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2022 Annual Convention Call for Presentations

PADONA’s 34th Annual Convention will be held Tuesday, March 29 through Friday, April 1, 2022.  We are looking for dynamic speakers who are interested in sharing their knowledge and expertise with our membership and convention attendees.  Our live conference brings 400+ nurse leaders and nursing home administrators together for 4 days at The Hotel Hershey.  85% of our attendees are Registered Nurses serving in roles such as Director of Nursing, Assistant Director of Nursing, Corporate Nurse, Staff Development, Infection Preventionist, MDS Coordinator, and Nurse Managers.   45% of our attendees are licensed Nursing Home Administrators.  Requested / Suggested topics are included in the Call for Speaker form.

Proposals for educational content can be submitted via the attached proposal form and will be accepted through December 17, 2021.   Please contact Candace McMullen at with questions.

We hope to see you in Hershey this spring!  PADONA Call for Speakers 2022 Convention

Identifying Safe Practices with Urinary Leg Bag Systems in Long Term Care

The attached article,  published in the American Journal of Infection Control was co-authored by Sharon Bradley, Senior Infection Prevention and Patient Safety Analyst/Consultant, of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority.  Many of you will recognize Sharon as one of our convention presenters.  The article has been provided with her permission.  Identifying safe practices urinary leg bag systems in LTC.

August 2019 Newsletter

Check out the PADONA August 2019 Newsletter for information on The Flu Vaccine and the newest EPA Revisions for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals!  A huge THANK YOU to our featured business partner, Columbia Ancillary Services for their ongoing support of PADONA!

PADONA 2018 Annual Report

Pursuant to the PADONA Bylaws, the Board’s duties include reporting, annually, to the members, the business transacted throughout the year.  The Board offers the following report of our business transactions as completed in calendar year 2018.  Please contact Candace McMullen, Board Chair, with any questions.  PADONA Annual Report 2018 



The annual PEPPER report for SNF’s will be released on or about 4/5/19.  To access your facility’s PEPPER data, you need to log on to the TMF website below. Select the appropriate portal based on your CMS Provider Number.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a full listing of 2567 Statement of Deficiencies information compiled through November 2018. This provides a full year of data from state surveys conducted under the revised survey process that is based on the regulations that became effective November 28, 2017. It is noteworthy that three of the top ten most cited deficiencies are #5 – F755 Pharmacy Services, #6 – F761 Labeling and Storage of Drugs and Biologicals, and #10 – F758 Psychotropic Medications. The #1 most cited F-Tag is F880 – Infection Control, which can have significant connection to medication administration practices.

PADONA recommends continuing the close relationship that you have with your pharmacy services provider and consultant pharmacist. Communicate this CMS information and work together to be proactive in preventing these deficiencies in your facility.

Nursing Care Facility Recertification Survey Forms

Attached are forms that are required to be completed and given to the State Agency during recertification surveys. They are being posted in a format that can be saved and provided to the survey team upon entrance.

Please note the Entrance Conference Worksheet for NHA is being provided in addition to a State Entrance Conference Checklist and a SNF Beneficiary Protection Notification form.

Please note the Matrix with Instructions.pdf (CMS-802 (11/2018)) must be used instead of earlier versions.

MDS Teleconference CD Request Form

On January 10, 2019, a training teleconference titled “Updates for a Rapidly Changing MDS World” was presented. To receive a compact disc (CD) of this teleconference, please complete and fax the attached form to Myers and Stauffer at 717-541-1206. The associated handouts will be included on the CD.

MDS coding of item S9085C

Please note that AmeriHealth Caritas (Southwest) and Keystone First (Southeast) are the same CHC plan with differing names.

Both should be coded a “01” at S9085C on the MDS.

Contact List for Directed In-Service Providers

Attached is the contact information for persons who have communicated an interest to provide directed in-service training.

When the remedy of Directed In-Service training is imposed, the facility will be responsible for the procurement of services from an appropriate resource, and the facility will submit a copy of the proposed training program to the supervisor at the State Survey Agency for approval within the same 10-day period that is required for submitting the plan of correction.

Nurse Aide Registry Annotation List

Attached, for your information, is a listing of all nurse aides who have had substantiated findings of resident abuse, neglect or misappropriation of resident property entered on the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry as of January 4, 2019. The Nurse Aides names that have been added since the last issue are bolded.

Verification of a nurse aide’s status must still be done before hiring to verify eligibility for employment in a nursing care facility. An individual nurse aide’s status may be verified by accessing the twenty-four hour online access to the registry via the Department of Health website at . Once this site is accessed, click on “Healthcare Facilities” at top of page and next select “Registries” and “Nurse Aides”. Next click on “Nurse Aide Registry On-line”. Choose “Pennsylvania Department of Health” under the program once on the Pearson Vue Pulse portal page and use “Registry Search”.

If you would like additional information or have any questions, please feel free to contact Division of Nursing Care Facility staff at 717-787-1816.

Updated Nondiscrimination Notice

Please see the attached Nondiscrimination Notice for facilities operated in accordance with the regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

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