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  • Understanding and Assessing Employee’s Full-Time Status Under the ACA

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/16/2014

    Nicole Fallon of CliftonLarsonAllen will explain how an employer can determine whether an employee is full-time or not using both the monthly measurement and a look-back measurement period safe harbor.

    A key aspect of implementing the employer shared responsibility requirements under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is understanding whether each of your employees is full-time or not under the law. This calculation is important in determining whether an employer is a large employer and may be subject to penalties under the law. It is also essential in determining how significant the liability for those penalties may be. Nicole Fallon of CliftonLarsonAllen will explain how an employer can determine whether an employee is full-time or not using both the monthly measurement and a look-back measurement period safe harbor. You will have the opportunity to get your questions answered.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Review two options for determining employee status (full-time vs. part-time)
    2. Discuss pros and cons of using one method versus the other
    3. Receive a better understating of determining whether an employee is full-time or not using both the monthly measurement and a look-back measurement period safe harbor

    Speaker:
    Nicole O. Fallon
    Consultant/Director
    Health Care, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

  • Sharing advanced INTERACT Success! Series

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/07/2014

    In this informative session, participants will have the opportunity to hear how four different organizations advanced the use of INTERACT within their setting.

    Part 1:
    In this informative session, participants will have the opportunity to hear how four different organizations advanced the use of INTERACT within their setting. INTERACT has played a key role in helping many organizations reduce unnecessary hospitalizations. Ideas on how to use these tools, how to spread them throughout the organization, how to get buy-in, and the fabulous results of these determined leaders will be some of the stories you will hear.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Discover ways to advance the use of INTERACT
    2. Question leaders who have successfully implemented advanced INTERACT
    3. Consider ways to advance INTERACT in participant's setting

    Speakers:

    Pamela Zanes, Ed.M, BSN, RN
    Senior Director of Care Transitions
    Integrated Market - Indianapolis
    Kindred Healthcare


    Lenore Williams RN
    Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation - Wildwood, Indianapolis

    Matt Tobalsky, LNHA
    Care Center Administrator

    Misti Valentino
    Senior Executive Director
    Mi Casa Nursing Center

    Part 2:

    In this fascinating program, you will have the opportunity to hear two unique stories of communities, in two separate counties, that put INTERACT to work to improve care. First you will hear how a community worked together to develop INTERACT with their local hospital. This impressive story shares how a combined group of nursing centers worked together on implementation despite being competitors.

    Additionally, a second group in another County, worked on implementation by creating a change package for a Medicaid Collaborative. Through a remarkable mentoring program with an "All Teach , All Learn" structure, those with more advanced skills in using INTERACT tools became mentors to other organizations, helping the community to create better care. In this valuable educational program you will see that the best way to be successful is to work together!

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Recognize new ways that INTERACT can be advanced in your community or organization
    2. Consider ways to connect with other community members
    3. Identify ways to employ mentoring as a strategy for advancing INTERACT

    Speaker:

    Carol Higgins, OTR (Ret.), CPHQ
    Quality Improvement Consultant
    Certified INTERACT® Educator
    Qualis Health

  • Improving Quality in Assisted Living: An Introduction to the National Patient Safety Organization for Assisted Living

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 04/16/2014

    This exciting new collaboration will enable NCAL members to benchmark outcomes and process measures nationally. By gaining access to this previously unavailable national data, assisted living communities can gain a better understanding of their unique strengths and weaknesses, and set specified improvement goals.

    In 2013, NCAL began a collaboration with the New Jersey Hospital Association's Patient Safety Organization (PSO) to collect clinical performance measures. The National Patient Safety Organization for Assisted Living (PSO) officially launched in January 2014. Patient Safety Organizations serve as a group of independent, external experts who collect and analyze data related to quality and patient safety. All PSOs are certified by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). This exciting new collaboration will enable NCAL members to benchmark outcomes and process measures nationally. By gaining access to this previously unavailable national data, assisted living communities can gain a better understanding of their unique strengths and weaknesses, and set specified improvement goals.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand what a Patient Safety Organization is and background of PSOs
    2. Learn about how the National Patient Safety Organization for Assisted Living can help your community improve quality
    3. Understand what kind of data the PSO will be collecting and the tool that will be used to collect data

    Speakers:

    Margaret Murphy Carley, JD, Long Term Care Consultant
    Helen Crunk, RN, AL Consultant
    Lindsay B. Schwartz, Ph.D., Director, Workforce and Quality Improvement

  • Using RN Continuing Education as a Weapon Against Rising Costs and Threats to Quality

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 03/18/2014

    This session will focus on how the current LTC environment can be improved by an intentional, comprehensive continuing education program for RNs that prepares them to achieve Board Certification.

    This session will focus on how the current LTC environment can be improved by an intentional, comprehensive continuing education program for RNs that prepares them to achieve Board Certification. The modest investments LTC facility administrators have made in this program have had a positive impact on the LTC RN workforce, their effectiveness on the job, and their RN turnover rate in a LTC environment characterized by rising acuity of LTC patients, tighter reimbursements, and more stringent regulations. Administrators are finding that the benefits of this program to their residents and financial bottom line far outweigh its costs.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Correlate the attainment of RN board certification with standards of clinical excellence
    2. Explore the relationships between comprehensive education, RN retention, and overall quality of care outcomes
    3. Provide data supporting the business case of comprehensive RN education and professional development investment

    Speakers:

    Heidi Keeler
    Assistant Professor
    University of Nebraska Medical Center

    Catherine Bevil
    Professor
    University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Evacuate or Defend in Place

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This webinar will discuss "defend- in- place" methodology and will review code requirements and discuss code changes relating to fire safety in memory care and assisted living communities.

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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.  


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    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


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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.

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

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

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    This webinar will discuss "defend- in- place" methodology and will review code requirements and discuss code changes relating to fire safety in memory care and assisted living communities.

    Speaker: Eric Rosenbaum, P.E., Vice President of Hughes Associates 

  • Current Best Practice Standards for Nutrition in Long Term Care

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 02/18/2014

    This webinar will present current best practice standards for nutrition and for nutrition related to wounds and hydration.

    Best Practice for nutrition services is expected from healthcare providers. Facilities are accountable for providing nutrition services that meet professional standards of quality that are provided by appropriate qualified persons (e.g., licensed, certified). This webinar will present current best practice standards for nutrition and for nutrition related to wounds and hydration. The standards reflect evidence based research available to date; and current thinking.

    Administrators, Directors of Nursing, Dietitians and Dietary Mangers and other Facility Interdisciplinary Team Members are strongly encouraged to attend. Regulatory guidance will be addressed along with clinical standard recommendations

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify current Best Practice standards with Nutrition and Aging.
    2. Discuss current Best Practice standards with Nutrition related to Wounds, and Hydration
    3. Know available Best Practice Resources to support implementation at the Facility Level

    Speakers:

    Brenda Richardson, MA, RDN, LD, CD
    Dietary Consultants Inc.

  • Embracing the New Dining Practice Standards

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/03/2013

    This program will provide an overview of new Dining Practice Standards; discuss the newly released CMS surveyor training related to these standards; and introduce the latest concepts in dining services that support this new philosophy.

    New Standards of Practice in Dining have the clinical support and regulatory backing to revolutionize food service in nursing homes.

    How are facilities implementing these new standards successfully?

    New Dining Practice Standards reveal that negative outcomes are often the result when restricting food choices, and instead recommend that older adults not be placed on very restrictive diets even when chronic conditions exist. The new standards reflect evidence based research available to date; current thinking; and consensus of several national professional organizations. Stakeholders include physicians (AMDA), dietitians and dietary mangers (AND/ANFP)), nurses (AALTCN, AANAC, GAPNA, HIGN, NADONA, NGNA), therapists (AOTA, ASHA) and pharmacists (ASCP).

    Administrators, Directors of Nursing, Dietitians and Dietary Mangers are strongly encouraged to attend. This program will provide an overview of new Dining Practice Standards; discuss the newly released CMS surveyor training related to these standards; and introduce the latest concepts in dining services that support this new philosophy. Wherever you are in the culture change / person centered care spectrum, and regardless of payer source and budget constraints, our goal is to provide opportunities to enhance the dining experience through choice, accessibility and individualization. Regulatory guidance will be addressed along with clinical standard recommendations.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify the Standards of Practice for Dining in Elderly Adults
    2. Discuss regulatory support of the Dining Practice Standards
    3. Discuss common barriers to implementation and success stories and resources to overcoming them

    Speakers:

    Brenda Richardson, MA, RDN, LC, CD
    Dietary Consultants Inc.

  • A Guide to Staff Stability for Leaders

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This guide identifies the competencies leaders would demonstrate to support staff stability and reduce turnover.

    A Guide to Staff Stability for Leaders

  • SNF PEPPER Training – Part II

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/08/2013

    To address those member concerns, we have asked the CMS Contractor, Kimberly Hrehor with TMF Health Quality Institute, to provide us with additional information about the history and background of the PEPPER, a description of the risk areas for improper SNF Medicare payments, a discussion of the percentiles and the comparison groups, and a demonstration of how to read and use the report

    On August 30, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) distributed to each individual SNF facility, through its contractor (TMF Health Quality Institute), a Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER). Although these reports have been distributed to other types of health care providers (e.g., hospitals, psychiatric facilities, hospice, etc.), this is the first time that the SNF profession has received PEPPERs, and many AHCA members have questions about how to read and use the report. To address those member concerns, we have asked the CMS Contractor, Kimberly Hrehor with TMF Health Quality Institute, to provide us with additional information about the history and background of the PEPPER, a description of the risk areas for improper SNF Medicare payments, a discussion of the percentiles and the comparison groups, and a demonstration of how to read and use the report. In order to cover all this material, and allow participants the opportunity to digest the information, we have scheduled two separate webinars that build upon each other on Nov. 7 at 3:00PM, ET and Nov. 8 at 3:00PM, ET.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Review an actual SNF PEPPER
    2. Learn to read the PEPPER accurately
    3. Discuss provider uses for the PEPPER

    Speaker:

    Kimberly Hrehor, MHA, RHIA, CHC
    Project Director
    TMF Health Quality Institute

    Please click here to review the PEPPER Report prior to the event. This can also be found in the handouts section of your registration confirmation email.

  • SNF PEPPER Training – Part I

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/07/2013

    On August 30, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) distributed to each individual SNF facility, through its contractor (TMF Health Quality Institute), a Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER). Although these reports have been distributed to other types of health care providers (e.g., hospitals, psychiatric facilities, hospice, etc.), this is the first time that the SNF profession has received PEPPERs, and many AHCA members have questions about how to read and use the report.

    On August 30, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) distributed to each individual SNF facility, through its contractor (TMF Health Quality Institute), a Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER). Although these reports have been distributed to other types of health care providers (e.g., hospitals, psychiatric facilities, hospice, etc.), this is the first time that the SNF profession has received PEPPERs, and many AHCA members have questions about how to read and use the report. To address those member concerns, we have asked the CMS Contractor, Kimberly Hrehor with TMF Health Quality Institute, to provide us with additional information about the history and background of the PEPPER, a description of the risk areas for improper SNF Medicare payments, a discussion of the percentiles and the comparison groups, and a demonstration of how to read and use the report.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Share basic PEPPER information
    2. Review SNF PEPPER target areas
    3. Discuss percentile and comparison information
    4. Understand the PEPPER formatting

    Speaker:

    Kimberly Hrehor, MHA, RHIA, CHC
    Project Director
    TMF Health Quality Institute

NCAL AHCA