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Phase 3 Preparedness at MN-DONA/LTC Annual Meeting

Pathway Health will be attending the 2019 MN-DONA/LTC Spring Connection and Annual Meeting hosted by Minnesota Director of Nursing Administration in St. Paul, MN, on May 2. This annual spring meeting offers the opportunity to learn and grow with your team and other nurse leaders during a single-day event. Participants gain access to networks, mentorship possibilities, health care leaders and more.

In addition to our attendance, we are also proud to announce our sponsorship of the event and Social Networking Reception to help support the efforts of the MN-DONA and fellow attendees to learn and grow in the world of nursing and long-term care.

Attendees can connect with Pathway Health leaders during these following events:

May 1:

  • 6 – 8 p.m.– Social Networking Reception at the Radisson Hotel

May 2:

  • 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.– Karolee Alexander – Purposeful Preparation for Phase 3
  • 12:45 – 1:30 p.m.– MN-DONA/LTC Annual Meeting

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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Culturally Competent and Trauma Informed with LeadingAge Wisconsin

Get exclusive training on cultural competence and trauma-informed care with the upcoming webinar from LeadingAge Wisconsin. Pathway Health’s Leah Killian-Smith presents the upcoming event, “Comprehensive Care Plan: Culturally Competent & Trauma-Informed,” to expand upon the role of trauma-informed care in your nursing facility.

The event takes place on April 9 starting at 10 a.m. and breaks down the importance of trauma-informed care in today’s long-term care (LTC) facilities.

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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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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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Trauma-Informed Care with LeadingAge Kansas

Pathway Health’s Leah Killian-Smith presents the first installation of the new 4-part webinar series hosted by LeadingAge Kansas on trauma-informed care. The webinar, titled, “Overview of Behavioral Health Services,” will provide participants with information on the new requirements for behavioral health services.

The information provided will give providers the definitions of behavioral health disorders and ways to help the resident attain or maintain the highest practicable mental and psychosocial well-being.

Objectives:

  • Describe and clarify terminology related to behavioral health services
  • Identify how to determine if a resident needs specialized services for behavioral health
  • Learn three leadership strategies for providing behavioral health services for residents

The webinar will take place on April 4 starting at 2 p.m.

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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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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.

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Lisa Thomson
Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer

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Infection Control Readiness with LeadingAge WI

Get hands-on learning for your Infection Preventionist responsibilities that approach with the upcoming Phase 3 changes later this year.

Pathway Health’s Susan LaGrange presents at the upcoming event, “Infection Control Readiness (2-day) Seminar,” hosted by LeadingAge Wisconsin.

The event takes place over two days and breaks down the importance of the Infection Preventionist in today’s long term care (LTC) facilities.

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