Continuing Education - Past Programs

Continuing Education Archive

PADONA offers a number of programs and webinars designed to provide long-term care nurses with continuing education and training.

Education & Training Archive

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Purchase audio recordings and presentation handouts from our educational webinars and convention sessions to help train your team. Webinars are available to both PADONA members & non-members.

Once your payment has been received and membership status verified, you will receive an email with a link to download the recording and presentation handouts. For payment questions contact Candace Jones at cjones@padona.com.

PADONA is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association Approver Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. No presenters or planners have a conflict of interest relative to this webinar. Nursing contact hours cannot be awarded for completion of the audio recording. PADONA assumes no liability for the accuracy of the information provided.

Dementia Friends Pennsylvania Information Session

All long term care providers admit or have residents in the facilities with the diagnosis of dementia. Providing a safe and comfortable environment for residents with dementia is a goal of all providers but finding a source for staff education has been a critical factor to achieving this goal. The goal of Dementia Friends is to help all community members understand five key messages about dementia and commit to their own personal action. To become a Dementia Friend, you join others in a one-hour Dementia Friends Information Session. The session will cover five key messages about dementia and touch on what it is like to live with dementia. As a Dementia Friend you will turn your understanding into a practical action that can help someone with dementia living in your community. The action can be as big or small as you choose, because every action counts!

Objectives:

  • 95% of learners will be able to describe dementia.
  • 95% of learners will be able to identify the most common type of dementia.
  • 95% of learners will be able to recognize five key messages about dementia.
  • 95% of learners will be able to apply communication techniques with someone living with dementia.
  • 95% of learners will be able to list at least one personal action to commit to in the next year related to dementia.
  • 95% of learners will attend the full 60 minute education webinar and complete the evaluation following the education.

Presenters:

Anneliese Perry, MS, NHA
Program Manager, Aging Initiatives

Ms. Perry is a program manager at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and its supporting organization the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI). Her primary focus is working on initiatives related to the aging population, including the design of new models for senior living. Ms. Perry is one of the state-wide coordinators for Dementia Friends Pennsylvania, a movement to change the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. She is an active member of the Dementia-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh leadership work group. Her current work includes the Revisiting the Teaching Nursing Home Initiative, a pilot project in three regions of Pennsylvania focused on demonstrating how enhanced partnerships between academic nursing schools and skilled nursing facilities can improve quality outcomes and address workforce challenges. During 2020 – 2021, she worked closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and the Department of Health to provide COVID-19 Learning Networks for staff in skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes and congregate care living through the Educational Support and Clinical Coaching Program (ESCCP) and the Regional Response Health Collaborative Program (RRHCP). This work continues with the Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Learning Network for nursing facilities. As part of the JHF Aging Team, she uses her coaching skills to develop and implement customized curricula, helping healthcare organizations with quality improvement efforts. Previously, Ms. Perry worked to support long-term care facilities to reduce avoidable hospitalizations through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation grant, RAVEN (Reduce AVoidable hospitalizations using Evidence-based interventions for Nursing facilities). Prior to joining JHF, Ms. Perry worked in both home and community-based services as well as long-term care. She holds a master’s in professional leadership from Carlow University and a bachelor’s in psychology from Westminster College. She is a licensed nursing home administrator and is certified in ethics and compliance management from St. Louis University.

Stacie Bonenberger, MOT, OTR/L
Program Manager, Aging Initiatives

Ms. Bonenberger is a program manager at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, with a primary focus on initiatives related to the aging population, including the design of new models for senior living. Ms. Bonenberger is one of the statewide coordinators for Dementia Friends Pennsylvania, a global initiative that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. She is an active member of the Dementia-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh leadership work group. Ms. Bonenberger is also a member of the Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Task Force. As part of the JHF Aging Team, Ms. Bonenberger uses coaching skills to develop and implement customized curricula helping healthcare organizations with quality improvement efforts. Current projects include Revisiting the Teaching Nursing Home Initiative, a pilot project in three regions of Pennsylvania working to demonstrate how enhanced partnerships between academic nursing schools and skilled nursing facilities can improve quality outcomes and address workforce challenges. During 2020 – 2021, she worked closely with the Department of Human Services and the Department of Health to provide Learning Networks for staff in skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes and congregate living through the Educational Support and Clinical Coaching Program and Regional Response Health Collaborative Program. This work continues with the Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Learning Network for nursing facilities. Previously, Bonenberger worked to help long-term care facilities reduce avoidable hospitalizations through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation grant, RAVEN (Reduce AVoidable hospitalizations using Evidence-based interventions for Nursing facilities). Prior to joining JHF, she was the assistant facility director of occupational therapy at UPMC Passavant and has 17 years of clinical experience as an occupational therapist in Pennsylvania and Colorado. Ms. Bonenberger received her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Massachusetts and her master’s in occupational therapy from Chatham University. She also earned a certification in computer programming from the University of Denver.

QAPI: More Than a Meeting for Nurse Leaders

Long term care nurse leaders are busy and have many meetings on their calendars. Nurse leaders are pulled in so many directions during the work day that attending a meeting has to be meaningful and have a purpose. Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) as a meeting and a committee within the long term care environment has been present for several years. But has the QAPI process been fully implemented in the provider facilities and have the nurse leaders attending the meetings gained the full benefits of this process? There is a federal regulation that addresses the QAPI process; CMS has developed and provided guidelines for the implementation of the QAPI process; the updated state operations manual Appendix PP includes updates to F868. This session will review the basic components of an effective and efficient QAPI process and specifically focus on the nurse leader role. Additionally, the session will address the value of the QAPI process for the long term care nurse leaders.

Objectives:

  • 95% of learners will have completed the evaluation with the correct beginning and ending codes.
  • 95% of learners will be able to state the components of an effective and efficient QAPI process.
  • 95% of learners will be able discuss the role of the nurse leader in the QAPI process.
  • 95% of learners will be able to identify at least two benefits of the QAPI process to the nurse leader.
  • 95% of learners will attend the full 60-minute education webinar and complete the evaluation following the education.

Presenter:
Sophie Campbell (MSN, RN, CRRN, RAC-CT, CNDLTC) is the Executive Director of Educational Programming and Services at PADONA. Sophie has greater than 30 years experience in a combination of operations and consulting. In her current role with PADONA Sophie provides directed in-service education, plans and schedules education webinars and provides individual provider education. Sophie provides education to providers in the areas of medical record documentation, restorative nursing, compliance, quality measures, survey preparation, Medicaid Case Mix Index, and a variety of other topics to assist providers with staff education and to assist the nursing management team with information to manage daily operations. During her years in operations, Sophie was in the roles of nursing assistant, staff nurse, nursing supervisor, nurse educator, restorative nursing manager, clinical manager and director of nursing/chief nursing officer. In her role as a consultant, Sophie assisted long term care providers with several areas of operations and strategic planning for the long term care facility nursing departments.

Support Organization:
Pennsylvania Association of Directors of Nursing Administration. PADONA is your association for nurse leader education with a mission and goal to provide education for the Pennsylvania long term care nurse leaders.

Understanding New CMS Guidance on The Implementation of the Phase 3 Requirements for Long Term Care Providers and Preparing for Upcoming Surveys

The presenters will discuss the most recent guidance issued by CMS regarding the Phase 3 Requirements which were initially announced by CMS via a memorandum issued on November 22, 2019, and formally implemented on November 28, 2022. On June 29, 2022, CMS announced that further guidance associated with the Phase 3 requirements will be issued on or about October 24, 2022. With the issuance of this additional guidance, facilities should begin preparation for upcoming surveys on the Phase 3 requirements. To help facilities prepare for the October 24, 2022 compliance date, the presenters will discuss the new guidance requirements which require facilities to have an Infection Preventionist, and address topics such as: abuse and neglect, admission, transfer and discharge, mental health substance use disorder, payroll based journal/nurse staffing, resident rights, potential inaccurate diagnosis and/or assessment, pharmacy services, psychosocial outcome severity guide, state investigations of complaint allegations, and arbitration agreements.

Objectives:

  • 95% of learners will have completed the evaluation with correct beginning and ending codes.
  • 95% of learners will be able to state the requirements of Phase 3 Requirements from CMS.
  • 95% of learners will be able discuss the new guidance requirements related to infection preventionists.
  • 95% of learners will attend the full 60-minute education webinar and complete the evaluation following the education.

Presenters:
David C. Marshall is an attorney and managing shareholder in the law firm of Latsha Davis & Marshall. He is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. Mr. Marshall’s primary area of practice is health care law, focusing on long term and post-acute care providers and providing guidance in areas including Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, HIPAA, fraud and abuse, corporate compliance, regulatory and licensure matters, real estate tax exemption matters and transaction and corporate issues.

Jennifer Russell Spence is an Associate Attorney with the law firm of Latsha, Davis & Marshall. Prior to joining Latsha, Davis & Marshall she worked as counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Health Division of Nursing Care Facilities. Her primary area of practice is health care law, focusing on long term care providers and providing guidance in areas including regulatory and licensure matters, survey and enforcement. She has handled nursing facility survey matters and other matters before the Department of Health Board of Appeals, and she has a detailed knowledge of current and proposed Department of Health licensure regulations.

Support Organization:
The law firm of Latsha, Davis & Marshall

Federal Regulation F689 – Accident Hazards, Supervision & Devices

Federal regulation F689 Accident Hazards/Supervision/Devices has been and remains one of the top five cited regulations both nationally and in Pennsylvania. There are so many variations of resident situations that can be cited under this regulation. There are also audits and education and general reviews that can assist providers to maintain resident safety, prevent accidents and prevent related to federal regulation F689. This session will provide an overview of the regulation, surveyor and provide recommendations toward preventing the citation of the regulation as a deficiency during survey.

 

Objectives:

  • 95% of learners will have completed the evaluation with the correct beginning and ending codes.
  • 95% of learners will be able to state the requirements of F689 federal regulation.
  • 95% of learners will be able discuss the opportunities to prevent the federal regulation deficiency during survey.
  • 95% of learners will attend the full 60-minute education webinar and complete the evaluation following the education.

Presenter:

Sophie Campbell, MS, RN, CRRN, RAC-CT, CNDLTC, Executive Director Educational Programming & Services

 

Support Organization:

Pennsylvania Association of Directors of Nursing Administration
(PADONA)

PA Quality Incentives Program Overview

The Pennsylvania Long-Tern Care Learning Network and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation have been providing educational webinars related to the PA Quality Incentives Program. All Pennsylvania long-term care provider facilities who admit and provide care for Medicaid beneficiaries are automatically enrolled in this program. This program is provided by the Community Health Choices (CHC) managed Medicaid payors. There is a financial incentive associated with the measures associated with the Program. As a nurse leader you are critically involved in the seven measures that are involved in the Quality Incentives Program. It is important for nurse leaders to understand the PA Quality Incentives Program and the measures that are included in the program. This webinar had been provided previously and this is an overview for those who were unable to attend

Objectives:

  • 95% of learners will complete the evaluation to report learning completed during the webinar.
  • 95% of learners will report use of information in their daily operations.
  • 95% pf learners will provide the correct beginning and ending codes for the webinar.
  • 95% of learners will attend the full 60 minute education webinar and complete the evaluation following the education.

Presenter:

Dr. Lawrence Appel, MD, SFHM Medical Director of the Department of Human Services/Office of Long-Term Living

Support Organization:

The Department of Human Services/Office of Long-Term Living

Falls Prevention & Management & Impact on Quality Measures

The Pennsylvania Nursing Facility Quality Incentives Program has been initiated. One measure is the quality measure of long stay residents with falls with major injury. Of course we are aware that if we can prevent and manage resident falls, falls with major injuries can also be prevented or managed. The path from policy to practice can be a tricky one to navigate. This session will look at a long standing issue with in our communities of falls, and discuss ways that the processes we put into place can help mitigate the risk we share with our residents when this path is not well defined. We will incorporate a review of the Fall Quality Measure to ensure that publicly reported data is reflective of the true picture of our facilities as it relates to this hot button topic.

Objectives:

  • 90% of learners will be able to define the process to identify risk and implement strategies to mitigate the risk.
  • 90% of learners will be able to understand the components required for comprehensive policies and documentation.
  • 90% of learners will be able to explain the correlation and impact of fall prevention and management from policy to quality measures.
  • 95% of learners will attend the full 60 minute education webinar and complete the evaluation following the education.

Presenter:

Patty Austin is a Registered Nurse with 29 years’ experience in the skilled nursing setting. She started her career as a nursing assistant and has held many positions within the skilled arena. She most recently held the position of Director of Nursing for a 120 bed SNF in Western Pennsylvania before accepting the position of Quality Improvement Specialist with Quality Insights in 2016. Patty is able to combine the global view of skilled nursing with creating teams to improve care in facilities.

Pressure Ulcer Overview from Prevention Through Quality Measures

The Pennsylvania Nursing Facility Quality Incentives Program has been initiated. One measure is the quality measure of high risk long stay residents with pressure ulcers. In this session attendees will learn the importance of pressure injury prevention through risk assessments and care planning, how to conduct a comprehensive wound assessment to support completion of section M of the MDS and understand the impact that wounds have on Quality Measures, 5 Star Rating, Quality Reporting and the Nursing Facility Quality Incentive Program.

Objectives:

  • 90% of learners will be able to define the process to identify risk and implement strategies to mitigate the risk.
  • 90% of learners will be able to understand the components required for comprehensive wound assessment and documentation.
  • 90% of learners will be able to explain the correlation and impact of pressure injury prevention, wound assessment and documentation on the MDS and quality performance measures.
  • 95% of learners will attend the full 90-minute education webinar and complete the evaluation following the education.

Presenter:

Angela Huffman is the VP of Clinical Services for Affinity Health Services and has dedicated more than 30 years to elder care in a variety of capacities that includes work as a PA state surveyor, clinical consultant, and specialized nurse paralegal for defense counsel. Angela holds certifications in Healthcare Compliance, Wound Care Certification through the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy and most recently earned a certificate in Elder Law and Chronic Care from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

You Have Vaccine Mandate Questions – We Have Answers

The recent decision by the Supreme Court to allow the vaccine mandate to be upheld for healthcare workers in facilities which receive Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement has left some questions for nurse leaders related to what is an allowable religious exemption, will the surveyors check these, can I ask visitors to test at the door and other such questions.  Guidance and directives have been plentiful but what is legally allowable and which decisions that you make will withstand a challenge by a staff member, surveyor or visitor? This session will provide answers to you for these and other vaccine mandate questions.

Objectives:

  • 90% of learners will self-report a basic understanding of the directives of the vaccine mandate and who needs to be vaccinated.
  • 90% of learners will self-report understanding their risks if they are non-compliant with the mandate.
  • 90% of learners will self-report understanding of what the surveyors will evaluate when they come for the annual or infection control surveys.

Presenter:

Paula Sanders is a Principal and Chair of Post & Schell’s national healthcare practice and Chair of the Firm’s COVID-9 Task Force. She focuses her practice exclusively on healthcare law. Ms. Sanders represents clients on both substantive and procedural aspects of health facility regulation and compliance, such as licensure and certification, OSHA, Medicare/Medicaid; compliance; payer audits; fraud and abuse, OIG investigations and voluntary disclosures. She is skilled in dealing with multiple regulatory and law enforcement agencies and coordinating an integrated response to their issues. Ms. Sanders’ clients include continuing care retirement communities, long-term care facilities, assisted living providers, hospitals, hospices, home health agencies, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, and adult day care centers, as well as intellectual and developmental disability providers.

Ms. Sanders has written and lectured extensively on topics affecting the health care industry. She speaks regularly before international, national and statewide organizations. Ms. Sanders is an appointed member of both the American Health Care Association’s and LeadingAge’s national legal committees.

The Scoop on Poop: Enteric Pathogens in the Long-term Care Setting

This educational session is designed to discuss the two most prevalent enteric pathogens found in the long-term care setting. We will provide a brief overview of each pathogen including their epidemiology, clinical presentation, and transmission patterns. The session will also discuss management and prevention strategies for dealing with these pathogens.

Objectives:

  • 90% of learners will recognize the burden of gastroenteric pathogens in the long-term care setting.
  • 90% of learners will be able to describe the characteristics, signs, and symptoms of norovirus and C. difficile infections.
  • 90% of learners will be able to compare and contrast infection prevention recommendations for both norovirus and C. difficile in the long-term care setting.

Presenter:

Jenny Bender and Dana Piatek are currently Infection Preventionists with the Bureau of Epidemiology at the Pennsylvania Department of Health. They are both part of the Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention/Antimicrobial Stewardship department where they are members of the Infection Control Outbreak Response team and subject matter experts for PA Project Firstline.

CMS Vax Mandate Unlikely to go Away – What We Know Now

CMS is requiring all regulated providers to ensure all staff are either vaccinated or granted a lawful exemption by January 4, 2022. Phase 1 of the interim final rule (IFR) requires first shots by December 6, 2021. Providers across the country are moving quickly to come into compliance, as CMS has indicated there will be enforcement sanctions, up to and including termination. We will review the regulatory requirements, including strategies to approach exemption requests, to help you prepare for survey enforcement. We will also examine the new CMS guidances that came out last Friday and explore their impact on your day-to-day operations. We know that staff are confused about why they need to get vaccinated – some are confusing the CMS mandate with the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for employers with more than 100 employees. Although one lawsuit has been filed against the CMS mandate, we expect that the regulations will survive. It is less clear whether the OSHA ETS will survive the recent decision of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. We will discuss the differences between the CMS IFR and the OSHA ETS and provide you with talking points to help you explain the difference to your team.

Objectives:

  • 90% of learners will recognize the requirements of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the long-term care setting.
  • 90% of learners will be able to describe the requirements of the vaccine mandate for long term care settings.
  • 90% of learners will be able to state the penalties that will be enforced and the manner in which they will be enforced for long-term care settings.

Presenter:

Paula Sanders is a Principal and Co-Chair of Post & Schell’s national healthcare practice and Chair of the Firm’s COVID-19 Task Force. She focuses her practice exclusively on healthcare law. Ms. Sanders represents clients on both substantive and procedural aspects of health facility regulation and compliance, such as licensure and certification; OSHA; Medicare/Medicaid; compliance; payer audits; fraud and abuse; OIG investigations and voluntary disclosures. She is skilled in dealing with multiple regulatory and law enforcement agencies and coordinating an integrated response to their issues. Ms. Sanders’ clients include continuing care retirement communities, long-term care facilities, assisted living providers, hospitals, hospices, home health agencies, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, and adult day care centers, as well as intellectual and developmental disability providers. Ms. Sanders has written and lectured extensively on topics affecting the health care industry. She speaks regularly before international, national, and statewide organizations. Ms. Sanders is an appointed member of both the American Health Care Association’s and LeadingAge’s national legal committees.

How to Safeguard Resident Information in an Electronic Environment

All providers struggle with the electronic communications available to their staff members – both professional and personal. The increased number of devices available also increase the potential for inappropriately sharing resident personal health information. In this presentation we will discuss the basic foundations of HIPAA and how it applies in an electronic world.  Participants will gain an understanding on how to safely and securely relay resident personal health information while emailing and texting.  We will also discuss how HIPAA applies in social media use.

Objectives:

  • 90% of learners will obtain a basic Understanding of the principles of HIPAA related to electronic communication methodologies
  • 90% of learners will report understanding of the obligations the community has regarding resident information and the need to communicate to others in various electronic formats
  • 90% of learners will know how to safely use and share resident information in an electronic environment

Presenter:

Tracy Malloy RD, LDN, CHC, CHPC joined the FSA Compliance and Risk Management team as a Compliance Specialist in May of 2018. Tracy is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with more than 30 years of experience in long term care/senior living. Tracy has held a variety of clinical and operational positions. As a Compliance Manager, Tracy assists in overseeing the compliance and privacy programs of multiple Life Care Communities in a variety of states. Tracy a graduate of the University of Hartford with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. She completed her internship at the Albert Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) as well as Dietitian in Healthcare Communities (DHCC). Her areas of expertise include geriatric nutrition and food service operations. Tracy is a member the Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) and is certified in healthcare compliance (CHC) and privacy (CHPC).

Compliance with Transfer and Discharge Notifications

Long-term care facilities continue to struggle with the regulatory requirements for transfer and discharge notification. In addition to survey concerns, facilities must now be aware of the potential for litigation related to improper notice for transfer and discharge. This webinar will examine the regulation and provide suggestions for compliance in order to assist facilities in minimizing opportunities for citations and potential litigation.

Objectives:

  • The learner will be familiarized with F-tag 622, Transfer and Discharge Requirements
  • The learner will acquire an understanding of the different types of transfers and discharges
  • The learner will utilize the Critical Element Pathway for transfers and discharges as a Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement tool to help ensure compliance

Presenter:

Jennifer Dunlap, MSN, RN, WCC, RAC-CT has long-term and acute care nursing experience, and is a senior nurse consultant for legal nursing and clinical consulting. Jennifer is wound care certified and has experience managing wounds in both the long-term/sub-acute and acute care settings. She also has management experience as Nursing Supervisor in intensive care/coronary care and as Assistant Director of Nursing in long-term care. Jennifer is a Basic Life Support instructor and is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support as well as Advanced Stroke Life Support. Jennifer has experience with infection control and has completed infection preventionist training.

Preventing Falls in a Pandemic QM’s: The Other COVID 19 Victims

The CoVid 19 pandemic has changed the way that facilities manage daily operations in many areas.  Safety and Quality Measure management are no exception.  This presentation will focus on adapting Fall Management programs to meet the needs of your facility within the framework of Covid Pandemic guidance.

Objectives:

  • Apply the QAPI process to fall management
  • List ways that processes have changed related to Pandemic guidance
  • Identify tools that will assist with fall management

Presenter:

Patty Austin is a Registered Nurse with 29 years’ experience in the skilled nursing setting.  She started her career as a nursing assistant and has held many positions within the skilled arena. She most recently held the position of Director of Nursing for a 120 bed SNF in Western Pennsylvania before accepting the position of Quality Improvement Specialist with Quality Insights in 2016.  She loves combining the global view she has of skilled nursing now with the love she had for creating teams to improve care during her time in facilities.

OSHA’s National Emphasis Program (NEP) targets nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

On January 21, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order aimed at increasing workplace protections and improving the safety of all employees.  In response, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new National Emphasis Program (NEP) effective March 12, 2021 focused specifically on reducing or eliminating worker’s exposure to COVID-19.  Nursing Homes, continuing care retirement communities, and assisted living facilities are among those employers who have been targeted under the NEP.  The new NEP is also focused on ensuring that employees are protected from retaliation and has a strong enforcement component.

Objectives:

  • Describe OSHA’s goals for protecting employees.
  • Assess OSHA written respiratory protection program requirements and compare them to your facility’s internal policies and procedures.
  • Implement strong anti-retaliation policies.

Presenter:

Paula Sanders is a Principal and Co-Chair of Post & Schell’s national healthcare practice. She focuses her practice exclusively on healthcare law. Ms. Sanders represents clients on both substantive and procedural aspects of health facility regulation and compliance, such as licensure and certification, Medicare/Medicaid; compliance; payer audits; fraud and abuse, OIG investigations and voluntary disclosures. She is skilled in dealing with multiple regulatory and law enforcement agencies and coordinating an integrated response to their issues. Ms. Sanders’ clients include continuing care retirement communities, long-term care facilities, assisted living providers, hospitals, hospices, home health agencies, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, psychiatric hospitals, institutional pharmacies, clinical laboratories and adult day care centers, as well as intellectual and developmental disability providers. Ms. Sanders has written and lectured extensively on topics affecting the health care industry.  She speaks regularly before international, national and statewide organizations. Ms. Sanders is an appointed member of the American Health Care Association’s legal committee and former member of the LeadingAge national legal committee.

Temporary Nurse Aide Program

This program will provide an outline and overview of a successful temporary nurse aide training program during the COVID19 Pandemic in Long-term Care. The Temporary Nurse Aide Program was approved by the Pennsylvania Governor Wolf to assist nursing home providers to fill the gaps for staff during the pandemic when additional staffing was required based on the needs of residents. The Director of Extended Care Services for this organization will share the experiences of Presbyterian Senior Living (PSL) and what they have learned along the way.

Objectives:

  • Understand the ACHA NCAL program and process for Temporary Nurse Aide certification.
  • Develop a training program for Temporary Nurse Aides tailored to your individual community needs.
  • Establish competency for and successfully integrate Temporary Nurse Aides into your community.
Bamlanivimab (Monoclonal Antibodies): Cutting Edge COVID-19 Treatment in Long Term Care

The use of monoclonal antibodies is a cutting edge and rising treatment in the fight against COVID-19, especially within long term care. Join us to learn more about bamlanivimab (BAM) and how to use it in your facility!

Objectives:

  • Understand the use of bamlanivimab under the emergency use authorization.
  • Evaluate if a patient is candidate for bamlanivimab using inclusion and exclusion criteria.
  • Understand the utility of bamlanivimab in long term care and be able to establish bamlanivimab as a treatment within a SNF or CCRC.
How to Survive an OSHA COVID-19 Investigation

OSHA has cited over 112 organizations for COVID-19 related violations and proposed penalties totaling $1,603,544.  From October 9, 2020 to October 15, 2020, they issued citations to 27 employers who collectively face $381,388 in proposed fines.  The names of these alleged violators are posted on the OSHA website, even before any appeal process has commenced.  Many are nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  Are you already under investigation? Will you be next? What do you need to know to be prepared. First, take a deep breath and try to relax. Next, sign up for this Lunch and Learn Webinar where Paula Sanders will discuss OSHA’s new Guidance, “RESPIRATORY PROTECTION GUIDANCE for the Employers of Those Working in Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, and Other Long-Term Care Facilities, during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” just released October 30, 2020.  When an employee dies and had COVID, is that always a “work-related” death?  What should you do if you are having trouble getting N95 fit-testing? Where should you be filing employee screening records? What exactly is an RPP? Learn from the experiences of other, and know what you need to do to be ready to respond to an OSHA COVID-19 investigation.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Understand OSHA’s expectations for what post-acute providers should be doing now, and in the past, to protect their employees from COVID-19
  • Anticipate potential triggers for an OSHA investigation
  • Analyze the most common COVID-19 related citations
  • Identify all elements of a Respiratory Protection Program so you can evaluate your own programs for potential vulnerabilities
  • Prepare for the possible “Knock on the Door”
An Everyday Guide to Understanding the CMS 5 Star Rating

The presentation will cover all 3 aspects of the 5-star rating system for long term care providers. During the presentation, survey, staffing and quality measures will be discussed in depth and the scoring for each measure.  Based on the all three scoring measures, overall scoring for the facilities will be discussed. Finally, strategies, understanding of the RAI manual and a discussion of best practices to help improve the facility 5 star rating.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Understand the October 5, 2019 technical guide
  • Understand the scoring of each 5-star measure
  • Practical strategies to improve the 5-star rating
Quality Measures and LTC Survey Pathways

As healthcare providers, often spend time trying to figure out how to navigate the complexities of providing superior patient care while meeting regulatory requirements and promoting our public image.  This webinar will focus on looking at ways the tools and reports already at our disposal can pave the way to making our wish list improvement items become reality.  We will discuss the integration of Quality Measure reports, Department Of Health Survey Pathways and the QAPI process into the daily routine.  The audience will be able to identify how our tools and data reports allow us to anticipate areas for improvement before negative outcomes occur and ways to incorporate the use of these tools into our daily work flow.

Federal Regulations and the Consultant Pharmacist:

Improve your understanding and application the of the State Operations Manual (SOM) regulations and guidance related to pharmacy services. We will be focusing on some trending topics for this year including: medication storage, consultant pharmacy services, and more!

OBJECTIVES:

  • Understand and apply the regulations regarding medication storage
  • Understand the consultant pharmacist role from the regulatory and clinical perspective
  • Through regulations and practicality, understand how to best utilize your consultant pharmacist as a part of your interdisciplinary team.
Respiratory Therapy, the MDS & PDPM:
Two respiratory therapists will demonstrate through discussion the importance of respiratory therapy training and competencies for nursing staff. The training and competency evaluation is required to effectively assess patients and provide proper treatment for incoming respiratory patients. By having the necessary training, nurses will meet the PDPM requirements for the nursing component by adhering to the RAI Manual coding requirements for the MDS assessment in section O and assure that facilities are capturing the optimal available points under the new reimbursement system.
Avoiding a Citation for Discharge and Transfer Notifications:

CMS implemented the Final Rule which consisted of three phases for regulatory compliance in long-term care facilities. In November 2017, one of those regulations focused on compliance with transfers and discharges from the long-term care facility.  In order to assist facilities in minimizing the opportunity for an F-622 citation, this webinar will examine the regulation, explain various definitions, and offer suggestions for compliance.

Implementing Vibrant QAPI Program:

This case study presentation reviews the planning and implementation steps taken by the Lutheran SeniorLife Passavant Community to evolve a paper compliant but dull QAPI program into an inclusive, data driven, multi-dimensional program. We have achieved this through passionate leadership, attention to practicality, persistently addressing the barriers to progress, and the patience to allow all departments to learn, apply and finally embrace the value of a true performance improvement process striving for excellence.

Hazardous Drugs & USP 800:

All drugs save lives but hazardous drugs also pose a risk to the healthcare workers who handle and administer them. The new USP 800 Standard establishes processes intended to minimize healthcare worker exposure to hazardous drugs. During this program, we’ll explain why the USP Standards were established, what you need to know about the requirements and the actions needed to create a compliant program in your facility.

Prepare for Surveys & Responding to Adverse Surveys/Licensure Action:

Governmental oversight and scrutiny of nursing homes is at an all-time high. The provider community has seen a major overhaul of the federal requirements of participation for long-term care facilities and an increase in the imposition of civil money penalties by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Pennsylvania Auditor General has released a new audit of DOH and its oversight of nursing homes and DOH continues to move toward the development of updated state nursing facility licensure regulations. This session will address strategies and best practices for nursing facilities to consider in preparing for a survey and pitfalls to avoid during a survey. The session will also explore the appeal options and strategies available to nursing facility providers with respect to challenging deficiencies and/or the imposition of sanctions/remedies in response to an adverse survey, including a focus on the criteria needed to evidence past noncompliance. This webinar titled “Prepare for Surveys & Responding to Adverse Surveys/Licensure Action​” was provided by Tanya Daniels Harris, Esquire of Latsha, Davis & Marshall Attorneys at Law on October 11, 2019 and can be used for education and training.

Tackling Discharge Medication Decisions:

This webinar titles “Tackling Discharge Medications” was provided by Dr. Jennifer Devinney (RPh, PharmD) Chief Clinical Officer for Grane RX on August 15, 2019 and provides valuable information for protocol development and education related to medications at the time of discharge.

Implementing the EPAs Final Rule Regarding Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals:

This webinar titled “Implementing the EPAs Final Rule Regarding Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals” was provided by Dr. Forrest Moore Chief Clinical Officer for Garda RX on September 12, 2019 and provides detailed information related to the EPA rule for HWPs that can be used for education and the development of protocols to ensure compliance with the rule that was effective August 21, 2019.

2019 Convention – Administrative Sessions:

Download the complete audio recordings of the administrative program from the 2019 PADONA annual convention.

2019 Convention – Clinical Sessions:

Download the complete audio recordings of the clinical program from the 2019 PADONA annual convention.

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Candace Jones
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