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.
Caregivers involved in the annual battle against influenza outbreaks will get an advance peek in a webinar Tuesday at what vaccine options for the 2013-14 flu season will be. Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases will preview the possibilities. The webcast will begin at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. The presentation will include a review of vaccine effectiveness for the 2012-13 campaign.
Coding Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) remains an important challenge in the long-term care setting. Part of the challenge is that there are so many employees who contribute to the documentation. Also, the terminology can be confusing. Another big misstep can occur when staff members underestimate how much they assist the patient. This session, led by Mary Beth Newell, addresses why accurate coding is taking on growing importance. It also offers tips that will help ensure the most accurate coding possible. A Q&A session closes the broadcast, which originally aired at 1 p.m. (Eastern) on April 16.
The seventh annual McKnight's Online Expo will kick off with five CE-approved webcasts next Wednesday and Thursday.
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.
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.
Top providers know it is important for their managers and other employees to lead a balanced life. A webcast Tuesday will discuss how to better accomplish the feat. Stress, basic health and relationship challenges, work-related strain and the feeling of not having enough time to do what one wants will be just a few of the topics addressed by featured presenter Neil Beresin, M.ED. Making very small-step lifestyle changes is the starting point for moving forward, he says.
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.
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.
The "Healthcare Web Summit" will discuss a broad range of findings about healthcare social media use during an hour-long webcast starting at 1 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Thursday. Benchmarked findings will be released and compared to 2011 study results. Attendees also will receive access to a white paper. MCOL and PricewaterhouseCoopers will unveil findings that should interest stakeholders across a wide range of healthcare entities, organizers say. Twitter data will be just some of the material discussed.
When it comes to administering long-term care, there is no doubt that Medicaid, Medicare, surveys and the Minimum Data Set are ultra-important topics. But let's not forget what's really at the top of the list.
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.
Healthcare reform efforts targeted at reducing hospital readmissions are here to stay, experts told participants in a McKnight's webcast Tuesday.
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 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.
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.
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.
Nursing home administrators must be absolutely certain their billing department staff and MDS coordinators are up to speed on the newly implemented PPS rules for therapy. That is one of the central messages that came through at a special McKnight's webcast Oct. 5 that focused on changes to MDS 3.0 and nursing home payment systems. A rebroadcast of the extremely popular hourlong session is attainable in the mcknights.com archive. Interested individuals simply must re-enter the sign-in environment or complete the free registration for the first time.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Wal-Mart on Monday in a major class-action lawsuit accusing the corporation of sex discrimination. In a 5-4 vote, the justices decided the world's largest private employer did not have a common corporate policy of discrimination toward women in terms of compensation and promotion.
Providers will learn about "Payment challenges and opportunities" Tuesday at the next McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast. Free CE credits will be offered for the first time. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. (Eastern) May 3 (this Tuesday) and will feature McKnight's "Ask the Payment Expert" columnist Patricia Boyer, MSN, NHA, RN, as well as top McKnight's editors. Free registration for the event is ongoing at www.mcknights.com/expo2011.
We might have just been subjected to the biggest dose of chutzpah seen in a long, long while. It smacked of the old image of the leering used-car salesman (sorry, used car sales people) rubbing his thumb and forefinger together to imply he could save YOU money.
Healthcare reform has been a big topic this year. But not everything demands reform. That could certainly be said for the McKnight's Online Expo.
A McKnight's webcast on safe patient handling practices will be held in February.