Safety, security and operational efficiency are critical areas that long-term care providers must constantly improve upon. A new McKnight's free webcast June 25 will help attendees learn how to do all of these. Featured speaker Amy Fish of Gateway Senior Living, will give an administrator's perspective on how her company redesigned the delivery of care in its new skilled nursing tower to meet the growing demands and expectations of its residents and staff.
A McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast on June 11 will present the latest on capital availability, occupancy data, rent levels, payment growth notes, and more for senior care operators. There is no cost for attendees to register or earn the accompanying continuing education credit. The session will feature chief market and data strategist Michael Hargrave, VP of the NIC MAP service. It will be moderated by McKnight's Editorial Director John O'Connor. "Capital Update: Key issues to watch" is sponsored by GE Capital and will start at 1 p.m. ET.
Top long-term care managers will provide strategies on how to align the hiring process with an organization's mission, vision and values to improve retention and care at a free McKnight's webcast May 29. Behavioral interviewing strategies and increased engagement with hiring managers will be two special points of focus. This free event begins at 2 p.m. and offers free continuing education credit to attendees.
Submissions are now being accepted for the second annual McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards. The awards are open to skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, and continuing care retirement communities.
Many long-term care operators attempt to measure satisfaction levels of their residents, residents' families and their own employers. However, not many know how to make the best use of the information to improve operations. A free McKnight's webcast starting at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on May 23 will teach attendees to how to best assess and get the most out of satisfaction data for performance improvement, and more.
Operational compliance for providers is taking on growing importance when it comes to Medicare covered services. The next McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast, May 7, will provide strategies providers can use to keep federal watchdogs at bay. The session, featuring noted expert Leah Klusch, will start at 1 p.m. Eastern Time and offer tips that will help ensure the best possible outcomes for residents and facilities.
The implications of the Affordable Care Act and what providers should be doing about it were the focus of a free McKnight's webcast April 24. Led by legal veteran Janet K. Feldkamp, of Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff, the webinar focused on workforce issues that senior care employers need to focus on as more details of the healthcare reform law are implemented. Also presenting strategies and options for providers was software and information technology veteran Mark Woodka, the CEO of OnShift Software.
Technology holds the promise of a new model of engagement for persons with dementia. This was a key message delivered at an April 9 webinar examining the challenges and opportunities that applied technology has to offer such residents. During the broadcast, Dr. Judah Ronch from the Erickson School delivers a comprehensive overview, while Juliet Holt Klinger shares results from a pilot study at Brookdale Senior Living's communities. This free McKnight's webcast was originally broadcast live on April 9, 2013. It is now available for re-viewing or by others wanting to see it for the first time, by entering the registration page.
The Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) program mandated by the Affordable Care Act will soon require providers to strengthen their ability to collect and analyze data in order to lead to the development of better ways to improve and attack problems. Two leading experts, Tamar Abel and Theresa Schmidt, demystify the QAPI process and provide functional strategies during a free McKnight's webcast at 12 p.m. (Eastern) on March 13.
Sessions from the Seventh Annual McKnight's Online Expo are now available for viewing and listening in our archives. All five educational sessions from nationally renowned expert speakers can be called up again, or in the case of first-time visitors, experienced for the first time. Newcomers should simply complete the basic, free registration form at the link below, while repeat visitors can click below to log in once again.
The penalties have been here for nearly half a year, but do long-term care providers really know what hospitals want in a post-acute partner in care? McKnight's is offering a free webcast so that providers can learn where they "need to be" with regard to avoiding hospital readmissions." The event, which starts at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Feb. 28, also will deliver strategies for how skilled nursing facilities can help prevent readmissions. Joe Ouslander, M.D., senior associate dean and geriatrics professor at Florida Atlantic University, will lead the presentation. McKnight's Editor James M. Berklan will moderate.
The latest in a long line of successful McKnight's webcasts will give listeners "The Key to Quality in 2013: Staffing" on Nov. 8. Attendees of the no-cost event will learn how heavily staffing and labor management can influence the quality of a provider's operation. Best practices, key benefits and more will be offered on issues ranging from overtime to preventing rehospitalizations. This special session also will include answers to questions about staffing and labor management that attendees submitted in the weeks ahead of the event. Shelly Szarek-Skodny, the president and CEO of Legacy Business partners, and Mark Woodka, CEO of OnShift Software, will be the featured speakers. McKnight's Editor James M. Berklan will moderate.
Participants at a free McKnight's webcast on Oct.2 will learn about leadership and operational tactics, as well as clinical strategies, that can promote critical thinking among staff members. Attendees also will learn how innovative technology can help organizations succeed in this critical area. The free event begins at 1 p.m. Eastern. Registration (also free) is required.
About 25% of people admitted to skilled nursing facilities from hospitals land back in the hospital within 30 days. Attendees at a free McKnight's webcast will learn how to turn that tide. The result will be improved resident satisfaction, and provider reputations and bottom lines. Registration and attendance are both free. The event starts at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on Sept. 25.
The MDS 3.0 now plays central payment role in long-term care. But new rules and regulations are constantly emerging — and the stakes for providers have never been higher. An informative, live, one-hour webcast will help sort things out on Sept. 11. Leading the presentation will be Leah Klusch, RN, BSN, FACHA, executive director of The Alliance Training Center. Participants on the day of the webcast can earn continuing education credit, which also comes at no cost.
'Pay attention: Retention pays' was the title of the latest in a series of free McKnight's webcasts for long-term care professionals. The hour-long event was broadcast live Aug. 28 and is available for a year via the McKnight's online archive. Lead presenters were Shelly Szarek-Skodny, the president and CEO of Legacy Business Partners, and Mark Woodka, the CEO of OnShift Software. They addressed staffing strategies critical for minimizing turnover and retaining good employees, a route to better outcomes, higher occupancy, increased resident satisfaction — and a healthier bottom line.
Health information management and providers' future needs for linking appropriately with other stakeholders were in focus for the August McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast. The event remains free to view from our online archive for a year from the date of the Aug. 7 original airing. The webcast's featured speaker was Deborah Green, vice president of HIM Solutions at the American Health Information Management Association, and also Chief Information Officer at LaVie Care.
Nursing home administrators who can't back up every minute of rehab therapy delivered in their building leave themselves open to auditing, warns an MDS 3.0 expert during the July 10 McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast. Every skilled nursing facility billing minutes to rehab services must be able to verify that he or she has read all of the updates to the RAI Manual, as well as all of the changes that took effect April 1, adds Leah Klusch, RN, BSN, FACHA. That and much more was discussed during the free webcast, which remains available for viewing in an online archive for a year.
Recovery audit contractors and Zone Program Integrity Contractors are a real part of long-term care providers' days now. To be prepared for them is the wise move. This webcast, originally recorded live on June 5, 2010, discusses how to cope with RACs and ZPICs, as well as other payment and policy issues. The featured presenter is Patricia Boyer, the president of Boyer and Associates and Ask the Expert columnist for McKnight's Long-Term Care News. The event will be archived for a year for free viewing.
Long-term care providers continually struggle with healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). They can find answers to the challenge at a McKnight's no-cost webcast at 1 p.m. (Eastern) June 20. During this CEU-approved webcast, providers will learn specific ways to reduce HAIs, as well as how to improve regulatory compliance and how best practices can give you a leg up on the competition.
Providers who don't fully understand hospital readmissions issues, or who continue to do business "as usual," will be penalized in the near future. At a free McKnight's webcast starting at 1 p.m. (Eastern) on May 22, top experts will dissect the implications and intricacies of hospital admissions so providers can develop sound business strategies.
Providers can learn how to better handle one of their most challenging caregiving categories — cognitively impaired residents — by tuning in to a free McKnight's webcast April 24.
Providers will get an up-close look at problems with the nursing home survey process from a nationally respected expert during the first 2012 McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast. The event will take place at 1 p.m. (Eastern) on Tuesday and earn attendees continuing education (CE) credit. Linda Elizaitis, RNC, RAC-CT, BS, the president of CMS Compliance Group, will examine national trends in survey deficiencies, note at least 10 things that can help an operator prevent deficiencies and also explain how to avoid so-called "gotcha" deficiencies. Registration for the no-cost event is ongoing.
The McKnight's Online Expo returns for a sixth successful year with five educational webcasts March 21 and 22. After a successful debut last year, a series of six affiliated monthly "Super Tuesday" webcasts again will follow.
The next McKnight's professional webcast will focus on one of the hottest issues raging in long-term care, and healthcare in general: reducing hospital readmissions. Andrew Kramer, MD, a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado and the CEO of Providigm, will keynote the session "Reducing Avoidable Hospital Readmissions: An Opportunity for SNFs" at 1 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, March 15. Registration and attendance are free for anyone interested in receiving the most recent update and information on this vital care and reimbursement topic.
How can long-term care operators provide consistent, quality care under today's cost pressures? Attendees at this special McKnight's webcast will learn one big reason when Holland Management CEO Janet Harris reveals some secrets to success. This no-cost webinar will focus on managing staffing levels to drive efficiencies and maintain appropriate staffing at all times. The event took place at 1 p.m. (Eastern) March 6 and will be archived at the McKnight's website for 90 days thereafter.
Providers will get frontline advice on how to drive efficiencies, control labor costs and build revenue in the face of looming Medicare and Medicaid funding struggles at a free McKnight's webcast Nov. 10. Registration is ongoing for the event, which starts at 1 p.m. Eastern Time (10 a.m. Pacific). Jeff Amann, vice president of operations for American Baptist Homes of the Midwest, will be the featured presenter.
Building on the successes of its first four years, the McKnight's Online Expo is extending from a two-day virtual trade show to a six-month-long event. The virtual trade show for long-term care professionals will kick off March 23 and 24 this year — and continue for the following six months with new programs.
Rehab experts discussed how long-term care facilities can achieve optimal therapy outcomes at a McKnight's webcast today.
McKnight's this week moderated a webcast on the upcoming MDS 3.0 system and the changes it will present to providers.
There might be no hotter topic today for long-term care operators than the new Minimum Data Set (MDS 3.0). After many years in the making and an extra year's delay, it looks like it will definitely take effect Oct. 1.
A record number of people took part in the Fourth Annual McKnight's Online Expo on March 24 and 25 and, not coincidentally, they earned a record high number of free continuing education units. More than 2,700 people registered for the "virtual" trade show, garnering more than 2,200 continuing education certificates.
Hiring smartly and developing a high-quality workforce were the subjects of a McKnight's webcast held today.
Two of the most demanding parts of running a long-term care facility — staffing and budgeting — will be the focus of a free McKnight's webcast on leadership challenges tomorrow.
Tips and traps of clinical reimbursement documentation will be under discussion during a free McKnight's webcast Feb. 29. The hour-long event will deal with MDS documentation "hot spots," operations concepts to enhance reimbursement and the importance of documentation to support coding.