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Hot Topics Webinar

December 17, 2015:  Creating and Shaping Experiences of At-Homeness
Presenter:  Sheila L. Molony, PhD, APRN, GNP-BC, Associate Professor of Nursing, Quinnipiac University

What does it mean to feel at home?  This webinar will define at-homeness and provide ways of fostering quality of living and thriving in all long-term care and living environments by focusing on specific experiences of at-homeness.  The discussion will include actions that can be taken to create, shape and maintain those experiences.

Please see the details and registration info on the Hot Topics event page here.

MC5 2016 Annual Conference – Save the Date

May 3-5, 2016:  Honoring the Past; Challenging the Future of Culture Change
Location:  Hilton Garden Inn, Columbia, MO

As the leader in promoting person-centered care and personal choice, MC5 provides this annual opportunity for care professionals and businesses to network in an exciting, and partnership-building event to bring the best ideas and services to the seniors of our state.

Please see the flyer attached and stay tuned to MC5 for more registration details coming soon.

Culture Change with Carmen

Alarms: The New Deficient Practice? Eliminating Alarms and Preventing Falls by Engaging with Life
Come on Long Term Care! Be the Best, Smash the Box and get ready for the Baby Boomers

February 10, 2016:  Osage Beach, MO
February 11, 2016:  Springfield, MO
February 12, 2016:  Sikeston, MO

Join Carmen Bowman for an all-day event at three locations as she discusses the use of alarms.  See how eliminating alarms has actually reduced falls in the homes that no longer use them.  She will also help you find out if your home is really offering the right ways to attract Baby Boomers.

Please see the flyer here for more details.

2015 State of the Art Person-Centered Care Survey

It has been almost a decade since the last national survey explored how care communities are moving away from more traditional systems of care and adopting individualized care practices.  Whether it is a change in how meals are served, daily routines, or an enhanced physical environment, the momentum for change is growing.  Even CMS is looking to embed Person-Centered Care much more deeply in their regulations.

Nursing homes that offer short and/or long term care and assisted living communities are invited to participate in the 2015 State of the Art of Person-Centered Care Benchmark Study.

You may access the survey here.

Updated MDS Information – additional

On October 1, 2015 a new version of the RAI Manual became effective, Version 1.13.  Most of the changes were minor but there is one important change to point out.  Prior to the update, Significant Change MDS’s were required if a resident enrolled in or discontinued hospice.  Those rules are still in effect, but now, a Significant Change MDS is also required when a resident changes hospice providers and remains a resident at the nursing home.  This new rule is in the RAI manual in Chapter 2 on page 21.  A Significant Change MDS may also be required in situations when the hospice providing services is purchased by another hospice provider.

The new manual can be found at:  Scroll to the bottom of the page.  The first link is the ENTIRE Manual.  The second link is just the pages that have been changed as of October 1, 2015.  You will also find a summary of the changes in the second link.

If you have any questions, you may contact Stacey Bryan, BSN, RN, State RAI Coordinator, Department of Health & Senior Services, Telephone 573-751-6308 or E-mail

TMF Readmissions/Medication Safety/Behavioral Health Open Forum

November 17, 2015:  Medication Management During the Transition from Hospital to Primary Care
Presenter:  Becky L. Armor, PharmD, CDE, BCACP

Join this webinar to learn about a pilot study assessing types of medication discrepancies and adverse drug events in patients recently discharged from the hospital.

Please see the event registration page here for more details.

Hot Topics: Culture Change in Action Webinar

November 11, 2015:  The Impact of the Green House Project and Action Pact;s Household Model
Presenters:  Susan Frazier Ryan, BSN, MA, Senior Director, The Green House Project
Megan Hannan, MS, Executive Leader, Action Pact

The Green House model and Action Pact’s Household model both provide self-directed living for the frailest among us. Each has unique characteristics, but also commonalities. Households and Green House homes both result in new physical layout, organizational redesign, and resident directed life. Join Senior Director of The Green House Project, Susan Frazier Ryan and Action Pact’s Megan Hannan, to gain insight into lessons learned about the process for creating deep and sustainable change. High involvement and serious investment from many stakeholders in the organization is the path to changing habits and systems that create new and sustainable culture. Regardless of the current physical layout, it is essential that cross discipline teams are engaged in the process and able to apply what they learn to their day to day work. Participants will leave this webinar with an understanding about the importance of transforming the thinking of the organization first in order to produce those changed behaviors that result in in quality resident directed living.

Please see the Hot Topics events page here for more registration details.