The new Medicare and Medicaid rules of participation have significant changes in the area for nursing home pharmacy services. A free McKnight's webinar Jan. 31 will explain the challenges and offer strategies for all employees dealing with them.
I've learned after many years of covering long-term care that certain things are sure to arouse providers' anger — over regulation, under payment and reckless media accounts among them. What provokes fear is even easier to identify: technology.
Attendees at the Nov. 6 McKnight's webinar will learn how to adopt employee-centric practices that will improve staff satisfaction and retention. Takeaways will be proven practices and practical advice that will help providers achieve the Quality Initiative goal of reducing nursing staff turnover 15%. Irene Fleshner, RN, MHA, FACHE, Senior Vice President for Strategic Nursing Initiatives for Genesis HealthCare, will be the featured presenter.
As value-based payment and delivery models take hold in Medicare, providers must shift their focus from managing stays to managing episodes of care. Experts from Avalere Health leading a McKnight's Sept. 23 free webinar will delve into how key episode-level data can help long-term care managers form strategies for participating in new models and networks.
Attendees at a special McKnight's webcast Sept. 17 will have the world of computer-based clinical decisions support unfolded before them. Improved quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of processes are the byproducts of such clinical decision support. The featured speaker at this free event will be Denise Wassenaar, chief clinical officer at MDI Achieve/MatrixCare.
Attendees will learn first-hand from a leading nursing executive at a free Aug. 27 McKnight's webcast how post-acute care providers can grow better relationships with acute-care partners. Martie Moore, RN, MAOM, CPHQ, the chief nursing officer for Medline Industries, will be the featured speaker. Leadership's role in lowering readmissions and delivering higher quality outcomes will be a focal point of the session.
The next McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast will help providers discern if they are prepared to be a preferred "connected" partner of hospitals and physicians. The free event takes place at 1 p.m. Eastern on Aug. 5 and offers Continuing Education credit at no cost.
Collaboration and demonstrated competence are becoming more essential than ever for long-term care providers. A free McKnight's webcast will help attendees learn specific strategies to improve care, and their bottom line, starting at 1 p.m. Eastern on July 22. Carla Ellzey, RN, BSN, NFA, the chief nursing officer at Management Seven LLC, will be a featured speaker and detail how her organization has risen to success.
(Editor's Note: This program is now available in our archive. Click through registration as usual to access the presentation.) Participants in an April 23 McKnight's webcast will hear first-hand from a top operator how to become successful with Wi-Fi, and why they need to be. The role of technology in promoting resident safety, autonomy, person-centered care and operational efficiency will be covered in depth. Elizabeth J. Hickle, the executive director at Light of Hearts Villa, will be the featured speaker.
Hear how Riverside Lodge met the challenge of achieving true person-centered care at McKnight's Dec. 4 free webcast. With the right technological help, Riverside leveraged an e-call system to improve resident safety, increase staff efficiency and better learn the needs of each resident. Featured speaker Deb Friend, Riverside's administrator, will give frontline information on how others can do it too. The event begins at 1 p.m. Eastern.
Attendees at McKnight's Nov. 21 free webcast will learn valuable information about taking Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) programs from the merely theoretical to actual practice. When staff members participate in a QAPI Committee or are assigned to a Performance Improvement Project (PIP) team, they need to learn different skills for generating ideas, prioritizing problems, making decisions, working in teams and working with data and numbers. This webinar, which begins at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, will help do that. Barbara Baylis, MSN, RN, Accreditation Program Director for Providigm, will be the featured speaker.
Successful senior living providers have upped their games to meet the high expectations of today's consumers, who have more choices now than ever before. Hear at a Nov. 6 free McKnight's webcast how Watermark Retirement Communities leads the market with a creative approach to care and service by prioritizing staffing and labor management, evolving services to manage increasing resident acuity, and driving efficiencies throughout their operations.
Creating a seamless flow of demographic and clinical patient information between acute and post-acute facilities will be critical for future long-term care success. McKnight's will host a webcast Oct. 1 to help bring providers the latest on achieving quality through electronic medical records interoperability. The free event will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern. The title of the session is, "Driving Care Coordination: Efficiencies & Quality Through LTPAC EMR Interoperability with Referral Partners."
Now available in archive: Finding new routes to quality care the topic of Sept. 18 McKnight's webcastSeptember 11, 2013
Although the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has not finalized the rules for the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement initiative, it has released a set of materials to help providers start implementing programs for it. McKnight's will provide an extensive update on it during a free webcast Sept. 18 that will also offer free CE credit. The event starts at 1 p.m. Eastern and will suggest practical approaches for provider success.
A McKnight's webcast on Sept. 4 will focus on how providers can optimize resident protections and quality of care using Wi-Fi enabled technologies. Brendalee Piironen, the executive director of The Wales Home, in Cleveland, Quebec, will be the featured speaker. This free webcast begins at 1 p.m. Eastern and will last one hour.
EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS WEBCAST IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR LISTENING 'ON DEMAND' BY CLICKING THROUGH THE REGISTRATION PAGE BELOW. McKnight's will host a free, one-hour webcast Aug. 22 that is sure to be a professional boost for nurse managers and administrators in long-term care settings. The event will explore certified nurse aide dynamics and relationships in long-term care settings. Lori Porter, the CEO of the National Association of Health Care Assistants will be the featured speaker.
Dan Billings, director of health information technology for Pathway Health Systems demonstrated how an optimized Electronic Health Record can transform a facility's operations and outcomes during this one-hour webcast Aug. 13. The program provided attendees with tools and resources to promote better communication, and discussed better use of staff time and better reimbursement. The presentation was immediately put into a playback archive after the session originally aired.
Long-term care providers should use surveys as an opportunity to showcase great care in their facilities, a former surveyor said in a McKnight's webcast.
Attendees at an upcoming McKnight's webcast will learn how state surveyors' interpret regulations and reach compliance decisions from someone with more than two decades of experience. William M. Vaughan RN, BSN, will offer tips for successes gleaned from thousands of case reviews and discussions with surveyors, federal regulators and nursing home operators. The event starts at 1 p.m. Eastern Time July 23. Attendees will be eligible to earn no-cost continuing education credit.
What to do about the Affordable Care Act, its employer mandate, the topic of McKnight's July 30 webcastJuly 15, 2013
Go beyond the basics of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate and hear at a July 30 McKnight's webcast from a national expert on healthcare reform and policy to understand how it will impact long-term care providers. This webcast will give special views of the ACA and teach what tools and processes are still needed today to comply with the extended deadline.
Four universal challenges at survey time will be the focal points of the next McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast. The one-hour live webcast will offer practical strategies providers can use concerning falls, incontinence, pressure ulcers and unintended weight loss. The lead presenter will be Leah Klusch, executive director of the Alliance Training Center, and no-cost CE credit will be available.
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.
Sept. 25 webcast to offer providers ways to ensure positive outcomes while avoiding hospital readmissionsSeptember 06, 2012
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.