HDG Learn

HDG Learn

Health Dimensions Group offers exceptional professional education and development through presentations, webinars, onsite training, on-demand webinars, and more. As industry thought leaders, HDG’s consultants and content experts are sought-after speakers at professional association conferences, board and leadership meetings, and other training venues. Educational topics include all aspects of leading and operating senior care and post-acute care communities, as well as the changing market, reimbursement, and regulatory landscape. HDG’s team can customize educational programming to meet the unique needs of your organization and the states in which you operate.

HDG Learn’s programs are enhanced through our strategic partnership with Dr. Linda Shell, MA, RN. Dr.Shell, a nationally-known aging services educator, keynote presenter, and leadership expert, brings expertise in curriculum development, adult learning, leadership development, market trends, and evidence-based practice to ensure HDG Learn programs are engaging, impactful, memorable and operational for all audiences.

Upcoming Education

PDPM: Maximizing Impact and Managing Risks

This five-part webinar series will focus on the new Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) that takes effect Oct. 1, 2019. The new model will fundamentally change the way skilled nursing facility providers get reimbursed for services. The course will deliver a primer on the basics of PDPM, and also provide a thorough assessment of the key operational decisions and components that will define present risk, and ultimate success.

February 13, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CST
Presented by: Brian Ellsworth, MA, VP, Public Policy & Payment Transformation, and Darrin Hull, EVP, Consulting

This engaging and insightful executive-level complimentary webinar will explore the strategic and operational implications of PDPM to be implemented in third quarter 2019. We will discuss the latest opportunities in value-based transformation as a result of policy changes in Medicare’s Accountable Care Organization (ACO) and bundled payments models (BPCI Advanced) as together, these policy changes have the potential to transform the Medicare landscape in many markets, in some cases very rapidly. In this one-hour, complimentary webinar, you will hear the latest on:

  • What executives should consider as they are preparing for the implementation of PDPM, from both a strategic and operational perspective
  • The implications for health systems and post-acute care of Medicare’s recent finalization of the “Pathways for Success” overhaul of Medicare’s ACO program and critical decisions that bundlers must make in first quarter 2019
  • The importance of post-acute care in creating value within these payment reforms and what steps can be taken to lead to more integrated care.

Who Should Attend

Post-acute care executives, nursing home administrators, acute care leaders, finance managers, ACO executives, and bundling program managers.

CEUs

This program has been approved for Continuing Education for 1.25 total participant hours from NAB/NCERS. Call Health Dimensions Group at 763.537.5700 for further information.

March 13, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CST
Presented by: Diana Johnson, RN, BSN, Clinical Reimbursement Consultant

This must-attend webinar session will review and recommend successful PDPM implementation strategies based upon an array of patient characteristics, clinical conditions, newly designed direct care components, and payment systems, including:

  • Therapies – Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology depending on primary reason for skilled nursing facility (SNF) care.
  • Nursing – Clinical information from SNF stay, functional status, extensive services, presence of depression, and restorative nursing services provided.
  • Non-Therapy Ancillaries (NTAs) – Comorbidities present and extensive services used.

During this one-hour webinar, you will learn how PDPM changes will impact your care community. To provide you with timely insights, our team will:

  • Compare and contrast the four components of PDPM to the current RUG-IV Medicare payment system.
  • Explore how the interdisciplinary team (IDT) roles and responsibilities will change under PDPM.
  • Discuss how to conduct an effective PDPM utilization review meeting.
  • Use a user-friendly form (provided) to show how to optimize payments under the new payment system.

Who Should Attend

Post-acute care executives, nursing home administrators, nursing leadership, MDS coordinators, admission directors, and rehabilitation directors.

CEUs

This program will be submitted for Continuing Education hours from NAB/NCERS. Call Health Dimensions Group at 763.537.5700 for further information.

March 27, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CST
Presented by: Michelle Kastenholz, OTR, Director, Reimbursement Consulting

This webinar in our therapy-focused PDPM series will educate and empower senior leaders as they prepare for the changes and actions necessary for success in partnering with external therapy providers under PDPM. Don’t wait until it’s too late to make the required contractual changes for your organization.

In this session, we’ll discuss contract terms, timing, structural considerations, expectations for other therapist responsibilities at the care community, value-based incentive possibilities, and other mission-critical topics. By attending, you will learn critical aspects of PDPM and will be empowered to:

  • Contrast and compare the pros and cons of different therapy department organizational structures to determine the viability of making a change from the current structure.
  • Identify risk areas in current contract language.
  • Explore options and methods for key discussions with therapy partners.
  • List critical steps for developing a successful plan to optimize both payment and care delivery within the new payment reform framework.

Who Should Attend

Post-acute care executives, nursing home administrators, contract managers, and purchasing directors.

CEUs

This program will be submitted for Continuing Education hours from NAB/NCERS. Call Health Dimensions Group at 763.537.5700 for further information.

April 10, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CST
Presented by: Darrin Hull, EVP, Consulting, and Katherine Davis, MS, CCM, CDMS, RCP, CRC

With the transition to PDPM, SNFs will soon learn that survival under the new payment system will require retooling their clinical services in response to the de-emphasis on therapy to drive revenue. Providers will need to rapidly assess their place in the market and enhance communication with acute care referral sources to identify clinically complex patient types that hospitals are struggling to place for post-acute care. Building clinical programming to meet the needs of these patients will likely be a windfall for those providers prepared to capitalize on this opportunity.

In this session, you will gain valuable insights and resources in order to:

  • Identify pain points that referring acute care hospitals wish to address and overcome.
  • Explore options to build new clinical programs that position skilled nursing providers for market share gain.
  • Develop a structured communication platform with referring acute care hospitals that showcases providers’ success with patient outcomes.
  • Define opportunities to expand referral sources and service lines.

Who Should Attend

Post-acute care executives, nursing home administrators, finance directors, and directors of nursing.

CEUs

This program will be submitted for Continuing Education hours from NAB/NCERS. Call Health Dimensions Group at 763.537.5700 for further information.

April 24, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 PM CST
Presented by: Michael Riley, RN, AANAC, MDS Nurse Consultant, and Diana Johnson, RN, BSN, Clinical Reimbursement Consultant

Are you ready for the exciting, fast-paced (and at times confusing) world of MDS and ICD-10 as it relates to PDPM? This session will be critical to your care community’s financial success with the transformation of the Medicare payment model on October 1, 2019. Join us as we explore Section GG functional abilities coding and accuracy, ICD-10 coding specifics and potential for concerns, and five-day coding requirements.

During our session, you will learn critical aspects of PDPM billing and will receive essential tools as our team will:

  • Describe the importance of accurate coding of the five-day assessment for establishing payment.
  • Explore the change in Section GG coding to nursing as the key driver with therapy input.
  • Identify ICD-10 coding process and clinical mapping tool/crosswalk for PDPM.
  • Recommend how to develop a method for identifying the primary diagnosis code along with order of secondary codes to ensure accuracy of billing.

Who Should Attend

MDS coordinators, coding and billing specialists, finance directors, and therapy managers.

CEUs

This program will be submitted for Continuing Education hours from NAB/NCERS. Call Health Dimensions Group at 763.537.5700 for further information.

Why Choose Us?

As operators and consultants in post-acute, long-term care, and senior living, we are familiar with the challenges our clients face every day.

Aging services are our focus, resulting in an unparalleled depth of knowledge.

Guided by an unwavering commitment to our values of hospitality, stewardship, integrity, respect, and humor, we have served the nation’s leading health care organizations for over 20 years.

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