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

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    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


  • Vaccine Clinic Prep Office Hours

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


    This webinar is available to everyone.

    How to Register: 
    • To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 
    • Participants will need to log in using their existing AHCA/NCAL username and password first.
    • If you are new to the site you can create an account here. Answer all fields on the create an account page. Members should identify your company name. You can search by name or zip code.
    • After creating an account and being logged in to the website you will be able to pre-register by clicking the green register button at the top of the page. 
    • If you have forgotten your password click here

    Need further assistance? Email educate@ahca.org


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

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

    Meet the Speakers:

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

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

    This webinar is available to AHCA/NCAL members only. 
    How to Register: 
    • To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 
    • Members will need to log in using their existing AHCA/NCAL username and password first. 
    • Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to register by clicking the green register button at the top of the page. 
    • If you have forgotten your password click here
    • If you are new to the site, you can create an account here. Answer all fields on the create an account page- especially locating your company name. You can search by name or zip code. After creating an account, you will be able to register for the webinar. 

    Need further assistance? Email educate@ahca.org

  • COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody

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

    This webinar is available to AHCA/NCAL members only. 
    How to Register: 
    • To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 
    • Members will need to log in using their existing AHCA/NCAL username and password first. 
    • Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to register by clicking the green register button at the top of the page. 
    • If you have forgotten your password click here
    • If you are new to the site, you can create an account here. Answer all fields on the create an account page- especially locating your company name. You can search by name or zip code. After creating an account, you will be able to register for the webinar. 

    Need further assistance? Email educate@ahca.org

  • COVID-19 - Overview of SNF 3-Day Stay and Benefit Period Waivers

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    When there’s a public health emergency (PHE), sections 1135 or 1812(f) of the SSA allow the US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to issue blanket waivers to help beneficiaries access care.  In response to the declaration of the COVID-19 national PHE, HHS issued a nationwide blanket waiver of the 3-Day Prior Hospitalization and 60-day break in Benefit Period requirements to qualify for SNF Part A benefits effective March 1, 2020.  When a blanket waiver is issued, providers don't have to apply for an individual waiver for the duration of the PHE.  The PHE was recently renewed and will apply till at least January 20, 2021. 

    This webinar will provide a brief overview of the background of these important waivers and will also provide specific details about when and how it would be appropriate for SNFs to apply the waivers to assure that Medicare beneficiaries are able to access skilled SNF Part A benefits in a manner that also minimizes risks for unnecessary exposure or transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Examples of how the 3-Day Stay and Benefit Period waivers can or cannot apply in common situations will be discussed.  Additionally, details related to documentation, MDS assessment scheduling, and claims coding and sequencing requirements specific to these waivers will be reviewed.         

    While providing a general overview of these waivers, the target audience for this webinar includes SNF personnel responsible for making coverage eligibility decisions, as well as MDS scheduling personnel and billing office personnel responsible for assuring compliance with the modified requirements necessary for claims applying these waivers to be properly processed by CMS.     

    This webinar is available to AHCA/NCAL members only.
    How to Register: 
    • To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome.
    • Members will need to log in using their existing AHCA/NCAL username and password first. 
    • Once you are logged in to the website you will be able to register by clicking the green register button at the top of the page. 
    • If you have forgotten your password click here
    • If you are new to the site, you can create an account here. Answer all fields on the create an account page- especially locating your company name. You can search by name or zip code. After creating an account, you will be able to register for the webinar. 

    Need further assistance? Email educate@ahca.org

    Daniel Ciolek, PT, MS, PMP

    Associate Vice President, Therapy Services, AHCA

    Dan Ciolek is the Associate Vice President of Therapy Advocacy with the American Health Care Association. Mr. Ciolek's clinical and healthcare policy experience spans 30 years. He has practiced as a physical therapist clinician, manager, and business owner in a variety of settings including acute inpatient, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing facility, home health, outpatient, and industrial health. He previously earned the Geriatric Physical Therapy Specialist certification, and is currently a certified Project Management Professional. Before joining AHCA in 2013, Dan served in the Subject Matter Expert and Project Manager capacities in numerous Centers for Medicare and Medicaid contracts. Specific to therapy services, Dan's CMS work has included: national outpatient therapy utilization analysis for PT, OT, and SLP services; medical review; workgroup facilitation; development of policy recommendations; development of Medicare Learning Network and 1-800-Medicare content, and Physician Quality Reporting System reporting enhancements.  Additionally, Dan has contributed to therapy health policy activities at the University, State, Chapter and National levels. These activities included: elected and appointed positions; adjunct faculty/lecturer; author of professional articles; invited speaker; technical expert panelist, and invited contributor of health policy concepts to professional and provider organizations. Dan's advocacy efforts have been recognized through his receipt of two national professional awards for Policy Making and Advocacy for Older Adults. Overall, Dan is recognized as a leading expert in therapy policy and research, including a focus on reimbursement issues. His efforts have contributed directly to numerous Medicare policy changes. 

  • Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program for COVID-19 Vaccination Office Hours

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    The federal government has created the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program —a national vaccine distribution program for long term care residents.  

    In this series of office hours, AHCA/NCAL and CDC staff will provide an overview of the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program and answer your questions. 

    This resource is free and open to AHCA/NCAL members in addition to the public. Membership to AHCA/NCAL is not required to access the materials however, you will need to create an account to identify your personal access to the materials.
    Faculty:  

    David Gifford  

    Courtney Bishnoi

    Ruth Link-Gelles 

    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


    David Gifford, MD, MPH

    Senior Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs, AHCA

    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. 

    Courtney Bishnoi

    Vice President of Quality and Programs, AHCA NCAL

    Courtney Bishnoi joined the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and National Center of Assisted Living (NCAL) in 2008. She is a national expert in performance excellence with a passion for strategic planning and systems-based performance improvement.

    As the Senior Director of Quality, Courtney oversees the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award program, a progressive program based on the Baldrige Performance Excellence criteria that recognizes quality performance in member organizations. Under Courtney’s leadership, the program has expanded significantly, both in scope and size. The program receives well over 1,000 applications per year and is the largest Baldrige-based program in the country. It has also increased its recognition by stakeholders and policy makers and is formally included in four separate states’ regulatory and payment programs. She is also responsible for managing the 12-member Board that oversees the program, including facilitating their annual strategic planning process.

    Courtney is also responsible for the AHCA Quality Initiative, a national, multi-year focused effort to further improve quality of care in America’s long term and post-acute care centers.

    Before joining AHCA, Courtney served as the Award Program Coordinator at the American Society of Hematology (ASH), managing several medical grant-based award programs. She received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Arizona with a major in Communications and a minor in Business.

    Ruth Link-Gelles, MPH, PhD

    Doctoral Epidemiologist, Division of Viral Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

    Ruth Link-Gelles is an epidemiologist serving in CDC’s Division of Viral Diseases and is leading CDC’s planning efforts for rollout of COVID-19 vaccine in long-term care facilities. Dr. Link-Gelles completed CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service program in the Division of Viral Hepatitis, and then spent 2 years with CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion focusing on outbreak response in healthcare settings, including long-term care. She has deployed for numerous CDC emergency responses including Zika, hepatitis A, mumps, and COVID-19. Dr. Link-Gelles completed her MPH at Emory University and earned her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Link-Gelles serves as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. 

  • What’s New With The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and How it Impacts Long Term Care

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     On this webinar, AHCA/NCAL DOL consultants from Jackson Lewis, Craig S. Roberts, Principal, and Henry Shapiro, Associate will answer questions on the FFCRA impacting long-term care.

    DISCLAIMER: This is not intended as legal advice and should not be used as or relied upon as legal advice. It is for general informational purposes only and should not substitute for legal advice. Always seek knowledgeable counsel for advice that is tailored to the actual facts and circumstances and takes into account all relevant law and regulation.

    This webinar is available to AHCA/NCAL members only. 
    How to Register: 
    • 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. 

    To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 

    Need further assistance? Email educate@ahca.org

  • CMS’s COVID-19 Performance Payment Program

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/08/2020

    AHCA/NCAL President & CEO Mark Parkinson and CMO David Gifford will review the new rule released on 9/3/2020, discuss resources available to facilities and answer your questions. 

    This webinar is available to AHCA/NCAL members only. 
    How to Register: 
    • 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 pre- 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. 

    To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 

    Need further assistance? Email educate@ahca.org

  • Understanding Batch Testing with the Quidel Sofia2

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    CMS’ new testing regulations require providers to conduct routine COVID-19 testing of staff and contractors with 48-hour turnaround times. The Sofia2 has the ability to conduct a high volume of tests in a short period of time. This presentation will cover the batch testing functionality on the Sofia2 to help providers meet this new CMS requirement. 

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
    • Understand the basics of the Sofia2 system
    • Demonstrate how to conduct batch testing using the Sofia2
    • Learn about documentation capabilities using the Sofia2
    SPEAKERS:

    Allison Leone, New Market Development Director, Quidel Corporation

    Cheryl Miller, Vice President New Market Development, Quidel Corporation

    This webinar is available to AHCA/NCAL members only. 
    How to Register: 
    • 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 pre- register
    • If you have forgotten your password click here
    • If you are new to the site you can create an account here. After doing so, you will be able to register for the webinar. Please note, all new account holders must add their member facility to their account at the time of account creation.

    To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 

    Need further assistance? Email educate@ahca.org

    Allison Leone

    New Market Development Director, Quidel Corporation

    Allison Leone has a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Science and is a certified Medical Technologist through the American Society for Clinical Pathology.  

    Allison’s career has focused on clinical laboratory medicine. She has had the opportunity to view this market through several lenses. She began her career as a bench technologist where she implemented testing, managed laboratories, and deployed system standardization initiatives. After nine years on the clinical side of the business, she transitioned to the supplier side. In this capacity she held a variety of roles including technical applications specialist, sales and marketing management positions. Allison returned to Quidel in 2020, to leverage her clinical and business experience as the New Market Development Director focusing on long-term care, occupational health, and employee health initiatives.

    Allison is excited to be here to share with you the Sofia 2 technology and support the HHS initiative from all angles.

     

    Cheryl Miller

    Vice President New Market Development, Quidel Corporation

    Cheryl Miller holds a Master’s Degree in Business from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Miami University and has achieved her CFP (Certified Financial Planner) designation from the College of Financial Planning.

    Cheryl’s career has focused on leading and executing corporate strategy in both the medical and dental markets.  She currently is the Vice President for New Market Development at Quidel Corporation. In this role, she is responsible for the company’s growth strategy that identifies, develops, and commercializes untapped market opportunities within new customer segments. She leads the organizations word of mouth marketing initiatives, leveraging the circle of care from consumer awareness and education to physician testing/reporting.   Cheryl was also named on the Virena patent as a named inventor for the first wireless cloud-based system that aggregates de-identified patient results at near-real time allowing for improved public health surveillance, remote instrument management and consumer disease mapping and education.  She was responsible for leading this new business enterprise around connectivity solutions that integrated instrumentation with data, building an ecosystem delivering critical disease and practice management information to clinical providers, laboratorians, and administrators.

    Prior to joining Quidel, Miller served as Vice President of Sales & Marketing at the Brewer Company, General Manager at Hu-Friedy Mfg., Inc., Director of US Marketing at Leica Microsystems and held multiple positions at Abbott Diagnostics including; Capital Equipment Sales and Senior Global Product Management positions. Miller has held numerous volunteer positions at St. Athanasius including Director of Finance, School Board President, Parish Council President as well as a past elected board member of OSAP (Organization for Safety and Asepsis and Prevention).  

  • CMS’s New Testing Requirements for Staff & Residents: What you Need to Know

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    AHCA’s President & CEO Mark Parkinson and CMO Dr. David Gifford will explain the interim final rule released this week, detailing what providers must do to be in compliance and how to successfully implement the new requirements.

    This webinar is available to AHCA/NCAL members only. 
    How to Register: 
    • 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
    • If you have forgotten your password click here

    • If you are new to the site you can create an account here. After doing so, you will be able to register for the webinar. Please note, all new account holders must add their member facility to their account at the time of account creation.

    To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. Need further assistance? Email educate@ahca.org


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