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  • 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) 
  • Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program for COVID-19 Vaccination Office Hours

    Contains 5 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/28/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    The federal government has created the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program —a national vaccine distribution program for long term care residents. In this series of office hours, AHCA/NCAL and CDC staff will provide an overview of the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program and answer your questions. ​

    The federal government has created the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program —a national vaccine distribution program for long term care residents.  

    In this series of office hours, AHCA/NCAL and CDC staff will provide an overview of the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program and answer your questions.  Each webinar will be held on:

    • Monday, Oct. 19th at 3 pm ET
    • Wednesday, Oct. 21st at 3 pm ET
    • Friday, Oct. 23rd at 3 pm ET
    • Monday, Oct. 26th at 3 pm ET
    • Wednesday, Oct. 28th at 3 pm ET
    This resource is free and open to AHCA/NCAL members in addition to the public. Membership to AHCA/NCAL is not required to access the materials however, you will need to create an account to identify your personal access to the materials.
    Faculty:  

    David Gifford  

    Courtney Bishnoi

    Ruth Link-Gelles 

    How to Register: 
    • To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 
    • Participants will need to log in using their existing AHCA/NCAL username and password first.
    • If you are new to the site you can create an account here. Answer all fields on the create an account page. Members should identify your company name. You can search by name or zip code.
    • After creating an account and being logged in to the website you will be able to pre- register by clicking the green register button at the top of the page. 
    • If you have forgotten your password click here

    Need further assistance? Email educate@ahca.org


    David Gifford, MD, MPH

    Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs, AHCA

    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. 

    Courtney Bishnoi

    Vice President of Quality and Programs, AHCA NCAL

    Courtney Bishnoi joined the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and National Center of Assisted Living (NCAL) in 2008. She is a national expert in performance excellence with a passion for strategic planning and systems-based performance improvement.

    As the Senior Director of Quality, Courtney oversees the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award program, a progressive program based on the Baldrige Performance Excellence criteria that recognizes quality performance in member organizations. Under Courtney’s leadership, the program has expanded significantly, both in scope and size. The program receives well over 1,000 applications per year and is the largest Baldrige-based program in the country. It has also increased its recognition by stakeholders and policy makers and is formally included in four separate states’ regulatory and payment programs. She is also responsible for managing the 12-member Board that oversees the program, including facilitating their annual strategic planning process.

    Courtney is also responsible for the AHCA Quality Initiative, a national, multi-year focused effort to further improve quality of care in America’s long term and post-acute care centers.

    Before joining AHCA, Courtney served as the Award Program Coordinator at the American Society of Hematology (ASH), managing several medical grant-based award programs. She received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Arizona with a major in Communications and a minor in Business.

    Ruth Link-Gelles, MPH, PhD

    Doctoral Epidemiologist, Division of Viral Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Ruth Link-Gelles is an epidemiologist serving in CDC’s Division of Viral Diseases and is leading CDC’s planning efforts for rollout of COVID-19 vaccine in long-term care facilities. Dr. Link-Gelles completed CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service program in the Division of Viral Hepatitis, and then spent 2 years with CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion focusing on outbreak response in healthcare settings, including long-term care. She has deployed for numerous CDC emergency responses including Zika, hepatitis A, mumps, and COVID-19. Dr. Link-Gelles completed her MPH at Emory University and earned her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Link-Gelles serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. 

  • COVID-19 - Overview of SNF 3-Day Stay and Benefit Period Waivers

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This webinar will provide a brief overview of the background of these important waivers and will also provide specific details about when and how it would be appropriate for SNFs to apply the waivers to assure that Medicare beneficiaries are able to access skilled SNF Part A benefits in a manner that also minimizes risks for unnecessary exposure or transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Examples of how the 3-Day Stay and Benefit Period waivers can or cannot apply in common situations will be discussed. Additionally, details related to documentation, MDS assessment scheduling, and claims coding and sequencing requirements specific to these waivers will be reviewed.

    When there’s a public health emergency (PHE), sections 1135 or 1812(f) of the SSA allow the US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue blanket waivers to help beneficiaries access care.  In response to the declaration of the COVID-19 national PHE, HHS issued a nationwide blanket waiver of the 3-Day Prior Hospitalization and 60-day break in Benefit Period requirements to qualify for SNF Part A benefits effective March 1, 2020.  When a blanket waiver is issued, providers don't have to apply for an individual waiver for the duration of the PHE.  The PHE was recently renewed and will apply till at least January 20, 2021. 

    This webinar will provide a brief overview of the background of these important waivers and will also provide specific details about when and how it would be appropriate for SNFs to apply the waivers to assure that Medicare beneficiaries are able to access skilled SNF Part A benefits in a manner that also minimizes risks for unnecessary exposure or transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Examples of how the 3-Day Stay and Benefit Period waivers can or cannot apply in common situations will be discussed.  Additionally, details related to documentation, MDS assessment scheduling, and claims coding and sequencing requirements specific to these waivers will be reviewed.         

    While providing a general overview of these waivers, the target audience for this webinar includes SNF personnel responsible for making coverage eligibility decisions, as well as MDS scheduling personnel and billing office personnel responsible for assuring compliance with the modified requirements necessary for claims applying these waivers to be properly processed by CMS.     

    This webinar is available to AHCA/NCAL members only.
    How to Register: 
    • To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome.
    • Members will need to log in using their existing AHCA/NCAL username and password first. 
    • Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to register by clicking the green register button at the top of the page. 
    • If you have forgotten your password click here
    • If you are new to the site, you can create an account here. Answer all fields on the create an account page- especially locating your company name. You can search by name or zip code. After creating an account, you will be able to register for the webinar. 

    Need further assistance? Email educate@ahca.org

    Daniel Ciolek, PT, MS, PMP

    Associate Vice President, Therapy Services, AHCA

    Dan Ciolek is the Associate Vice President of Therapy Advocacy with the American Health Care Association. Mr. Ciolek's clinical and healthcare policy experience spans 30 years. He has practiced as a physical therapist clinician, manager, and business owner in a variety of settings including acute inpatient, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facility, home health, outpatient, and industrial health. He previously earned the Geriatric Physical Therapy Specialist certification, and is currently a certified Project Management Professional. Before joining AHCA in 2013, Dan served in the Subject Matter Expert and Project Manager capacities in numerous Centers for Medicare and Medicaid contracts. Specific to therapy services, Dan's CMS work has included: national outpatient therapy utilization analysis for PT, OT, and SLP services; medical review; workgroup facilitation; development of policy recommendations; development of Medicare Learning Network and 1-800-Medicare content, and Physician Quality Reporting System reporting enhancements.  Additionally, Dan has contributed to therapy health policy activities at the University, State, Chapter and National levels. These activities included: elected and appointed positions; adjunct faculty/lecturer; author of professional articles; invited speaker; technical expert panelist, and invited contributor of health policy concepts to professional and provider organizations. Dan's advocacy efforts have been recognized through his receipt of two national professional awards for Policy Making and Advocacy for Older Adults. Overall, Dan is recognized as a leading expert in therapy policy and research, including a focus on reimbursement issues. His efforts have contributed directly to numerous Medicare policy changes. 

  • National Quality Award Silver Series

    Contains 9 Component(s)

    Thank you for your interest in the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program! The Silver Award is the second step in the Quality Award journey. Applicants are required to have received a Bronze Quality Award before applying at the Silver level. Our 2021 series has launched! Modules will be released on an ongoing basis for a total of 10 modules. Please register today! In addition to the Organizational Profile, Silver applicants respond to the seven Baldrige categories and the basic and select overall item requirements within these categories. This allows Silver applicants to begin focusing on the Baldrige Criteria as an integrated management system and provides a clear pathway for recipients moving to Gold. We look forward to sharing the series with our 2021 applicants! If you have questions, please contact qualityaward@ahca.org.

    Thank you for your interest in the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program! The Silver Award is the second step in the Quality Award journey. Applicants are required to have received a Bronze Quality Award before applying at the Silver level.

    Our 2021 series has launched! Modules will be released on an ongoing basis for a total of 10 modules. Please register today!

    In addition to the Organizational Profile, Silver applicants respond to the seven Baldrige categories and the basic and select overall item requirements within these categories. This allows Silver applicants to begin focusing on the Baldrige Criteria as an integrated management system and provides a clear pathway for recipients moving to Gold.


    Don't forget to submit your intent to apply for the 2021 application cycle, deadline is November 12 by 8 pm ET.

    If you have questions, please contact qualityaward@ahca.org.

    A special thank you to our 2021 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Sponsors:

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    Permission to use, copy and/or distribute any documentation and/or related images from this series shall be expressly obtained from AHCA.

    Paul Grizzell

    Paul Grizzell of Core Values Partners is a leadership coach who helps his partners focus, align, and accelerate their improvement efforts through effective deployment of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.  Much of his work is focused on helping mission-focused organizations implement effective practices that lead to high performance and improved results.  He has assisted long-term care organizations with refining their AHCA/NCAL Award applications, preparing for Gold Award site visits, and better understanding performance excellence concepts.  His clients have been recipients of AHCA/NCAL Silver and Gold Awards in addition to state and national Baldrige Awards. 

    Paul has been a Judge for the Gold Level of the American Health Care Association Quality Award for seven years and trains Senior and Master Examiners for the Quality Award program. He has provided Bronze and Silver application writing workshops to Care Providers of MN and presented on Quality Award topics at AHCA/NCAL Conventions. 

    Paul has been involved with Baldrige-based performance improvement since 1997.  Paul is a Master Examiner on the Baldrige Award Board of Examiners where has led multiple site visits and trained Baldrige Examiners.  He is also a Judge for multiple state award programs.  He is an Assessor and Licensed Advisor for the European Quality Award. 

    Paul is a co-author to Insights to Performance Excellence, Using the Baldrige Framework and Other Integrated Management Systems, published by the American Society for Quality.

  • National Quality Award Gold Series

    Contains 8 Component(s)

    Thank you for your interest in the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program! The Gold Award is the third step in the Quality Award journey. Applicants are required to have received Bronze and Silver Quality Awards before applying at the Gold level. Our 2021 series has launched! Modules will be released on an ongoing basis for a total of 10 modules. Please register today! For the 2021 AHCA/NCAL Award cycle, Gold applicants should respond to the 2019-2020 Baldrige Excellence Framework in its entirety. You should purchase a copy of the Framework at https://www.nist.gov/baldrige/publications/baldrige-excellence-framework/health-care prior to beginning the series. We look forward to sharing the series with our 2021 applicants! If you have questions, please contact qualityaward@ahca.org.

    Thank you for your interest in the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program! The Gold Award is the third step in the Quality Award journey. Applicants are required to have received Bronze and Silver Quality Awards before applying at the Gold level.

    Our 2021 series has launched! Modules will be released on an ongoing basis for a total of 10 modules. Please register today!

    For the 2021 AHCA/NCAL Award cycle, Gold applicants should respond to the 2019-2020 Baldrige Excellence Framework in its entirety. You should purchase a copy of the Framework at https://www.nist.gov/baldrige/publications/baldrige-excellence-framework/health-care prior to beginning the series.


    Don't forget to submit your intent to apply for the 2021 application cycle, deadline is November 12 by 8 pm ET.

    If you have questions, please contact qualityaward@ahca.org.


    A special thank you to our 2021 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Sponsors:

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    Permission to use, copy and/or distribute any documentation and/or related images from this series shall be expressly obtained from AHCA.

    Paul Grizzell

    Paul Grizzell of Core Values Partners is a leadership coach who helps his partners focus, align, and accelerate their improvement efforts through effective deployment of the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.  Much of his work is focused on helping mission-focused organizations implement effective practices that lead to high performance and improved results.  He has assisted long-term care organizations with refining their AHCA/NCAL Award applications, preparing for Gold Award site visits, and better understanding performance excellence concepts.  His clients have been recipients of AHCA/NCAL Silver and Gold Awards in addition to state and national Baldrige Awards. 

    Paul has been a Judge for the Gold Level of the American Health Care Association Quality Award for seven years and trains Senior and Master Examiners for the Quality Award program. He has provided Bronze and Silver application writing workshops to Care Providers of MN and presented on Quality Award topics at AHCA/NCAL Conventions. 

    Paul has been involved with Baldrige-based performance improvement since 1997.  Paul is a Master Examiner on the Baldrige Award Board of Examiners where has led multiple site visits and trained Baldrige Examiners.  He is also a Judge for multiple state award programs.  He is an Assessor and Licensed Advisor for the European Quality Award. 

    Paul is a co-author to Insights to Performance Excellence, Using the Baldrige Framework and Other Integrated Management Systems, published by the American Society for Quality.

  • Contract Assessment and Return on Investment (CARI)

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Historically, being “in network” with an MA plan was thought to be the optimal position. As MA plans have adjusted payments and operational requirements, being part of their network may not always be worth the administrative burden that continues to increase. The more complex it is to work with an MA plan, the more time staff must divert from their daily responsibilities. There is an opportunity cost and quantifying the costs associated with every contract, is part of the current imperative. Further, because of the growing penetration of varying MA plans in geographical locations, being in network with all MA plans in your location may no longer be necessary. What may be more important is deciphering which particular MA plans are the best for your organization, rather than taking a “contract with all” approach. This tool walks providers through the process for evaluating and understanding the real Return on Investment (ROI) of their Medicare Advantage contracts, ultimately assisting providers in determining whether remaining a network provider is worthwhile, or if other strategies may be more advantageous for both the provider and the residents.

    Historically, being “in network” with an MA plan was thought to be the optimal position.  As MA plans have adjusted payments and operational requirements, being part of their network may not always be worth the administrative burden that continues to increase. The more complex it is to work with an MA plan, the more time staff must divert from their daily responsibilities.  There is an opportunity cost and quantifying the costs associated with every contract, is part of the current imperative. Further, because of the growing penetration of varying MA plans in geographical locations, being in network with all MA plans in your location may no longer be necessary. What may be more important is deciphering which particular MA plans are the best for your organization, rather than taking a “contract with all” approach.

    This tool walks providers through the process for evaluating and understanding the real Return on Investment (ROI) of their Medicare Advantage contracts, ultimately assisting providers in determining whether remaining a network provider is worthwhile, or if other strategies may be more advantageous for both the provider and the residents.

    This is free to AHCA/NCAL members. 

  • Provider Relief Fund Reporting Guidance Webinar Part 2

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Provider Relief Fund Reporting Guidance Webinar Part 2

    Provider Relief Fund Reporting Guidance Webinar Part 2.

    This webinar is available to AHCA/NCAL members only. 
    How to Register: 
    • Members will need to log in using their existing AHCA/NCAL username and password first. 
    • Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to pre- register by clicking the green register button at the top of the page. 
    • If you have forgotten your password click here
    • If you are new to the site, you can create an account here. Answer all fields on the create an account page- especially locating your company name. You can search by name or zip code. After creating an account, you will be able to register for the webinar. 

    To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 

    Need further assistance? Email educate@ahca.org

  • What’s New With The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and How it Impacts Long Term Care

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    On this webinar, AHCA/NCAL DOL consultants from Jackson Lewis, Craig S. Roberts, Principal, and Henry Shapiro, Associate will answer questions on the FFCRA impacting long-term care.

     On this webinar, AHCA/NCAL DOL consultants from Jackson Lewis, Craig S. Roberts, Principal, and Henry Shapiro, Associate will answer questions on the FFCRA impacting long-term care.

    DISCLAIMER: This is not intended as legal advice and should not be used as or relied upon as legal advice. It is for general informational purposes only and should not substitute for legal advice. Always seek knowledgeable counsel for advice that is tailored to the actual facts and circumstances and takes into account all relevant law and regulation.

    This webinar is available to AHCA/NCAL members only. 
    How to Register: 
    • Members will need to log in using their existing AHCA/NCAL username and password first. 
    • Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to register by clicking the green register button at the top of the page. 
    • If you have forgotten your password click here
    • If you are new to the site, you can create an account here. Answer all fields on the create an account page- especially locating your company name. You can search by name or zip code. After creating an account, you will be able to register for the webinar. 

    To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 

    Need further assistance? Email educate@ahca.org

  • Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements Office Hours- 10.2.2020

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    October 2, 2020 AHCA/NCAL hosted “office hour” to provide up-to-date answers to questions about provider relief fund reporting requirements based upon available information and interpretation. To date, HHS only has released six pages of guidance and we await a reporting template, HHS case examples, and webinar trainings.  HHS continues to update these requirements, resulting in confusion about what is expected of providers. Mike Cheek, SVP of Reimbursement Policy, will provide an updated overview of the requirements and answer your questions. Please note, further updates and revisions to the requirements are expected to continue to be made.

    October 2, 2020 AHCA/NCAL hosted “office hour” to provide up-to-date answers to questions about provider relief fund reporting requirements based upon available information and interpretation. To date, HHS only has released six pages of guidance and we await a reporting template, HHS case examples, and webinar trainings.  HHS continues to update these requirements, resulting in confusion about what is expected of providers. Mike Cheek, SVP of Reimbursement Policy, will provide an updated overview of the requirements and answer your questions. Please note, further updates and revisions to the requirements are expected to continue to be made. 

     

    This webinar is available to AHCA/NCAL members only. 
    How to Register: 
    • Members will need to log in using their existing AHCA/NCAL username and password first. 
    • Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to register by clicking the green register button at the top of the page. 
    • If you have forgotten your password click here
    • If you are new to the site, you can create an account here. Answer all fields on the create an account page- especially locating your company name. You can search by name or zip code. After creating an account, you will be able to register for the webinar. 

    To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 

    Need further assistance? Email educate@ahca.org

    Mike Cheek

    Senior Vice President, Reimbursement Policy and Legal Affairs, AHCA

    Mike Cheek is the Senior Vice President for Reimbursement Policy and Legal Affairs. Before joining AHCA/NCAL, Mike was the long term care director for the District of Columbia Medicaid agency in the Fenty administration. Before joining AHCA/NCAL, Mike also worked as a consultant at The Lewin Group and Avalere Health with clients such as health plans, post-acute and long term care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and states. Mike also worked extensively with state agencies. He was the deputy director with the association of state aging agencies and was the lead staff person on eligibility and long term care with the National Association of Medicaid Directors. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science from the College of William and Mary.

  • Grief, Trauma, & The Impact of COVID-19 on Residents & Staff

    Contains 8 Component(s), Includes Credits

    ​COVID-19 has rocked the country and the globe. With tens of millions of confirmed cases, hundreds of thousands of deaths, and countless people who have been directly and indirectly impacted it is no wonder why trauma and grief are so high. COVID-19 is not choosey as to who it targets but is like a wildfire burning out of control. Regardless of whether you are in the trenches battling against the war or seeking isolation to prevent the virus from reaching you every person has been impacted. This three part training will provide a comprehensive overview of COVID-19, as well as grief and trauma and the impact it has on residents and staff. The first part will review COVID-19 and the impact it has on the grief process. Participants are encouraged to review all three parts to gain the full insight of the impact COVID-19 has had and the connection to grief and trauma. The second part will review COVID-19 and the impact it has on trauma as well as providing trauma-informed care to both residents and staff. The third part will review the core practices for providing care to both residents and staff and the relationship to trauma, grief, and COVID-19.

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    COVID-19 has rocked the country and the globe.  With tens of millions of confirmed cases, hundreds of thousands of deaths, and countless people who have been directly and indirectly impacted it is no wonder why trauma and grief are so high.  COVID-19 is not choosey as to who it targets but is like a wildfire burning out of control.  Regardless of whether you are in the trenches battling against the war or seeking isolation to prevent the virus from reaching you every person has been impacted.  This three part training will provide a comprehensive overview of COVID-19, as well as grief and trauma and the impact it has on residents and staff.  The first part will review COVID-19 and the impact it has on the grief process. Participants are encouraged to review all three parts to gain the full insight of the impact COVID-19 has had and the connection to grief and trauma.  The second part will review COVID-19 and the impact it has on trauma as well as providing trauma-informed care to both residents and staff.  The third part will review the core practices for providing care to both residents and staff and the relationship to trauma, grief, and COVID-19.

     
    Total course objectives/outcomes include:
    1. Explain the basics of how COVID-19 spreads and how to reduce potential spread.
    2. Describe the grief process.
    3. Identify the five common stages of grief and how they apply to COVID-19.
    4. Discuss anticipatory grief and the relationship to COVID-19.
    5. Explore methods to manage grief during COVID-19.
    6. Explain trauma as it relates to COVID-19 and its impact.
    7. Explore trauma-informed care and the correlation to COVID-19.
    8. Discuss the Core Practices and the relationship to COVID-19 care.
    9. Describe the process for bringing it all together to provide care to residents and staff.
    10. Discuss the Core Practices and the relationship to COVID-19 care.
    Continuing Education:

    3.50 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion and 3.0 contact hours for nurses through the Iowa Board of Nursing.

    Cost:
    $100 for AHCA/NCAL Members
    $450 for general public/ non-members
    Audience:

    All staff and leadership in long-term care facilities

    How to Register:
    1. If you are new to this site, you will need to CREATE AN ACCOUNT. AHCA/NCAL members will need to add the facility name to their profile at the time of creating an account. If you cannot locate your facility by name, then search by zip code. Non-Members, you are welcome to add your company name. If you do not see it listed, please email educate@ahca.org and we will help you. 
    2. Members who have an existing account can login using their existing AHCA/NCAL username and password. Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to register. If you have forgotten your password click here. If you are new to the site you can create an account here. After doing so, you will be able to register for the webinar.
    3. After you create your account, go back to the course and click REGISTERYou will then be prompted to complete the payment process in your cart.
    4. Once you have purchased the course, it will be conveniently located in your "My Dashboard". To begin the course, click the Course contents tab. Then click on the first item and complete it. You can move through the course at your own pace, stopping and returning to where you left off anytime.
    5. To avoid technical problems, use CHROME. Do not use Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer does not work well with this site.
    6. If you need assistance, please e-mail your questions to educate@ahca.org. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
    How can an organization group register and pay?

    AHCA offers the following discount structure for groups: 

    • 5-9 - $10 off each
    • 10-19 - $15 off each
    • 20 or more - $20 off each
    To register by Check, follow these instructions:
    • Email educate@ahca.org to request a payment form. A representative at this email address will forward to you a payment form and spreadsheet. 
    • Both payment form and spreadsheet detailing individual registrants should be returned to educate@ahca.org.
    • The payment form along with full payment should be remitted to AHCA/NCAL, ATTN: Finance Department, 1201 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005.
    • Once payment is confirmed and registrant information has been processed, individual registrants will receive an e-mail from educate@ahca.org with information to access the Grief, Trauma, & The Impact of COVID-19 on Residents & Staff Training.

    Please contact educate@ahca.org if you have any questions.

    To register by Credit Card, follow these instructions:

    Credit Card payments are accepted online via ahcancalED. 

    • Email educate@ahca.org to request a payment form. A representative at this email address will forward to you a payment form. 
    • The payment form should be returned to educate@ahca.org
    • Once received, a representative will email you with a unique discount code to apply to your cart. 
    • Once payment has been processed, individual registrants will receive an e-mail from educate@ahca.org with information to access the Grief, Trauma, & The Impact of COVID-19 on Residents & Staff Training.
    When purchasing online with credit card, follow these instructions:

    Please use Google Chrome for the best user experience. One individual can purchase multiple registrations for more participants by adding them to their cart during the checkout process. Please note, for this option to work, every participant will need to have an ahcancalED account first. 

    To add several participants, please click the green button in the cart that says: 

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    You will then be able to search for more than one participant using their email address. If the person making payment should not have access to the course, then you can remove yourself by clicking the red "remove" button by your name.

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    *Payment Tip: The price of the training will be based on each registrant’s member type (member or non-member). please be sure when you are paying with a credit card the bill-to and shipping address are the same* 

    If you need assistance, please email educate@ahca.org

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