McKnight's Online Expo to start March 26

Long-term care professionals are in for a second day of great insights at the McKnight’s Online Expo. Attention will turn to finding capital and preparing for surveys, after the event kicked off Wednesday with informative sessions on MDS 3.0 changes, technology and wound care.

The eighth annual Online Expo has broken registration records, and attendees are still signing up. It’s easy to see why, based on the valuable content and continuing education credit they received — at no cost — during the event’s first day.

The day started off with a webcast chock-full of practical advice on MDS 3.0 coding from Alliance Training Center Executive Director Leah Klusch, RN, BSN, FACHCA. She explained the recent changes to the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, including documentation of skilled care determination, and addressed even the most recent updates from training videos released this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Next, Gregory L. Alexander, Ph.D., shared his expertise on technology adoption in long-term care. Even though LTC is not eligible for the main government subsidy programs for electronic health records, Alexander said, “Don’t wait for funding.” Acute care providers are being incentivized to exchange information with LTC settings, so now’s the time to put systems in place, he urged.

Finally, attendees learned about medical director involvement in pressure ulcer care from Jeffrey M. Levine, M.D., CMD, AGSF. Wound care is “not well taught” in medical schools, so physicians have a “steep learning curve” when they come into long-term care settings, he said. He emphasized that medical directors need to know the scope of their responsibilities as set by regulations.

Those joining the Expo today can learn where operators are finding capital, which is the topic of a webcast at 11 a.m. Eastern. Beth Burnham Mace, chief economist at the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry, will be the presenter.

The Expo will wrap up with a keynote session on preparing for a re-survey. Jo Walters, RN-C, CDONA, CP, will explain the “war room” concept, which she says reduces stress around re-surveys. Walters is wellness director at Blanchard House (Assisted Living Concepts) in Ohio.

Attendees also can visit booths in the exhibition hall and learn about the latest products from top vendors.

Click here to register.