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Conversations with Carmen

June 17, 2016:  Reducing Unnecessary Wheelchair Use
Guest:  Leslie Jarema, LNHA, Director of Health Services, The Forest at Duke CCRC

Approximately two-thirds of nursing home residents are in wheelchairs the majority of the time.  Although not talked about much, the negative, iatrogenic consequences of overuse of wheelchairs are many: accelerated loss of muscle mass, pressure sores, significant discomfort and physical strain from operating chairs which increase risks for falling, injuries from falls, depression and pneumonia.  Older people’s health, mobility and self-image can suffer from too much time in wheelchairs.  They are treated as less able, even spoken to differently, promoting a cycle of helplessness.  The Forest at Duke is part of a movement that gives priority to the well-being of residents and their caregivers – above the functions of the nursing home or convenience of the staff.  Join us and our guest Leslie Jerema to learn how she led her community to use wheel chairs for transport only and helps residents be as active as possible.

For more information, please visit the event registration page here.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Rules Impacting Overtime and Exemption Status Webinar

June 16, 2016:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline is June 13, 2016

On March 14, 2016, the Department of Labor submitted the final proposed overtime rule updates of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to the Office of Management and Budget.  As a result, these updates could go into effect by late summer 2016.  This webinar will present the finalized regulations and any unexpected surprises as nearly every employer in the nation will be affected by the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed revisions.  Their impact will touch not only how employers classify their exempt and non-exempt employees, but also the organization’s bottom line profits.  Soon, employers will have to pay time-and-one-half overtime pay to many employees for hours worked over 40 in a workweek, and who had previously earned a straight salary under one of the white-collar exemptions.

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VOYCE’s Long Term Care Conference

June 10, 2016:  The Changing Landscape of Long Term Care Conference
Location:  Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel

Hear national and local experts discuss dynamic strategies, innovative tools and available long-term care options.

The format has been set with two educational tracks throughout the day; one for professionals working in long-term care and one for the general public who are looking for answers to the complexity of long-term care.

See the registration packet for the full description of the topics and the national and local expert speakers on the VOYCE event web page here.

2016 Pioneer Network Conference

July 31-Auguest 3, 2016:  Revolutionizing the Culture of Aging
Location:  Hyatt Regency New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

This highly regarded, dynamic meeting weaves together the experiences and expertise in all sectors of the aging field, from C-suite corporate staff, administrators, managers, nurses, social workers, activity professionals, researchers, regulators to elders and care partners, etc.  Attendees are self-selected learners and “movers and shakers” interested in improvement and excellence in care and support of elders.  Attendees from past conferences enthusiastically report high satisfaction and comment on how different the Pioneer Network conference is from other conferences.  They share receiving benefit from:

  • Being with like-minded people from across the United States and internationally who share their passion for changing the culture of long-term care
  • Learning from experts who are on their “culture change journey”
  • Making connections that will help them with their personal and professional journey
  • Connecting with resources and vendors that can help them achieve their goals

Please visit the Pioneer Network’s Conference webpage here for more information including registration.

Conversations with Carmen

May 20, 2016:  Improving Mobility the “Advancing Excellence” Way
Guest:  Carol Benner, Advancing Excellence Campaign

For years we have talked about preventing and reducing falls, searching for the right solution.  We even tied people to their chairs to keep them from falling, not yet realizing that the key to preventing falls is to improve mobility.  Then we “alarmed” them, which only resulted in increased immobility.  Mobility is the key to maintaining both physical health and quality of life.  The Advancing Excellence Campaign has selected Mobility as one of its nine goals.  With an expert panel, it has prepared a full set of quality improvement tools to help assess, measure and improve mobility for nursing home residents.  This conversation will focus on:

  • What mobility is
  • Why maintaining/improving mobility is important
  • How to measure mobility using an evidence-based tool
  • How to incorporate mobility in your QAPI efforts
  • How to use a root cause analysis to help you identify areas for improvement

Please visit the event page here for more information including registration.

Coordination of Care

May 25, 2016:  Capitol Plaza Hotel, Jefferson City, MO

Join us for this session that will cover the beginning-to-end journey between Hospice and Nursing Facilities.  Learn how to know when it’s time for hospice, how hospice can benefit the facility, the resident, and the family. There will be panel discussion on Care Planning and End of Life Decisions, as well as providing grief counseling for family and facility employees.

Please see the brochure attached or visit MHCA’s event page here for more information.

Readmissions, Medication Safety and Behavioral Health Open Forum

May 4, 2016:  Noon – 1:00 p.m. CT

Attend this free WebEx event to meet with TMF QIN-QIO Readmissions, Medication Safety and Behavioral Health quality improvement consultants who will be available to answer questions and provide technical assistance.  During this monthly Open Forum, your team can network with other providers and TMF QIN-QIO staff, ask questions and problem-solve on topics such as:

  • Care Transitions
  • Readmissions Reduction
  • Medication Safety
  • Adverse Drug Events
  • Behavioral Health
  • Other issues your project may have

Registration is not required for this event.
Day of Event:  Please join 10 minutes prior to the presentation to ensure proper set up.
Call-in Number: 888-884-2150.  An operator will greet you and place you into the conference.
Note:  This open forum will only have audio.  Participants will not need to access a visual component.