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Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council Symposium 2019

Pathway Health representatives will attend the 25th Symposium at the Grand Geneva Resort for the annual WI Director of Nursing Council in Lake Geneva, WI. The event’s theme is Get Your Game On, a call-to-action for attendees and presenters alike as they congregate for the latest insights in nursing. Pathway Health leaders will be involved in discussions focused on:

  • CMS/Survey Preparedness,
  • Phase 3 Readiness,
  • Patient-Driven Payment Models and more!

Visit our industry specialists at booth #219 from February 25-27 and stay apprised of our progress on social media. Don’t wait for the Symposium! We have online educational programs available now.


Greet the Season of Love With a Healthy Heart

By the time you read this blog, two to four Americans will have passed away from cardiovascular disease. This year for American Heart Month, we want to shed a light on the current statistics regarding the health of our hearts.

A report compiled by the American Heart Association states that the underlying cause for one of every three deaths in America is due to cardiovascular diseases; that’s roughly 830,000 people a year.

The average age of someone experiencing their first heart attack is 65 for men and 71 for women. This number hits close to home for Pathway Health, as many of our educational trainers and leadership specialize in the nursing and administration of long-term care facilities. We have such a loving staff; they are the real “heartbeat” of Pathway Health’s reputation for quality caregiving.

Gift your Valentine this year with a healthy heart. Here are a few practices to benefit the health of your heart you can implement this February:

  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Limit alcohol usage
  • Take your medicine
  • Stop or reduce smoking
  • Exercise regularly

Learn more about the issue and gain life-saving knowledge about congestive heart disease with Pathway Health’s Congestive Heart Failure QuickPATH. Stay informed of other educational opportunities through social media and our blog.


A Case Study for Quality Outcomes with LeadingAge KS

Don’t miss the webinar presented by Pathway Health’s Leah Killian-Smith on culturally competent actions and procedures within nursing facilities.

The event, titled “QAPI– A Case Study for Quality Outcomes,” is part of a series hosted by LeadingAge Kansas that breaks down new regulations in order to prepare nursing facilities for changes that go into effect November 28, 2019.

Tune in on February 19 from 2:00-3:00 p.m., and gain the following insight:

  • Build upon lessons from earlier event titled, “5 Elements of QAPI Interactive Workshop,” presented in January 2019
  • Perform a root cause analysis of your existing procedures in quality assurance and performance standards
  • Identify an area of deficient practice and work through systems review and improvement.

Register for the event here.



Survey Response with Care Providers of Minnesota

Pathway Health’s Karolee Alexander presents an hour-long webinar hosted by Care Providers of Minnesota. The course, titled, “Survey response – How to write a clear plan of correction,” provides knowledge and resources to complete a plan of correction in nursing organizations and long-term care facilities.

Objectives include:

  • Learn the federal Requirements of Participation for responding to a statement of deficiencies (form 2567)
  • Understand the core elements required by CMS for a detailed and acceptable plan of correction
  • Describe a systematic approach to create and implement a plan of correction
  • Identify one actionable step to improve your facility’s plans of correction

The webinar will be held on February 13 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. Register for the event here.


Sufficient and Competent Staffing with LeadingAge KS

The third installment of our 7 Part Webinar Series on culturally competent procedures and actions for nursing facilities is here.

The event, “Sufficient and Competent Staffing, Having a Plan for All Three F-Tags (F725, F741, F802), answers questions on employee engagement, quality of work in the nursing field, and more. When there are not enough hours in the day to fulfill your duties, trust in the procedures declines.

This series also continues its goal of educating nursing professionals on all Phase 3 updates to regulations going into effect in late November 2019. Stay ahead of the changes and sign up today.

Tune into the webinar on February 12. Read more details on course content and registration details here.


Pathway Health Leaders at Vertical Summit 2019

Pathway Health’s Lisa Thomson and Dan Billings will be attending the annual Health & Human Service Vertical Summit for Marsh & McLennan in Atlanta, GA on February 8. The event will host leaders from across the health care industry for productive meetings and networking opportunities. Thomson will also be presenting an industry overview keynote for this annual event.

February 8:

  • 10:00-11:15 a.m. – Lisa Thomson – State of the State Keynote

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



What If… 2019 Conference with LeadingAge Minnesota

Pathway Health leadership will exhibit and present during the LeadingAge Minnesota Institute & Expo on February 6-8, 2019. The event centers on the theme of “What If…” pushing the boundaries of health care and challenging attendees to think bigger. What if we could start from scratch? What if we could dream without limits? What if we were more inclusive?

These answers and more may be found during one of the many presentations provided by Pathway Health professionals during the conference. Mark your planners for the following events:

February 6:

  • 3:00-4:00 p.m. – Lisa Thomson – Building Nurse Competencies
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m. – Leah Killian-Smith – PDPM – ICD10 Coding – Turning Words into Numbers for Payment
  • 4:15-5:15 p.m. – Karolee Alexander – PDPM – Double the Data: More MDS Data Under Section GG

February 7:

  • 8:30-9:30 a.m. – Leah Killian-Smith – Purposeful Preparation for Phase 3 ROPs
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Leah Killian-Smith – Trauma Informed Care: Preparation for Phase III Requirements of ROPs
  • 10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Karolee Alexander – Data = Quality: How to Use Data to Achieve Quality Outcomes

Stay informed of all Pathway Health events and educational sessions on our social media and blog.


Opportunities for Education Advancement

Advance your education this December through our Fireside Training classes. Register now for the following:

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Important Update for Post-Acute Care (SNF) Organizations

Skilled Nursing Facility Provider Preview Reports (per the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNFQRP)) have been updated and are now available. Through November 30, 2018, providers can review performance data on quality measures based on Quarter 2 – 2017 to Quarter 1 – 2018 data, prior to the January 2019 Nursing Home Compare site refresh. During the refresh, this data will be publicly displayed and corrections to the underlying data will not be permitted. Nonetheless, providers can request a CMS review during the preview period if they believe their data scores displayed are inaccurate.

Why is this important? The SNFQRP program impacts your organization’s Five Star and reimbursement outcomes. Review your report with your team for accuracy and timely submission of required data. Pathway Health experts are available to assist you and your team in improving your Five Star, quality and reimbursement outcomes.

Contact us now!


Pathway Health Introduces New Learning Management System for Post-Acute Leaders

Pathway Learning Network provides on-demand training solutions to support quality initiatives and operational success.

Pathway Health, a leading post-acute consulting services, talent recruitment and education services firm, has launched Pathway Learning Networkits new learning management system for post-acute leaders. This on-demand solution gives immediate access to Pathway Health’s highly sought-after classroom and INTERACT™ Certified Champion 4.0 training sessions and industry-leading tools and resources when they need it most—anytime, anywhere, and from any device.

“Due to increasing regulatory, clinical and operational requirements, many of our clients need training and resources at a moment’s notice,” stated Peter B. Schuna, Pathway Health Chief Executive Officer. “Pathway Learning Network supports our vision of providing post-acute leaders with the insight, expertise and knowledge needed for ongoing operational success.”

Pathway Learning Network’s training solutions include:

  • INTERACT™ Certified Champion 4.0: Training, resources and certification.
  • Train & Tool: Streamlined topic-specific courses. Includes operational strategies and Pathway Health tool for implementation success.
  • Credit Courses: Training related to the latest clinical, operational, regulatory and reimbursement topics.
  • Free Content: Complimentary management strategy-focused courses and new PATHTalks, short leadership insights.

Pathway Health continues to focus on investing in personnel and technology-based state-of-the-art solutions, along with the development of strategic partnerships, which provide clients with enhanced value-based solutions to support their ongoing success.

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