Education Calendar


Sexual assault and abuse of elders living in nursing homes and other senior living environments is a significant issue that often goes unreported. Residents are more physically and cognitively frail than ever before and are increasingly vulnerable to this type of abuse. Residents, families and staff often do not know what to do if they suspect sexual abuse has occurred. This program will focus on the prevention and detection of sexual abuse, the many ethical concerns related to sexual abuse, best practices in training and advocacy on behalf of residents, liability and regulatory concerns and strategies for risk management.

Mon. 4/29

Among the most fundamental indicators of a nation’s health status are perinatal morbidity and mortality. The New Jersey Perinatal Quality Collaborative (NJPQC) – a network of OB hospitals, perinatal care clinicians and other providers, public health professionals, maternal and child organizations and other key stakeholders – is working to address some of New Jersey’s most critical perinatal health issues, such as having one of the highest C-section rates in the nation and ranked 35th in maternal mortality in the country (11.2 per 10,000 births). Thirty-seven women die, on average, for every 100,000 live births in New Jersey, compared with 20 nationally. African-American women in New Jersey are also five times more likely than their white counterparts to die from pregnancy-related complications.

The NJPQC is embarking on a second year, working with its partners and participating hospitals to test, evaluate and spread best practices – through comprehensive provider and community education – to improve the quality of perinatal care, improve population-level outcomes in maternal and infant health, and reduce disparities.

This full day conference will focus on the efforts of the NJPQC and its workgroups, including the current QI projects: NJ AIM obstetrics hemorrhage and severe hypertension bundle implementation and the NTSV C-Section reduction initiative. Teams that attend will also learn about strategies, tools, and tactics for sustaining these efforts at their facility from best practice hospitals in New Jersey and leaders that have implemented this work in other states.

4/30/19 & 5/7/19

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, role plays and personal experiences, the 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.

Ethics committees come in all shapes, sizes and stages of development; their members bring varying skill sets, knowledge bases and levels of experience. Because the program’s central focus will be skills and strategies to enhance healthcare ethics committees as organizational resources, this intensive two-day symposium is essential for anyone who chairs, serves on or supports healthcare ethics committees

Tue. 4/30

The New Jersey Department of Health has approved a paid dining assistant curriculum for nursing homes that is compliant with CMS regulations for employing paid dining assistants. This webinar is designed as a train-the-trainer session for primary instructors who are registered nurses, as well as other members of the team (dietitians, occupational therapist, speech language pathologists, etc.) who may be involved in training paid dining assistants. In order to conduct a paid dining assistant program, the primary instructor must have completed a train-the-trainer session.


 Understand the regulatory requirements for a paid dining assistant program

 Learn the content that must be covered in a paid dining assistant training program

 Describe the key steps in implementing the program and the competency assessment requirements

Tue. 5/7
Tue. 5/21
Tue. 6/4
Tue. 6/25
Tue. 7/9

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: Quality Indicators/Medical Necessity
Gain an understanding of the Quality Indicators (Severity of Illness/Risk of Mortality) that impact reporting. The participant will also gain an understanding of the importance of documentation for Medical Necessity. We will also look at Social Determinants of Care, and why it is important for the complete coding picture.

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.

Session IV: E&M Coding and Documentation for Hospital Coders
Learn the ins-and-outs of proper E&M code selection. Gain an understanding of the documentation requirements necessary to avoid denials. Changes on the horizon for 2019 and beyond.

Session V: E&M Coding and Documentation for Physician Offices
In the professional coding and billing setting, learn the importance of complete and accurate documentation for E&M code assignment. Changes on the horizon for 2019 and beyond.

May Sessions
October Sessions

The CCS Exam Prep is a refresher course designed to assist you with the challenges of studying for AHIMA’s Certified Coding Specialist (CCS) examination. Are you ready? Each session is designed to improve, review, refresh, and renew your coding skills.

Each session will offer guidance and practice with multiple choice and medical scenario test taking, as well as recommendations on what you need to do to prepare for the actual exam.

The CCS Exam Prep will include lecture, discussion, assessments and exercises and will target topics most likely to be included in the CCS exam. The CCS Exam reparation course is designed to help you pass the test! Participants are encouraged to have a current CPT and ICD-10-CM/PCS books available during the webinars.

Thu. 5/9

This half-day seminar “Hot Topics in Employment Law III”, presented by Robyn L. Aversa, Esq. of Jackson Lewis, P.C., will address recent developments in employment law. Attendees can expect to receive updates on:

• Review of recent case law in light of passage of the N.J. Gender Equity Law

• The Law Against Discrimination Amendments regarding non-disclosure provisions

• LGBTQ matters in the workplace

• What you can do to overcome unconscious bias

Tue. 5/14
Fri. 9/20

NJ Sharing Network is the non-profit organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for those in need of a life-saving transplant. Nearly 4,000 New Jersey residents are currently awaiting transplantation. The New Jersey Sharing Network is also part of the national recovery system, which is in place for the 115,000 people on the national waiting list.

Studies have shown that when organizations come together in an all-teach, all-learn environment, best practices around organ and tissue donation are enhanced and outcomes for increased organ donation are improved. The work of NJ Sharing Network, in collaboration with its hospital partners seek to share knowledge based on organ and tissue donation advocacy in order to spread awareness and increase the number or organ and tissue donations across the state.

Tue. 5/14
Tue. 6/11
Thu. 6/20
Thu. 7/18
Wed. 8/7

Program Objectives

  • To address complex coding issues that often challenge a coders understanding

  • To offer participants an understanding of the what and why of complex procedures

  • Participants will gain a solid foundation of the coding guidelines within each area and will learn how to completely and accurately code cases

  • Participants will gain an understanding of how code assignment impacts the MS-DRG, as well as how to avoid system edits and denials


Wed. 5/15
4/3/19, 5/15/19, 6/18/19, & 7/11/19
Tue. 6/18
Thu. 7/11

The Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ and the New Jersey Hospital Association are pleased to announce our 2019 Home Health Payment Reform Education Series focused on the Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) scheduled for implementation Jan. 1, 2020.

PDGM represents the most significant change in the Medicare home health program in the 21st Century. It will radically change the payment methodology, including the unit of payment, the case mix adjuster, low utilization payment adjustment standards and payment for non-routine medical supplies.

Faculty for this series will be leading experts from national home health consulting firms who will provide you with the tools and knowledge to:

• Gain a better understanding of what PDGM means for you and your agency

• Identify key threats to the home health industry and how to overcome them

• Strategically develop a process to succeed under PDGM

• Discuss the steps the associations are taking to address areas of concern

Wed. 5/15
Wed. 6/5
Wed. 6/26
Wed. 7/10
Wed. 7/31

In each session, participants will ...
• Learn to recognize and understand clinical indicators
• Understand the link between coding and quality
• Learn to correctly code and query for quality of the record

Fri. 5/17

As we strive to build an even greater understanding of the best ways to transform care and education the workforce to perform even more efficiently and effectively in the future, we need to recalibrate the working foundation for how leaders should nurture the process for innovation among care teams and transform care across the continuum of care.

Please join us at the "Innovations Across the Care Continuum" program to explore some of the unique innovations and opportunities that New Jersey hospitals and health systems have successfully implemented to improve transitions of care.


Thinking Outside the Box: Bolstering Response Capabilities, Building Partnerships & Preparing for the Unexpected

Amy Herman will guide us through methods to change the way we look at and respond to events through The Art of Perception.

Sheri Fink, author of Five Days at Memorial and War Hospital, will share unique circumstances that challenge the way we prepare.

Ocean County Public Health Department's Mukesh Roy and Daniel Reyenye, with Dr. Hillel Peltz from CHEMED Health Center will discuss challenges, partnerships and best practices from their experiences during a measles outbreak.

Elya Baltazar and Rebecca Lis from Northwest Healthcare Response Network, will share their experiences working with community partners to increase medical surge capabilities and share a prepardness curriculum to build community resilience for a disaster.

Thu. 6/6

Surveys in healthcare are critical to healthcare organizations seeking licensure, recognition and accreditation. Utilizing recent Joint Commission data, participants will gain a better understanding of hot-button issues in the area of licensure surveys. Attendees will receive first-hand guidance from speakers from the Joint Commission and New Jersey Department of Health – covering how to best prepare for inspections along with management and compliance techniques that are critical to providers; shared goals of improving quality and safety in patient care.

Fri. 6/7

Passions, and the deeper inner purpose from which they emanate, play a pivotal role in how leaders manage talent, the way teams work and communicate effectively, and how each member of an organization engages with the challenges of the business to achieve outstanding results. In today’s highly commoditized world, nurse leaders face challenges on leveraging not only the skills of their team, but also understanding and harnessing the passions of each individual in order to build and maintain a competitive edge and healthy workforce environment.

Every individual has gifts and talents that can make a lasting impact. However, only a minority of people utilize those gifts and talents to live up to their full potential. Tying your gifts and talents to research with your personal purpose and passion, not only leads to a more successful career, but a significant one.

Most organizations focus on skills and experience when developing top talent or creating teams, but overlook the important factor that determines long-term success. In a word, that factor is “passion.” If you ever thought about doing research but wondered whether you have the ability, this conference will provide the tools for novice and expert researchers to build and refine skills.

Join ONL NJ in exploring the elements for conducting research and how to ignite your passion to transform practice through research.

Wed. 7/17
Wed. 10/16
Wed. 12/11

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



The updates to the CPT Manual for 2020 are effective January 1, 2020.  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 2020 CPT codes

  • Reduce denials by reporting the 2020 codes accurately and timely by the Han. 1st effective data