Educational Track A - 8:15 am to 10:15 am
A-1: Emerging Trends: Assuring Success in the New Era of PDPM – Elisa Bovee, MS, OTR/L, Vice President of Clinical Strategy: HealthPRO Heritage
How is our industry defining “what good looks like” in the New World of PDPM? The speaker will describe the Next Generation of qualitative/quantitative measures and early benchmarks, trends and strategies for success for 2020 & beyond. Discussion will also focus on how – by fortifying hospital partnerships, building relationships with physicians, and outlining new guidelines for planning & budgeting – SNFs can set themselves up for fiscal and operational success. Providers will also learn about innovative, tangible solutions -- presented in light of new important market drivers (e.g.: VBP penalties/incentives, tougher QRP standards, CMI and evolving sectors such as Medicare Advantage, ACOs and ISNPs.) Case studies will illustrate best practices and demonstrate how successful SNFs are turning market disruption into opportunity! (NE-MSD Nursing Credits Applied for)*
A-2: Topics in Behavioral Health Management: “What’s So Funny About Behavior Management?” and “Comprehensive Behavioral Reinforcement Strategies.” Dr. Jeff Kupfer, QBS Inc
These combined sessions will provide healthcare professionals with an understanding of the wide range of physical and cognitive contributors to challenging behaviors and the effects on staff and residents. Strategies and best practices for staff to respond to the challenging behaviors, as well as interventions to avoid, will be detailed in this comprehensive session to help providers adapt to this growing population in the long-term care setting. (RI NASW Credits Applied for)
A-3: Creating Meaningful Activities for Those Living with Dementia – Lisa Wasson, RN, CHPN, HopeHealth
This session will explore how to provide residents with activities that fill their day with meaning and discuss the difference between simply entertaining them vs. providing engaging activities that stimulate brain activity. A focus will be on creating affordable and engaging activities that give back moments of joy to residents with early onset dementia, sundowning, those with a high elopement risk, and individuals who have a high fall risk. The goal of this education will be to correlate activities that are most appropriate at each stage of disease with an individual’s remaining ability, in order to improve completion of everyday tasks. (RI NASW Credits Applied for)
A-4: Trauma-Informed Care (TIC): Checking In on Your Progress and Planning – Pam Bibeault, Triad Consulting
The Requirements of Participation (RoP) has presented us with many new expectations and regulatory standards. The population you serve has also changed dramatically over the years and we must meet the needs of those we care for. The best way to do this is to have an awareness of not only their current diagnosis and situation, but what past life events may be presenting challenges for the resident in the present day. Are you comfortable and confident we are meeting the regulatory requirements AND the needs of your resident population? Let’s check in! We will ensure awareness of the TIC regulations, discuss strategies to ensure a meaningful plan of care for those affected by trauma, and provide tips and strategies for staff to implement and execute their policies on the subject matter. (NE-MSD Nursing Credits Applied for)* (RI NASW Credits Applied for)
Educational Track B – 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm
B-1: Love Letters Never Die: Helping the Aging Population Maintain the Relationship After Their Loved One Dies– Sarah Cordeiro, MS, HopeHealth
Many times, at least one person we are working with has experienced a significant loss. This program will explore ways in which professionals can support a survivor of loss in maintaining a relationship with their deceased loved one through writing. Discussion of the importance of continuing relationships will be provided before an examination of several different writing techniques that may be helpful during grief. There will be an experiential writing activity and discussion to follow. Attendees will: Explore and understand the act of maintaining relationships with loved ones after death; Identify different writing techniques that are helpful in grief; and Experience writing therapy through an interactive activity. (RI NASW Credits Applied for)
B-2: How to Effectively Market to the Adult Daughter/Son – Jessica Ruhle, Sales Specialist and Project Director, Creating Results Inc.
As we know, it is often a challenge to stand out amidst a crowded field of assisted living and skilled nursing providers. With adult children often playing a central role in helping their parents navigate the process of choosing a senior living community, how can you make your product stand out to them? Which channels are most effective for reaching them? How can you create messages that will resonate with them? And how can you do it all while still catering to the needs and desires of your prospective resident? This presentation will help you understand how to: Target and select marketing opportunities that capture the adult child’s attention; Develop messaging and content that resonates with their experience and positions your community for success; and Tailor your marketing and sales process to meet the needs of both the prospective resident and the adult child influencer.
B-3: Stop the Spread of Novel Organisms! – Leslie Morrissey, RN, East Side Clinical Laboratory
Trends in deficiencies show that improvements are needed in infection prevention to ensure the health and safety of residents in long term care facilities and assisted living facilities. In July of 2019 CDC defined novel or targeted multidrug resistant organisms and determined that the current implementation of contact precautions is not adequate to stop the spread of MDRO’s. The everyday practices of healthcare workers may place residents at risk for infections. Attendees will learn to: Recognize that multi-drug resistant organisms are epidemiologically important; Quantify the magnitude of MDRO within a facility and regionally; Identify colonized and infected patients when present in healthcare facilities; and Implement interventions, including enhanced barrier precautions, designed to stop the transmission of these organisms.
(NE-MSD Nursing Credits Applied for)*
B-4: Women in Leadership: “Finding Your Voice” - Donna Policastro, RNP, President, The Policastro Group; Executive Director, Rhode Island State Nurses Association.
In this session, participants will discuss the gender disparities that women face in leadership roles, review the common core principles of leadership, and discuss the personal experiences and leadership journey of the presenter as a case study in the health care field. Attendees will understand the importance of having women in leadership roles in health care, the attributes of an effective leader, and how to promote a favorable environment for women leaders. (NE-MSD Nursing Credits Applied for)*
Educational Track C – 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
C-1: Accepting and Caring for the Needs of Patients on Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) Treatment in Skilled Nursing Homes – What You Need to Know- Stephanie Baker, CPHQ, Senior Program Coordinator, Healthcentric Advisors
Opioid use disorder (OUD) affects people of all ages, races, ethnicities, income levels, and geographic regions. An estimated 1.8 million Americans have OUD related to prescribed opioid painkillers. Like other chronic diseases, medications are central to the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). People with OUD benefit from treatment with medication for varying lengths of time, including lifelong treatment. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), or Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) is defined as a whole-person approach to caring for residents diagnosed with an OUD. This session is based on a toolkit developed in Massachusetts by Healthcentric Advisers and others that includes: A call to action & patient story; How OUD is a Chronic Condition requiring medication treatment; Creating a supportive and therapeutic environment; and Adapting the Massachusetts toolkit for use in Rhode Island (copies will be available following the training). (RI NASW Credits Applied for) (NE-MSD Nursing Credits Applied for)*
C-2 Creating Safe Care Transitions back to the Community Following Discharge from a Skilled Nursing Facility: Applying Lessons from a Successful Massachusetts Collaborative Effort– Dawn Hobill, MPH, Senior Program Coordinator, Healthcentric Advisors
For most patients, nursing home discharge is a critical transition; many of these patients require ongoing management and evaluation after discharge and if they are not properly prepared or connected with community resources, they are at high risk for unplanned hospital utilization, including ED visits and readmissions. In this session, we will share lessons learned from Healthcentric Advisors’ Skilled Nursing Facility Collaborative efforts in Massachusetts including how we adapted Project RED (an evidence-based care transitions tool typically implemented in hospitals) for the SNF environment, supported implementation, through a community collaborative, and ultimately reduced readmissions. In this presentation we will: Highlight the tactical and strategic approaches that lead to these results; and Provide participants with tools and resources that can be utilized immediately after the session, including the ProjectRED toolkit and After Care Plan. (NE-MSD Nursing Credits Applied for)* (RI NASW Credits Applied for)
C-3: Recruitment & Retention Strategies: What employers should be thinking about – Rollin Schuster, Principal, The Schuster Group
Sustained low unemployment has forced employers to offer richer benefits in order to attract and retain top talent. According to recent data, more than half of all U.S. employers enhanced their medical benefits just this year! (Gallagher’s 2019 Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey). This session will cover how all these dynamic trends affect employers in relation to recruitment, retention and overall benefits costs. In the end, attendees will be presented with not only solutions but emerging innovations for organizations of all sizes and budgets by sharing how to deploy strategies that are low cost and high impact.
C-4: Humor at Work– Katie Leeman, Leeman Communications Collaborative
Are your knock-knock jokes going over like a lead balloon at work? Or are you biting your tongue all day, reluctant to let the more light-hearted you come out, for fear of offending someone? Humor is one of the key components of effective leadership. Knowing how, when and where to inject humor into your work day can ignite your creative thinking skills, help team members work more effectively together, build trust, and relieve stress. Using the tenets and framework used in improv comedy, you will learn how anyone can learn to be more lighthearted. The same skills that make you a successful comedian onstage are many of the same skills that make you an effective leader in the workplace. Through fun exercises, games and demonstrations, we will bring a unique art form to life inside the workplace, and help you build skills that will not only have you and your colleagues laughing, but also strengthen your leadership skills!
*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.