Day 3 – April 21

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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

Self-Care Lounge – 9:30 – 10 am ET

Radiate Positivity: REFOCUS Your Energy Through Touch and Dance

Kim Hicks, VP of Business Development, AAPACN

Explore new methods for harnessing and focusing energy. Kim Hicks will discuss and guide us through a session of tapping for anxiety or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). This technique uses energy or acupressure points combined with focusing, acknowledging, and releasing stress and anxiety. Part two of the session will be a get-up-and-go BOOSTING dance party that is sure to raise our energy, make us laugh, and prepare for a fantastic day of conference!

Visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall – 10 – 11:15 am ET

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to engage and interact in real-time with exhibitors and sponsors in the virtual exhibit hall. Network with industry experts and explore new product and service offerings from renowned post-acute care industry leaders. Plus, there is a chance for you to win prizes.

Breakout Sessions – 11:30 am – 12:45 pm ET

3.1 *NAC/DNS* The Toss-Up: Five-Star, Quality Reporting, or Value-Based Measures


Given the challenges of this past year, you are likely now reviewing Quality Measures with these questions in mind – is this active or not? Did the facility submit the appropriate data? In this session, you will have an opportunity to refocus on Quality Measures important to your facility and develop a master plan to follow. Whether it is the Five-Star, Quality Reporting Program, or the Value-Based measures, we will get them untangled and put in order. We’ll examine the measures, submission time frames, availability for public reporting, the impact on the facility, and what facility leadership should do with the data in a proactive manner. Be ready to refresh your Quality Measures knowledge, renew commitment to the accuracy of the measures, and refocus on an action plan to monitor and implement a sustainable improvement strategy. Following this session, you will be able to:

  • Delineate the resources for each set of measures
  • Locate specifications, numerator, denominator, exclusions, and covariates for each set of measures
  • Describe a sample action plan based on the data and develop the strategy for assuring continued improvement
3.2 *NAC* MDS and State Case Mix Systems – Now and Then

Rosanna Benbow, RN, CCM, CIC, DNS-CT, RAC-CT, Leading Transitions Post Acute Care Consultation and Staffing , LLC, AAPACN Board Member

During this session, you will review the various state Case Mix Systems and resources under our current payment systems and explore how PDPM might impact them as new systems are forced to evolve. We will also review current best practices for optimizing Case Mix and ensuring accuracy. Following this session, you will be able to:

  • Identify the three major Case Mix Systems used for State CMI
  • Understand the potential impacts of PDPM on Case Mix Systems
  • Describe three ways to maximize on current Case Mix that will also impact PDPM reimbursement
3.3  *DNS* Using Technology to Manage Your Infection Prevention and Control Program

Laurie Laxton, RN,BSN,CCFA,RAC-CT,IP-BC, Inovalon/ABILITY Network

With increased government focus on infection control, plus limited staff and resources, leveraging technology could be the answer to managing your program. By teaching all staff to enter infections immediately and granting leadership access to needed surveillance statistics, technology can prove to be cost effective, help manage by exception, and get the data quickly and conveniently from one location. We’ll explore the ways a line listing can be used to track infections, testing, notifications to government agencies, and QAPI initiatives, helping alleviate potential F-Tags and fines. Following this session, you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of staff being able to enter and store data in a central location
  • Demonstrate ways to sort and filter extensive line listing data to help identify root causes
  • Recognize the importance of leadership support of infection control initiatives
  • Apply the use of technology to manage by exception, saving resource time over paper records
3.4 *AAPACN* Why Employees REALLY Leave and What You Can Do to RETAIN Them

Linda Shell, DNP, MA, BSN, RN D,

Post-acute care faces daunting challenges when it comes to the difficulties of staffing. Employees have increased expectations of their leaders and managers than in the past. For organizations to thrive during rapid change, they need a shift in mindset – from traditional problem solving to an increased emphasis on the needs of the employee and the vital role they serve in the provision of care. Nurses play a key role in the working environment of post-acute care and should be leading this cultural shift. Duing this session, you will learn to identify the top reasons why employees leave and the steps needed for creating an employee first mentality that reduces turnover and increases employee retention and satisfaction. Following this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe the evolution of post-acute care staffing and the drivers behind the increased turnover
  • Identify why employees leave and how organizations need a shift in mindset
  • Define the characteristics of an employee first culture
  • Explore specific actions for shifting to a mindset that is focused on employee first culture

Visit the Virtual Exhibit Hall – 1 – 2 pm ET

Don’t forget to stop in the virtual exhibit hall to explore and interact with the premier product and service providers in the post-acute care industry. Plus, this is your last chance to win prizes.

Breakout Sessions – 2:15 – 3:30 pm ET

4.1 *NAC/DNS*Beyond Section GG: Are Therapy and Nursing Speaking the Same Language?

Liz Barlow, BSN, RN, CRRN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT, Paragon Rehab, AAPACN Board Member and Mark McDavid, OTR/L, RAC-CT, CHC, Seagrove Rehab Partners

Communication has never been more important between therapy and nursing. PDPM has brought urgency to better communication within the interdisciplinary team. Learn how therapy and nursing use different language to address patient care and what you can do to help break the barrier. During this session, we will focus on improving communication and collaboration among the IDT between the short-term rehab patient and post-acute care resident. Following this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe common communication barriers between therapy and nursing.
  • Define the difference between Jimmo (maintenance therapy) and (nursing) maintenance
  • Identify different collaboration tools and communication opportunities the IDT can use
4.2 *NAC* Why the Right Diagnosis Code Matters

Maureen McCarthy, RN, BS RAC-MT, QCP-MT, DNS-MT, RAC-MTA, Celtic Consulting, LLC, AAPACN Board Member

The skilled nursing environment has undergone many radical changes over the last 12-months. Providers are scrambling to determine what is considered the new norma‘ given the impact that COVID-19 had on PDPM. During this session, we will review requirements for primary diagnosis coding and its effect on PDPM reimbursement, as well as illustrate the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to documentation and avoiding revenue recoupment. You will receive a take-away tool for COVID-19 diagnosis coding. Following this session, you will be able to:

  • Explain the requirements for coding primary diagnosis in the MDS assessment
  • Discuss the impact that the primary diagnosis has on reimbursement in each component of PDPM
  • Illustrate how an interdisciplinary approach may assist in avoiding revenue recoupment
  • Understand examples of proper and improper primary diagnosis coding and the impact (take-away tool)
4.3 *DNS* Nurse Leaders as Data Detectives

Maria Arellano, MS, RN, RAC-CT, PointRight, Inc.

Nursing facilities generate a lot of data including some that is relevant and valuable, while the rest is just “noise” and can waste precious time by heading down rabbit holes. During this session, the speaker will cover basic statistical principals and data analysis methods to arm nurse leaders with strategies to enhance their investigative skills, become laser focused on uncovering the real data story, and allow them to implement the right corrective action plans for high quality outcomes. Following this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe two different ways to visualize data and the differences between them
  • Identify three ways to avoid going down rabbit holes when analyzing their data
  • Conduct basis analysis and interpretation of common graphical expression of typical SNF clinical data
  • List three different types of metrics or measures used by health care systems
4.4 *AAPACN* Moral Distress and Compassion Fatigue: The Road to Recovery


“Healthcare heroes work here!” Early during the pandemic, you heard that statement often, but as the pandemic continued, the hero recognition faded. This lack of uplifting messaging resulted in staff feeling defeated and depleted and far from being heroes. The pandemic created stress and anxiety for staff who feared they might become infected – or worse, take the virus home to their families. Additionally, restrictions were put in place that differed from the normal day-to-day operations. It is easy to explain that these restrictions were intended to protect staff and residents, but they also put staff in new situations—ones that challenged their values, ethics, and morals. Over a prolonged period, the continued exposure to these situations can take a toll on staff’s emotional and physical well-being. The road to recovery centers around resiliency and staff’s ability to heal. During this session, we will explore why resiliency is important and how compassion fatigue, moral distress, and burnout impact staff’s effectiveness to deliver safe care. In addition, we will review leadership strategies that promote a culture of resiliency in the facility to help improve the quality of care delivery and foster staff’s well-being. Following this session, you will be able to:

  • Define compassion fatigue, moral distress, and burnout
  • Understand why resiliency matters during stressful situations
  • Discuss the impact of a chronic stress injury when interventions to promote healing and recovery are not put in place
  • Apply strategies to help leaders build a recovery plan that promotes a culture of resiliency
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