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A Walk Into the Future of Home Care: PHA 2024 Annual Conference Featuring CareSmartz360

Team Caresmartz at the PHA 2024 Annual Conference

The much-anticipated Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA) 2024 Annual Conference is almost around the corner!

Home care’s ever-changing landscape demands constant adaptation. This conference, on the theme “Reimagining Home Care,” promises to be a vibrant hub for industry professionals to stay up-to-date with recent updates, policy changes, and much more in the home care industry.

It is the event to attend for seasoned home care providers or those new to the field, caregivers, and even entrepreneurs considering entering the industry. It offers a unique opportunity for all stakeholders to learn, connect, and be inspired.

The three days of thought-provoking sessions, informative workshops, and valuable networking events are designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to navigate the future of home care.

Swing by our exhibit at Booth #60 to meet our expert duo, Ruby Mehta, the VP of Sales, and Erin Cahill, the Account Executive. Engage in a conversation with us to find solutions to the challenges you face in managing your business and get a detailed understanding of the complete functionality of the CareSmartz360 home care software.

Meanwhile, the conference will provide ample opportunities for networking as attendees reconnect with colleagues, forge new relationships, and gain insights from leading experts who discuss innovative solutions and best practices to ensure the continued success and quality of home care services across Pennsylvania.

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Conference Dates
May 15-17

Kalahari Resorts, Pocono Manor, PA

What’s in Store?

This year’s conference aims to explore the evolving landscape of home care and the innovative solutions that can ensure its success. The conference will feature various sessions, including keynote speeches, panel discussions, and workshops, all led by industry experts.

These sessions will delve into various aspects of home care, from technological advancements to best practices and much more. The PHA 2024 Annual Conference promises to be an enlightening and inspiring event for attendees to gain valuable insights, share ideas, and contribute to shaping the future of home care.

Understanding the Evolving Home Care Landscape

The PHA 2024 Annual Conference boasts a lineup of inspiring keynote speakers who will take the stage to deliver noteworthy presentations that set the tone for the conference and provide valuable insights into the future of home care.

Get ready to be challenged, motivated, and equipped with fresh perspectives as the industry stalwarts delve into the most pressing issues and exciting opportunities facing the home care industry today.

Keynote Speaker: Josh Klein

In his address, Josh will explore how AI is revolutionizing home care by discussing the transformative potential of AI, from streamlining daily tasks for caregivers to providing personalized support that enhances patient well-being.

Session Spotlight

  • Supporting Behavioral Health Needs in the Senior Community

    John McFarland | Director of MCO Integration, Relations & Policy | UPMC Community HealthChoices

    He’ll talk about how behavioral health issues surface and how to identify, respond, manage these symptoms, and even prevent these issues altogether. This session is a must-attend for those working with individuals in isolated/semi-isolated areas, rapidly growing and aging communities or those with limited behavioral health experience.

  • Home Care Quality: Now Is the Time

    Michael W. Brown | President | MB Healthcare Consultants, LLC

    As there’s an emphasis on value-based purchasing by CMS, states are now focusing on implementing programs aimed at service quality for Medicaid reimbursement enhancements. Now, home care agencies will have to shore up their efforts around quality programs. This session will provide critical information for them in the new reimbursement landscape.

  • Workplace Violence: Preparing an Effective Emergency Plan

    Diane Link | CEO/Consultant | Link Healthcare Advantage

    The frequency of reports of violence against home care workers at work has increased. This presentation will cover how agencies can create an emergency plan for workplace violence, identify important subjects for training, and provide advice on how employees may help defuse tense situations.

  • Synergy Between Risk Adjustment and Quality Improvement

    Karen Tibbs | Director, Quality Assurance | McBee

    Understanding risk adjustment is generally complex for home care agencies and is the key to care quality improvement. The session discusses the fundamentals of accurate risk adjustment: high-quality connections with referral sources, accurate comprehensive assessments and coding, and CMS data submissions.

  • Wage and Hour Update for Home Care

    Emina Poricanin | Attorney & CEO | Forework LLC

    The discussion will review all the key developments in the federal and state wage and hour laws, including the US DOL’s proposal to increase the minimum salary threshold for overtime-exempt employees, and what all this means for the operators’ bottom line.

  • Caring for the Aging Autistic Population

    Andrea Layton | Director of ASERT Collaborative | Penn State College of Medicine
    Ryan Cramer | Director of Community Services | UPMC Western Behavioral Health Child Behavioral Health Ambulatory Services

    Andrea and Ryan will provide an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), describe differences caregivers might need to be prepared for, how to navigate the different waiver programs, and outline ODP vs OLTL waivers.

  • How to Take Care When Selling or Buying Home Health and Home Care Agencies

    Edward Cyran | Attorney | Fox Rothschild LLP

    Edward will talk about the necessary components and best practices for home care agency transactions, including a discussion of stages of the sale process, due diligence issues, letters of intent, structuring the sale/purchase, DOH, OLTL, and MCO Notice Requirements; post-closing matters; and HIPAA and other confidentiality considerations.

  • Payor & Provider Collaboration: Connecting Home Care to Health Care

    Anna Keith | VP Long-Term Supports and Services | PA Health & Wellness
    Julie McCarter | Help at Home

    Get to know about the opportunity for payors and providers to align on shared value creation for improving cost, quality, and outcomes for members and the extra benefit of supporting the critical caregiving workforce.


The PHA 2024 Annual Conference is not one to miss if you’re from the home care industry. The event features top-notch industry leaders who’ve been successfully running the show for years together.

Not just that, they’ve set new industry standards, which have become benchmarks for those foraying into the field and established players alike.

Also, don’t forget to visit us at Booth #60! We’ll be eagerly awaiting your attendance at the Poconos from May 15-17.

Access better care while you avail savings up to 50%!

See you there!

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