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  • Vaccine Office Hours: What You Need to Know About the Moderna Vaccine

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Vaccine Office Hours – what you need to know about the Moderna vaccine

    Vaccine Office Hours – what you need to know about the Moderna vaccine

     

    This webinar is available to everyone.

    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


  • National Quality Award Silver Series

    Contains 16 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 wait to get started on your application, start this series today! Application and fee are due January 28, 2021


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


    This series 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


    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 16 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 wait to get started on your application, start this series today! Application and fee are due January 28, 2021

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

    This series 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


    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.

  • Vaccine Clinic Prep Office Hours

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    COVID-19 vaccine clinics are starting. Providers need to act now to get ready. The AHCA/NCAL team will be available to answer your questions about how to get ready and promote high vaccination rates in your building.

    COVID-19 vaccine clinics are starting. Providers need to act now to get ready. The AHCA/NCAL team will be available to answer your questions about how to get ready and promote high vaccination rates in your building. 


    This webinar is available to everyone.

    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


  • PHM Innovation Lab

    Contains 6 Product(s)

    Population Health Management (PHM) is a term that describes the application of various interventions and strategies aimed at improving the health outcomes and managing the costs of a targeted group of individuals. Historically population health models have been led by hospitals, health systems, physician groups and large insurance organizations. More recently long-term care (LTC) and post-acute care (PAC) providers have been assuming a leadership role in developing and employing some PHM models. The Population Health Management Innovation Lab has been developed to educate LTC/PAC providers on the different PHM models and opportunities for participation and leadership within them.

    Population Health Management (PHM) is a term that describes the application of various interventions and strategies aimed at improving the health outcomes and managing the costs of a targeted group of individuals.  Historically population health models have been led by hospitals, health systems, physician groups and large insurance organizations.  More recently long-term care (LTC) and post-acute care (PAC) providers have been assuming a leadership role in developing and employing some PHM models.  

    The Population Health Management Innovation Lab has been developed to educate LTC/PAC providers on the different PHM models and opportunities for participation and leadership within them.  

     

    Models covered include:
    Managed Care: Medicare Advantage, Medicaid managed care

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

     

    Accountable Care Organizations: Medicare Shared Savings Program, Next Generation ACOs

    Networks of physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers that voluntarily come together to coordinate care and manage the total costs of a defined population, sharing in the financial risks and rewards of performance against benchmarks and on patient outcomes.  ACOs are one of the largest alternative payment models in Medicare, but also exist in Medicaid and commercial payors.  

     

    Bundled Payments: Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BCPI), BCPI Advanced

    A single payment for all care and services provided for a patient over an episode of care.  An ‘episode of care’ is the services performed by multiple providers for a single procedure or medical condition over a specified period of time.

     

    Emerging Models: Direct Contracting

    CMMI continues to push delivery system reform through new and innovative models driving providers into two-sided risk sooner and capitated models.   

    Direct Contracting (DC) builds of lessons learned from the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and Next Generation ACOs and leverages innovative approaches from Medicare Advantage (MA) and private sector risk-sharing arrangements.  CMMI has created different tracks to broaden participation and emphasizes complex, chronically ill and seriously ill populations.


    Provider Networks: Integrated Care Networks

    Providers come together to negotiate value-based reimbursement that focuses on efficiency and quality outcomes.

    The Lab general content includes pre-recorded webinars and/or information briefs on each model.  Future content will include self-assessments, targeted in depth training for your leadership and facilities, roadmaps for initial due diligence and strategic planning. 

  • Emerging Models: Direct Contracting

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    Direct Contracting (DC) is part of The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s (CMMI) Primary Cares Initiative and was released in April 2019. It is one of the newest Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) risk sharing models built on lessons learned from the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and Next Generation ACOs (NGACOs) and leverages innovative approaches from Medicare Advantage (MA) and private sector risk-sharing arrangements. The design is intended to broaden participation beyond current participants in Medicare FFS risk models by attracting traditional providers new to risk as well as other innovative partnerships/organizations looking to take risk for Medicare FFS beneficiaries.

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    Direct Contracting (DC) is part of The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation’s (CMMI) Primary Cares Initiative and was released in April 2019. It is one of the newest Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) risk sharing models built on lessons learned from the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and Next Generation ACOs (NGACOs) and leverages innovative approaches from Medicare Advantage (MA) and private sector risk-sharing arrangements. The design is intended to broaden participation beyond current participants in Medicare FFS risk models by attracting traditional providers new to risk as well as other innovative partnerships/organizations looking to take risk for Medicare FFS beneficiaries.

    This module consists of three components: 

    Direct Contracting Brief: three pages, pdf

    Highlights key components of CMS’ Direct Contracting Model options noting opportunities for SNFs

    Direct Contracting Overview: six pages, pdf

    Provides a detailed overview of Direct Contracting including types of participants, payment, beneficiary alignment, quality incentives, and a model timeline.

    Direct Contracting 101: Opportunity for SNF/PAC to Lead Webinar : 60 mins

    Direct Contracting is one of the newest, voluntary Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) risk sharing models aimed at transforming care delivery and moving providers from volume to value. Direct Contracting is based on lessons learned from ACOs and features of Medicare Advantage and encourages participation by organizations serving  dually eligible and complex needs populations. It provides a potential path for innovative SNF/PAC providers to lead in managing risk.  Join this webinar to learn more about Direct Contracting -- key features, participation options, beneficiary criteria, payment and quality, model waivers, and opportunity for SNF/PAC.

    Meet the Speakers:

    Tyler Cromer, Principal, ATI Advisory

    Nisha Hammel, Senior Director, Population Health Management, AHCA

  • PRF Reporting Requirements – Updated with HHS FAQs, November 23

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    In this latest edition of AHCA/NCAL’s PRF Reporting education, member experts review the most up-to-date reporting requirements available as well as case examples. Members should use the information contained in this webex and update any work conducted based on earlier guidance.

    In this latest edition of AHCA/NCAL’s PRF Reporting education, member experts review the most up-to-date reporting requirements available as well as case examples.  Members should use the information contained in this webex and update any work conducted based on earlier guidance.  

    Meet the Speakers:

    Mike Cheek, Senior Vice President, Reimbursement Policy & Market Strategy

    Betsy Rust, AHCA/NCAL Board; Partner, CPA, Plante Moran

    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

  • COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    In this series of office hours, AHCA/NCAL will provide an overview of the COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody and review what facilities need to know about the COVID-19 treatment. There will be a question and answer session at the end.

    In this series of office hours, AHCA/NCAL will provide an overview of the COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody and review what facilities need to know about the COVID-19 treatment.  There will be a question and answer session at the end.

    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

  • It's Called the Patient Driven Payment Model for a Reason CE Webinar

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In the Fiscal Year 2019 Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System Final Rule and subsequent guidance, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has discussed the need for “holistic care planning” under the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM). Most research and policy on holistic care planning is associated with Medicaid-financed long-term care rather than Medicare-financed post-acute care (PAC). Of note, in the final Skilled Nursing Facility Requirements for Participation, CMS discusses a “comprehensive, person-centered care plan.” Such alignment continues CMS’ focus on aligning payment policy with quality.

    In the Fiscal Year 2019 Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System Final Rule and subsequent guidance, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has discussed the need for “holistic care planning” under the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM). Most research and policy on holistic care planning is associated with Medicaid-financed long-term care rather than Medicare-financed post-acute care (PAC). Of note, in the final Skilled Nursing Facility Requirements for Participation, CMS discusses a “comprehensive, person-centered care plan.” Such alignment continues CMS’ focus on aligning payment policy with quality.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Possible models for Post-Acute Care Comprehensive, Person-Centered Care Planning which also align with CMS’ vision for “holistic care planning.”
    • Operational approaches for moving to and maintaining a day-to-day culture of person-center care delivery & quality measurement.
    • Business case for person-centered care – benefits for patients, staff, and providers.
    Cost:

    $150 AHCA/NCAL Members

    $650 Non-members

    1.25 NAB CEs available upon successful completion. 

    How to Register: 
    • To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 
    • Participants will need to login using their existing ahcancalED 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 hereAfter creating an account, you will be able to register. 

    Need further assistance? Email educate@ahca.org


     

    Cathy Ciolek, DPT, GCS, FAPTA

    President of Living Well With Dementia, LLC

    Dr. Ciolek is President of Living Well With Dementia, LLC- providing education and consultation to promote well-being and positive expectations for people with dementia.  She has nearly 30 years physical therapy clinical experience working with older adults across the continuum of care including as staff PT, Director of PT and Director of Rehab in a skilled nursing facility and a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community. She served as Regional Director for the Pennsylvania Restraint Reduction Initiative (PARRI) and as a faculty member in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware. Additionally, Cathy is Board Certified Geriatric Clinical Specialist, a Certified Dementia Practitioner® as well as a Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer®. She was recently recognized as a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association for her advocacy efforts for older adults.

    Erin Westphal, MSG

    Program Officer, The SCAN Foundation

    Laci Cornelison, MS, LBSW, ACHA

    Kansas State University Center on Aging, PEAK 2.0 Director

  • 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. 

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