Issue: April 4, 2019

Published on April 4, 2019

Articles in this issue:

Wellsville Manor Certified Nursing Assistants Graduate From Career Development Course

Author: Lisa Volk

Pictured are the graduates with Administrator Steven Wieder, Director of Nursing Lorie Kane and CNA Trainer Jill Rinehults.

Ten certified nursing assistants from Wellsville Manor Care Center in Wellsville, NY recently graduated from the Foundation for Quality Care’s Geriatric Nursing Assistant Career Development Program.

The CNA Career Ladder Development Program, which is sponsored by the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA) and the Foundation for Quality Care, Inc., (FQC) offered advanced training to participating CNAs at Wellsville Manor Care Center. The training was made possible through the Advance Training Initiative through the NYS Department of Health to fund a Geriatric Nursing Assistant Career Development Program. 

Since 2008, the Foundation for Quality Care, Inc. in partnership with Life Works Learning, has developed and implemented the Geriatric Nursing Assistant Career Development Program (GNACD) for CNAs in Skilled Nursing Facilities across New York state.

The goals of this program are to: Improve recruitment of CNAs into long term care settings; improve CNA retention through career ladder education, training, and rewards; enhance CNA skills and competencies critical to long term care and assist long term care employers in establishing CNA career pathways.

This 27- hour educational series builds upon the CNAs’ basic 100- hour course with topics including:  Aging and Illness, Spirituality and Dying, Nutrition, Dementia, Communication, Team Building, Quality of Life and Importance of Family.

Steven Wiedner, Administrator, greets the participants.

Steven Wieder, administrator of Wellsville Manor, said, “This program is a means to foster interest in our staff by offering a platform to further expand and enhance their knowledge.”

Many CNAs applied for the program. After an extensive interview process, 10 candidates were selected to study new and time-tested strategies intended to bolster their CNA skills, enable greater mobility in the field and spark interest in further CNA education.

Lisa Volk, NYSHFA/NYSCAL Director of Clinical and Quality Services attended the ceremony.

 

Lisa Volk, NYSHFA/NYSCAL Director of Clinical and Quality Services, said, “This comprehensive program gives the CNAs the ability to enhance their skills and gives them the opportunity for advancement.”

The graduates of the first program are: Lisa Prentice, Gerald Joyce, Renda Wlasniewski, Courtney Mower, Crystal Carpenter, Melissa Lipka, Connie Serkleski, Lori Jackson, Sierra Perry, and Viktoria Button.

Weider said “It is really a win for everyone seeing the difference in the patients from day to day. The program was well received by the staff.” Lorri Kane DON said, “Our plans are to run the program again.”  

Gifts for the graduates.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL and FQC would like to congratulate all the CNA graduates on their completion of the program.  The participants that successfully complete this course then qualify for an Advanced CNA title and are utilized in a variety of ways in their new position.





NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACT:

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.A., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

DOH: Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report

Author: * Published in Clinical & Quality

The Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Report will open on Thursday, March 21, 2019 and must be electronically submitted to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) by May 1, 2019. All facilities covered under New York Codes, Rules and Regulations, Title 10, Section 2.59 (10 NYCRR Section 2.59) are required to document the number and percentage of personnel vaccinated against influenza for the current season and to complete this report upon request of the NYSDOH. See attached for more details.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x20

DOH: April 2019 Aware Prepare Update Newsletter

Author: Lisa Volk and Nancy Leveille* Published in Clinical & Quality

Please find the April 2019 Aware Prepare Update attached. This monthly electronic newsletter is your guide to upcoming trainings related to preparedness. These trainings may be provided in one or more of the following formats, including: live webcasts, webinars and in person training; archived webcasts, webinars and on demand eLearning. 

To be included in the mailing list for the Aware Prepare Update, email edlearn@health.ny.gov.

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.A., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x20

Have you checked out ahcancalED lately?

Author: Lisa Volk and Nancy Leveille* Published in Clinical & Quality

AHCA/NCAL members can access the ahcancalED learning management platform for training targeted to the needs of long term care providers. The platform features both free and fee-based courses. Training offerings include:

Available Now: 

Coming soon: 

And there is much more! 

If you haven't accessed ahcancalED lately, it's time to check in again. If you don't have an ahcancalED account yet, sign up for one today and take advantage of all the platform has to offer. https://educate.ahcancal.org/

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x20

Coming this May... the 70th Annual Conference & Expo- May 6-9, 2019

Author: * Published in Education

Dont miss out on hearing our opening Keynote Speaker, Jim Boeheim! Join NYSHFA/ NYSCAL for the 70th Annual Conference & Expo, May 6-9th at Turning Stone Resort & Casino. Jim Boeheim is the Head Basketball Coach at Syracuse University and will he will kick off our education with exciting insight on building winning teams! Other hot topics include: Workforce Challenges; The Opioid Crisis; Staff Retention; DOH Updates; Lab Service; Dining Challenges and many more. 

Click here for more details and registration options. 

 

 

AHCA: Understanding SNF VBP in Detail Training

Author: Lisa Volk and Nancy Leveille* Published in Clinical & Quality

This course contains 6 modules that provide an in-depth description of each feature of the CMS Skilled Nursing Facility Value Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) program along with helpful tools, documents, and primary source references to the program. This course covers how CMS calculates the 1) rehospitalization rates, including risk adjustments, 2) a facility's performance score, and 3) the resulting incentive payment multiplier, which is used to adjust a facility's Part A payments. 

Modules also provide demonstrations on how to access and interpret CMS feedback reports, like the SNF VBP Performance Score Report containing your incentive payment multiplier information, and AHCA's SNF VBP prediction tool that allows a facility to estimate the financial impact different rehospitalization rates will have on their revenue. 

Who Is this Training For? 

Principally, nursing home administrators, directors of nursing and any other staff including corporate staff who are responsible for payment models and rehospitalization reduction efforts. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand how CMS calculates the measures, risk adjustment, the facility score and payment adjustment.
  2. Use and access the CMS SNF VBP feedback reports and the SNF Performance Score Report.
  3. Apply the incentive payment multiplier.
  4. Use the SNF VBP prediction calculator to estimate the financial impact different SNFRM rates have on your Part A revenue.
  5. Adopt best practices to help either avoid a payment penalty or receive an increase in your Medicare Part A payments. 

Cost: member - $25 and non-member - $65 

Register Today at https://educate.ahcancal.org/p/snfvbp

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.A., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x20

AHCA/NCAL are pleased to offer the CARES® Online Dementia Care Training and Alzheimer’s Association Certification Program for Individuals

Author: Lisa Volk and Nancy Leveille* Published in Clinical & Quality

American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living are pleased to offer the CARES® Online Dementia Care Training and the Alzheimer’s Association certification program for individuals.

This video-intensive program provides the core information needed to provide superior dementia care. Topics include person-centered care, the basics of Alzheimer's and Dementia, understanding behavior as communication, and the CARES® Approach. The HealthCare Interactive's CARES® Dementia Basics Online Training Program also qualifies providers to purchase Alzheimer’s Association essentiALZ® certification exams. See registration link here  https://www.hcinteractive.com/CARES

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Nancy Leveille
, RN, MS
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x20

DOH: FREE Antibiotic Use in Nursing Homes Webinar - Featuring Guest CDC Speakers

Author: Nancy Leveille and Lisa Volk* Published in Clinical & Quality

The NYSDOH “Collaboration to Launch Antibiotic Stewardship Program” (CLASP) is offering a free webinar this month that may be of special interest to those in nursing home/long-term care settings, featuring two top CDC experts on antibiotic stewardship and health care associated infection surveillance in nursing homes. Please see details below from DOH:

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our third collaborative webinar, Respiratory Tract Infections in Nursing Homes: Challenges and Opportunities for Improvement on Thursday, April 18th from 12-1 pm. We would like to extend an invitation to all physicians and other providers in your facility to attend this webinar, as it will feature two CDC subject matter experts with experience in geriatrics, antibiotic stewardship in the LTC setting, and management of respiratory infections in nursing home residents.

Theresa Rowe, DO, MS is a geriatrician and medical officer in Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Surveillance Branch, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is also board certified in infectious diseases. Her areas of concentration include health care associated infection surveillance in nursing homes. 

Sarah Kabbani, MD, MSc is an adult infectious disease physician and medical officer in the Office of Antibiotic Stewardship, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Her areas of concentration include older adult and long term care antibiotic stewardship. 

Webinar objectives:

Details regarding webinar registration can be found below: 

April 18th, 12-1 PM:

https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9026d961bd18d8966ae0b1ddbfda9bac 

Registration is required to listen/attend, and you will receive a confirmation email when your registration request has been approved. The day of the webinar, we will send all registered participants a copy of the slides that will be presented as well as the information to call in. Please register for the webinar online if you would like to receive a copy of the slides before the presentation, even if you plan to listen to the webinar by phone only. 

The webinar will be recorded and accessible following the live presentation. Please make sure that this webinar announcement is shared with facility prescribers. All are welcome to attend.  

Please contact this email address if you have any questions or would like more information. 

Emily Lutterloh, MD, MPH
Director, Bureau of Healthcare Associated Infections 

Coralie Bucher, MPH
Project Coordinator 

Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control Program
Bureau of Healthcare-Associated Infections
New York State Department of Health
ESP, Corning Tower, Room 523
Albany, NY 12237
Phone: 518-474-1142
Fax: 518-402-5165

Email: prevent.hai@health.ny.gov

NYSHFA/NYSCAL CONTACTS:

Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x20

Lisa Volk, RN, B.P.S., LNHA
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15

Last Chance to Register - How Does It Feel to Have Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disease Audio Conference

Author: * Published in Education

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on April 11th at 10am for the How Does It Feel to Have Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disease Audio Conference. Mental illness, dementia and other behavioral health conditions in the nursing home are well recognized challenges. Schizophrenia effects the residents ability to think clearly, manage emotions, make decisions, and relate to others while Bipolar Disease is marked by alternating periods of elation and depression. As the number of residents with these conditions entering nursing homes grow the importance of management of these disorders is critical. Dr. Riddle will walk you through each of these diseases and how we can better understand, treat and plan person centered care interventions to improve the quality of these residents’ lives.

Click here for details. 

Audio Conference - An Integrated Care Model: The Role of Behavioral Health Services in LTC

Author: * Published in Education

Join NYSHFA/NYSCAL on April 16th at 10am for An Integrated Care Model: The Role of Behavioral Health Services in LTC Audio Conference. The role of long-term care facilities in addressing resident’s health care needs continues to evolve at a rapid pace. One area where more is being expected involves identifying and responding to residents who are at risk of developing or exhibiting behavioral or emotional needs. The broad term behavioral health covers a wide range of clinical issues including, but not limited to, trauma informed care, dementia care, depression, behavior management, pharmacological management, and optimizing the care of the chronically mentally ill. The evolution in the role of LTC facilities is being driven in part by research, which has established that mental health care is a key component in achieving quality care outcomes. Whether the care is focused on short term rehabilitation, medical compliance, palliative care, or decreasing re-hospitalization rates, the resident’s psychological state and wellbeing will affect every aspect of care. This presentation will focus on a variety of behavioral health issues faced by facilities, address key compliance issues, and describe strategies to optimize behavioral health care.

Click here for details