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Data = Quality at Care Providers of Minnesota’ Webinar

Care Providers of Minnesota will host an online workshop titled, “Data = Quality,” to present the new regulations for publicly reported data in your long-term care facility. Pathway Health’s Karolee Alexander will work with webinar participants to teach how to use your facility’s data to improve quality and sustain high-level performance.

Objectives include:

  • Identify the correlation of marketplace quality perception linked to organizational data—creating a business case for success
  • Understand the impact of data on today’s healthcare organizations using readily available CMS reports (VBP, QRP, CASPER, and more!)
  • Describe three leadership tactics to create a winning data strategy for organization improvement and marketplace positioning

Register for the event here.

The webinar will take place April 10 from 10 – 11 a.m. See the official website for instructions on how to register or visit Care Providers of Minnesota.

 

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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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Reconnect 2019 Annual Meeting with LeadingAge Illinois

Pathway Health’s Cheryl Studzinski and Jane Burch will be attending, and Kim Stenzel presenting at, the 2019 Connect Annual Meeting & Expo hosted by LeadingAge Illinois in Schaumburg, IL, from April 2 – 4.

This will be the first conference in April for our team members as they travel to meet with potential clients. We look forward to open discussions on nursing leaders in long-term care facilities, industry insights from the presentations, and networking opportunities on the floor.

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

April 2:

  • 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.– Expo booth #711

April 3:

  • 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.– Expo booth #711

April 4:

  • 8 – 9:30 a.m.– Kim Stenzel – Revitalize Restorative Nursing Program for Success!
  • 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.– Kim Stenzel – Overview of Behavioral Health Services
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.– Kim Stenzel – Creating Effective Teams

Be sure to catch them at booth #711 when they aren’t presenting! Exhibits are open at 11 a.m. from April 2 – 3.

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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New CMS Memos – Leadership “Need to Know”

We all know change is an inevitable, new reality in post-acute care. Our industry continues to transform utilizing data (organizational and public) as a determining factor for consumers, strategic partners, and regulators. In the past few weeks, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published three new QSOs that directly impact providers.

After reviewing the memorandums, I developed a few tools for leaders to help gain a better understanding of the changes, as well as key steps to help prepare your team and your organization.

Below is a brief summary of the CMS announced changes. Click Here for Detailed Description.

April 2019 Improvements to Nursing Home Compare

In summary:

  • Star Ratings – The freeze on Health Inspection Star Ratings will be lifted effective April 2019 impacting your organization’s overall star rating.
  • Quality Measure Domains – New Quality Measure Domains and changes impacting your Five Star rating will go into effect.
  • Staffing Domain Improvement – Thresholds for staff ratings will be adjusted. It’s important to note the threshold for the, “number of days without a registered nurse (RN) onsite,” that triggers an automatic downgrade to one star, “will be reduced from seven to four days.”
  • CMPs – It’s also important to note that the moratorium on CMPs will be lifted as of April 1 in alignment of the Health Inspection Star Rating lift as indicated above.

Revision to Appendix Q – Immediate Jeopardy (Core Appendix Q)

Clarification on how surveyors issue Immediate Jeopardy (IJ) citations has been released by CMS. There is updated interpretive guidance related to noncompliance as well as specific differentiators that are important for leaders to understand:

  • Likelihood vs. potential
  • Noncompliance vs. culpability
  • Psychosocial harm
  • Key components of Immediate Jeopardy

Download the Leader’s Guide: Core Appendix Q Overview, which will assist you and your team in understanding the changes impacting providers.

Leaders should review the online basic Core Appendix Q training on the Integrated Surveyor Training Site which provides a comprehensive review and understanding of the changes.

Enhanced Oversight and Enforcement of Non-Improving Late Adopters

CMS has identified approximately 1,500 facilities that have not improved their antipsychotic medication utilization rates. CMS has heightened its regulatory focus on those organizations, and they will be subjected to enforcement remedies for noncompliance.

While these memorandums are not a surprise to us, there are key tactics you can take to prepare your team for the impending changes. Download this QuickTip Guide for a comprehensive look at the upcoming changes.

Learn more from Pathway Health with our educational classes and training sessions. Contact us today!

Lisa Thomson
Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer

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CMS Regulatory Updates Effective April 2019

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent several updates recently that will impact providers. See below for more need to know information:

April 2019 Improvements to Nursing Home Compare

  • Freeze ending on Health Inspection Star Ratings – Inspectors will resume the traditional method of calculating health inspection scores by using three cycles of inspections. Inspections occurring on or after November 28, 2017, will be included in each facility’s star rating. Click here to download the Technical User’s Guide (April 2019).
  • Quality Measure (QM) Domain Improvements – Separate ratings for short- and long-stay measures to reflect the level of quality provided. Also, the following will be included:
    • Revising the thresholds for ratings
    • Adding a system for regular updates to thresholds every six months
    • Weighting and scoring individual QMs differently.
    • Adding the long-stay hospitalization measure and a measure of long-stay emergency department (ED) transfers to the rating system.
    • Two measures from the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (QRP) will be adopted to replace duplicative existing measures
  • Staffing Domain Improvements – Thresholds for staffing ratings will be adjusted. Also, the threshold for the ‘number of days without a registered nurse (RN) onsite’ that triggers an automatic downgrade to one star will be reduced from seven to four days.
  • Read more: Download the PDF from CMS.

Revision to Appendix Q – Immediate Jeopardy

Clarification on how surveyors issue Immediate Jeopardy (IJ) citations has been released by CMS. Key components include:

Mandatory Surveyor Training: For surveyors and non-surveyors to the revised Appendix Q–Core Guidelines to Determining Immediate Jeopardy. The Core Appendix Q focuses on the key components necessary to establish immediate jeopardy (IJ) under the regulations. Click here to view training from CMS.

Enhanced Oversight and Enforcement of Non-Improving Late Adopters

The following highlights the memorandum issued on 3/01/2019 to State Survey Agency Directors.

  • Late Adopters identified – CMS identified approximately 1,500 facilities that had not improved their antipsychotic medication utilization rates for long-stay nursing home residents, referred to as late adopters and notified them in December 2017.
  • Enforcement for A Segment of Non-Improving Late Adopters with Multiple Citations – As of January 2019, there were 235 late adopter nursing homes that had been cited for non-compliance with federal regulations related to unnecessary medications or psychotropic medications two or more times since January 1, 2016, and who have not shown improvement in their long-stay antipsychotic medication rates. If these facilities are determined not to be in substantial compliance with requirements for Chemical Restraints, Dementia Care, or Psychotropic Medications during a survey, they will be subject to enforcement remedies. Download the Late Adopter Data Report (January 2019).
  • Corporate Engagement – CMS is also looking for opportunities to engage with corporate chains that have significant numbers of nursing homes identified as late adopters.
  • Download the complete Memorandum from CMS.

Your Trusted Partner

Pathway Health is your partner in regulatory success. Our experts are ready to immediately support your organization to meet these new regulatory challenges.

Contact us now to learn more.

 

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Updates to Nursing Home Compare Systems in April

 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced updates coming in April 2019 to Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Quality Rating System to strengthen this tool for consumers to compare quality between nursing homes. The April 2019 updates to Nursing Home Compare are part of a broad range of updates that have been under development for the last several years.

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Contact the experts at Pathway Health to discuss your quality improvement program goals.

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Lisa Thomson and Susan LaGrange at ACHCA 2019 Kentucky

Pathway Health’s Lisa Thomson and Susan LaGrange will be attending the 2019 Convocation & Expo from the American College of Health Care Providers (ACHCA) in Louisville, KY, from March 18 – 20.

This will be the second conference in March for both of our team members as they travel to meet with potential clients. We look forward to discussions on workforce retention in long-term care facilities, industry insights from the presentations and networking opportunities on the floor.

Lisa Thomson and Susan LaGrange will present during the conference at the following times:

March 19:

  • 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.– Susan LaGrange – The Leaders Top 10
  • 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.– Susan LaGrange – Seamless Transitions of Care: Strategies for Successful Outcomes

March 20:

  • 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.– Lisa Thomson – 1, 2, 3 The Final Phase is Near! Strategies for Successful Implementation of Phase 3 Requirements of Participation
  • 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.– Lisa Thomson – VBP, QRP, RoP, OIG = OMG!

Be sure to catch them at our kiosk K12 when they aren’t busy presenting! Exhibits are open 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. starting March 19.

Schedule an appointment to connect with a Pathway Health expert.

Pathway Health leaders are traveling to many events in March 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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Compliance and Ethics Programs with LeadingAge Kansas

We’re almost done with our Phase 3 webinar series! The next installment of Pathway Health’s webinar series hosted by LeadingAge Kansas looks at new language regarding compliance and ethics.

The webinar, titled, “Compliance and Ethics in Long Term Care,” breaks down the regulatory guidance regarding the importance of an ethics and compliance program in LTC facilities going forward.

Tune in on March 19 at 2 p.m. and gain the following insight:

  • The mandatory need for an ethics and compliance program in your facility
  • Required compliance and ethics education for all staff working in nursing homes annually
  • Written compliance and ethics standards, policies, and procedures

Register for the event here.