Monday, August 03, 2015

IAHC is currently developing education programs for fiscal year 2013-2014.  With the implementation of ICD-10 on October 1, 2014, IAHC has scheduled intensive, on-site training on April 14-15, 2014, in West Des Moines.  The IAHC Annual Meeting is scheduled on June 26, 2014.  Other webinars and programs are begin developed.  Please check back for more information.




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OASIS Online Learning Programs

 Following the success of the onsite OASIS training presented by Rhonda will this fall, IAHC has partnered with Fazzi Academy to offer OASIS online learning programs to our members.  These online training tools are designed to supplement the onsite, intensive training that IAHC offers each year.  Several programs are available so that you can make the best training choice for your agency’s needs. 

OASIS A to Z:  OASIS Orientation Program is a revolutionary new OASIS baseline training program designed to be completed anytime, anywhere OASIS training is needed.  Rhonda Will and Cindy Krafft, two nationally recognized OASIS experts, provide item by item training that includes tips and best practices on how to use the data to improve OASIS accuracy.  This program Includes detailed modules on some of the biggest OASIS problem areas such as wounds and the functional assessment and is perfect for new staff as well as refreshing current staff with OASIS updates.  With this comprehensive, item-by-item video, you will have 24/7 access to OASIS training for unlimited viewing by your staff.

OASIS Implemented is a new online OASIS training program that changes the way OASIS training is done.  Based on an application model of learning, clinicians are taken through a series of patient video scenarios and then asked to answer the OASIS items for each scenario.  No more boring lectures, no more talking heads.  This is a real training designed to reinforce what real clinicians are doing in the field.

Click here for more information or click here to register online.



Gearing up for ICD-10

Many people at the 2013 IAHC annual conference attended the session "The Time is Now!  Prepare Your Agency for ICD-10".  Tricia Twombly provided valuable information including the importance of preparation, training timeline and the impact on the home health industry.  She provided the following information on the impact of ICD-10 implementation:

  • Coders = 16 hours training.
  • Gap knowledge deficit = 8 hours additional.
  • Total = 24 hours training time.
  • CMS estimates $644 per coder.
  • Note:  This timeframe and cost is for full-time coders only, not other agency personnel who need an overall understanding (i.e. senior management, accounting, quality improvement staff).

Twombly also pointed out in her presentation that CMS and AHIMA recommend the training timeline to be no sooner than 9 months prior to implementation (October 1, 2014).  If training occurs sooner, the agency would need to retrain.  Note that this timeline is not referencing the agency ICD-10 trainer(s).

As practices prepare for the October 1, 2014, transition to ICD-10, there's been a good deal of discussion about the many new codes ICD-10 offers and how clinical documentation will be affected.  Just as with ICD-9, complete documentation is essential for patient care and accurate selection of ICD-10 codes. 


Save the Date

The Art of ICD-10 Coding for Home Health

IAHC has scheduled a face-to-face coding training program April 14-15, 2014. This intensive, two-day training will be presented by Sparkle Sparks from OASIS Answers. The location for the program is the Hilton Garden Inn West Des Moines, which is located east of Jordan Creek Maill.  It's easily accessed from both I-35 and I-80 and parking is free. Program brochure and registration for this critical training will be announced in the coming months.

Contact Amy Huisman if you have questions about training offered by IAHC.


Keep Up to Date on ICD-10
Visit the CMS ICD-10 website for the latest news and resources to help you prepare for the October 1, 2014, deadline.

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 As always, thank you for your interest in IAHC education activities, and we look forward to your continued participation.
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