OAHC 2020 Annual Conference

It's finally here! Join us November 3rd for our first virtual conference. We've condensed it down and won't have all the fun activities we normally do but we're covering topics that will be important to you and your agency. We are still finalizing a few details but we're ready to kick this event off. Register today!


Registration includes access to the live webinars along with recordings to view at a later time. You can register as an individual or as an Agency. 

Includes access for one person only.
Member - $100/person
NonMember - $150/person

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Includes access for an unlimited number of attendees from your agency only. 
Member - $500
NonMember - $750

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10:00AM President's Welcome Address
                   - Eric Weathersbee, Sky Lakes Home Health

10:15AM Keynote Address: Roll with It!
                  - Jake French, Professional Speaker & Author

11:20AM Staying Ahead of the PDGM Wave: Revenue Cycle Management Changes!
                  - Melinda Gaboury, COS-C, Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc.

12:20AM Lunch & Annual Business Meeting

1:00PM Riding the Big PDGM Wave: Coding, OASIS & Physician Records!
                 - Melinda Gaboury, COS-C, Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc.

2:05PM Oregon's COVID-19 Workplace Temporary Rule: Implications, Requirements and Needs for Home Health and Hospice 
                - Dede Montgomery, MS, CIH, OHSU

3:05PM Break

3:15PM Updates from Washington
                 - Bill Dombi, President, National Association for Home Care & Hospice

4:30PM Best Practices Roundtable Exchange! 


Keynote: Roll With It!
It’s 2020! Sometimes, that is all you can say about this crazy dumpster fire of a year. This speech will give you practical strategies to deal with the stress we are going through so that you can keep moving forward and pull the best out of each day. Jake French knows more than most how crippling being forced to change can be. After having his life turned upside down by a spinal cord injury, losing his forestry career, debilitating nerve pain, then having an entire year of work wiped out by Covid, Jake has had to become exceptionally good at figuring out how to be stronger than what life throws at you. He designed this presentation for homecare professionals who want to learn how to let stress affect them less and regain a positive outlook on life.

To do your best for those you serve, you need tools to take care of yourself. Jake will share his expertise in emotional intelligence to show how to develop a mindset that helps us get better at handling our daily difficulties, so that we can become more effective at accomplishing our goals. You will be blown away by the challenges Jake has fought through. From these experiences, you will take home a new perspective and ability to process life's obstacles in ways you want your whole team to know and benefit from. With all the focus on how to keep up with change externally, it’s about time we put some effort in how we manage change personally. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a strategy to make stress affect you less
  • Cultivate a mindset that enables you to still find a sense of accomplishment
  • Create a perspective that gives you a stronger ability to process 2020’s obstacles

Staying Ahead of the PDGM Wave: Revenue Cycle Management Changes!
The most significant change in Homecare Reimbursement in 20 years went into effect January 2020.  The Patient Driven Groupings Model - PDGM is complicated, confusing and overwhelming.  CMS has provided some data on the revenue impacts and new PDGM components, but there is more to be considered. Revenue Cycle, from beginning to end, will require changes to adapt.  Preparing now is essential in being prepared for the PDGM onslaught.

  1. Outline how agencies will need to consider process changes in their revenue cycle as a result of PDGM
  2. Provide a Checklist RAP & Final billing and details of both
  3. Outline potential strategies for process revisions and adjustments to achieve a successful revenue cycle transition under PDGM
  4. Outline billing process changes required by PDGM

Riding the Big PDGM Wave: Coding, OASIS & Physician Records!
The most significant change in Homecare Reimbursement in 20 years went into effect January 2020.  At the forefront of the Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is the clinical assessment and ICD-10 coding of the patient chart.  Understanding the impact of coding and the OASIS-D1 Functional scoring is imperative.  This session will take you through the crucial aspects of the clinical assessment, coding and confirming the information needed is received from the physician.

  1. Review of the key OASIS-D1 items that drive the Functional Scoring under PDGM
    1. Outline the ADL items and scoring
    2. Review the imperative nature of interdisciplinary collaboration in responding to these items
  2. Review the key elements of ICD-10 coding under PDGM
    1. Outline the needed elements from the physician record
    2. Detail the calculation of the coding calculation for PDGM
    3. Review changes of primary in subsequent 30-day periods.
  3. Review the impact of physician involvement in the PDGM model
    1. Outline the timeliness of orders being signed and returned
    2. Detail the relationship between orders and medical review
    3. List the key elements of physician records in the home health chart

Oregon's COVID-19 Workplace Temporary Rule: Implications, Requirements and Needs for Home Health and Hospice
Oregon OSHA's temporary rule addressing COVID-19 is scheduled to take effect in November. What should home health and hospice workers and the organizations that employ them know to best comply with the standard and keep workers, patients and clients safe? Join this session to learn about key provisions of the new regulation that are relevant for home health and hospice workers working in both private homes and in care facilities. This presentation will address rule provisions including physical (social) distancing, masks and face coverings, sanitation, exposure risk assessments and training, medical removal and more.  Attendees will also learn about additional related training and other relevant resources.

Course Objectives

  • Understand how the Oregon OSHA Temporary COVID-19 Regulation applies to home health and hospice workers in Oregon.
  • Explain what the standard means by “exceptional risk” and what additional requirements must be in place for those jobs or tasks.
  • Define protective measures employers are required to implement to reduce COVID-19 exposure risk to workers.

Updates from Washington
This year has been unprecedented in so many ways. The impact of Covid-19 continues throughout the world with significant affect on all health care sectors. As a result, the level of Congressional and regulatory actions has been the highest that it has been in years. Throughout, home care and hospice have had a prominent place in both health care delivery and policy reactions. This program covers the waterfront of legislative and regulatory developments in Washington that affect home care and hospice. There is no doubt that 2020 will be known as a year of health care challenges and new opportunities.

Best Practices Roundtable Exchange
Join us for our annual roundtable group discussion session led by OAHC Board members. This session is designed to promote and encourage networking amongst your peers and engage in lively information discussions about topics that are keeping you up at night. Come share your frustrations, solve problems and glean practical advice and best practices from those in your field. As we get closer to the event, you'll be provided a list of topics to be discussed and encouraged to choose at least three preferred topics you would like to be engaged in. During this session, you'll move into breakout groups on your chosen topics for a set amount of time. Once time is up, you'll move into another topic breakout group and so on until the end of the session.


Jake French, the very definition of inspiration teaches what fuels it, inhibits it, and the strategies you can use to leverage it. As a young man on top of the world with a new college degree and dream job as a forester, life was suddenly turned upside down by a devastating spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic. Life happened, as unexpected change tried to steal the wheel. It was what came next, the choice to live it, that became the blueprint for a way of life that can help all of us accomplish more. Today Jake teaches teams how to stop fighting change and instead start rolling with it by firing up our inner drive to push past limitations and perform at your highest level.

Melinda A. Gaboury is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc. (HPS). Melinda Gaboury and Mark Cannon founded the company in April 2001 to provide financial, reimbursement, billing, operational and clinical consulting to the home care and hospice industries.

With more than 29 years in home care, Melinda has over 20 years of executive speaking and educating experience, including extensive day-to-day interaction with home care and hospice professionals. She routinely conducts Home Care and Hospice Reimbursement Workshops and speaks at state association meetings throughout the country. Melinda has profound experience in Medicare PPS training, billing, collections, case-mix calculations, chart reviews and due diligence. UPIC, RA, ADR & TPE appeals with all Medicare MACs have become the forefront of Melinda’s current impact on the industry. She is currently serving on the NAHC/HHFMA Advisory Board as ex-officio and is Treasurer on the Home Care Association of Florida Board of Directors. Melinda is also the author of the Home Health Guide to OASIS-D1: A Reference for Field Staff.

Dede Montgomery has more than thirty years experience working as an industrial hygienist and safety and health professional.  For the last 15 years, Dede has supported the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Science's Outreach and Education Programs and provided industrial hygiene technical expertise to its research.  She is also the Outreach and Education Director for the NIOSH-funded Oregon Healthy Workforce Center. Dede is the current chair of the Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes]) and active in numerous statewide safety and health initiatives and committees. Dede has a BA in Biology from the University of Montana and MS in Environmental Health Sciences from University of Washington.  She is a Certified Industrial Hygienist. She is currently the Incoming President of the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of ASSP, and recently completed terms on ASSP's Council on Professional Affairs and its Total Worker Health Task Force. Dede is also currently on a one year Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement with the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) for a small percentage of time to support safe return of workers during the pandemic.

Bill Dombi is the President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, having served previously as its Vice President for Law. Bill has over 40 years of experience in health care law and policy and has been involved in virtually all legislative and regulatory efforts affecting home care and hospice since 1975, including the expansion of the Medicare home health benefit in 1980, the formation of the hospice benefit in 1983, the institution on Medicare PPS for home health in 2000 and the massive health care reform legislation in 2010. Mr. Dombi earned his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Connecticut.


Questions or Comments?

Contact Brandy Sweet at (503) 364-2733 or email [email protected]