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Home Health Conditions of Participation Part 2: Agency Processes

presented by Diana 'Dee' Kornetti & Tricia Twombly

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The CoPs promote the effective and efficient use of Medicare funds and provide the regulatory governance to ensure that participating home health agencies (HHAs) protect the health and safety of individuals under their care. Part Two of this two-part course focuses on the specifics of assessment, performance improvement (QAPI), infection prevention and control, and skilled professional services. Emphasis on clinical application of CoP key components in daily decision-making activities related to client interactions, documentation, and client care are included.

Meet Your Instructors

  • Diana 'Dee' Kornetti, PT, MA, HCS-D

    Diana 'Dee' Kornetti, a physical therapist for 30 years, is a past administrator and co-owner of a Medicare-certified home health agency. Dee now provides training and education to home health industry providers through a consulting business, Kornetti & Krafft Health Care Solutions. She serves as chief operations officer with her business partners Cindy Krafft and Sherry Teague. Dee is nationally recognized as a speaker in the areas of home care and standardized tests and measures in the fields of physical therapy, therapy training, and staff development in the home health arena. Dee is the immediate past editor of The Quarterly Report, a publication of the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Home Health Section, as well as a member of the Home Health Section’s Practice and Education committees. She currently serves as the president of the Home Health Section of the APTA and has been an active member in good standing since 1986. Dee also currently serves as the president of the Association of Homecare Coding and Compliance, and is a member of the Association of Home Care Coders Advisory Board and Panel of Experts. Dee is a published researcher on the Berg Balance Scale, and has co-authored APTA’s Home Health Section resources related to OASIS, goal writing, and defensible documentation for the practicing therapist. Dee has contributed chapter updates to the Handbook of Home Health Care Administration 6th edition, and co-authored a book, The Post-Acute Care Guide to Maintenance Therapy. Dee received her BS in Physical Therapy from Boston University’s Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, and her MA from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. Her clinical focus has been in the area of gerontology and neurological disease rehabilitation.

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  • Tricia Twombly, RN, BSN, HCS-D, HCS-O, HCS-H, HCS-C, COS-C

    Tricia A. Twombly, RN, BSN, HCS-D, HCS-O, HCS-H, HCS-C, COS-C, AHIMA, is an approved ICD-10 CM Certified Trainer and ICE Certified Credentialing Specialist brings more than 30 years of home care experience to her role as the owner of Twombly and Associates LLC, a home health and hospice coding and consulting company. Tricia has served as Advising Editor for the Home Health Diagnosis Coding Manual, Technical Reviewer for the Diagnosis Coding Pro Journal, and Technical Editor for the BMSC online course libraries. She served on the CMS ICD-10-CM transition team and is the former CEO of the Board of Medical Specialty Coding and Compliance. Tricia continues to write numerous articles and white papers and is a nationally recognized subject matter expert in the home health and hospice industry.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Quality Assessment Performance Improvement (QAPI) Part 1 – An Overview

    1. Quality Assessment Performance Improvement (QAPI) Part 1 – An Overview

    This new component of the current Conditions of Participation (CoPs) focuses the individual home health agency’s (HHA's) QAPI activities based on their individualized performance and resultant data analysis. Part 1 of this two-part QAPI section will overview the key required areas of a home health agency’s QAPI program. Instructors will provide insight through case example of how each required element of a HH QAPI program can be satisfied in documentation and meet survey expectations.

  2. Quality Assessment Performance Improvement (QAPI) Part 2 – Building a Team and Completing a QAPI Project

    2. Quality Assessment Performance Improvement (QAPI) Part 2 – Building a Team and Completing a QAPI Project

    This new component of the current Conditions of Participation (CoPs) focuses the individual home health agency’s QAPI activities based on their individualized performance and resultant data analysis. Part 2 of the two-part QAPI section will detail building your QAPI team simulation of a QAPI project, from data analysis and performance tracking through documenting outcomes and generating reports. Instructors will use common home health case(s) to outline key functions of the QAPI team.

  3. Infection Prevention and Control

    3. Infection Prevention and Control

    This new component of the current Conditions of Participation (CoPs) focuses on agency requirements related to infection prevention, control, and education. Per CoPs, infection control is a required component of any home health agency’s QAPI program. Instructors will outline data collection and analysis methods related to infection control activities and discuss required documentation to address survey expectations.

  4. Skilled Professional Services

    4. Skilled Professional Services

    This new component of the current Conditions of Participation (CoPs) will delve into realignment of the roles of the skilled professionals, their responsibilities, and supervision of assistants within the home health agency operations and patient care services. Instructors will provide insight on how to ensure clinicians can demonstrate compliance in these areas through job description review and revision, case management activities, and home health aide supervision.