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2011 Archived Meetings, Webinars & Events

2011 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


  • "CareerCheck Screening Services: Background Check Best Practices" - December 14, 2011 - (FREE for VNAA Members)
    VNAA hosted a free VNAA members-only Webinar on December 14, from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST (2 - 3 p.m. CST; 12 - 1 p.m. PST) on "CareerCheck Screening Services: Background Check Best Practices." Learn about the importance of background checks, best practice processes, and how to best use the technology to improve your agency's internal process. Participants attended to get prepared for the New Year and new employees. Information was discussed on to how reduce fraud and abuse at home health and hospice agencies. Protect your agency's investments by learning how and why you should discover more about your employees' backgrounds. Save money. Webinar presenters included Matthew Levine of CareerCheck.
    • VNAA Members receive a VNAA members-only discount on and CareerCheck programs and services? Contact Fred Gerster at [email protected] or Matt Levine [email protected]

  • "Wound Care in Patients with Chronic Conditions: Best Practices for Vulnerable Patients" - December 1, 2011 - (PLS)- Open to VNAA Members and Non Members - $$
    The VNAA's Professional Lecture Series held a session on "Wound Care in Patients with Chronic Conditions: Best Practices for Vulnerable Patients" on December 1, 2011 from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. EST (10:30 – 11:45 a.m. PST). The purpose of this program was to enable home health clinicians to provide better care to patients with complex skin/wound care needs.
    • Participants were taught how to discuss with physicians the effectiveness of alternatives to wet-to-dry dressing options and describe a care transition plan for patients at risk skin/wound problems due to co-morbidities. It also helped address when wet-to-dry dressings are appropriate as well as when alternatives are available. Methods for moist wound healing and pressure ulcers and how clinicians can best collaborate with physicians who order suboptimal would care treatments utilizing SBAR communication and evidence resources that have been effective in convincing physicians. Key concepts of underpinning the Transitional Care Model (TCM) and other models of transitional care were taught along with how specific co-morbidities such as DM, PVD and impaired mobility impact the transition of care across the continuum of care and the best ways to transition patients with these co-morbidities across the continuum of care.
    • Faculty: Dr. Christine Bradway, RN, CRNP an Assistant Professor of Gerontological Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Barbara Dale, RN, CWOCN, CHHN, Director of Wound Care at Quality Home Health in Livingston, Tennessee.
    • This Webinar program was 75 minutes and was approved for 1.25 Continuing Nursing Education Credit Hours.

  • Healthcare Innovation under the Affordable Care Act - November 14, 2011 - (FREE for ALL)
    On Monday, November 14, at 2:30 p.m. EST (1:30 CST; 11:30 PST) there was an important Affordable Care Act announcement supporting healthcare innovation. The conference call was led by Donald Berwick, MD, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Rick Gilfillan, MD, director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
    • If you are not able to join the call, you can listen to a replay that will be available by calling 866-363-4002 until 11 p.m. EST (10 p.m. CST; 8 a.m. PST) on Wednesday, December 14, 2011. No passcode is necessary to listen to the replay.

  • Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction and Members Only Call - November 18, 2011 (FREE for VNAA Members)
    While no one in Washington, DC knows what the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (aka Super Committee) will do, VNAA is working hard behind the scenes to make sure that its members are heard loud and clear. VNAA is advancing its positions and pushing back against ideas that our members do not support that have been advanced by proprietary agencies. Both Republican and Democratic staff have been very responsive to VNAA efforts and to those of our members. A call was help on Fri., Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. EST (10 a.m. PST) for a members only conference call for further information about our message to Congress and the Super Committee.
  • "Medicare's Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Program: Details and Strategic Implications for Post-Acute Care Providers - Advisory Board Company" - November. 17, 2011 - (FREE for VNAA Members)
    The Advisory Board Company invited all VNAA members to join their teleconference entitled "Medicare's Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Program: Details and Strategic Implications for Post-Acute Care Providers." This 60 minute session was held on Thursday, November 17 from 3 - 4 p.m. EST (12 - 1 p.m. PST). CMS' Innovation Center recently unveiled a major bundled payment initiative offering providers four models for implementing gainsharing and bundled payment programs. Post-acute care providers are eligible to apply for two of the four initiatives, raising questions across the Collaborative about likely cross-continuum partnership scenarios, hospital and physician incentives to collaborate, and key success factors for providers moving forward with these bundling arrangements.

  • "Opportunities on the Horizon at the CMS Innovation Center: A VNAA Members-only Call with Raymond Thorn" - October 28, 2011 (FREE)
    This free teleconference provided VNAA members with information about the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, including updates on current and emerging initiatives such as the Partnership for Patients and the Community Based Care Transitions demonstration. Raymond Thorn, a staff member at the Innovation Center, will give VNAA Members a perspective on opportunities at the Innovation Center, and took about 20 minutes of questions from VNAA members.

  • Cardiology/Heart Failure - "Best Practices for Heart Failure: How to Position Your Agency for Healthcare Reform and Beyond - September 28, 2011 - (PLS)- $$
    The VNAA hosted a Webinar as part of the Professional Lecture Series on Wednesday, September 28, from 2:00  3:30 p.m. EDT. Faculty included: Lisa Gorski, MS, RN, BC, CRNI, FAAN of Wheaton-Franciscan Home Health and Hospice Paula Suter, BSN, MA of VNAA Member agency Sutter VNA and Hospice Beth Hennessey, MSN, RN of the Home Care Association of Arkansas
    • Three main learning objectives of the session included:
      • Describing the parameters for patient assessment and interventions based on national guidelines.
      • Evaluating the three common barriers to self-care, effective methods of patient engagement and the goal setting process.
      • Compare common elements of transition models, current competencies of homecare providers and future opportunities for homecare's unique role in care transitions.
      • Content: The session has been approved for 1.5 Continuing Nursing Education credit hours.
    • Registration Cost: VNAA Members: $75.00 per conference line (unlimited number of attendees per line to share); Nonmembers: $150.00 per conference line (unlimited number of attendees per line to share)
    • This Webinar is brought to you by Cardiocom.

  • "Developing and Communicating Value Propositions for Your Organization" - August 30 - (FREE) - Business Development and Marketing Interest Group - Open to All VNAA Member
    On Tuesday, August 30, from 2  3 p.m. EDT, VNAA held a Webinar where attendees learned how to create a value equation; use features, advantages and benefits in conjunction with a value proposition; define a competitive advantage against your competition; communicate your value with absolute clarity from the perspective of your customers; and, adjust your value proposition as your relationships mature. This session was led by Leif Fellinger, Director of Healthcare Practice at Sales Innovation. Sales Innovation is a sales training and consulting firm that offers healthcare industry specific sales development support.
  • "Pneumococcal Disease Burden in the United States" - August 17 - (FREE)
    The VNAA held a Webinar on Wednesday, August 17, from 2  3 p.m. EDT with Merck presenting a medical education program entitled Pneumococcal Disease Burden in the United States. During this program, expert speaker Martin Mahoney, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Oncology at Roswell Park Center Institute described the impact of pneumococcal disease (PD) with respect to its potential consequences and describe serotype replacement and its effects on PD in the US. Dr. Mahoney assisted participants in understanding the importance of vaccinating appropriate adults against PD as part of the adults Vaccination platform. The information presented in this program was consistent with FDA guidelines.

  • Virtual Workplaces: Trends and a Case Study on the Visiting Nurse Service of New York - July 28 - FREE
    On Thursday, July 28, from 2  3 p.m. EDT, members were invited to join Linda Russell, managing partner of T.C.I. and Shelly Raffle, Manager of the Emergency Response System at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) as they gave attendees an understanding of the uses, costs and outcomes of virtual workplace in the context of a major healthcare responder. What started out as an emergency preparedness measure at VNSNY has unfurled into a work-life balance and retention tool  and evolved into an organization wide facilities planning imperative. VNSNY shared why they adopted the virtual workplace and their outcomes to date with assistance from T.C.I.

  • VNAA Members Call: Home Health Co-Payments and Cuts Looming In Congress, How to Advocate on Behalf of Your Agency - July 19, 2011 - FREE
    Tuesday, July 19 at 2 p.m. EDT VNAA held a call with member to hear the latest update on the debt ceiling negotiations and for members to learn how they can best advocate to their Member of Congress on these issues. We must convince Congress that establishing a co-payment for home health or cutting payments to providers will only shift patients and costs to other care settings. It is also counter-productive because it will increase not decrease Medicare spending.

  • Eighth Annual Healthcare Unbound Conference and Exhbition - July 11-12, 2011, San Diego, CA - $$$ - Member Discount
    The Center for Business Innovation was pleased to announce its Eighth Annual Healthcare Unbound Conference and Exhibition, July 11-12, 2011, held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA. This nationally recognized event focused on remote monitoring, home telehealth, m-health, e-health and social media for managing diseases, promoting wellness and facilitating accountable care. Read a full description about this event, including speakers, topics covered and here.
    VNAA members received a $100 discount on this conference registration fee and $100 earlybird discount.

  • The Academy for Private Duty Home Care - June 14, 2011 - $$
    Leadership at the top is a lonely place. As the head of a successful Private Duty Home Care company, you're often alone in your decision making. There's no one in your organization who really understands your feelings, frustrations, and concerns. Owners, CEOs, and administrators of other successful homecare companies came together for the most intense, the most practical, the most hands-on seminar of its kind...The Academy for Private Duty Home Care. VNAA members received a discount on registration, click here to read more.

  • Success Strategies for Providers: Medicare Home Health Therapy Webinar - May 19 - FREE
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has established new comprehensive regulations on how providers must deliver therapy services to Medicare home health patients. On May 19, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. EST, VNAA presented a free Webinar for VNAA members-only on Medicare Home Health Therapy. The seminar was presented by BKD National Health Care Group and provided information needed to master the new regulations and secure appropriate reimbursement for therapy services. Topics discussed included documentation, the use of therapy assistants, the role of qualified therapist and the timetable for conducting assessments and reassessment. The presenter, Karen Vance, is a supervising consultant with BKD National Health Care Group. She is an occupational therapist with 30 years of homecare experience as a provider and clinical manager. Karen specializes in clinical and general operations consulting services to homecare and hospice agencies and helps providers establish and maintain quality management practices.

  • Financial Managers Group Private Duty Benchmarking Call to be Held - May 18, 2011 - FREE
    Took place on Wednesday, May 18, from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EST. Stephen Tweed, CEO and leading consultant at Leading Home Care was our featured speaker on the FMG call, and offered to give a special VNAA Members-only presentation on the highlights of the 2010 Private Duty Benchmarking Study. The 2010 Benchmarking Study is the latest body of research specifically examining private pay homecare within the context of certified home health agencies. Stephen Tweed is the leading expert in the homecare field on private duty homecare, and has been a healthcare strategist and consultant for more than 25 years. To learn more about the study, click here. This call was open to all VNAA Members for free.

  • Vulnerable Patient Study and Face to Face - Tues., April 5, 2011 - FREE - Members Only
    A full membership call took place on April 5, designed to provide an update on important initiatives that impact members' bottom line. Neleen Rubin, VNAA's lobbying consultant, and Kathleen Sheehan, VNAA's Vice President of Public Policy, provided a comprehensive briefing of next steps on face-to-face (F2F) including what to expect from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Congress. Second, for the last several months, VNAA's Board and Policy Council have been working with researchers at Visting Nurse Service of New York to collect and analyze data on vulnerable patients. This data was presented to MedPAC, to CMS and to key members of Congress to influence decision make on payment adjustment, case mix creep and rebasing. Lastly, find out what forces may be at play with regard to a possible co-payment for home health and hospice.

  • VNAA Annual Meeting - Baltimore - April 13-15, 2011 - $$
    This year's VNAA Annual Meeting hosted many educational breakout sessions, education keynote speakers and, poster sessions and four exceptional preconferences on a variety of exciting topics.

  • Face-to-Face Encounter Requirements - Mon., March 21, 2011 - FREE
    On March 21, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST, the VNAA, in conjunction with BKD Health Care Group, hosted a Webinar on the new Medicare face-to-face (F2F) encounter requirements. Aaron Little, a certified public accountant at BKD, LLP, presented a complimentary Webinar about what VNAA members need to know regarding the home health and hospice physician F2F regulation. Below is a handout from the Webinar which includes: basic information on the F2F encounter requirements, exceptions to the encounter requirements, sample documentation forms for home health agencies and hospice use, updated information from the latest CMS Q&As;, and other useful tools to help ensure agencies are in full compliance with the new regulations.

  • Managing Diabetes in the Home Setting - March 17 - (PLS) - $$
    VNAA hosted a Webinar on Diabetes on March 17, 2011, from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Designed specifically for home health clinicians, this outstanding Webinar was packed full of new and exciting information on diabetes. Over 130 healthcare professionals attended this Webinar and learned new approaches that their clinicians can employ and that patients can use to effectively manage diabetes in the home. This 90-minute PLS also explored how behavior changes and increased patient engagement effects a home monitoring program. In addition, it identified strategies that prevent and reduce complications that can lead to hospitalizations. Faculty included Certified Diabetes Educator, Deborah Fillman, MS, RD, LD, Public Health Director for Green River District Health Department and the 2010 President for the American Association of Diabetes Educator. It also featured Joanne Coyle, RN, BC, MSN, MPH, CDE, who works at VNAA member agency Christiana Care in Delaware. She teaches Diabetes Education and has over 20 years experience in homecare. The panel is rounded out with Family Nurse Practitioner Dixie Harms, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C, BC-ADM. CNE available.
    • To purchase your copy of the session or purchase your CNE contact Eileen Grande at [email protected].

  • Executive Briefing "How To Lose Your Tax-Exempt Status without Really Trying" - March 3 - FREE
    The Executive Briefing was presented by Richard Crom, Acting Director of Customer Education and Outreach at the Exempt Organizations division of the IRS. This presentation covers the six major ways that a 501(c)(3) organization can jeopardize its federal tax-exempt status. As nonprofit managers, we know you would not purposely try to lose your tax exempt status, but with the ever changing landscape of compliance, it becomes more and more difficult to know all the rules.

  • "What Will Impact Current and Future Revenue" - Financial Managers Interest Group (FMG) - Feb. 24 - FREE
    The VNAA held a members only teleconference on Feb. 24, 2011, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST. Guest speaker Tom Boyd covered a variety of topics that VNAA members are interested in that will impact current and future revenue. Guiding the discussion was VNAA member and FMG Chair, Kathleen M. Peterson, Chief Financial Officer of VNA Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri. Guest speaker Tom Boyd is one of the two principals at Boyd and Nicholas, a financial consulting firm serving hospices and home health organizations nationally. Prior to founding Boyd and Nicholas, Mr. Boyd served as an intermediary auditor for more than eleven years.

  • "Phase 2: Establishing the Outline of a Nonprofit VNA Public Relations Campaign" - Business Development and Marketing Interest Group - Feb. 22 - FREE
    The Business Development and Marketing Interest Group held an interactive discussion teleconference on Tuesday February 22, from 2 - 3 p.m. EST. This call was the second of two interactive teleconferences entitled "Phase 2: Establishing the Outline of a Nonprofit VNA Public Relations Campaign."

  • VNAA Second Quarterly Member Benefits Call - Feb. 18 - FREE
    VNAA invited you to join us Friday, February 18, 2011, from 2 - 3 p.m. EST on a free call to refresh members on all member benefits VNAA has to offer. Topics included information on: listservs, educational programs, upcoming events, Group Purchasing (GPO), advocacy, interest groups and much more. The call was free and open to all members and their staff.

  • Face-to-Face Requirements with Healthcare attorney Elizabeth Hogue - Feb. 2, 2011 - FREE
    Healthcare attorney Elizabeth Hogue on Weds., Feb. 2, lead a call from 3 - 4 p.m. EST with information to help providers successfully implement the F2F requirement. Hogue is a private practice attorney with extensive experience in healthcare. She studied health law at the University of Maryland School of Law, where she gained significant clinical experience, course work and employment experience in health law. She has since represented health organizations all over the country, including professional associations, managed care organizations, and institutional healthcare providers.

  • Interactive Teleconference with Dr. Richard Gilfillan, Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation - Jan. 25, 2011 - FREE
    The VNAA held on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, from 12 - 1 p.m. EST an interactive teleconference with Dr. Richard Gilfillan, Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). The CMMI was created in the Affordable Care Act, and is charged with testing "innovative new payment and service delivery models to reduce expenditures...while preserving or enhancing quality of care." During this teleconference, Dr. Gilfillan educated members about the CMMI, and his vision for the upcoming priorities next year. Members also had 20 minutes for an interactive question and answer session.

  • Truth and Possibilities: Honoring the Process and Patient During Hospice Discharge - Jan. 20, 2011 - (PLS) - $$
    The 2011 Professional Lecture Series kicked off on Thursday, January 20, from 2 - 3:15 p.m. EST. with this program. Lead by a team of experts from Pathways Home Health, Hospice and Private Duty, Vanessa Little, D.O., Hospice Medical Director; Emmah Smyth, M.A., Spiritual Care Counselor; Jodi Mallare, RN, Patient Care Manager; and Therese Cohen, MSW, educated participants on an interdisciplinary and comprehensive discharge planning model and effective communication skills. Program objectives included: Assessing possible barriers to effective hospice discharge; effectively communicating information about hospice discharge with patients, families, facilities and coworkers; listing five components of a successful discharge plan; and documenting a complete discharge summary. This Webinar was brought to you with support from Hospice Pharmacia.
    • Registration was $75.00 per conference line for members and $150.00 per conference line for nonmembers. This allowed for an unlimited number of attendees per telephone line to share in the knowledge during these innovative educational sessions.Interested in CE contact hours certificates were issued for a nominal fee of $15.00 per individual request.

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