AHCA PDPM Academy 2020 Subscription– Building Optimal Operational Capacities©

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AHCA’s PDPM Academy 2019 focused on the basic elements and technical aspects of the new patient characteristic-based payment model.  In 2020, the AHCA subscription-based PDPM Academy will provide AHCA provider members with in depth on-line education and training on best practice topics and operational capacities key to PDPM success.  

Subscribers to the AHCA PDPM Academy 2020 – Building Optimal Operational Capacities© will receive the following benefits:

1. In-depth education will include six pre-recorded webinars starting in March 2020 with continuing education (CE) credits and accompanied by AHCA-developed guidance, tool kits, or other resources. The six (CE) educational webinars on will be held throughout 2020 as they are completed.  All six educational webinars are included in the $299 2020 PDPM Academy registration fee. The topics include:

  • Holistic Person-Centered Care Planning –This training module will provide possible models for PAC Comprehensive, Person-Centered Care Planning which also align with CMS’ vision for PDPM “holistic care planning” as well as offer insights into the business case for person-centered planning.
  • Getting Older is not for the Weak: An Evidence-Based Approach for Improving Mobility –In this training module, the RESTORE team, a collaborative group of researchers, educators, and professionals within the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program will share an approach for helping providers integrate the latest evidence-based rehabilitation strategies into routine practice.  
  • Effective Care Transitions at Admission and Discharge –PDPM Academy participants will hear in this module from hospital discharge specialists, AHCA members, and home health intake specialists about their approaches to effective care transitions entering and exiting the SNF. 
  • Trend Tracker and Other Sources to Monitor Quality Impact of PDPM – AHCA members can monitor their Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Rehospitalization Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) performance as well as their IMPACT Act Quality Reporting Program (QRP) performance via LTCTT.  In this module, PDPM Academy participants will gain a deeper understanding of key PDPM Quality Measures (QM), how to best monitor them including using of LTCTT.  Participants also will learn about root-cause analysis approaches to address QM challenges.
  • Identifying and Managing Residents with Complex Nursing and NTA Needs – In this module, PDPM Academy participants will learn how members have attracted and retained nursing staff, best practices for staff training on complex care as well as optimal NTA services need identification and care. 
  • Restorative Nursing and Skilled Maintenance Nursing and Therapy – Nearly one-third of SNF resident stays would be eligible for restorative nursing case-mix payment adjustments within the PDPM Nursing Component.  Additionally, new flexibilities in therapy service delivery permitted under PDPM create incentives to develop more effective restorative nursing programs to all Medicare Part A residents, including those on an active therapy care plan.  This module will highlight restorative nursing and skilled maintenance nursing and therapy best practices under PDPM.

2. Five “live” PDPM Academy Open Discussion Forums (ODF) every other month (one-hour each) starting January 2020, addressing challenging PDPM clinical and billing topics and CMS updates.

3. Access to AHCA’ library of 2019 and 2020 PDPM Academy materials housed at ahcancalED. 

These resources are a considerable value to AHCA members.  Private consultancies will charge several hundreds of dollars for the resources and the six hours of CE eligible training on the topics above. 

Access to all of the benefits, above, is available to AHCA provider member individual employees (or individual contracted employees if registering through the AHCA provider member) via a PDPM Academy 2020 subscription price of $299 including CEs for the entire year. 

  • Restorative Nursing and Skilled Maintenance Nursing and Therapy CE Webinar

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Nearly one-third of SNF resident stays would be eligible for restorative nursing case-mix payment adjustments within the PDPM Nursing Component. Additionally, new flexibilities in therapy service delivery permitted under PDPM create incentives to develop more effective restorative nursing programs to all Medicare Part A residents, including those on an active therapy care plan. This module will highlight restorative nursing and skilled maintenance nursing and therapy best practices under PDPM.

    Nearly one-third of SNF resident stays would be eligible for restorative nursing case-mix payment adjustments within the PDPM Nursing Component.  Additionally, new flexibilities in therapy service delivery permitted under PDPM create incentives to develop more effective restorative nursing programs to all Medicare Part A residents, including those on an active therapy care plan.  This module will highlight restorative nursing and skilled maintenance nursing and therapy best practices under PDPM.  

    CEs will be available. 

    Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MTA, RAC-CTA

    curriculum development specialist for AANAC

    Jessie is a curriculum development specialist for AANAC. Previously she worked as the director of clinical reimbursement for a large long-term care organization overseeing 17 clinical reimbursement consultants across 21 states, including nearly 300 living centers. She has more than 19 years of long-term care experience, including as restorative nurse, MDS coordinator, regional clinical reimbursement specialist, clinical reimbursement trainer, and director of clinical reimbursement. Jessie is passionate about developing the skills of nurse assessment coordinators, working in restorative nursing, and improving residents’ quality of life and care.

    Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC

    Principal Consultant and Founder of Rehab Resources and Consulting, Inc.

    Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC has worked in various roles & settings as both clinician & manager/director. Ellen is an expert at helping customers understand the CMS prospective payment systems in the skilled nursing facility and home health setting, as well as outpatient therapy billing for all provider types. She has years of experience in utilizing medical record reviews and data systems to help both inpatient and outpatient therapy providers meet regulatory guidelines as well as improve clinical outcomes. For the past ten years, Ellen has worked with dozens of clients as principal consultant and founder of Rehab Resources and Consulting, Inc. Her experience in both the home and community aspects of the post-acute care continuum gives her a unique perspective in finding solutions while insuring a patient-centered approach is not lost in translation.

  • Identifying and Managing Residents with Complex Nursing and NTA Needs CE Webinar

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this module, PDPM Academy participants will learn how members have attracted and retained nursing staff, best practices for staff training on complex care as well as optimal NTA services need identification and care.

    In this module, PDPM Academy participants will learn how members have attracted and retained nursing staff, best practices for staff training on complex care as well as optimal NTA services need identification and care.  

    1.25 CEs will be available.

    Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-CTA

    Jesse McGill is recognized nationwide as respected clinicians, educators, and leaders in her profession – particularly in advanced care delivery and policies associated with nursing facility practices. 

    Jessie is a curriculum development specialist for AANAC. Previously she worked as the director of clinical reimbursement for a large long-term care organization overseeing 17 clinical reimbursement consultants across 21 states, including nearly 300 living centers. She has more than 19 years of long-term care experience, including as restorative nurse, MDS coordinator, regional clinical reimbursement specialist, clinical reimbursement trainer, and director of clinical reimbursement. Jessie is passionate about developing the skills of nurse assessment coordinators, working in restorative nursing, and improving residents’ quality of life and care.

  • Trend Tracker and Other Sources to Monitor Quality Impact of PDPM CE Webinar

    Contains 0 Component(s)

    AHCA members can monitor their Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Rehospitalization Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) performance as well as their IMPACT Act Quality Reporting Program (QRP) performance via LTCTT. In this module, PDPM Academy participants will gain a deeper understanding of key PDPM Quality Measures (QM), how to best monitor them including using of LTCTT. Participants also will learn about root-cause analysis approaches to address QM challenges.

    AHCA members can monitor their Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Rehospitalization Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) performance as well as their IMPACT Act Quality Reporting Program (QRP) performance via LTCTT.  In this module, PDPM Academy participants will gain a deeper understanding of key PDPM Quality Measures (QM), how to best monitor them including using of LTCTT.  Participants also will learn about root-cause analysis approaches to address QM challenges.

    CEs will be available.

  • ​Effective Care Transitions at Admission and Discharge CE Webinar

    Contains 0 Component(s)

    PDPM Academy participants will hear in this module from hospital discharge specialists, AHCA members, and home health intake specialists about their approaches to effective care transitions entering and exiting the SNF. ​

    PDPM Academy participants will hear in this module from hospital discharge specialists, AHCA members, and home health intake specialists about their approaches to effective care transitions entering and exiting the SNF. 

    CEs will be available.

  • Getting Older is not for the Weak: An Evidence-Based Approach for Improving Mobility CE Webinar

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In this training module, the RESTORE team, a collaborative group of researchers, educators, and professionals within the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program will share an approach for helping providers integrate the latest evidence-based rehabilitation strategies into routine practice.

    In this training module, the RESTORE team, a collaborative group of researchers, educators, and professionals within the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program will share an approach for helping providers integrate the latest evidence-based rehabilitation strategies into routine practice.  

    1.25 CEs available.

  • Holistic Person-Centered Care Planning CE Webinar

    Contains 0 Component(s)

    This training module will provide possible models for PAC Comprehensive, Person-Centered Care Planning which also align with CMS’ vision for PDPM “holistic care planning” as well as offer insights into the business case for person-centered planning.

    This training module will provide possible models for PAC Comprehensive, Person-Centered Care Planning which also align with CMS’ vision for PDPM “holistic care planning” as well as offer insights into the business case for person-centered planning.

    CEs will be available.

  • PDPM Academy Open Discussion Forums (ODF)

    Contains 5 Component(s) Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 07/28/2020 at 3:00 PM (EDT)

    An important feature of your PDPM Academy participation is access to five “live” PDPM Academy Open Discussion Forums (ODF) every other month (one-hour each) starting January 2020, addressing challenging PDPM clinical and billing topics and CMS updates.

    An important feature of your PDPM Academy participation is access to five “live” PDPM Academy Open Discussion Forums (ODF) every other month (one-hour each) starting January 2020, addressing challenging PDPM clinical and billing topics and CMS updates. 

    Access to the monthly calls will require a specific login for each individual. If you need assistance with your login information please email educate@ahca.org

    The webinars will be recorded and FAQs and related materials posted with the video file. Please note we anticipate large participant numbers. If we are unable to respond to your question due to the number of participants, please direct questions to the pdpm@ahca.org email address. We incorporate questions submitted at the email address into our FAQ documents.

AHCA’s PDPM resources for all provider members in 2019 focused on the basic elements and technical aspects of the new patient characteristic-based payment model and included AHCA developed tools, resources and webinars as well as access to numerous PDPM-related CMS and other public domain resources.  In 2020, the AHCA PDPM Resources Page will continue to provide basic PDPM education all AHCA provider members as listed below.

The following free PDPM resources will be available to all AHCA provider members:

  • All-Provider member PDPM webinars
    • FY 2021 SNF PPS Proposed Rule Summary (est. May 2010)
    • FY 2021 SNF PPS Final Rule Summary (est. August 2020)
  • New or updated all-provider member tools and resources as they are developed (TBD)
  • Access to CMS and other PDPM-related public-access resources
  • Access to AHCA’s library of 2019 and 2020 all-member materials housed at ahcancalED

AHCA is offering the following PDPM-Related fee-based products and services in 2020 to support SNF personnel in improving care delivery best practices and in building optimal operational capacities.

These items are not inlcuded in your PDPM Academy subscription. Each resource will have a separate fee. 

  • PDPM ICD-10 Coding Training (January 2020) (Members and Non-Members)
  • AHCA/AHIMA ICD-10 Training for PDPM – Coder/Clinician 
    • 2020 Full Version (16 Hours & CEs) 
    • 2020 Refresher Version (Hours TBD & CEs) 
  • AHCA/AHIMA ICD-10 Training for PDPM – Non-Coder – 2020 Full Version (4 Hours & CEs) 
  • i-STRONGER Online/Interactive High-Intensity Rehabilitation Program Training for Physical and Occupational Therapy Clinicians (May 2020) (12+ Hours) (Members and Non-Members) 
  • Patient Pathway Platform (P3) Report Subscription (containing local market hospital referral data, SNF LOS data, SNF market PDPM data, and top referring hospital PDPM data) (January 2020) (Provider Members Only) 
  • PDPM Medicare Advantage Education & Negotiation Guidance (release TBD) (Provider Members Only) 
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