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2009-2008 Archived Meetings, Webinars & Events

2009-2008 Archived PLS and Other Teleconferences and Webinars:

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(PLS) - stands for VNAA Professional Lecture Series (PLS)
($$$) - stands for cost associated with Webinar
(FREE) - means there is no cost associated with participating
(Members-Only) - means only VNAA members can attend

2009 Webinars/Teleconferences

In 2009, the VNAA offered an exciting variety of educational opportunities and topics for members and nonmembers:

  • VNAA offered more than 20 distance learning education programs (see below), 10 of which provided CE Contact Hours credit.
  • 1,104 VNAA members participated in these programs and;
  • VNAA awarded 803 CE Contact Hours certificates.
  • VNAA also offered 31 educational activities during the 2009 Annual Meeting, including 23 educational breakout sessions eligible for CE Contact Hours, two pre-conferences and six other non-Contact Hours programs.

A few of the distance learning topics during 2009 (CE and non-CE Contact Hours programs) included:

  • Reducing Falls in the Home: Medication Intervention and the Role of the Visiting Nurse
  • Keep Gift Dollars Flowing During Tough Economic Times
  • Managing Your Unemployment Costs in Today's Environment
  • Travel Health Update
  • Swine-origin Influenza A (H1N1) Virus (S-OIV)
  • Wound Care Product Selection
  • Field Staff Performance: How Does Your Agency Compare with a Clinician Scorecard Benchmark?
  • Clinical update on seasonal and H1N1 flu viruses
  • Quality End of Life Outcomes: Meeting Mission and Medicare Compliance
  • Advances in Hospice Quality: Involving the Right Team Members
  • Congestive Heart Failure Update
  • Improving Clinical Outcomes through a Home Health Agency and Psychiatric Hospital Collaboration


  • "Congestive Heart Failure Update" - Dec. 10, 2009
    This program was held on Thursday, December 10, 2009, from 2 - 3 p.m. EST. Faculty Geraldine A. Abbatiello, PhD, ACHPN, GNP- BC, PMHNP, RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and Lorraine Ferrara, RN, BSN, MA, Education Coordinator at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York presented this update on care of the Heart Failure patient in the home. Dr. Abbatiello has worked in acute care, rehabilitation center, community health departments and has been a professor on many different subjects, most recently at Pace University in the Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program. Ms. Ferrara has experience in a hospital, as a clinical field supervisor, coordinated with the Public Health Department of NY, acted as an education manager at a large hospital's homecare agency, and currently works to implement an "Evidence-Based Practice Improvement" model. She developed an evidence-based Heart Failure program including protocols, educational package for nurses and a self-care guide book.

  • "Train the Train OASIS-C Teleconferences" - Dec. 8
    CMS is planning to hold a three-part series of a National Train the Trainer conference calls on a variety of topics related to the OASIS-C implementation. All calls are free of charge. Registration information including program details are currently not available, but VNAA will send out a reminder through the listserv once we have that information.

  • **NOTE: Not a teleconference** Travel Healthcare Training Opportunity - Nov. 19-22 - Hawthorne, NY
    Gail Rosselot offered the 23rd Westchester Course Travel Healthcare Training Program, Nov. 19-21, in Hawthorne, NY. The Westchester Course was developed over a number of years in response to a recognized need among health professionals who provide travel health services to diverse population groups. The course was specifically designed to address the process and content of the pre-travel consultation and included information about practice management, legal issues in travel health and professional development. In response to the ISTM Certificate in Travel Health Examination, the course also provided an introduction to the ISTM Body of Knowledge. Emerging standards of care for U.S. travel health care was also addressed. The course is also pending approval for 20.0 CNE credits.

  • "Train the Train OASIS-C Teleconferences" - Nov. 12
    CMS held a three-part series of a National Train the Trainer conference calls on a variety of topics related to the OASIS-C implementation.

  • Improving Clinical Outcomes through a Home Health Agency and Psychiatric Hospital Collaboration - Nov. 4
    This teleconference was held on Nov. 4, at 1:00 p.m., EDT. The main objective of the session was to provide strategies and tools to help home health agencies seeking to improve clinical care for patients with mental health co-morbidities. Faculty Rosemary Unnold, RN, MSN, the V.P. of Clinical Operations at HomeHealth Visiting Nurses and Mary Jane Krebs, APRN, BC, currently the Chief Clinical and Nursing Officer at Spring Harbor Hospital, presented a program focusing on HomeHealth Visiting Nurse's outcome review with their Professional Advisory Committee that led to an initiative to improve mental health skills in direct care staff.

  • "Human Resources for Clinicians" - Oct. 29
    This teleconference was held on Oct. 29, from 2:00-3:00 p.m., EDT. Gary S. Grayshaw, SPHR, Senior Vice President, Human Resources at the VNA of Greater Philadelphia presented. Gary has a dedicated career with more than 25 years experience in various Human Resources roles and assignments. His work in Home Care has been with The VNA of Greater Philadelphia and Hospice of Philadelphia since 2005. Prior to that he worked in the Long Term Care industry for 14 years, primarily with Continuing Care Retirement Communities. His professional experience also includes service with nonprofit and for-profit organizations, multi-state and single-site operations, and union-free and unionized workplaces.

  • "Train the Train OASIS-C Teleconferences" - Oct. 22
    This teleconferences was held on Oct. 22, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., EST. CMS held a three-part series of a National Train the Trainer conference calls on a variety of topics related to the OASIS-C implementation. Download the presentation from the call, click here!

  • October Hospice Webinar Series - Discussion on Current Hospice Issues - Oct. 22
    This teleconference was held on October 22, 2009 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST.

  • October Hospice Webinar Series - Advances in Hospice Quality: Involving the Right Team Members - Oct. 21
    This teleconference was held on October 21, 2009 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST.

  • October Hospice Webinar Series - Quality End of Life Outcomes: Meeting Mission and Medicare Compliance - Oct. 20
    This teleconference was held on October 20, 2009 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

  • Disease Management In Relation to OASIS C - Sept. 22
    This teleconference was held on Sept. 22, 3:00-4:00 p.m., EDT and hosted/sponsored by Briggs Corporation.

  • Succession Planning - Sept. 2
    This teleconference was held on Sept. 2, 2:00-3:00 p.m., EDT and hosted/sponsored by The Corridor Group, Inc.

  • "Ensuring a Graceful Exit: When and How of Putting Together an Effective Plan for CEO Transition" - Sept. 1
    This teleconference was held on Sept. 1, 3 p.m., EDT and hosted by Briggs Corporation.

  • Fall-related Brain Injury in Older Adults: Focus on Home Health Setting - Aug. 7

  • "Field Staff Performance: How Does Your Agency Compare with the SHP Clinician Scorecard Benchmark?" - June 15
    Hosted by VNAA preferred vendor, Strategic Healthcare Programs, LLC (SHP), the purpose of this program is to Review data from 2008 and compare 92 VNAA members to the performance benchmarks from 1,800 home health agencies; identify areas for improvement; examine national statistics for average case load, case weights, outcomes, unplanned hospitalizations, etc.

  • Wound Care Product Selection - June 25
    There was a free education teleconference entitled Wound Care Product Selection on June 25. This education program was presented by Kate Monahan, RN, BS, CRRN, CWOCN and Mary Farren, RN, MSN, CWOCN of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. The program provided nurses with the information and tools needed to appropriately select wound care products based on the patient's current wound healing phase.

  • VNAA Member Benefits for Hospice - June 18
    There was a Hospice Membership Information teleconference on Thursday, June 18. Over half of VNAA's current members have hospice programs, and there has been an increase in requests from members for more support and member benefits for hospice. As VNAA staff work to boost hospice benefits and recruit new hospice members, we reached out to the current membership for input on new member benefits. This teleconference reviewed the current benefits available to agencies with hospice programs, and provided an opportunity for members to discuss additional hospice-related benefits that would add value to the VNAA membership.

  • Fractures in the System: Consumer Experience w/Chronic Illness - June 1 Members joined VNAA and Dr. Susan C. Reinhard, Senior Vice President at AARP, in discussing the state of chronic conditions and care in health systems today and how the nursing profession can improve patient care by implementing successful chronic care models. Dr. Reinhard directs the AARP Public Policy Institute, the focal point for public policy research and analysis at the federal, state and international levels. She also serves as the Chief Strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America at AARP, a national resource and technical assistance center created to ensure that America has the nurses it needs to care for all of us now and in the future.

  • Assessing Outcomes Vital to Independent Living in Late Life - April 21
    Review of contemporary approaches to functional assessment and how they can be useful in working with older adults. Dr. Alan Jette, the director of the Boston University Health and Disability Research Institute and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Boston University's School of Public Health, focused on discussing the limitations of traditional functional assessment methods, explained the advantages of contemporary methods of functional assessments, demonstrated how to apply functional assessments and explained how they are useful in working with older adults with chronic health problems. The presentation introduced an assessment tool that Dr. Jette helped develop, which was recently endorsed by the American Occupational Therapy Association and will be used to measure functional improvement for the AOTA's national outcomes database.

  • Protime Testing Concepts, Methods, and Instrumentation - Feb. 10
    VNAA members were invited to join Omni Medical Supply, Inc., a long standing preferred vendor of the VNAA, for a Webinar, which focused on protime testing in a patient's home. An expert representative from Omni Medical Supply, Inc., provided an overview of protime testing, discussed how it compares to reference laboratories, and examined the differences between the monitors currently in the marketplace and how to choose the most appropriate one based on agency makeup.

  • GlaxoSmithKline - Flu Vaccine Offerings - Feb. 6
    While preparing for VNAA's flu vaccine pre-booking period opening, GlaxoSmithKline hosted a teleconference to review contract details and take questions.

  • VaxServe, a sanofi pasteur company - Flu Vaccine Offerings - Feb. 5
    This teleconference was hosted by VaxServe, a sanofi pasteur company, focusing on its flu vaccine offerings to VNAA members for the 2009-2010 season.

  • Novartis - Flu Vaccine Offerings - Feb. 3
    Novartis presented details about its flu vaccine offerings for the 2009-2010 season.

  • "Build a Competitive Flu Program through Increased Immunization among Under-18 Population" - Jan. 26
    This teleconference, hosted by the VNAA and VaxServe, a sanofi pasteur company, focused on strengthening and growing existing immunization business for the 2009-2010 flu season. Presenting live from the VNA of Monroe County in East Stroudsburg, Penn., Judith Coates, the director of immunization initiatives at sanofi pasteur, led the discussion about expanding flu immunization offerings to those 18 years of age and under to provide your agency with a competitive edge in a market where most retail and community immunizers currently do not target.

  • "Keep Gift Dollars Flowing During Tough Economic Times" - Jan. 22
    This teleconference was presented by Marguerite McCurry, Director, Development and Communications and Tina Del Piero, Development Manager at Central Coast Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice in Monterey, California. It focused on how to get back to basics during these economically challenging times and how to fully utilize your board members and volunteers to keep the gift dollars flowing.
  • "Final 403(b) Regulations Impacts on 501(c)(3) Organizations" - Jan. 16
    The VNAA and preferred vendor Security Benefit/The RAM Group, Inc. hosted a teleconference on pre-tax/tax deferred benefit programs. Thomas J. Granger, sales director, qualified plans, of Security Benefit provided the latest regulatory updates related to 403(b) plans and share expertise and insight to help facilitate forthcoming challenges and changes. Entitled "Final 403(b) Regulations Impacts on 501(c)(3) Organizations," the presentation covered the latest rules and deadlines, including Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) eligibility, announced by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as well as best practices.

  • Financial Managers Group Teleconference - Jan. 13
    Included a legislative update, a regulatory update, a group discussion of current Medicare payment issues and topic of current member interest.

  • Professional Development Teleconference - Jan. 13
    VNAA and Philips Lifeline sponsored a professional development teleconference to educate visiting nurse staff about the impact of medications - both positive and negative - on falls among community-dwelling older adults and to present evidence-based interventions related to medication use that nurses can implement to prevent falls in the home setting. The featured speaker was Kathleen Cameron, BS Pharm, MPH who is the former director of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) Research and Education Foundation and is currently President and CEO of Cameron Senior Care Services, a private consulting firm that focuses on projects and issues related to medication use and aging, Medicare Part D and the long-term care continuum.

2008 Opportunities

  • VNAA held 14 CE Contact Hours and non-CE Contact Hours distance learning programs.
  • The 2008 Annual Meeting offered 20 educational breakout sessions eligible for 20 CE Contact Hours.

In 2008, a few of the distance learning topics in 2008 (CE and non-CE Contact Hour programs) included:

  • Influenza Disease Burden and Influenza Vaccine Options
  • Mediating Conflict Resolution for Seniors and Their Families
  • Top 10 Best Practices for Building a Strong Telehealth Program
  • Fear of Falling: An Emerging Public Health Problem for Community Older Adults
  • Eden at Home: A Grassroots Approach to Redefining Care in Our Communities

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