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Category Archives: Long Term Care Blog

MALA Spring Conference

April 17-19, 2016:  Unmasking the True Identity in Long Term Care
Location:  Chateau on the Lake, Branson, MO

Registration for attending the Missouri Assisted Living Association’s 2015 Spring Conference is now available.

Please visit MALA’s website here for registration forms for this conference.

TMF Quality Innovation Network Annual Conference

April 7, 2016:  Be the Change: Strategies for health care transformation

Mark your calendar to join the TMF Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization for our free, one-day virtual conference.  We are planning a dynamic event to give health care providers from all care settings innovative tools, top case study scenarios and in-depth demonstrations of how to make needed changes within your organizations to better engage patients, establish successful processes and use health information technology to improve patient outcomes.  Please save the date to attend this event.  All health care providers, partners and stakeholders are invited.  We will provide additional information about this event, including information regarding continuing education credits, in the coming weeks.  Visit and follow @TMFQINQIO for the latest updates.

ALF Resident Assessment Training

March 21-23, 2016:  Best Western Capital Inn, Jefferson City, MO
June 27-29, 2016:  Best Western Capital Inn, Jefferson City, MO
November 7-9, 2016:  Best Western Capital Inn, Jefferson City, MO

Anyone who wants training on issues relating to the elderly, aging, certain people with mental illness, and community-based assessments can attend this training.

Please see the brochure and registration information on the Missouri Assisted Living Association’s event page here.

Conversations with Carmen

February 19, 2016:  Facing Risk: Care Planning for Resident Choice
Guest:  Karen Shoeneman, Retired Deputy Director CMS Division of Nursing Homes

Are you holding back on offering true choice to residents, even though you want to – for fear of deficiencies being cited, possible legal action or other negative outcomes?  We challenge you to think again.  It is possible to hone our skills in order to honor resident choice.

Please visit the Conversations with Carmen event page here for more details including registration.

Hot Topics: Culture Change in Action

February 11, 2016:  Building Community Through Meaningful Engagement
Presenters:  Angie McAlister, Director of Cultural Transformation-Hometown, Signature HealthCARE and Linda McDaniel, Director of Clinical Care-Hometown, Signature HealthCARE

How can you build true community by engaging elders and the care team in new and innovative ways?  Join us for this webinar as we discuss concepts that have worked in our homes to build vibrant communities that promote growth for all.  We will discuss new ways to strengthen individualized approaches to protect and honor personal preferences through innovative programming methods.  We will also define intentional spontaneity and outline the benefits and discuss how to build flexibility into the day.

Please visit the Hot Topics event registration page here for more details.

Nursing Home Quality Improvement Spotlight On…

Quality Measure and Coding:  Bowel and Bladder

Quality measure review and proper documentation for loss of bowel and bladder control assists in improving the quality of care for your residents.  Click on the following links to learn more about this quality measure and coding.

Percent of Low-Risk Residents Who Lose Control of Their Bowel or Bladder Tip Sheet (PDF)
Quality Measure Video Series: Percent of Low-Risk Residents Who Lose Control of Bowel or Bladder (Long Stay) (Video)

CMS National Database Extended Downtime

All QIES systems will be down from Wednesday, March 16 after 7:00 P.M. (Central) through Monday, March 21 2016 at 10:49 (Central).  This downtime will affect all QIES connectivity and systems.  The National database will not be available.  CASPER reports will not be available.

An email blast regarding this extended downtime was sent out to the provider community on January 21, 2016.  The email recommended that providers plan their business needs around this downtime and submit their resident assessments early.  Notices have also been posted on the QIES Systems for Providers webpages regarding the extended downtime.

If you have any questions concerning this information, please contact the QTSO Help Desk at or 1-888-477-7876.