Upcoming events

    • 25 Apr 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • 27 Apr 2017
    • 2:30 PM
    • DoubleTree by Hilton, Seattle Airport (SeaTac)

    2017 HCAW Annual Conference

    DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport

    18740 International Blvd., Seattle, WA 98188

    April 25th – 27th, 2017

    (Must be logged in for member registration rates. Please call 425.775.8120 if you are a member & do not have a log in)





    Hotel Information

    Conference Brochure: HCAW_ConferenceProgram2017.pdf


    TUESDAY  | 04.25.2017


    Home Health Value-based Purchasing V. 2.0: The program combines an early data analysis of the changes in HHVBP measures outcomes with real  life  successes by clinicians and financial operations professionals that show the pathways to improved patient outcomes, higher achievement scores, and a winning  year  in HHVBP:

     HHVBP Data Analysis: Christine Lang - An early, but deep dive into lessons learned

    •Clinical Services Management: What works to improve HHVBP performance

    •Financial Operations Management: What are the keys to success in HHVBP

    •Open Forum on HHVBP Strategies for Success based on 2016 Experiences

    This program integrates individual HHA experiences with HHVBP learning through a moderated “no boundaries” discussion between conference faculty and attendees.

    Hospital at Home: Per Danielsson, Executive Medical Director & 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. Dr. Danielsson will provide an overview of this program which 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 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.

     Networking Reception: Welcome to HCAW Annual Conference: Please join us & take advantage of this opportunity to connect with friends, colleagues, presenters  &  HCAW  Board members!


    WEDNESDAY | 04.26.2017



    Keynote Presentation: 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 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.
    Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of Matt’s soft book.

    Breakout Session #1: The Impact of Public Policy on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Support: Bob LeRoy, Executive Director Alzheimer’s Association Washington State Chapter.

    Breakout Session #2: Regulatory Update- Laurie Domingo, a report on the first phase of the Probe & Educate Endeavor, the kind of denials encountered and how to avoid them, 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: though it doesn’t directly affect the state of Washington at this time, attendees will want to hear about this significant change in the process that could affect them down the road.

    Breakout Session #3: Recent National Research on Rural Home Health Care Services- Tracy Mroz, PhD, OTR/L, Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington and Susan Skillman, MS, Deputy Director, University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies. Tracy and Sue will share findings from three related studies on home health care in rural America. Topics include “views from the field” about barriers to access to home health care in rural areas; and studies of the impact of community factors and service provision on quality outcomes for home health care among high-risk, rural Medicare beneficiaries. They will focus on what home health providers need to know about current research as well as ask for feedback from providers on interpretation of study results and next steps for research.


    Breakout Session #1: 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.

    Breakout Session #2: Key Drivers & Best Practices for Improving your CAHPS Scores- Lennetta Reynolds, RN, MSN, Pathway Health Services, 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.

    Breakout Session #3: Path of the Heart: Lessons in Caring from Peru- Donna Vincent, RN, BSN, MA Manager of Home Health and Hospice Access Services, Providence. Donna will provide lessons extrapolated from a deep experience  in Peru’s  sacred  understanding  of humanity.  Those  lessons can

    be applied to work with home health and hospice  patients  as  well  as  daily  life  and  reflect a respect of cultural expressions of others. 

    Breakout Session #1A: 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.

    Breakout Session #1B: Rural Home Health - talk with Andrea Manning about  problem  solving  access  to  home  health  care  for  critical  access    hospitals.

    Breakout Session #2: Face to Face- Jennifer Warfield, BSN, COS-C, HCS-D, Education Director, PPS Plus. The importance of accurate  and  complete Face to Face documentation 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. Jennifer will not only provide information on the documentation requirements, but also will give examples of where to find the documentation. While PCR is not piloting in our state, it is highly likely it could be introduced beyond the pilot states in the near future.

    Breakout Session #3A: Business Strategy for Today- 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!

    Breakout Session #3B: Grass Roots Initiative - talk with Board member Brent Korte about starting a “grass roots” activity  in getting your senator  and representatives on a joint home  visit!

    Silent Auction Ends/Wine Raffle

    Join in the networking and support the HCAW PAC. Get your last bids in for the Silent Auction. You’ll also have a chance in the Wine Raffle to go home with a great bottle of wine donated by the HCAW Board members.

    After Hours: Dinner groups form/ Informal networking


    THURSDAY  | 04.27.2017



    Breakfast Meeting/Association Update:

    Treasurer’s report

    Nominating Committee Report

    Recognition  of  new  Board  members  and  retiring  Board  members; Board President & Leadership: Reflect on what we have accomplished in  the  past year.

     Keynote Presentation: National Home Health & Hospice Industry Update - Bill  Dombi, NAHC
    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.

     Legislative Update: Path to Reimbursement Updates/Measurement of Access to Care - Leslie  Emerick

     Breakout Session: Oral Health for Dementia Patients – Karen Lewis, Washington Dental   Service  Foundation

     State Update: In-Home Services Rules Update- John Hilger, Washington  Dept.  of Health

    Awards Luncheon   12:15-2:15pm


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


    Group code: HCA

      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.

    Conference Sponsors



    Washington State Department of Health Rural Health Program


    Conference Exhibitors




    • 07 Jun 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 09 Jun 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Wesley Homes, Terrace Auditorium, 816 S 216th St, Des Moines, WA 98198

    Wesley Homes, Terrace Auditorium
    816 South 216th St
    Des Moines, WA 98198

    June 7-8, 2017
    8:00 am – 4:00 pm

    COS-C Exam:
    June 9, 2017
    Registration 8:15 am - 8:45 am
    Must be seated by 8:45 am
    Testing 9:00 am - 11:30 am



Past events

12 Apr 2017 Outcomes, OASIS and Your Agency Star Ratings Webinar
22 Mar 2017 Live Discharges: Getting It Right! Webinar
01 Feb 2017 2017 HCAW Annual Awards Nominations
27 Jan 2017 Rural Home Health Provider Conference Tuition Scholarship
26 Jan 2017 "Hospice Billing" 3-Part Webinar Series
19 Jan 2017 "Is Your Scheduler 2017 Ready?" Webinar
18 Jan 2017 Disaster Preparedness Regulations- recorded webcast
12 Jan 2017 Who Can Sleep Tight…When Bed Bugs Bite!
13 Dec 2016 Confidently Auditing Therapy Documentation: A Primer for Quality Assurance, Performance Improvement & Clinician Proficiency Webinar
10 Nov 2016 The Aide’s Role in Patient Centered Care Webinar
09 Nov 2016 “Transition to Practice” For New Graduates to Home Health Webinar
27 Oct 2016 "Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR)" Class
17 Oct 2016 WCEI Skin & Wound Management Course
11 Oct 2016 The Most Important Conversation We’re Not Having – Advance Care Planning Webinar
06 Oct 2016 Oral Health for Caregivers: Training of Trainers Workshops
16 Sep 2016 Presentation RFP for the 2017 HCAW Annual Conference
08 Sep 2016 Introduction to Community Paramedicine Webinar
01 Sep 2016 2016 HIPAA – Texting and Emailing Guidelines Webinar
17 Aug 2016 Wound Care Documentation Webinar
21 Jul 2016 How Fast Can You Run & How High Can You Jump? The 2017 HH Payment Hurdles!! Webinar
19 Jul 2016 Maintenance Therapy: Effective Operationalizing of the Regulations
19 Jul 2016 ICD-10-Coding Updates & Clarifications Webinar
08 Jun 2016 Blueprint for Oasis Accuracy
19 Apr 2016 2016 HCAW Annual Conference
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