Complimentary Webinar: The Proposed Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) – Information & Implications

CMS has begun the transformation of home health care to a value-based, outcome driven service and now, has just proposed significant changes to the payment model as soon as 2019. The proposed alternative payment model, Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM), would replace the 60-day payment episode with 30-day payment periods driven by specific patient characteristics and anticipated resource use. Fazzi Associates continues to study the model and the proposed rule to better understand how this model could impact your agency.

Please join Gina Mazza and Lynn Harlow on September 27th, 1:00-2:00 PM EDT for a complimentary executive update to learn about:

  • How the proposed HHGM payment is calculated
  • The results of our analysis showing the impact to overall payments
  • What you can do now to prepare for this potential alternative payment model

Register for the Home Health Groupings Model Webinar

Visit Fazzi at the NAHC Annual Meeting

Visit Fazzi Associates at Booth 717 and join our experts Gina Mazza, Tim Ashe and Cindy Campbell for their educational sessions.

If you would like to schedule an on-site meeting to learn more about how Fazzi services can help your agency improve quality, profitability, efficiency and patient satisfaction, please contact Peter Emmott.

801. Pre-Conference: The New HHCoPs: Everything You Need to Know
Saturday, October 14, 2017: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Speakers: Gina Mazza, Director of Regulatory & Compliance Services at Fazzi Associates, Mary Carr, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs at NAHC, Mary McGoldrick, Infection Preventionist and Home Care and Hospice Consultant at Home Health Systems, Inc., Sharon Litwin, Senior Managing Partner at 5 Star Consultants, LLC

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule the implements significant changes to Home Health Conditions of Participation (HHCoPs). The rule expands the standards for patient rights, care planning, and care coordination, and includes two new CoPs — one for a quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI) program and another for an infection control program. Many of the revisions will present significant process, operational and cultural changes for agencies.

Home health agencies (HHAs) must meet the Medicare HH CoPs in order to participate in the Medicare program. Agencies that fail to meet any of the HH CoPs are at risk, at a minimum, for the imposition of a number of sanctions and potentially at risk for program termination.

Mary Carr, NAHC’s Vice President for Regulatory Affairs, and a panel of experts will be leading an all-day, in-depth analysis of the new CoPs for Home Health.  Learn how to be compliant with these updated health and safety standards.  

106. From Research to Innovation: The Path to the Quadruple Aim
Sunday, October 15, 2017: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Presenter: Tim Ashe, COO at Fazzi Associates

This presentation will delve deeply into the results of the 2016-2017 National State of the Industry Study which is based on interviews with 751 agency leaders across the country. The intention of the study was to provide information and insight about home health and hospice operational practices and trends to help all agencies improve quality, profitability, efficiency and patient satisfaction.

The audience will learn about more than 30 topics of interest to agency leaders, from the use of telehealth and outsourced services to productivity, clinical team structure, employee engagement and much more. Additionally, they will learn which practices have the greatest impact on quality and profitability.

211. Leveraging the Skills of Your Workforce: Home Health and Hospice
Monday, October 16, 2017: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Presenters: Cindy Campbell, Director of Operational Consulting at Fazzi Associates and Karen Gomes, CEO at Home Health Foundation

Cultivate skills in your staff to create a more versatile workforce when we review a case study and describe positive outcomes for both staff and organization. Attendees will learn methods to identify transferable clinical skills between home care and hospice specialties and opportunities to maximize the staffing for the organization through cross-training and development.

View the COQS Informational Webinar

COQSWhy is the COQS so important and valuable?

    • Clinicians and other OASIS experts can obtain OASIS certification completely online with our online certification course and examination.
    • COQS certificants receive free annual competency testing, frequent webinars and “Ask Anita” sessions.
    • The COQS course and exam are unique in our industry to include concepts from The OASIS Walk® in certification, teaching and testing clinicians on the use of OASIS as an effective care planning tool in the home.
    • Clinicians with other OASIS certifications may take the COQS recertification exam at a discounted price.

Register for the 8-week preparation course & exam

 View our 30-minute webinar recording to learn more.

Home Health and Hospice CAHPS Best Practices Webinar Recording:

Home Health and Hospice CAHPS are key measures of an agency’s success, yet national results have remained unchanged for many years.  Wondering how to stand apart from your competitors on Home Health Compare and the soon to be released Hospice Compare to really improve your results?

Gina Mazza, Fazzi’s CAHPS Division leader and a panel of agency leaders discusses real examples and strategies that have worked for them giving practical and concrete actions that will help you become a best practice agency.

Another important ingredient for improving your scores is improving your return rate. Fazzi’s CAHPS return rate with our Mixed Mode (mail with phone interview) CAHPS service is 40% which is higher than the national average. If you’d like information about Fazzi’s Mixed Mode Home Health and Hospice CAHPS services, please contact us.


Pat Bousaada, Director of Clinical Operations, VNA Health at Home, Kathleen D. Flannery, RN, Administrator/Corporate Director, Kennedy Home Health Care, Eileen Freitag MBA, Partner, Fazzi Associates, AnnMarie Garrison, President, VNA Health at Home, Gina Mazza BSN, RN, CPHQ, Partner, Fazzi Associates, Martha Tecca, President, M&M Strategies

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Register Now for Fazzi’s Home Health Aide Series of Trainings

Meet your annual 12 hour in-service training requirements for aides! This series includes the new skin condition and effective communications trainings required by the new CoPs that are effective January 2018.


We’re pleased to introduce Fazzi’s new home health aide series of trainings to help agencies meet the aide in-service training requirements outlined in the Conditions of Participation (CoP). This includes the newly added aide training requirements set for 2018 – Recognizing and Reporting Changes in Skin Conditions and Effective Communication.

With 12 monthly one hour training sessions, agencies who purchase the entire series will receive access to each months live webinar session, a video recording of the session for future use, and a post-training test to measure training competency.

Session Dates and Topics  All trainings are 1-2PM ET

September 12 – Effective Communication for Home Health Aides
October 10 – Recognizing and Reporting Changes in Skin Condition
November 14 – Basic Infection Prevention and Control Procedures
December 12 – Recognizing and Instituting Emergency Procedures
January 9 – What is QAPI?
February 13 – The Five Stages of Grief
March 13 – How to Prevent Falls in the Home
April 10 – Helping to Reduce Hospital Readmissions
May 8 – Helping with Mobility
June 12 – Understanding Cultural Diversity
July 10 – Home Care Safety Tips
August 14 – Medical Emergencies and Emergency Preparedness








Participants will receive 1.0 contact hour for each training completed, a total of 12.0 contact hours for completing the entire series. The fee for the entire series is only $799 per site* for those who register before August 18th. Registration after August 18th is $999 per site. Trainings purchased individually are $199 per site.

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*Per site purchase includes one link to the live webinar, as well as access to upload 50 users to access the recording and post-test. Certificates of completion and contact hours will be awarded to all participants after successful completion of the training post-tests.

Fazzi Associates, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


Introducing our Industry’s Newest and Most Valuable OASIS Certification

Introducing our Industry’s Newest and Most Valuable OASIS Certification, the Certified OASIS Quality Specialist (COQS)

Why is the COQS so Valuable?

  • Clinicians and other OASIS experts can obtain OASIS certification completely online with our online certification course and examination.
  • COQS certificants receive free annual competency testing, frequent webinars and “Ask the Expert” sessions to stay up to date with OASIS excellence best practice.
  • The COQS course and exam are unique in our industry to include concepts from The OASIS Walk® in certification, teaching and testing clinicians on the use of OASIS as an effective care planning tool in the home.
  • Clinicians with other OASIS certifications may take the COQS recertification exam at a discounted price.
  • The inaugural offering of the COQS course and exam package is offered at the special price of $399 for those who sign up before August 25th.

Led by OASIS expert, instructor, enthusiast, devotee, coach and mentor, Anita Werner, the quality of the course instruction and materials is outstanding.

The first offering of the 8-week COQS online preparation course begins September 18 and registration is now open. As a bonus, those enrolling in this inaugural offering will receive a complimentary Field Guide to OASIS C-2 Data Collection.

Learn More and Register

Visit Fazzi at the NAHC Financial Management Conference

Visit Fazzi at booth #307 and join our experts Tim Ashe, Cindy Campbell and Gina Mazza for their educational sessions:

Session 103. Drive Organizational Excellence with Lean Management  
Presenters: Tim Ashe and Cindy Campbell
Monday, July 17, 11:00AM – 12:40PM
Riverside Room 14

Session 502. Medicare Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Demonstration Update
Presenters: Chris Attaya, Gina Mazza and Tony Gupton
Tuesday, July 18, 10:00AM – 11:40AM
Cityside Room 21

Why is it so Important to Complete the OASIS in the Home?

OASIS expert, instructor, enthusiast, devotee, coach and mentor, Anita Werner, understands the challenges of completing the OASIS in the home, but also stresses the importance of doing so. As reported in Tim Rowan’s Home Care Technology Report, quality can decrease as the length of time between visit and documentation increases.

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Common Problems Found in Compliance Audits

In Fazzi’s compliance audits, we find that Face to Face documentation and Notice of Election are common compliance problems and risks for home health agencies and hospices respectively. Let’s hear more from Ellen Waters, Fazzi’s Director of Home Care and Hospice Compliance.

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SupervisionPlus Online Training Begins July 10

Do Your Supervisors Have What It Takes? 

Learn effective strategies for supervising and motivating staff, increasing morale and retaining valuable employees. Receive a certificate in home health and hospice supervision and 6.0 contact hours.

This will be the last time this course is offered this year!

Creating a culture of accountability has never been more important for home care and hospice agencies. Agency leaders are challenged to do more with less while guiding their staff to optimal productivity, higher patient and family satisfaction scores, and greater outcomes of care. Leaders, from front line supervisors, to CEO’s, need tools to meet the expectations healthcare’s new challenges.

SupervisionPlus® is a supervisory management training program designed specifically for supervisors, managers and directors in home care and hospice agencies. It is a skill development, how-to-do-it training, with interactive forums to share strategies with other classmates. Supervisors and managers will not only learn the most effective strategies for supervising and motivating staff, they will also learn the newest supervisory approaches for increasing the morale, team commitment and retention of valuable employees.

Participants will learn skills that they can apply immediately when they return to their jobs. Among the issues that will be addressed in this training are:

  • Monitor and supervise every employee.
  • Excite and motivate employees.
  • Manage challenging employees.
  • Hold employees accountable.

Developed and presented by Dr. Robert Fazzi, this eight week online training is for both novice and senior managers and provides the foundation for developing a highly accountable, Outcome Management System throughout the agency.

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