursing, MDS Nurse and clinical nurse manager, and will provide all the information the clinical team needs to be successful under PDPM. At the time of this conference, PDPM will be only a few weeks away, and this session will provide the most current updates as well as a checklist to assess your clinical team's readiness. Details regarding the transition assessment schedule, the interrupted stay policy, Interim Payment Assessments, and updates to the RAI manual related to PDPM MDS items will also be discussed.

Presented by: Robin L. Hillier, CPA, STNA, LNHA, RAC-CT

10:00 am - Networking Break

10:15 am - PDPM for Clinicians - continued

12:00 pm - Luncheon (included in your registration fee)
After a morning of learning, you've earned some time to unwind! Lunch has been provided to allow you to discuss the day's events with fellow nursing professionals, connect with some new friends, and share best practices!

1:00 pm PDPM for Clinicians - continued

2:45 pm Adjourn

Erin Begin, Director of Home Health & Hospice, OHCA

Tammy Cassidy, RN, BSN, LNHA, RAC-CT, President, T. L. Cassidy & Associates, LLC

Matt Cranfill RN, BSN, CWOCN, CCRN, Director of Clinical Operations, Cork Medical

Robin L. Hillier, CPA, STNA, LNHA, RAC-CT

Cathy Knopf, BSN, RN, Risk Management Consultant, Risk Management Solutions

Victoria M. Motolik, BSN, RN, CEAL, CDP

Dr. Karla Kay Potetz

Teresa Remy, DS.C., MHA, BSN, LNHA, RN, CDP, RAC-CT, QCP, IPCO, Director of Consulting, LeaderStat

Jason Sasser, PTA, CWT, CSST, COQS, Vice President of Clinical Strategies, HealthPro Heritage

Kelly Schroer, MHA, RHIA, Medical Records Consultant, LeaderStat

Mandy Smith, Regulatory Director, CEAL/LNHA/LMT/LPTA/RAC-CT/WCC ? OHCA
Continuing Education Credit:

This program offers up to 11.5 hours of continuing education credit for the following (September 12 - Bonus Preconference sessions offers 6.5 hours; September 13 offers 5 hours):

Certified Executives for Health Care at Home (CEHCH): Up to 11.5 hours can be used toward renewal of the CEHCH certification.

Ohio Licensed Administrators: The Ohio Health Care Association is a preferred provider of continuing education credit by the Ohio Board of Executives of Long Term Services and Supports. Administrators can earn up to 11.5 hours of continuing education credit.

Ohio Nurses:
*Nurses, please note the Ohio Board of Nursing can accept any continuing education that has been approved by BELTSS (or any other accredited body) in the State of Ohio. Nurses may use this continuing education to meet their licensure requirements. Please refer to OBN continuing education rules 4723-14-01 thru 4723-14-19.

What Is Included in My Full Conference Registration Fee?

Up to 11.5 hours of Continuing Education Credit
Bonus Preconference Sessions (September 13)
Continental Breakfast (September 14)
Lunch Buffet (September 14)
Continuous refreshment service
Handouts of all education sessions
Complimentary one day pass to OHCA 2020 (a $169 value)

*Question: Can I register for the full conference rate and attend one day and send a co-worker the other?

Answer: No, full conference registration fees are available for one person to attend both days. You will each need to register at the one-day-only rate.

September 13th is included at no additional charge for those that register for Full conference. And the full conference rate for OHCA members includes a one-day complimentary coupon to OHCA 2020 (a savings of $169). Two great conferences for one low fee!

Full Conference Registration Fees with Payment by mail or fax:
(Includes pre-conference bonus session at no additional charge)

OHCA Members:
$195 prior to 9/4/2019
$245 9/4/2019 and after

All Others:
$295 prior to 9/4/2019
$345 9/4/2019 and after

*Register 4 or more people from the same organization online and save an additional 15% off the fees above.

One Day Rate

OHCA Members:
$145 prior to 9/4/2019
$165 9/4/2019 and after

All Others:
$195 prior to 9/4/2019
$215 9/4/2019 and after

*Register 4 or more people from the same organization online and save an additional 15% off the fees above.

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