Education Calendar


JUN
1

A Healthy Work Environment is one that is safe, empowering and satisfying. Parallel to the World Health Organization definition of health, it is not merely the absence of real and perceived threats to health, but a place of “physical, mental, and social well-being,” supporting optimal health and safety. According to the American Nurses Association. A culture of safety is paramount, in which all leaders, managers, healthcare workers and ancillary staff have a responsibility as part of the patient-centered team to perform with a sense of professionalism, accountability, transparency, involvement, efficiency and effectiveness. All must be mindful of the health and safety for both the patient and the healthcare worker in any setting providing healthcare, providing a sense of safety, respect and empowerment to and for all persons.


This full-day conference will provide education on workplace environment issues in the healthcare setting and strategies to enhance the culture of safety of all organizations.

JUN
1
Thu. 6/1
NEW!

On Oct. 4, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalized updated requirements of participation for long term care facilities. This is the first major revision to the federal rules since the early 1990s. This webinar will focus on the provisions that require compliance by Nov. 28, 2017, which is known as Phase Two. Subsequent programs and resources will be developed to address Phases II (Nov. 28, 2017) and III (Nov. 28, 2019). Key action steps required will be discussed.

JUN
5
6/5/17 - 9/18/17
NEW!

On Oct. 4, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalized updated requirements of participation for long term care facilities. This is the first major revision to the federal rules since the early 1990s. This program will be offered as 13 one-hour sessions via webinar beginning June 5. Each session will be offered twice with the exception of the introductory session; sessions will also be recorded and available for registered participants only. The webinars will focus on the provisions that require compliance under phase 1 and 2. Key action steps required will be discussed.

JUN
9
Fri. 6/9

Promoting and advancing practice environments that are grounded in research and best practices are critical to achieving optimum patient, staff and organizational outcomes. Due to the dynamic nature of healthcare delivery, nurse leaders are challenged in fostering practice environments that enhance individual and collective performance, satisfaction, empowerment and organizational commitment.


Extensive evidence exists that describes the clinical nurse practice environment and new research has emerged that targets nurse managers. As such, this program will focus on the nurse manager practice environment and evidence-based strategies to support the critical work of nurse managers.

JUN
13
Tue. 6/13
NEW!

NJHA/Sensato Healthcare Cybersecurity Executive Briefing

The NJHA/Sensato Healthcare Cybersecurity Executive Briefing (HCEB) is designed to provide healthcare executives (CEO, COO, CFO, CIO, Practice Leaders, Directors & Managers) with critical insights into the current state of healthcare cybersecurity. During this presentation attendees will be provided with critical operational insights into HIPAA, OCR audits and other critical items that are often not fully understood, but present a key challenge to the healthcare executive and their organization.

Agenda

Current State of Cybersecurity
Critical Cybersecurity Items to Understand and Manage
Myths and Realities of HIPAA and OCR
Common Mistakes Related to Risk Management
Personal Liability & Cybersecurity

This presentation will provide ample opportunity for question and answers and is considered a qualifying event for meeting NIST 800-53 requirements (the backbone of HIPAA) for executive understanding of cybersecurity and privacy.

JUN
19
6/19/17 & 6/20/17
Mon. 6/19
Tue. 6/20
NEW!

In July 2016, the 2012 Edition of the NFPA 99 took effect and surveyors have been inspecting facilities using the new code since Nov. 2016. NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code provides minimum health care facility requirements covering a broad spectrum of applications. The 2012 edition includes the most extensive changes since the inception of NFPA 99, including the change from a standard to a code and the shift to a risk-based approach. Day one of this program examines each topic area covered by the 2012 edition of NFPA 99. Where pertinent, other codes and standards will be examined to provide a more complete understanding of NFPA 99 and how it is applied to health care facilities. Day two of the program will focus on providing participants with the information and resources needed to manage a health care facility’s life safety program.

JUN
20
Tue. 6/20
Tue. 7/18
Tue. 8/15
NEW!

Participants will ….
• Learn to recognize clinical indicators to correctly assign codes
• Understand the link between coding and quality
• Learn to correctly code and query for complications of care – HACs, PSI, and PC-01
• Gain an understanding of code specificity and how it affects sequencing, DRG assignment, and denials

JUN
27
Tue. 6/27
NEW!

Incidents of mass violence, including terrorist attacks, bombings and mass shootings, are especially devastating. The psychological consequences of directly experiencing or witnessing mass violence are often serious, with rates of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and other related conditions being two to three times higher than natural disasters. Acute presented by these attacks, the situation is likely to entail several foreseeable psychological hazards. It is important for leaders and decision-makers, as well as first responders and first receivers across all disciplines, to have the appropriate knowledge, awareness and skills to help manage the psychosocial consequences of mass violence as well as be familiar with the core elements of psychological first aid and how to access and effectively interoperate with the state and local disaster behavioral health system.


This full-day conference will provide education on the unique psychosocial effects of mass violence and terrorism, as well as strategies to mitigate the psychological effects after disasters of human intention.

JUN
29
Thu. 6/29
Thu. 9/28
Wed. 12/13
Wed. 12/13
NEW!

Now in it's 12th year, this popular program, developed by NJHA Healthcare Business Solutions, is updated and offered quarterly throughout the year.  Each unique program will provide a comprehensive overview of new and revised Medicare rules and regulations.  Our expert staff will research, analyze and decipher the coding and billing rules and present them in a straightforward and organized manner cutting to the chase and presenting in simple terms what you really need to know.


Each quarterly program will address new, timely and evolving issues with its own list of agenda topics that are hot-off-the-press.

JUL
11
NEW!

Join NJHA for a full day conference devoted to improving antimicrobial use across healthcare settings and sharing best practices with peers. The New Jersey Hospital Association’s Institute for Quality and Patient Safety is committed to working with its members to improve hospital antimicrobial stewardship programs and associated patient outcomes.


Improving the use of antimicrobials in healthcare to protect patients and reduce the threat of antimicrobial assistance is a national priority. Antimicrobial stewardship refers to a set of commitments and actions designed to “optimize the treatment of infections while reducing the adverse events associated with antimicrobial use.”


The mission of the NJHA Antimicrobial Stewardship Learning Action Collaborative is to promote the use of the appropriate agent, dose, duration and route of administration of antimicrobial agents both in the acute care setting and in the post-acute care setting in order to improve quality of patient care and patient safety while reducing excessive cost.

JUL
19
Wed. 7/19
Wed. 10/18
NEW!

Program Objectives:



  • To afford participants an overview of the most current issue of Coding Clinic

  • To offer a platform to ensure that coders are aware of the most up to date advice

  • an opportunity for discussion and questions related to the quarterly update


 

AUG
12
Sat. 8/12
Sat. 9/16
NEW!

Youth Mental Health First Aid® is the help offered to a young person experiencing a mental health challenge, mental disorder or a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate help is received or until the crisis resolves. Youth Mental Health First Aid® does not teach participants to diagnose or to provide treatment.

SEP
13
NEW!

Potentially avoidable readmissions are a significant issue in New Jersey, which has struggled with the highest readmissions rates in the country and in Fiscal Year 2015 has the highest proportion of hospitals (98 percent) penalized as part of Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (AHRQ, 2011)


Recent efforts by hospitals and the Partnership for Patients network to reduce readmission rates have resulted in modest improvements. During the first round of NJHEN, participating hospitals saw an 11.5 percent reduction in 30-day-all-cause readmissions for all payers. However, the factors associated with the likelihood of a patient being readmitted extend far beyond the reach of hospitals.


Rather than serving as a marker of hospital performance, 30-day readmissions are more likely to vary in response to the composition of the patient population and the resources of the community, with the most important drivers being mental illness, chronic ambulatory care sensitive conditions, poor social support and poverty (Joynt & Jha, 2012; Kirby et al., 2010).


This full-day conference will explore new, innovative strategies to reducing readmissions from best practice innovators in New Jersey and around the country.

SEP
15
Fri. 9/15
NEW!

Surgical Site Infections are a major contributor to patient injury, mortality and healthcare costs. There are about 30 million surgeries performed in the U.S. each year, and despite advances in surgical and anesthesia techniques and improvements in perioperative care, variations in outcomes continue to occur. SSIs number about 500,000 a year and account for approximately twenty-five percent of the estimated two million HAIs in the United States. Patients with SSIs are five times more likely to be admitted to the ICU, have mortality rates twice that of the average hospitalized patient, and have lengths of stay days longer on average – all of which have significant impact on healthcare costs. Some of these infections are now considered to be hospital-acquired, and the increased costs of hospitalization may not be paid by various payers.


Enhanced Recovery After Surgery protocols have resulted in shorter lengths of hospital stay by 30 percent to 50 percent reductions in surgical complications, readmissions and related costs. Key elements include engaging patients and families, using state-of-the-art analgesia, early mobility and restoration of functional status, avoidance of prolonged periods of fasting and evidence-based best practices for SSI, VTE, and CAUTI prevention.


This full-day conference will explore new, innovative strategies to improve surgical care from best practice innovators in New Jersey and around the country.

OCT
10
NEW!

MUST REGISTER VIA FAX


Despite efforts within healthcare to address challenges in patient safety and quality of care, there continues to be a struggle to reduce errors. Today, organizations are challenged to simultaneously improve quality, patient safety and patient satisfaction as compensation is increasingly tied to performance in all three areas. This highly interactive two-day seminar looks beyond traditional healthcare models by exploring the approaches used at high reliability organizations (HROs). Discover what makes these approaches successful and how you can apply them in your organization.


Participants in this two-day program will receive 12.0 hours of ACHE Face-to-Face Education credit toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

OCT
18
10/18/17 & 10/26/17
NEW!

The Healthcare Ethics Committee Symposium is designed to address the vital role of healthcare ethics committees and their unique responsibilities, including education, clinical ethics consultation and policy development and review. Using case studies, published materials, institutional policies, and personal experiences, that faculty and attendees will explore issues that typically require ethical analysis and resolution. These issues include informed consent and refusal, decisional capacity and decision making by and for patients, truth telling and confidentially, care at the beginning and end of life, justice and access to healthcare services and organizational ethics.

OCT
24
Tue. 10/24
NEW!

“Critical care is an all-encompassing specialty with almost limitless boundaries. Critical care involves the use of life-sustaining, high-technology medicine catering to a patient population that extends to both extremes of age. In adult ICUs, the average age is increasing and is now commonly well over 60 years. Although ICUs admitting patients for preplanned brief stays after planned major surgery have very low mortality rates, the rates in adults ICUs among patients admitted “for cause” are generally around 15 percent in developed countries. In recent study of Medicare beneficiaries in the United States, 29.2 percent of patients had been treated in an ICU during the last month of their lives. Currently, most deaths in ICUs are expected, and ICU clinicians regularly face the decision of when to change the focus of treatment from attempting to cure to providing palliative care.” (New England Journal of Medicine, 2013)


This full-day conference will provide education on “hot button” critical care issues and creative strategies to tackle new and emerging critical care challenges.

NOV
8
Wed. 11/8
Wed. 11/15
Wed. 12/6
NEW!

Session I: You Can Have it All! ICD-10 Coder Productivity & Quality
Discover solutions to improve coder performance. Learn how to identify issues decreasing coding productivity and quality in your department and how to increase the productivity while improving the quality of your coders using ICD-10

Session II: Modifiers Made Simple
Gain an understanding of the NCCI edits, procedure-to-procedure edits, and medically unlikely edits and learn how to append modifiers appropriately to ensure proper reimbursement. Modifiers Made Simple includes E&M modifiers, Modifier 59 and the X-Modifier subcategory, Modifier 50, 33, and more


Session III: Query Do’s & Don’ts
Gain an understanding of the importance of the query process while learning the do’s and don’ts of query writing. You will be walked through the process with real query examples for debridement, MI’s, urosepsis, CHF, BMI, and more.

NOV
8
Wed. 11/8
NEW!

Adverse Drug Events result in more than 770,000 injuries and deaths per year at an average cost of $5.6 million per hospital, depending on size. This estimate does not include ADEs causing admissions, malpractice and litigation costs, or the cost of injuries to patients. Many ADE injuries and resulting hospital costs can be reduced if hospitals make changes to their systems for preventing and detecting ADEs.


Topics for the conference will include:


1. Outlining Institute for Safe Medication Practices and Joint Commission updates for ADEs.


2. Identifying best practice solutions for adverse drug events


3. Analyzing the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) and Board of Medical Examiners (BME) Regulations

NOV
15
Wed. 11/15
NEW!

Improving patient safety and quality of care requires a redesign of relationships in healthcare and a greater emphasis on patient and family engagement (PFE) – often overlooked in quality improvement efforts. Studies suggest that patients and families who feel part of the care team tend to be happier with their care and ultimately have better medical results; are more likely to comply with their treatment and prevention plans; are less likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors; and they have fewer ED visits and hospitalizations (Green and Hibbard, 2011). Additionally, when patients and families are involved, hospitals and healthcare systems have an opportunity to improve quality and reduce medical errors, healthcare-associated infections and readmissions (AHRQ, 2009)


There are countless ways that patients and families can become engaged. They can serve as advisors to enhance quality and safety, redesign systems of care and educate healthcare professionals and other staff about safety. Some are formal and ongoing, others are time-limited and informal. All are necessary to ensure that care is safe and truly responsive to patient and family needs, priorities, goals and values. (IPFCC, 2004; AHA, 2013).


This full day conference will continue to build on the work of the NJHA Patient and Family Engagement Collaborative webinars and other educational events in encouraging all hospitals in New Jersey engage in patient and family-centered care.

NOV
30
Thu. 11/30
NEW!

Most healthcare providers adjust well to the multitude of demands encountered during an unexpected or traumatic clinical event. Providers often have strong emotional defenses that carry them through and let them “get the job done.” Yet sometimes the emotional aftershock (or stress reaction) can be difficult. Signs and symptoms of this emotional aftershock may last a few days, a few weeks, a few months or longer.


Second victims are “healthcare providers who are involved in an unanticipated adverse patient event, medical error and/or a patient-related injury and become victimized in the sense that the provider is traumatized by the event."

DEC
13
NEW!

The updates to the CPT Manual for 2018 will be effective January 1, 2018. Changes will include revised and deleted codes, and new codes and modifiers.
This program will prepare health information coders to apply the new and revised codes accurately.
Webinar participants will gain an understanding of how to:
• Implement changes in your facility to accurately report the 2018 CPT codes
• Reduce denials by reporting the 2018 codes accurately and timely by the Jan. 1st effective date