Education Calendar


SEP
6
Wed. 9/6
Wed. 9/20
Tue. 10/3
Tue. 10/17
Tue. 10/31
NEW!

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


 

SEP
12
Tue. 9/12
NEW!

Prejudice and discrimination are detrimental to the success of any organization. Research demonstrates that we all harbor prejudices; at a minimum, everyone is subject to their own unconscious bias. Unconscious bias is the result of messages (from a wide array of sources) introduced into our subconscious from an early age. Many of these prejudices that are deeply held in our unconscious can influence how we act toward one another in our organizations.


This complimentary webinar offered in partnership with the Association pf American Medical Schools, is intended to enhanced awareness and training in order to create an inclusive culture that identifies and helps eliminate these hidden biases.

SEP
13
Wed. 9/13
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.

SEP
18
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.

SEP
20
Wed. 9/20
NEW!

The mission of the New Jersey Sepsis Learning-Action collaborative and this face-to-face program is to spread evidence-based sepsis interventions throughout the acute and post-acute care settings. In this third year of the collaborative, hospitals face challenges related to managing sepsis in vulnerable patient populations, preventing readmissions related to sepsis and engaging patients and their families in sepsis quality improvement efforts aimed at early recognition and rapid treatment of sepsis.


Objective:


• Discuss the current state of sepsis quality improvement activities in New Jersey and nationally


• Understand how to implement a pediatric sepsis screening and treatment program


• Discuss relevant strategies and resources to engage patients and families in sepsis care and improvement

SEP
27
Wed. 9/27
NEW!

Healthcare professionals in all settings – clinical practice, academia and management – have exciting ideas and innovations that would be beneficial to share with others. However, many are not familiar with the writing and publishing process and thus sharing through professional literature, a traditional communication channel, can be a daunting task. In this workshop, Dr. Leslie Nicoll will use “Manuscript Success” as a method to demystify the publishing process and provide practical evidence-based strategies for achieving publication goals. Using presentation, audience participation, questions and discussion, participants will gain knowledge and confidence in how to write manuscripts that will be favorably received by editors and reviewers. Identifying and overcoming pitfalls, ethical issues and effective use of resources will also be discussed.


Objectives: At the conclusion of this workshop, the participant will be able to:


1. Identify the five steps in the Manuscript Success process


2. Define “journal due diligence” and describe its importance.


3. Compare and contrast subscription-based, open access, and predatory journals


4. Describe at least three different types of plagiarism that may occur in scholarly writing


5. Identify one ethical issue related to authorship, and 6. Create a realistic timeline for developing a scholarly portfolio.

SEP
27
Wed. 9/27
Wed. 10/25
Wed. 11/29
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

SEP
28
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.

OCT
2
NEW!

Join NJHA for a full-day conference exclusively dedicated to Residency School Program Coordinators. This educational program will provide an updated on various topics including immigration and visas for residents, best practices for resident orientation, the latest information on licensing and credentialing and a discussion on physician impairment and disruptive physician behavior. This program is intended to provide a plat form to exchange, develop and share ideas and to foster communication to ensure the success of residency and fellowship training programs.

OCT
3
Tue. 10/3
NEW!

On October 4, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finalized updated requirements of participation for long term care facilities. In addition, CMS announced plans to implement a revised survey process effective November 2017, to coincide with the implementation of the second phase of the RoPs. The New Jersey Department of Health will teach participants how the revised survey process will be conducted and focus on key aspects of the new Interpretive Guidelines and the F-Tag structure.

OCT
6
Fri. 10/6
NEW!

TeamSTEPPS™ is an evidence-based teamwork system aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among healthcare professionals. Through the use of a comprehensive set of ready-to use materials and a training curriculum, the implementation of TeamSTEPPS™ in any organization facilitates successful integration of teamwork principles into any healthcare environment.


OBJECTIVES:


1. State the role of teamwork and communication skills in creating a culture of safety


2. List essential skills needed to function as an effective team member


3. Identify key tools to enhance situation monitoring mutual support and coaching for team members


4. Identify resources that can be used to create a training program for front-line staff


5. Recognize implementation and sustainment techniques


6. Discuss the different roles of the coach


7. Create an action plan to implement the TeamSTEPPS™ model in participant organization.

OCT
10
10/10/17 & 10/11/17
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
10
Tue. 10/10
NEW!

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.


Physician Know Thyself will address physician burnout including the research on burnout in the medical profession, and will discuss approaches to intervene when burnout becomes evident. The program will also address physician well-being and how to thrive in healthcare today. The program additionally covers the “second victim phenomenon” including definitions, recovery trajectory/stages of healing and the consequences of lack of support when a traumatic event occurs

OCT
17
Tue. 10/17
NEW!

This program is offered to board of trustee members to fulfill their state-mandated education requirements. The session provides a comprehensive understanding of the role and responsibilities of a trustee and is a primer for understanding the financial statements for healthcare institutions.


Designed to introduce members of a hospital governing body to the principles of hospital governance, this program will provide an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of serving as a hospital trustee. This seminar is focused on the ethical and fiduciary responsibilities of a trustee, the governing body’s role in promoting healthcare quality, hospital organization and governance, hospital financial management and legal/regulatory compliance issues. This seven-hour program is intended to fulfill the state-mandated hospital governing body training, but is useful for anyone serving on a healthcare board of trustee.

OCT
18
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


 

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
19
10/19/17 & 11/22/17
NEW!

This two day course will provide the steps required for a grant application to proceed from planning and submission through to award and closeout. Participants will drill sown and learn more about each step in the process and get guidance that can maximize understanding of the grants process, all to help develop a successful grant application.


This program will discuss the nuts and bolts of grant proposals and review eight basic components:


• A proposal summary


• An introduction to the organization


• A problem statement or a needs assessment


• Project objectives


• Project methods or design for implementation


• Project evaluation


• Plans for sustaining the project


• A project budget

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
1
NEW!

Join us for a comprehensive program on the latest evidenced-based information for the prevention and management of pressure injuries.


According to the NPUAP, a pressure injury is localized damage to the skin and underlying soft tissue, usually over a bony prominence or related to a medical or other device. It can present as intact skin or an open ulcer and may be painful. It occurs as a result of intense or prolonged pressure or pressure in combination with shear.


Although the terms “decubitus ulcer”, “pressure sore”, and “pressure ulcer” have often been used interchangeably, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) currently considers “pressure injury” the best term to use, given that open ulceration does not always occur.

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.

DEC
1
NEW!

(ONLY DECEMBER 1st DATE AVAILABLE) Due to an overwhelming response for this program, HRET has added a second date (December 1, 2017). Those interested in attending, should check ONE DATE ONLY on the registration page.


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
Wed. 12/13
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