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Web Series begins this month: Tools to Navigate 2015 Regulatory Issues

Date January 8, 2015

2014 was an unprecedented year of regulatory challenges, can we expect any less for 2015? This 5- part webinar series will focus on many of these challenges and provide you with clarity on compliant practices for your hospice program.

The first of the series, It’s Time For a Tune-Up: Re-Evaluating Hospice Contracts for Today’s Enforcement Climate, will be held on January 29, 2015 at 10:00 AM PST.

Join us to hear the hospice legal experts provide timely regulatory clarification on important hospice requirements!  CLICK HERE for registration and more information.

ICD-9 Hospice Coding Webinar in January!

Date January 8, 2015

CMS has said multiple times that hospices should follow coding guidelines and should be coding more than the terminal diagnosis. Improved insight into coding guidelines will provide strategies and solutions for compliance with the regulatory mandates from CMS. Denials and RTPs on primary diagnoses of debility and failure to thrive, and all sorts of dementia have begun. Compliance with coding conventions and needed documentation will resolve these situations. Educating referring physicians and the operational impact on your monthly claims needs to be analyzed and adjustments implemented now. Lisa will discuss the regulatory mandates and add insight into coding in hospice.

Attendance in this program will give you the foundation to be successful with ICD-10.

Visit our education page for registration and information.

Final Program Now Online!

Date November 11, 2014

The final program for CHAPCA’s annual conference is now available online! CLICK HERE to get an advance look. Also, don’t forget to print your workshop materials before you come to conference. They are available at http://calhospice.org/education/conference_materials.php. We will see you soon!

CHAPCA Annual Awards

Date September 15, 2014

This year, we will celebrate the recipients of CHAPCA’s annual awards at the Conference Closing Luncheon on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.

CHAPCA Award Categories:

Each year the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to hospice or palliative care in
California or Nevada by awarding the Pierre Salmon Award. Named after hospice pioneer Pierre Salmon, this award is CHAPCA’s equivalent to the “Hall of Fame” for hospice in California and Nevada, and is a truly treasured recognition.

The California Hospice and Palliative Care Association presents an award to recognize a program or agency that has created and implemented an innovative hospice and/or palliative care program that:
Raises the standard for palliative and end-of-life care.
Serves as a model for the profession.
Creates an awareness of the importance of excellence in serving patients near the end-of-life.

Honoring a Hospice Volunteer
This award recognizes a volunteer who has developed or implemented a unique project, or who has a history of ongoing dedicated service to your hospice program. Special attention will be given to those nominees who increased the participation of community in hospice.

More information and the nomination form are available on CHAPCA’s website. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2014.

Conference Registration is Now Open!

Date July 30, 2014

Registration for CHAPCA’s annual conference is now open! Join the hospice community as we gather in exciting Las Vegas, NV on November 17-19 for this year’s meeting.

The program includes nine pre-conference programs, an opening night reception, two general sessions, three master speakers and 18 workshops on the latest information on hospice, palliative and end-of-life care; relationships with hospitals, home health agencies, nursing homes and other health care agencies; regulatory and legal issues; promotion of hospice and end-of-life care; and management and leadership issues, all in a casual, stimulating setting.

You will get to visit exhibitors, enjoy two networking lunches and receptions, and meet this year’s honorees for CHAPCA awards. Don’t miss this “must attend” program.

Visit the CHAPCA website for more information.

4-Part Webinar Series: Beginner ICD-9-CM Coding for Home Care & Hospice Professionals

Date June 2, 2014

This webinar series, presented in partnership with the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice, is designed for beginner coders who have a basic understanding of home health and/or hospice. We will learn how to use the coding manual and learn to apply the conventions and the basics of sequencing. Learn what all those symbols mean and the significance of tabular instructions. Common home care and hospice diagnoses with specific sequencing rules will be discussed and presented. The components of the Prospective Pay System (PPS) and how patient diagnoses contribute to the Home Health Resource Group (HHRG) will be included. Attendees will leave with enough information to begin successful and accurate coding. Topics covered will include:


Presenter: Lisa Selman-Holman, JD, BSN, RN, HCS-D, COS-C, HCS-O
Selman-Holman & Associates, LLC 


Live Webinar or Audio:

CHAPCA member: $499
Non-CHAPCA member: $599

CE Certificate: $20

(Live webinar participants may also purchase the audio for an additional $30) 

CE Credit

CE credit is available to nurses.

$20 paid to the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice for those who participate in the entire series. (For audio registrants, evaluations must be submitted within 6 months of the live webinar in order to receive CE credit.)

CHAPCA 2014 Annual Conference Call for Proposals

Date April 2, 2014


About the Conference:
2014 Conference Scheduled for November 17-19, 2014 at Caesar’s Palace Hotel in Las Vegas, the format includes half day programs, 90 minutes sessions and a poster session.

Beat the Odds

Presenters not wishing to attend other sessions at the conference are not required to register. Presenters wishing to attend any other sessions receive a $100 discount on a full conference, or $50 off a single day registration for the day of the presentation.

Submission Deadline:
Midnight, May 1, 2014

All submissions will be reviewed by the conference planning committee. Notification of the status of your presentation will be sent by mid-June. Please note that the topics listed below were identified as top topics of educational interest by the membership of CHAPCA.

The deadline to submit your proposal is May 1, 2014 at midnight. All proposals will be reviewed by CHAPCA’s Education Committee. Notification of the status of your proposal will be given by mid-June.In addition to completing and submitting this proposal, please email your curriculum vitae/resume to Rachel Henry at rhenry@calhospice.org. A proposal will not be considered complete without your curriculum vitae/resume. If you have questions regarding the proposal submission process, contact Holly Swiger at hswiger@calhospice.org or (951) 927-9318. Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal.

Prior to submitting your proposal, we recommend you read the information that you will be requested of you. To submit your proposal, click here.

Still time to register for Judi Lund Person workshop!

Date March 31, 2014

Are you keeping up with all the changes in hospice regulation?

Face to face has been implemented and quality measures are being reported. The relentless pace of RACs, ADRs and other audits continues. New rules abound or are in the works on issues such as

This session will help you plan for the changes facing hospice, and be better equipped to respond to the many regulatory demands providers are facing daily. Judi Lund Person is NHPCO’s top regulatory expert, and has the latest information on what is coming up for providers. This is her only west coast visit for 2014. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear her in person.

April 9th
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
4 Points by Sheraton
4900 Duckhorn Dr.
Sacramento, CA 95834


April 10th
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Villagio at Capriana
454 S. La Floresta Drive
Brea, CA 92823

Judi Lund Person, MPH
VP of Complian ce and Regulatory Leadership, NHPCO

CHAPCA Member: $169
Non-Member: $269

Space is limited.



April 9, Sacramento, CA Online Registration

April 10, Brea, CA, Online Registration

Printable Flier and Registration Form

Save the Date!

Date March 10, 2014

Mark your calendar for CHAPCA’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas!

This year’s conference will be held from November 17-19, 2014 at the Caesars Palace Hotel.

We have started work on the program and will be putting out a call for proposals in the next few weeks.

Attendee and exhibitor registration will begin this summer. If you’d like to receive notices regarding the conference, please submit your email address to the CHAPCA office at info@calhospice.org.


2014 Education Calendar
March 13 
Webinar – Understanding Hospice CAHPS & How to Prepare
March 21  
Webinar – Developing a Hospice-Affiliated
Palliative Care Program: Three Unique Models

April 9 (N. Cal.) and April 10 (S. Cal.) 
In-person workshop: The New Normal…
Hospice Regulations Under the Microscope

April 21 (N. Cal.) and April 22 (S. Cal.) 
In-person workshop: Time Waits for No One:
ICD-10-CM Preparatory Workshop for Hospice

Hospice Aides Have Heart Teleconference Series

Nov. 17-19  
2014 CHAPCA Annual Conference

Dec. 8-9 
Hospice Regulatory Boot Camp
For information and registration, visit CHAPCA’s education webpage.

ICD-10-CM Coding Workshops

Date March 10, 2014

The ICD-10 Prep Workshops have new dates:

April 21 in San Jose (Northern California)

April 22 in Brea (Southern California)

If getting paid matters to you, you don’t want to miss this in-person workshop.

Implementing ICD-10 by October 1, 2014 requires more than your billers learning the new diagnosis codes. It has far reaching implications for your technology, your processes and your entire interdisciplinary team. This workshop will help lead to timely adaptation of your intake, documentation, QAPI and billing processes.

This is one of the most significant changes experienced by healthcare organizations nationwide. Don’t be left in the ICD-9 dust. Register today!

Time Waits for No One:  
ICD-10-CM Preparatory 
Workshop for Hospice
April 21st
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Hospice of the Valley
4850 Union Ave
San Jose, CA
April 22nd
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Villagio at Capriana
454 S. La Floresta Drive
Brea, CA
Teresa Northcutt, RN, BSN, HCS-D, COS-C
Senior Associate Consultant, CoDR Quality Manager,
Selman Holman & Associates
Early Bird Registration by March 15, 2014
CHAPCA Member: $189
Non-Member: $289
Regular Registration by April 15, 2014
CHAPCA Member; $219
Non-Member: $319
Late and On-site Registration*
CHAPCA Member; $249
Non-Member: $349
7.5 CE credit hours are available for nurses:
*Space is limited and on-site registration is not guaranteed.
Please check with the CHAPCA office prior to attempting to register on site.
ICD-10-CM Coding
Manual Requirement
Since there will be hands on practice, it is imperative that you bring a draft ICD-10-CM coding manual with you. Do not spend a lot of money on the current edition as it is in draft form until the fall. Your staff will need this time to practice coding in both ICD-9 and ICD-10 now in order to be proficient come October 1, 2014!
Reasonably priced draft ICD-10-CM coding manuals are available athttps://www.optumcoding.com/Product/41604/. Or you can order by phone at 800-464-3649.



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