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Consider the following categories when drafting your abstract:

 Example topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

Hospice and Palliative Care

  1. Maximizing the growth potential of your hospice/end of life program
  2. Advanced illness and palliative care
  3. Family and bereavement support
  4. Hospice Quality Measures – Successful approaches to Quality
  5. Improvement of Hospice Quality measures
  6. Demonstration projects: For example, the Edmonton Assessment (ESAS)

Community Benefit Programs

  1. Financing charity care, innovations in community benefits programs, fundraising
  2. Community outreach
  3. Improving access to care
  4. Immunizations – effectively competing with retailers, finding new market segments, running efficient/profit-generating programs
  5. Health screenings, wellness programs and Obesity programs
  6. Corporate and Occupational Health activities
  7. Preparing your Community Benefit Report


  1. Successful interventions for improving quality and safety
  2. Building a Quality Improvement program, how to receive buy-in and incorporating into everyday practice and proving value
  3. Delivering added value, value-driven performance, maintaining relevance in a dynamic delivery system
  4. Conditional level deficiencies—new scoring procedures and intermediate sanctions
  5. Building an infrastructure and capacity building for QI
  6. Predicting Modeling & use of data for navigating population and role of home health

Organizational Governance, Operations and Leadership

  1. High performing boards, board member best practices, stewardship, fundraising, ethics and accountability
  2. Building leadership teams, management/leadership in a changing system
  3. Organizational transformation
  4. Boards involvement and understanding quality and safety
  5. The role of Boards in advocacy
  6. Fraud and Abuse and Ethics
  7. Starting new program, revenue diversification, collaborations/partnerships
  8. Mergers – best practices and lessons learned
  9. Legal issues for the nonprofit provider

Financial Management and Business Development

  1. Developing new approaches to growth for both home health and hospice
  2. Management of the BD team and incentive programs
  3. Transitional Care programs and business development
  4. Business development/sales and marketing strategies
  5. Starting new programs, revenue diversification, collaborations/partnerships
  6. Developing new approaches to growth for both home health and hospice
  7. RACs, ZPICs
  8. New revenue models, payment reform, financial reporting

New Care Delivery Models: Innovations, Collaborations and Partnering

  1. Patient Center Medical Homes, new models and  roles for home care
  2. Medical Innovations, advances in care, care integration
  3. Care Coordination models within home care, collaboration and support
  4. ACOs, IAH issues and key factors in successful approaches
  5. Leadership across the continuum of post-acute care
  6. CMS Innovation Grants: lessons learned and opportunities
  7. Collaboration process: forging collaborative partnerships within health care and with social service providers in the community
  8. Transitional Care Programs/ Continuum of Care
  9. New revenue models, payment reform, financial reporting

Work Force Issues

  1. Training and skills needed by all clinical staff –RNs, LPNs, home health aides and therapists in the new home care world
  2. Certification: RNs, PTs, HHAs and Volunteers—how to achieve and what are important criteria to set you organization apart from others
  3. Professional Practice and Care Standards
  4. Management practices and care of patients receiving therapy today and in the future

Clinical Management and Best Practices

  1. Project Management – knowing the process and key skills to organizational planning
  2. The financial, quality, staff metrics that are necessary in managing home health and hospices
  3. Clinical Accountability, gaining workforce efficiency, staff recruitment and retention
  4. Falls prevention
  5. Person/Patient at the Center of Care
  6. Reducing Readmissions

Technology and HIPAA

  1. Leveraging technology to improve clinical outcomes
  2. How technology increases organizational efficiency
  3. Cyber Compliance/Security
  4. Legal and risk Issues
  5. Telehealth
  6. Cell phones
  7. Other technologies for patients at home
  8. ICD-10: Strategies for successful transition

Growing your Business/New Models of Care

  1. Health coaching
  2. Transitional Care Programs/ Continuum of Care
  3. New revenue models, payment reform, financial reporting
  4. Management of the BD team and incentive programs
  5. Mergers: best practices and lessons learned
  6. New models of care
  7. Reducing Readmissions
  8. Disease management, chronic care management, geriatric healthcare 

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