Throughout the year, the Association offers various Webinars, Audioconferences, on-site programs and on-line education (carelearning.com) that focuses on health care issues that affect Virginia health systems. View our calendar to see these and other VHHA/VHREF educational offerings throughout the year.
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NOTES: Registration for a program below entitles you to one telephone connection at one location, one master set of handouts (with permission to make additional copies for the participants at your location), one Internet connection and an unlimited number of participants from your organization in one listening room.
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Learn from an expert answers to these questions: What is new with APCs for CY2014? Are there more changes in the cardiovascular area? Is there more packaging for CY2014? Are there any changes for physician supervision? What is happening with observation and inpatient Part B billing? What is CMS going to do with the E/M codes? What CPT coding changes will affect APCs? Are there any changes to the provider-based rule (PBR)? What are the major trends for APCs in the coming years?
Target audience: CEO, COO, CFO, CNO, CMO, outpatient clinical staff, nursing staff, physicians, outpatient departmental managers, nurse auditors, ED nursing staff, provider-based clinic nursing staff, coding personnel, internal auditing personnel, financial analysts, compliance personnel, cost accounting personnel, Chargemaster coordinators, cost reporting personnel and coding, billing and claims transaction personnel
This program will cover the CMS interpretive guidelines and regulations related to order sets, protocols, preprinted orders, and standing orders. These guidelines are very confusing for hospitals. This program will demystify the changes and requirements and facilitate compliance.
Target audience: CEO, COO, CMO, CNO, CRO, OR managers and staff, anesthesiologists, surgeons, medical executive committee members, pharmacy directors, respiratory directors, outpatient surgery managers and staff, nurse supervisors and managers, case managers, The Joint Commission coordinators, performance/quality improvement directors, risk managers, safety officers, compliance officers and legal counsel
Medication errors in hospitals are a significant problem. CMS reports that drug related adverse outcomes occur in 1.9 million inpatient stays, which is 5% of all admissions. CMS has published changes to the hospital conditions of participation (CoP) on pharmacy and medication management in 2012 and 2013. Learn strategies from an expert to ensure compliance with the changes and ways to reduce medication errors.
Target audience: CEO, COO, CMO, CNO, pharmacists, nurse supervisors and managers, case managers, The Joint Commission coordinators, performance improvement directors, risk managers, safety officers, compliance officers and legal counsel
This program is for all levels of leaders within your healthcare facility. It doesn't matter whether you are a hospital, outpatient setting, surgery center, long term care or behavioral health; the standards are the same. There are some new expectations for leaders. We will review the challenging standards in the chapter as well, as discuss the new expectations.
Target audience: CEO, COO, CNO, CMO, HR directors, all outpatient and inpatient hospital leadership, nursing leadership, department heads, The Joint Commission coordinators, performance improvement directors, risk managers and compliance officers
Learn from an expert answers to these questions: What constitutes an inpatient admission? How should a physician determine that observation should be used rather than an inpatient admission? What is observation? Should Condition Code 44 be used or not? What is the difference between the “24-Hour” rule and the “Over 2-Midnights” rule? What are the findings in cases such the O’Connor hospital ruling? How has CMS reacted to the O’Connor Hospital Ruling? How does CMS indicate how Part B inpatient billing is to take place? If CMS does not like the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) and Medicare Appeals Council (MAC) rulings, why didn’t they take the case to federal court?
Target audience: CEO, COO, CFO, CNO, CMO, outpatient clinical staff, nursing staff, physicians, outpatient department managers, utilization review staff, medical-surgical nursing staff, ED nursing staff, coding personnel, financial analysts, compliance personnel, Chargemaster coordinators and coding, billing and claims transaction personnel
Social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) continues to grow and affect how people relate to each other. Caregivers and health care professionals are under pressure to "friend" and otherwise use social media platforms to reach patients and others. The use of these platforms can create risks due to altered expectations of patient privacy, treatment, and appropriate patient-caregiver relationships. Understanding the legal risks presented by social media is critical to today's health care environment
Target audience: CEO, COO, CNO, CMO, all hospital leadership, HR directors, marketing and public relations, HIM directors, IT directors, risk managers and legal counsel
CMS reports that EMTALA was the top problematic standard for hospitals and many involved the on-call physician issue. It is essential that every hospital, including critical access hospitals, be in compliance with the federal regulations and interpretive guidelines on EMTALA and the on-call physician requirements. Every hospital that has an emergency department and accepts Medicare and Medicaid patients must follow the federal law on EMTALA. There are stiff penalties for both the hospital and the physician for violating this law and also the possibility of exclusion from the Medicare program. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has specific provisions related to insurers and EMTALA covered patients. Learn from an expert strategies to ensure compliance with these regulations.
Target audience: CEO, COO, CMO, CNO, emergency department physicians, managers, and nurses, OB managers and nurses, behavioral health directors and staff, psychiatrists, nurse supervisors, The Joint Commission coordinators, performance improvement directors, risk managers, safety officers, compliance officers and legal counsel
There have been recent changes to the CMS Conditions of Participation for Medical Records. The Joint Commission changed many of their standards to comply with the CMS. Don’t be unprepared if the state department of health or CMS shows up for a complaint or validation survey. Learn from an expert strategies for complying with these standards with a focus on the recent changes.
Target audience: CEO, COO, CMO, CNO, HIM director and staff, IS director, radiology leadership, lab director, ED director, OR director, ICU/CCU leadership, all clinical nursing leadership, nurse managers/supervisors, medical staff coordinator, The Joint Commission coordinators, quality improvement directors, risk managers, safety officers and compliance officers
Updated CMS data show that 2,217 hospitals will be penalized this year for readmissions and 307 will receive the maximum penalty and lose 1% of base Medicare payments. Care coordination needs to be improved. Two new CPT Transitional Care Management (TCM) codes have been created to improve care coordination and provide better incentives to ensure patients are seen in a physician’s office, rather than be at risk for readmission. CMS’ adoption of codes for TCM services is part of a broader multi-year strategy to recognize and support primary care and care management. Providers who are using the transitional care codes have found it to be worthwhile.
Target audience: CEO, COO, CFO, CNO, CMO, case management, all hospital clinical leadership, business office staff, all coding, billing and claims transaction staff, patient financial management personnel, financial analysts, HIM directors/managers and compliance officers