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  • Integrating the Requirements of Participation into Your Community Morning Meeting/Routine Monitoring Practices/Audits/QAPI Process

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This tool was created by the AHCA Survey & Regulatory Committee, with input from AHCA staff. The intent of this tool is to support Administrators, Directors of Nursing and the Interdisciplinary Team members with integrating the new CMS Requirements of Participation (RoP) into community practices.

    This tool was created by the AHCA Survey & Regulatory Committee, with input from AHCA staff. The intent of this tool is to support Administrators, Directors of Nursing and the Interdisciplinary Team members with integrating the new CMS Requirements of Participation (RoP) into community practices. Although extensive, this checklist can be used to assist a community with RoP compliance, the AHCA Quality Awards journey, and potentially to increase CMS Five-Star ratings.

    For communities with a new Interdisciplinary Team, this tool may be used daily. As the team becomes familiar with the requirements, this tool may be used for auditing purposes and QAPI processes. For example, the Administrator could choose a section to review each day and cycle through it a few times until it becomes routine. Team members would become aware of requirements that are their responsibility and would be able to bring that information to the morning meeting, or to track and trend. Identified areas for improvement may be integrated into the QAPI program. Note that this is not an exhaustive list of requirements but is a guide to support daily operations and longer-term planning within your community.

    This tool can be used for the following:

    • Agenda for Morning Meeting
    • Assign sections to specific members of Interdisciplinary Team to report on
    • Pathway to create auditing tools
    • Review for QAPI Meetings
    • A checklist for survey preparedness
  • Are You Ready: Nutrition and Phase II LTC Requirements of Participation with the New Survey Process

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/10/2017

    This informative webinar will present key nutrition related areas in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised Requirements for Participation for Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing facilities and the new Survey Process.


    The new Phase II LTC Requirements of Participation (ROP) and Survey Process effective 11/28/2017 are fast approaching and integrating food, nutrition and dining are integral components for success. This informative webinar will present key nutrition related areas in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised Requirements for Participation for Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing facilities and the new Survey Process. An overview of the most current information, tools and resources will be presented such as the Phase II State Operations Manual (SOM) Appendix PP FTags with surveyor Interpretive Guidance, the new computer-based LTC Survey System, and use Critical Element Pathways.

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

  • National Quality Award Silver Series

    Contains 5 Component(s)

    The “Silver Series” is a five-part video series presented by Jeff Calhoun, a nationally recognized expert in the Baldrige criteria, and a Judge with the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award. The Silver Series is designed to help Silver applicants understand the criteria and apply it to their organization. The series starts with instruction on assessing if a center is ready to apply at the Silver level. Following this, the additional videos cover writing the organizational profile, how to respond to process items, how to respond to results items, as well as a look at how applications are evaluated and how to get maximum value from a feedback report.

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

    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.

    This series can serve as a team building experience for your staff. We suggest that you form an application team that views the videos together and then completes the responses to the criteria as a team effort. This will result in a better application, greater understanding of the foundational elements of quality in your center, and enhanced excitement as your center engages in the program.

    Also, many AHCA/NCAL state affiliates conduct classroom-based workshops each year. Typically, these are facilitated by local Senior and Master Examiners from the program. Many use this series as part of their workshops - contact your AHCA/NCAL state affiliate to see if a workshop is scheduled in your state. 

    Before beginning the application process, you should review the 2020 Silver Application Packet, containing the important program information and instructions, as well as the Silver criteria. In addition to this series of videos, you'll find many other resources on the Quality Award website.

    A special thank you to our 2020 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.

    Jeff Calhoun (Moderator)

    Lead Senior Examiner and Judge

    Over the past 25 years, Geoffrey (Jeff) Calhoun has developed an extensive background in leadership, business management and strategic thinking.  With over two decades of direct management experience in business operations, including full balance sheet and profit and loss responsibility, Jeff has the proven ability to grow revenues, address expense issues, and lead an organization. His ownership of the strategic planning and performance measurement processes for a manufacturing company with 30 locations provided invaluable experience in balancing the needs of customers, employees and stakeholders. Jeff led the development and implementation of an integrated management system that resulted in “same store” incremental sales and EBIT both exceeding industry averages by over 40% over a five-year period. He recently established Calhoun Consulting Partners, LLC to bring his experience to interested organizations.

    Jeff is a nationally recognized expert in the use of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework after 20 years as a Lead Senior Examiner and Judge at the national and state levels. He is currently on the Panel of Judges for the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award process and previously served as a member of the Panel of Judges for the Illinois Performance Excellence Award and Governor’s Sterling (Florida) Award processes. Jeff has led 20 Baldrige-based Site Visits during his career as a Lead Senior Examiner, reviewing operations in a wide variety of organizations.

    Most recently, Jeff was Director- Business Excellence for Baxter International, a $14 billion global company.  In that role, he was a LEAN/Six Sigma Master Black Belt and led an international team of 15 experts that conducted organizational assessments, identified opportunities for improvement, trained Black Belts and Green Belts, and coached or led projects to address these needs with appropriate DMAIC improvement techniques.  These projects resulted in $8-15 million in annual savings. He also led the development and implementation of a global complaint handling system. In addition, Jeff developed and managed an innovative, global, web-based Best Practice Conference that allowed 300 remote Baxter users to learn and improve.

    During his management career, Jeff experienced the challenges of turning around an operation that had lost permanent market share and directing the closure of a union production facility. The plans implemented to address these issues resulted in a 30% increase in EBIT in the Manufacturing Group that he managed. In addition, his operations won Supplier Excellence Awards from several customers during his tenure.

    Jeff has managed the corporate quality function, directing the development of a quality system that met several industry standards, including ISO-9001, QS-9000 and AS-9000. He also led the engineering department, assuring equipment and facilities upgrades were aligned with overall company objectives.

    Jeff co-authored a whitepaper, The Foundations of Leadership in Baldrige Winning Organizations, for the National Center for Healthcare Leadership that was published in Modern Health magazine.

    In 2010, Jeff was recognized with the Excellence in Leadership Award by Illinois Performance Excellence, formerly known as the Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence, an honor presented to individuals who serve as role models and leaders not only in their organizations but also in their industry.

    Jeff holds a BA degree from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH.

    Tim Case

    National Quality Award Program Administrator, AHCA

    Tim Case was the principal developer of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program in 1993. For the past 20 years he has been the administrator of the program, which has grown to be not only the premier award for organizational quality in long term care, but also the largest Baldrige-based program in the country. Tim has served on the faculty of the Virginia Tech College of Education, as the Deputy Director of the Quality Care Health Foundation, as AHCA's Senior Advisor for Quality and as a Health Care Policy Analyst for the U.S. Senate.

  • New Care Standards Come to Light

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Most older adults have at least two or more such conditions, including diabetes, heart disease/stroke, and cancer. These conditions can lower quality of life, lead to a wide array of complications, and even shorten lifespans.

    Most older adults have at least two or more such conditions, including diabetes, heart disease/stroke, and cancer. These conditions can lower quality of life, lead to a wide array of complications, and even shorten lifespans.

  • A Win-Win: The Respiratory Niche Program

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    With continued scrutiny from CMS of hospital readmission rates after post-acute care, long term/post-acute care providers have an opportunity to use data, analyze trends, and pioneer new patient-focused programs and systems.

    With continued scrutiny from CMS of hospital readmission rates after post-acute care, long term/post-acute care providers have an opportunity to use data, analyze trends, and pioneer new patient-focused programs and systems.

  • Legal Hurdles in Memory Care Communities

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Being a residential or assisted living property manager is a challenging role. There are a slew of unique issues that can arise that require immediate time and attention.

    Being a residential or assisted living property manager is a challenging role. There are a slew of unique issues that can arise that require immediate time and attention.

  • CMS is Asking Skilled Nursing Centers to Rise to the Challenge

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    With all the specialized capabilities and competencies necessary to treat the population, the facility assessment offers a method to help evaluate growing specialization.

    With all the specialized capabilities and competencies necessary to treat the population, the facility assessment offers a method to help evaluate growing specialization.

  • 2017 AHCA/NCAL Annual Awards

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The 2017 recipients of the AHCA/NCAL annual awards will be recognized during the 68th Annual Convention & Expo this month. What follows are their stories of compassion and leadership in the long term and post-acute care profession.

    The 2017 recipients of the AHCA/NCAL annual awards will be recognized during the 68th Annual Convention & Expo this month. What follows are their stories of compassion and leadership in the long term and post-acute care profession.

  • Providigm QAPI Tool Kit

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Barbara Baylis was a member of CMS Technical Expert Panel (TEP) Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Demonstration Project. She is determined to take the mystery out of QAPI and provide staff with an understandable and operational approach to quality assessment and quality improvement. This QAPI Toolkit provides the tools.

    Providigm developed this QAPI Toolkit to provide staff in long term care facilities a convenient and quick reference guide. Teaching staff how to do quality improvement is no easy task. For line staff, webinars and PowerPoint presentations are not the best teaching methods. When staff members participate in the QAPI Committee and/or are assigned to a Performance Improvement Project (PIP) team, they need to learn different skills for generating ideas, prioritizing problems, making decisions and working with data and numbers. The QAPI Toolkit provides “Just in Time” learning.

  • Preparing for the New Survey Process and Requirements of Participation Phase 2

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/25/2017

    Preparing for the New Survey Process and Requirements of Participation Phase 2

    November 28, 2017 is a significant date for all nursing centers. That Tuesday marks (1) the implementation of Phase 2 of the Requirements of Participation, (2) all new F-Tag numbers, (3) new interpretive guidance, and (4) a brand-new annual survey process.  This might result in many providers feeling anxious and overwhelmed. This webinar will provide information on what to expect in the new survey process; updates on materials available from CMS; AHCA tools and resources available to help you understand and implement new Phase 2 requirements such as the Facility Assessment; and guidance on how to access AHCA tools and resources.
     
    Learning Objectives

    1. Participants will review key elements of the new survey process and be prepared for the changes that will be implemented on Nov. 28, 2017.
    2. Participants will recognize tools and materials available from AHCA to help centers implement Phase 2 requirements and will understand how to access AHCA tools and resources on ahcancalED.
    3. Participants will understand the importance of using a framework focused on the intent and purpose of the requirements to help centers navigate successfully through these changes.
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