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  • Person-Centered Care In A PDPM World

    Contains 34 Component(s), Includes Credits
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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

  • It's Called the Patient Driven Payment Model for a Reason CE Webinar

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    In the Fiscal Year 2019 Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System Final Rule and subsequent guidance, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has discussed the need for “holistic care planning” under the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM). Most research and policy on holistic care planning is associated with Medicaid-financed long-term care rather than Medicare-financed post-acute care (PAC). Of note, in the final Skilled Nursing Facility Requirements for Participation, CMS discusses a “comprehensive, person-centered care plan.” Such alignment continues CMS’ focus on aligning payment policy with quality.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Possible models for Post-Acute Care Comprehensive, Person-Centered Care Planning which also align with CMS’ vision for “holistic care planning.”
    • Operational approaches for moving to and maintaining a day-to-day culture of person-center care delivery & quality measurement.
    • Business case for person-centered care – benefits for patients, staff, and providers.
    Cost:

    $150 AHCA/NCAL Members

    $650 Non-members

    1.25 NAB CEs available upon successful completion. 

    How to Register: 
    • To avoid technical problems, use Google Chrome. 
    • Participants will need to login using their existing ahcancalED 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 hereAfter creating an account, you will be able to register. 

    Need further 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.

    Erin Westphal, MSG

    Program Officer, The SCAN Foundation

    Laci Cornelison, MS, LBSW, ACHA

    Kansas State University Center on Aging, PEAK 2.0 Director

  • Medical Director’s Role in the SNF PDPM World CE Webinar

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The recent transition of the Medicare Part A skilled nursing facility prospective payment system (SNF PPS) from a RUG-IV model primarily driven by therapy delivery to a patient driven payment model (PDPM) based on resident characteristics, including a new emphasis on admitting and comorbid diagnoses has escalated the importance of the role of the SNF medical director.  The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier this year escalated the value further.  In this session, the presenter, a nationally known geriatrician and spokesperson for high quality SNF care, will describe how integrating the medical director more fully into the facility’s strategic as well as front-line PDPM-related operational and clinical activities in managing the care delivery of beneficiaries during a Medicare post-acute stay improves care.      

    1.25 NAB CEs available upon successful completion of quiz.

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    Michael R. Wasserman, MD 

    Doctor Wasserman is a geriatrician who has devoted his career to serving the needs of older adults. He is Editor-in-Chief of Springer’s upcoming textbook, Geriatric Medicine: A Person Centered Evidence Based Approach. Springer previously published his book, “The Business of Geriatrics,” in 2016, which details how to succeed in Geriatrics in today’s healthcare marketplace.

    Dr. Wasserman previously served as Chief Executive Officer overseeing the largest nursing home chain in California. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director, Care Continuum, for HSAG, the QIN-QIO for California. In 2001 he co-founded Senior Care of Colorado, which became the largest privately owned primary care geriatric practice in the country, before selling it in 2010.

    In the 1990’s he was President of GeriMed of America, a Geriatric Medical Management Company which successfully operated senior clinics in Central Florida under full-risk contracts with Humana and Cigna. In 1989, in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Doctor Wasserman published "Fever, White Blood Cells and Differential Count in Diagnosing Bacterial Infection in the Elderly,” the findings of which are now part of the McGeer Criteria, used widely in nursing homes to evaluate residents for infections.

    Dr. Wasserman is a graduate of the University of Texas, Medical Branch. He completed an Internal Medicine residency at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at UCLA. He spent five years with Kaiser-Permanente in Southern California where he developed Kaiser's first outpatient Geriatric Consult Clinic.

    Dr. Wasserman was the lead delegate from the State of Colorado to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging. He also co-chaired the Colorado Alzheimer’s Coordinating Council. Dr. Wasserman has actively supported the Wish of a Lifetime Foundation since its inception and serves on its Board. He is Past-President of the California Association for Long Term Care Medicine.

  • Grief, Trauma, & The Impact of COVID-19 on Residents & Staff

    Contains 9 Component(s), Includes Credits
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    COVID-19 has rocked the country and the globe.  With tens of millions of confirmed cases, hundreds of thousands of deaths, and countless people who have been directly and indirectly impacted it is no wonder why trauma and grief are so high.  COVID-19 is not choosey as to who it targets but is like a wildfire burning out of control.  Regardless of whether you are in the trenches battling against the war or seeking isolation to prevent the virus from reaching you every person has been impacted.  This three part training will provide a comprehensive overview of COVID-19, as well as grief and trauma and the impact it has on residents and staff.  The first part will review COVID-19 and the impact it has on the grief process. Participants are encouraged to review all three parts to gain the full insight of the impact COVID-19 has had and the connection to grief and trauma.  The second part will review COVID-19 and the impact it has on trauma as well as providing trauma-informed care to both residents and staff.  The third part will review the core practices for providing care to both residents and staff and the relationship to trauma, grief, and COVID-19.

     
    Total course objectives/outcomes include:
    1. Explain the basics of how COVID-19 spreads and how to reduce potential spread.
    2. Describe the grief process.
    3. Identify the five common stages of grief and how they apply to COVID-19.
    4. Discuss anticipatory grief and the relationship to COVID-19.
    5. Explore methods to manage grief during COVID-19.
    6. Explain trauma as it relates to COVID-19 and its impact.
    7. Explore trauma-informed care and the correlation to COVID-19.
    8. Discuss the Core Practices and the relationship to COVID-19 care.
    9. Describe the process for bringing it all together to provide care to residents and staff.
    10. Discuss the Core Practices and the relationship to COVID-19 care.
    Continuing Education:

    3.50 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion and 3.0 contact hours for nurses through the Iowa Board of Nursing.

    Cost:
    $100 for AHCA/NCAL Members
    $450 for general public/ non-members
    Audience:

    All staff and leadership in long-term care facilities

    How to Register:
    1. If you are new to this site, you will need to CREATE AN ACCOUNT. AHCA/NCAL members will need to add the facility name to their profile at the time of creating an account. If you cannot locate your facility by name, then search by zip code. Non-Members, you are welcome to add your company name. If you do not see it listed, please email educate@ahca.org and we will help you. 
    2. Members who have an existing account can login using their existing AHCA/NCAL username and password. 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.
    3. After you create your account, go back to the course and click REGISTERYou will then be prompted to complete the payment process in your cart.
    4. Once you have purchased the course, it will be conveniently located in your "My Dashboard". To begin the course, click the Course contents tab. Then click on the first item and complete it. You can move through the course at your own pace, stopping and returning to where you left off anytime.
    5. To avoid technical problems, use CHROME. Do not use Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer does not work well with this site.
    6. If you need assistance, please e-mail your questions to educate@ahca.org. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
    How can an organization group register 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
    To register by Check, 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 Grief, Trauma, & The Impact of COVID-19 on Residents & Staff 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

  • Basics of Infection Prevention & Control in the Post-COVID-19 World

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    The COVID_19 pandemic has challenged infection prevention and control practices.  This course will review how COVID-19 spreads, what signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are, and report illness.  It will review what your role is in reporting suspicions of respiratory illness.  It will review the basics of infection prevention and control practices including the future of infection prevention and control. 

    This course is appropriate for all people who work in nursing homes.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Discuss what COVID-19 is
    • Identify signs and symptoms of COVID-19
    • Explain your role in reporting suspicions of COVID-19
    • Discuss basics of infection prevention and control practices
    • Examine the future of infection prevention and control

    This program is free and available to AHCA/NCAL members and general public. 

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP

    Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP is the Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association (AHCA).  She joined the AHCA family in June 2019 and has been actively involved with a variety of education, tools and resources such as: trauma-informed care, behavioral health, functional outcomes improvement, and infection prevention and control.  Prior to joining AHCA, Pam worked for the Nebraska Health Care Association as the Vice President of Professional Development for seven years.  She is an active member in the American Nurses Association as well as the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nurses.  Pam has over 20 years of long-term care experience and shares a passion for growing education and cultivating new leaders in long-term care.  

    Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) Version 2

    $450 AHCA/NCAL Members | $650 Non-Members   REGISTER HERE

    AHCA Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) is a specialized course of study for healthcare professionals who desire to serve as Infection Preventionists (IPs) as established in the CMS Reform of Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities. Through this program, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program in a nursing center.

    It addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control which are fundamental to effectively leading and administering a center’s Infection Prevention & Control program. 

    5 ANCC approved contact hours and 22 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion.

    Infection Prevention and Control Core Practices for Managing COVID-19

    Free to AHCA/NCAL members   REGISTER HERE 

    This package includes six action briefs that focus on five key areas in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Action briefs are designed to be quick references to help long-term care providers with meaningful implementation and tips. Please reach out to AHCA/NCAL at covid19@ahca.org with any questions.

    Infection Prevention & Control in the Post-COVID-19 World

    $199 AHCA/NCAL Member | $249 Non-Member    REGISTER HERE 

    Intended for Nurses, Administrators, Nursing Home Leadership/Management (Clinical & Non-Clinical Leaders). 3 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion.

    3 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion and 3 contact hours for nurses through the Iowa Board of Nursing.

  • Infection Prevention & Control in the Post-COVID-19 World

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the healthcare industry to its core.  Infection prevention and control practices have been challenged at every corner.  This course will review how COVID-19 spreads, how to track and report the illness including the regulatory requirements for infection prevention and control.  It will review the basics of infection prevention and control practices and will look at the future of infection prevention and control.  The course will describe the process for cohorting and utilizing testing to inform cohorting practices.  It will look at how to conduct self-assessment processes to continually evaluate and improve the infection prevention and control program in long term care centers.  Lastly, the course will review the process and necessity of screening practices and notifications to residents, families, and their representatives including the importance of communication.

    Learning Objectives:
    • Describe the biology and spread of COVID-19 
    • Explain the regulatory requirements 
    • Discuss tracking illness & reporting to States/NHSN
    • Identify steps for monitoring staff use of PPE, TBC, & handwashing 
    • Describe the process of cohorting 
    • Discuss using ICAR to conduct self-assessment 
    • Explain the process and necessity for screening visitors 
    • Discuss notifying residents, families, & resident representatives 
    • Review infection prevention and control in the post-COVID-19 world
    3.0 NAB approved CEs and 3 contact hours for nurses through the Iowa Board of Nursing will be awarded upon successful completion of the quiz. 
    Intended Audience: 

    Nurses, Administrators, Nursing Home Leadership/Management (Clinical & Non-Clinical Leaders)

    Cost:
    • $199 AHCA/NCAL members
    • $249 general public/ nonmembers 

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP

    Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP is the Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association (AHCA).  She joined the AHCA family in June 2019 and has been actively involved with a variety of education, tools and resources such as: trauma-informed care, behavioral health, functional outcomes improvement, and infection prevention and control.  Prior to joining AHCA, Pam worked for the Nebraska Health Care Association as the Vice President of Professional Development for seven years.  She is an active member in the American Nurses Association as well as the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nurses.  Pam has over 20 years of long-term care experience and shares a passion for growing education and cultivating new leaders in long-term care.  

    Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) Version 2

    $450 AHCA/NCAL Members | $650 Non-Members   REGISTER HERE

    AHCA Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) is a specialized course of study for healthcare professionals who desire to serve as Infection Preventionists (IPs) as established in the CMS Reform of Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities. Through this program, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program in a nursing center.

    It addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control which are fundamental to effectively leading and administering a center’s Infection Prevention & Control program. 

    5 ANCC approved contact hours and 22 NAB approved CEs are available upon completion.

    Infection Prevention and Control Core Practices for Managing COVID-19

    Free to AHCA/NCAL members   REGISTER HERE 

    This package includes six action briefs that focus on five key areas in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Action briefs are designed to be quick references to help long-term care providers with meaningful implementation and tips. Please reach out to AHCA/NCAL at covid19@ahca.org with any questions.

    Basics of Infection Prevention & Control in the Post-COVID-19 World

    Free to AHCA/NCAL members & general public    REGISTER HERE 

    This course is appropriate for all people who work in nursing homes.

  • How to Prepare your Facility for Surge

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This course is free and was designed to meet the critical staff shortages occurring as a result of COVID-19. You will need to register and create an account using your name and e-mail. Once you have created your account, you may complete the course on your own time, stopping as needed, and then rejoining the class wherever you left off. 

    Completion of this training is intended to prepare you to develop, manage and maintain a surge plan. 

    Key Takeaways 

    • Types of Surge (Begins at 9-minute mark) 
    • Components of a Surge Plan (Begins at ~10:48 minute mark) 
      • Space – Structure  
      • Staff – Identifying staff requirements 
      • Stuff – Equipment and Supplies Needed 
      • Systems – Policies and Procedures to keep residents and staff safe 
      • Safety – Providing a safe environment for residents, staff and visitors 
    • How to Develop your Surge Plan (Begins at ~16:55 minute mark)  
      • Understand the lifecycle of a surge event 
      • Include Infectious Disease Expert when developing plans, team effort to develop 

    Presented by RPA, a Jensen Hughes Company

    Main Office, 500 CrossKeys Office Park

    Fairport, NY 14450

  • Functional Outcomes Improvement Training

    Contains 31 Component(s), Includes Credits
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    Skilled nursing care providers improve the lives of the residents they care for in a number of ways, including improving their functional outcomes and independence.  The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the IMPACT Act, and CMS all called for the development of functional improvement measures based on the self-care and mobility sections of the Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) tool.  Maintaining or improving mobility and self-care abilities is important to healthy aging and maximizing independence.  This course provides specialized training for those who are interested in improving functional outcomes, improving quality, and improving services.  It will advance the knowledge, skills and attitudes by providing a wide array of learning tools and resources to meet the needs of various staff and departments.  

    Course Objectives:  Upon Completion the learner will be able to:

    1. Recognize the role center’s play in improving functional outcomes of residents.
    2. Define how functional outcomes directly impact quality of care.
    3. Consider best practices to incorporate into every day care in centers.
    4. Identify tools to improve functional outcomes.
    5. Review the restorative nursing programs impact on functional outcomes.
    6. Review of activities and other programs in the center that can impact functional outcomes.


    Nurses, CNAs, therapists, activities staff and others responsible for improving functional outcomes will learn from this course.    

    The program is flexible and can be completed in one sitting or one module at a time.    

    The training is delivered in five modules, including:

    • Module 1 – Explores the connection between functional outcomes and person-centered care, and how utilization of evidence-based pragmatic programs leads toward continuous improvement.
    • Module 2 – Reviews the regulations related to functional outcomes including the CMS Requirements of Participation and how functional improvement impacts reimbursement.
    • Module 3 – Covers best care coordination practices for short- and long-stay patients, including coordinating with therapy processes, and provides an overview of effective restorative nursing programs.
    • Module 4 – Closely examines care practice application and what individuals can do to increase function, team engagement and concludes with a discussion of various quality initiatives that lead to better outcomes.
    • Module 5 – Reviews the tools and resources needed to further functional outcomes improvement approaches to person-centered care.     


    Program Fees: 

    $199 AHCA/NCAL Member | $650 Non-member

    6.5 NAB CE credits for administrators and 6.0 contact hours for nurses through the Iowa Board of Nursing.

    Interested in Group Registration, learn more here

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP

    Director, Clinical and Regulatory Services

    American Health Care Association

    Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP is the Director, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association (AHCA).  She joined the AHCA family in June 2019 and has been actively involved with a variety of education, tools, and resources such as: trauma-informed care, behavioral health, functional outcomes improvement, and infection prevention and control.  Prior to joining AHCA, Pam worked for the Nebraska Health Care Association as the Vice President of Professional Development for seven years.  She is an active member of the American Nurses Association as well as the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nurses.  Pam has over 20 years of long-term care experience and shares a passion for growing education and cultivating new leaders in long-term care.  

    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.

    Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, MPT, PhD

    Professor and Director, Rehabilitation Science PhD Program Physical Therapy Program University of Colorado School of Medicine

    Dr. Stevens-Lapsley is a Professor and Director of the Rehabilitation Science PhD Program in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center. She is focused on identifying, integrating and advancing innovative evidence-based medicine solutions for older adult rehabilitation through highly effective research methods and partnerships. She has 20 years of clinical research experience in patients with osteoarthritis planning joint arthroplasty, and more recently, medically complex patient populations. Her research ranges from understanding the mechanisms of skeletal muscle dysfunction to studies of implementation of best rehabilitation practices in post-acute care settings including skilled nursing facilities and home health. More specifically, her research has focused on pragmatic interventions in medically complex patient populations to understanding how rehabilitation services impact hospitalization rates and functional performance. Over the past decade, she has received numerous awards and over $14 million dollars to support her clinical research. 

    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.

    How can an organization group register and pay?

    One user can purchase multiple registrations for other users by adding them to their cart during the checkout process; using the button displayed in image below. (This can only be done if all individuals have an ahcancalED account.) The price of the training will be based on each registrant’s member type (member or non-member). 

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    *payment tip: please be sure when you are paying with a credit card the bill-to and shipping address are the same* 

  • Temporary Nurse Aide

    Contains 64 Component(s)

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    This course is free and was designed to meet the critical staff shortages occurring as a result of COVID-19. 

     When will the Temporary Nurse Aide Certificates Expire? Learn more here.

    This 8-hour online training, in combination with the on-site training you will get at the facility where you are hired, will prepare you to work as a Temporary Nurse Aide, a temporary position intended to address the current state of emergency. 

    Currently, the 8-hour training program is permitted under special waivers, exceptions, or flexibilities for temporary nurse aide roles in these states:

    Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and West Virginia  

     Additional training or other actions may be required in these states (please contact your state health care association or appropriate state agency for additional information about your state’s requirements):

    Alabama, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia 
    If you plan to work in the state of Oklahoma or Rhode Island, you will need to take the free 16-hour course located here
    Important Update: 

    Effective Jan. 19th, 2021, Illinois has updated its TNA requirements. Visit the Illinois website to learn more. 

    After May 28th, the TNA course is no longer approved in Kansas

    In Delaware, any individuals who have taken the course before July 13th can still work under supervision and have until December 31st to become fully certified as a Certified Nursing Assistant. In addition, there are opportunities for these individuals for expedited training and potential financial assistance. Contact Delaware Health care Association to learn more. 

    If your state is not listed above, you may also contact your state health care association for additional information about your state’s requirements. 

    Find your state health care association here.

    Need help? Email educate@ahca.org
    What Does a Temporary Nurse Aide Do?

    The Temporary Nurse Aide will help to provide aspects of resident care that include:

    • Activities of Daily Living
      • Bathing
      • Oral Care 
      • Grooming - Shaving and Nail Care
      • Dressing and Undressing
    • Infection Control and Prevention
    • Positioning, Moving, and Restorative Care
    • Nutrition and Elimination
    • Comfort Care and End of Life Care


    DISCLAIMER: AHCA/NCAL has created these courses to assist providers to recruit and train temporary staff during the national emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic. While the federal government has issued a blanket waiver for such temporary nurse aides, state requirements may need to be waived to permit individuals under this training program in your location.  Employers should check with their state survey agencies and their state occupational licensing agencies, where applicable, to ensure individuals trained under this program are permitted to assist with care in your location.

    1. If you are new to this site, you will need to CREATE AN ACCOUNT. You do not need to fill out a company name if you don’t have one.
    2. After you create your account, go back to www.tempnurseaide.com and click REGISTER. This course is free.
    3. To begin the course, click the Course contents tab. Then click on the first item and complete it. You can move through the course at your own pace, stopping and returning to where you left off anytime.
    4. To avoid technical problems, use CHROME. Do not use Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer does not work well with this site.
    5. If you need assistance, please e-mail your questions to educate@ahca.org. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
    Need help? E-mail educate@ahca.org, and we will get back to you. 
    Technical Troubleshooting: If you are having trouble accessing the course content, check your CART ( displayed on the lefthand toolbar). Also, make sure that you are using CHROME as your browser. Do not use Internet Explorer. For best results, use a desktop computer and a hardwire connection instead of Wifi.

    If you are having trouble logging in or registering for the course, click on How to Get Started.

    1. What does the Temporary Nurse Aide do?

    The Temporary Nurse Aide helps provide resident care such as: assisting with bathing, dressing, feeding, restorative care, and more. The exact job responsibilities will be determined by the facility that hires you.

    2. Where can I work after taking this course?

    Nursing homes or “skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers” and assisted living communities. Check the Overview tab, to confirm the list of states that have approved this training course.

    To find a place near you that is hiring, search for nursing homes in your area. See if their website offers directions on how to contact them, and let them know you’ve taken and passed the AHCA/NCAL Temporary Nurse Aide training course. Each facility/company will have its own application process. 

    3. Do I need any previous experience?

    No prior health care experience is necessary.

    4. Are these temporary positions available in my state?

    Check the Overview tab for a current list of states where this training program is accepted for use. To find a place near you that is hiring, search for nursing homes in your area. See if their website offers directions on how to contact them and let them know you’ve taken and passed the AHCA/NCAL Temporary Nurse Aide training course. Each facility/company will have its own application process. 

    5. Do I have to pay to take the course?

    No. The course is free.

    6. If I take the test and do not score 80% or higher, can I take it again?

    Yes, you may take the test up to three times. If you do not pass the test after the third attempt, you will be asked to take the course again at no charge.

    7. How do I get the certificate and share that with a facility?

    Once you have completed the course and passed the exam, you can download and print the certificate of completion before exiting the program. You can also return to the online course at any time, log in, and access the certificate again if you need another copy. You can also email educate@ahca.org and ask that an email copy be sent to you. 

    8. What additional on-the-job training will I receive?

    Each facility/company will have its own on-the-job training process. You will be helped and supervised by trained professionals while you learn your duties. You will need to demonstrate you are able to complete specific tasks with proper knowledge, skill, and behavior. Here is an example of a checklist that may be used by the hiring facility for on-site training. 

    9. If I want to keep working in long term care, what might I do after this temporary job?

    Currently, there is no known date when your TNA certificate will expire. As of April 15, the federal government again extended the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency through July 20, 2021. The best way to make sure that you are able to continue working when the public health emergency eventually does expire is to continue your training and become a certified nurse aide (CNA). The federal government and individual states are working hard to make that easier for you to do. 

    To find out what is happening in your state, check with your state nurse aide registry. This Directory of Nurse Aide Registries provides contact information by state. 

     

    Once you have completed this training, you must take and pass the exam. You will then receive a certificate of completion that you can print and show to your hiring facility. 

    For information and suggestions on how to find a skilled nursing facility or assisted living community that is hiring a Temporary Nurse Aide, search for facilities in your area. See if their website offers directions on how to contact them and let them know you’ve taken and passed the AHCA/NCAL Temporary Nurse Aide training course. Each facility/company will have its own application process.

    As of October 15, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra extended the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) for an additional 90 days. The new expiration date for the COVID-19 PHE is now set for mid-January 2022. Any decision to allow the PHE to lapse would come with 60 days of notice.

    The best way to make sure that you are able to continue working when the public health emergency eventually does expire is to continue your training and become a certified nurse aide (CNA). The federal government and individual states are working hard to make that easier for you to do. 

    To find out what is happening in your state, check with your state nurse aide registry. This Directory of Nurse Aide Registries provides contact information by state. 

    Here is an example of a checklist that may be used by the hiring facility for on-site training. 

      TNA Skills Competency Checklist


    The Federal waivers that allow for the TNA utilization can be used as long as the state allows.  As states continue to remove their state of emergencies the TNA utilization may be removed.  States have the ability to be more stringent than the Federal requirements which means that the state can decide if they want to keep utilizing the TNA position or not.  You are encouraged to reach out to your State Health Care Association and/or your State Agency to identify if your state has rescinded the utilization of TNAs.  

  • Temporary Feeding Assistant

    Contains 6 Component(s)

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    This course is free and was designed to meet the critical staff shortages occurring as a result of COVID-19. You will need to register and create an account using your name and e-mail. Once you have created your account, you may complete the course on your own time, stopping as needed, and then rejoining the class wherever you left off. 

    This one-hour online training is intended to allow you to work as a Temporary Feeding Assistant, a temporary position to address the current state of emergency in skilled nursing facilities and assisted living communities. 

    Completion of this training is intended to prepare you to assist residents with meals and dining.

    Once you have completed the course, you must take and pass the exam. You will then receive a certificate of completion that you can print and show to your hiring facility. For information and suggestions on how to find a skilled nursing facility or assisted living community in need of a Temporary Feeding Assistant, search for nursing homes in your area. See if their website offers directions on how to contact them and let them know you’ve taken and passed the AHCA/NCAL Temporary Nurse Aide training course. Each facility/company will have its own application process.


    Please consult your state affiliate for additional information about your state’s requirements. 

    When will the Temporary Feeding Assitant Certificate Expire?

    As of October 15, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra extended the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) for an additional 90 days. The new expiration date for the COVID-19 PHE is now set for mid-January 2022. Any decision to allow the PHE to lapse would come with 60 days of notice.

    The best way to make sure that you are able to continue working when the public health emergency eventually does expire is to continue your training and become a certified nurse aide (CNA). The federal government and individual states are working hard to make that easier for you to do. 

    To find out what is happening in your state, check with your state nurse aide registry. This Directory of Nurse Aide Registries provides contact information by state. 


    To begin the training, click the Contents tab above, read and agree to the Program Acknowledgement in order to move on to Part 1.

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

    DISCLAIMER: AHCA/NCAL has created this course to assist providers to recruit and train temporary staff during the national emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  Federal and/or state requirements may need to be waived to permit individuals under this training program in your location.  Employers should check with their state survey agencies and their state occupational licensing agencies, where applicable, to ensure individuals trained under this program are permitted to assist with care in your location. 

    As of October 15, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra extended the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) for an additional 90 days. The new expiration date for the COVID-19 PHE is now set for mid-January 2022. Any decision to allow the PHE to lapse would come with 60 days of notice.

    The best way to make sure that you are able to continue working when the public health emergency eventually does expire is to continue your training and become a certified nurse aide (CNA). The federal government and individual states are working hard to make that easier for you to do. 

    To find out what is happening in your state, check with your state nurse aide registry. This Directory of Nurse Aide Registries provides contact information by state. 

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