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Rural Home Health Provider Conference Tuition Scholarship

2017 HCAW Annual Conference

DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport

18740 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188

April 25th – 27th, 2017

Please join us for the Home Care Association of Washington Annual Conference.  Learn how to “Unleash Superhero Powers” in your agency and maneuver through the changing reimbursement, regulatory and competitive environment.  You will obtain information on the realities as well as innovative opportunities, strategies and partnerships for success.

April 25 Pre-conference agenda preview:

  •  ·         Home Health Value Based Purchasing Phase II………..NAHC collaborative presentation on the first year of HHVBP data analysis combined with clinical and financial best practices. 
  • ·         Hospital at Home……………………………………………………...Per Danielsson,  Executive Medical Director and Director of Care Transformation at Swedish Medical Center, authored a proposal for the new high touch high tech program to take care of hospital-level patients at home.  Learn about this program that is slated to roll out in early 2017.
  • ·         Provider alignment to Achieve Improved Outcomes…..Joan Valentine, RN, MSA, VP of Quality and Clinical Integration at US Medical Management, will discuss the importance of aligning all the providers in the patient’s continuum of care to improve outcomes.  Joan has significant experience in working with CMMI (Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation) as well as both a Pioneer ACO, a Shared Savings program and a member of the CMMI post-acute care continuum task force.
  • ·         The Art of the Possible………………………………………………..  Kevin Childs, Group Practice Leader, One Source-After Hours Triage and UbeRNurse: Kevin will provide insights into opportunities to elevate satisfaction levels of patients, caregivers and employees as well as ways to mitigate costs associated with regulatory change and maximize reimbursement.

April 26 Conference agenda preview:

  • ·         Keynote Matt Jones: will inspire and energize you using his personal story of overcoming cancer three times, relearning how to walk, and running a marathon to provide real life success strategies. You will walk away energized and with practical action steps you can apply immediately. Matt is known for delivering inspirational presentations in an energetic style that moves audiences to achieve greater success personally and professionally. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Matt’s paperback book.
  • ·         The Impact of Public Policy on Alzheimer's Research, Care & Support. by Bob LeRoy, Executive Director, Alzheimer's Association Washington Chapter.
  • ·         Regulatory update by Lauri Domingo to include a report on the first phase of the Probe & Educate: the kind of denials encountered, how to avoid them and what to expect in Round 2 of P&E;  current regulations for home health certification and recertification; the CMS reg of incorporating home health agency documentation into the physician’s medical record to support eligibility; Pre-Claim Review Demonstration and how it could affect Washington state providers in the future.
  • ·         Access to Rural Home Healthcare Services: Views from the field.  Susan Skillman, Deputy Director Workforce Studies, Associate Director WWAMI Area Health Education Center, Investigator WWAMI Rural Health Research Center will give an overview of the study that was published on home healthcare access in February 2016. How can we use this information in moving forward and what additional research is needed?
  • ·         Palliative Care:  Filling the Gaps.  Amber Hahn-Keenan, Sr. Manager of Finance and Operations, VM Memorial Compass Care, will share how palliative care is tying it all together and supporting the growth of their home health and hospice programs and meeting the needs of the community.  She will describe the path to getting where they are and what is next as they continue to explore innovative ideas and programs.
  • ·         Key Drivers and Best Practices for Improving CAHPS scores:  Lisa Swenson, MHA, LNHA, Director of Home Health and Hospice, Pathway Health, will help participants understand the key components to CAHPS scoring, best practices common to highest performance and major drivers of patient satisfaction as measured by the CAHPS survey tools.
  • ·         Lessons in Caring/Peru:  Donna Vincent, RN, BSN, MA Manager of Home Health and Hospice Access Services, Providence, will provide lessons that can be applied to home health/hospice care as well as personal daily life.  These lessons were extrapolated from a deep experience gained in Peru’s sacred understanding of humanity and reflect a respect of cultural expressions of others.
  • ·         Successful Bundling:  Eula Ramroop, MsHA, Regional Associate Vice President of Orthopedic, Spine and Podiatry service line for CHI Franciscan, will describe Orthopedic Value Based bundles, the impact on home health, strategies for operating successfully in a bundle, alignment across settings  and evidence that the home is the preferred setting for best clinical outcomes.
  • ·         Face to Face……….   Jennifer Warfield, BSN, COS-C, HCS-D, Education Director, PPS Plus will discuss importance of accurate and complete Face to Face documentation.  This became very evident in Round One of the Probe and Educate audits.  With Round 2 soon to be underway, and with Face to Face being an important aspect of Pre Claim Review, this presentation is important and timely.
  • ·         Best Business Strategy for today:  Kindness….Donna Cameron  will be speaking on the importance of developing and nurturing a culture of kindness in the workplace.  Studies have shown a 20% increase in performance and that employees are 87% less likely to leave with the kindness culture!
  • ·         Networking Opportunities:  There will be Informal networking and organized sharing groups focused on Rural Home Health, Performance Improvement and HCAW Board 101.
  • ·         Exhibitor Fair Learn about products and services that will enhance your business operations and support care delivery.  The exhibitor fair will feature an Open Mic session for exhibitors to share new features of their products and services.
  • ·         Silent Auction:  Support the PAC  by donating to the silent auction and/or purchasing some of the items up for bid!

April 27 Conference Agenda

  • ·         Key Note Address: Bill Dombi, Vice President of The Center for Health Care Law, a nonprofit, public interest law firm, established by NAHC in January 1987. Bill will give an update on federal regulatory, legislative and legal issues with projections as to what is ahead!
  • ·         Annual Meeting:  all current and prospective members are encouraged to attend!! Get to know your Board members!
  • ·         Update on state legislative activity and HCAW advocacy efforts….Greg Pang and Leslie Emerick
  • ·         In-Home Services Revised Rules Review…… John Hilger, Department of Health

Key Note Address Presenters:

Matt Jones:

Matt will inspire and energize you using his personal story of overcoming cancer three times, relearning how to walk, and running a marathon to provide real life success strategies. After hearing Matt speak, audiences members walk away energized and with practical action steps they can apply immediately. Matt is known for delivering inspirational presentations in an energetic style that moves audiences to achieve greater success personally and professionally.

Bill Dombi:

              Federal Legislative & Regulatory Update and Projections for What’s Ahead

Bill is the Vice President at The Center for Health Care Law whic is a nonprofit, public interest law firm, established by NAHC in January 1987. He is an attorney with more than 27 years of experience challenging arbitrary governmental actions, he has acted as director since its inception.


There are still opportunities for

Sponsorship or Exhibiting

Click here for information on Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities:
2017 Exhibitor and sponsor packet.docx

To Register to Exhibit:
Send completed form to info@hcaw.org
Click here: 2017 Conference Exhibitor Registration form.docx

2017 HCAW Annual Awards
April 27, 2017 12:30-2:30pm       

Now is the time to write about your employees or volunteers in home care, home health, or hospice whose service is deserving of honor and recognition. Your staff, colleagues and volunteers deserve our praise.  These are the individuals who make your company better by being a part of it. The hardest working contributors to the in-home service industry justly deserve this recognition. These are the people who truly make a difference in the lives of others. These individuals are our quiet heroes who go unnoticed.  Let us honor and award them.

 As you write your scenario about these people, reach deep into your heart to tell their stories with some specifics: why they are different, why they stand out, and why they deserve this prestige’s recognition.  The more heartfelt a submission is, the better chance that person has in being chosen. 

 Applications must be completed by a member in your agency and submitted to HCAW by March 17, 2017. 
Each agency may submit only one nominee
per category.  The Awards Committee will review the nominations and choose one winner from each category.  The awards will be presented at a special luncheon on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 during our Spring Conference. If you want a real treat, be sure to attend the luncheon to feel the excitement, witness the humility, and see the pride on the faces of the recipients and their respective agencies. On this day everyone is a winner!  This day makes all of us proud!

If you haven’t already done so, Nominate a Hero Today!

Hotel Information
DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport
18740 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188


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Rural Home Health Provider
Conference Tuition Scholarship

Thanks to a generous grant from the Department of Health Rural Health Office, HCAW is excited to provide 8 full registration scholarships to Rural home health providers for our Annual Spring Conference, April 25 -27 in Seattle. Please note:  these scholarships will cover tuition for the full conference, but do not include travel or accommodations.

Rural providers wishing to apply for a scholarship will need to complete an application and submit  to HCAW by March 3, 2017.  HCAW will confirm if your application for a free scholarship that will be accepted by March 10, 2017.    Click here to apply for a scholarship:

Click Here For Online Submissions
(for online submissions you will need to log in, it is only available for members)

or email submission form to info@hcaw.org
Rural Home Health Provider conference tuition scholarship submission form.docx

  This year’s conference theme is “Unleash your Super Hero Team.” The pre conference and conference agendas promise 3 days packed with valuable information ranging from Home Health Innovation to Regulatory Requirements!  scroll down for more detailed information on the agenda & registration.
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