Mark your calendars for the following distance learning opportunities planned this fall. Registration fees for each webinar is $150 for SDAHO members.  Online registration and payment by credit card is available here.

Embracing Incentives for Improvement Part 1
Opportunities for Hospitals and Community Provider Partnership in the Emerging Value-based Health Care System
Date:  Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Time:  12:30 – 2:00 pm (CDT)
Overview: Participants will discuss the patient harms now being targeted by payment and regulatory incentives; study ways to improve patient care that also meet the demands of payers and hospital executives and explore community providers and practitioners who will make good partners for patient care improvement work.

Embracing Incentives for Improvement Part 2
Clinician and Chaplain Partnerships to Improve Advanced Illness and End-of-Life Care
Date:  Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time:  12:30 – 2:00 pm (CDT)
Overview: Participants will discuss how spirituality influences health care and end-of-life decisions and why practitioners are hesitant to have these conversations; examine why patients want more spirituality discussions with their practitioners; explore how chaplains can assist practitioners with bridging the discussions gap between patients and practitioners. The benefits of implementing working conversation models and the impact on patient satisfaction will be considered.

Medical Internet of Things (IoT) Security Webinar Risks and Strategies
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Time: 12:30 – 1:30 pm (CST)
Overview: Participants will learn about the broad scope of IoT devices on a health care network; discuss IoT risk and why IoT will be the targets in the next wave of cyber-attacks.  The presenter will demonstrate the elements and strategy necessary to safely deploy and manage IoT devices within a health care organization and identify ways to best educate your staff on the importance of IoT and safe use within individual departments and the entire organization.

Discharge Planning Worksheet and Standards: Ensuring Compliance with the CMS Hospital CoPs and Proposed Changes
Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Time: 9:00 – 11:00 am (CST)
Overview: Participants will review the CMS worksheet on discharge planning; examine the CMS discharge planning standards that every hospital must follow; and consider why one in every five Medicare patients is readmitted within 30 days of discharge and why many suffer adverse events.

Essentials of ED Facility Reimbursement:  2018 Updates
Date:  Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Time: Noon – 1:30 PM (CST)
Overview: Participants will discuss correct ED facility E/M level assignments, procedure documentation and accurate charge capture. They will examine charging for hydration, injections, and infusions; discuss observation in 2018 and the Comprehensive APC; explore packaged services in 2018 and review the 2018 OPPS final rule update.