Community Care Conference

May 9, 2017 | Austin, TX

Hands that Help, Hearts that Care

8:30-10:00 am  Avoiding Pitfalls – Compliance with Labor Laws in EVV and other Tracking Systems
This session will help employers that utilize the state mandated Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) system or other service delivery tracking systems to fully understand how to comply with the Department of Labor rules specific to issues such as work time pay and overtime.  In addition, DOL rules including time and travel pay and the importance of using IRS twenty-factor test to determine contract vs. employee will be discussed.   Speaker: Tommy Simmons, Senior Legal Counsel to Commissioner Ruth Hughs, Commissioner Representing Employers, Texas Workforce Commission (1.5 clock hours Administrator/Alternate)

10:15-11:45 am  Juggling Self Reports, Internal Reports and Oblivious Employees: Compliance and Self-Reporting in a Hyper-Compliance Environment
One of the last things an Administrator wants to hear on Monday morning is that an incident occurred over the weekend and staff are only now bothering to inform the Administrator.  Many of the administrative penalties generated from failure to timely self-report abuse, neglect or exploitation (ANE) come from employees failing to understand when to self-report and take immediate action.  This session will explore how self-reporting is vital to an agency’s adherence to its own compliance program, with failure to do so resulting in penalties and consequences.  We will discuss how a compliance plan for a Texas Medicaid provider is different from other providers, and the unique challenges related to Community Care in Texas.  Learn when and how to educate your supervisors and attendants on their roles should allegations be made or suspicions be raised about inappropriate behavior.  We will also look at the requirements for Medicaid providers to educate staff on fraud and abuse under the Deficit Reduction Act. Speaker: Troy Brooks, JD, BrooksAcevedo (1.5 clock hours Administrator/Alternate; 1.5 contact hours continuing education for nurses; 1.5 SWCEUs)

11:45-1:00 pm    LUNCH (included in registration)

1:00-2:30 pm  Audits, Audits Everywhere!  Inspector General's "Take-Home" Advice to Providers
Preventing Medicaid improper payments for attendant services is now a key part of audits conducted by the Texas Health and Human Services-Inspector General (HHS-IG).  The IG's office is focused on thwarting fraud, waste and abuse (FWA) through investigations and record audits of providers based on reports made by their payors including Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) and the Medicaid Managed Care Organizations.  IG Bowen and HHS-IG staff will disclose the most common types of issues that trigger IG investigations and audits.   Strategies to be discussed for preventing overpayments will include: ensuring attendants are qualified and credentialed; required mandatory staff attendance to FWA trainings; developing, implementing, and disseminating FWA policies and procedures; and frequent supervision of attendants to determine services were rendered.  Speakers  : Inspector General Stuart W. Bowen, Jr.,  Health & Human Services Commission (1.5 clock hours Administrator/Alternate)

2:45 – 4:15 pm  Community Care Legislative Update
What will the future for community care look like after this 85th Legislature?  How will YOUR agency be affected?
Speakers: Rachel Hammon, Executive Director, TAHC&H; Sarah Mills, MS, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations , TAHC&H; TAHC&H Lobby Team  (1.5 clock hours Administrator/Alternate)

Continuing Education

Receive up to:

  • 6.0 clock hours Administrator/ Alternate
  • 1.50 contact hours continuing education for nurses
  • 1.50 SWCEUs

Omni Austin Hotel Southpark
4140 Governors Row
Austin, TX 78744
(512) 448-2222

Overflow hotel:
Hampton Inn Austin South
Rate Expires: 5/1/17
(walking distance - just across the street!)


Regular Rate
(rcvd 4/11-5/1/17)

Members: $210
Non Members: $310

Late Rate
(rcvd on or after 95/2/17)

Members: $235
Non Members: $335