2021 OAHC Conference

Schedule of Events

[For session description, click on the session title]                   

Day One: September 21st  

7:45 AM       Networking Breakfast with Exhibitors / Silent Auction Begins / Registration Open

8:30 AM       President's Welcome Address - Eric Weathersbee, Sky Lakes Home Health

8:45 AM       Keynote: Staying Ahead of the Changing Tides: The Four Processes of Motivational Interviewing with Dana Sturtevant!
                    - Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD, Be Nourished

10:15 AM     Exhibitor Power Break

11:00 AM     General Session: Avoiding a Wipeout: Revenue Cycle Management Changes!
                    - Melinda A. Gaboury, COS-C, Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc. 

12:30 PM     Lunch 

1:45 PM       General Session: The Future of Home Care: Why Workforce Matters
                     - Dr. Robyn Stone, Leading Age

3:15 PM      Break with Exhibitors

3:30 PM      General Session: Riding the Big PDGM Wave: Coding, OASIS & Physician Records!
                    - Melinda A. Gaboury, COS-C, Healthcare Provider Solutions, Inc.                 

5:30 PM      Silent Auction and Networking Reception*
                   (Included with registration. RSVP Required.)

Day Two - September 22nd 

8:00 AM      Business Meeting & Networking Breakfast w/Exhibitors

8:45 AM      General Session: In-Home Behavioral Health
- Beth Epps & Katherine Moore, Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

10:15 AM     General Session: Cowabunga, Dudes! Best Practices Professional Roundtable Exchange

11:30 AM    Awards Luncheon (Included with registration. RSVP Required)

12:30 PM     Closing Session: An Epic Wave of State and Federal Updates
- Presenters to be determined

2:00 PM       2021 Conference Adjourn

Session Descriptions

Staying Ahead of the Changing Tides: The Four Processes of Motivational Interviewing with Dana Sturtevant!
The conversations that occur between clinicians and their patients are powerful ones, capable of supporting or inhibiting the innate change process that is alive in all of us. Learn to make your interactions with patients more satisfying and effective using The Four Fundamental Processes of Motivational Interviewing (MI): Engaging, Focusing, Evoking, and planning. Dana will explore each of these four processes, and you'll leave with at least three new ideas to incorporate into your practice. 

  • Describe the four processes of Motivational Interviewing(MI): Engaging, Focusing, Evoking, and Planning
  • Ask change talk focused questions to elicit intrinsic motivation for change

Avoiding a Wipeout: 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

The Future of Home Care:  Why Workforce Matters 
This presentation is based on the premise that a competent, well-trained staff is key to successful operations and quality outcomes for home health and home care agencies in Oregon and across the country. Dr. Stone will provide an overview of the state and national home health/home care landscape, highlighting current and future projections of agency growth and the demand for and supply of staff, particularly nurses and home care aides.  This will be followed by a discussion of the key policy and workforce development challenges to this growing care sector, including the lack of quality education and training and barriers to recruitment and retention of staff at all levels.  The presentation concludes with examples of best practices—both evidence-based and promising—that can help agencies address the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities for growth and success.

Riding the Big PDGM Wave: Coding, OASIS & Physician Records!
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

In-Home Behavioral Health
An overview of in-home behavioral health services and supports provided by a large community behavioral health center.  Learn what services can be provided in the home, especially for seniors, and hear about day-to-day practicalities of funding and regulatory barriers, staff safety, and workforce issues.  Examples of in-home services provided outside Oregon will be provided.

Cowabunga, Dudes! Best Practices Professional Roundtable Exchange
Stick around for our annual interactive roundtable discussion session, dude! We’ve designed tis session to promote and encourage networking amongst your peers and engage in lively informal discussion 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. This is your opportunity to interact one-on-one with your peers to make sure you walk away with the answers that you are seeking.

Here’s how it works! Each table will have a sign indicating the roundtable topic being covered. Attendees will pick a topic of interest and sit down at the table. The table moderator will provide a quick introduction and overview of the topic, and then open the floor for Q&A. This is a “rapid fire” session and every 20 minutes we will ask attendees to move to another topic table while the moderator welcomes a new batch of attendees.

Don’t forget to bring your business cards! All attendees are encouraged to handout their business cards to others who they can call on for help.

An Epic Wave of State and Federal Updates
This session will provide an update on state and federal issues affecting our industry. Presenters to be announced. 

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