Webinar: Succeeding With the New CoPs

Best Practice Tips for CoP Success with our Panel of Experts!

Webinar: October 24, 2018, 1:00 – 2:00PM ET

The 2018 Home Health CoP Final Interpretive Guidelines are finally here. While many of the draft guidelines remain the same, agencies are still left with questions. What are best practices for developing a plan of care? What are the best care coordination tactics? Is my emergency preparedness plan survey ready?

Join us for a 60-minute webinar where we’ll not only discuss the CoP final guidelines, but will also answer some of your most pressing questions. This session will be presented by Fazzi experts along with a panel of industry leaders who will provide real insights on how they’ve implemented the new CoPs successfully within their organizations.

Designed for clinical managers, directors and clinicians, this is not another overview of the new rules. We will address all of your questions with how-to responses!

$199 per site includes both the live webinar and the webinar recording.

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Expert Panelists

Freda Bennett, 
Quality Manager,
Maury Regional Home Services

Rosemary Edmonds, BSN, RN
Administrator
Maury Regional Home Services

Incy S. Muir, RN, MPA, NEA-BC
Lead Nurse Planner
Fazzi Associates

Gina Mazza, BSN, RN, CPHQ
Senior Vice President Regulations and Compliance
Fazzi Associates

Cindy Campbell, RN, BSN, CHHCM, CHCM
Director of Operational Consulting
Fazzi Associates

Accuracy of Coding and OASIS Documentation Will Be Even More Important Under PDGM

Patient Driven Groupings Model
Patient Driven Groupings Model

While we don’t know exactly what the final Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) will look like, we do expect the proposed factors impacting the case mix weight adjustments to remain the same in the finalized PDGM. As you can see from this diagram, under PDGM, primary and secondary diagnosis codes will drive the clinical group assignment and the comorbidity adjustment. OASIS documentation will continue to drive the functional level scoring. Specificity and accuracy will be critical.

Additionally, because of the change to 30-day payment periods, turnaround time for coding and OASIS reviews will also be extremely important. If there was ever a time to explore Fazzi’s audits, outsourced coding and OASIS review services – the time is now! Learn where your agency stands and ensure you’re receiving appropriate and timely reimbursement while protecting your bottom line. We’re one of the largest and most experienced home health coding providers and our experts have been studying PDGM since its inception.

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Are You OASIS-D Ready?

As we approach the final quarter of year, it’s time to make sure your OASIS-D plans are in place! Fazzi offers several ways for agencies to prepare – we have something for every need and budget.

The Fazzi Learning Center: The Fazzi Learning Center is our online university of high quality, affordable and on demand trainings for your entire organization. Customers automatically get the following with their subscription:

  • 3-Part Crosswalk Training Webinar Series
  • Crosswalk Companion Tip Sheet for use in the office and the field
  • OASIS-D Proficiency Test in December
  • Comprehensive OASIS training package for all levels with content updated for OASIS-D

Onsite OASIS-D Training: Our two-day, OASIS-D Readiness onsite intensive training is far more than an explanation of what will change with OASIS-D. It will provide an extensive foundation of OASIS, including a focus on the OASIS Items that impact publicly reported Home Health Compare outcomes, star ratings and agency reimbursement. It will also provide extensive training on the new OASIS-D GG and J Items to ensure an understanding of these complex new areas of the assessment.

3-Part Webinar Series: Lastly, there is still time to sign up for our webinar series, OASIS-D: Out with the Old, In with the New, as a standalone training option.

Register Now for the 3 Part OASIS-D Webinar Series

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Free Training! Preparing for Emergencies

As Hurricane Florence makes landfall, natural gas explosions occur in Massachusetts and fires burn out west, we are reminded of the hard work and dedication shown by healthcare workers across the nation as they work tirelessly to keep their patients safe.  During times like these we truly see the courage and compassion provided by members of our industry, and for that we are grateful.

Our thoughts are with those impacted by the disaster events occurring around the country, and we wish everyone a safe and expeditious recovery.  To help all agencies impacted by these disasters and to prepare for others to come, we are extending complimentary access to our newly developed Emergency Preparedness Training Series for Home Health and Hospice Aides.  It’s a small gesture, but one we hope will be valuable to all agencies and their patients.

To access the training, click the link below and feel free to forward this e-mail to others.

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Case Management Certification Course Begins September 17

case management credentials

The next preparation course for our industry’s only case management certifications, the Certified Home Health Case Manager (CHHCM) and the Certified Hospice Case Manager (CHCM), begins September 17.

  • Early bird pricing for the course and exam package is $399 for one exam through September 11. 
  • Agencies that register 10 or more people for this package are eligible for a further discount of $375 per seat. 

Why are these credentials so valuable:

The new Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs), the upcoming Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) payment reform, the expanding Hospice Item Set (HIS) and increased scrutiny of hospice require new levels of expertise. Today, case managers must master goal directed, patient centered care planning; clinical best practices; interdisciplinary team management; time management; documentation and more – all while putting the patient first and, yes, loving the job!

About the CHHCM and CHCM:

  • These credentials can be achieved by taking the CHHCM and/or CHCM examination online through the Fazzi Learning Center.
  • An eight-week online preparation course for these examinations begins September 17.
  • With the bundle package, participants may choose the Home Health Track or the Hospice Track or they may do both. They may also choose to take the CHHCM exam or the CHCM exam or pay a small upgrade fee to do both.
  • Certificate holders get a wealth of free resources. You’ll enter a collaborative community of case management professionals and receive ongoing complimentary best practice webinars and other resources.
  • Participants will be inspired by course instructor Cindy Campbell’s expertise, energy and zeal for case management (even those who may fear that outstanding case management is becoming a “lost art”).

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OASIS-D Webinar Series

Join us for a three-part webinar series covering everything you need to know to become OASIS-D ready. Register by August 31st to receive early bird pricing of $349 per site for all three trainings!

It’s finally here! CMS published the draft 335 page OASIS-D guidance manual and the changes are as big as expected. Agencies will need to train their staff now to be prepared for January 1, 2019.

Registration is now open for our three-part OASIS-D Readiness Webinar Series, “Out With the Old; In With the New”, covering everything you need to know to become OASIS-D ready.

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The three-part webinar series includes:

Part 1: OASIS-D the Basics
October 17 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. EDT

In this first session, we begin to build a foundation for OASIS-D with these topics; items removed or revised and their implications, risk adjustment and the calculation of outcomes in OASIS-D, comparison of data between home health care and other post-acute care settings: long-term care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and inpatient rehabilitation facilities, implications of new OASIS-D items, OASIS Q&As and OASIS-D, GG0100 Prior Functioning: every day activities, GG0110 Prior Device Use.

Part 2: Assessing Self-Care Abilities and Reporting of Falls
October 31 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

In Part 2, we explain and discuss the new OASIS-D Items, including; GG0130 Self: eating, oral hygiene, toileting hygiene, shower/bathe self, upper body dressing, lower body dressing, putting on/taking off footwear, J1800 Any Falls Since SOC/ROC, J1900 Number of Falls Since SOC/ROC.

Part 3: Assessing Mobility
November 14 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

Lastly, in Part 3, we’ll go in depth into the new OASIS-D mobility items, including; GG0170 Mobility: rolling left and right, sit to lying, lying to sitting on side of bed, sit to stand, chair/bed-to-chair transfer, toilet transfer, car transfer, walk 10 feet, walk 50 feet with two turns, walk 150 feet, walking 10 feet on uneven surfaces, one step (curb), four steps, twelve steps, picking up object, does patient use wheelchair/scooter, wheel 50 feet with two turns/type of wheelchair or scooter, wheel 150 feet/type of wheelchair or scooter.

And that’s not all. Should there be any additional updates or changes once the final guidance is released in November, those who purchase the series will receive a complimentary bonus webinar session outlining these changes. Ensure you clinicians are OASIS-D ready and sign up today. The OASIS-D Package includes the live webinar series and recording of all of the sessions.

Register by August 31st to receive early bird pricing of $349 per site (save $50).

Questions? Contact info@fazzi.com or 800.379.0361.

PDGM Complimentary Webinar Recording

CMS has issued the proposed rule on the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) formerly known as the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM), required by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018.

Learn about this critically important overhaul of the home health prospective payment system and what you need to know to prepare your agency for the future. Using Fazzi’s Strategic Management Model, this webinar discusses 1) What We Know, 2) What it Means and 3) What You Should Do About it.

Presented by Gina Mazza BSN, RN, CPHQ and Cindy Campbell RN,BSN.

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Thank You from Bob Fazzi

As you probably know, this is a historic time for Fazzi. First, as you’ve heard, we have been acquired by Mediware, a leading supplier of software solutions that help health care and human services providers. This is a company with strong visionary leadership and the drive and resources we need to expand our reach, impact and value for all segments of home-based health care. You will be hearing a lot more about them in the days to come, but for now, let me simply say they are exceptional. We could not have found a better partner.

Second, we now have an official change in leadership at Fazzi. Tim Ashe has assumed the role of President. This should not be a surprise to anyone. Tim has served as Fazzi’s COO for the past two years. He not only knows and has lived the history and culture of Fazzi — he helped create it. He is a passionate leader with impeccable credentials, experience, knowledge. Fazzi is in great hands.

Then there is me. It is transition time. I would be less than honest if I didn’t say that this transition is bittersweet. It is the right time and the right thing to do, but I will miss serving as leader of Fazzi. I will miss the excitement of coming to work and being part of creating innovative programs and services. I will miss knowing and watching the impact we have on thousands of agencies and millions of patients and their families nationwide. And of course, I will miss the daily interaction I have with Fazzi staff, colleagues and friends who really care about what they do and how they do it.

And finally, I must say I will miss the interaction I have had with you and thousands of other people either in person or through our programs, newsletters, training and services. As hokey as this sounds, I honestly believe we are part of a community who truly makes a difference in our country and this world. I have been awed by watching your passion and work; I have been honored that many of you have used Fazzi for services or for information and I have been inspired to know that together, we have proven that home based health care can be the center of America’s health care system.

I will continue to be involved with Fazzi and our industry in a strategic role, but for now I want to express my sincere thanks to each of you. You really have made this part of my life’s journey one of the most exciting and meaningful. I may not know every one of you personally, but there is one thing I can tell you: If you are involved in our field — regardless of your position — you are special. You really are contributing to making this world a better place. My sincere thanks.

Bob Fazzi

Fazzi Joins Mediware

On behalf of everyone here at Fazzi Associates, I am excited to share with you our news that we are joining the Mediware family of companies.

Mediware is a leading supplier of software solutions that help health care and human services providers improve efficiency, support business growth, and provide intelligent care to patients and people in need.

By joining the Mediware portfolio, Fazzi Associates will have access to new resources, including investments in technology and infrastructure that will enable us to deliver an even more advanced suite of offerings to the entire post-acute market.

Very simply, this means “more and better.” Fazzi will continue to offer our coding and billing, education, consulting, compliance, and patient and family satisfaction services – with future enhancements fueled by Mediware’s investment in us – and in the mission of advancing home and community-based patient care.

Current Fazzi customers will see no changes to the services or superior customer support they are accustomed to receiving, and they will continue to work with their familiar Fazzi team. Over time, our customers can anticipate expanded functionality and service enhancements, providing more ways to help agencies succeed.

Together, we are committed to delivering the best suite of solutions to advance patient care. Our two companies are complementary and a great fit. All of us here at Fazzi Associates are excited to be part of the Mediware family and to continue supporting our industry as we have all these years.

I will continue to lead the Fazzi team, and we are excited to have Dr. Bob Fazzi serve in a strategic advisory role with Mediware, consulting on industry relations, home health advocacy, growth opportunities, and innovation.

If you have any questions, please see the FAQs on our website or speak with a Fazzi team member.

Warmest Regards,

Tim Ashe
President
Fazzi Associates

CMS Releases Draft OASIS-D Guidance; Fazzi Releases OASIS-D Webinar Series

It’s finally here! Last week CMS published the draft 335 page OASIS-D guidance manual and the changes are as big as expected. Agencies will need to train their staff now to be prepared for January 1, 2019. We’re pleased to announce that registration is now open for our three-part OASIS-D Readiness Webinar Series, “Out With the Old; In With the New”, covering everything you need to know to become OASIS-D ready. The three-part webinar series includes:

Part 1: OASIS-D the Basics
October 17 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. EDT

In this first session, we begin to build a foundation for OASIS-D with these topics; items removed or revised and their implications, risk adjustment and the calculation of outcomes in OASIS-D, comparison of data between home health care and other post-acute care settings: long-term care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and inpatient rehabilitation facilities, implications of new OASIS-D items, OASIS Q&As and OASIS-D, GG0100 Prior Functioning: every day activities, GG0110 Prior Device Use.

Part 2: Assessing Self-Care Abilities and Reporting of Falls
October 31 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

In Part 2, we explain and discuss the new OASIS-D Items, including; GG0130 Self: eating, oral hygiene, toileting hygiene, shower/bathe self, upper body dressing, lower body dressing, putting on/taking off footwear, J1800 Any Falls Since SOC/ROC, J1900 Number of Falls Since SOC/ROC.

Part 3: Assessing Mobility
November 14 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

Lastly, in Part 3, we’ll go in depth into the new OASIS-D mobility items, including; GG0170 Mobility: rolling left and right, sit to lying, lying to sitting on side of bed, sit to stand, chair/bed-to-chair transfer, toilet transfer, car transfer, walk 10 feet, walk 50 feet with two turns, walk 150 feet, walking 10 feet on uneven surfaces, one step (curb), four steps, twelve steps, picking up object, does patient use wheelchair/scooter, wheel 50 feet with two turns/type of wheelchair or scooter, wheel 150 feet/type of wheelchair or scooter.

And that’s not all. Should there be any additional updates or changes once the final guidance is released in November, those who purchase the series will receive a complimentary bonus webinar session outlining these changes. Ensure you clinicians are OASIS-D ready and sign up today. The OASIS-D Readiness Webinar Series Package includes the live webinar series and recording of all of the sessions.

Register by August 31st to receive early bird pricing of $349 per site (save $50).

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