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AAPACN Quality Virtual Conference

AAPACN 2023 Quality Virtual Conference

Members: $99 | Non-members: $99
Continuing Education
: 8.0 CE hours
Date: June 14, 2023
Time: 10 am – 4:45 pm ET | 9 am – 3:45 pm CT | 8 am – 2:45 pm MT | 7 am – 1:45 pm PT

Partners in Care – Skilled Nursing and Home Health

Post-acute care starts with quality. All providers are laser-focused on quality outcomes to drive payment, patient satisfaction, value, and reputation. This one-day virtual conference will bring together leaders and experts in quality improvement to provide attendees with the information and resources necessary to monitor quality measures and outcomes for improved performance for both skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and home health agencies (HHAs).

The schedule will include two joint catalyst sessions, as well as concurrent breakout sessions that focus on skilled nursing and home health quality initiatives. Registration includes all educational sessions, conference handouts, and exclusive access to the online conference community. Additionally, attendees will receive recordings of all education sessions after the event. This virtual event is intended for clinical nurse leaders, QAPI managers, skilled nursing and home health agency administrators, and quality improvement nurses. Download the digital brochure.

Schedule At-a-Glance

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

10 – 11 am ET | Opening Catalyst Session
Home Health and SNFs: Strategies to Elevate Care Coordination and Outcomes for All

Laurie Nelson, RN, BSN, Director of Clinical Innovation, Care XM

Providing patients with the best possible care requires collaboration between home health agencies (HHAs) and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). While this can be a challenging process, the speaker will uncover strategies that can help healthcare providers ensure continuity of care and improve resident/patient outcomes.

Laurie Nelson, RN, BSN, Director of Clinical Innovation, Care XM

By implementing these strategies, providers can work together more effectively to provide residents/patients with high-quality care. Following this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Establish open communication channels about the resident/patient’s care plan, progress, and changes in condition
  • Share resident/patient information to ensure consistent care across settings
  • Build warm handoffs and a smooth care transition for transport, appointment scheduling, and communication with the resident/patient’s primary care provider and family

Noon – 1 pm ET | Breakout Sessions
Laurie Laxton, RN, BSN, RAC-CT, CCFA, CMAS, IP-BC, QCP, Inovalon

Building upon experience of the original Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model, CMS expanded the program to include all states and data capture began Jan. 1, 2023. The model can be confusing but during this session, the speaker will break down the basics including history, evolution, components, and reports tied to the Expanded Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model. Following this session, you’ll be able to:
  • Utilize at least two CMS resource links to get more information on the expanded HHVBP program
  • Recognize the basics of the HHVBP and monetary penalties and incentives
  • Pinpoint at least one of the OASIS-based quality measures tied to HHVBP
  • Identify at least one Claims or HHCAHPS measure tied to HHVBP
  • Explain what is the Pre-Implementation Performance Report and how to access it

Quality Measures (QMs) are tools to help nursing facility staff monitor quality improvement efforts and outcome data. To appropriately use this data, facility staff must have a thorough understanding of the measure’s specifications and methodology. In this session, you will examine the nuances of how a QM is calculated and the methodology that must be applied to understand the measure outcomes. Following this session, you’ll be able to:
  • Recognize how the numerator, denominator, exclusions, and covariates are used to calculate a QM
  • Utilize the MDS 3.0 Quality Measures User’s Manual to apply the methodology for a QM
  • Identify how understanding the specifications and methodology will assist in quality improvement efforts
1:15 – 2:15 pm ET | Breakout Sessions
Nick Knowlton, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, ResMed SaaS (parent company of MatrixCare) and Board Chair, CommonWell Health Alliance

When providers don’t have all the appropriate information and documentation, the result can be less effective patient care planning, reimbursement denials, and other avoidable circumstances. What if your organization had the right digital tools to make patient intake an efficient process — keeping everyone along the care journey connected and prioritizing patient outcomes? Join us to explore how technology and true interoperability can help you with streamlining patient intake and improving your referral source relationships. Following this session, you'll be able to:
  • Understand the importance of interoperability and seamless care transitions
  • Dive into newly launched survey results that explore what referral sources need from post-acute partners
  • Explore the action steps your organization can take to a more connected patient care journey
Maureen McCarthy, RN, BS, RAC-MT, QCP-MT, DNS-MT, RAC-MTA, Celtic Consulting, AAPACN Board

CMS has announced multiple changes for the MDS 1.18.11 starting on Oct. 1, 2023. Many of the changes will impact quality measure reporting for multiple disciplines within the skilled nursing facility. Preparing for the changes will require education and planning for facility staff. During this session, the speaker will identify those changes and describe some best practices to prepare your team for implementation. Following this session, you’ll be able to:
  • Identify at least three key MDS changes that impact quality measures
  • Discuss potential pitfalls with the transition from section G to section GG
  • Explain how social determinants of health may impact health equity in nursing home residents
2:30 – 3:30 pm ET | Breakout Sessions
Jennifer Thiessen, RN, MSN, COS-C, Quality Partner, [email protected]

The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 has been driving changes to the OASIS assessment since. The most recent version, OASIS-E went into effect Jan. 1, 2023. During this session, you will learn how the OASIS-E compares to other post-acute care assessments and how it impacts value-based purchasing. Following this session, you will be able to:
  • Understand how the IMPACT Act drives updates to the OASIS
  • Correlate the OASIS to other post-acute care assessments (i.e. SNF MDS Assessment)
  • Identify new items and assessments
  • Recognize how OASIS E impacts Home Health Value-Based Purchasing
  • Review post OASIS E implementation checklist
  • Utilize tools and resources for success
Barbara Bates, RN, MSN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, Independent Consulting, MDS Consultants, and MedNet Compliance, and Linda Winston, RN, MSN, BS, RAC-CT, RAC-CTA, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, Independent Nurse Consultant and Educator

Each skilled nursing facility has a process of reviewing quality concerns and developing methods to address the issues, but is the process working the way it should? QAPI provides a framework to identify quality issues as well as methods to determine the root cause, develop corrective actions, and to evaluate and monitor whether actions taken were effective. In this session, you will explore ways to evaluate your QAPI program effectiveness and review strategies to improve your current QAPI/QAA process. Following this session, you’ll be able to:
  • Review the QAPI self-assessment and its use in evaluating your QAPI program
  • Identify tools to assist in facilitating a QAPI program
  • Discuss best practices in facilitating a QAPI program
3:45 – 4:45 pm ET | Closing Catalyst Session
Home Health and SNFs: Blurring the Lines: Improving Quality Performance Across the Continuum of Care

Greg Seiple, RN, Vice President – Clinical Informatics, and Dahlia Kroth, Vice President – Strategic Relations, both of SHP

Competition has never been greater in the healthcare system than it is right now. Organizations are competing for both patients and staff and striving to differentiate themselves from their peers to foster better relationships with referring providers.

In a highly competitive environment, it’s not always easy to initiate collaborative measures that can positively influence outcomes both for the patients and organizations. Following this session, you will be able to:

Dahlia Kroth, Vice President - Strategic Relations, SHP
  • Understand the purpose of the Impact act and SPADEs measures
  • Recognize the impact of shared measures to business relations and quality reporting
  • Identify ways in which home health agencies and skilled nursing facilities can partner to improve quality and outcomes
  • Utilize the available data sources to track quality improvements

Registration Information

Your registration includes all educational sessions, conference materials, and exclusive access to the online AAPACN Quality Virtual Conference Community. Additionally, you will receive recordings of all education sessions after the event. Registration will close on June 12, 2023, at 11:59 pm MT.
The agenda disclosed is preliminary. The final agenda and educational offerings may be subject to change. All planning committee members, speakers, and presenters do not have any conflicts of interest to disclose. Click here for further information on ANCC accreditation.
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