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  • Submitting Comments to CMS on Proposed SNF Payment Rule

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 04/21/2021 at 2:30 PM (EDT)

    AHCA/NCAL President & CEO Mark Parkinson will brief the membership on submitting comments to CMS on the proposed SNF payment rule. Our technical experts, Mike Cheek and Kathy Lester will share information about the proposed rule.

    AHCA/NCAL President & CEO Mark Parkinson will brief the membership on submitting comments to CMS on the proposed SNF payment rule. Our technical experts, Mike Cheek and Kathy Lester will share information about the proposed rule. 

    This webinar is available to AHCA 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


    Once you are logged in, click the image button found in the upper right corner of your screen 

    OR 

    Follow these three easy steps below! 

     

    • 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

  • OSHA COVID-19 National Emphasis Program

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    On March 12, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) implemented a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to ensure employees in high-hazard industries are protected from contracting COVID-19. OSHA will prioritize COVID-19-related inspections involving deaths or multiple hospitalizations due to occupational exposures to COVID-19. In addition, this NEP will focus on protecting workers from retaliation. The NEP includes: Skilled Nursing Facilities, Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities, Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities. This webinar will review the NEP and what it means for AHCA/NCAL members.

    On March 12, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) implemented a National Emphasis Program (NEP) to ensure employees in high-hazard industries are protected from contracting COVID-19.  OSHA will prioritize COVID-19-related inspections involving deaths or multiple hospitalizations due to occupational exposures to COVID-19.  In addition, this NEP will focus on protecting workers from retaliation.  The NEP includes: Skilled Nursing Facilities, Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities, Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities.  This webinar will review the NEP and what it means for AHCA/NCAL members.

    Meet the Speaker:

    Brad Hammock, Attorney at Law, Littler

    This webinar is available to AHCA/NCAL members and non-members. 

    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

  • AHCA & LeadingAge Reform Proposal

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    AHCA/NCAL President & CEO Mark Parkinson will brief the membership on a cobranded AHCA/LeadingAge Reform proposal to present to Capitol Hill

    AHCA/NCAL President & CEO Mark Parkinson will brief the membership on a cobranded AHCA/LeadingAge Reform proposal to present to Capitol Hill.

    This webinar is available to AHCA 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


  • Office Hours: Vaccine Distribution in LTC

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    As the Pharmacy Partnership for LTC is coming to an end, the AHCA/NCAL team will discuss the next phase of vaccine distribution for LTC and share information on the Johnson and Johnson vaccination.

    As the Pharmacy Partnership for LTC is coming to an end, the AHCA/NCAL team will discuss the next phase of vaccine distribution for LTC and share information on the Johnson and Johnson vaccination.


    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

    Once you are logged in, click the image button found in the upper right corner of your screen OR 

    Follow these three easy steps below! 

     

    • 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

  • Emerging Models: Direct Contracting

    Contains 4 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 four 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.

     Direct Contracting 201 “Office Hours” Webinar: 60 mins

    This session succeeds the Direct Contracting 101 webinar and offers attendees a brief overview of Direct Contracting including the recently released MCO-based DCE model and a comparison of Institutional Special Needs Plans (I-SNPs) and Direct Contracting. The session is designed to give attendees a greater opportunity to ask questions and receive answers regarding some of the more detailed pieces of the model. 


    Meet the Speakers:

    Tyler Cromer, Principal, ATI Advisory

    Nisha Hammel, Senior Director, Population Health Management, AHCA

  • 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. 

  • Reopening Dining: Are we there yet?

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    The CMS QSO memo in September discussed guidelines for reopening communities to visitors and communal dining services. As the vaccine is distributed in long term care, residents and staff have long been ready to get back to normal. With the pandemic still in our midst, this session will discuss best practices for dining services, including lessons learned from COVID-19

    Once you are logged in, click the image button found in the upper right corner of your screen 

    OR 

    Follow these three easy steps below! 

     

    • 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

    The CMS QSO memo in September discussed guidelines for reopening communities to visitors and communal dining services.  As the vaccine is distributed in long term care, residents and staff have long been ready to get back to normal. With the pandemic still in our midst, this session will discuss best practices for dining services, including lessons learned from COVID-19

    Learning Objectives:
    • Discuss current CMS guidance on communal dining
    • Identify conditions and steps to gradually open dining services
    • Discuss best practices used in various dining settings
    Meet the Speaker:

    Anna de Jesus, MBA, RDN, President Nutrition Alliance, LLC

    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

    Anna de Jesus, MBA, RDN

    President of Nutrition Alliance, LLC

    Nutrition Alliance, LLC

    Anna de Jesus, MBA, RDN, is the President of Nutrition Alliance, LLC, founded in 2000.  Nutrition Alliance provides nutrition and culinary consultants in Skilled nursing, assisted living, hospitals and various industries in AZ. 

    Anna has worked in various fields such as research, school food service, acute care, sales and senior healthcare.  She is a dynamic speaker and has presented for several organizations both locally and nationally.  In 2020, her webinars on COVID-19 have garnered over 1000 participants.  Anna has been teaching the Certified Food Protection Manager (ServSafe) class for the last 20 years.

    She has held various nominated and elected positions and is currently the Sponsorship Chair for the Dietitians in Health Care Communities.

    An innovator and educator, Anna has written and co-authored various publications.  She graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Community Nutrition and Master’s degree in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School, where she graduated with distinction.

  • PRF Reporting Requirements – Updated January 25th

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    AHCA/NCAL now has available a pre-recorded webex on the January 15, 2021 PRF Reporting Registration instructions as well as the updated reporting guidance.

    AHCA/NCAL now has available a pre-recorded webex on the January 15, 2021 PRF Reporting Registration instructions as well as the updated reporting guidance.  The video recording includes:   

    • Detail on registration 
    • Important registration FAQs 
    • Recommended Terms and Conditions Compliance Controls 
    • PRF Reporting Update Overview  

    AHCA /NCAL will provide updates to this information as HHS provides additional detail.   

    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

  • Person-Centered Care In A PDPM World

    Contains 34 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This four-module course is designed to improve person-centered care for post-acute care (short stay) residents under the PDPM payment system. Since the PDPM model was a wholesale shift in payment and delivery, initial training mechanisms focused on the new system components. Now that those immediate change needs have been adopted, education and training on best practices for implementing person-centered care should be reviewed to fully adopt CMS’s vision for the PDPM model. This course will define person-centered care and show how it is a key feature in PDPM and when implemented can improve care practices that lead to better patient outcomes.

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    This four-module course is designed to improve person-centered care for post-acute care (short stay) residents under the PDPM payment system.  Since the PDPM model was a wholesale shift in payment and delivery, initial training mechanisms focused on the new system components. Now that those immediate change needs have been adopted, education and training on best practices for implementing person-centered care should be reviewed to fully adopt CMS’s vision for the PDPM model. This course will define person-centered care and show how it is a key feature in PDPM and when implemented can improve care practices that lead to better patient outcomes. 

     Designed to be appropriate for all facility staff, the first 3 modules can be done as a team or individuals.  The final module consists of role-specific course content for either administrators, clinical professionals (Nursing/Rehab therapies), Nursing Assistants, or other essential facility staff.  The presentation modules and accompanying fact sheets, and either team exercise or case studies, are designed to promote team application of the concepts into their clinical practice and to elevate person-centered care throughout the organization.

     

    Course Objectives:  Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

    1.  Recognize how person-centered care is the core of the PDPM payment model.

    2.  Define the core components of person-centered care.

    3.  Consider best practices to incorporate person-centered care into everyday interactions and care plans for short-stay residents.

    4.  Identify tools to assess person-centered care practices.

    5.  Review the key components of teamwork and communication required for person-centered care.

    6.  Review of activities and other programs that can impact facility-wide adoption of person-centered care.

    Cost:

    $350 AHCA/NCAL Members

    $650 Non-members

    Discounts are available when registering five or more individuals. 

    Continuing Education:

    5.25 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion and 4.0 contact hours for nurses through the Iowa Board of Nursing.

    Need 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.

    How can an organization register as a group and pay?

    AHCA offers the following discount structure for groups: 

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

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

    When purchasing online with credit card, follow the instructions below. Please note, this option is for groups with less than 5. The discount noted above will not apply. 

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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


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