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MHCA ALF & SNF Based Webinar

April 12, 2016:  Intro to Finance 101

This webinar is designed to give Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living facility leaders an introduction into finance in a way that will enable them to understand how their efforts impact the value and profitability of their facilities.

Please see the attached brochure for details and registration.

Celebrate National Public Health Week

Celebrate National Public Health Week, April 4-10.  Missouri’s theme is “Healthy Missouri 2030: Making Communities Stronger.”

Investing in prevention and public health can make an enormous difference.  During this week, help raise awareness of the critical role that public health and prevention play in keeping individuals and communities healthy.

A toolkit for promoting National Public Health Week can be found at  The toolkit includes social media messages, a sample proclamation, a sample news release and a promotional ecard.  Also on this page are two videos created by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.  The first video is to help raise awareness about public health.  We encourage you to add a link to (or embed) the video on your webpage and Facebook page.  View the video at  Directions to embed the video on your webpage and Facebook page can also be found on this link.

The second video is a slideshow of public health photos.  The photos were submitted by local health departments across the state.  View the slideshow at

As we celebrate the accomplishments public health has made over the years, we focus on these public health facts:

Additional information can be found at

Please contact Lori Buchanan, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, or 573-751-6060 if you have any questions.

Hot Topics: Culture Change in Action

April 14, 2016:  Educating the Next Generation of Nurses in Person-Directed Care
Presenter:  Christine Mueller, Ph.D., Professor & Associate Dean for Academic Programs, School of Nursing – University of Minnesota

This webinar will provide specific strategies about how to partner with schools of nursing and engage your nursing staff in being guides and mentors for nursing students in providing person-directed care.  Learn how your organization can be a place to foster enthusiasm in nursing students about working in long-term care.

For more information including registration, please visit the Pioneer Network’s event page here.

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Shaping Culture through Leadership

A leader’s actions can shape the culture of an organization.  Expectations for excellence, strong mission and values and an accepting, non-punitive philosophy can improve the culture for both staff and residents.  Click on the links below to learn more.

Change Package: Lead with a Purpose, page 5 (PDF)
TMF Recorded Event: No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed! (Leadership in QAPI)

CMS Memo S&C 16-11 ALL: Exit Conferences- Sharing Specific Regulatory References or Tags

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has clarified guidance to surveyors regarding the procedures for conducting exit conferences, specifically related to the sharing of regulatory tags.  There are significant changes to the exit conference process in this memo.  In addition to the guidance in this memo, CMS has also given direction that the staff identifier list is not to be released even if requested.  This guidance applies to Medicare/Medicaid certified homes only.  The Section for Long-Term Care Regulation will implement these changes no later than March 31, 2016.

Please see the memo and attachments below or visit

SC16-11-ALL Memo
SC16-11-ALL.02 SOM Chapter 2
SC16-11-ALL.03 SOM Chapter 5
SC16-11-ALL.04 SOM Appendix P

CMS Memo S&C 16-13-NH: Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) – Implementation of required electronic submission of Staffing Data for Long Term Care (LTC) Facilities

Information about the requirement for LTC facilities to electronically submit staffing data through the PBJ:

Please see the memo here for details.

TMF Webinar

April 21, 2016:  Medication Therapy Management: A Pharmacist’s Perspective
Presenter:  Anthony Luedicke, MBA, RPh, Pharmacist, Walgreens

Pharmacists are uniquely positioned to positively impact patient outcomes, adherence rates and reduce readmission rates.  Universally accessible for many patients, pharmacists provide valuable information and follow up after hospital discharge.  Through medication therapy management services, pharmacists can provide an avenue to quantify and track interventions, adherence challenges, potential adverse drug interactions and drug cost saving opportunities.  Continuing education credits will not be awarded for this presentation.

For more information and to register, please visit the event page here.