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Implementing Change and Making the S.H.I.F.T.

Everything we read about, hear about and talk about in post-acute care is change. Preparing for and managing change is about how we as leaders handle the complexity of the process.

Many leaders, like myself, have found that we are in a position of learning while leading. As post-acute care leaders we must evaluate, plan and implement tactics, strategies and operational processes to exceed the expectations of health care today and in the future – we need to S.H.I.F.T. to prepare for change.

Seek 
Knowledge and clear understanding of the regulatory, reimbursement and quality measurement changes and their defined impact on our organization is key to determining the foundation for actions needed within our organization.

How 
With your team, ask “How will this affect our organization?” to identify organization readiness for change. What systems, processes, services and resources will be needed, refined or changed due to the reimbursement, regulatory and quality measure changes coming in FY 2020 and beyond

Information 
Review current organization data and the confidential reports from CMS with your team. Align your current data outcomes with regulatory changes. Identify organization trends, variances, spikes in outcomes and the current impact to clinical, operational and financial outcomes.

Formulate 
Craft your vision and goals for change. Based upon your review of the regulatory changes, organization readiness and organization data, develop an action plan with your team. Determine priorities (immediate vs. important), what is immediate (which will have a serious and immediate negative impact) and what is important (that which needs to be accomplished, however, there are possibly a few more days to complete some of the tasks). Priorities may include financial analysis, education at all levels of the organization, as well as internal and external resources that will be needed to lead the organization to successful outcomes.

Team 
In today’s world – it takes a team. Track and trend outcomes to the strategies implemented in your action plan as well as your organization data outcomes. There are numerous changes and “to dos” that require yourself as a leader as well as various team members for input, skill sets and knowledge. You cannot do this alone – engage a team from all levels of your organization to review the changes, trend current and potential outcomes as well as solicit your team’s thoughts and ideas.

With the health care environment increasing in complexity, transforming the way we lead and how health care is delivered and managed within our organization and in collaboration with our partners is the key to success. The key competitive advantage today is the ability to change, adapt and evolve – SHIFT in order to achieve sustainable and successful outcomes.

 

Lisa Thomson
Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer

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Celebrating Leaders in Clinical Excellence

National Nurses Week is a time for everyone – individuals, employers, other health care professionals, community leaders, and nurses – to recognize the vast contributions and positive impact of America’s 4 million registered nurses. Each year, the celebration ends on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

As health care becomes more specialized with different types of provider types, higher acuity in various settings, increased technology, primary care physicians and specialists and interdisciplinary team members – one profession provides the continuity across the continuum – Nursing!

Nurses continue to play a pivotal role in quality patient care and outcomes. Nurses are the patient advocate, working with the patient, family and all health care professionals for smooth transitions of care.

The role of nursing is rapidly evolving as nursing professionals are tasked with an even wider range of responsibilities in the new health care environment. Nursing has become more complex in ways that couldn’t have been imagined a generation ago. Nurses are not only caregivers, but they are teachers, advocates and great innovators – utilizing their expertise and critical thinking abilities to assess and resolve complex situations. Nurses are innovators, influencing change in healthcare. With the change to a value-based approach to care, challenging organizations related to reimbursement and efficiencies, nursing leaders are reshaping care by enhancing clinical processes and competencies with their teams, fostering better outcomes. Empowering the capabilities of their teams unleashes a “gold mine” of talent, skills, and innovation amongst all nurses within an organization!

Every day, nurses continue to promote health and cater to the unique needs of individuals by providing safe and quality care. Many times in our complex health care world, we are wrapped up in day to day operations and complicated regulations and lose sight of the glue of our organization – our professional nurses. They are the heart of health care!

To all of the nurses across the nation, we thank you! Thank you for embracing the new health care environment and all of the changes it brings, reminding us every day why we do what we do – provide excellent care and services to those in need.

Happy Nurses Week!

Donna L. Webb, RN – Chief Operating Officer

 

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Phase 3 Preparedness with Pharmascript

Pathway Health’s Leah Killian-Smith presents the webinar, titled, “Purposeful Preparedness for Phase 3,” hosted by Pharmascript. The event will provide participants with knowledge of the required elements of Phase 3 and their impact on LTC policies and procedures.

Objectives:

  • Understand the required elements of Phase 3 and how they affect long-term care’s current policies and practices.
  • Analyze the components of the regulations that are new and those that are in addition to what is already in place.
  • Gain knowledge to be able to prepare staff members for the next phase of regulatory guidance for long-term care

The webinar will take place May 16 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

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Operational & Clinical Strategies for Success with OHCA

Pathway Health’s Sue LaGrange will be presenting at the event, titled, “Reducing Readmissions – Operational and Clinical Strategies for Success,” hosted by the Educational Foundation of the Ohio Health Care Association in Columbus, OH, on May 15. The event offers post-acute care leaders interactive discussions and practical resources they can implement immediately. Participants gain access to networks, mentorship possibilities, healthcare leaders and more.

The event will take place on May 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Schedule an appointment to connect with a Pathway Health expert.

Pathway Health leaders are traveling to many events in May for insights into the future of health care, in 2019 and beyond. Stay informed of their progress through social media and our blog.

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Meet Pathway Health at MHCA 2019 in Duluth

Pathway Health will be exhibiting at the 2019 MHCA 49th Annual Meeting and Expo in Duluth, MN, on May 15. The Minnesota Home Care Association’s Annual Meeting offers unique opportunities for educational enhancement in the field of long term care alongside thousands of industry professionals. Participants gain access to networks, mentorship possibilities, healthcare leaders and more.

Attendees can connect with both of our team members at booth #33 during these times:

May 15:

  • 10:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

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Pathway Health leaders are traveling to many events in May for insights into the future of health care, in 2019 and beyond. Stay informed of their progress through social media and our blog.

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Fireside Training Courses in April

Pathway Health offers multiple opportunities to strengthen your education in April. Register now for the following Fireside Training classes:

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By striving to improve yourself and your colleagues, your facility grows the quality of its care and the effectiveness of its staff.

Explore the multiple options for furthering your education with Pathway Health on our Education page for more insight, expertise, and knowledge.

 

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Register for FREE Webinar on PDPM Need-to-Knows

Back by popular demand! Pathway Health’s exclusive, FREE webinars fill up in days! Secure your spot while it’s hot!

 

Pathway Health’s Karolee Alexander presents a special, FREE webinar on Patient-Driven Payment Model Solutions. The webinar, titled, “Patient-Driven Payment Model: What You Need to Know Now,” will provide participants with an overview of the new SNF Medicare payment classification system to be implemented in October 2019.

We will examine each new classification category and identify supporting documentation requirements. Attendees will gain insight into the following:

  • Review the PPS Final Rule
  • Describe the PDPM classification system case mix classification system
  • Identify the clinical PDPM components: PT and OT, SLP, Skilled Nursing and Non-therapy ancillary
  • Define three strategies to prepare for PDPM implementation

The FREE webinar will take place on April 25 starting at 1 p.m. CT/ 2 p.m. ET.

Attendance is limited to the first 500 registrants, so register early!

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FREE Infection Prevention and Control System Check Webinar!

Back by popular demand! The first session one was filled within three days and the evaluations included rave reviews!!

 

Pathway Health’s Susan LaGrange presents a special, FREE webinar on infection prevention and control. The webinar, titled, “Infection Prevention and Control System Check,” will provide participants with a one-hour, fast-paced presentation to walk you through key strategies to check your system for quality and compliance.

Infection Control continues to be one of the top deficiencies in the country. Whether you are an Infection Preventionist, Administrator, DON or Nurse Manager, you will gain insight into the following:

  • How to identify three key steps for daily oversight of the Infection Prevention and Control Program
  • Describe strategies to engage staff for compliance
  • Develop an audit system that involves employees from all levels of the organization for success!

The FREE webinar will take place on April 11 starting at 1 p.m. CT/ 2 p.m. ET.

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Envisioning the Future with AANAC and AADNS in Orlando

Pathway Health’s Susan LaGrange, Karolee Alexander, Colleen Toebe, Cindy Perrault, Louann Lawson, and Leah Killian-Smith will be exhibiting at the 2019 AANAC and AADNS Annual Conference hosted by the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination in Orlando, FL, from April 3 – 5. Susan LaGrange will also present at the event.

This will be the second conference in April for our team members as they travel to meet with potential clients. We look forward to open discussions on PDPM perspectives, the expanding role of nurse leaders, industry insights from the presentations, and networking opportunities on the floor.

Meet with our representatives directly at any of the following times:

April 3:

  • 7 – 9 p.m.– Opening Reception in the Exhibit Hall 

April 4:

  • Morning – 1:30 p.m.– Exhibit booth #202

April 5:

  • 8:15 – 9:15 a.m. – Susan LaGrange – Restorative Care (Breakout Session)

Be sure to catch them at booth #202 when they aren’t presenting! Our exhibit will be open until 1:30 p.m. on April 4.

Schedule an appointment to connect with a Pathway Health expert.

Pathway Health leaders are traveling to many events in April for insights into the future of health care, in 2019 and beyond. Stay informed of their progress through social media and our blog.

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Phase 3 Training Requirements with LeadingAge Kansas

Pathway Health’s Leah Killian-Smith presents the FINAL installation of the 7-part series on Phase 3 changes. The webinar, titled, “Phase 3 Training Requirements for SNFs,” summarizes the key points from the previous webinars and boils down the next steps for long-term care facilities with new requirements for training under Phase 3.

Nursing homes must develop, implement, and maintain an effective training program for all new and existing staff, individuals providing services under a contractual arrangement, and volunteers, consistent with their expected roles.

The webinar will take place April 2 starting at 2 p.m.

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