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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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.

Continue reading “PDGM Complimentary Webinar Recording”

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.

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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The Workforce Crisis: Information and Strategies for Optimal Home Health and Hospice Staffing

Edition #4: Managing the Workforce Crisis: First Do No Harm! Building Competence & Confidence to Retain Clinicians

In this edition we discuss how leaders can support their clinicians and arm them with training and tools for success in the field. View the white paper.

Edition #3: Managing the Workforce Crisis: First Do No Harm! Creating Optimal Culture

In this edition, we discuss the importance of culture in attracting and retaining employees, especially Millenials. In our work with agencies across the country, we have observed many organizations that unintentionally and unknowingly make their own workforce challenge worse… Continue Reading 

Edition #2: Supply and Demand for Key Positions (If you were worried about nursing, wait until you see the Home Health aide projections!)

In this edition, we look at the projected supply and demand for key positions in home care and hospice.  We also introduce a one-stop resource to view state by state data on Registered Nurses (RNs), Home Health Aides (HHAs), Personal Care Aides (PCAs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs),  Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) and Physical Therapists (PTs)… Continue Reading 

Edition #1: The Many Facets of Optimal Staffing

Home Health and Hospice agency staffing concerns are growing rapidly along with the aging population we serve. Agencies of all sizes are reporting record numbers of vacancies… Continue Reading 

 

Ensure OASIS-D Readiness by Booking Your Onsite Training

We’re pleased to announce that we are now booking onsite OASIS-D training sessions for the fall.

Our two-day, OASIS-D Readiness onsite intensive class 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. This class is approved for 13 contact hours*.

Each session also includes a review of Fazzi’s OASIS Walk® that teaches clinicians how to objectively evaluate the patient in the home environment given their physical and mental health status on the day of the assessment. With the OASIS Walk® review, the instructor leads the class through a series of functional activities, observing for environmental barriers, human intervention and level of safe functioning with the assessment.

Following day one, a one-hour complimentary session is provided to discuss how to implement best practice assessment techniques in the field and build upon the OASIS-D education experience. Agencies are welcome to include management staff, direct supervisors, the quality review team, and clinical preceptors at their discretion. During this session we will review The OASIS Toolbox, an exclusive package of tools designed to help you develop a culture of OASIS excellence within the organization.

Bonus OASIS-D Testing and Update Webinar: Agencies who book their OASIS-D training sessions prior to August 31st will receive complimentary OASIS-D testing for all participants. The test will be made available to staff in December after final guidance is released.

Fazzi strongly recommends you do not wait until final guidance is released to book your onsite OASIS-D training. Clinicians will need at least 2 months to digest the complicated new materials. Should changes be made from the OASIS-D draft released in July to the final document released in November, Fazzi will provide agencies with a complimentary webinar covering the changes.

To learn more, click below or contact us via info@fazzi.com or 800-379-0361.

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*Fazzi is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. We’re also proud to tell you that we’re the only firm in our industry to be accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), the premier standards-setting organization for adult learning and professional training!

Your OASIS-D and COQS Certification Questions Answered

Webinar Recording Now Available. 

We received some great questions during the Q&A webinar session about the Certified OASIS Quality Specialist (COQS) with OASIS_D Readiness and we wanted to share the recording with you.

How will the COQS bundle prepare me for OASIS-D?
When you register for the COQS bundle, you get access to the course materials for one year. That means you’ll automatically receive the OASIS-D version of the course for free! Additionally, if you become COQS certified, you’ll receive an OASIS-D Crosswalk Training and access to the OASIS-D Skills Test in December.

Is the exam included in the bundle?
Yes! The COQS bundle includes the 8-week online preparation course, the certification (or recertification) exam and the OASIS Field Guide.

Are there contact hours?
Yes! The COQS preparation course is approved for approximately 16 ANCC and BCHH-C contact hours.

What if I’m on vacation for a week or two during the program? Can I still sign up?
Yes! The program is designed so that you can work through modules any time after their weekly release, and all live webinars are recorded and available for your review at a later time that’s convenient for you.

For comprehensive FAQs and more information, click here.

No other OASIS certification program prepares you for OASIS-D for free! The 8 week online preparation course begins June 18th. Register by May 31st to save $100!

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Last COQS Session of the Year – Including OASIS-D Readiness

The 8 week online course begins June 18th. Register by May 31st to save!

Join hundreds of your colleagues in receiving the industry’s newest and most valuable OASIS Certification, the Certified OASIS Quality Specialist (COQS) designation. For a fraction of the travel costs you might spend on other trainings, when you purchase the COQS online course package you receive everything you need to become OASIS certified for the next 3 years. That includes:

  • Full access to our 8-week online OASIS-C2 Certification course led by OASIS expert Anita Werner
  • Registration to complete the COQS 100 question online exam (Already certified? You can sign up for our 80-question recertification exam)
  • Our newly updated (January 1, 2018) OASIS-C2 Field Guide to Date Collection (retails $50 plus s/h)
  • OASIS-D Readiness

If you’ve been on the fence about registering for the program, now is the time! This will be our last online offering of the program in 2018, and with it you’ll get what you need to be ready for OASIS-D!

Users who purchase the COQS online training program receive access to the program for 1-year. This includes access to any course updates that are made during your subscription year. Not only will you receive the full COQS OASIS-D online certification course when it is available in 2019, but if you become COQS certified you’ll also receive a complimentary 1-hour OASIS-D crosswalk webinar session later this year.

There’s never been a better time to become OASIS certified than now! Register before May 31st and save $100!

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