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Welcome to AHCA/ NCAL Webinars

AHCA/NCAL provides free webinars as a member benefit for our members to gain important industry knowledge in your own facility, office or home by participating in an effective learning opportunity for the long term care professional.  With little time to spare, participating in webinars allow you to stay up-to-date on the latest in our industry and further your knowledge and professional development in a convenient and time efficient manner.  Webinars will be archived so that they can be accessed by AHCA/NCAL members in the event that they are unable to participate in the live webinar.  If you would like to be notified when an archived webinar will be made available, register for the live event and also visit the webinars on-demand page to browse the archive library. 

Starting January 2020, non-members will now be able to register for AHCA/NCAL webinars* for a small fee. A Certificate of Attendance will be available upon viewing the live event for you to self-submit for CE credit. 

*AHCA reserves the right to open a webinar to the general public/ non-members on a case by case basis. 

  • USP 800 - What you Need To know

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/18/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) published a new standard on hazardous drugs in the healthcare setting on February 2016. The chapter provides standards for safe handling of hazardous drugs to minimize the risk of exposure to healthcare personnel, patients and the environment. General Chapter defines a hazardous drug based on the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) List. NIOSH considers a drug hazardous if it exhibits one or more of the following characteristics in humans or animals: carcinogenicity, teratogenicity or other developmental toxicity, reproductive toxicity, organ toxicity at low doses, genotoxicity, or structure and toxicity profiles of new drugs that mimic existing drugs determined hazardous by the above criteria. This webinar will provide an overview of USP General Chapter standards for handling hazardous drugs in the healthcare setting.

    The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) published a new standard on hazardous drugs in the healthcare setting on February 2016. The chapter provides standards for safe handling of hazardous drugs to minimize the risk of exposure to healthcare personnel, patients and the environment. General Chapter <800> defines a hazardous drug based on the National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) List. NIOSH considers a drug hazardous if it exhibits one or more of the following characteristics in humans or animals: carcinogenicity, teratogenicity or other developmental toxicity, reproductive toxicity, organ toxicity at low doses, genotoxicity, or structure and toxicity profiles of new drugs that mimic existing drugs determined hazardous by the above criteria. This webinar will provide an overview of USP General Chapter <800> standards for handling hazardous drugs in the healthcare setting.

     

    Objectives:

    1. Participants will be able to explain what USP 800 is.
    2. Participants will be able to describe their role in USP 800.
    3. Participants will be able to implement updates to their current practices to incorporate USP 800 practices.
  • Direct Care Staff Role in Preventing the Spread of Novel or Targeted Multidrug-resistant Organisms (MDROs) in Nursing Homes through utilization of Enhanced Barrier Precautions

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/20/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    During this webinar, direct care staff will learn about their role in Enhanced Barrier Precautions, with a detailed discussion of the residents and high-contact resident care activities for which they apply.

    In the United States, nursing homes provide complex medical care to residents at high risk of acquiring multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs). Through outbreak responses to novel or targeted MDROs, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health partners have found that gaps in infection prevention practices, such as inadequate use of gowns and gloves, contribute to the spread of MDROs. In nursing homes, it can be challenging to implement the contact isolation precautions used in hospitals when caring for patients with MDROs. CDC recently introduced a new approach called Enhanced Barrier Precautions to help address these challenges. Enhanced Barrier Precautions are recommended for preventing the transmission of novel or targeted MDROs in nursing homes involved in a public health containment response. Enhanced Barrier Precautions fall between Standard and Contact Precautions, and require gown and glove use for certain residents during specific high-contact resident care activities that have been found to increase the risk for MDRO transmission.

    During this webinar, direct care staff will learn about their role in Enhanced Barrier Precautions, with a detailed discussion of the residents and high-contact resident care activities for which they apply.

    Specific Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participant will be able to accomplish the following:
    1. Describe the burden of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs).
    2. Describe challenges to preventing MDRO transmission in nursing homes.
    3. Define Standard Precautions, Enhanced Barrier Precautions, and Contact Precautions.
    4. Identify which residents and activities meet criteria for Enhanced Barrier Precautions.
    5. Discuss best practices for implementing Enhanced Barrier Precautions.

    Presenters:
    Nimalie Stone, MD, MS
    Team Lead, Long-Term Care Team
    Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Kara Jacobs Slifka, MD, MPH
    LCDR United States Public Health Service

  • Trauma-Informed Care: Behavioral Health Services Webinar

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 05/05/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Ensuring staff understand and can recognize and accommodate the behavioral health needs of residents diagnosed with dementia, mental disorders, addictions, or other complicated psychosocial needs is important to the development of realistic, person-centered interventions. This session provides information and ideas on assessment and care planning, with a focus on the development of therapeutic, non-pharmacologic interventions.

    Ensuring staff understand and can recognize and accommodate the behavioral health needs of residents diagnosed with dementia, mental disorders, addictions, or other complicated psychosocial needs is important to the development of realistic, person-centered interventions.  This session provides information and ideas on assessment and care planning, with a focus on the development of therapeutic, non-pharmacologic interventions. 


    Speaker: Barbara Speedling, Quality of Life Specialist

    Barbara Speedling

    Quality of Life Specialist

    Barbara Speedling Personally dedicated to the creation of meaningful, satisfying lives for all those who rely on another’s care

    An inspirational and motivational speaker, Barbara is an author, educator and management consultant at the forefront of person-centered care. 

    An innovator with more than 30 years of practical experience within the adult care community, she is the expert providers turn to when they want to ensure that the services they provide meet not only the physical needs of their residents, but their emotional and psychosocial needs as well.

    Working from a core belief in the dignity and individuality of all people, Barbara has helped countless adult care communities implement her unique training and education programs that:

     

    • Improve the quality of care for those living with Alzheimer’s disease
    • Bring better quality of life to such residents, as well as to those who live with disease-related dementia, a mental illness, or a brain injury
    • Encourage staffers to use newly developed cultural empathy to form better relationships with those in their care
    • Offer new strategies for promoting harmony among increasingly diverse, younger and assertive populations
    • Open new pathways to maintaining regulatory compliance 
    • Support leadership and organizational development

    In addition to her degree in healthcare administration, Barbara is an accomplished musician and artist.  She uses those talents to develop new and creative ways of reaching out to those who are cognitively diminished.  She was also certified in 2015 by Dr. Susan Wehry as a Master Trainer for the OASIS education program for improved care of residents with dementia.

     

    The author of two books devoted to common sense advice for meeting the holistic needs of an increasingly diverse and challenging community, both Why is Grandma Screaming and Toward Better Behavior:  Yours Mine & Everyone Else’s are now widely distributed to staff members at community, residential and long-term care facilities across the country and in Canada.

     

    Blessed with boundless energy and tireless enthusiasm, Barbara also volunteers in her free time to offer caregiver education and support to families who need it most.  Through her affiliations with local artists and musicians in her native New York City, she also arranges therapeutic music, dance and wellness programming that improves the quality of life for local seniors.

  • Success with Current Regulatory Compliance for Food, Nutrition and Dining

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 05/12/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This session will identify the most current Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) regulatory requirements related to Food, Nutrition and Dining. Tools and resources for successful compliance will be presented for facility management of the LTC survey process.

    This session will identify the most current Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) regulatory requirements related to Food, Nutrition and Dining. Tools and resources for successful compliance will be presented for facility management of the LTC survey process.

    After attending this session, participants will be able to:

    • Discuss significant changes to the Requirements of Participation related to Food, Nutrition and Dining
    • Present facility practices for successful LTC survey management.
    • Identify additional resources available for “Best Practice” and “Regulatory Compliance”.


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

  • Trauma-Informed Care: Quality Assurance and Abuse Prevention Webinar

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 08/04/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This session outlines the development of an effective Quality Assurance system designed to monitor the policies and practices that ensure a well-trained, culturally competent staff who possess the knowledge and skill sets to care for a diverse and complicated resident population. The potential for episodes of abuse and neglect when staff education, training, and oversight are insufficient is a focus of this conversation.

    This session outlines the development of an effective Quality Assurance system designed to monitor the policies and practices that ensure a well-trained, culturally competent staff who possess the knowledge and skill sets to care for a diverse and complicated resident population.

    The potential for episodes of abuse and neglect when staff education, training, and oversight are insufficient is a focus of this conversation. 


    Speaker: Barbara Speedling, Quality of Life Specialist

    Barbara Speedling

    Quality of Life Specialist

    Barbara Speedling Personally dedicated to the creation of meaningful, satisfying lives for all those who rely on another’s care

    An inspirational and motivational speaker, Barbara is an author, educator and management consultant at the forefront of person-centered care. 

    An innovator with more than 30 years of practical experience within the adult care community, she is the expert providers turn to when they want to ensure that the services they provide meet not only the physical needs of their residents, but their emotional and psychosocial needs as well.

    Working from a core belief in the dignity and individuality of all people, Barbara has helped countless adult care communities implement her unique training and education programs that:

     

    • Improve the quality of care for those living with Alzheimer’s disease
    • Bring better quality of life to such residents, as well as to those who live with disease-related dementia, a mental illness, or a brain injury
    • Encourage staffers to use newly developed cultural empathy to form better relationships with those in their care
    • Offer new strategies for promoting harmony among increasingly diverse, younger and assertive populations
    • Open new pathways to maintaining regulatory compliance 
    • Support leadership and organizational development

    In addition to her degree in healthcare administration, Barbara is an accomplished musician and artist.  She uses those talents to develop new and creative ways of reaching out to those who are cognitively diminished.  She was also certified in 2015 by Dr. Susan Wehry as a Master Trainer for the OASIS education program for improved care of residents with dementia.

     

    The author of two books devoted to common sense advice for meeting the holistic needs of an increasingly diverse and challenging community, both Why is Grandma Screaming and Toward Better Behavior:  Yours Mine & Everyone Else’s are now widely distributed to staff members at community, residential and long-term care facilities across the country and in Canada.

     

    Blessed with boundless energy and tireless enthusiasm, Barbara also volunteers in her free time to offer caregiver education and support to families who need it most.  Through her affiliations with local artists and musicians in her native New York City, she also arranges therapeutic music, dance and wellness programming that improves the quality of life for local seniors.

  • "Hot Topics" with “Best Practice” for Food, Nutrition and Dining

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 10/27/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This session will present an overview of current recommended “best practice” nutritional management of diabetes, pressure ulcers/injuries and prevention and management of malnutrition.

    This session will present an overview of current recommended “best practice” nutritional management of diabetes, pressure ulcers/injuries and prevention and management of malnutrition.

    After attending this session, participants will be able to:

    • Describe the overview and the need for “best practice” in nutrition management and successful outcomes.
    • Recognize current “best practice” recommendations for nutritional management of diabetes, pressure injuries and prevention and management of malnutrition.
    • Identify “best practice” resource for successful facility implementation.

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

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