Upcoming HPCANYS Events
I/DD Hospice & Palliative Care Webinar
Making the Connection: De-Mystifying Palliative Care for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Webinar
Apr 23, 2014 - Webinar
Please Join Us for the 2nd Webinar in our Series of Cross-Systems I/DD Hospice & Palliative Care Webinars

Making the Connection: De-Mystifying Palliative Care for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Webinar

There remains a lack of understanding and a general confusion about Palliative Care within the provider community and the public. This webinar will help to de-mystify Palliative Care. We will explain the difference between palliative care and hospice care, explain the essential services available with palliative care, explore its benefits for persons with developmental disabilities, their families and their caregivers and discuss how to access palliative care.

We will also present the story of how a Palliative Care Physician partnered with the administrative and clinical team within a community ARC group home to develop a community-based palliative care program. This is an inspiring story that demonstrates that access to quality palliative care is possible for persons with developmental disabilities if both systems work together on a shared vision.

Presenters will include professionals from both the Hospice & Palliative Care and I/DD Systems.

Joan Dacher PhD, RN, Sage Colleges: Joan is the Director of the Doctor of Nursing Science Program, The Sage Colleges in Troy, NY. Joan has extensive experience and expertise with both systems having previously served as the Director of the Palliative Home Care Program at The Community Hospice and in her clinical practice, as a consultant to support staff serving individuals at the end of life at the Rensselaer County Chapter of the NYS ARC.

Nancy S. Knudsen, MD FACP FAAHPM: Dr. Knudsen is the Medical Director, St. Mary's Healthcare Department of Palliative Medicine. She sees patients in the hospital but also in community settings such as ARC group homes, NYOH offices, and occasionally home visits. Dr. Knudsen has a special interest in the oncology population and DD population as well.

We hope that you can join us as we continue to learn from one another!

Hospice & Home Care Employment Law Hot Topics: Background Checks, Social Media & Overtime
Apr 24, 2014 - Webinar
   With healthcare reform moving forward, EEOC enforcement near all-time highs, the U.S. Department of Labor changing key rules, and other efforts, hospice providers have more to worry about than just ICD-10. This webinar will provide an overview of a number of extremely important employment law issues. It will: Look at recent guidance from the EEOC regarding background checks and how these requirements impact hiring practices. Review the final rule on the companionship services exemption and discuss what this means for your employment practices. Cover strategies for responding to this change. Address the NLRB's recent enforcement activities involving employer social media policies that impact what you can do to employees for statements on Facebook and social media. (You can't do as much as you think)

Best Practices in Physician Relations: National Benchmarking Survey Results for Referral Development
May 13, 2014 - Webinar
   Although many organizations have created an excellent brand and voice with their identified customers, they are facing increased competition, a cluttered marketplace, and a critical need to further differentiate themselves with their desired patients and customers. Sales and service (referral development)presents a measurable and distinctive method of "living the brand"through targeted messages and relationship-management strategies. While the primary goal of sales and service is a growth and retention strategy, it requires a sound application of infrastructure, planning, and strategic models to ensure success.

Improve Your Bottom Line: Change the Way You Think About Volunteers
May 29, 2014 - Webinar
   Did you know 64.5 million Americans volunteered nearly 7.9 billion hours last year? Volunteering has trended upward among Generation Xers over the past 11 years. Yet many organizations are "stuck" and continue to use outdated volunteer models. When was the last time you took a long hard look at your volunteer program, including how you recruit and train - and most importantly what constitutes a "meaningful experience" for prospective volunteers in your community? Since the most effective way to recruit volunteers is through word of mouth, ensuring that volunteers stay and are excited about their work should be a top priority. This webinar will explore current volunteerism trends and what people generally expect from volunteer work. It will also address methods for aggressive retention and creative ways to include volunteers beyond the "office and bedside" models.