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  • Medicaid Financing

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The purpose of this webinar is to map out the basics of how Medicaid is financed, including different opportunities states may pursue and state Medicaid matching pressures. It will include information on the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) and state match rates, provider taxes, intergovernmental transfers (IGTs), upper payment limits (UPLs) as well as supplemental payments.

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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.

    Step 2

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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.

    Step 3

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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.

     

    The purpose of this webinar is to map out the basics of how Medicaid is financed, including different opportunities states may pursue and state Medicaid matching pressures. It will include information on the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) and state match rates, provider taxes, intergovernmental transfers (IGTs), upper payment limits (UPLs) as well as supplemental payments. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand state matching requirements and related advocacy strategies
    2. Learn about provider tax and IGT best practices
    3. Learn about pending CMS action on supplemental payment policy

    Presented by: 

    Kathy Gifford, JD, Principal at HMA

  • Quality Initiatives

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/25/2018

    Our quality-focused webinar will discuss quality initiatives in Medicaid. Included will be potential performance measure development in both fee-for-service and managed care environments. This webinar will also include Value-Based Purchasing, and the technical assistance AHCA/NCAL can provide. Learning Objectives: -Learn about key Medicaid VBP rate elements -Understand how state affiliates and AHCA have advocated for VBP programs with state Medicaid agencies -Learn about AHCA VBP support

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    How to Register in ahcancalED 

    Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

     

    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.

    Step 2

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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.

    Step 3

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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.

     

    Our quality-focused webinar will discuss quality initiatives in Medicaid. Included will be potential performance measure development in both fee-for-service and managed care environments. This webinar will also include Value-Based Purchasing, and the technical assistance AHCA/NCAL can provide.

    Learning Objectives:
    -Learn about key Medicaid VBP rate elements
    -Understand how state affiliates and AHCA have advocated for VBP programs with state Medicaid agencies
    -Learn about AHCA VBP support

    Speaker:
    Marsida Domi, MPH
    Senior Research Analyst, American Health Care Association


  • Perception vs. Reality: The Quality Award Program for Assisted Living Providers

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/19/2018

    On this webinar, we will break down the commonly cited barriers preventing assisted living communities from participating in the program and talk about the many free resources available to help assisted living providers succeed. We will also hear from the two 2018 Gold recipient assisted living organizations about their journey, including how they did it and how it benefited their organization. Join us to learn how the Quality Award program can help you succeed!

    The In a competitive and ever-changing market, assisted living providers must identify ways to stay a step ahead and stand out to potential customers and referral sources. The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program provides the external validation necessary to set yourself apart from the competition. Historically, the Quality Award Program has been perceived as being only for skilled nursing centers. However, more assisted living communities than ever before are applying for and receiving the National Quality Award. In 2018, 114 assisted living centers received the Bronze award, 47 centers received the Silver award and two (the first AL communities) received the Gold award. On this webinar, we will break down the commonly cited barriers preventing assisted living communities from participating in the program and talk about the many free resources available to help assisted living providers succeed. We will also hear from the two 2018 Gold recipient assisted living organizations about their journey, including how they did it and how it benefited their organization. Join us to learn how the Quality Award program can help you succeed!

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will be able to describe the perceived barriers for assisted living participation in the program and how to overcome them.  
    2. Participants will be able to summarize the free resources available to help assisted living providers succeed in the program.
    3. Participants will discover how participation in the program would benefit their organization.  

    Speakers:

    • Alana Wolfe, National Director of Performance Excellence, Sunrise Senior Living
    • Nicolette Merino, Avamere Health Services
    • Kimberly Dilg, Executive Director, Sunrise of Gurnee
    • Marcia Jackson, RN Administrator, Maine Veterans Home – Machias     

    Who Should View This Event: 

    Leadership (i.e. administrator, DON, etc.) at assisted living communities that are members of AHCA/NCAL.

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    How to Register in ahcancalED 

    Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

     

    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.

    Step 2

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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.

    Step 3

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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.

     

  • How Independent Owners Can Utilize LTC Trend Tracker℠ Data

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/18/2018

    Learn the potential of LTC Trend Tracker℠ and how it can help Independent Owners harness the untapped power of the data you collect. This session will provide a brief overview of LTC Trend Tracker℠ for 10 or fewer skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities to understand its quality improvement and organizational performance benefits.

    Learn the potential of LTC Trend Tracker℠ and how it can help Independent Owners harness the untapped power of the data you collect. This session will provide a brief overview of LTC Trend Tracker℠ for 10 or fewer skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities to understand its quality improvement and organizational performance benefits. You will learn how to complete the following:

    • Use LTC Trend Tracker℠ to support implementation of quality programs

    • AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative 3.0 & LTC Trend Tracker℠
    • Enhance external negotiations with entities such as hospitals, managed care organizations, and other networks.

    Want to learn more about LTC Trend Tracker℠? Check out our resource center located at www.ltctrendtracker.com for helpful how-to videos and help documents!

    Questions about LTC Trend Tracker℠? Feel free to email the LTC Trend Tracker℠ team at help@ltctrendtracker.com

    Speakers: Kiran Sreenivas, Director, Research

    If you already have an AHCANCAL account, click the_LOG IN_button at the top right corner of the Home page. There, you will see the familiar AHCA log in screen. Apply your user name and password and you will be redirected to ahcancalED.


    If you are new to the site and are creating an account for the first time, please refer to the attached document: "How to create a new account in ahcancalED". 


    Please note: in order to receive access to this exclusive member benefit, you MUST list your AHCA/NCAL member Facility/ Community/ Company NAME on your account. 


    What if you forgot your password? If you forgot:_click the_LOG IN_button

    at the top right corner of the Home page and you will be redirected to the AHCA log

    in screen. Just below the blue SIGN IN box (toward the bottom of the page) you will see

    a message that says: If you need help retrieving your Username or Password Click HERE.

     

    Need Help? Please email educate@ahca.org for support. 

  • PDPM Core Competencies Toolkit

    Contains 3 Component(s)

    The PDPM Core Competencies Toolkit was designed to facilitate discussions among Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) management and front-line clinical and support personnel as you begin your journey in preparing your administrative and clinical operations to be successful in the change of the per-diem SNF prospective payment system (PPS) from the current Resource Utilization Groups, Version 4 (RUG-IV) case-mix model to the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) starting on October 1, 2019. These files should be shared and reviewed by SNF administrative and clinical staff as part of training efforts. Additionally, these tools should be used in identifying your baseline readiness status, and conducting gap-analysis as part of planning to implement those changes necessary to be successful under PDPM.

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    How to Register in ahcancalED 

    Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

     

    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.

    Step 2

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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.

    Step 3

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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.

     

    The PDPM Core Competencies Toolkit was designed to facilitate discussions among Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) management and front-line clinical and support personnel as you begin your journey in preparing your administrative and clinical operations to be successful in the change of the per-diem SNF prospective payment system (PPS) from the current Resource Utilization Groups, Version 4 (RUG-IV) case-mix model to the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) starting on October 1, 2019.  These files should be shared and reviewed by SNF administrative and clinical staff as part of training efforts.  Additionally, these tools should be used in identifying your baseline readiness status, and conducting gap-analysis as part of planning to implement those changes necessary to be successful under PDPM.   The first file is a 31 slide packet with a cover slide title of “Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) Readiness Planning: Background and Methodology”.  This file provides an overview of PDPM and what it means for SNFs, and why and how AHCA identified the need for and developed a PDPM training approach revolving around four Core Competencies for success.  The second file is a more comprehensive 49 slide packet with a cover slide title of “Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) Readiness Planning: Core Competencies for Success”.   This file provides more detailed information related to each of the four identified Core Competencies.  The third file is an eight page PDPM readiness considerations checklist document with the title “Core Competencies for Success under PDPM”.  This file identifies very specific questions your administrative and clinical staff should ask and answer within each of the four Core Competencies so that you can identify items where your organization may need to focus efforts prior to October 1, 2019, so that you are best prepared to be successful under PDPM.  

    Learning Objectives:

    1. The document users will understand the importance of beginning the process of a formal Readiness Review in preparation for the October 1, 2019 implementation of the per-diem SNF PPS PDPM payment model to replace RUG-IV.
    2. The document users will be able to describe the four PDPM Core Components for success identified by AHCA through interviews with a diverse array of large and small and for-profit and non-profit member organizations.
    3. The document users will be able to successfully use the “Core Competencies for Success under PDPM” checklists within their organizations to perform gap-analyses to identify operational and clinical areas that will need to be addressed to be successful under PDPM.    

    Who is this for?

    These materials were designed to be useful to all AHCA members that furnish Medicare Part A services under the SNF PPS per-diem payment model, regardless of size or business structure. They were designed to facilitate discussions between administrative and front-line clinical personnel as part of staff education as well as strategic baseline readiness assessment and strategic planning meetings. 

  • Key Strategies to Retain New Hires and Reduce Employee Turnover

    Contains 7 Component(s)

    Workforce Person-centered leadership provides a strong basis for improving staff stability, employee satisfaction, and enhancing quality. Research has demonstrated that staff will stay in organizations where they are valued and have strong relationships with their supervisors. Person-centered leadership focuses on engaging others and listening to what is important to them. Strategies used to reduce employee turnover must incorporate a person-centered approach starting before hire at the interview, through the new hire probationary periods, and continued throughout employment.

    Workforce Person-centered leadership provides a strong basis for improving staff stability, employee satisfaction, and enhancing quality. Research has demonstrated that staff will stay in organizations where they are valued and have strong relationships with their supervisors. Person-centered leadership focuses on engaging others and listening to what is important to them. Strategies used to reduce employee turnover must incorporate a person-centered approach starting before hire at the interview, through the new hire probationary periods, and continued throughout employment.

    This resource guide will identify key person centered strategies to reduce employee turnover. The guide is intended to support and provide tools to long term care providers to help them successfully interview, hire, monitor/evaluate/mentor, and retain staff. The guide focuses on 4 main strategies:

    1. Interviewing New Candidates - Employee Participation

    2. Behavioral Based Interview Questions

    3. Performing 30 – 60 – 90 Day Reviews

    4. Walkabouts/Rounding on Direct Reports 

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    How to Register in ahcancalED 

    Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

     

    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.

    Step 2

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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.

    Step 3

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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.

     

  • Compliance Considerations for Assisted Living Communities

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/20/2018

    Join us for a timely overview about how health care compliance programs are relevant for assisted living (AL) communities. While AL providers may not participate in Medicare or Medicaid, it is still important to understand fraud and abuse laws such as the Anti-kickback Statute, which can apply when referral and financial arrangements are in place with other Medicare providers such as hospitals, hospices, home health agencies or therapists. This seminar will give an overview of key issues that may arise for AL providers and issue spotting in order to consult legal counsel about proposed arrangements. The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have published many resources for other health care settings that offer AL providers insight on how to think about prevention and detection of potentially problematic arrangements. Additionally, certain elements of a compliance program may help with meeting state licensure requirements, other state conflict of interest and fraud and abuse laws, and commercial payor/network arrangements.

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    How to Register in ahcancalED 

    Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

     

    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.

    Step 2

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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.

    Step 3

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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.

     

    Description:

    Join us for a timely overview about how health care compliance programs are relevant for assisted living (AL) communities. While AL providers may not participate in Medicare or Medicaid, it is still important to understand fraud and abuse laws such as the Anti-kickback Statute, which can apply when referral and financial arrangements are in place with other Medicare providers such as hospitals, hospices, home health agencies or therapists. This seminar will give an overview of key issues that may arise for AL providers and issue spotting in order to consult legal counsel about proposed arrangements. The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have published many resources for other health care settings that offer AL providers insight on how to think about prevention and detection of potentially problematic arrangements. Additionally, certain elements of a compliance program may help with meeting state licensure requirements, other state conflict of interest and fraud and abuse laws, and commercial payor/network arrangements.  

    Speaker: 

    Carol Colborn Loepere, Partner, Reed Smith

  • Understanding SNF VBP in Detail

    Contains 32 Component(s)

    This course contains 6 modules that provide an in-depth description of each feature of the CMS Skilled Nursing Facility Value Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) program along with helpful tools and documents., and primary source reference to the program. This course covers how CMS calculates the 1) rehospitalization rates, including risk adjustments, 2) a facility’s performance score, and 3) the resulting incentive payment multiplier, which is used to adjust a facility’s Part A payments. -- The individual who wants to take the SNF VBP course must login to ahcancalED and register for the course under their individual login. For a better web experience, please use Google Chrome Internet Browser and NOT Internet Explorer.

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    This course contains 6 modules that provide an in-depth description of each feature of the CMS Skilled Nursing Facility Value Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) program along with helpful tools, documents, and primary source references to the program. This course covers how CMS calculates the 1) rehospitalization rates, including risk adjustments, 2) a facility’s performance score, and 3) the resulting incentive payment multiplier, which is used to adjust a facility’s Part A payments.  

    Modules also provide demonstrations on how to access and interpret CMS feedback reports, like the SNF VBP Performance Score Report containing your incentive payment multiplier information, and AHCA's SNF VBP prediction tool that allows a facility to estimate the financial impact different rehospitalization rates will have on their revenue.

    Who is this Training For?

    Principally, nursing home administrators, directors of nursing and any other staff including corporate staff who are responsible for payment models and rehospitalization reduction efforts.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand how CMS calculates the measures, risk adjustment, the facility score and payment adjustment.

    2. Use and access the CMS SNF VBP feedback reports and the SNF Performance Score Report.

    3. Apply the incentive payment multiplier.

    4. Use the SNF VBP prediction calculator to estimate the financial impact different SNFRM rates have on your Part A revenue.

    5. Adopt best practices to help either avoid a payment penalty or receive an increase in your Medicare Part A payments. 

    How much does it cost to take the SNF VBP training?

    Registration fee: $25 members, $65 nonmembers. Payment and registration is completed by individual participant in ahcancalED.

    -- The individual who wants to take the SNF VBP course must login to ahcancalED and register for the course under their individual login. For a better web experience, please use Google Chrome Internet Browser and NOT Internet Explorer. 

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    What is the SNF VBP Training?

    This course contains 6 modules that provide an in-depth description of each feature of the CMS Skilled Nursing Facility Value Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) program along with helpful tools, documents, and primary source references to the program. This course covers how CMS calculates the 1) rehospitalization rates, including risk adjustments, 2) a facility’s performance score, and 3) the resulting incentive payment multiplier, which is used to adjust a facility’s Part A payments.  

    Modules also provide demonstrations on how to access and interpret CMS feedback reports, like the SNF VBP Performance Score Report containing your incentive payment multiplier information, and AHCA's SNF VBP prediction tool that allows a facility to estimate the financial impact different rehospitalization rates will have on their revenue.

    Do you have to be an AHCA member to register for SNF VBP?

    No. Both AHCA members and nonmembers are eligible to participate in the SNF VBP course.

    How much does it cost to take the SNF VBP training?

    Registration fee: $25 members, $65 nonmembers. Payment and registration is completed by individual participant in ahcancalED.

    How can an individual register and pay for SNF VBP? 

    The individual who wants to take the SNF VBP course must login to ahcancalED and register for the course under their individual login. Payment will be made in ahcancalED upon registration via credit card or E-check. Please be sure to have your credit card or banking information ready at checkout. Paying by credit card or E-Check will grant automatic access to the course. Registrations for SNF VBP cannot be done by another person or under another person’s ahcancalED login. 

    -- for a better web experience, please use Google Chrome Internet Browser and NOT Internet Explorer. 

    Can I get a refund on the SNF VBP product if I no longer want to take the course?

    No refunds are issued for SNF VBP.

    Can my SNF VBP registration be transferred to a colleague?

    SNF VBP registrations cannot be transferred. The individual that registers for the course is the only one that has access to it.

    Who is eligible to take this training?

    The AHCA SNF VBP Training does not require a particular healthcare license. Principally, nursing home administrators, directors of nursing, finance staff and any other staff including corporate staff who are responsible for payment models and rehospitalization reduction efforts should complete this training.

    What are the requirements to successfully complete SNF VBP?

    Participate in each module and successfully complete the final test (achieve at least 80% correct)

    The final test after Module 6 will have 10 questions (8 of 10 questions must be accurately completed)

    Complete course evaluation at the end of the course. 

    How long does it take on average to complete the SNF VBP course?

    Participants are encouraged to spread out the course over time in an organized manner – such as scheduling module reviews on various dates/times when they can focus their attention to it.  The course could be completed within a week or over several months based on how the individual would like to approach the program. 

    Are Contact Hours awarded for SNF VBP?

    No.

    What does a participant get when they complete the SNF VBP course?

    Participants receive an AHCA/NCAL certificate of completion.

    Is SNF VBP a certification?

    No.

    Can I print the presentation slides and how can I access the resources within the module? 

    Yes. Each module contains a variety of files which includes a copy of the presentation and any necessary supporting documents discussed within the module. 

    I am having technical difficulties with SNF VBP, can you help?

    Please email us at educate@ahca.org.

    Where can I get more information on SNF VBP?

    For more information, email CMS at SNFVBPinquiries@cms.hhs.gov    

    -- for a better web experience, please use Google Chrome Internet Browser and NOT Internet Explorer. 

    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. 

    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.

    Kiran Sreenivas, MS CPHQ

    Research Director, AHCA

    Kiran Sreenivas is a Research Director at American Health Care Association (AHCA) in Washington, DC. He supports AHCA’s Quality Initiative, LTC Trend Tracker, and other projects aimed at improving lives and delivering solutions for quality care.

    His passion is helping others use data to make informed decisions. Prior to joining AHCA, he worked four years at America’s Essential Hospitals on a collaborative to reduce hospital readmissions and hospital-acquired conditions, such as pressure ulcers and surgical site infections.

    Kiran is currently working on earning a Doctor of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. He received his master’s in health policy at George Washington University and his bachelor’s in biology at Northwestern University.

    Katherine Almendinger, MS

    Research Director, AHCA

    Katherine Almendinger is a Research Director at the American Health Care Association. She supports AHCA’s members by distilling policy, legislative, and regulatory oversight changes into actionable information used for quality improvement and successful change navigation. She uses data to understand how these changes impact the long-term and post-acute care sector, our membership, and residents receiving care. Katherine is also responsible for the acquisition, management, and legal compliance of AHCA’s use of restricted datasets from CMS.

    Prior to joining the AHCA team, Katherine worked at the Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC), where she helped researchers use CMS data to improve program administration and the quality of care its beneficiaries receive. She also has experience in implementing an infectious disease biomarkers study, computational biology, research in genetic metabolic disorders and orthopedic biochemistry, and was a Peace Corps volunteer. She has worked at the University of Minnesota, the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital. She volunteers at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and in after school science clubs to share her love of complex systems, problem solving, and using data to make the world a better place.

    Education: Johns Hopkins University - DrPH (in progress), health policy & management; Harvard School of Public Health - MS, epidemiology; University of Minnesota - BS, chemistry, molecular biology.

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    How to Register in ahcancalED 

    Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

     

    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.

    Step 2

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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.

    Step 3

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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.

     

  • How do I use LTC Trend Tracker as an Assisted Living?

    Contains 7 Component(s)

    Learn how to use LTC Trend Tracker as one of your tools for Quality Improvement. In these videos, you will learn how to utilize and modify the assisted living dashboard, customize the assisted living quality measures report, and upload assisted living data.

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    How to Register in ahcancalED 

    Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

     

    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.

    Step 2

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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.

    Step 3

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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.

     

    General Description: 

    Learn how to use LTC Trend Tracker as one of your tools for Quality Improvement. In these videos, you will learn how to utilize and modify the assisted living dashboard, customize the assisted living quality measures report, and upload assisted living data. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn how to utilize and customize the assisted living dashboard
    2. Learn how to customize and run an assisted living quality measures report  
    3. Understand the measures and upload data

    Speaker:

    Lindsay Schwartz, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Workforce & Quality Improvement, NCAL

  • International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This session will present the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) which is a global standard with terminology and definitions to describe texture modified foods and thickened liquids used for individuals with dysphagia of all ages.

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    How to Register in ahcancalED 

    Easy as 1, 2, 3 !

     

    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.

    Step 2

    image

    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.

    Step 3

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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.

     

    This session will present the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) which is a global standard with terminology and definitions to describe texture modified foods and thickened liquids used for individuals with dysphagia of all ages. Implementation of the IDDSI framework in LTC consisting of a continuum of 8 levels (0-7) will be presented. IDDSI has been endorsed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and also the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and will involve the entire interdisciplinary team involvement and support for success.

    Suggested Audience: Administrators, Nurses, Physicians/NP, Registered Dietitians, Speech Language Pathologists, Diet Technicians, Dietary Managers

    Objectives:
    After attending this session, attendees will be able to:
    1. Describe the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) being implemented in the US
    2. Recognize the 8 Levels on the framework/continuum.
    3. Identify resources to help implement in the facility as “Best Practice”

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

    LTC Nutrition Expert, President-Brenda Richardson, LLC

    Brenda Richardson, MA, RDN, LD, CD, FAND has more than thirty years of proven success in directing multi-million dollar food service and nutrition operations. Brenda is a national lecturer, author/contributing author of many professional books and publications, and serves on state and national offices in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Her expertise is in demand as she has successfully assisted healthcare facilities cited with serious and immediate jeopardy deficiencies, achieve and sustain positive nutritional outcomes. Brenda is a Fellow with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and serves on the Academy Finance and Audit Committee. Brenda has served on the Academy’s IMPACT Act Task Force, the Academy CMS Work Group; the Academy Positions Committee, and is Past- Chair of the Academy’s Political Action Committee (ANDPAC). In 2010, Brenda received the Academy’s “2010 Grassroots Excellence Award” and the Indiana Academy’s 2010 Honored Dietitian Award. In 2016, Brenda was then awarded the Academy’s prestigious Medallion Award for dedication to the high standards of the nutrition and dietetics profession through active participation, leadership and devotion to serving others in dietetics and allied health fields. Brenda has been selected as the Academy’s 2019 Lenna Frances Cooper Memorial Lecturer in recognition of her distinguished career and remarkable contributions to the nutrition and dietetics profession Brenda’s practical experience and skills put her in demand for advocating the profession, and professional speaking throughout the country.

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