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  • "Hot Topics" with “Best Practice” for Food, Nutrition and Dining

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/27/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This session will present an overview of current recommended “best practice” nutritional management of diabetes, pressure ulcers/injuries and prevention and management of malnutrition.

    This session will present an overview of current recommended “best practice” nutritional management of diabetes, pressure ulcers/injuries and prevention and management of malnutrition.

    After attending this session, participants will be able to:

    • Describe the overview and the need for “best practice” in nutrition management and successful outcomes.
    • Recognize current “best practice” recommendations for nutritional management of diabetes, pressure injuries and prevention and management of malnutrition.
    • Identify “best practice” resource for successful facility implementation.

    Speaker: Brenda Richardson, MA, RDN, LD, CD, FAND

  • Therapy Telehealth Across the Healthcare Spectrum: Navigating this New Frontier

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 08/27/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Review & Discuss Telehealth, Improve patient outcomes and overall patient satisfaction. Rules & Regulations, CMS guidelines review while incorporating various methods of providing skilled care. SNF Engagement, Infection control to outcome; telehealth utilized in various situations for facility needs. AL/IL Engagement, Telehealth can prevent quality of life decline & improve socialization. Future of Rehab,Telehealth in the continuum of care, marketing and utilizing cutting edge care options.

    Review & Discuss

    Telehealth, Improve patient outcomes and overall patient satisfaction.

    Rules & Regulations, CMS guidelines review while incorporating various methods of providing skilled care.

    SNF Engagement, Infection control to outcome; telehealth utilized in various situations for facility needs.

    AL/IL Engagement, Telehealth can prevent quality of life decline & improve socialization. 

    Future of Rehab,Telehealth in the continuum of care, marketing and utilizing cutting edge care options.

    This event is intended for:
    • Administrators
    • BOM
    • Corporate leadership
    • Corporate ownership
    • DONs
    • Executive directors
    • MDS
    • Therapy

    Clare Coleman, CCC/SLP, RAC-CT

    President/COO, Encore Rehabilitation Services

    Keely L Kent, PT, DPT, RAC-CT

    Senior Vice President, Encore Rehabilitation Services

    Kathy Claypool, OTR, MBA, RAC-CT

    Senior Clinical and Quality Specialist, Encore Rehabilitation Services

    Shawn Halcsik DPT, MEd, RAC-CT, CPC, CHC

    Corporate Compliance Officer, Encore Rehabilitation Services

    Todd Haydock MS SLP, RAC-CT

    Divisional Vice President, Great Lakes Division,Encore Rehabilitation Services

  • Behavioral Health and Trauma Informed Care

    Contains 9 Product(s)

    Phase 3 of the RoPs goes into effect on November 28, 2019. AHCA has developed resources to help you navigate the new requirements. This package includes resources applicable to Behavioral Health and Trauma Informed Care.

    Phase 3 of the RoPs goes into effect on November 28, 2019. AHCA has developed resources to help you navigate the new requirements. This package includes resources applicable to Behavioral Health and Trauma Informed Care. Such as:

    • Trauma-Informed Care: How Do I Start
    • Trauma-Informed Care Providing Mental Health Services in Long Term Care
    • Toward Better Behavior: Yours, Mine, and Everyone Else's
    • Sex, Drugs and Rolling Walkers
    • Sexuality and the Resident With Dementia
    • Behavioral Health and Trauma Informed Care Action Briefs (available in Requirements of Participation Action Briefs)
  • Trauma-Informed Care: Quality Assurance and Abuse Prevention Webinar

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 08/04/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This session outlines the development of an effective Quality Assurance system designed to monitor the policies and practices that ensure a well-trained, culturally competent staff who possess the knowledge and skill sets to care for a diverse and complicated resident population. The potential for episodes of abuse and neglect when staff education, training, and oversight are insufficient is a focus of this conversation.

    This session outlines the development of an effective Quality Assurance system designed to monitor the policies and practices that ensure a well-trained, culturally competent staff who possess the knowledge and skill sets to care for a diverse and complicated resident population.

    The potential for episodes of abuse and neglect when staff education, training, and oversight are insufficient is a focus of this conversation. 


    Speaker: Barbara Speedling, Quality of Life Specialist

    Barbara Speedling

    Quality of Life Specialist

    Barbara Speedling Personally dedicated to the creation of meaningful, satisfying lives for all those who rely on another’s care

    An inspirational and motivational speaker, Barbara is an author, educator and management consultant at the forefront of person-centered care. 

    An innovator with more than 30 years of practical experience within the adult care community, she is the expert providers turn to when they want to ensure that the services they provide meet not only the physical needs of their residents, but their emotional and psychosocial needs as well.

    Working from a core belief in the dignity and individuality of all people, Barbara has helped countless adult care communities implement her unique training and education programs that:

     

    • Improve the quality of care for those living with Alzheimer’s disease
    • Bring better quality of life to such residents, as well as to those who live with disease-related dementia, a mental illness, or a brain injury
    • Encourage staffers to use newly developed cultural empathy to form better relationships with those in their care
    • Offer new strategies for promoting harmony among increasingly diverse, younger and assertive populations
    • Open new pathways to maintaining regulatory compliance 
    • Support leadership and organizational development

    In addition to her degree in healthcare administration, Barbara is an accomplished musician and artist.  She uses those talents to develop new and creative ways of reaching out to those who are cognitively diminished.  She was also certified in 2015 by Dr. Susan Wehry as a Master Trainer for the OASIS education program for improved care of residents with dementia.

     

    The author of two books devoted to common sense advice for meeting the holistic needs of an increasingly diverse and challenging community, both Why is Grandma Screaming and Toward Better Behavior:  Yours Mine & Everyone Else’s are now widely distributed to staff members at community, residential and long-term care facilities across the country and in Canada.

     

    Blessed with boundless energy and tireless enthusiasm, Barbara also volunteers in her free time to offer caregiver education and support to families who need it most.  Through her affiliations with local artists and musicians in her native New York City, she also arranges therapeutic music, dance and wellness programming that improves the quality of life for local seniors.

  • AHCA PDPM Academy 2020 Subscription– Building Optimal Operational Capacities©

    Contains 7 Product(s)

    AHCA’s PDPM Academy 2019 focused on the basic elements and technical aspects of the new patient characteristic-based payment model. In 2020, the AHCA subscription-based PDPM Academy will provide AHCA provider members with in depth on-line education and training on best practice topics and operational capacities key to PDPM success.

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    AHCA’s PDPM Academy 2019 focused on the basic elements and technical aspects of the new patient characteristic-based payment model.  In 2020, the AHCA subscription-based PDPM Academy will provide AHCA provider members with in depth on-line education and training on best practice topics and operational capacities key to PDPM success.  

    Subscribers to the AHCA PDPM Academy 2020 – Building Optimal Operational Capacities© will receive the following benefits:

    1. In-depth education will include six pre-recorded webinars starting in March 2020 with continuing education (CE) credits and accompanied by AHCA-developed guidance, tool kits, or other resources. The six (CE) educational webinars on will be held throughout 2020 as they are completed.  All six educational webinars are included in the $299 2020 PDPM Academy registration fee. The topics include:

    • Holistic Person-Centered Care Planning –This training module will provide possible models for PAC Comprehensive, Person-Centered Care Planning which also align with CMS’ vision for PDPM “holistic care planning” as well as offer insights into the business case for person-centered planning.
    • Getting Older is not for the Weak: An Evidence-Based Approach for Improving Mobility –In this training module, the RESTORE team, a collaborative group of researchers, educators, and professionals within the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program will share an approach for helping providers integrate the latest evidence-based rehabilitation strategies into routine practice.  
    • Effective Care Transitions at Admission and Discharge –PDPM Academy participants will hear in this module from hospital discharge specialists, AHCA members, and home health intake specialists about their approaches to effective care transitions entering and exiting the SNF. 
    • Trend Tracker and Other Sources to Monitor Quality Impact of PDPM – AHCA members can monitor their Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Rehospitalization Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) performance as well as their IMPACT Act Quality Reporting Program (QRP) performance via LTCTT.  In this module, PDPM Academy participants will gain a deeper understanding of key PDPM Quality Measures (QM), how to best monitor them including using of LTCTT.  Participants also will learn about root-cause analysis approaches to address QM challenges.
    • Identifying and Managing Residents with Complex Nursing and NTA Needs – In this module, PDPM Academy participants will learn how members have attracted and retained nursing staff, best practices for staff training on complex care as well as optimal NTA services need identification and care. 
    • Restorative Nursing and Skilled Maintenance Nursing and Therapy – Nearly one-third of SNF resident stays would be eligible for restorative nursing case-mix payment adjustments within the PDPM Nursing Component.  Additionally, new flexibilities in therapy service delivery permitted under PDPM create incentives to develop more effective restorative nursing programs to all Medicare Part A residents, including those on an active therapy care plan.  This module will highlight restorative nursing and skilled maintenance nursing and therapy best practices under PDPM.

    2. Five “live” PDPM Academy Open Discussion Forums (ODF) every other month (one-hour each) starting January 2020, addressing challenging PDPM clinical and billing topics and CMS updates.

    3. Access to AHCA’ library of 2019 and 2020 PDPM Academy materials housed at ahcancalED. 

    These resources are a considerable value to AHCA members.  Private consultancies will charge several hundreds of dollars for the resources and the six hours of CE eligible training on the topics above. 

    Access to all of the benefits, above, is available to AHCA provider member individual employees (or individual contracted employees if registering through the AHCA provider member) via a PDPM Academy 2020 subscription price of $299 including CEs for the entire year. 

    AHCA’s PDPM resources for all provider members in 2019 focused on the basic elements and technical aspects of the new patient characteristic-based payment model and included AHCA developed tools, resources and webinars as well as access to numerous PDPM-related CMS and other public domain resources.  In 2020, the AHCA PDPM Resources Page will continue to provide basic PDPM education all AHCA provider members as listed below.

    The following free PDPM resources will be available to all AHCA provider members:

    • All-Provider member PDPM webinars
      • FY 2021 SNF PPS Proposed Rule Summary (est. May 2010)
      • FY 2021 SNF PPS Final Rule Summary (est. August 2020)
    • New or updated all-provider member tools and resources as they are developed (TBD)
    • Access to CMS and other PDPM-related public-access resources
    • Access to AHCA’s library of 2019 and 2020 all-member materials housed at ahcancalED

    AHCA is offering the following PDPM-Related fee-based products and services in 2020 to support SNF personnel in improving care delivery best practices and in building optimal operational capacities.

    These items are not inlcuded in your PDPM Academy subscription. Each resource will have a separate fee. 

    • PDPM ICD-10 Coding Training (January 2020) (Members and Non-Members)
    • AHCA/AHIMA ICD-10 Training for PDPM – Coder/Clinician 
      • 2020 Full Version (16 Hours & CEs) 
      • 2020 Refresher Version (Hours TBD & CEs) 
    • AHCA/AHIMA ICD-10 Training for PDPM – Non-Coder – 2020 Full Version (4 Hours & CEs) 
    • i-STRONGER Online/Interactive High-Intensity Rehabilitation Program Training for Physical and Occupational Therapy Clinicians (May 2020) (12+ Hours) (Members and Non-Members) 
    • Patient Pathway Platform (P3) Report Subscription (containing local market hospital referral data, SNF LOS data, SNF market PDPM data, and top referring hospital PDPM data) (January 2020) (Provider Members Only) 
    • PDPM Medicare Advantage Education & Negotiation Guidance (release TBD) (Provider Members Only) 
  • High Intensity Physical Rehabilitation In Medically Complex Populations

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Learn skills and strategies for immediate application of high intensity physical rehabilitation in medically complex populations. Clinical tips, tools, patient cases and an interactive community of practice will optimize the learning experience. Discover how to achieve better patient outcomes in less time.

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    NOTE: The individual who wants to take the course must login to ahcancalED and register for the course under their individual login. With 48 hours, a second email will be sent from University of Colorado with your course enrollment link.

    The American Health Care Association and the University of Colorado (CU) RESTORE Team are pleased to offer High Intensity Physical Rehabilitation In Medically Complex Populations.

    Many older adults are at risk for functional decline due to underlying medical complexity, as well as deconditioning following a bout of inpatient care. This course will present an evidenced-based approach for the implementation of a high intensity progressive rehabilitation paradigm, offered as an evolution of current, lower intensity post-acute treatment approaches to address this constellation of needs. Rehabilitation professionals (Physical Therapist & Physical Therapist Assistant; Occupational Therapist & Occupational Therapy Assistant) will have access to an interactive multimedia learning experience including responsive, self-paced presentation of foundational concepts, simulated case scenarios, and a moderated discussion environment for learning with fellow clinicians - all informed by the latest learning science and innovative technology.

    Course Goals

    This course is designed to:

    • Inform evidence-based decision-making driven by high intensity principles
    • Provide practical tools for immediate integration of high intensity approaches into daily clinical practice
    • Empower learners with the confidence to update their current practice paradigm in the post-acute setting

    Course Objectives

    By the end of this course, students will be able to:

    • Screen all patients for safe participation in high-intensity rehabilitation
    • Establish an appropriate high-intensity plan of care for eligible patients
    • Execute effective and engaging rehabilitation sessions informed by high-intensity rehabilitation strategies
    • Perform ongoing monitoring of patient response to activity and adapt high intensity plans of care throughout the length of stay
    • Communicate and document completely and efficiently to facilitate continuity of care
    • Identify current gaps in care for older adults that high intensity rehabilitation can address and advocate for its use in the skilled nursing setting

    Registrants who successfully complete the 12-hour program will be provided the documentation necessary to submit to their respective state licensing boards for consideration for CE approval. 

    Registration Fees:
    • $495 for an employee or contracted employee registering as affiliated with an AHCA member facility
    • $595 for all other non-member registrants

    All registration and payment questions done on ahcancalED can be directed to educate@ahca.org.

    For questions pertaining to course content, course accessibility, technical troubleshooting, please email canvasopen@ucdenver.edu.


    ABOUT RESTORE: The RESTORE team is a collaborative group of researchers, educators, and professionals within the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program that seeks to transform the lives of older adults by helping local clinics integrate the latest evidence-based rehabilitation strategies into routine practice.

    RESTORE aims to help our clinical partners become leaders in quality care delivery by using personalized, progressive approaches to strength and balance training. At the core of this initiative is interactive, customizable online educational platform for training rehabilitation staff in rehabilitation strategies that achieve quicker, more effective, and longer lasting home discharges to drive higher quality care. This approach to rehabilitation is timely considering evolving changes in reimbursement for post-acute rehabilitation services, favoring more effective and efficient models of care delivery. 

  • AHCA/NCAL Informational Webinar on Economic Impact Payments for Social Security and SSI Beneficiaries with Representative Payees 

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    AHCA/NCAL recently put together a webinar recording on economic impact payments (EIPs) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and important facts for skilled nursing facilities, ICFs/IID, and assisted living centers to know on the use of them. IRS began issuing electronic EIPs on or about April 15 to people who received a tax refund electronically. The webinar covers what EIPs are and what steps we should take to protect beneficiaries receiving this benefit. EIP funds belong to the resident and they make decisions about fund use or may request assistance and guidance (such supports are acceptable). The recording also covers such areas as whether a resident can give their EIP funds to a family member and what to do if EIP funds are being misused. Finally, a variety of resources from the Social Security Administration to the National Center on Elder Law and Rights are available at the end of the webinar in which you can find further information that will be of assistance. If you have any questions around EIPs, please email COVID19@ahca.org.

    AHCA/NCAL recently put together a webinar recording on economic impact payments (EIPs) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and important facts for skilled nursing facilities, ICFs/IID, and assisted living centers to know on the use of them.  IRS began issuing electronic EIPs on or about April 15 to people who received a tax refund electronically.  The webinar covers what EIPs are and what steps we should take to protect beneficiaries receiving this benefit.  EIP funds belong to the resident and they make decisions about fund use or may request assistance and guidance (such supports are acceptable).  The recording also covers such areas as whether a resident can give their EIP funds to a family member and what to do if EIP funds are being misused.  Finally, a variety of resources from the Social Security Administration to the National Center on Elder Law and Rights are available at the end of the webinar in which you can find further information that will be of assistance.  If you have any questions around EIPs, please email COVID19@ahca.org.  

  • COVID-19 Telehealth Waivers and AHCA/NCAL Member Experiences

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Since 2011 skilled nursing facility (SNF), and in some cases assisted living (AL) residents, have only had access to limited telehealth services under Medicare fee-for service. However, with the announcement of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued several waivers of existing telehealth limits during the PHE under provisions in Section 1135 of the Social Security Act. Since March 1, 2020, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has removed geographic limits, limits on the type of services and frequencies of physician telehealth visits, limits on telehealth services that non-physician practitioners such as nurse practitioners can furnish, and removed the prohibition on furnishing physician and occupational therapy and speech-language pathology services. Additionally, relaxation of certain privacy regulations by HHS has permitted an explosion in the use of lower-cost audio-visual technology including smartphones, tablets, and software such as facetime and skype in the delivery of telehealth services. In this webinar, four AHCA members from independent owners to large multistate for-profit and nonprofit organizations will share their experiences in implementing the COVID-19 telehealth waivers and how they have helped improve care during the PHE. They will also share their thoughts on which waiver details they would like for AHCA to advocate to CMS, HHS, and Congress to make permanent.

    Since 2011 skilled nursing facility (SNF), and in some cases assisted living (AL) residents, have only had access to limited telehealth services under Medicare fee-for service. However, with the announcement of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued several waivers of existing telehealth limits during the PHE under provisions in Section 1135 of the Social Security Act.  Since March 1, 2020, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has removed geographic limits, limits on the type of services and frequencies of physician telehealth visits, limits on telehealth services that non-physician practitioners such as nurse practitioners can furnish, and removed the prohibition on furnishing physician and occupational therapy and speech-language pathology services.  Additionally, relaxation of certain privacy regulations by HHS has permitted an explosion in the use of lower-cost audio-visual technology including smartphones, tablets, and software such as facetime and skype in the delivery of telehealth services.  In this webinar, four AHCA members from independent owners to large multistate for-profit and nonprofit organizations will share their experiences in implementing the COVID-19 telehealth waivers and how they have helped improve care during the PHE.  They will also share their thoughts on which waiver details they would like for AHCA to advocate to CMS, HHS, and Congress to make permanent.

     Presenters:

    • Sarah Schuman, Brookside Inn Post Acute Care & Rehabilitation
    • Deb Bielek, Ensign Services, Inc.
    • Kristen Thrun, Burgess Square Healthcare and Rehab Care
    • Greg Johnson, MD, Sanford Health/Good Samaritan Society
    • Dan Ciolek, American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living     
  • Identifying and Managing Residents with Complex Nursing and NTA Needs CE Webinar

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this module, PDPM Academy participants will learn how members have attracted and retained nursing staff, best practices for staff training on complex care as well as optimal NTA services need identification and care.

    In this module, PDPM Academy participants will learn how members have attracted and retained nursing staff, best practices for staff training on complex care as well as optimal NTA services need identification and care.  

    1.25 CEs will be available

    Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-CTA

    Jesse McGill is recognized nationwide as respected clinicians, educators, and leaders in her profession – particularly in advanced care delivery and policies associated with nursing facility practices. 

    Jessie is a curriculum development specialist for AANAC. Previously she worked as the director of clinical reimbursement for a large long-term care organization overseeing 17 clinical reimbursement consultants across 21 states, including nearly 300 living centers. She has more than 19 years of long-term care experience, including as restorative nurse, MDS coordinator, regional clinical reimbursement specialist, clinical reimbursement trainer, and director of clinical reimbursement. Jessie is passionate about developing the skills of nurse assessment coordinators, working in restorative nursing, and improving residents’ quality of life and care.

  • Managed Care

    Contains 4 Component(s)

    Managed care involves a healthcare delivery system that encompasses care, services, and payment and seeks to control costs and enhance quality through the establishment of provider networks and employment of utilization management strategies.

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    Managed care involves a healthcare delivery system that encompasses care, services, and payment and seeks to control costs and enhance quality through the establishment of provider networks and employment of utilization management strategies.

    This module consists of four components:

    Medicare Advantage/Provider-led Special Needs Plans (SNPs) Webinar: 48 minutes

    Provides an overview of Medicare Advantage/ Provider-led SNPs, explains how it works, and discusses the implications for LTC and PAC providers.

    Provider-Led Special Needs Plans Case Study Analysis and Report: Twenty-six pages, pdf

    An Idea That’s Growing: Long-Term Care Providers Taking Charge in Managed Care 

    • Provides the results of the analysis of Medicare Advantage data on provider-led plans 
    • Provides a summary of findings on case studies of three provider-led plans including key themes 
    • Offers a six-component framework for successful operation of an LTC provider-led I-SNP including critical competencies and challenges 
    • Advances policy implications and considerations
    Medicare Advantage Brief: Two pages, pdf

    Provides a high level overview of Medicare Advantage (MA) including MA growth, opportunities for value based contracts under MA, supplemental benefits and types of MA plans. 

    Medicaid Managed Long Term Services & Supports (MLTSS) Brief: Two pages, pdf

    States are shifting away from traditional fee-for-service Medicaid, often using § 1115 waivers to provide capitated MLTSS programs in efforts to streamline program administration, improve care coordination, and expand access to home and community-based services (HCBS).

    This brief covers:

    • The Basics of MLTSS
    • Opportunities in MLTSS
    • Optimizing MLTSS in Your State
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