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2015 Annual Long-Term Care Provider Meetings – Save the Date

Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Section for Long-Term Care Regulation

Coming to the following locations:
October 2, 2015:  Region 5 – Macon, MO
October 23, 2015:  Region 1 – Springfield, MO
October 28, 2015:  Region 4 – St. Joseph, MO
October 29, 2015:  Region 3 – Kansas City, MO
November 3, 2015:  Region 2 – Cape Girardeau, MO
November 4, 2015:  Region 7 – St. Louis, MO
November 16, 2015:  Region 6 – Jefferson City, MO

Registration is not required.  Please see the flyer next week for more details.

KEPRO’s Phone Numbers

As of August 1, 2015, phone numbers for previous state QIOs will no longer be forwarding to KEPRO’s phone lines as has occurred over the last year.  Please make sure that all of your beneficiary notices have been updated with KEPRO’s appropriate area phone number.  Should the notice not contain the correct number and the call is late, the skilled services notice (Notice of Medicare Non-coverage) will be deemed invalid.  The phone numbers for each area are also listed on the website at www.keproqio.com.

Missouri is part of Area 4.  If a Medicare beneficiary has a concern or is not satisfied with the quality of care received, he or she can call the KEPRO Medicare Beneficiary Helpline at 855-408-8557.  TTY for all areas: 855-843-4776.

The beneficiary may also download a quality of care complaint form, English or Spanish, to complete and fax or mail to:

Beneficiary Helpline Fax: 844-834-7130

5201 West Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 900
Tampa, Florida 33609
Attention: Beneficiary Complaints

Complaints may also be emailed to beneficiary.complaints@hcqis.org.

Proposed Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities Call – Registration Now Open

August 11, 2015:  2:30-4:00 pm ET (1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. CT)

This Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Connects National Provider Call provides an overview of the proposed rule to reform the requirements for long-term care facilities.  These requirements are the federal health and safety standards that long-term care facilities must meet in order to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs.  This presentation provides background for updating these requirements and briefly walks through many of the changes included in the proposal.  A question and answer session follows the presentation.

Agenda:

  • Highlights of the proposed rule
  • Overarching themes of the proposed rule
  • Methods for reviewing and commenting on the proposed rule

The registration page is located here: www.eventsvc.com/blhtechnologies/register/8c43349f-8523-4e24-b48f-4c70f0ad8480.

The call detail page is here: www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/National-Provider-Calls-and-Events-Items/2015-08-11-Long-Term-Care.html?DLPage=1&DLEntries=10&DLSort=0&DLSortDir=descending.

The link to the proposed regulations is here: www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-07-16/pdf/2015-17207.pdf.

Hurricane Sandy: A Lesson in Survival

Why it is important to have an emergency plan in place.  This article focuses on October 22, 2012 and sometime following, when the largest Atlantic hurricane on record left the East Coast in a state of emergency.  Read and understand what it was like as nursing homes were evacuated.  You also get a description of some challenges crews faced as well as the lessons learned from the experience.

Please see the full article from Long Term Living – July/August 2015 here.

Nursing Home Quality Improvement Webinar

August 6, 2015:  Improving Immunizations in Nursing Homes (12:00 Noon-1:00 p.m. CT)

Join this webinar to learn how nursing homes can improve in immunization quality measures and processes.  You will hear nursing home leaders discuss best practices that can be implemented, as well as the Texas MDS clinical coordinator who will present additional information about MDS coding for these measures.

For more information, please visit the TMF website here and sign in.

Live Stream the 2015 Pioneer Network Conference

Can’t make the 2015 Pioneer Network Conference in Chicago?  Tune-in via livestream video August 3-4 for select education sessions brought to you by ChangingAging with support from Kimberly-Clark Corporation.

The livestream feed will be available FREE to the public from the Pioneer Network website.  The Pioneer Network Annual Conference is the premier event of the year showcasing the latest developments in the long-term care culture change movement.

Click here to view the full Livestream broadcast schedule, including sessions by Karen Schoeneman, Glenn Blacklock, Megan Hannan, Peggy Brenner, Susan Frazier, Loretta Downs and more!

Missouri Assisted Living Association’s 2015 Fall Conference

October 11-13, 2015:  MALA 2015 Fall Conference
Location:  Camden on the Lake, Lake Ozark, MO

This fall conference agenda includes several speakers and presentations over a three-day time frame.  The option to attend all or just one day is included on the registration form.

Please see the tentative conference agenda and attendee registration form attached or visit the Missouri Assisted Living Association’s conference web page here.