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  • Emergency Preparedness Requirements – Part IV

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/21/2017

    Emergency Preparedness Requirements – Part IV

    On Tuesday, November 21, from 2 – 3 PM EST, AHCA, with guest speakers Sarah Baker, Programs Manager from Healthcare Ready and Nicolette A. Louissaint, Ph.D. Executive Director of Healthcare Ready will hold a webinar on the new emergency preparedness final rule impacting Skilled Nursing Facilities, Nursing Facilities and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Providers will need to be in compliance by November 15th 2017. The webinar will include an overview of Healthcare Ready and resources available to members, a update on this past hurricane season and best practices learned and a review of components of the CMS emergency preparedness rule. This is the fourth webinar in the four-part webinar series AHCA will hold this year on the emergency preparedness rule.

  • What a CEO Needs to Know about the New Regulations

    Contains 7 Component(s)

    This three part series is presented by Dr. David Gifford, Senior VP of Quality & Regulatory Affairs of AHCA/NCAL. This series will break down what an owner or CEO needs to know about the new regulations. Part 1: Overview and key themes in the new regulations Part 2: Overview of the new survey process that goes into effect in November 2017 Part 3: Provides key questions you want to ask your management to make sure your organization is ready for the new regulations. REMINDER: This content is an exclusive member benefit, free to members. Please be sure to login to ahcancalED with your ahca username and password in order to receive access to this series. If you need additional assistance, please email educate@ahca.org.

    This three part series is presented by Dr. David Gifford, Senior VP of Quality & Regulatory Affairs of AHCA/NCAL. This series will break down what an owner or CEO needs to know about the new regulations: 

    Part 1: Overview and key themes in the new regulations
    Part 2: Overview of the new survey process that goes into effect in November 2017
    Part 3: Provides key questions you want to ask your management to make sure your organization is ready for the new regulations

    REMINDER: This content is an exclusive member benefit, free to members. Please be sure to login to ahcancalED with your ahca username and password in order to receive access to this series. If you need additional assistance, please email educate@ahca.org

    David Gifford, MD, MPH

    Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs, AHCA

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

  • Requirements of Participation: Webinars and Presentations

    Contains 5 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/16/2017

    Webinars - are an array of communications from AHCA to assist you in learning and mastering the new requirements

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    How to Register in ahcancalED 

    Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

    click the image button found in the upper right corner of your screen or follow these three easy steps below! 

     

    Step 1

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

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


    Don’t have one or can’t remember?

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

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


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

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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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    Almost there!

    Click the green register button.

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

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


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

    We’ll walk you through it.

     

    Webinars are an array of communications from AHCA to assist you in learning and mastering the new requirements

  • Quality Initiative Series

    Contains 8 Product(s)

    Quality Initiative Series

    This eight-part series provides in-depth instruction and strategies to help members effectively meet impending payment and regulatory changes. It is designed with the intent of helping members succeed by providing insights into the changes, providing specific strategies that can be adopted by centers, and offering a comprehensive array of tools and resources. Each session will include a live webcast featuring experts from around the nation as well as supplemental materials to help members take action on the topic. These will be posted and available within the QI topic area. Additionally, each session will include a community discussion where members can post questions and ideas.

    July 27, 2016 1- Reducing Rehospitalization: Practical Strategies for Success September 28, 2016 2 - Discharge to Community November 16, 2016 3 - Unintended Healthcare Outcomes January 25, 2017 4 - Staff Stability April 26, 2017 5 - Antipsychotic Drug Reduction June 21, 2017 6 - Functional Outcomes September 20, 2017 7 - Customer Satisfaction/Experience November 15, 2017 8 - Hospital Admissions in Long Stay Settings Thank you to our sponsor: Healthcare Academy

  • Resident-Centered Policy for Dementia Activities Makes Life Better

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Resident-centered activity programs, led by compassionate and trained staff, can provide solace, comfort, and relaxation and, one hopes, lessen symptomatic behaviors.

    Resident-centered activity programs, led by compassionate and trained staff, can provide solace, comfort, and relaxation and, one hopes, lessen symptomatic behaviors.

  • The Person-Centered Side Of Leadership

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    According to Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates, the direct care workforce currently surpasses 3.5 million.

    According to Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates, the direct care workforce currently surpasses 3.5 million.

  • CMS Policies May Impact Medicare Patient Day Mix

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The second half of 2017 has seen a number of new proposals from the CMS that could continue to impact skilled nursing properties.

    The second half of 2017 has seen a number of new proposals from the CMS that could continue to impact skilled nursing properties.

  • Building Prevention into Every Day Practice

    Contains 10 Component(s)

    A Framework for Successful Clinical Outcomes

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    Success in achieving positive resident/patient outcomes is even more critical now than ever before.  The link between quality and payment in long term and post-acute care is growing stronger, as evidenced by the SNF Value Based Purchasing Program (VBP), Improving Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act, SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) and more.  In addition, regulatory activity is intensifying through focused surveys on adverse events, dementia care and MDS.  The Five-Star Rating system and Nursing Home Compare have been revised and will add items in the future as it broadens public reporting and transparency.  Most importantly, consumers expect and deserve high quality care. 

    The Association’s Clinical Practice Committee designed a framework series that outlines guiding elements such as individualized care approaches, effective transitions of care, QAPI concepts, safety, risk management, team-based care, and diagnostic quality.  Care providers that use these resources can more effectively apply knowledge through organizational approaches and clinical care that leads to optimal patient outcomes and quality of life. 

    We hope you find this Series useful to your practice to improve lives of the individuals who stay and live in centers across the nation.

    Holly Harmon, RN, MBA, LNHA, FACHCA

    Associate Vice President, Quality & Clinical Affairs, AHCA

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

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

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

    Diane Vaughn, RN, C-DONA/LTC, LNHA

    Diane has over 37 years as a RN including experience in hospitals, ICF-MR, Skilled Care, and Assisted Living. She has been a staff nurse, nurse manager, nurse educator, director of nursing , quality manager, assistant administrator, and national consultant. She is licensed as a NHA since 2003. She is a national speaker on leadership, LTC quality and nursing home regulatory issues, an accredited QIS instructor, and an endorsed parish nurse. 

    Dr. Anna Fisher, DHA, CMDCP, CDP

    Director of Quality and Education. Hillcrest Health Services

    Dr. Anna Fisher,  DHA, CMDCP, CDP, is a Certified Montessori Dementia Care Practitioner and Director of Quality & Education at Hillcrest Health Services and is responsible for quality and education services for assisted living, memory support, adult day services, in-patient rehabilitation, outpatient therapy, home health care, private duty, telehealth, hospice, and skilled nursing care. She is also an adjunct professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Bellevue University.

    Dr. Fisher is a Clinical Practice Committee Member, Emergency Preparedness Committee Member, and Silver Quality Award Senior Examiner for the American Health Care Association (AHCA) / National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). Most recently, she serves as a leadership member of the Pioneer Network Artifacts 2.0 Advisory Group, Nebraska Culture Change Coalition, and the Developmental Disabilities Aging Coalition.

    In this webinar, Dr. Fisher will discuss QAPI and how health care communities can oversee and review their pain management approaches, including the use of opioids to treat pain as well as the expectations of surveyors and how facilities should address pain issues.

    Lara Cline, MSN, FNP-BC, C-NE, RAC-CT

    Director of Care Coordination, Cantex Continuing Care

    Lara is the Director of Care Coordination for Cantex Continuing Care Network.  In this role, Lara oversees the company’s hospital, physician and alternative payment models initiatives, as well as continues the development and subsequent implementation of the Care Transitions Program. She is the corporate champion for lowering readmissions, INTERACT, and disease management training.  Lara earned her B.S. in Psychology at Texas A&M College Station and her B.S.N. at University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston. She earned her Master’s in Nursing as a family nurse practitioner from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver where she was selected as for a Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship. She is currently an appointed member of the Clinical Practice Committee for American Health Care Association. Serves on the Texas Healthcare Association Advocacy Committee. She is a life-long learner and patient advocate for quality patient care and the patient experience. 

    Liz Jensen, RN MSN, RN-BC

    Clinical Director, Direct Supply

    As a former nurse executive and educator with over 20 years of experience in the post-acute care setting, Liz has worked with hundreds of skilled nursing and assisted living professionals in multiple states to develop strategies and programs to improve care delivery in response to the changing needs of residents and patients. As a nurse executive, her areas of expertise include performance improvement of care delivery systems and programs, clinical education strategies and resource development. She is Board Certified in Gerontological Nursing and her nursing practice experience includes gerontological nursing, dementia care, fall risk reduction, medical/surgical nursing, rehabilitation nursing, infusion therapy and pain management.

    Cathy Lipton, MD, CMD

    East Region Medical Director, OptumCare Complex Care Management

    Cathy Lipton, MD,  is an internist and geriatrician serving as East Region Medical Director for OptumCare, the health services arm of UnitedHealthcare’s health plans. Dr. Lipton received her medical degree from Emory University where she practiced as a geriatrician after completing her internal medicine and geriatric fellowship programs. Dr. Lipton was a Medical Director for the Evercare program which evolved into a Medicare Special Needs Plan. She also provides clinical leadership and regional oversight for Optum clinical models serving dual eligible and chronically ill populations as well as patients transitioning from the acute hospital to post-acute settings. Dr. Lipton has been an active member of AMDA/The Society for Post-Acute and Long Term Care for twenty-five years and a consultant to Georgia Quality Improvement Organization for many years.

    Donna Hendrickson Fiala, MS

    AQAC Consulting, LLC, Assuring Quality and Affordable Care

    Keri Hart, MS-CCC/SLP, CHHRP-QT

    Loretta Kaes, RN B-C, C-AL, LNHA, CALA

    Director of Quality Improvement and Clinical Services, Health Care Association of New Jersey

    Dr. Steven Levenson, M.D., CMD

    Regional Medical Director, Genesis Healthcare

    Dr. Steven Levenson, MD, CMD, is Regional Medical Director, Genesis Healthcare and has spent 41 years providing and overseeing care across the long-term and post-acute care continuum, including assisted living, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, and long-term acute care hospitals.

    In this webinar, Dr. Levenson will discuss issues related to the indications for opioids and best practices and current thinking about opioid use in acute and nonacute pain.

    Dawn Murr-Davidson, RN BSN

    Director of Quality Initiatives, Pennsylvania Health Care Association

  • Member Sharing: Legionella Prevention and Water Management

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Legionnaires’ disease is caused by a type of bacterium called Legionella. Those at risk include persons who are at least 50 years old, smokers, or those with underlying medical conditions such as chronic lung disease or immunosuppression. Outbreaks have been linked to poorly maintained water systems in buildings with large or complex water systems including hospitals and long-term care facilities. Transmission can occur via aerosols from devices such as showerheads, cooling towers, hot tubs, and decorative fountains.

    Legionnaires’ disease is caused by a type of bacterium called Legionella. Those at risk include persons who are at least 50 years old, smokers, or those with underlying medical conditions such as chronic lung disease or immunosuppression. Outbreaks have been linked to poorly maintained water systems in buildings with large or complex water systems including hospitals and long-term care facilities. Transmission can occur via aerosols from devices such as showerheads, cooling towers, hot tubs, and decorative fountains.

     CMS expects Medicare certified healthcare facilities to have water management policies and procedures to reduce the risk of growth and spread of Legionella and other opportunistic pathogens in building water systems.  There are several resources to support your efforts in developing these prevention and management systems and processes. 

  • Learning from Julie Jones: A Case Study

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Learn from the story of Ms. Julie Jones to gain a better understanding of systems and process improvement, person-centered care and various Phase II requirements.

    Learn from the story of Ms. Julie Jones to gain a better understanding of systems and process improvement, person-centered care and various Phase II requirements. 

    This story is presented in four parts in the PDF document.  Intended approach is to pause after reading each part of the story, discuss what you just read with your team, consider what stands out to you as flags or key information and think about how you would approach each of the areas listed in the bullet points under the story part.  Move on to the next part and repeat process.  Share your thoughts, concerns, ideas with your colleagues and think about how your collective learning from the story of Ms. Julie Jones can inform your own center’s systems and process improvement efforts.

    You can use the PowerPoint slides to supplement this activity and guide discussion. 

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