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Event Details

Preparing for Community HealthChoices in Southwestern Pennsylvania


Dates: November 16, 2017 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Location: Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania

Registration Deadline: November 09, 2017

Online registration for this program has closed. Please contact HAP Education Services at (717) 561-5270, if you would like to register for this event.

Community HealthChoices (CHC), the Commonwealth’s Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) program, represents a major over-haul of how Pennsylvania pays for nursing home stays, home and community-based services, and other supports for the elderly and the physically disabled older than 21.

Program Overview

This new program fundamentally changes how coverage is provided to Medicaid beneficiaries and those who are dually-eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. It is critically important for hospitals and post-acute providers to understand the upcoming changes and implications for providing services. CHC is being implemented in phases based on the existing HealthChoices zones and Phase 1 is scheduled to start in the Southwest on January 1, 2018.

HAP has invited leadership from the New Jersey Hospital Association to co-facilitate this workshop. New Jersey transitioned to managed long term care in 2011 and has vast experience with both the challenges of implementation and the on-going administration.  This regional workshop is designed to share valuable insight with facilities just starting this transition and to provide Pennsylvania with real life “lessons learned” from the New Jersey experience.  Don’t miss this chance to engage with your peers and ensure your hospital will be prepared and positioned to successfully implement and manage this new program.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify specifics of Community HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s MLTSS model that will be implemented beginning January 1, 2018
  • Review legal, quality, regulatory, and payment considerations
  • Describe implementation challenges and lessons learned from New Jersey roll-out
  • Identify next steps for compliance in 2018


  8:30 a.m.      Registration / Continental Breakfast

  9:00 a.m.      Welcome and Introductions

  9:10 a.m.      The NJ Experience and What You Need to Know Now

10:15 a.m.      Break

10:30 a.m.      HAP Member Questions and Answers

We want to make sure your concerns are addressed during this session. Please send questions in advance to jcalla@haponline.org.

11:30 a.m.      Lessons Learned and Looking Ahead

12:00 pm.      Adjourn


Theresa Edelstein, MPH, LNHA
Vice President, Post-Acute Care Policy & Special Initiatives
New Jersey Hospital Association

Jolene H. Calla, Esquire
Vice President, Health Care Finance & Insurance
The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania

Who Should Attend

CHC will require changes in virtually all aspects of hospital and post-acute care and administration in Pennsylvania.  The program is created specifically for financial officers, operating officers, administrators, discharge planners, case management staff, directors of nursing, chief medical officers, patient advocates, and providers new to managed care, however, it also serves as a good educational platform for anyone who is seeking a greater understanding of the changes to come in Pennsylvania.

Pricing and Registration Informaton


$99 HAP Member Fee

$249 Non-Member Fee

Fee includes continental breakfast.

Registration Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after November 10. There is a $25 administrative fee on all cancellations. Cancellations must be received in writing. No refunds will be issued for no-shows. Substitutions are permitted.

The registration deadline is November 9.



For registration information, or if you need special accommodations, please contact HAP Education Services at (717) 561-5270.

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