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2016 - 2017 MHCA Teams
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Minnesota HomeCare Association (MHCA) Teams are working arms of our association. MHCA members have the opportunity to serve on teams that collaborate on projects to strengthen the association. Our teams develop articles, comment letters, and educational sessions for our Annual Meeting. Participating on teams is how our members get the most out of their MHCA membership.

The application process is closed as of the June 3, 2016 deadline. Teams will be determined and announced following the July Board of Directors meeting. Questions may be directed to kmesserli@mnhomecare.org.

If you are interested in applying for MHCA's Teams, team applications will open-up again beginning May 2017 for the 2017-2018 calendar year.

Team meetings begin in August or September and typically end in April; some teams may meet into the summer if their projects require continued work. Please note: the frequency of meetings will vary for each team.

Notes:

  • Each team appointment is individual vs. organizational based, although the individual does need to work for a member organization. Team meetings are only open to appointed team members, unless invited by the Team Chair or staff for a particular agenda item.
  • All Team members shall be appointed to a one-year term and asked to be conscientious about attendance.
  • Team meetings will be held at the MHCA office (I94 and Highway 280, St. Paul, MN).
  • Home Care Nursing (formerly PDN), PCA, hospice and palliative care representation will be placed on applicable teams to ensure that MHCA is staying up-to-date on pertinent issues.

 


2016-17 TEAMs

  1. Clinical Quality Team
  2. Education Advisory Group
  3. Legislative Team
  4. MA Team (DHS Liaison)
  5. Medicare Team (Federal Regulatory and Payment)
  6. Membership Team
  7. Rehabilitation Team
  8. Survey & Regulatory Analysis Team (MDH Liaison)

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Clinical Quality Team

Responsibility: Reviews and recommends direction on issues relating to Outcome Based Quality Improvement (OBQI), adverse event reports, quality assurance and use of reports and data to improve quality. Representation will be sought from Medicare Certified, non-Medicare Comprehensive, Home Care Nursing and Hospice agencies.

Charge:

  • Review data and identify trends from reports, including, but not limited to: CASPER, CAHPS, 5-Star Ratings and HomeHealth Compare.
  • Develop and implement a plan to assist members in collecting and using outcome information to improve quality and address trends.
  • Develop or recommend appropriate resources and education to address trend issues.
  • Present at conferences, as needed.
  • Other charges as requested by the MHCA Board of Directors.

Frequency of Meetings: 5-6 per year, with potential sub-group meetings

 


Education Advisory Group

Responsibility: Senior Management staff from member agencies, representing Medicare-Certified, Comprehensive, Home Care Nursing, Hospice, Palliative Care and Personal Care Assistants will advise association staff on timely educational topics with a focus on fostering solutions to some of the most pressing challenges facing our industry.

Charge:

  • Recommend practical and useful high quality educational topics and speakers.
  • Act in an advisory capacity for the MHCA Education Manager for any and all components of MHCA Education.

Frequency of Meetings: 3-4 per year

 


Legislative Team

Responsibility: Review, track and participate in state and federal legislative issues related to home care. Coordinate member grassroots engagement and provide applicable information and resources to members. Representation from Medicare Certified, non-Medicare Comprehensive, Home Care Nursing, Hospice and Personal Care Assistant agencies will provide the voice for their segment of the MHCA membership.

Charge:

  • Recommend annual legislative priorities to the MHCA Board, identifying a maximum of 3 issues per year.
  • Develop position papers and testimony, and work with MHCA Government Relations Director to draft appropriate legislation.
  • Lead MHCA grassroots advocacy efforts.
  • Provide input on the Policy Conference topics.
  • Organize/host “Day at the Capitol.”
  • Seek ongoing contact with state legislators.
  • Other charges as requested by the MHCA Board of Directors.

Frequency of Meetings: Monthly

 


MA Team (DHS Liaison)

Responsibility: Stays current on MN health care programs and state payment issues. Develop a relationship with DHS and help members understand DHS’ role with various home care issues. Team members will include representatives from agencies that offer Personal Care Assistant (Traditional and Choice), Home Care Nursing and 245D services.

Charge:

  • Track issues, updates, and information regarding MN Department of Human Services (DHS) policy.
  • Troubleshoot issues as patterns are identified.
  • Provide timely updates to members on issues (e.g. on-site visits).
  • Recommend educational topics to Education Team and present, as needed.
  • Prepares educational documents/templates for members related to MA changes/policies.
  • Track issues that may require legislative action and forward to Legislative Team.
  • Assign a representative to track issues addressed through the Billers Listserv.
  • Assist MHCA staff with answering MA related questions.
  • Other charges as requested by the MHCA Board of Directors.

Frequency of Meetings: 4-5 per year

 


Medicare Team (Federal Regulatory and Payment)

Responsibility: Remain current on the Medicare home health benefit set, reimbursement and regulatory issues.

Charge:

  • Track issues, updates, and information regarding CMS and Medicare policy.
  • Troubleshoot issues as patterns are identified.
  • Provide timely updates to members.
  • Recommend educational topics to Education Team and present, as needed.
  • Develop white papers, articles, and comment letters for rule changes on Medicare related issues.
  • Track issues that may require legislative action and forward to Legislative Team.
  • Assign a representative to track issues addressed through the Billers Listserv.
  • Assist MHCA staff with answering Medicare related questions.
  • Other charges as requested by the MHCA Board of Directors.

Frequency of Meetings: 8 per year

 


Membership Team

Responsibility: Serve the needs of MHCA members by soliciting feedback from members; recommending goals and strategies to retain current members and recruit new members. This team acts as the “eyes and ears” of the membership and facilitates member engagement. As such, we will seek members from all segments of the MHCA membership.

Charge:

  • Assess MHCA membership trends, satisfaction, and interests.
  • Identify and strengthen the member services and benefits that facilitate membership recruitment, retention and engagement.
  • Review and analyze dues model on a periodic basis.
  • Other charges as requested by the MHCA Board of Directors.

Frequency of Meetings: 4-5 per year

 


Rehabilitation Team

Responsibility: Develop resources and education that addresses best practices, standards and regulations for speech, physical and occupational therapies in the home health setting.

Charge:

  • Reviews updates in practice, standards and regulations, and shares information with members regarding assessments, interventions and processes.
  • Prepare and present on topics such as therapy trends, best practices and changes, as needed.
  • Other charges as requested by the MHCA Board of Directors

Frequency of Meetings: 8 per year

 


Survey and Regulatory Analysis Team (MDH Liaison)

Responsibility: Stay current on state licensure and Medicare certification compliance. Educate members on and develop tools for implementing state and federal rules and regulations. Develop a relationship with MDH and provide clarity for members regarding MDH’s role with various home care issues. MHCA would like representation from Medicare-Certified, non-Medicare Comprehensive, Basic, Home Care Nursing and Hospice agencies.

Charge:

  • Track issues, updates, and information regarding MN Department of Health (MDH) policy changes/issues. Troubleshoot issues as patterns are identified.
  • Provide timely updates to members.
  • Identify state survey trends and related training needs, including creation of tools and mock survey training. Recommend educational topics and present at MHCA educational programs, as applicable.
  • Track issues that may require legislative action and forward to Legislative Team.
  • Other charges as requested by the MHCA Board of Directors.

Frequency of Meetings: 4-5 per year

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