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  • Key Strategies to Retain New Hires and Reduce Employee Turnover

    Contains 7 Component(s)

    Workforce Person-centered leadership provides a strong basis for improving staff stability, employee satisfaction, and enhancing quality. Research has demonstrated that staff will stay in organizations where they are valued and have strong relationships with their supervisors. Person-centered leadership focuses on engaging others and listening to what is important to them. Strategies used to reduce employee turnover must incorporate a person-centered approach starting before hire at the interview, through the new hire probationary periods, and continued throughout employment.

    Workforce Person-centered leadership provides a strong basis for improving staff stability, employee satisfaction, and enhancing quality. Research has demonstrated that staff will stay in organizations where they are valued and have strong relationships with their supervisors. Person-centered leadership focuses on engaging others and listening to what is important to them. Strategies used to reduce employee turnover must incorporate a person-centered approach starting before hire at the interview, through the new hire probationary periods, and continued throughout employment.

    This resource guide will identify key person centered strategies to reduce employee turnover. The guide is intended to support and provide tools to long term care providers to help them successfully interview, hire, monitor/evaluate/mentor, and retain staff. The guide focuses on 4 main strategies:

    1. Interviewing New Candidates - Employee Participation

    2. Behavioral Based Interview Questions

    3. Performing 30 – 60 – 90 Day Reviews

    4. Walkabouts/Rounding on Direct Reports 

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    How to Register in ahcancalED 

    Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

     

    Step 1

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    Go to the ahcancalED site at https://educate.ahcancal.org/and log in using the orange button in the upper left hand corner.

    Use your usual user name and password that you would use for LTC Trend Tracker or the AHCA NCAL website.  


    Don’t have one or can’t remember?

    Click the log in button and follow the directions found under the search button that reads-“If you need help retrieving your Username or Password, click here”.

    *Please note* you must add your member facility name to your login


    Once you are in and can see your name in the upper left hand corner, you are ready to go.

    Step 2

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    From the home page click on a category (Resources, Training, Webinars or Trending Now) For this demonstration, let’s try hovering over Webinars until upcoming webinars displays. 

    Under “upcoming webinars” go to a product in which you are interested. Click on the title.

    You’ll be redirected to the site where you can register for the product. This allows you to view the overview, handouts or resources associated with that product.

    Step 3

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    Almost there!

    Click the green register button.

    Fill out the registration details and voila! The products are yours to use indefinitely and can be found in your dashboard.

    FYI: after registering, you will be automatically notified when the recording of the webinar is ready.


    Need further help? Email us at educate@ahca.org

    We’ll walk you through it.

     

  • PDPM 101 - Introduction to the SNF PPS Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM)

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/02/2018

    This presentation provides an introductory overview of the new Medicare Part A Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS) payment model that will be implemented on October, 1, 2019 (Fiscal Year 2020). Specifically, the current Resource Utilization Groups, version IV (RUG-IV) per-diem case-mix payment model, which is based on resident characteristics and therapy utilization, will be replaced by a Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), which is based solely on resident characteristics. This represents the most significant change in how SNFs are paid since the SNF PPS was first implemented in October 1998. This presentation describes the motivations for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to change the SNF PPS payment model, the basic design of the PDPM payment model, the specific patient assessment payment drivers and their impacts on payment rates, and the AHCA member support activities to help members prepare for PDPM implementation.

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    How to Register in ahcancalED 

    Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

     

    Step 1

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    Go to the ahcancalED site at https://educate.ahcancal.org/and log in using the orange button in the upper left hand corner.

    Use your usual user name and password that you would use for LTC Trend Tracker or the AHCA NCAL website.  


    Don’t have one or can’t remember?

    Click the log in button and follow the directions found under the search button that reads-“If you need help retrieving your Username or Password, click here”.

    *Please note* you must add your member facility name to your login


    Once you are in and can see your name in the upper left hand corner, you are ready to go.

    Step 2

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    From the home page click on a category (Resources, Training, Webinars or Trending Now) For this demonstration, let’s try hovering over Webinars until upcoming webinars displays. 

    Under “upcoming webinars” go to a product in which you are interested. Click on the title.

    You’ll be redirected to the site where you can register for the product. This allows you to view the overview, handouts or resources associated with that product.

    Step 3

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    Almost there!

    Click the green register button.

    Fill out the registration details and voila! The products are yours to use indefinitely and can be found in your dashboard.

    FYI: after registering, you will be automatically notified when the recording of the webinar is ready.


    Need further help? Email us at educate@ahca.org

    We’ll walk you through it.

     

    This presentation provides an introductory overview of the new Medicare Part A Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS) payment model that will be implemented on October, 1, 2019 (Fiscal Year 2020).  Specifically, the current Resource Utilization Groups, version IV (RUG-IV) per-diem case-mix payment model, which is based on resident characteristics and therapy utilization, will be replaced by a Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), which is based solely on resident characteristics.  This represents the most significant change in how SNFs are paid since the SNF PPS was first implemented in October 1998.  This presentation describes the motivations for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to change the SNF PPS payment model, the basic design of the PDPM payment model, the specific patient assessment payment drivers and their impacts on payment rates, and the AHCA member support activities to help members prepare for PDPM implementation.              

    Learning Outcomes:
    - The participant will be able to explain why PDPM is replacing the RUG-IV SNF PPS payment model on October 1, 2019
    - The participant will be able to describe the key features of the PDPM payment model design including changes in assessments, payment components, per-diem rate tapering, interrupted stays, and concurrent and group therapy .
    - The participant will be able to identify MDS item categories that determine each of the five case-mix-adjusted PDPM payment components.
    - The participant will understand the impact of PDPM on revenues based on differences in resident characteristics and the variable PT, OT, and NTAS component per-diem payments as the length of stay increases.
    - The participant will know the types of PDPM implementation member support activities and resources planned and where to find updates.    

    Speakers:

    Daniel Ciolek, Associate Vice President, Therapy Advocacy, Government Relationsa

    Mike Cheek, Sr. Vice President, Reimbursement Policy, Finance Policy & Legal Affairs

  • Are You Ready for the New Not-for-Profit Financial Statements Reporting and Revenue Recognition Standards?

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This course will cover: • Not-for-Profit financial statement standards being updated for the first time in 20 years that will enhance the reporting of expenses both by function and natural classification for all Not-for-Profits and new disclosures on liquidity and more • Exchange transactions for Not-for-Profits and Healthcare may be subject to the new revenue recognition standard through the review of the contracts. • New revenue recognition will significantly affect the practices of most companies and many organizations and is intended to increase financial comparability across industries.

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    How to Register in ahcancalED 

    Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

     

    Step 1

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    Go to the ahcancalED site at https://educate.ahcancal.org/and log in using the orange button in the upper left hand corner.

    Use your usual user name and password that you would use for LTC Trend Tracker or the AHCA NCAL website.  


    Don’t have one or can’t remember?

    Click the log in button and follow the directions found under the search button that reads-“If you need help retrieving your Username or Password, click here”.

    *Please note* you must add your member facility name to your login


    Once you are in and can see your name in the upper left hand corner, you are ready to go.

    Step 2

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    From the home page click on a category (Resources, Training, Webinars or Trending Now) For this demonstration, let’s try hovering over Webinars until upcoming webinars displays. 

    Under “upcoming webinars” go to a product in which you are interested. Click on the title.

    You’ll be redirected to the site where you can register for the product. This allows you to view the overview, handouts or resources associated with that product.

    Step 3

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    Almost there!

    Click the green register button.

    Fill out the registration details and voila! The products are yours to use indefinitely and can be found in your dashboard.

    FYI: after registering, you will be automatically notified when the recording of the webinar is ready.


    Need further help? Email us at educate@ahca.org

    We’ll walk you through it.

     

    This course will cover:

    • Not-for-Profit financial statement standards being updated for the first time in 20 years that will enhance the reporting of expenses both by function and natural classification for all Not-for-Profits and new disclosures on liquidity and more!
    • Exchange transactions for Not-for-Profits and Healthcare may be subject to the new revenue recognition standard through the review of the contracts.
    • New revenue recognition will significantly affect the practices of most companies and many organizations and is intended to increase financial comparability across industries.


    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand the new financial statement reporting standards
    2. Understand how current process must change
    3. Understand the impact of the changes on the organization as a whole


    Speaker:

    Wm. Guy Crouch, Partner

    MaryPat Davitz, CPA, CITP, Partner and Director of Business Services

    MaryPat Davitz

    CPA, CITP Partner and Director of Business Services

    As a Partner and Director of Business Services at Mueller Prost, MaryPat leads the firm’s employee benefits/ERISA and SOC specialty services. In addition to her leadership roles in the firm, she focuses on client service and is responsible for signing reports for audit, attest, and consulting engagements.

    Her experience also includes risk assessment services, compliance and regulatory reporting services, internal control reporting and assessments, and Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance. She is a licensed certified public accountant in Missouri and Illinois with more than twenty-five years of public accounting experience performing audits, reviews, compilations and other attest and non-attest services for privately-held businesses, public companies, and not-for-profit organizations. She also has experienceworking with start-ups. MaryPat’s clients include healthcare organizations, manufacturers, financial services/lenders, service providers, commercial real-estate entities, construction companies, charitable organizations and employee benefit plans. She is experienced with audit, compliance and reporting requirements of PCAOB, GAAS, HUD, DOL, FINRA and other regulatory agencies.

    Prior to joining Mueller Prost, MaryPat spent twelve years in a local public accounting firm helping to build an audit practice that focused on non-public companies and specialty niches. She was also responsible for quality control and technical compliance for the firm. MaryPat began her career at a “Big 4” CPA firm in Chicago. Her career path also includes experience in a growing privately-held manufacturing company and a large publicly-held retail company.

    Wm. Guy Crouch

    Partner

    Wm. Guy Crouch is an experienced business and tax advisor. Drawing from his many years of experience in public accounting, he is able to guide clients through the tax laws and help them to reduce both current and future tax burdens, as well as solve the day to day challenge that face businesses today.

    He has a proven track record as a skilled problem-solver in helping clients resolve their accounting and business issues. Guy
    is a recognized expert in the areas of not for profit accounting and auditing, peer review, as well as individual tax law.
    Prior to joining Mueller Prost as a Partner, Guy was the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Accounting Solutions,
    serving clients in California and Missouri. Over the years, Guy has developed a depth of experience working with nonprofit organizations and the boards of directors and their owners, specializing accounting and auditing for these charitable organizations.

  • Compliance Considerations for Assisted Living Communities

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/20/2018

    Join us for a timely overview about how health care compliance programs are relevant for assisted living (AL) communities. While AL providers may not participate in Medicare or Medicaid, it is still important to understand fraud and abuse laws such as the Anti-kickback Statute, which can apply when referral and financial arrangements are in place with other Medicare providers such as hospitals, hospices, home health agencies or therapists. This seminar will give an overview of key issues that may arise for AL providers and issue spotting in order to consult legal counsel about proposed arrangements. The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have published many resources for other health care settings that offer AL providers insight on how to think about prevention and detection of potentially problematic arrangements. Additionally, certain elements of a compliance program may help with meeting state licensure requirements, other state conflict of interest and fraud and abuse laws, and commercial payor/network arrangements.

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    How to Register in ahcancalED 

    Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

     

    Step 1

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    Go to the ahcancalED site at https://educate.ahcancal.org/and log in using the orange button in the upper left hand corner.

    Use your usual user name and password that you would use for LTC Trend Tracker or the AHCA NCAL website.  


    Don’t have one or can’t remember?

    Click the log in button and follow the directions found under the search button that reads-“If you need help retrieving your Username or Password, click here”.

    *Please note* you must add your member facility name to your login


    Once you are in and can see your name in the upper left hand corner, you are ready to go.

    Step 2

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    From the home page click on a category (Resources, Training, Webinars or Trending Now) For this demonstration, let’s try hovering over Webinars until upcoming webinars displays. 

    Under “upcoming webinars” go to a product in which you are interested. Click on the title.

    You’ll be redirected to the site where you can register for the product. This allows you to view the overview, handouts or resources associated with that product.

    Step 3

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    Almost there!

    Click the green register button.

    Fill out the registration details and voila! The products are yours to use indefinitely and can be found in your dashboard.

    FYI: after registering, you will be automatically notified when the recording of the webinar is ready.


    Need further help? Email us at educate@ahca.org

    We’ll walk you through it.

     

    Description:

    Join us for a timely overview about how health care compliance programs are relevant for assisted living (AL) communities. While AL providers may not participate in Medicare or Medicaid, it is still important to understand fraud and abuse laws such as the Anti-kickback Statute, which can apply when referral and financial arrangements are in place with other Medicare providers such as hospitals, hospices, home health agencies or therapists. This seminar will give an overview of key issues that may arise for AL providers and issue spotting in order to consult legal counsel about proposed arrangements. The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have published many resources for other health care settings that offer AL providers insight on how to think about prevention and detection of potentially problematic arrangements. Additionally, certain elements of a compliance program may help with meeting state licensure requirements, other state conflict of interest and fraud and abuse laws, and commercial payor/network arrangements.  

    Speaker: 

    Carol Colborn Loepere, Partner, Reed Smith

  • Quality Award Portal - How To

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/11/2018

    The Quality Award Program has launched its new online application and payment portal. All applicants must submit their applications and payment online using the new system moving forward. The online portal will allow applicants to easily submit applications and payments in one location and view their award history.

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    How to Register in ahcancalED 

    Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

     

    Step 1

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    Go to the ahcancalED site at https://educate.ahcancal.org/and log in using the orange button in the upper left hand corner.

    Use your usual user name and password that you would use for LTC Trend Tracker or the AHCA NCAL website.  


    Don’t have one or can’t remember?

    Click the log in button and follow the directions found under the search button that reads-“If you need help retrieving your Username or Password, click here”.

    *Please note* you must add your member facility name to your login


    Once you are in and can see your name in the upper left hand corner, you are ready to go.

    Step 2

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    From the home page click on a category (Resources, Training, Webinars or Trending Now) For this demonstration, let’s try hovering over Webinars until upcoming webinars displays. 

    Under “upcoming webinars” go to a product in which you are interested. Click on the title.

    You’ll be redirected to the site where you can register for the product. This allows you to view the overview, handouts or resources associated with that product.

    Step 3

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    Almost there!

    Click the green register button.

    Fill out the registration details and voila! The products are yours to use indefinitely and can be found in your dashboard.

    FYI: after registering, you will be automatically notified when the recording of the webinar is ready.


    Need further help? Email us at educate@ahca.org

    We’ll walk you through it.

     

    The Quality Award Program has launched its new online application and payment portal. All applicants must submit their applications and payment online using the new system moving forward. The online portal will allow applicants to easily submit applications and payments in one location and view their award history.

    This webinar provides step by step detailed instructions on how to using the Quality Award portal.

    Speaker: Urvi Patel, Director, Quality Improvement, AHCA

  • Understanding SNF VBP in Detail

    Contains 32 Component(s)

    This course contains 6 modules that provide an in-depth description of each feature of the CMS Skilled Nursing Facility Value Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) program along with helpful tools and documents., and primary source reference to the program. This course covers how CMS calculates the 1) rehospitalization rates, including risk adjustments, 2) a facility’s performance score, and 3) the resulting incentive payment multiplier, which is used to adjust a facility’s Part A payments. -- The individual who wants to take the SNF VBP course must login to ahcancalED and register for the course under their individual login. For a better web experience, please use Google Chrome Internet Browser and NOT Internet Explorer.

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    This course contains 6 modules that provide an in-depth description of each feature of the CMS Skilled Nursing Facility Value Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) program along with helpful tools, documents, and primary source references to the program. This course covers how CMS calculates the 1) rehospitalization rates, including risk adjustments, 2) a facility’s performance score, and 3) the resulting incentive payment multiplier, which is used to adjust a facility’s Part A payments.  

    Modules also provide demonstrations on how to access and interpret CMS feedback reports, like the SNF VBP Performance Score Report containing your incentive payment multiplier information, and AHCA's SNF VBP prediction tool that allows a facility to estimate the financial impact different rehospitalization rates will have on their revenue.

    Who is this Training For?

    Principally, nursing home administrators, directors of nursing and any other staff including corporate staff who are responsible for payment models and rehospitalization reduction efforts.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand how CMS calculates the measures, risk adjustment, the facility score and payment adjustment.

    2. Use and access the CMS SNF VBP feedback reports and the SNF Performance Score Report.

    3. Apply the incentive payment multiplier.

    4. Use the SNF VBP prediction calculator to estimate the financial impact different SNFRM rates have on your Part A revenue.

    5. Adopt best practices to help either avoid a payment penalty or receive an increase in your Medicare Part A payments. 

    How much does it cost to take the SNF VBP training?

    Registration fee: $25 members, $65 nonmembers. Payment and registration is completed by individual participant in ahcancalED.

    -- The individual who wants to take the SNF VBP course must login to ahcancalED and register for the course under their individual login. For a better web experience, please use Google Chrome Internet Browser and NOT Internet Explorer. 

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    What is the SNF VBP Training?

    This course contains 6 modules that provide an in-depth description of each feature of the CMS Skilled Nursing Facility Value Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) program along with helpful tools, documents, and primary source references to the program. This course covers how CMS calculates the 1) rehospitalization rates, including risk adjustments, 2) a facility’s performance score, and 3) the resulting incentive payment multiplier, which is used to adjust a facility’s Part A payments.  

    Modules also provide demonstrations on how to access and interpret CMS feedback reports, like the SNF VBP Performance Score Report containing your incentive payment multiplier information, and AHCA's SNF VBP prediction tool that allows a facility to estimate the financial impact different rehospitalization rates will have on their revenue.

    Do you have to be an AHCA member to register for SNF VBP?

    No. Both AHCA members and nonmembers are eligible to participate in the SNF VBP course.

    How much does it cost to take the SNF VBP training?

    Registration fee: $25 members, $65 nonmembers. Payment and registration is completed by individual participant in ahcancalED.

    How can an individual register and pay for SNF VBP? 

    The individual who wants to take the SNF VBP course must login to ahcancalED and register for the course under their individual login.  Payment will be made in ahcancalED upon registration via credit card or check. If paying by check, your order is not complete until your check is received and approved by our staff. You will not have access to the training until approval. Registrations for SNF VBP cannot be done by another person or under another person’s ahcancalED login. 

    -- for a better web experience, please use Google Chrome Internet Browser and NOT Internet Explorer. 

    Can I get a refund on the SNF VBP product if I no longer want to take the course?

    No refunds are issued for SNF VBP.

    Can my SNF VBP registration be transferred to a colleague?

    SNF VBP registrations cannot be transferred. The individual that registers for the course is the only one that has access to it.

    Who is eligible to take this training?

    The AHCA SNF VBP Training does not require a particular healthcare license. Principally, nursing home administrators, directors of nursing, finance staff and any other staff including corporate staff who are responsible for payment models and rehospitalization reduction efforts should complete this training.

    What are the requirements to successfully complete SNF VBP?

    Participate in each module and successfully complete the final test (achieve at least 80% correct)

    The final test after Module 6 will have 10 questions (8 of 10 questions must be accurately completed)

    Complete course evaluation at the end of the course. 

    How long does it take on average to complete the SNF VBP course?

    Participants are encouraged to spread out the course over time in an organized manner – such as scheduling module reviews on various dates/times when they can focus their attention to it.  The course could be completed within a week or over several months based on how the individual would like to approach the program. 

    Are Contact Hours awarded for SNF VBP?

    No.

    What does a participant get when they complete the SNF VBP course?

    Participants receive an AHCA/NCAL certificate of completion.

    Is SNF VBP a certification?

    No.

    Can I print the presentation slides and how can I access the resources within the module? 

    Yes. Each module contains a variety of files which includes a copy of the presentation and any necessary supporting documents discussed within the module. 

    I am having technical difficulties with SNF VBP, can you help?

    Please email us at educate@ahca.org.

    Where can I get more information on SNF VBP?

    For more information, email CMS at SNFVBPinquiries@cms.hhs.gov    

    -- for a better web experience, please use Google Chrome Internet Browser and NOT Internet Explorer. 

    David Gifford, MD, MPH

    Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs, AHCA

    David Gifford, MD, MPH, is a geriatrician and former medical director of several nursing homes in Rhode Island. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at the American Health Care Association. He helped create the Quality Department at AHCA which assists providers in their quality improvement efforts and works with administration officials on regulations and policies impacting the profession. Dr. Gifford also serves on the Board of the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes campaign and the Baldrige Foundation Board. He is a former Director of the Rhode Island State Department of Health, where he received the National Governor’s award for Distinguished Service Award for State Officials. Prior to that he served as Chief Medical Officer for Quality Partners of Rhode Island where he directed CMS’ national nursing home-based quality improvement effort. He also holds a faculty appointment at Brown University Medical School and School of Public Health. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and conducted his geriatric fellowship at UCLA where he also earned his Master’s in Public Health while a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. 

    Holly Harmon, RN, MBA, LNHA, FACHCA

    Associate Vice President, Quality & Clinical Affairs, AHCA

     Holly Harmon, RN, MBA, LNHA, FACHCA brings both passion and a wealth of practical, real-world, clinical and operational experience to her role as Senior Director of Clinical Services at AHCA. Her extensive service in a wide array of settings including post-acute care, long term care, residential care, assisted living, independent living, a psychiatric hospital and occupational health have provided her with insights, knowledge, skills and innovative ideas which she exuberantly shares with others.

    In addition to her vast clinical experience, Ms. Harmon has put her dynamic energy into leading the statewide Maine Culture Change Coalition/LANE as President, the Maine Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes as Co-Chair, Vice-President of American College of Health Care Administrators, Maine Chapter and the Maine LANE Co-Convener for the national Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign. She also served as the Director of Quality Improvement & Regulatory Affairs at the Maine Health Care Association.

    She puts her boundless energy and warm and energetic personality into training, education and presenting both, nationally and locally. She has made simplifying the complex world of long term and post-acute care policy and practice an art.

    Kiran Sreenivas, MS CPHQ

    Research Director, AHCA

    Kiran Sreenivas is a Research Director at American Health Care Association (AHCA) in Washington, DC. He supports AHCA’s Quality Initiative, LTC Trend Tracker, and other projects aimed at improving lives and delivering solutions for quality care.

    His passion is helping others use data to make informed decisions. Prior to joining AHCA, he worked four years at America’s Essential Hospitals on a collaborative to reduce hospital readmissions and hospital-acquired conditions, such as pressure ulcers and surgical site infections.

    Kiran is currently working on earning a Doctor of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. He received his master’s in health policy at George Washington University and his bachelor’s in biology at Northwestern University.

    Katherine Almendinger, MS

    Research Director, AHCA

    Katherine Almendinger is a Research Director at the American Health Care Association. She supports AHCA’s members by distilling policy, legislative, and regulatory oversight changes into actionable information used for quality improvement and successful change navigation. She uses data to understand how these changes impact the long-term and post-acute care sector, our membership, and residents receiving care. Katherine is also responsible for the acquisition, management, and legal compliance of AHCA’s use of restricted datasets from CMS.

    Prior to joining the AHCA team, Katherine worked at the Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC), where she helped researchers use CMS data to improve program administration and the quality of care its beneficiaries receive. She also has experience in implementing an infectious disease biomarkers study, computational biology, research in genetic metabolic disorders and orthopedic biochemistry, and was a Peace Corps volunteer. She has worked at the University of Minnesota, the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. She volunteers at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and in after school science clubs to share her love of complex systems, problem solving, and using data to make the world a better place.

    Education: Johns Hopkins University - DrPH (in progress), health policy & management; Harvard School of Public Health - MS, epidemiology; University of Minnesota - BS, chemistry, molecular biology.

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    How to Register in ahcancalED 

    Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

     

    Step 1

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    Go to the ahcancalED site at https://educate.ahcancal.org/and log in using the orange button in the upper left hand corner.

    Use your usual user name and password that you would use for LTC Trend Tracker or the AHCA NCAL website.  


    Don’t have one or can’t remember?

    Click the log in button and follow the directions found under the search button that reads-“If you need help retrieving your Username or Password, click here”.

    *Please note* you must add your member facility name to your login


    Once you are in and can see your name in the upper left hand corner, you are ready to go.

    Step 2

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    From the home page click on a category (Resources, Training, Webinars or Trending Now) For this demonstration, let’s try hovering over Webinars until upcoming webinars displays. 

    Under “upcoming webinars” go to a product in which you are interested. Click on the title.

    You’ll be redirected to the site where you can register for the product. This allows you to view the overview, handouts or resources associated with that product.

    Step 3

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    Almost there!

    Click the green register button.

    Fill out the registration details and voila! The products are yours to use indefinitely and can be found in your dashboard.

    FYI: after registering, you will be automatically notified when the recording of the webinar is ready.


    Need further help? Email us at educate@ahca.org

    We’ll walk you through it.

     

  • How do I use LTC Trend Tracker as an Assisted Living?

    Contains 7 Component(s)

    Learn how to use LTC Trend Tracker as one of your tools for Quality Improvement. In these videos, you will learn how to utilize and modify the assisted living dashboard, customize the assisted living quality measures report, and upload assisted living data.

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    How to Register in ahcancalED 

    Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

     

    Step 1

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    Go to the ahcancalED site at https://educate.ahcancal.org/and log in using the orange button in the upper left hand corner.

    Use your usual user name and password that you would use for LTC Trend Tracker or the AHCA NCAL website.  


    Don’t have one or can’t remember?

    Click the log in button and follow the directions found under the search button that reads-“If you need help retrieving your Username or Password, click here”.

    *Please note* you must add your member facility name to your login


    Once you are in and can see your name in the upper left hand corner, you are ready to go.

    Step 2

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    From the home page click on a category (Resources, Training, Webinars or Trending Now) For this demonstration, let’s try hovering over Webinars until upcoming webinars displays. 

    Under “upcoming webinars” go to a product in which you are interested. Click on the title.

    You’ll be redirected to the site where you can register for the product. This allows you to view the overview, handouts or resources associated with that product.

    Step 3

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    Almost there!

    Click the green register button.

    Fill out the registration details and voila! The products are yours to use indefinitely and can be found in your dashboard.

    FYI: after registering, you will be automatically notified when the recording of the webinar is ready.


    Need further help? Email us at educate@ahca.org

    We’ll walk you through it.

     

    General Description: 

    Learn how to use LTC Trend Tracker as one of your tools for Quality Improvement. In these videos, you will learn how to utilize and modify the assisted living dashboard, customize the assisted living quality measures report, and upload assisted living data. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn how to utilize and customize the assisted living dashboard
    2. Learn how to customize and run an assisted living quality measures report  
    3. Understand the measures and upload data

    Speaker:

    Lindsay Schwartz, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Workforce & Quality Improvement, NCAL

  • International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This session will present the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) which is a global standard with terminology and definitions to describe texture modified foods and thickened liquids used for individuals with dysphagia of all ages.

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    How to Register in ahcancalED 

    Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

     

    Step 1

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    Go to the ahcancalED site at https://educate.ahcancal.org/and log in using the orange button in the upper left hand corner.

    Use your usual user name and password that you would use for LTC Trend Tracker or the AHCA NCAL website.  


    Don’t have one or can’t remember?

    Click the log in button and follow the directions found under the search button that reads-“If you need help retrieving your Username or Password, click here”.

    *Please note* you must add your member facility name to your login


    Once you are in and can see your name in the upper left hand corner, you are ready to go.

    Step 2

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    From the home page click on a category (Resources, Training, Webinars or Trending Now) For this demonstration, let’s try hovering over Webinars until upcoming webinars displays. 

    Under “upcoming webinars” go to a product in which you are interested. Click on the title.

    You’ll be redirected to the site where you can register for the product. This allows you to view the overview, handouts or resources associated with that product.

    Step 3

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    Almost there!

    Click the green register button.

    Fill out the registration details and voila! The products are yours to use indefinitely and can be found in your dashboard.

    FYI: after registering, you will be automatically notified when the recording of the webinar is ready.


    Need further help? Email us at educate@ahca.org

    We’ll walk you through it.

     

    This session will present the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) which is a global standard with terminology and definitions to describe texture modified foods and thickened liquids used for individuals with dysphagia of all ages. Implementation of the IDDSI framework in LTC consisting of a continuum of 8 levels (0-7) will be presented. IDDSI has been endorsed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and also the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and will involve the entire interdisciplinary team involvement and support for success.

    Suggested Audience: Administrators, Nurses, Physicians/NP, Registered Dietitians, Speech Language Pathologists, Diet Technicians, Dietary Managers

    Objectives:
    After attending this session, attendees will be able to:
    1. Describe the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) being implemented in the US
    2. Recognize the 8 Levels on the framework/continuum.
    3. Identify resources to help implement in the facility as “Best Practice”

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

    LTC Nutrition Expert, President-Brenda Richardson, LLC

    Brenda Richardson, MA, RDN, LD, CD, FAND has more than thirty years of proven success in directing multi-million dollar food service and nutrition operations. Brenda is a national lecturer, author/contributing author of many professional books and publications, and serves on state and national offices in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her expertise is in demand as she has successfully assisted healthcare facilities cited with serious and immediate jeopardy deficiencies, achieve and sustain positive nutritional outcomes. Brenda is a Fellow with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and serves on the Academy Finance and Audit Committee. Brenda has served on the Academy’s IMPACT Act Task Force, the Academy CMS Work Group; the Academy Positions Committee, and is Past- Chair of the Academy’s Political Action Committee (ANDPAC). In 2010, Brenda received the Academy’s “2010 Grassroots Excellence Award” and the Indiana Academy’s 2010 Honored Dietitian Award. In 2016, Brenda was then awarded the Academy’s prestigious Medallion Award for dedication to the high standards of the nutrition and dietetics profession through active participation, leadership and devotion to serving others in dietetics and allied health fields. Brenda has been selected as the Academy’s 2018 Lenna Frances Cooper Memorial Lecturer in recognition of her distinguished career and remarkable contributions to the nutrition and dietetics profession Brenda’s practical experience and skills put her in demand for advocating the profession, and professional speaking throughout the country.

  • Introducing the AL Cost Calculator

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/15/2018

    The AL Cost Calculator is a new, online tool available exclusively to members of NCAL. This enhanced resident assessment tool will allow assisted living providers to assess how costs are allocated across residents. Member providers will be able to harness this information to make targeted staffing decisions across their entire organizations. Join us for this live release event to learn more about how the AL Cost Calculator can benefit your organization and for an on-screen demo on how to use this new member tool.

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    How to Register in ahcancalED 

    Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

     

    Step 1

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    Go to the ahcancalED site at https://educate.ahcancal.org/and log in using the orange button in the upper left hand corner.

    Use your usual user name and password that you would use for LTC Trend Tracker or the AHCA NCAL website.  


    Don’t have one or can’t remember?

    Click the log in button and follow the directions found under the search button that reads-“If you need help retrieving your Username or Password, click here”.

    *Please note* you must add your member facility name to your login


    Once you are in and can see your name in the upper left hand corner, you are ready to go.

    Step 2

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    From the home page click on a category (Resources, Training, Webinars or Trending Now) For this demonstration, let’s try hovering over Webinars until upcoming webinars displays. 

    Under “upcoming webinars” go to a product in which you are interested. Click on the title.

    You’ll be redirected to the site where you can register for the product. This allows you to view the overview, handouts or resources associated with that product.

    Step 3

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    Almost there!

    Click the green register button.

    Fill out the registration details and voila! The products are yours to use indefinitely and can be found in your dashboard.

    FYI: after registering, you will be automatically notified when the recording of the webinar is ready.


    Need further help? Email us at educate@ahca.org

    We’ll walk you through it.

     

    The AL Cost Calculator is a new, online tool available exclusively to members of NCAL. This enhanced resident assessment tool will allow assisted living providers to assess how costs are allocated across residents. Member providers will be able to harness this information to make targeted staffing decisions across their entire organizations. Join us for this live release event to learn more about how the AL Cost Calculator can benefit your organization and for an on-screen demo on how to use this new member tool.

    Targeted Learners

    Assisted living corporate leadership; administrators/executive directors; directors of nursing

    Learning Objectives

    • Receive an overview of the AL Cost Calculator’s general features
    • Learn how to use the resident assessment tool and calculate monthly costs through a live demonstration
    • Understand how to customize and export the data for your organization’s needs to then make targeted staffing decisions  

    Speakers: 

    Chris Mason, President & CEO, Senior Housing Managers
    Chris Mason is the president & CEO of Senior Housing Managers and a past chair of the NCAL Board of Directors. His company operates assisted living, residential care homes, and nursing centers in Oregon and Washington. Chris’s career in long term care spans 30 years

    Cheryl Field, Chief Product Officer, Prime Care Technologies
    Cheryl Field is the Chief Product Officer at Prime Care Technologies, which
    developed the AL Cost Calculator. She is certified in Rehabilitation
    Nursing and has more than 25 years of experience in professional
    nursing, specializing in rehabilitation in the acute and post-acute
    areas, with a concentration in reimbursement.

  • How to interpret SNF VBP Performance Score reports

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) just released on August 2nd, 2018, the SNF VBP confidential reports that contains the payment adjustment factor to be applied to all SNF part A claims on October 1st, 2018 through September 2019. This payment adjustment factor may result in a decrease of up to 2% or increase up to 1.65% in your SNF Part A payments. This short video will use actual reports to discuss how to interpret your adjustment factor. it will also go over the SNF RM rates that will result in a payment cut, no cut as well as a payment increase. resources to access the reports are also provided. The presentation is a short video less than 15 minutes and also has a short set of power point slides as additional resource. Having a copy of your actual report, which you can access through the QIES portal in CASPER will be helpful.

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    How to Register in ahcancalED 

    Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

     

    Step 1

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    Go to the ahcancalED site at https://educate.ahcancal.org/and log in using the orange button in the upper left hand corner.

    Use your usual user name and password that you would use for LTC Trend Tracker or the AHCA NCAL website.  


    Don’t have one or can’t remember?

    Click the log in button and follow the directions found under the search button that reads-“If you need help retrieving your Username or Password, click here”.

    *Please note* you must add your member facility name to your login


    Once you are in and can see your name in the upper left hand corner, you are ready to go.

    Step 2

    image

    From the home page click on a category (Resources, Training, Webinars or Trending Now) For this demonstration, let’s try hovering over Webinars until upcoming webinars displays. 

    Under “upcoming webinars” go to a product in which you are interested. Click on the title.

    You’ll be redirected to the site where you can register for the product. This allows you to view the overview, handouts or resources associated with that product.

    Step 3

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    Almost there!

    Click the green register button.

    Fill out the registration details and voila! The products are yours to use indefinitely and can be found in your dashboard.

    FYI: after registering, you will be automatically notified when the recording of the webinar is ready.


    Need further help? Email us at educate@ahca.org

    We’ll walk you through it.

     

    Important Note: Due to technical formatting, please DO NOT use the Internet Explorer Browser to view the video component within this product.


    Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) just released on August 2nd, 2018, the SNF VBP confidential reports that contains the payment adjustment factor to be applied to all SNF part A claims on October 1st, 2018 through September 2019. This payment adjustment factor may result in a decrease of up to 2% or increase up to 1.65% in your SNF Part A payments. This short video will use actual reports to discuss how to interpret your adjustment factor. It will also go over the SNF RM rates that will result in a payment cut, no cut as well as a payment increase. Resources to access the reports are also provided. The presentation is a short video less than 15 minutes and also has a short set of power point slides as additional resource. Having a copy of your actual report, which you can access through the QIES portal in CASPER will be helpful.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Explain how the incentive payment multiplier is calculated and applied to a SNF's part A payments.
    • Utilize the line item reports from CMS on SNF RM measure. 
    • Understand the threshold rehospitalization rates that will impact your SNF part A payments.

    This product is intended for:

    • Administrators & Owners

    Speakers: Dr. David Gifford, Sr. VP of Quality and Regulatory Affairs, AHCA

    David Gifford, MD, MPH

    Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs, AHCA

    David Gifford, MD, MPH, is a geriatrician and former medical director of several nursing homes in Rhode Island. He currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs at the American Health Care Association. He helped create the Quality Department at AHCA which assists providers in their quality improvement efforts and works with administration officials on regulations and policies impacting the profession. Dr. Gifford also serves on the Board of the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes campaign and the Baldrige Foundation Board. He is a former Director of the Rhode Island State Department of Health, where he received the National Governor’s award for Distinguished Service Award for State Officials. Prior to that he served as Chief Medical Officer for Quality Partners of Rhode Island where he directed CMS’ national nursing home-based quality improvement effort. He also holds a faculty appointment at Brown University Medical School and School of Public Health. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and conducted his geriatric fellowship at UCLA where he also earned his Master’s in Public Health while a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. 

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