Upcoming events

    • Thursday, August 13, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar

    **NEW DATE** Join the 4th webinar in the 2020 COVID-19 webinar series brought to you by EPN, Maryland-National Capital Homecare Association, & Learn Care Together LLCRegistration is free, but required. Register today!


    Session Description:

    Dr. Mitchell will provide an overview of COVID-19 and the public health response in Maryland, and discuss how home health care providers can best serve their patients in these challenging circumstances.

    As COVID-19 continues to circulate, home health care providers face two challenges.  First, they must keep themselves and their patients safe from COVID-19.  Second, and equally challenging, they must evaluate clinically the ways in which COVID-19 could complicate the care of their patients if they become infected.  Even mild infections carry significant risks for people with comorbid conditions, and home health care providers must evaluate both risks and appropriate responses on a daily basis.  

    About the Speaker

    Dr. Clifford Mitchell

    Clifford S. Mitchell, MS, MD, MPH is the Director of the Environmental Health Bureau, in the Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Maryland Department of Health. He is responsible for a wide array of public health projects in the Bureau, including weekly COVID-19 updates.

    Dr. Mitchell joined the Maryland Health Department in 2006, after 14 years on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At the Health Department, Dr. Mitchell oversees a wide array of projects in the Bureau, including a home visiting program for children with asthma. He has served on several state and national health advisory committees and has contributed to numerous peer-reviewed publications and reports Dr. Mitchell received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University, his MPH from Johns Hopkins, and his M.S. from MIT.

    • Wednesday, August 19, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar

    A training for private duty, home health, hospice and DME companies.

    Registration is free, but required. Register today!

    About this Event

    This event is being held in partnership between MNCHA and the Maryland Department of Health Office of Preparedness and Response as part of MNCHA’s Home Care Emergency Preparedness project. This free training is intended to help members of MNCHA’s Emergency Preparedness Network prepare to meet new emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid and Participating Providers.

    Webinar: COVID Compliance, Audits  After Action Reports

    The novel Coronavirus, and its impact, has presented home care and hospice organizations with a wild ride. New guidance, coming out almost daily, changes the way of providing health care minute to minute. Eventually, all the waivers will disappear and the regulatory landscape will return to the pre-COVID era. Compliance however, is always first and foremost even during this difficult time. Some state health departments are doing remote auditing on infection control, staff education and updates to disaster plans.   As the talk continues of a “second wave” while we remain in the first wave, providers need to begin their after action activities as there will be a significant “look back” at what agencies did during this pandemic.  Did you document your frequent changes? IS there a clear audit trail to provide a framework for your decisions? Agencies will be audited for their infection control policies and practices, OSHA compliance and of course, the disaster preparedness plan. The inter-relatedness of these three variables is undeniable. Join us as we discuss: 

    • The value of after action reports
    • Guidance documents vs. regulations
    • Updating the disaster plan
    • Documentation
    About the Speaker

    Barbara B. Citarella, RN, BSN, MS, CHCE, NHDP-BC
    National Healthcare Disaster Professional, 
    Subject Matter Expert to ASPR-TRACIE, President and CEO, RBC Limited

    Barbara Citarella is the founder of the award-winning company RBC Limited, a healthcare and management company specializing in healthcare operations including value based purchasing, strategic planning, leadership retreats, audits, and corporate compliance with regulatory requirements. She is also the only recognized expert in disaster preparedness for the home care and hospice industry. In addition to consulting in all areas of health care, Barbara has worked extensively with local, state, federal government agencies, and the private sector with regard to business recovery planning, protection of personnel assets, infection prevention, infrastructure protection, all hazards planning and the Incident Command System.  She currently serves as a subject matter expert for the Unites States Assistant Secretary of Preparedness, and Response program (ASPR TRACIE), and was recently appointed to the National Quality Forum’s committee on Healthcare System Readiness, a multi-stakeholder task force to improve health care systems’ response capabilities for large scale events.

    • Thursday, August 20, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar

    Join the 5th webinar in the 2020 COVID-19 webinar series brought to you by EPN, Maryland-National Capital Homecare Association (MNCHA), & Learn Care Together LLCRegistration is free, but required. Register today!


    Session Description:

    This session will describe strategies to assess and manage symptoms experienced by individuals with dementia who are receiving home care during the COVID 19 era.  Innovative ideas to enhance communication, conduct visits while maintaining physical distance, and maintain physical function during lockdown will also be discussed.


    At the end of this session, the participant will be able to:

    1. Describe strategies to assess and manage symptoms experienced by individuals with dementia who are receiving home care during the COVID-19 era.
    2. Discuss innovative interventions to enhance communication, safely conduct in person visits, and maintain physical function during home restrictions.


    About the Speaker

    Dr. Beth Galik

    Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP is a Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and a nurse practitioner who specializes in improving neuropsychiatric care practices for older adults and their caregivers.  In addition to her teaching, she has served as the Principal Investigator of 4 externally funded research grants that focus on working with caregivers to optimize function and physical activity and effectively manage behavioral symptoms among older adults with dementia. 

    Dr. Galik provides patient care to older adults and their caregivers in outpatient clinics, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and also has developed a house call practice for dementia symptom management.  She has served as a Past President of the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association, a Scientific Review member for the National Institute on Aging and the International Psychogeriatric Association.  Additionally, she is the Co-Editor in Chief of Caring for the Ages and an expert advisor for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to improve behavioral health and reduce the inappropriate use of psychotropic medications in long term care and acute care settings.

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