Day 2 – April 15

Thursday, April 15, 2021

*All times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time. Conference schedule is subject to change.

Self-Care Lounge – 9:30 – 10 am ET

Find Your Zen: RENEW Your Mind, Body, and Soul Through Meditation and Gentle Movement

Jessica Thompson, RN

Join yoga instructor and RN, Jessica Thompson, as she leads us through an easy and gentle session that will make you smile, relax, and definitely wish she was your daily instructor. Relax and ReNEW with easy techniques intended to release tension and emotion from the body, leaving you with a calm mind and nervous system. Give yourself the gift of some much-deserved self-care as you mindfully connect, restore, and replenish.

ReNEW: Healthcare Delivery Changes in Post-COVID World – 10 – 11:15 am ET 

Join AAPACN’s CEO Tracey Moorhead for a session to renew awareness of new healthcare delivery models and the impact of COVID-19 on health policy. Representative Lauren Underwood (D-IL), RN will provide opening remarks before attendees hear from healthcare policy expert Mary Hsieh on achieving harmony between the professional and personal.

Mary Hsieh, PharmD, MPH, Managing Director, Medicare and Duals, Health Management Associates

AAPACN members have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic struggles for resources, supplies, and staff. Their work environment has been turned upside down and any sense of balance and harmony between the professional and the personal has likely been blurred. This unique session will focus on the likely transformations in a post COVID-19 regulatory environment and healthcare industry. Our plenary speaker, Dr. Mary Hsieh, will discuss how to bring in balance and harmony while navigating difficult times.

Mary Hsieh, PharmD, MPH

Plenary ReCAP – 11:20 – 11:45 am ET       

Join us after the Plenary Session to continue the conversation, share your thoughts and feedback, and engage with your peers in a more intimate setting to exchange ideas and best practices.      

Product Theater Sponsored by Urovant – Noon – 12:40 pm ET    

Introducing GEMTESA ® for the Treatment of Overactive Bladder Symptoms: An Overview of Unmet Needs and a New Treatment Option for Long-term Care

Cathy Yaggy, MSN, GNP-BC, Director of Primary Care, Eventus WholeHealth

This product theater will discuss the clinical profile and prescribing information for GEMTESA® (vibegron 75mg), for the treatment of overactive bladder. The presentation will also review challenges associated with overactive bladder in long-term care. The 60-minute product theaters also offer attendees a chance to win prizes.

Morning Break – 12:40 – 1 pm ET

Take a break between sessions and connect with other attendees.

Visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall – 1 – 2 pm ET

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to engage and interact in real-time with exhibitors and sponsors in the virtual exhibit hall. Explore new product and service offerings from renowned post-acute care industry leaders. This is your chance to network, ask questions, and learn about new solutions to the challenges you face today. Plus, you will have a chance to win prizes.       

Breakout Sessions – 2:15 – 3:30 pm ET

2.1 *NAC/DNS* Managing Medical Review Responses

Kim Karr, RAC-CT, OTR/L, CHS Therapies

In this environment of heightened documentation scrutiny, reimbursement for the skilled nursing and therapy services delivered in post-acute care and SNF settings often hinges on timely and accurate response to Medical Record Requests. Understanding review triggers, the appeals process, timelines for response, and response best practices can help directors of nursing, MDS coordinators, medical records, therapy teams, and others not only respond timely and accurately to requests, but also prevent costly denials. Following this session, you will be able to:

  • Understand the basic medical review and denials and appeals process for Medicare and Managed Care payers
  • Identify triggers that lead to audit and review requests
  • Understand techniques to accurately and timely respond to record requests
2.2 *NAC* Fact or Fiction? Section GG Outcomes – What’s the Story?

Casey Lee, Doctor of Physical Therapy, QRM, and Corey Pauley, Director of Product and Software Engineering, SimpleLTC

Post-acute care faces a very real challenge — negative outcome reporting, which tells a story to CMS and the public that SNF providers do not achieve expected outcomes. But is the data fact or fiction? If fact, we will discuss evidence-based practice solutions to drive quality improvement and GG outcomes.  If fiction, we will review the process of collecting section GG data and discuss a systematic approach to gathering usual performance at admission and discharge to avoid negative outcome reporting. Following this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify section GG data trends and review how to interpret the information
  • Utilize a case study approach to determine accuracy of GG scores
  • Operationalize GG data collection using a collaborative, systematic approach
  • Understand evidence-based solutions to improving functional outcomes
2.3  *DNS* Surviving Chaos: Legal and Regulatory Updates

Janet Feldkamp, RN, BSN, LNHA, CHC, JD, Benesch Attorneys at Law, AAPACN Board Member

Recent dramatic challenges which occurred in 2020 have affected many regulatory requirements and outcomes, and the focus will continue to change as the country and the post-acute care industry recovers to what will be our new normal. During this fast-paced session, the speaker will provide information and potential action items regarding survey and certification protocols and operational challenges, including numerous changes in regulations, regulatory interpretations, citation trends, and operational norms. Following this session, you will be able to:

  • Understand current regulatory requirements and challenges including new transmittals, guidance, and other issuances from CMS and the CDC
  • Recognize the need for proactively addressing facility challenges facing the post-acute care industry
  • Understand the current environment including litigation, financial challenges, regulatory sanctions and fraud, and abuse          
2.4 *AAPACN* Review of Current Nursing Home Deficiencies and Tips and Strategies to Prevent 

Barbara Bates, MSN, RAC-CT, QCPMT, DNS-MT, and Linda J. Winston, RN, BS, MSN, RAC-CT, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-CTA both of MDS Consultants

Skilled nursing facilities are reviewed for quality, staffing, resident rights, quality of care, and safety on a regular basis through annual surveys and complaint survey process. CMS routinely publishes nursing home citations and findings. During this session, you will learn how the DON and other facility leaders can work together as a team to identify and establish systems to prevent deficiencies. Following this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify teamwork strategies for success
  • Utilize QCOR to identify current national survey deficiencies
  • Design a method for organizing, implementing, reviewing, and monitoring regulatory changes
  • Develop and implement a QAPI/QAA approach to survey readiness
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