Educational Track A - 8:15 am to 10:15 am
A-1: Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM): Strategies for Success! – Stacy Darling, MBA, MPT, AT, RAC-CT, Post-Acute Consulting
The Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is schedule to replace the current SNF payment methodology known as RUG-IV on October 1, 2019. PDPM is designed to capture the characteristics of the patient to represent their clinical complexity. The PDPM model greatly reduces the therapy focus on reimbursement and transfers is to clinical characteristics including diagnosis and treatments. Additional changes include a reduction in the required MDS PPS assessments and the use of Section GG for the function scoring. Attendees of this session will:
• Understand the requirements of PDPM
• Identify the differences between PDPM and RUG-IV
• Determine how Nursing, Therapy and MDS departments will be impacted
• Identify strategies for transitioning from RUG-IV to PDPM
(NE-MSD Nursing Credits Applied for)*
A-2: Journey Mapping – How to Boost Census by Enhancing Your Customer Experience - Jessica Ruhle, Sales Specialist and Project Director; Melissa Caravella, Vice-President of Client Services, Creating Results Inc.
In this interactive and engaging session, participants will learn about the journey mapping concept, how the approach influences sales and marketing, how to conduct a journey mapping session and apply the findings to create a better experience for referral sources, future residents and their families. The journey mapping tools can help ensure senior living organizations allocate the appropriate time and attention at key moments along the prospective resident’s path. Facilitators will bring solutions to life through real case scenarios and conduct a workshop with audience members to help launch this new approach.
A-3: Behavioral Health and Substance Use Issues in Older Adults
– Chris Gadbois, DNP, RN-BC, PHNA-BC
There has been recent and continuing growth in the prevalence of behavioral health (BH) and substance use disorders (SUDs) in nursing homes. After this timely session, attendees will be able to: understand incidence and prevalence of BH and SUDs diagnoses in older adults; identify psychosocial influences and risk factors; describe common presentations of depression, anxiety, and substance use disorder; discuss challenges with access to treatment; and describe options for screening and referral to treatment. (RI NASW Credits Applied for) (NE-MSD Nursing Credits Applied for)*
A-4: Fire and Safety in Long Term Care – What You Need to Know About Your Buildings! – Darren Osleger, RPA a Jensen Hughes Company
This presentation will review how to operate senior living residences (including skilled nursing and assisted living) correctly when a fire occurs. Smoke barrier, fire barriers, sprinkler system, rated doors, smoke compartments and other life safety topics will be discussed to help the participants understand how to properly use their buildings and build a fire procedure that compliments how their building(s) were designed as well as maintained. Furthermore, we will discuss life safety code requirements to ensure all facilities are following the required testing, maintains and inspections of life safety devices. Objectives include: Apply best practice fire procedures to your facility; Become more aware of the required testing, maintenance and inspections for life safety devices; Understand the expectations fire service has of healthcare staff prior to fire department arrival; and Develop robust fire procedures/evacuation procedures based on layout/design of their building.
Educational Track B – 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
B-1: Do No Harm: Focusing First and Foremost on Infection Prevention in the Long-Term Care Facility – Margaret Crowley, MS, PhD, RN, Quality Improvement Consultant, HealthCentric Advisers
It’s easy to get lost in the many details of the updated CMS RoPs for the long-term care infection prevention and control program (IPIC). In this presentation, we will demonstrate that attention first to program essentials will help us build a meaningful and coherent program: conducting the facility IPIC assessment and constructing a program base of robust infection prevention activities and competencies. We will simultaneously discuss the development and support of the Infection Preventionist in their expanded role. At the end of this session, the learner will:
- Describe the process of facility assessment focused on the IPIC program;
- Discuss the essential primary prevention program elements that serve as the cornerstone of the IPIC program;
- Identify strategies to support the infection preventionist in their role
(NE-MSD Nursing Credits Applied for)*
B-2: Employment Considerations for Aging Services Providers: How to hire and fire employees without violating applicable laws – Kristen Whittle, Partner, Barton Gilman
This program will address how to conduct a legally-compliant hiring process, including recruitment, applications, interviews, and offers—as well as pre-employment drug screening. In addition, this program will provide information and best-practice tips for how to terminate employees without violating state or federal employment laws. We will also discuss best-practices for maintaining appropriate personnel records that comply with Rhode Island law and can help support a decision to terminate employees where necessary.
B-3: Legal Aspects of Nursing Documentation; What to chart and what not to chart!
– Pam (Bibeault) Marchetti, Triad Consulting
This session will provide current and best practices regarding the importance of proper documentation in the resident’s medical record, including strategies to help assure optimal outcomes with surveys and lawsuits. We will also review standards with acceptable abbreviations for the medical record. Attendees will understand current standards of practice with nursing documentation; be aware of acceptable abbreviations; and better understand the importance of proper documentation in the medical record. (NE-MSD Nursing Credits Applied for)*
B-4: Holistic Approach to Care – Courtney Lamothe, MSW, LCSW, Continuum Care of Rhode Island
An introduction to the importance of a whole person approach to care - physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual. This is a philosophy of living and being that is grounded in caring, relationship, and interconnectedness that expands into clinical care settings. Learn about evidence-based holistic interventions that go beyond conventional care to support optimal health and wellness. Attendees will Obtain an overview of integrative health; Gain a basic understanding of some evidence-based interventions used to promote holistic approaches to care; and Be inspired to consider integrating more holistic practices within long-term care centers. (RI NASW Credits Applied for)
Educational Track C – 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
C-1: Medicare Advantage and Special Needs Plans: Learning to Play a New Payment Game
- Aaron Tripp, Vice-President of Reimbursement and Financing Policy, LeadingAge
This timely session will help attendees gain a deeper understanding of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, including special needs plans (SNPs), and how they have evolved (e.g. CHRONIC Care Act supplemental benefits); Better understand what these plans want from providers; and help providers know the challenges and opportunities and how they can effectively respond to support their operations.
C-2 Coaching Staff with Confidence – Timothy Anderson, ACC, TMWC Activity Professional Academy
What if…your staff were the most confident, powerful versions of themselves – making them the greatest asset to person-centered care? And what if you could help them get there?! Join us in this break-out session to identify and practice the skills used by trained coaches to help others create powerful changes in their workflow. During this program, we will:
C-3: From the Mind of a Hacker – Matt Wagenknecht, CISSP, Director, Citrin Cooperman
- Define and practice coaching-based communication skills
- Discuss situations in which coaching is appropriate and when it is not
- Describe instances where coaching becomes an essential tool to foster greater employee engagement
- Identify motivational blocks that make coaching staff feel unfamiliar and/or awkward
- Observe and practice coaching scenarios
Learn about the most successful advancements in defending yourself and your business against the latest hacking strategies and watch how easy it is for our Ethical Hacker to compromise your security using the latest tools and gadgets in an attempt to steal your personal data, resources, and identity. Join Citrin Cooperman and learn what the “bad guys” are doing to undermine your cybersecurity efforts and witness live hacking demonstrations.
C-4: Trauma-Informed Care and the HATCH (Holistic Approach to Transformational Change) model– Jennifer McCarthy, MEd, MS, LCPC, HealthCentric Advisers
In this interactive and informative session based on the HATCH model, learn how to develop your trauma-informed care response on three levels:
- The residents
- The staff
- The organization
This session will raise awareness about the special care needs of trauma survivors, including veterans, survivors of large-scale natural and human-caused disasters, Holocaust survivors and survivors of abuse (Federal Register, 2016). For these individuals, the incorporation of trauma-informed approaches is an essential part of person-centered care. For providers, it is also necessary to ensure compliance with Phase 3 of the RoPs. In this session participants will
: Define trauma and understand its significance; Learn strategies to help residents and staff who have experienced trauma; Determine whether your organization is trauma-aware, trauma-sensitive, trauma-responsive, or trauma-informed; and Explore the process to become trauma-informed. (NE-MSD Nursing Credits Applied for)* (RI NASW Credits Applied for)
*These activities have been submitted to the Northeast Multi-State Division (NE-MSD) for approval to award nursing contact hours. Northeast Multi-State Division (NE-MSD) is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.