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Hospice Manager Development Program - August 8 - 9, 2017

Presented in partnership with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

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Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid-Participating Home Health and Hospice Providers A Six-Part Webinar Series

In Partnership with National Association for Home Health & Hospice (NAHC)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice and
NAHC’s Forum of State Associations present:

Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid-Participating Home Health and Hospice Providers

A Six-Part Webinar Series

Description: Beginning in November 2017, Medicare and Medicaid providers – including home health and hospice – must meet a host of new requirements designed to ensure that they have the necessary planning in place to provide safe care for their patients, regardless of what type of emergency may occur. This series of six one-hour webinars will provide in-depth knowledge of the new requirements that home health and hospice organizations are subject to, with specific focus on: an overview of the regulations, starting the agency-specific plan, building the plan, development of policies and procedures, communication, and testing and training.

Program Goals: Through attendance in this web series, participants will increase their understanding of the new federal emergency preparedness requirements that are part of the home health and hospice Conditions of Participation (CoP) and become knowledgeable in how to apply the federal requirements for disaster preparedness in their home health or hospice agencies.

Following is the planned content and schedule for the live webinar sessions; for those who are unable to attend the live sessions, recorded sessions will be available:

Including Lessons Learned, Home Health and Hospice’s Role in an Event, All-Hazards Approach, Components of the Regulation

Including Four Phases of Emergency Management, the National Response Framework, Incident Command System, and Hazard Vulnerability Assessment

Continuity of Operations (Defining Essential Function, Succession Planning, Human Resources, Alternate Location, Defining Patient Populations, and Data Management)

Patient Classification Systems, Transportation Classifications, Surge Capacity, HIPAA/IT, Tracking Patients and Staff, and Roles and Definitions

Part 5:  COMMUNICATION – June 15, 2017, NOON EASTERN
Health Care Coalitions; Specific Hospice Requirements; MOUs; Government Emergency Telecommunications System; Collaborative Relationships with Local, State, Federal, and Indian Tribe Nations; Methodologies for Communication; and Utilizing the ICS in Communication

Annual/Orientation Requirements, Documentation of Training, Types of Exercises (Tabletop, Functional, Full-scale), After Action Report, Revising and Updating the Plan

CEs: One nursing credit hour will be offered for participation in each of the six parts of this webinar series, for a maximum of six.


Participants must register for the entire six-part series, at the following rates:

NAHC Member/Participating State Association Member: $399 for webinar series

Click here for the OCHCH Member Discount Code

Non-Member – NAHC or Participating State Association: $599 for webinar series

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Program Faculty:

Barbara B. Citarella, RN, BSN, MS, CHCE, CSH-V (Certified in Homeland Security) is the founder of RBC Limited Healthcare and Management Consultants.  Barbara and her team of expert consultants have made the company a national leader in the home health and hospice industry in addition to disaster planning.

With over 25 years of experience, Barbara is internationally known for her expertise in the areas of infection control, leadership, and disaster preparedness.  As the only recognized expert in the area of home care and hospice disaster planning, she specializes in emergency disaster planning, bioterrorism, health care development, and operations.  She provides education to law enforcement and government agencies, health care providers, private sector, first responders, national and state associations in all aspects of disaster preparedness.

Barbara conducts mock disaster drills for various agencies and health departments nationwide and has participated on the NYS Bioterrorism Task Force in the subsection on education.  She has worked with over 15 state health departments in the area of biological, radiological and nuclear disaster planning.  Barbara was part of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) committee to rewrite the National Response Plan document and the DHS Disaster Preparedness Guidelines for people with special needs.  She has received the highest level (CHS-V) of certification in homeland security from the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security (ABCHS).


A recordings of the event will be available for purchase after the event.


If you have questions, please email or call 866.863.3903 to have a representative assist you.

Ohio Council and Fazzi Associates New Online Learning Store

The Ohio Council for Home Care and Hospice (OCHCH) is excited to announce our new partnership with Fazzi Associates to provide the industry’s leading online learning content all in one system. Home health and hospice agencies now can purchase both Ohio Council and Fazzi trainings through our combined online learning store.

In addition, OCHCH members receive a 20% discount off every item in the store, which includes trainings on OASIS-C2, Case Management, Orientation, ICD-10, and much more. Visit the Savings & Education tab in the Members Only section to retrieve the discount code to enter at checkout.

CLICK HERE to enter our New Online Learning store!

New OCHCH Member Benefit - Provista Group Purchasing

Provista LogoProvista is a national supply chain improvement company providing solutions through their group purchasing services to help lower your agency's operational costs.

Novation, Provista's contracting services company, is one of the largest group purchasing organizations in the country. Through Novation, Provista represents over $35 billion in annual purchasing power and serves over 1,000 home care and hospice agencies. Provista offers 1400+ agreements from nearly 700 suppliers and distributors; these agreements represent over 85% of home care purchasing needs, including offerings in the following areas:

Communication Products and Services - Business Products - Capital Equipment - Food and Nutrition - Medical/Surgical Products - Pharmacy Program - Plasma Program - Services

For more detailed information about this group purchasing program, please visit the">Members Savings section of our website.

OCHCH Introduces a NEW Toolkit - Medicare & Medicaid Program Fact Sheets

Available to OCHCH Members

OCHCH with the assistance of volunteer members has created a new toolkit.  The Medicare & Medicaid Program Fact Sheets tools are meant to be used by home health, hospice, private duty nursing, and personal care service agencies to share with referral sources, and to also use internally to understand each Medicare and Medicaid program's services.

The Toolkit Includes the following fact sheets:

  • Qualifying for Medicare Home Health Services
  • Ohio Medicaid Home & Community Based Services Comparison Chart
  • State Plan Services at a Glance

Agencies may include their logo/contact info on these materials.  Visit the Members Only Section to access these new toolkits. 

2016 Outstanding Individuals in Home Care & Hospice

Award Winners

On September 14, 2016, the Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice presented awards to eight outstanding recipients in the home care and hospice industry. “Their dedicated and compassionate care makes a huge difference in the lives of patients and families they serve.” said Deborah Albaugh, Chairman of OCHCH’s Board of Directors.

The recipients honored were:

  • Jeremy Markewicz of Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc. was recognized with the Dorothy Royce Award.
  • Martha Meister of Interim HealthCare of Lima, Inc. was presented the Homemaker/Aide of the Year Award.
  • Nancy Roig of Cleveland Clinic Hospice at Home was also recognized as Homemaker/Aide of the Year.
  • Tina Taylor of CareLink Nursing Services was presented with the Award of Excellence.
  • Tracy Paul Downs of Hospice of Southwest Ohio was also presented with the Award of Excellence.
  • Robert “Bob” Bish, a volunteer at Health Services and Hospice of Coshocton was presented with the Hospice Volunteer of the Year Award.
  • John and Martha Meeks were recognized with the Caring Award.
  • State Representative Nickie J. Antonio of Lakewood, Ohio received the Home Care & Hospice Hero Award.

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Participate in OCHCH New Social Media Campaign #OCHCH2016

Get Involved – Advocate, Learn, Network

Involved SM Campaign ImageThe theme for the 2016 Annual Conference is: Get Involved – Advocate, Learn and Network and we encourage you to do so by helping us with our latest social media campaign. We have created a packet of personal signs to share how you advance our profession in Ohio.

You have the choice of four messages:

I ADVOCATE for Home Care and Hospice Because…

Today, I LEARNed More About Home Care and Hospice Because…

I NETWORK with MY Peers in Home Care and Hospice Because…

I am INVOLVED in Home Care and Hospice Because….

It’s very simple to support this social media campaign. You simply pick the sign you like and use a felt-tip marker to complete the thought at the top of the page. Next post a picture, or a selfie, of you holding the completed sign to social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) and include the hashtag #OCHCH2016. (When using Facebook, please remember to set the post privacy to “public”).

Lastly, go to, like our page and post your picture there.

We will use the pictures to create a picture collage at the annual conference to showcase the ways our members support home care and hospice. If you have any questions, please contact or call (614) 885-0434 x204. The signs can be downloaded here.

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