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On the Road to Culture Change…Visit to Ratliff Care Center

In April, I visited Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau. The 46-resident skilled nursing home is owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Emmagene and Carlos Ratliff, and their son Mike. They also operate Sprigg Street Manor, a…to read more and view photos, click here: Ratliff Care Center

World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day

November 19, 2015:  History of Pressure Ulcers and Wound Care: Past, Present, & Future

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) is proud to announce that World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day will be November 19, 2015.  The objective of World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day is to increase national awareness for pressure ulcer prevention and to educate the public on this topic.  NPUAP has developed an extensive media materials package appropriate for all healthcare settings and organizations.  This free material is available here.

In honor of World Wide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day, the NPUAP is pleased to offer a free webinar, hosted by NPUAP Director Dr. Jeffrey Levine, titled “History of Pressure Ulcers & Wound Care: Past, Present and Future.”  Please visit the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel’s webinar page here for more information.

Age of Disruption Tour

October 9, 2015:  Aging: Life’s Most Dangerous Game
Location:  Kranzberg Arts Center-Black Box Theater, St. Louis, MO

Join Dr. Bill Thomas and musical guest Nate Silas Richardson for an entertaining and highly disruptive evening exploration of aging as part of his national Age of Disruption Tour.  His message is invigoratingly simple – the transition into our elder years should not be spent in frenzied disharmony.  In order to play “life’s most dangerous game” successfully we need to re-imagine and create clear and satisfying purpose to how we spend the rest of our lives.

Please see the flyer attached for more information or visit Dr. Bill Thomas’ St. Louis events page here to register.

Readmissions, Medication Safety, and Behavioral Health Open Forum

October 14, 2015:  Readmissions & Medication Safety Open Forum

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, or other issues your project may have.

Please see the TMF QIN-QIO registration page for this event here.

Person-Centered Care Tip

Tip #10:  “Simple Pleasures:  Preferences and Choices”

Learn how to honor each person’s “Simple Pleasures.”  Personal preference is essential in almost every piece of our lives.  Honoring a resident’s choice and discovering their likings can make a big difference in their lives.

Please see the attached tip for more information.

Certificate of Need (CON) Quarterly Survey

The 3rd Quarter 2015 CON quarterly survey opened on October 1, 2015 and is due by October 15, 2015.  Facility administrators will be receiving a post card in the mail with the Facility Number and PIN, which are needed to log in.  This information can be found above the facility name on the post card.  The Facility Number and PIN have not changed, so you can also obtain this information from past survey letters.  Be sure to record and save these numbers for future surveys.

Survey instructions are available once you are logged in, and can be found by pressing HELP at the bottom of the survey.  If you have any questions, please send an email to or call 573-526-8553.

Per 19 CSR 30-82.010 (8) Every skilled nursing facility, intermediate care facility, residential care facility and assisted living facility issued a license or temporary operating permit by the department shall submit the required certificate of need quarterly surveys to the department on or before the fifteenth day of the first month following the previous Social Security quarter.

 Failure to respond could cause the facility to become ineligible for expansion under CON law.  It could also result in a competitor being granted a CON to build or expand in the facility’s service area.

26th Annual Gerontology Clinical Update

December 3-4, 2015:  MU Gerontology Clinical Update
Location:  Peachtree Banquet Center, Columbia, MO

This gerontology conference is two days of evidence-based and application-oriented educational programming based on a combination of suggestions from past participants, current literature and hot topics suggested by the conference planning committee.  Experienced gerontology nurses from hospitals, LTC settings, rehabilitation, home and community health, as well as gerontology nursing faculty, a licensed nursing home administrator, social worker and a LTC facility surveyor, have determined the topics for this year’s event.  Every effort has been made to translate the latest evidence into practical and useful knowledge for the gerontology practitioner.

Please see the brochure attached or visit the MU Gerontology Clinical Update conference page here for more information.