Over 500 Gather for 2015 Convention & Trade Show

Published in October 8, 2015 Issue

Over 500 long term care professionals gathered in Hampton September 28 – October 1 for the Virginia Health Care Association’s (VHCA) annual Convention and Trade Show.

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October 22: Restorative Nursing Program

Published in October 8, 2015 Issue

Leigh Ann Frick of Heritage Healthcare/HealthPRO Rehabilitation will lead an education program on restorative nursing on October 22.  Join us to learn more about how to help your residents safely maintain their independence and prevent functional declines.

VCU Offers Certified Dementia Practitioner Training

Published in October 8, 2015 Issue

On November 13 the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Gerontology is offering an Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar.  If you want to increase your knowledge or pursue Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) certification, this is the ideal training. The program costs $185 per person and runs from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, Brookdale - Imperial Plaza, Richmond, Virginia.  Lunch is included with your registration.

4 Days until Convention

Published in September 24, 2015 Issue

We are looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming VHCA Convention and Trade Show, September 28-October 1 in Hampton. 

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October 22: Restorative Nursing Program

Published in September 24, 2015 Issue

Leigh Ann Frick of Heritage Healthcare/HealthPRO Rehabilitation will lead an education program on restorative nursing on October 22.  Join us for this program to learn more about how to help your residents safely maintain their independence and prevent functional declines.

Only 10 Days Until the Convention & Trade Show

Published in September 17, 2015 Issue

We have brought together a great program that covers a wide-range of topics for the 2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show.  Our presenters include national and state health care experts:

Join Us at the Convention and Trade Show, 9/28-10/1

Published in September 10, 2015 Issue

Join us for the 2015 Convention and Trade Show at the Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa & Convention Center September 28 – October 1. 

Register Now: VHCA Convention and Trade Show, September 28 – October 1

Published in September 3, 2015 Issue

Join us for the 2015 Convention and Trade Show at the Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa & Convention Center September 28 – October 1. 

Applications Available for Geriatric Education Program

Published in August 27, 2015 Issue

The Virginia Geriatric Education Center (VGEC), a consortium of Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Virginia, and the Eastern Virginia Medical School, is accepting applications for its Faculty Development Program (FDP) through September 4. 

 

Have You Registered for Convention?

Published in August 27, 2015 Issue

Register today for the 2015 Convention and Trade Show at the Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa & Convention Center September 28 – October 1. 

 

Now Online: 2015 Convention and Trade Show Brochure and Registration

Published in August 20, 2015 Issue

Join us for the 2015 Convention and Trade Show at the Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa & Convention Center September 28 – October 1. 

Congratulations to the 45 Regirer Nursing Scholarship Recipients

Published in August 13, 2015 Issue

The Commonwealth Long Term Care Foundation congratulates the 45 recipients of the 2015 Regirer Nursing Scholarships.  The foundation awarded $67,500 in scholarships this year. Each awardee has received $1,500 toward the cost of his or her nursing education.  To receive the award, each recipient completed an extensive application, was personally interviewed by a member of the Foundation’s Nursing Scholarship Committee, and agreed to work in a member long term care facility after graduation. 

Save the Date: Convention & Trade Show, September 28 – October 1

Published in August 13, 2015 Issue

Join Virginia Health Care Association and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VHCA/VCAL) on September 28 - October 1 for our Annual Convention and Trade Show. This year’s theme is Long Term Care - Navigating the Sea Change.  Registration information will be available soon.

Save the Date: Convention & Trade Show, September 28 – October 1

Published in August 6, 2015 Issue

Join Virginia Health Care Association and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VHCA/VCAL) on September 28 - October 1 for our Annual Convention and Trade Show. This year’s theme is Long Term Care - Navigating the Sea Change.  Registration information will be available soon.

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Register Now: Emergency Management Course August 4

Published in July 30, 2015 Issue

Join the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) on August 4 for our All Hazards Emergency Management for Long Term Care course.

Save the Date: Convention & Trade Show, September 28 – October 1

Published in July 30, 2015 Issue

Join Virginia Health Care Association and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VHCA/VCAL) on September 28 - October 1 for our Annual Convention and Trade Show. This year’s theme is Long Term Care - Navigating the Sea Change.  Registration information will be available soon.

Save the Date: Convention & Trade Show, September 28 – October 1

Published in July 24, 2015 Issue

Join Virginia Health Care Association and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VHCA/VCAL) on September 28 - October 1 for our Annual Convention and Trade Show. This year’s theme is Long Term Care - Navigating the Sea Change.  Registration information will be available soon.

 

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Are You Ready For An Emergency? Find Out August 4

Published in July 24, 2015 Issue

Would you know what to do if your facility were hit by a natural disaster?  

Over 100 Attend VCAL Symposium

Published in July 24, 2015 Issue

Over 100 participants joined us for the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL) Symposium in Richmond on July 23.  The program offered five hours of NAB certified training for assisted living administrators.

Time Is Running Out - Register Today for July 23 VCAL Symposium

Published in July 16, 2015 Issue

Register online today for the July 23 Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL) Symposium.  The event is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Midlothian – Richmond and runs from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

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Is Your Facility Prepared For a Disaster? Find out August 4

Published in July 16, 2015 Issue

Hurricanes, tornadoes, derechos, wildfires, and blizzards—any one of these natural disasters could have a devastating effect on a long term care facility.   Did you know that during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, more than 62 long term care facilities and 11 hospitals were evacuated?   Are you ready if your facility is subject to one of these destructive events?

2015 Convention & Trade Show Set for September 28 – October 1

Published in July 16, 2015 Issue

Join Virginia Health Care Association and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VHCA/VCAL) on September 28 - October 1 for our Annual Convention and Trade Show. This year’s theme is Long Term Care - Navigating the Sea Change.  Registration information will be available by the end of this month.

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Is Your Facility Prepared For a Disaster? Find out August 4

Published in July 9, 2015 Issue

Hurricanes, tornadoes, derechos, wildfires, and blizzards—any one of these natural disasters could have a devastating effect on a long term care facility.   Did you know that during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, more than 62 long term care facilities and 11 hospitals were evacuated?   Are you ready if your facility is subject to one of these destructive events?

2015 Convention & Trade Show Scheduled for September 28 – October 1

Published in July 9, 2015 Issue

Join Virginia Health Care Association and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VHCA/VCAL) on September 28 - October 1 for our Annual Convention and Trade Show. This year’s theme is Long Term Care - Navigating the Sea ChangeRegistration information will be available by the end of this month.

Time Running Out - Register Today for July 23 VCAL Symposium

Published in July 9, 2015 Issue

Register online today for the July 23 Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL) Symposium.  The event is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Midlothian – Richmond and runs from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Reminder: Make Your Reservations for the Convention & Trade Show

Published in July 2, 2015 Issue

Join Virginia Health Care Association and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VHCA/VCAL) on September 28 - October 1 for our Annual Convention and Trade Show. This year’s theme is Long Term Care - Navigating the Sea Change

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Is Your Facility Prepared For a Disaster? Find out August 4

Published in July 2, 2015 Issue

Hurricanes, tornadoes, derechos, wildfires, and blizzards—any one of these natural disasters could have a devastating effect on a long term care facility.  Did you know that during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, more than 62 long term care facilities and 11 hospitals were evacuated?   Are you ready if your facility is subject to one of these destructive events?

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Register Now for July 23 VCAL Symposium

Published in July 2, 2015 Issue

Register online today for the July 23 Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL) Symposium.  The event is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Midlothian – Richmond and runs from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

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Continued Competency Requirements for Nurses

Published in June 25, 2015 Issue

The Board of Nursing has published the final regulations for nursing education programs and continued competency requirement for renewal of registered nurse (RN) and licensed practical nurse (LPN) licenses.  The final regulations are effective for renewals beginning August 1.  According to the Department of Health Professions, the regulations:

Register Now for July 23 VCAL Symposium

Published in June 25, 2015 Issue

Register online today for the July 23 Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL) Symposium.  The event is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Midlothian – Richmond and runs from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Is Your Facility Prepared For a Disaster? Find out August 4

Published in June 25, 2015 Issue

Hurricanes, tornadoes, derechos, wildfires, and blizzards—any one of these natural disasters could have a devastating effect on a long term care facility.   Did you know that during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, more than 62 long term care facilities and 11 hospitals were evacuated?   Are you ready if your facility is subject to one of these destructive events?

Reminder: Make Your Reservations for the Convention & Trade Show

Published in June 25, 2015 Issue

Join Virginia Health Care Association and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VHCA/VCAL) on September 28 - October 1 for our Annual Convention and Trade Show. This year’s theme is Long Term Care - Navigating the Sea Change

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Register Now for July 23 VCAL Symposium

Published in June 19, 2015 Issue

Register online today for the July 23 Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL) Symposium.  The event is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Midlothian – Richmond and runs from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

REMINDER: Hotel Information Available for the VHCA/VCAL Convention Sept. 28 – Oct. 1

Published in June 19, 2015 Issue

The Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa & Convention Center guest room rate for VHCA participants is $149 single, $149 double and $159 triple/quad.  Guest room reservations can be made by calling 757.827.8200 or by clicking hereHotel reservation deadline is Friday, September 4, 2015. 

REMINDER: Hotel Information Available for the 2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show Scheduled for September 28 – October 1

Published in June 12, 2015 Issue

The Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa & Convention Center guest room rate for VHCA participants is $149 single, $149 double and $159 triple/quad.  Guest room reservations can be made by calling 757.827.8200 or by clicking hereHotel reservation deadline is Friday, September 4, 2015. 

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45-Hour Introduction to Activity Management Program Scheduled for June 22 - 26

Published in June 12, 2015 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 22 – 26 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.  “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS: VCAL Symposium Scheduled for July 23 in Richmond

Published in June 12, 2015 Issue

The early bird registration for the 2015 VCAL Symposium scheduled for Thursday, July 23 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Midlothian - Richmond is now available for online registration.

REMINDER: Hotel Information Available for the 2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show Scheduled for September 28 – October 1

Published in June 4, 2015 Issue

The Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa & Convention Center guest room rate for VHCA participants is $149 single, $149 double and $159 triple/quad.  Guest room reservations can be made by calling 757.827.8200 or by clicking hereHotel reservation deadline is Friday, September 4, 2015.

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS: VCAL Symposium Scheduled for July 23 in Richmond

Published in June 4, 2015 Issue

The early bird registration for the 2015 VCAL Symposium scheduled for Thursday, July 23 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Midlothian - Richmond is now available for online registration.

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Hotel Deadline for the 45-Hour Introduction to Activity Management Program is June 8

Published in June 4, 2015 Issue

The five-day program will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond - Midlothian, 1021 Koger Center Boulevard, Richmond, VA (off of Midlothian Turnpike.)  Hotel reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 804.379.3800 or toll free at 1.800.222.TREE. A block of rooms has been reserved at a special room rate of $92 for single and double.  The hotel deadline is June 8.  If calling to make reservations be sure to mention VHCA when making your reservations to guarantee the specified rate. 

Hotel Information Now Available for the 2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show Scheduled for September 28 – October 1

Published in May 28, 2015 Issue

The Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa & Convention Center guest room rate for VHCA participants is $149 single, $149 double and $159 triple/quad.  Guest room reservations can be made by calling 757.827.8200.  Hotel reservation deadline is Friday, September 4, 2015. 

Don’t Forget To Submit Your VHCA/VCAL Awards Nominations & Packets - Deadline Extended to June 15

Published in May 28, 2015 Issue

Each year the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL) recognize leaders in post-acute and long term care facilities at the Awards Banquet held during the Annual Convention.  The Recognition Awards are the highest honor that can be received by long term care professionals and volunteers in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION AVAILABLE: VCAL Symposium Scheduled for July 23 in Richmond

Published in May 28, 2015 Issue

The early bird registration for the 2015 VCAL Symposium scheduled for Thursday, July 23 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Midlothian - Richmond is now available for online registration.

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REGISTRATION AVAILABLE for the 45-Hour Introduction to Activity Management Program

Published in May 28, 2015 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 22 – 26 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.  “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER: Five Star Program Scheduled Next Week in Richmond

Published in May 21, 2015 Issue

Registration is still available for the Five Star Rating Update: Another Look at Antipsychotics in LTC Facilities, scheduled for May 27 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.

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REGISTRATION AVAILABLE for the 45-Hour Introduction to Activity Management Program

Published in May 21, 2015 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 22 – 26 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.  “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal OBRA and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: VCAL Symposium Scheduled for July 23 in Richmond

Published in May 21, 2015 Issue

The early bird registration for the 2015 VCAL Symposium scheduled for Thursday, July 23 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Midlothian - Richmond is now available for online registration.

Hotel Information Now Available for the 2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show Scheduled for September 28 – October 1

Published in May 21, 2015 Issue

The Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa & Convention Center guest room rate for VHCA participants is $149 single, $149 double and $159 triple/quad.  Guest room reservations can be made by calling 757.827.8200 or by clicking hereHotel reservation deadline is Friday, September 4, 2015

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Five Star Program is Just Two Weeks Away – REGISTER TODAY

Published in May 14, 2015 Issue

Registration is still available for the Five Star Rating Update: Another Look at Antipsychotics in LTC Facilities, scheduled for May 27 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.

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REGISTRATION AVAILABLE for the 45-Hour Introduction to Activity Management Program

Published in May 14, 2015 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 22 – 26 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.  “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal OBRA and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: VCAL Symposium Scheduled for July 23 in Richmond

Published in May 14, 2015 Issue

The early bird registration for the 2015 VCAL Symposium scheduled for Thursday, July 23 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Midlothian - Richmond is now available for online registration.

Hotel Information Available for the 2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show Scheduled for September 28 – October 1

Published in May 8, 2015 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show to be held at Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa & Convention Center. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: VCAL Symposium Scheduled for July 23 in Richmond

Published in May 8, 2015 Issue

The early bird registration for the 2015 VCAL Symposium scheduled for Thursday, July 23 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Midlothian - Richmond is now available for online registration.

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REGISTRATION AVAILABLE for the 45-Hour Introduction to Activity Management Program

Published in May 8, 2015 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 22 – 26 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.  “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal OBRA and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

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Five Star Program Scheduled May 27 in Richmond

Published in May 8, 2015 Issue

Registration is now available for the Five Star Rating Update: Another Look at Antipsychotics in LTC Facilities, scheduled for May 27 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides

Published in May 8, 2015 Issue

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides has been scheduled for May 13, 2015 at the VHCA office in Richmond.

AALNA/NCAL Caring Together Webinar

Published in May 8, 2015 Issue

The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) and American Assisted Living Nursing Association (AALNA) has announced the first AALNA/NCAL Caring Together call of 2015. The presentation will be on the Assisted Living Incident Command System (ALICS), a tool available for AALNA and NCAL members. 

Running for AHCA/NCAL Board? Webinars Scheduled Regarding Board Participation

Published in May 8, 2015 Issue

Two upcoming education opportunities for American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) members in good standing interested in serving on either the AHCA Board of Governors or the NCAL Board of Directors now or in the future has been scheduled.  One is a webinar and the other is a panel discussion to be held during the AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing.

Hotel Information Now Available for the 2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show Scheduled for September 28 – October 1

Published in April 30, 2015 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show to be held at Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa & Convention Center. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show.

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IT’S NOT TOO LATE - Applications for Nursing Scholarships Deadline EXTENDED to MAY 8th

Published in April 30, 2015 Issue

The 2015 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications has BEEN EXTENDED to MAY 8TH.

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Introduction to Activity Management Registration Now Available

Published in April 30, 2015 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 22 – 26 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.  “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal OBRA and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

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Five Star Program Scheduled May 27 in Richmond

Published in April 30, 2015 Issue

Registration is now available for the Five Star Rating Update: Another Look at Antipsychotics in LTC Facilities, scheduled for May 27 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides

Published in April 30, 2015 Issue

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides has been scheduled for May 13, 2015 at the VHCA office.

Running for AHCA/NCAL Board? Webinars Scheduled Regarding Board Participation

Published in April 30, 2015 Issue

Two upcoming education opportunities for American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) members in good standing interested in serving on either the AHCA Board of Governors or the NCAL Board of Directors now or in the future has been scheduled.  One is a webinar and the other is a panel discussion to be held during the AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing.

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Webinar Scheduled May 6 - Assessing Risk and Managing Behaviors in Persons with Dementia

Published in April 30, 2015 Issue

The final webinar in this year’s Mental Health and Aging Training Initiative Live Webinar Series will be next Wednesday, May 6th from 1:30 – 2:45 pm.  This webinar will focus on tools and techniques The final webinar in this year’s Mental Health and Aging Training Initiative Live Webinar Series will be next Wednesday, May 6th from 1:30 – 2:45 pm.  This webinar will focus on tools and techniques that can be used in risk assessment and management of behaviors in patients with dementia.  There will also be an opportunity for questions and discussion if time permits.  that can be used in risk assessment and management of behaviors in patients with dementia.  There will also be an opportunity for questions and discussion if time permits. 

2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show

Published in April 24, 2015 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show to be held at Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa & Convention Center. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show.

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER for the ICD-10 Program Scheduled Next Week

Published in April 24, 2015 Issue

A two-day ICD-10-CM program, presented by Robyn Savold, RN, RAC-CT, Pathway Health Services has been scheduled for April 28 – 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Williamsburg.  This program will provide attendees with key implementation strategies and prepare them with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure accuracy in assigning ICD-10-CM codes.

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides

Published in April 24, 2015 Issue

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides has been scheduled for May 13, 2015 at the VHCA office

Five Star Program Scheduled May 27 in Richmond

Published in April 24, 2015 Issue

Registration is now available for the Five Star Rating Update: Another Look at Antipsychotics in LTC Facilities, scheduled for May 27 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.

Introduction to Activity Management Registration Now Available

Published in April 24, 2015 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 22 – 26 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.  “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal OBRA and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

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Applications for Nursing Scholarships Deadline is MAY 1

Published in April 24, 2015 Issue

The 2015 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are now available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is May 1st.

REGISTER NOW: ICD-10 Program Scheduled for April 28 – 29 in Williamsburg

Published in April 16, 2015 Issue

A two-day ICD-10-CM program, presented by Robyn Savold, RN, RAC-CT, Pathway Health Services has been scheduled for April 28 – 29.  This program will provide attendees with key implementation strategies and prepare them with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure accuracy in assigning ICD-10-CM codes.

Webinar on April 23 - Sexuality in Long Term Care: Ethical and Practical Issues

Published in April 16, 2015 Issue

The second in this year’s Mental Health and Aging Training Initiative Live Webinar Series will be next Thursday, April 23rd from 1:30 – 2:45 pm.  This webinar will focus on sexuality in the aging adult and address ethical matters related to consent in those with and without dementia. 

REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE for Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 22 – June 26

Published in April 16, 2015 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 22 – 26 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.  “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal OBRA and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show Scheduled for September 28 – October 1

Published in April 16, 2015 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show to be held at Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa & Convention Center. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show.

Hotel Information Now Available for the 2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show Scheduled for September 28 - October 1

Published in April 9, 2015 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show to be held at Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa & Convention Center. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show.

ICD-10 Program Scheduled for April 28 – 29 in Williamsburg

Published in April 9, 2015 Issue

A two-day ICD-10-CM program, presented by Robyn Savold, RN, RAC-CT, Pathway Health Services has been scheduled for April 28 – 29.  This program will provide attendees with key implementation strategies and prepare them with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure accuracy in assigning ICD-10-CM codes.

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Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides

Published in April 9, 2015 Issue

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides has been scheduled for May 13, 2015 at the VHCA office in Richmond.

Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 22 – June 26

Published in April 9, 2015 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 22 – 26 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.  “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal OBRA and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

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Now Accepting Applications for Nursing Scholarships

Published in April 2, 2015 Issue

The 2015 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are now available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is May 1st.

Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 22 – June 26

Published in April 2, 2015 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 22 – 26 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.  “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal OBRA and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides

Published in April 2, 2015 Issue

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides has been scheduled for May 13, 2015 at the VHCA office in Richmond.

ICD-10 Program Scheduled for April 28 – 29 in Williamsburg

Published in April 2, 2015 Issue

A two-day ICD-10-CM program, presented by Robyn Savold, RN, RAC-CT, Pathway Health Services has been scheduled for April 28 – 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Williamsburg. 

Hotel Information Now Available for the 2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show Scheduled for September 28 – October 1

Published in March 26, 2015 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show to be held at Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa & Convention Center. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show.

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides Scheduled May 13

Published in March 26, 2015 Issue

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides has been scheduled for May 13, 2015 at the VHCA office in Richmond.

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Now Accepting Applications for Nursing Scholarships

Published in March 26, 2015 Issue

The 2015 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are now available online Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is May 1st.

SAVE THE DATE – ICD-10 Program Scheduled for April 28 – 29

Published in March 26, 2015 Issue

A two-day ICD-10-CM program, presented by Robyn Savold, RN, RAC-CT, Pathway Health Services has been scheduled for April 28 – 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Williamsburg.  This program will provide attendees with key implementation strategies and prepare them with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure accuracy in assigning ICD-10-CM codes.

Documentation Program Scheduled for March 31

Published in March 26, 2015 Issue

Good documentation in long term care is a key element in providing high-quality resident care, particularly in admission and discharge documentation. A one-day program, scheduled for March 31, will focus on the legal requirements and provide practical documentation tips to help avoid government audits and investigations, in particular, a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

Updated Five Star Reports Now Available in AHCA's LTC Trend Tracker

Published in March 20, 2015 Issue

The Five Star reports have been updated in AHCA’s LTC Trend Tracker to reflect the recent CMS changes. These reports include the Five Star Overall, as well as the predictor reports – Five Star Quality Measure (QM) Report and Five Star Staffing Report. The Rating Predictor features allow users to see how potential changes can impact a center’s Five Star QM Rating and Staffing Rating.

Hotel Information Now Available for the 2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show Scheduled for September 28 – October 1

Published in March 20, 2015 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show to be held at Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa & Convention Center. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show.

Documentation Program Scheduled for March 31

Published in March 20, 2015 Issue

Good documentation in long term care is a key element in providing high-quality resident care, particularly in admission and discharge documentation. A one-day program, scheduled for March 31, will focus on the legal requirements and provide practical documentation tips to help avoid government audits and investigations, in particular, a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

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Register Now for the Virginia Health Care Association National and State Issues Forum on March 25, 2015 at the Omni Richmond Hotel

Published in March 12, 2015 Issue

The forum is highlighted by national and state experts on health care delivery and will provide state and federal perspectives on the many issues facing the long term care profession.  Keynote speakers include American Health Care Association President Mark Parkinson, Virginia Secretary of Health & Human Resources William Hazel, M.D and the National Center for Assistant Living President Dave Kyllo. 

Documentation Program Scheduled for March 31

Published in March 12, 2015 Issue

Good documentation in long term care is a key element in providing high-quality resident care, particularly in admission and discharge documentation. A one-day program, scheduled for March 31, will focus on the legal requirements and provide practical documentation tips to help avoid government audits and investigations, in particular, a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

Hotel Information Now Available for the 2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show Scheduled for September 28 – October 1

Published in March 12, 2015 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2015 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show to be held at Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa & Convention Center. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show.

Geriatric Training Education Initiative Webinar Series

Published in March 5, 2015 Issue

A series of webinars have been recently scheduled and are made possible through a grant from the Virginia Center on Aging's Geriatric Training Education Initiative and supported by the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health, the Virginia Geriatric Mental Health Partnership and the VCU's Department of Gerontology.

NEW Consumer Handout on Falls in Assisted Living

Published in March 5, 2015 Issue

A new resource from the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) seeks to educate consumers on the risk for falls, while also encouraging their participation in helping to manage this risk. Developed by the NCAL Customer Relations Committee and NCAL Risk Management Workgroup, A Conversation About Falls in Assisted Living addresses frequently asked questions to spark the conversation between staff and consumers.

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Documentation Program Scheduled for March 31

Published in March 5, 2015 Issue

Good documentation in long term care is a key force in providing high-quality resident care, particularly in admission and discharge documentation. A one-day program, scheduled for March 31, will focus on the legal requirements and provide practical documentation tips to help avoid Government audits and investigations, in particular, a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

Register Now for the Virginia Health Care Association National and State Issues Forum on March 25, 2014 at the Omni Richmond

Published in March 5, 2015 Issue

The forum is highlighted by national and state experts on health care delivery and will provide state and federal perspectives on the many issues facing the long term care profession.  Keynote speakers include American Health Care Association President Mark Parkinson, Virginia Secretary of Health & Human Resources, William Hazel, M.D and the National Center for Assistant Living President, Dave Kyllo. 

Save the Date for AHCA/NCAL’s Congressional Briefing Scheduled for June 15 – 16 in Washington, DC

Published in February 25, 2015 Issue

Spread the word.  The 2015 AHCA/NCAL Annual Congressional Briefing will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on June 15 - 16, 2015.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for March 3 & 4

Published in February 25, 2015 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, is scheduled for March 3 & 4 at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning. 

Documentation Program Scheduled for March 31

Published in February 25, 2015 Issue

Good documentation in long term care is a key force in providing high-quality resident care, particularly in admission and discharge documentation. A one-day program, scheduled for March 31, will focus on the legal requirements and provide practical documentation tips to help avoid Government audits and investigations, in particular, a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

Register Now for the Virginia Health Care Association's National and State Issues Forum on March 25, 2014 at the Omni Richmond

Published in February 25, 2015 Issue

The forum is highlighted by national and state experts on health care delivery and will provide state and federal perspectives on the many issues facing the long term care profession.  Keynote speakers include American Health Care Association President Mark Parkinson, Virginia Secretary of Health & Human Resources, William Hazel, M.D and the National Center for Assistant Living President, Dave Kyllo. 

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for March 3 & 4

Published in February 19, 2015 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, is scheduled for March 3 & 4 at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning. 

Documentation Program Scheduled for March 31

Published in February 19, 2015 Issue

Good documentation in long term care is a key force in providing high-quality resident care, particularly in admission and discharge documentation. A one-day program, scheduled for March 31, will focus on the legal requirements and provide practical documentation tips to help avoid Government audits and investigations, in particular, a medical malpractice lawsuit. 

VHCA/VCAL State and National Issues Forum Scheduled for March 25

Published in February 19, 2015 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VHCA/VCAL) has scheduled a State and National Issues Forum to be held at the Omni Richmond Hotel on March 25th.  This Forum will provide six hours of continuing education. Plan to attend and hear Mark Parkinson present, The View from Washington and Secretary Hazel present, Virginia's Future of Health Care Delivery.  The Forum will begin at 8:30 am and end at 4:00 pm.

Refunds Available for Winter Legislative Conference Registrants

Published in February 19, 2015 Issue

This past week, with great regret, the 2015 Winter Legislative Conference was cancelled due to winter weather.

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Still Time Left to Register for the 2015 Winter Legislative Conference Scheduled Next Week

Published in February 12, 2015 Issue

The 2015 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, February 18 & 19 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.  CLICK HERE for online registration. 

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for March 3 & 4

Published in February 12, 2015 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, is scheduled for March 3 & 4 at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning. 

Geriatric Training Education Initiative Webinar Series

Published in February 5, 2015 Issue

A series of webinars have been recently scheduled and are made possible through a grant from the Virginia Center on Aging's Geriatric Training Education Initiative and supported by the Riverside Center for Excellence in Aging and Lifelong Health, the Virginia Geriatric Mental Health Partnership and the VCU's Department of Gerontology.

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NOTE: 2015 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled on a Wednesday & Thursday this Year

Published in February 5, 2015 Issue

The 2015 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, February 18 & 19 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.  CLICK HERE for brochure information and online registration. 

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides

Published in January 28, 2015 Issue

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides has been scheduled March 11, 2015 at the VHCA office in Richmond.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for March 3 & 4

Published in January 28, 2015 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, is scheduled for March 3 & 4 at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning. 

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NOTE: 2015 Winter Legislative Conference is Scheduled on a Wednesday & Thursday this Year

Published in January 28, 2015 Issue

The 2015 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, February 18 & 19 at the Omni Richmond Hotel. CLICK HERE for brochure information and online registration. 

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Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides

Published in January 22, 2015 Issue

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides has been scheduled March 11, 2015 at the VHCA office in Richmond.

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2015 Winter Legislative Conference

Published in January 22, 2015 Issue

The 2015 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for February 18 & 19 at the Omni Richmond Hotel. CLICK HERE for brochure information and online registration. 

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2015 Winter Legislative Conference

Published in January 15, 2015 Issue

The 2015 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for February 18 & 19 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.  CLICK HERE for brochure information and online registration. 

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Mark Your Calendars for the 2015 Winter Legislative Conference & Reserve Your Hotel Room Today

Published in January 8, 2014 Issue

The 2015 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for February 18 & 19 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni Richmond Hotel for $159.00 single or double (plus tax).  Reserve your hotel room here or by calling the hotel directly at 804.344.7000 or toll free at 800.THE.OMNI.  Hotel reservation deadline is Friday, January 30, 2015.  Please remember to identify yourself as a VHCA conference participant. 

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Activity Program Scheduled for January 12 – 16 in Richmond

Published in January 8, 2014 Issue

Activities and More is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).  The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care, or adult day services.  The course meets all federal and state requirements for activity professionals in Virginia’s nursing facilities and has been approved by the Department of Social Services for Activity Professionals in assisted living facilities.

LTC Survey Program Scheduled Next Week

Published in January 8, 2014 Issue

REMINDER: A full-day LTC survey program will be held January 14, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.  Presenters will analyze trends and patterns of the 2014 survey findings for self-assessment of organizational policies, protocols and practices.  Attendees will explore current standards and practices related to pressure ulcer prevention and treatment and use of available resources and tools for quality improvement. 

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Activity Program Scheduled for January 12 – 16 in Richmond

Published in December 18, 2014 Issue

Activities and More is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).  The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care, or adult day services.  The course meets all federal and state requirements for activity professionals in Virginia’s nursing facilities and has been approved by the Department of Social Services for Activity Professionals in assisted living facilities.

Early Bird Registration & Hotel Room Reservation Now Available for the 2015 Winter Legislative Conference

Published in December 18, 2014 Issue

The 2015 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for February 18 & 19 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni Richmond Hotel for $159.00 single or double (plus tax). Reserve your hotel room here or by calling the hotel directly at 804.344.7000 or toll free at 800-THE-OMNI.  Hotel reservation deadline is Friday, January 30, 2015.  Please remember to identify yourself as a VHCA conference participant. 

LTC Survey Program Scheduled January 14 in Richmond

Published in December 12, 2014 Issue

Start 2015 off right!  A full-day LTC survey program will be held January 14, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.  Presenters will analyze trends and patterns of the 2014 survey findings for self-assessment of organizational policies, protocols and practices.  Attendees will explore current standards and practices related to pressure ulcer prevention and treatment and use of available resources and tools for quality improvement. 

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Activity Program Scheduled for January 12 – 16 in Richmond

Published in December 12, 2014 Issue

Activities and More is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).  The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care, or adult day services.  The course meets all federal and state requirements for activity professionals in Virginia’s nursing facilities and has been approved by the Department of Social Services for Activity Professionals in assisted living facilities.

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Mark Your Calendars for the 2015 Winter Legislative Conference & Reserve Your Hotel Room Today

Published in December 12, 2014 Issue

The 2015 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for February 18 & 19 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni Richmond Hotel for $159.00 single or double (plus tax).  Reserve your hotel room here  or by calling the hotel directly at 804.344.7000 or toll free at 800-THE-OMNI.  Hotel reservation deadline is Friday, January 30, 2015.  Please remember to identify yourself as a VHCA conference participant. 

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SPACE STILL AVAILABLE: ICD-10-CM Coding Program Scheduled for December 9th & 10th

Published in December 4, 2014 Issue

The countdown to October 1, 2015 begins!  Health care leaders across the nation are actively developing ICD-10 transition plans to ensure there will be minimal disruption to cash flow, limited claims denials, increased productivity of those responsible for coding and the ability to circumvent major workflow disruptions.  ICD-10 coding will have far reaching implications impacting numerous aspects of a facility’s post-acute care operations including revenue flow, reimbursement, compliance, billing, software and quality data outcomes.  This two-day program will provide attendees with key implementation strategies, and prepare them with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure accuracy in assigning ICD-10-CM codes for clinical and billing practice.  Attendees will benefit from this program with chapter-by- chapter “hands on” coding instruction and tips that are specific to post-acute care. Be prepared with an effective ICD-10 transition plan for reducing the potential for negative outcomes!

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Activity Program Scheduled for January 12 – 16 in Richmond

Published in December 4, 2014 Issue

Activities and More is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).  The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care, or adult day services.  The course meets all federal and state requirements for activity professionals in Virginia’s nursing facilities and has been approved by the Department of Social Services for Activity Professionals in assisted living facilities.

Survey Trends with Focus on Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Treatment Education Program Scheduled January 14 in Richmond

Published in December 4, 2014 Issue

Successful surveys and resident outcomes are dependent on a strong foundation of integrated systems that take into account changes in regulations, delivery of current standards of care and survey compliance to avoid deficient practices.  Addressing these components will promote a dynamic quality improvement philosophy that keeps the organization ahead of survey risks and puts sustainable systems in place to achieve positive resident outcomes, satisfaction and survey compliance.

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Mark Your Calendars for the 2015 Winter Legislative Conference & Reserve Your Hotel Room Today

Published in December 4, 2014 Issue

The 2015 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for February 18 & 19 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni Richmond Hotel for $159.00 single or double (plus tax).  Reserve your hotel room here or by calling the hotel directly at 804.344.7000 or toll free at 800-THE-OMNI.  Hotel reservation deadline is Friday, January 30, 2015.  Please remember to identify yourself as a VHCA conference participant. 

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REMINDER: Not Much Time Left to Register for the ICD-10-CM Coding Program Scheduled for December 9th & 10th

Published in November 26, 2014 Issue

The countdown to October 1, 2015 begins!  Health care leaders across the nation are actively developing ICD-10 transition plans to ensure there will be minimal disruption to cash flow, limited claims denials, increased productivity of those responsible for coding and the ability to circumvent major workflow disruptions.  ICD-10 coding will have far reaching implications impacting numerous aspects of a facility’s post-acute care operations including revenue flow, reimbursement, compliance, billing, software and quality data outcomes.  This two-day program will provide attendees with key implementation strategies, and prepare them with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure accuracy in assigning ICD-10-CM codes for clinical and billing practice.  Attendees will benefit from this program with chapter-by-chapter “hands on” coding instruction and tips that are specific to post-acute care. Be prepared with an effective ICD-10 transition plan for reducing the potential for negative outcomes!

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Activity Program Scheduled for January 12 – 16 in Richmond

Published in November 20, 2014 Issue

Activities and More is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).  The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care, or adult day services.  The course meets all federal and state requirements for activity professionals in Virginia’s nursing facilities and has been approved by the Department of Social Services for Activity Professionals in assisted living facilities.

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REMINDER: ICD-10-CM Coding Program Scheduled for December 9th & 10th

Published in November 20, 2014 Issue

The countdown to October 1, 2015 begins!  Health care leaders across the nation are actively developing ICD-10 transition plans to ensure there will be minimal disruption to cash flow, limited claims denials, increased productivity of those responsible for coding and the ability to circumvent major workflow disruptions.  ICD-10 coding will have far reaching implications impacting numerous aspects of a facility’s post-acute care operations including revenue flow, reimbursement, compliance, billing, software and quality data outcomes.  This two-day program will provide attendees with key implementation strategies, and prepare them with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure accuracy in assigning ICD-10-CM codes for clinical and billing practice.  Attendees will benefit from this program with chapter-by- chapter “hands on” coding instruction and tips that are specific to post-acute care. Be prepared with an effective ICD-10 transition plan for reducing the potential for negative outcomes!

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REGISTER TODAY for the ICD-10-CM Coding Education Program Scheduled for December 9th & 10th in Richmond

Published in November 14, 2014 Issue

The countdown to October 1, 2015 begins!  Health care leaders across the nation are actively developing ICD-10 transition plans to ensure there will be minimal disruption to cash flow, limited claims denials, increased productivity of those responsible for coding and the ability to circumvent major workflow disruptions.  ICD-10 coding will have far reaching implications impacting numerous aspects of a facility’s post-acute care operations including revenue flow, reimbursement, compliance, billing, software and quality data outcomes.  This two-day program will provide attendees with key implementation strategies, and prepare them with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure accuracy in assigning ICD-10-CM codes for clinical and billing practice.  Attendees will benefit from this program with chapter-by- chapter “hands on” coding instruction and tips that are specific to post-acute care. Be prepared with an effective ICD-10 transition plan for reducing the potential for negative outcomes!

Training Opportunity for Quality Award Applicants: RESCHEDULED FOR November 20th and December 12th

Published in November 14, 2014 Issue

Again this year, VHCA will be offering a training opportunity at NO CHARGE for members to encourage participation in AHCA’s National Quality Award Program.  Taught by Wendy M. Walter, MA, LNHA and Tammy Kelly, PT, LNHA, RAC-CT, AHCA Quality Award Examiners, the sessions will introduce members to the process for applying for an award and offer guidance on building a successful application for the Silver and Bronze awards. 

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Activity Program Scheduled for January 12 – 16 in Richmond

Published in November 14, 2014 Issue

Activities and More is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).  The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care, or adult day services.  The course meets all federal and state requirements for activity professionals in Virginia’s nursing facilities and has been approved by the Department of Social Services for Activity Professionals in assisted living facilities.

VDH/VHHA Central Region Infectious Disease Summit Scheduled for November 19

Published in November 7, 2014 Issue

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) Central Region are hosting an Infectious Disease Summit on November 19, 2014 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at Clarion Hotel Richmond, 3207 N Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23230.
 

Training Opportunity for Quality Award Applicants: RESCHEDULED FOR November 20th and December 12th

Published in November 7, 2014 Issue

Again this year, VHCA will be offering a training opportunity at NO CHARGE for members to encourage participation in AHCA’s National Quality Award Program.  Taught by Wendy M. Walter, MA, LNHA and Tammy Kelly, PT, LNHA, RAC-CT, AHCA Quality Award Examiners, the sessions will introduce members to the process for applying for an award and offer guidance on building a successful application for the Silver and Bronze awards. 

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REGISTER TODAY for the ICD-10-CM Coding Education Program Scheduled for December 9th & 10th in Richmond

Published in November 7, 2014 Issue

The countdown to October 1, 2015 begins!  Health care leaders across the nation are actively developing ICD-10 transition plans to ensure there will be minimal disruption to cash flow, limited claims denials, increased productivity of those responsible for coding and the ability to circumvent major workflow disruptions.  ICD-10 coding will have far reaching implications impacting numerous aspects of a facility’s post-acute care operations including revenue flow, reimbursement, compliance, billing, software and quality data outcomes.  This two-day program will provide attendees with key implementation strategies, and prepare them with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure accuracy in assigning ICD-10-CM codes for clinical and billing practice.  Attendees will benefit from this program with chapter-by- chapter “hands on” coding instruction and tips that are specific to post-acute care. Be prepared with an effective ICD-10 transition plan for reducing the potential for negative outcomes!

Upcoming AHCA/NCAL Webinars

Published in October 30, 2014 Issue

The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) has scheduled two webinars specifically for Independent Owners (IO). 

AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program: Navigating the Criteria for Success RESCHEDULED FOR November 20th and December 12th

Published in October 30, 2014 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) will host a two-day session for Quality Award applicants to gain a new perspective on long term care as a business and to acquire tools for development of quality systems and sustainability simply by applying.  The sessions will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 for the Silver Award & Friday, December 12, 2014 for the Bronze Award in the VHCA office as a service to our members.  Wendy M. Walter, MA, LNHA and Tammy Kelly, PT, LNHA, RAC-CT, AHCA Quality Award Examiners, will introduce applicants to the program, program objectives and criteria, and describe how a commitment to the process can provide a leadership framework for operational success for years to come.  Attendance will be limited to 25 participants.

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REGISTER TODAY for the ICD-10-CM Coding Education Program Scheduled for December 9th & 10th in Richmond

Published in October 30, 2014 Issue

The countdown to October 1, 2015 begins!  Health care leaders across the nation are actively developing ICD-10 transition plans to ensure there will be minimal disruption to cash flow, limited claims denials, increased productivity of those responsible for coding and the ability to circumvent major workflow disruptions.  ICD-10 coding will have far reaching implications impacting numerous aspects of a facility’s post-acute care operations including revenue flow, reimbursement, compliance, billing, software and quality data outcomes.  This two-day program will provide attendees with key implementation strategies, and prepare them with the knowledge and skill needed to ensure accuracy in assigning ICD-10-CM codes for clinical and billing practice.  Attendees will benefit from this program with chapter by chapter “hands on” coding instruction and tips that are specific to post-acute care. Be prepared with an effective ICD-10 transition plan for reducing the potential for negative outcomes!

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REGISTER TODAY for the ICD-10-CM Coding Education Program Scheduled for December 9th & 10th in Richmond

Published in October 24, 2014 Issue

The countdown to October 1, 2015 begins!  Health care leaders across the nation are actively developing ICD-10 transition plans to ensure there will be minimal disruption to cash flow, limited claims denials, increased productivity of those responsible for coding and the ability to circumvent major workflow disruptions.  ICD-10 coding will have far reaching implications impacting numerous aspects of a facility’s post-acute care operations including revenue flow, reimbursement, compliance, billing, software and quality data outcomes.  This two-day program will provide attendees with key implementation strategies, and prepare them with the knowledge and skill needed to ensure accuracy in assigning ICD-10-CM codes for clinical and billing practice.  Attendees will benefit from this program with chapter by chapter “hands on” coding instruction and tips that are specific to post-acute care. Be prepared with an effective ICD-10 transition plan for reducing the potential for negative outcomes!

AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program

Published in October 16, 2014 Issue

REMINDER TO REGISTER: AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Sessions Scheduled in October

The Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) will host a two-day session for Quality Award applicants to gain them gain a new perspective on long term care as a business and to acquire tools for development of quality systems and sustainability simply by applying.  The sessions will be held on Tuesday, October 28th and Thursday, October 30th in the VHCA office as a service to our members.  Wendy M. Walter, MA, LNHA and Tammy Kelly, PT, LNHA, RAC-CT, AHCA Quality Award Examiners, will introduce applicants to the program, program objectives and criteria, and describe how a commitment to the process can provide a leadership framework for operational success for years to come.  Attendance will be limited to 25 participants.

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REGISTER TODAY for the ICD-10-CM Coding Education Program Scheduled for December 9th & 10th in Richmond

Published in October 16, 2014 Issue

The countdown to October 1, 2015 begins!  Health care leaders across the nation are actively developing ICD-10 transition plans to ensure there will be minimal disruption to cash flow, limited claims denials, increased productivity of those responsible for coding and the ability to circumvent major workflow disruptions.  ICD-10 coding will have far reaching implications impacting numerous aspects of a facility’s post-acute care operations including revenue flow, reimbursement, compliance, billing, software and quality data outcomes.  This two-day program will provide attendees with key implementation strategies, and prepare them with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure accuracy in assigning ICD-10-CM codes for clinical and billing practice.  Attendees will benefit from this program with chapter by chapter “hands on” coding instruction and tips that are specific to post-acute care. Be prepared with an effective ICD-10 transition plan for reducing the potential for negative outcomes!

AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program: Navigating the Criteria for Success

Published in October 10, 2014 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) will host a two-day session for Quality Award applicants to gain a new perspective on long term care as a business and to acquire tools for development of quality systems and sustainability simply by applying.  The sessions will be held on Tuesday, October 28th and Thursday, October 30th in the VHCA office as a service to our members.  Wendy M. Walter, MA, LNHA and Tammy Kelly, PT, LNHA, RAC-CT, AHCA Quality Award Examiners, will introduce applicants to the program, program objectives and criteria, and describe how a commitment to the process can provide a leadership framework for operational success for years to come.  Attendance will be limited to 25 participants.

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MDS ASSESSMENT PROCESS Program Scheduled Next Week - REGISTRATION STILL AVAILABLE

Published in October 10, 2014 Issue

A one-day seminar, offering five CEUs, is scheduled in Richmond at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond – Midlothian for October 15thMDS Assessment Process, presented by Ms. Judy Wilhide Brandt, is designed to assist the interdisciplinary team in recognizing critical quality of care issues during the MDS assessment process so proper follow up and documentation occurs to mitigate risk of a negative survey outcome.

AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program: Navigating the Criteria for Success

Published in October 2, 2014 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) will host a two-day session for Quality Award applicants to gain a new perspective on long term care as a business and to acquire tools for development of quality systems and sustainability simply by applying.  The sessions will be held on Tuesday, October 28th and Thursday, October 30th in the VHCA office as a service to our members.  Wendy M. Walter, MA, LNHA and Tammy Kelly, PT, LNHA, RAC-CT, AHCA Quality Award Examiners, will introduce applicants to the program, program objectives and criteria, and describe how a commitment to the process can provide a leadership framework for operational success for years to come.  Attendance will be limited to 25 participants.

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REGISTER ONLINE TODAY - MDS Assessment Process Program Scheduled for October 15 in Richmond

Published in October 2, 2014 Issue

A one-day seminar, offering five CEUs, has been scheduled in Richmond for October 15th.  MDS Assessment Process, presented by Ms. Judy Wilhide Brandt, is designed to assist the interdisciplinary team in recognizing critical quality of care issues during the MDS assessment process so proper follow up and documentation occurs to mitigate risk of a negative survey outcome.

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Online Registration Now Available for the MDS Assessment Process Program Scheduled for October 15 in Richmond

Published in September 25, 2014 Issue

A one-day seminar, offering five CEUs, has been scheduled in Richmond for October 15th.  MDS Assessment Process, presented by Ms. Judy Wilhide Brandt, is designed to assist the interdisciplinary team in recognizing critical quality of care issues during the MDS assessment process so proper follow up and documentation occurs to mitigate risk of a negative survey outcome.

VHQC Nursing Home Initiative

Published in September 11, 2014 Issue

VHQC is recruiting long term care facilities in Virginia and Maryland to improve nursing home quality and performance. Join VHQC on Tuesday, September 23, at noon for a webinar, which is offered at no cost, to learn more about the Nursing Home Improvement Network. During this webinar VHQC will discuss how the initiative will help facilities:

HOLD THE DATE: MDS Assessment Process Program Scheduled for October 15

Published in September 11, 2014 Issue

Join the Virginia Health Care Association for a one-day seminar scheduled for October 15th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond - Midlothian.  The seminar is designed to assist the interdisciplinary team in recognizing critical quality of care issues during the MDS assessment process so proper follow up and documentation occurs to mitigate risk of negative survey outcome.  Judy Wildhide Brandt, Wilhide Consulting, Inc. will explain which MDS items are triggers for Quality Measures that lead to the most serious survey citations in Virginia.

NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER - VHCA Convention Scheduled Next Week

Published in September 11, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center scheduled next week - September 15  - 18. 

Relias Learning – Helping Organizations Improve Staff Training

Published in September 11, 2014 Issue

Virginia Health Care Association's online training partner, Relias Learning, has recently released new features to help organizations improve its staff training.

VHCA/VCAL Members Receive Tuition Discounts

Published in September 5, 2014 Issue

Liberty University has provided Virginia Health Care Association and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VHCA/VCAL) a benefit announcement detailing a 15% tuition discount for online degree progrLiberty University has provided Virginia Health Care Association and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VHCA/VCAL) a benefit announcement detailing a 15% tuition discount for online degree programs only.  ams only. 

VHCA Convention September 15 – 18 Offers 11.5 Hours of Continuing Education

Published in September 5, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center scheduled for September 15 - 18. 

VHCA Members Receive Tuition Discounts

Published in August 28, 2014 Issue

Liberty University has provided VHCA a benefit announcement detailing a 15% tuition discount at the University for all its degree programs. 

VHCA Convention September 15 – 18 Offers 11.5 Hours of Continuing Education

Published in August 28, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center scheduled for September 15 - 18. 

HOTEL RESERVATION DEADLINE IS QUICKLY APPROACHING – RESERVE YOUR ROOM TODAY for the Convention & Trade Show Scheduled in September

Published in August 21, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center scheduled for September 15 - 18. 

TRAIN THE TRAINER FOR NURSE AIDE EDUCATION PROGRAMS Scheduled NEXT WEEK

Published in August 21, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, is scheduled for August 27 - 28 at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning.  Click here for more information and online registration.

DSS 2014 Training for ALFs Announced

Published in August 14, 2014 Issue

The Department of Social Services (DSS) has announced the FALL 2014 Training Series that is offered by DSS and the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Gerontology.  A brochure is available online.  Please note that registration and payment for the class are required 10 business days prior to the training date or the registration will be canceled.  Additionally, if an adequate number of class registrations are not received DSS reserves the right to cancel the class.  Payment for the training may be made with a credit card.  Please pay close attention to the location for the training that you chose to attend since several of the training sites have been changed to accommodate our participants.  Questions should be directed by email.

Online Course Now Available for Providing Oral Health Services to Medicaid LTC Residents

Published in August 14, 2014 Issue

A FREE online course addressing oral health services to Medicaid LTC residents is now available.  The course addresses professional service providers which include dental professionals and students, social workers, geriatric care managers, gerontologists, gerontology students, counselors, ombudsman/patient advocates, nursing home administrators and administrative staff members. The course has received accreditation for one hour of continuing education credit through ADA/CERP and NCERS/NAB. It also meets the regulation requirements governing the practice of social work as established by the Virginia Board of Social Work under 18VAC140-20-105 for one continuing education credit.

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VHQC Quality Innovation Network (QIN) QIO Kick-Off Call

Published in August 14, 2014 Issue

Join healthcare providers and stakeholders in Virginia and Maryland on Wednesday, August 20 at noon as we explore solutions to our most pressing regional healthcare challenges. During this call, VHQC will announce new opportunities to partner with the QIN-QIO to improve care at the local, state and regional levels.

REGISTER TODAY - Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for August 27 – 28

Published in August 14, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, is scheduled for August 27 - 28 at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning. 

2014 Annual Convention & Trade Show Scheduled for September 15 - 18

Published in August 7, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center scheduled for September 15 - 18.  Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show. This year’s conference will offer a total of 11.5 hours of continuing education.  EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE.

FREE Informational Session on CCC Scheduled in Christiansburg

Published in August 7, 2014 Issue

An education session on the Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC) program will be held on Tuesday, August 12 at the Carilion New River Valley Medical Center located at 2900 Lamb Circle, Christiansburg, Virginia 24073.  The event is being hosted by the New River Valley Agency on Aging, Radford Nursing and Rehab, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, with in-kind support from Carilion New River Valley Medical Center.  A session for health care providers will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.  A session for beneficiaries, advocates, and community members will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The event is FREE, but space is limited.  

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for August 27 – 28

Published in August 7, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, is scheduled for August 27 - 28 at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning. 

EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE for the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show

Published in July 31, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center scheduled for September 15 - 18.  Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show. EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE.

Online Continuing Education

Published in July 31, 2014 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA), in partnership with Relias Learning, offers online continuing education courses.  The Relias Learning continuing education courses are specifically relevant for long term care providers and are approved by NAB for nursing home and assisted living administrators and apply toward the continuing education requirement for licensed nurses through ANCC approval.  The Relias Learning program provides VHCA members with a significant increase in the number of NAB or ANCC approved online continuing education courses.  These courses are available in the eLearning section of the VHCA website.   Click on NAB approved courses or ANCC approved courses to find a list of available courses to meet your needs.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for August 27 – 28

Published in July 31, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, is scheduled for August 27 - 28 at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning. 

STILL TIME TO REGISTER - 2014 Assisted Living Symposium Scheduled for July 31st

Published in July 24, 2014 Issue

The 2014 Assisted Living Symposium – Insights into a Changing Environment, scheduled for July 31st at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond – Midlothian, is specifically designed for assisted living providers to focus on critical issues and best practices.  Attendees will learn more about the Virginia regulatory scene and emerging national assisted living issues.  Also, practical approaches for reducing antipsychotic drugs in assisted living facilities will be explored that will include strategies for implementing non-pharmacy approaches to personalized care. 

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for August 27 – 28

Published in July 24, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, is scheduled for August 27 - 28 at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning. 

EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE for the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show

Published in July 24, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center scheduled for September 15 - 18.  Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show. EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE.

EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE for the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show

Published in July 17, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center scheduled for September 15 - 18.  Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show. EARLYBIRD REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for August 27 – 28

Published in July 17, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for August 27 - 28 at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning. 

2014 ASSISTED LIVING SYMPOSIUM – Scheduled for July 31st

Published in July 17, 2014 Issue

The 2014 Assisted Living Symposium – Insights into a Changing Environment, scheduled for July 31st at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond – Midlothian, is specifically designed for assisted living providers to focus on critical issues and best practices.  Attendees will learn more about the Virginia regulatory scene and emerging national assisted living issues.  Also, practical approaches for reducing antipsychotic drugs in assisted living facilities will be explored that will include strategies for implementing non-pharmacy approaches to personalized care. 

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REGISTRATION STILL AVAILABLE - LTC Billing and Claims Management Workshops in TWO LOCATIONS

Published in July 17, 2014 Issue

The Long Term Care Billing and Claims Management Workshop, presented by Mary Lynn Wright, Revenue Cycle Consultant with The Wright Group, LLC, is a one-day course developed to provide a comprehensive review of third-party claims management for the long term care setting.  The program, scheduled July 22nd in Roanoke and July 23rd in Williamsburg, will provide attendees with the knowledge necessary to achieve a high rate of clean claim submission while decreasing risk of denials.  Payers addressed in this session are: Medicare A/B, Traditional Virginia Medicaid, managed care, and the transition to Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC) for dual eligible beneficiaries.  With CCC fully launched in Tidewater and coming to the rest of the Demonstration regions in the next few months, claims/billing procedures are evolving on a daily basis.  This workshop will provide up to the minute information that will assist you in working with the Medicare Medicaid Plans (MMPs) to get paid timely for the services you provide to CCC. 

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE for the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show

Published in July 10, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center scheduled for September 15 - 18.  Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE.

Online Continuing Education Offered on VHCA Website

Published in July 10, 2014 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA), in partnership with Relias Learning, offers online continuing education courses.  The Relias Learning continuing education courses are specifically relevant for long term care providers and are approved by NAB for nursing home and assisted living administrators and apply toward the continuing education requirement for licensed nurses through ANCC approval.  The Relias Learning program provides VHCA members with a significant increase in the number of NAB or ANCC approved online continuing education courses.  These courses are available in the eLearning section of the VHCA website.   Click on NAB approved courses or ANCC approved courses to find a list of available courses to meet your needs.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for August 27 – 28

Published in July 10, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for August 27 - 28 at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning. 

2014 Assisted Living Symposium – Scheduled for July 31st

Published in July 10, 2014 Issue

The 2014 Assisted Living Symposium – Insights into a Changing Environment, scheduled for July 31st at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond – Midlothian, is specifically designed for assisted living providers to focus on critical issues and best practices.  Attendees will learn more about the Virginia regulatory scene and emerging national assisted living issues.  Also, practical approaches for reducing antipsychotic drugs in assisted living facilities will be explored that will include strategies for implementing non-pharmacy approaches to personalized care.

Two Locations Scheduled for the LTC Billing and Claims Management Workshop

Published in July 10, 2014 Issue

The Long Term Care Billing and Claims Management Workshop, presented by Mary Lynn Wright, Revenue Cycle Consultant with The Wright Group, LLC, is a one-day course developed to provide a comprehensive review of third-party claims management for the long term care setting.  The program, scheduled July 22nd in Roanoke and July 23rd in Williamsburg, will provide attendees with the knowledge necessary to achieve a high rate of clean claim submission while decreasing risk of denials.  Payers addressed in this session are: Medicare A/B, Traditional Virginia Medicaid, managed care, and the transition to Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC) for dual eligible beneficiaries.  With CCC fully launched in Tidewater and coming to the rest of the Demonstration regions in the next few months, claims/billing procedures are evolving on a daily basis.  This workshop will provide up to the minute information that will assist you in working with the Medicare Medicaid Plans (MMPs) to get paid timely for the services you provide to CCC. 

The 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show, September 15th – 18th

Published in July 2, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center located in downtown Richmond. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for August 27th & 28th

Published in July 2, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for August 27th & 28th at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning. 

2014 ASSISTED LIVING SYMPOSIUM – Scheduled for July 31st

Published in July 2, 2014 Issue

The 2014 Assisted Living Symposium – Insights into a Changing Environment, scheduled for July 31st at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond – Midlothian, is specifically designed for assisted living providers to focus on critical issues and best practices.  Attendees will learn more about the Virginia regulatory scene and emerging national assisted living issues.  Also, practical approaches for reducing antipsychotic drugs in assisted living facilities will be explored that will include strategies for implementing non-pharmacy approaches to personalized care.

LTC Billing and Claims Management Workshop Scheduled in July in Two Different Locations

Published in July 2, 2014 Issue

Revenue cycle management, encompassing claims submission and collection, is becoming more complex and challenging for Virginia’s nursing facilities.  The transition to managed care for the majority of dual eligible beneficiaries receiving services in Virginia facilities places a much higher priority on the need for accurate and efficient claims submission.

The 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show, September 15th – 18th

Published in June 26, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center located in downtown Richmond. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show.

2014 ASSISTED LIVING SYMPOSIUM – Scheduled for July 31

Published in June 26, 2014 Issue

The 2014 Assisted Living Symposium – Insights into a Changing Environment, scheduled for July 31st at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond – Midlothian, is specifically designed for assisted living providers to focus on critical issues and best practices.  Attendees will learn more about the Virginia regulatory scene and emerging national assisted living issues.  Also, practical approaches for reducing antipsychotic drugs in assisted living facilities will be explored that will include strategies for implementing non-pharmacy approaches to personalized care.

LTC Billing and Claims Management Workshop Scheduled in July in Two Different Locations

Published in June 26, 2014 Issue

Revenue cycle management, encompassing claims submission and collection, is becoming more complex and challenging for Virginia’s nursing facilities.  The transition to managed care for the majority of dual eligible beneficiaries receiving services in Virginia facilities places a much higher priority on the need for accurate and efficient claims submission.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for August 27th & 28th

Published in June 20, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for August 27th & 28th at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning. 

CCC Educational Materials Now Available

Published in June 20, 2014 Issue

Presentation materials from the Commonwealth Coordinated Care education conference held earlier this week are now available online for member use.  Please note that two of the files are placeholders for materials we have not yet received.  Please check back next week for those presentation files.

The 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show, September 15th – 18th

Published in June 13, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center located in downtown Richmond. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show.

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NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER for CCC Educational Seminar Scheduled Next Week

Published in June 13, 2014 Issue

Don’t forget to register for the Virginia Health Care Association's conference on June 17th & 18th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond - Midlothian. This educational program, T-Minus: Preparing for the Launch of the Commonwealth Coordinated Care program, is designed to bring the latest information about Virginia's Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC) program to our members.

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Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for August 27th & 28th

Published in June 13, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for August 27th & 28th at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning.

Navigating the 2014 Advancing Excellence Website - Webinar Scheduled for July 9th

Published in June 13, 2014 Issue

Advancing Excellence (AE) has a new website. While the new site contains all the information from the old site, items have been rearranged.  Join VHQC for a cruise around the website, including:

Exploring the Concepts of Skin Changes at Life's End (SCALE)

Published in June 13, 2014 Issue

The skin is the largest organ of the body and can become dysfunctional at life's end, with loss of integrity, just like any other vital body system, with reduced ability to utilize nutrients and other factors necessary to sustain normal skin function.

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Commonwealth Coordinated Care Educational Seminar Scheduled for June 17th & 18th

Published in June 5, 2014 Issue

Please join us for the Virginia Health Care Association's conference on June 17th & 18th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond - Midlothian. This educational program, T-Minus: Preparing for the Launch of the Commonwealth Coordinated Care Program, is designed to bring the latest information about Virginia's Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC) program to our members.

Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 16th – June 20th

Published in June 5, 2014 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 16th – 20th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.  “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for August 27th & 28th

Published in June 5, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for August 27th & 28th at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning. 

The 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show, September 15th – 18th

Published in June 5, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center located in downtown Richmond. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show.

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Commonwealth Coordinated Care Educational Seminar Scheduled for June 17th & 18th

Published in May 30, 2014 Issue

Please join us for the Virginia Health Care Association's conference on June 17th & 18th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond - Midlothian. This educational program, T-Minus: Preparing for the Launch of the Commonwealth Coordinated Care Program is designed to bring the latest information about Virginia's Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC) program to our members.

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Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 16th – June 20th

Published in May 30, 2014 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 16th – 20th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.  “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for August 27th & 28th

Published in May 30, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for August 27th & 28th at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning.  

Click here for more information and online registration.

The 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show, September 15th – 18th

Published in May 30, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center located in downtown Richmond. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show.

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Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 16th – June 20th

Published in May 15, 2014 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 16th – 20th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.  “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

Emergency Preparedness June Workshop for LTC Facilities

Published in May 15, 2014 Issue

Emergency Preparedness training, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Health & the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association will be offered  in three different locations for facilities in the Richmond District area in June.  The FREE one-day course is tailored specifically to the unique needs of a long term care facility in the event of an emergency.  All long term care facility employees will benefit from this valuable training.

REGISTER TODAY for the Quality, Compliance & Customer Engagement Program Scheduled for May 22nd – Time is Running Out

Published in May 15, 2014 Issue

The current tide of the long term care profession is moving at a rapid pace.  With the recent passing of the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014” (H.R. 4302), coupled with CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) and OIG (Office of Inspector General) initiatives, long term care leaders must be prepared for transformation. The Affordable Care Act is driving a significant change in our payment system as providers move toward payment related to quality outcomes, regulatory compliance history and customer satisfaction.

The 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show, September 15th – 18th

Published in May 8, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center located in downtown Richmond. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show.

Deadline for Submitting Nursing Scholarships has been EXTENDED TO MAY 15TH

Published in May 8, 2014 Issue

The 2014 Regirer Nurse Scholarship application and brochure is available online.

Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 16th – June 20th

Published in May 8, 2014 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 16th – 20th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.  “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

Emergency Preparedness June Workshop for LTC Facilities

Published in May 8, 2014 Issue

Emergency Preparedness training, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Health & the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association will be offered  in three different locations for facilities in the Richmond District area in June.  The FREE one-day course is tailored specifically to the unique needs of a long term care facility in the event of an emergency.  All long term care facility employees will benefit from this valuable training.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for May 20th

Published in May 8, 2014 Issue

A one-day Medication Aide training workshop has been scheduled for May 20th.  The program is designed to provide instructors of Registered Medication Aide Programs with program planning skills and an understanding of the regulatory requirements for Medication Aides in assisted living facilities. Writing measurable learning objectives, organizing mandated curriculum, developing lesson plans and evaluating learning of students are among the objectives covered in the training.  Participants will have an opportunity to observe, practice and critique a variety of instructional strategies.

REGISTER TODAY: Quality, Compliance & Customer Engagement Program Scheduled for May 22nd

Published in May 8, 2014 Issue

The current tide of the long term care profession is moving at a rapid pace.  With the recent passing of the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014” (H.R. 4302), coupled with CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) and OIG (Office of Inspector General) initiatives, long term care leaders must be prepared for transformation. The Affordable Care Act is driving a significant change in our payment system as providers move toward payment related to quality outcomes, regulatory compliance history and customer satisfaction.

The 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show, September 15th – 18th

Published in May 2, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center located in downtown Richmond. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show.

Deadline for Submitting Nursing Scholarships has been EXTENDED TO MAY 15TH

Published in May 2, 2014 Issue

The 2014 Regirer Nurse Scholarship application and brochure is available online. Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications has been EXTENDED TO MAY 15TH.

Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 16th – June 20th

Published in May 2, 2014 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 16th – 20th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.  “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

Emergency Preparedness Workshop for LTC Facilities Scheduled in Three Different Locations in June

Published in May 2, 2014 Issue

An Emergency Preparedness training, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Health & the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association has been scheduled in three different locations.  The FREE one-day course is tailored specifically to the unique needs of a long term care facility in the event of an emergency.  All long term care facility employees will benefit from this valuable training.An Emergency Preparedness training, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Health & the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association has been scheduled in three different locations.  The FREE one-day course is tailored specifically to the unique needs of a long term care facility in the event of an emergency.  All long term care facility employees will benefit from this valuable training.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for May 20th

Published in May 2, 2014 Issue

A one-day Medication Aide training workshop has been scheduled for May 20th.  The program is designed to provide instructors of Registered Medication Aide Programs with program planning skills and an understanding of the regulatory requirements for Medication Aides in assisted living facilities. Writing measurable learning objectives, organizing mandated curriculum, developing lesson plans and evaluating learning of students are among the objectives covered in the training.  Participants will have an opportunity to observe, practice and critique a variety of instructional strategies.

REGISTER TODAY: Quality, Compliance & Customer Engagement Program Scheduled for May 22nd

Published in May 2, 2014 Issue

The current tide of the long term care profession is moving at a rapid pace.  With the recent passing of the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014” (H.R. 4302), coupled with CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) and OIG (Office of Inspector General) initiatives, long term care leaders must be prepared for transformation. The Affordable Care Act is driving a significant change in our payment system as providers move toward payment related to quality outcomes, regulatory compliance history and customer satisfaction.

The 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show, September 15th – 18th

Published in April 25, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center located in downtown Richmond. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show.

Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 16th – June 20th

Published in April 25, 2014 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 16th – 20th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.  “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for May 20th

Published in April 25, 2014 Issue

A one-day Medication Aid training workshop has been scheduled for May 20th.  The program is designed to provide instructors of Registered Medication Aide Programs with program planning skills and an understanding of the regulatory requirements for Medication Aides in assisted living facilities. Writing measurable learning objectives, organizing mandated curriculum, developing lesson plans and evaluating learning of students are among the objectives covered in the training.  Participants will have an opportunity to observe, practice and critique a variety of instructional strategies.

REGISTER TODAY: Quality, Compliance & Customer Engagement Program Scheduled for May 22nd

Published in April 25, 2014 Issue

An educational program has been scheduled that will provide opportunities for attendees to:

The 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show, September 15th – 18th

Published in April 17, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center located in downtown Richmond. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show.

The Commonwealth LTC Foundation Receives Gift

Published in April 17, 2014 Issue

The Commonwealth Long Term Care Foundation, an affiliate of VHCA, has received a gift of $50,000 from the estate of Maria Teresa Regirer.  The gift will be used to fund Regirer Nursing Scholarships presented annually to deserving CNAs, LPNs and RNs working in VHCA member facilities.  Walter and Maria Teresa Regirer funded these nursing scholarships with an initial contribution of $250,000 and now Maria Teresa Regirer’s estate has added $50,000.

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Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for May 20th

Published in April 17, 2014 Issue

A one-day Medication Aid training workshop has been scheduled for May 20th.  The program is designed to provide instructors of Registered Medication Aide Programs with program planning skills and an understanding of the regulatory requirements for Medication Aides in assisted living facilities. Writing measurable learning objectives, organizing mandated curriculum, developing lesson plans and evaluating learning of students are among the objectives covered in the training.  Participants will have an opportunity to observe, practice and critique a variety of instructional strategies.

Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 16th – June 20th

Published in April 17, 2014 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 16th – 20th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.  “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

Nursing Scholarships Available

Published in April 17, 2014 Issue

The 2014 Regirer Nurse Scholarship application and brochure is available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is May 1st.

The 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show, September 15th - 18th

Published in April 11, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center located in downtown Richmond. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest long term care trade show.

Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 16th – June 20th

Published in April 11, 2014 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 16th – 20th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond – Midlothian.  “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal OBRA and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for May 20th

Published in April 11, 2014 Issue

A one-day, six-hour medication aid training workshop has been scheduled for May 20th.  The program is designed to provide instructors of Registered Medication Aide Programs with program planning skills including an understanding of the regulatory requirements for Medication Aides in assisted living facilities, writing measurable learning objectives, organizing mandated curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning of students.  Participants will have an opportunity to observe, practice and critique a variety of instructional strategies.

The 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show, September 15 - 18

Published in April 3, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center located in downtown Richmond. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest Long Term Care Trade Show.
 

Geriatric Mental Health Partnership Announces Third Series of Mental Health Webinars

Published in April 3, 2014 Issue

The Geriatric Mental Health Partnership recently announced the third series of mental health webinars made possible through a grant from the Virginia Center on Aging's Geriatric Training Education Initiative.  Registrations are now open for the three webinar sessions available at no charge to participants. The announcement describes the three training events designed for staff from multiple disciplines and settings (both facility and home-based), as well as behavioral health staff, staff from Adult Protective Services, home health, adult day care, respite care, Area Agency on Aging, Ombudsmen, Emergency Department staff of acute care hospitals, hospital discharge planners, and others serving older adults.

Notice of Extended ICD-10 Implementation Date

Published in April 3, 2014 Issue

On Monday the U.S. Senate voted on a bill (HR 4302) that would implement a temporary fix for Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula but at the same time delayed the ICD-10 compliance deadline until 2015.  Because of the extended implementation for a year, VHCA has determined that it is in the best interest of our members to delay training on the ICD-10 as well.  Therefore, the April 9th and 10th training program, ICD-10-CM Coding: Countdown to October 1st will be rescheduled for a date closer to the new deadline.

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Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for May 20th

Published in April 3, 2014 Issue

A one-day, six-hour medication aid training workshop has been scheduled for May 20th.  The program is designed to provide instructors of Registered Medication Aide Programs with program planning skills including an understanding of the regulatory requirements for Medication Aides in assisted living facilities, writing measurable learning objectives, organizing mandated curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning of students.  Participants will have an opportunity to observe, practice and critique a variety of instructional strategies.

NCAL Webinar on Improving Quality through the Patient Safety Organization

Published in April 3, 2014 Issue

The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) is offering a presentation via webinar, Improving Quality in Assisted Living: An Introduction to the National Patient Safety Organization for Assisted Living on April 16.  This popular presentation will be a 90-minute webinar that will help members understand what a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) is, why NCAL is collaborating with the New Jersey Hospital Association PSO to collect clinical data, what data will be collected and a member’s perspective on the opportunities this collaboration presents.  Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the webinar.  If you are unable to attend, the webinar will be archived for future viewing. The webinar will be held April 16 at 2:00 pm Eastern.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for May 20th

Published in March 28, 2014 Issue

A one-day, six-hour workshop has been scheduled for May 20th.  The program is designed to provide instructors of Registered Medication Aide Programs with program planning skills including an understanding of the regulatory requirements for Medication Aides in assisted living facilities, writing measurable learning objectives, organizing mandated curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning of students.  Participants will have an opportunity to observe, practice and critique a variety of instructional strategies.

Nursing Scholarships Available

Published in March 28, 2014 Issue

The 2014 Regirer Nurse Scholarship application and brochure is available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is May 1st.

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Prepare Your Facility for ICD-10 Coding

Published in March 21, 2014 Issue

Recently, Health and Human Services CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner told attendees at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) technology conference that the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10) will go into effect this fall on October 1, 2014, with no further delays. 

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Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for May 20th

Published in March 21, 2014 Issue

A one-day, six hour workshop has been scheduled for May 20th.  The program is designed to provide instructors of Registered Medication Aide Programs with program planning skills including an understanding of the regulatory requirements for Medication Aides in assisted living facilities, writing measurable learning objectives, organizing mandated curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning of students.  Participants will have an opportunity to observe, practice and critique a variety of instructional strategies.

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Now Accepting Applications for Nursing Scholarships

Published in March 21, 2014 Issue

The 2014 Regirer Nurse Scholarship application and brochure is available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is May 1st.

Hotel Information Now Available for the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show

Published in March 21, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center located in downtown Richmond. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest Long Term Care Trade Show.

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Prepare Your Facility for ICD-10 Coding

Published in March 13, 2014 Issue

Recently, Health and Human Services CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner told attendees at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) technology conference that the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition (ICD-10) will go into effect this fall on October 1, 2014, with no further delays. 

Hotel Information Now Available for the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show

Published in March 13, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center located in downtown Richmond. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest Long Term Care Trade Show.

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Now Accepting Applications for Nursing Scholarships

Published in March 13, 2014 Issue

The 2014 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are now available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is May 1st.

REGISTER TODAY for the MDS Intensive: Common Errors and Misperceptions Program Scheduled LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY

Published in March 13, 2014 Issue

Is your facility/company up-to-date on the most recent MDS coding and scheduling requirements to avoid common errors?  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has changed the RAI Manual and PPS MDS scheduling rules several times since October 2010.  This full-day program will provide staff involved in completing the MDS with information on the new types of assessments that have been developed and offer insight into how to manage complex scheduling dilemmas.  Providers should plan to spend the day with Judy Wilhide Brandt, owner of Wilhide Consulting, Inc. to receive accurate information on the most challenging areas of MDS coding and advanced PPS scheduling.  The presentation is appropriate for MDS Coordinators, Rehab Directors, corporate consultants and others who want to learn more about the MDS and how to avoid common errors while optimizing reimbursement.

Geriatric Mental Health Partnership Announces Third Series of Mental Health Webinars

Published in March 6, 2014 Issue

The Geriatric Mental Health Partnership recently announced the third series of mental health webinars made possible through a grant from the Virginia Center on Aging's Geriatric Training Education Initiative.  Registrations are now open for the three webinar sessions available at no charge to participants. The announcement describes the three training events designed for staff from multiple disciplines and settings (both facility and home-based), as well as behavioral health staff, staff from Adult Protective Services, home health, adult day care, respite care, Area Agency on Aging, Ombudsmen, Emergency Department staff of acute care hospitals, hospital discharge planners, and others serving older adults.

Hotel Information Now Available for the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention & Trade Show

Published in March 6, 2014 Issue

Maximize your membership investment and experience by joining your colleagues at the 2014 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Richmond Marriott and the Greater Richmond Convention Center located in downtown Richmond. Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest Long Term Care Trade Show.

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SAVE THE DATE: ICD-10-CM Coding Education Program Scheduled for April 9th & 10th in Richmond

Published in March 6, 2014 Issue

The countdown to October 1, 2014 begins!  Health care leaders across the nation are actively developing ICD-10 transition plans to ensure there will be minimal disruption to cash flow, limited claims denials, increased productivity of those responsible for coding and the ability to circumvent major workflow disruptions.  ICD-10 coding will have far reaching implications impacting numerous aspects of a facility’s post-acute care operations including revenue flow, reimbursement, compliance, billing, software and quality data outcomes.  This two-day program will provide attendees with key implementation strategies, and prepare them with the knowledge and skill needed to ensure accuracy in assigning ICD-10-CM codes for clinical and billing practice.  Attendees will benefit from this program with chapter by chapter “hands on” coding instruction and tips that are specific to post-acute care. Be prepared with an effective ICD-10 transition plan for reducing the potential for negative outcomes!

REMINDER: Lucy Corr Village Hosting Oral Health Seminar

Published in March 6, 2014 Issue

Lucy Corr Village (6800 Lucy Corr Boulevard, Chesterfield, VA 23832) will host a two-hour seminar titled Providing Oral Health Services to Medicaid Long Term Care Residents on March 21, 2014 at 1:30 PM.  The seminar is free to attend but advanced registration is required.

MDS Intensive: Common Errors and Misperceptions Program Scheduled in Two Different Locations in March

Published in March 6, 2014 Issue

Is your facility/company up-to-date on the most recent MDS coding and scheduling requirements to avoid common errors?  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has changed the RAI Manual and PPS MDS scheduling rules several times since October 2010.  This full-day program will provide staff involved in completing the MDS with information on the new types of assessments that have been developed and offer insight into how to manage complex scheduling dilemmas.  Providers should plan to spend the day with Judy Wilhide Brandt, owner of Wilhide Consulting, Inc. to receive accurate information on the most challenging areas of MDS coding and advanced PPS scheduling.  The presentation is appropriate for MDS Coordinators, Rehab Directors, corporate consultants and others who want to learn more about the MDS and how to avoid common errors while optimizing reimbursement.

MDS Intensive: Common Errors and Misperceptions Program Scheduled in Two Different Locations in March

Published in February 27, 2014 Issue

Is your facility/company up-to-date on the most recent MDS coding and scheduling requirements to avoid common errors?  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has changed the RAI Manual and PPS MDS scheduling rules several times since October 2010.  This full-day program will provide staff involved in completing the MDS with information on the new types of assessments that have been developed and offer insight into how to manage complex scheduling dilemmas.  Providers should plan to spend the day with Judy Wilhide Brandt, owner of Wilhide Consulting, Inc. to receive accurate information on the most challenging areas of MDS coding and advanced PPS scheduling.  The presentation is appropriate for MDS Coordinators, Rehab Directors, corporate consultants and others who want to learn more about the MDS and how to avoid common errors while optimizing reimbursement.

Lucy Corr Village to Host Oral Health Seminar

Published in February 20, 2014 Issue

Lucy Corr Village (6800 Lucy Corr Boulevard, Chesterfield, VA 23832) will host a two-hour seminar titled Providing Oral Health Services to Medicaid Long Term Care Residents on March 21, 2014 at 1:30 PM.  The seminar is free to attend but advanced registration is required.

MDS Intensive: Common Errors and Misperceptions Program Scheduled in Two Different Locations in March

Published in February 20, 2014 Issue

Is your facility/company up-to-date on the most recent MDS coding and scheduling requirements to avoid common errors?  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has changed the RAI Manual and PPS MDS scheduling rules several times since October 2010.  This full-day program will provide staff involved with completing the MDS with information on the new types of assessments that have been developed and offer insight into how to manage complex scheduling dilemmas.  Providers should plan to spend the day with Judy Wilhide Brandt, owner of Wilhide Consulting, Inc. to receive accurate information on the most challenging areas of MDS coding and advanced PPS scheduling.  The presentation is appropriate for MDS Coordinators, Rehab Directors, corporate consultants and others who want to learn more about the MDS and how to avoid common errors while optimizing reimbursement.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for March 4th

Published in February 20, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled for March 4th in the VHCA/VCAL office.  The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities (ALF).  Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies.

MDS Intensive: Common Errors and Misperceptions Program Scheduled in Two Different Locations in March

Published in February 12, 2014 Issue

Is your facility/company up-to-date on the most recent MDS coding and scheduling requirements to avoid common errors?  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has changed the RAI Manual and PPS MDS scheduling rules several times since October 2010.  This full-day program will provide staff involved with completing the MDS with information on the new types of assessments that have been developed and offer insight into how to manage complex scheduling dilemmas.  Providers should plan to spend the day with Judy Wilhide Brandt, owner of Wilhide Consulting, Inc. to receive accurate information on the most challenging areas of MDS coding and advanced PPS scheduling.  The presentation is appropriate for MDS Coordinators, Rehab Directors, corporate consultants and others who want to learn more about the MDS and how to avoid common errors while optimizing reimbursement.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for March 4th

Published in February 12, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled for March 4th in the VHCA/VCAL office.  The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities (ALF).  Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies.

Virginia General Assembly

2014 Legislative Conference: Standing Together to Face New Challenges

Published in February 12, 2014 Issue

Register today to reserve your seat!  The 2014 Legislative Conference is less than a week away!

New Alzheimer’s Resource for 2014

Published in February 6, 2014 Issue

The current rate of diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other dementia related illnesses is very high and it is expected to rise in the years to come. Providers need to be fully prepared to care for their current Alzheimer’s residents, as well as future ones.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for March 4th

Published in February 6, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled for March 4th in the VHCA/VCAL office.  The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities (ALF).  Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies.

MDS Intensive: Common Errors and Misperceptions Program Coming in March to Richmond and Roanoke

Published in February 6, 2014 Issue

Is your organization up-to-date on the most recent MDS coding and scheduling requirements to avoid common errors?  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has changed the RAI Manual and PPS MDS scheduling rules several times since October 2010.  This full-day program will provide staff involved with completing the MDS with information on the new types of assessments that have been developed and offer insight into how to manage complex scheduling dilemmas.  Providers should plan to spend the day with Judy Wilhide Brandt, owner of Wilhide Consulting, Inc. to receive accurate information on the most challenging areas of MDS coding and advanced PPS scheduling.  The presentation is appropriate for MDS Coordinators, Rehab Directors, corporate consultants and others who want to learn more about the MDS and how to avoid common errors while optimizing reimbursement.

VHCA Website Expanded for Online Learning

Published in February 6, 2014 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) is pleased to announce the endorsement of Relias Learning for online continuing education courses.  The Relias Learning continuing education courses are specifically relevant for long term care providers and are approved by NAB for nursing home and assisted living administrators and apply toward the continuing education requirement for licensed nurses through ANCC approval.  The Relias Learning program provides VHCA members with a significant increase in the number of NAB or ANCC approved online continuing education courses.  These courses are now available in the eLearning section of the VHCA website.   Click on NAB approved courses or ANCC approved courses to find a list of available courses to meet your needs.

Virginia General Assembly

2014 Legislative Conference: Standing Together to Face New Challenges

Published in February 6, 2014 Issue

Register today to reserve your seat!  The 2014 Legislative Conference is just under two weeks away!

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for March 4th

Published in January 30, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled for March 4th in the VHCA/VCAL office.  The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities (ALF).  Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for February 4th & 5th

Published in January 30, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for February 4th & 5th at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning. 

Virginia General Assembly

2014 Legislative Conference: Don’t Delay

Published in January 30, 2014 Issue

RESERVE YOUR HOTEL ROOM TODAY.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni Richmond Hotel for $150.00 single or double (plus tax).  Reserve your hotel room here or by calling 804.344.7000.  Hotel reservation deadline is January 31, 2014. The hotel is expecting a sold out crowd on Tuesday, February 18th so don’t delay.

New AHCA/NCAL Electronic Catalog

Published in January 23, 2014 Issue

The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA) is pleased to announce that a new electronic catalog is now available for download on its online store. Use the easy search tools of this pdf to browse through the full inventory. This catalog also features clickable links that will take members directly to the online store for easy purchasing.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for March 4th

Published in January 23, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled for March 4th in the VHCA/VCAL office.  The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities (ALF).  Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for February 4th & 5th

Published in January 23, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for February 4th & 5th at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning. 

Virginia General Assembly

2014 Legislative Conference

Published in January 23, 2014 Issue

The times truly are a-changin'.  Representing a sea change for Virginia’s nursing facilities, 2014 ushers in a transition to managed care for the majority of our members. Along with other topics impacting long term care, the 2014 Legislative Conference will focus on how the launch of the Commonwealth Coordinated Care program will impact the long term care provider community.

Strategy for Diversifying Senior Housing Assets

Published in January 15, 2014 Issue

On February 5, 2014, from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST), the American Health Care Association (AHCA) will be hosting a webinar entitled, Strategy for Diversifying Senior Housing Assets This webinar is designed to provide owners and operators of seniors housing assets a sound perspective on why they should diversify across asset types and how to strategically add to their portfolio.  The potential seniors housing resident population is growing at a rapid pace and the demands for product type continue to evolve.  As such, diversifying your seniors housing portfolio can help eliminate risk in these shifting market demands and help to increase financial performance.  This webinar will cover trends in the market demand and which diversification strategies help maximize profitability.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for February 4th & 5th

Published in January 15, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for February 4th & 5th at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning.  Click here for more information and online registration.

Virginia General Assembly

2014 Winter Legislative Conference

Published in January 15, 2014 Issue

The times truly are a-changin'.  Representing a sea change for Virginia’s nursing facilities, 2014 will usher in a transition to managed care for the majority of our members.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for February 4th & 5th

Published in January 9, 2014 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for February 4th & 5th at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning. 

Virginia General Assembly

2014 Winter Legislative Conference

Published in January 9, 2014 Issue

The times truly are a-changin'.  Representing a sea change for Virginia’s nursing facilities, 2014 will usher in a transition to managed care for the majority of our members.

LAST CHANCE to REGISTER for the Survey Program Scheduled for January 16th

Published in January 9, 2014 Issue

This full-day program will review Virginia’s top deficiencies and examine trends in citations captured from deficiency reports conducted in 2013. 

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY for the Survey Program Scheduled for January 16th

Published in January 3, 2014 Issue

The pathway to successful surveys and resident outcomes is dependent on a strong foundation of integrated systems that take into account changes in regulations, delivery of current standards of care and survey compliance to avoid deficient practices.  Addressing these components will promote a dynamic quality improvement philosophy that keeps the organization ahead of survey risks and puts sustainable systems in place to achieve positive resident outcomes, satisfaction and survey compliance.

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Activity Program Scheduled for January 13 – 17 in Richmond

Published in January 3, 2014 Issue

Activities and More is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).  The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care, or adult day services.  The course meets all federal and state requirements for activity professionals in Virginia’s nursing facilities and has been approved by the Department of Social Services for Activity Professionals in assisted living facilities.

Registration Now Available for the Survey Program Scheduled for January 16th

Published in December 19, 2013 Issue

The pathway to successful surveys and resident outcomes is dependent on a strong foundation of integrated systems that take into account changes in regulations, delivery of current standards of care and survey compliance to avoid deficient practices.  Addressing these components will promote a dynamic quality improvement philosophy that keeps the organization ahead of survey risks and puts sustainable systems in place to achieve positive resident outcomes, satisfaction and survey compliance.

Activity Program Scheduled for January 13 – 17 in Richmond

Published in December 19, 2013 Issue

Activities and More is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).  The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care, or adult day services.  The course meets all federal and state requirements for activity professionals in Virginia’s nursing facilities and has been approved by the Department of Social Services for Activity Professionals in assisted living facilities.

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Activity Program Scheduled for January 13 – 17 in Richmond

Published in December 12, 2013 Issue

Activities and More is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).  The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care, or adult day services.  The course meets all federal and state requirements for activity professionals in Virginia’s nursing facilities and has been approved by the Department of Social Services for Activity Professionals in assisted living facilities.

Registration Information Now Available for the Activity Program Scheduled for January 13 – 17 in Richmond

Published in December 6, 2013 Issue

Activities and More is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).  The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care, or adult day services.  The course meets all federal and state requirements for activity professionals in Virginia’s nursing facilities and has been approved by the Department of Social Services for Activity Professionals in assisted living facilities.

Registration Information Now Available for the Activity Program Scheduled for January 13 – 17 in Richmond

Published in November 26, 2013 Issue

Activities and More is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).  The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care, or adult day services.  The course meets all federal and state requirements for activity professionals in Virginia’s nursing facilities and has been approved by the Department of Social Services for Activity Professionals in assisted living facilities.

Activities and More is scheduled for January 13 – 17 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Richmond - Midlothian. For more information and online registration click here.

Training Opportunity for AHCA Quality Award Applicants

Published in November 26, 2013 Issue

Time and space are running out to register for the December 4th and 5th training on AHCA’s National Quality Award Program.  VHCA is pleased to offer a training opportunity at NO CHARGE to members to encourage participation in AHCA’s National Quality Award Program.  The sessions, taught by Wendy M. Walter, MA, LNHA and Tammy Kelly, PT, LNHA, RAC-CT, AHCA Quality Award Examiners, will introduce participants to the process of applying for an award and offer guidance on building successful applications for the Bronze and Silver awards.

Retool for Success: Operational Implications of Managed Care Program in Williamsburg on December 3rd

Published in November 26, 2013 Issue

As the implementation of Virginia’s Dual Eligible Demonstration – the Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC) program – draws closer, the operational and financial landscapes are changing for nursing facilities in Virginia.  Whether these changes will be positive depends largely on each organization’s strategic preparation, tactical implementation and self-monitoring.

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Registration Information Now Available for the Activity Program Scheduled for January 13 – 17 in Richmond

Published in November 21, 2013 Issue

Activities and More is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).  The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care, or adult day services.  The course meets all federal and state requirements for activity professionals in Virginia’s nursing facilities and has been approved by the Department of Social Services for Activity Professionals in assisted living facilities.

Training Opportunity for AHCA Quality Award Applicants

Published in November 21, 2013 Issue

Time and space are running out to register for the December 4th and 5th training on AHCA’s National Quality Award Program.  VHCA is pleased to offer a training opportunity at NO CHARGE to members to encourage participation in AHCA’s National Quality Award Program.   The sessions, taught by Wendy M. Walter, MA, LNHA and Tammy Kelly, PT, LNHA, RAC-CT, AHCA Quality Award Examiners, will introduce participants to the process of applying for an award and offer guidance on building successful applications for the Bronze and Silver awards.

Retool for Success: Operational Implications of Managed Care Program in Williamsburg on December 3rd

Published in November 21, 2013 Issue

As the implementation of Virginia’s Dual Eligible Demonstration – the Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC) program – draws closer, the operational and financial landscapes are changing for nursing facilities in Virginia.  Whether these changes will be positive depends largely on each organization’s strategic preparation, tactical implementation and self-monitoring.

Training Opportunity for Quality Award Applicants

Published in November 14, 2013 Issue

VHCA is pleased to offer a training opportunity at NO CHARGE to members to encourage participation in AHCA’s National Quality Award Program.  Taught by Wendy M. Walter, MA, LNHA and Tammy Kelly, PT, LNHA, RAC-CT, AHCA Quality Award Examiners, the sessions will introduce members to the process for applying for an award and offer guidance on building a successful application for both the Bronze and Silver awards. 

Operating in a Managed Care Environment Program Scheduled for December 3rd in Williamsburg

Published in November 14, 2013 Issue

As the implementation of the Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC) program draws closer, the operational and financial landscapes are changing for nursing facilities in Virginia.  Whether these changes will be positive depends largely on each organization’s strategic preparation, tactical implementation and self-monitoring.

Managed Care Program Scheduled for December 3rd in Williamsburg

Published in November 6, 2013 Issue

With the start of the Commonwealth Coordinated Care (CCC) program, the operational and financial landscapes are changing for nursing facilities in Virginia.  Whether these changes will be positive depends largely on each organization’s strategic preparation, tactical implementation and self-monitoring.

Training Opportunity for Quality Award Applicants Scheduled for December 4th & 5th

Published in November 6, 2013 Issue

VHCA is pleased to offer a training opportunity at NO CHARGE to members to encourage participation in AHCA’s National Quality Award Program.  Taught by Wendy M. Walter, MA, LNHA and Tammy Kelly, PT, LNHA, RAC-CT, AHCA Quality Award Examiners, the sessions will introduce members to the process for applying for an award and offer guidance on building a successful application for both the Bronze and Silver awards. 

Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Study

Published in November 1, 2013 Issue

The Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service (HCS) is in the process of conducting its 16th annual salary and benefits study.  The Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report is nationally recognized as the standard for reliable and comprehensive compensation data for assisted living communities. The report, supported by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL), covers management salaries, non-management wages, and fringe benefits.  Last year’s report contained data from over 1,902 assisted living facilities across the nation.

Managed Care Education Program Scheduled for December 3rd in Williamsburg

Published in November 1, 2013 Issue

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Training Opportunity for Quality Award Applicants

Published in November 1, 2013 Issue

VHCA is pleased to offer a training opportunity of NO CHARGE to members to encourage participation in AHCA’s National Quality Award Program.  Taught by Wendy M. Walter, MA, LNHA and Tammy Kelly, PT, LNHA, RAC-CT, AHCA Quality Award Examiners, the sessions will introduce members to the process for applying for an award and offer guidance on building a successful application for the Bronze and Silver awards.  The sessions will be limited to 25 participants so register early to guarantee your place at the training. 

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It’s Not Too Late to Register for the Administrator Bootcamp Program

Published in November 1, 2013 Issue

There is still time to register for the 5-hour NAB approved program designed to enhance the leadership and management styles of administrators and aspiring Administrators in Training (AITs).  Attendees will refine skills necessary to be successful in their crucial roles.   The sessions will focus on improving effectiveness in the long term care’s ever-changing regulatory and payment landscape while learning strategies to achieve positive quality outcomes.

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Administrator and AIT Bootcamp To Be Held in Richmond Location Only

Published in October 23, 2013 Issue

The Back to the Basics program for Administrators and AITs will be held in Richmond on November 7th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center.  This 5-hour NAB approved program is designed to harness the leadership and management potential for both new and veteran administrators and Administrators in Training (AITs) by building and refining the skills necessary to be successful in this crucial role.  AITs will have an opportunity to enhance their current training program with information and essential resources to help them succeed.  The goal of the program is to enhance individuals’ effectiveness as leaders while learning to navigate the ever-changing long term care regulatory and payment landscape.  Attendees will review the importance of working with the interdisciplinary team to open communication and learn strategies to achieve person-centered care and positive quality outcomes.

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Administrator and AIT Bootcamp Scheduled for November in Two Different Locations – Roanoke & Richmond

Published in October 17, 2013 Issue

Plan to attend a Back to the Basics program for Administrators and AITs scheduled in two locations: Roanoke on November 6th and in Richmond on November 7th.  The Back to the Basics program is designed to harness the leadership and management potential for both new and veteran administrators and Administrators in Training (AITs) by building and refining the skills necessary to be successful in this crucial role.  AITs will have an opportunity to enhance their current training program with information and essential resources to help them succeed.  The goal of the program is to enhance individuals’ effectiveness as leaders while learning to navigate the ever-changing long term care regulatory and payment landscape.  Attendees will review the importance of working with the interdisciplinary team to open communication and learn strategies to achieve person-centered care and positive quality outcomes.

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Registration is Now Open - Administrator and AIT Bootcamp Scheduled for November in Two Locations

Published in October 10, 2013 Issue

Plan to attend a Back to the Basics program for Administrators and AITs scheduled in two locations: Roanoke on November 6th and in Richmond on November 7th.  The Back to the Basics program is designed to harness the leadership and management potential for both new and veteran administrators and Administrators in Training (AITs) by building and refining the skills necessary to be successful in this crucial role.  AITs will have an opportunity to enhance their current training program with information and essential resources to help them succeed.  The goal of the program is to enhance individuals’ effectiveness as leaders while learning to navigate the ever-changing long term care regulatory and payment landscape.  Attendees will review the importance of working with the interdisciplinary team to open communication and learn strategies to achieve person-centered care and positive quality outcomes.

Be Prepared for an OSHA Inspection

Published in October 10, 2013 Issue

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) will be presenting a 30-minute webinar, presented by Brad Hammock, attorney with Jackson Lewis, AHCA’s OSHA consultant (pre-recorded October 1, 2013) that will help providers get ready for an Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) inspection.  Nursing centers are under additional scrutiny by OSHA due to its National Nursing Home Emphasis Program.  Get practical advice about what to do if OSHA comes knocking on your door.

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REGISTER TODAY - Reducing Antipsychotic Drugs in LTC Program Scheduled for October 17th

Published in October 10, 2013 Issue

Based on quality measure information, more than half of the facilities actually INCREASED their average rate of use antipsychotic drugs in the most recent quarter.  VHCA is offering a full-day program on reduction of antipsychotics and effective non-pharmacy approaches to personalized care.  The program, planned in collaboration with VHQC (Virginia’s Quality Improvement Organization) and the Community Partnership for Improved Long Term Care, will focus on roles of the physician, pharmacist, Director of Nursing, Medical Director and psychologist and their respective challenges for the most appropriate approaches to address behaviors in the long term care resident.  Hear from a panel of providers about their successful programs to reduce inappropriate medication.

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Administrator and AIT Bootcamp Scheduled for November

Published in October 3, 2013 Issue

Mark your calendars for a “Back to the Basics” program for Administrators and AITs scheduled in November.  The program is designed to harness the leadership and management potential for new, “veteran” administrators and Administrators in Training (AITs) by building and refining the skills necessary for them to be successful in the crucial role of administrator.  AITs will have an opportunity to enhance their current training program with information and essential knowledge to help them succeed in their future role as an Administrator.  The goal of the day is to help individuals increase their effectiveness as leaders while learning to navigate the ever changing regulatory and payment landscape of long term care.  Attendees will review the importance of working with the interdisciplinary team to enhance communication and learning strategies to achieve person-centered care to achieve positive quality outcomes.

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Reducing Antipsychotic Drugs in LTC Program Scheduled for October 17th

Published in October 3, 2013 Issue

Based on quality measure information, of the 156 Virginia nursing homes still using antipsychotic drugs on long stay residents at a rate of 20% or higher, more than half of the facilities actually INCREASED their average rate of use in the most recent quarter.  To help long term care providers reduce unnecessary medications, VHCA is offering a full-day program on reduction of antipsychotics, guidance to surveyors on F Tag 329 - Unnecessary Drugs, and effective non-pharmacy approaches to personalized care.  The program, planned in collaboration with VHQC (Virginia’s Quality Improvement Organization) and the Community Partnership for Improved Long Term Care, will focus on roles of the physician, pharmacist, Director of Nursing, Medical Director and Psychologist and their respective challenges for the most appropriate approaches to address behaviors in the long term care resident.

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Reducing Antipsychotic Drugs in LTC Program Scheduled for October 17th

Published in September 26, 2013 Issue

While officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently publicized a decline in antipsychotic use for long-stay nursing home residents, Virginia’s efforts to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications has not shown great improvement subsequent to the launch of the “National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care”. More than half of Virginia’s facilities actually INCREASED their average rate of use in the most recent quarter. The CMS Partnership, established in 2012 to address an increasing trend in antipsychotic use in nursing facilities, set a goal to improve the quality of care to individuals with dementia with care that is person-centered, comprehensive and interdisciplinary, and protects residents from being prescribed antipsychotic medications unless there is a valid, clinical indication and a systematic process to evaluate each individual.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for September 25 & 26

Published in September 12, 2013 Issue

This is the final training session for trainers of nurse aide education programs this year.  If you have staff who are not yet registered, please register them today for the September 25 - 26 Train the Trainer program. 

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Reducing Antipsychotic Drugs in LTC Program Scheduled for October 17th

Published in September 12, 2013 Issue

While officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently publicized a decline in antipsychotic use for long-stay nursing home residents, Virginia’s efforts to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications has not shown significant improvement subsequent to the launch of the “National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care”. More than half of Virginia’s facilities actually INCREASED their average rate of use in the most recent quarter. The CMS Partnership, established in 2012 to address an increasing trend in antipsychotic use in nursing facilities, set a goal to improve the quality of care to individuals with dementia with care that is person-centered, comprehensive and interdisciplinary, and protects residents from being prescribed antipsychotic medications unless there is a valid, clinical indication and a systematic process to evaluate each individual.

FINAL CALL: Register Today for the 2013 Convention

Published in September 12, 2013 Issue

This year’s Annual Convention & Trade Show is scheduled for September 16 - 19 at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia.  There is still time to register and join with your fellow long term care professionals for this information-filled conference.  In addition to thought-provoking education sessions, events include the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet and Virginia’s largest long term care Trade Show.  Convention registration is available onlineAdministrators can earn 12 CEUs approved by NAB!

REGISTER TODAY for this Year’s Annual Convention - It’s Not too Late!

Published in September 6, 2013 Issue

This year’s Annual Convention & Trade Show is scheduled for September 16 - 19 at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia.  Plan to attend and join your fellow long term care professionals for this information-filled conference.  In addition to thought-provoking education sessions, events include the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet and Virginia’s largest long term care Trade Show.  Convention registration is available onlineAdministrators can earn 12 CEUs approved by NAB!

Informative Medication Training Kit Now Available through NCAL

Published in September 6, 2013 Issue

Ensuring the appropriate training of medication aides/techs is one of the greatest areas of responsibility as an assisted living and residential care provider. The National Center for Assisted Living's (NCAL) comprehensive medication training kit, developed with nationally recognized assisted living expert Josh Allen, RN, will make it easier for providers to complete this vital training. The Assisted Living Medication Training Kit is specifically designed to help administrators, managers, and/or department heads provide the medication staff training required by most states. This training kit includes an instructor’s guide, learner workbook, exam, certificate of completion and five training DVDs.

CMS Region 3 Webinar

Published in September 6, 2013 Issue

The Philadelphia Office of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Region 3, is hosting its 4th Quarterly Webinar on September 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM. This one-hour presentation will focus on Fall Prevention Initiatives presented by Dr. Patricia Dykes.  Dr. Dykes is a Senior Nurse Scientist and Program Director for Research in the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice and the Center for Nursing Excellence at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. 

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Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for September 25 & 26

Published in September 6, 2013 Issue

This is the final training session for trainers of nurse aide education programs this year.  If you have staff who are not yet registered, please register them today for the September 25 - 26 Train the Trainer program. 

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for September 25 & 26

Published in August 29, 2013 Issue

This is the final training session for trainers of nurse aide education programs this year.  If you have staff who are not yet registered, please register them immediately for the September 25 - 26 Train the Trainer program. 

REGISTER TODAY for this Year’s Annual Convention - It’s Not too Late!

Published in August 29, 2013 Issue

This year’s Annual Convention & Trade Show is scheduled for September 16 - 19 at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia.  Plan to attend and join your fellow long term care professionals for this information-filled conference.  In addition to thought-provoking education sessions, events include the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet and Virginia’s largest long term care Trade Show.  Convention registration is available onlineAdministrators can earn 12 CEU’s approved by NAB!

REMINDER TO REGISTER for the ICD-10-CM Webinar Scheduled for September 12th

Published in August 22, 2013 Issue

Register now for the American Health Care Association’s (AHCA) webinar, titled ICD-10-CM – What is it? Why? and What Next?, on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at 2:00 PM, ET, to learn more about implementation and the upcoming deadlines for the transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM.  On October 1, 2014, the ICD-9 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by ICD-10 code sets.  The transition to ICD-10 is required for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA); which includes all SNFs/NFs and some assisted living facilities. 

VHQC Webinar Scheduled for September 12th

Published in August 22, 2013 Issue

Join VHQC for a FREE webinar as Sonya Barsness, co-developer of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hand in Hand Toolkit highlights key themes, shares suggestions on how to use Hand in Hand to meet training needs, and review the larger role the toolkit plays in various concurrent initiatives related to persons with dementia.

The Webinar is scheduled for Thursday, September 12, 2013 from 1:30pm - 3:00pmRegister today! 

Long Term Care Survey is Back in Stock

Published in August 22, 2013 Issue

The May 2013 edition of the Long Term Care Survey is back in stock and pre-ordered surveys will be shipped out early next week.  The survey manual can be purchased from the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living’s (AHCA/NCAL) online store. Providers need to know all the latest revisions from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for September 25 & 26

Published in August 22, 2013 Issue

The training session for trainers of nurse aide education programs will not be offered again in the near future due to a declining number of registrants for the January session.  If you have staff who are not yet registered, please register them immediately for the September 25 - 26 Train the Trainer program. 

HOTEL DEADLINE FOR CONVENTION IS AUGUST 26TH – Reserve Your Room Today!

Published in August 22, 2013 Issue

Register today and join your colleagues at the 2013 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center scheduled for Monday – Thursday, September 16 – 19, 2013.  This event, with thought-provoking educational sessions led by nationally and regionally recognized experts, as well as successful peers, will give participants a fresh perspective on their career.  Registration is available for the annual convention on our website.  The Convention brochure is also available online. This year’s conference will offer a total of 12 hours of continuing education.

2013 Convention & Trade Show Just a Few Short Weeks Away – REGISTER TODAY!

Published in August 15, 2013 Issue

Register today and join your colleagues at the 2013 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center scheduled for Monday – Thursday, September 16 – 19, 2013.  This event, with thought-provoking educational sessions led by nationally and regionally recognized experts, as well as successful peers, will give participants fresh perspectives on their careers.  Registration is available for the annual convention on our website.  The Convention brochure is also available online. This year’s conference will offer a total of 12 hours of continuing education.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for September 25 & 26

Published in August 15, 2013 Issue

The training session for trainers of nurse aide education programs will not be offered again in the near future due to a declining number of registrants for the January session.  If you have staff who are not yet registered, please register them immediately for the September 25 - 26 Train the Trainer program. 

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for September 25 & 26

Published in August 9, 2013 Issue

The training session for trainers of Nurse Aide Education Programs will not be offered again in the near future due to a declining number of registrants for the January session.  If you have staff who are not yet registered, please register them immediately for the September 25 - 26 Train the Trainer program. 

2013 Convention Brochure Now Available

Published in August 9, 2013 Issue

Members of the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL) consistently say that one of the greatest benefits and pleasures of membership is attending, participating in, and experiencing the Annual Convention and Trade Show.  This event, with thought-provoking educational sessions led by nationally and regionally recognized experts, as well as successful peers, will give participants fresh perspectives on their careers.

2013 Annual Convention Scheduled for September 16th – 19th

Published in August 1, 2013 Issue

Members of the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL) consistently say that one of the greatest benefits and pleasures of membership is attending, participating in, and experiencing the Annual Convention and Trade Show.  This event, with thought-provoking educational sessions led by nationally and regionally recognized experts, as well as successful peers, will give participants fresh perspectives on their careers.

Affordable Care Act Webinar Series

Published in August 1, 2013 Issue

On July 16, the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) held a webinar focused on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) employer requirement.  As many provisions of the employer requirement remain in place, AHCA/NCAL will continue to host focused sessions and place requirement materials on our website as a resource.  The next ACA webinar will occur on August 6,  at 2 p.m. EST, and will focus on several areas that are critical to developing the health insurance marketplaces and what this will mean for providers as employers and from a business perspective.  Topics that will be covered include:

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Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for September 25 - & 26

Published in August 1, 2013 Issue

The training session for trainers of Nurse Aide Education Programs will not be offered again in the near future due to a declining number of registrants for the January session.  If you have staff who are not yet registered, please register them immediately for the September 25 - 26 Train the Trainer program. 

2013 Annual Convention: EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE

Published in July 24, 2013 Issue

Members of the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL) consistently say that one of the greatest benefits and pleasures of membership is attending, participating in, and experiencing the Annual Convention and Trade Show.  This event, with thought-provoking educational sessions led by nationally and regionally recognized experts, as well as successful peers, will give participants fresh perspectives on their careers.

Part 2 of AHCA's Six-Part Antipsychotic Webinar Series Now Available

Published in July 24, 2013 Issue

With the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently releasing new surveyor guidance to assess compliance with F309 and F329 as they relate to residents with dementia and use of antipsychotic drugs, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) is proud to offer members a series of six brief, but content-rich webinars to help providers be well-prepared for these changes. Each 30-minute webinar in the series, F309 & Antipsychotics,  Compliance. QAPI:  Your Integrated Pathway to Dementia Care, is grounded in a Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) approach and provides strategies for achieving compliance with the new guidance.

Don't Miss Out - AHCA/NCAL Publications Offers $50 Saving Through July 31

Published in July 24, 2013 Issue

Now through July 31st, the American Health Care Association & National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) is offering a special deal on publications and DVDs. When you spend $150 or more on non-specialty items, you will receive a $50 discount. To receive the discount enter the coupon code PUB2013 at checkout or when ordering by phone, 800.321.0343. This is the perfect opportunity to save when ordering the May 2013 editions of the Long Term Care Survey Manual (softbound and notebook/binder)  or RAI/MDS User’s Manual (binder and E-book). Both manuals are expected to ship later this month. Multiple orders can be placed using discount code. This promotion is not valid for National Assisted Living Week Products or other specialty items. Offer applies to manuals & DVDs only.

July 30 Webinar: How to Use Culture Change To Reduce Hospitalization Using Person-Centered Care

Published in July 19, 2013 Issue

On July 30th at 2:00 pm EDT, the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) is hosting a 60-minute webinar titled, Culture Change to Reduce Hospitalization Using Person-Centered Care led by Loretta Kaes, RN, Director of Quality Improvement and Clinical Services, Health Care Association of New Jersey.

Palmetto Announces Fall Workshops

Published in July 19, 2013 Issue

Palmetto GBA has announced their 2013 Part A/B Fall Tour Workshop: Passport to Excellence, where a wide variety of topics addressing Medicare coverage and billing updates, as well as clinical and documentation information affecting the Medicare provider community will be discussed. Each workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

2013 Annual Convention: EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE

Published in July 19, 2013 Issue

Members of the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL) consistently say that one of the greatest benefits and pleasures of membership is attending, participating in, and experiencing the Annual Convention and Trade Show.  This event, with thought-provoking educational sessions led by nationally and regionally recognized experts, as well as successful peers, will give participants fresh perspectives on their careers.

AHCA/NCAL Publications Offers $50 Saving Through July 31

Published in July 11, 2013 Issue

Now through July 31, the American Health Care Association & the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) is offering a special deal on publications and DVDs.  Providers who spend $150 or more on non-specialty items, will receive a $50 discount. To receive the discount enter the coupon code: PUB2013 at checkout or when ordering by phone, 800.321.0343.  This is the perfect opportunity to save when you pre-order the new May 2013 editions of the Long Term Care Survey Manual (softbound and notebook/binder) or RAI/MDS User’s Manual (binder and E-book). Both manuals are expected to ship later this month. Multiple orders can be placed using discount code. This promotion is not valid for National Assisted Living Week Products or other specialty items. Offer applies to manuals & DVDs only. 

2013 Annual Convention: EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE

Published in July 11, 2013 Issue

Members of the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL) consistently say that one of the greatest benefits and pleasures of membership is attending, participating in, and experiencing the Annual Convention and Trade Show.  This event, with thought-provoking educational sessions led by nationally and regionally recognized experts, as well as successful peers, will give participants fresh perspectives on their careers.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT – REGISTER TODAY - 2013 Assisted Living Symposium Scheduled for July 16th at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond

Published in July 11, 2013 Issue

The 2013 Assisted Living Symposium - Striving for Excellence scheduled for July 16, 2013 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond – Midlothian (formerly known as Holiday Inn Select Koger Conference Center.)

First in AHCA’s F309 Webinar Series Now Available On-Demand

Published in July 11, 2013 Issue

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released new surveyor guidance to assess compliance with F309 and F329 as they relate to residents with dementia and use of antipsychotic drugs.   The American Health Care Association (AHCA) is offering a series of six brief, fast-moving and content-rich webinars to help your nursing center ensure that you are well-prepared for these changes.   Webinars will be grounded in a Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) approach and provide strategies for achieving compliance with the new guidance.  Each webinar is 30-minutes or less and will be available on-demand.  

Upcoming Webinar FOR ALF Providers Scheduled for July 17th

Published in July 11, 2013 Issue

A Model for Collaboration between Hospitals and Assisted Living Communities webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, July 17, 2013 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm to examine emerging models in which hospitals and assisted living facilities collaborate to manage the continuum of care for assisted living facility (ALF) residents more effectively.  The objective of the program is to reduce unnecessary emergency room visits and hospital admissions. Erik Johnson, Senior Vice President, Avalere Health, will review the populations that represent the most risk for health systems attempting to develop effective population health strategies for the Medicare population. The webinar will cover the following areas:

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Continued Competency Requirements for Nurses

Published in July 11, 2013 Issue

The Board of Nursing website has been updated to include a notice to all Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses on continued competency requirements for nurses.

HOTEL NAME CHANGE - 2013 Assisted Living Symposium Scheduled for July 16th at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond - Midlothian

Published in July 3, 2013 Issue

The 2013 Assisted Living Symposium - Striving for Excellence is scheduled for July 16th at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond – Midlothian, formerly known as Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center.

Pre-recorded Webinar Events Related to New Surveyor

Published in July 3, 2013 Issue

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released new surveyor guidance to assess compliance with F309 and F329 related to residents with dementia and use of antipsychotic drugs. The American Health Care Association is pleased to offer a series of six, brief, fast-moving and content-rich webinars to help nursing facilities ensure that they are well-prepared for these changes. Webinars will be grounded in a QAPI (Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement) approach and provide strategies for achieving compliance with the new guidance.  Each webinar scheduled for July 9th, July 23rd, August 6th, August 20th, September 4th, and September 10th, 2013 is 30-minutes and will be available on-demand. The first webinar in the series will be available during the week of July 9.

National Provider Call on CMS National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes

Published in June 28, 2013 Issue

Registration is now open for the national Provider Call on the Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes scheduled for Wednesday, July 10 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed the national partnership to improve the quality of care provided to individuals with dementia living in nursing homes.  This partnership’s focus is on delivering health care that is person-centered, comprehensive and interdisciplinary.  By improving dementia care through the use of individualized, person-centered care approaches, CMS hopes to continue to reduce the use of unnecessary antipsychotic medications in nursing homes and eventually other care settings as well.  The partnership promotes a systematic process to evaluate each person and identify approaches that are most likely to benefit that individual.  While antipsychotic medications are the initial focus of the partnership, CMS recognizes that attention to other potentially harmful medications is also an important part of this initiative.

July 16 Webinar - Countdown to Employer Requirements: What to Know About Being in Compliance

Published in June 28, 2013 Issue

Employers can now learn the steps needed to take to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the AHCA/NCAL webinar Countdown to Employer Requirements: What to Know about Being in Compliance. The webinar will be held July 16, 2013 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST.

REGISTRATION AVAILABLE - 2013 Assisted Living Symposium Scheduled for July 16th in Richmond

Published in June 28, 2013 Issue

VCAL’s Annual Assisted Living Symposium is a one-day event designed to bring Virginia’s assisted living providers together to focus on issues, challenges and best practices.  This year’s Symposium will help facilities achieve excellence with updates on the Virginia and Washington regulatory scenes and a discussion of emerging quality initiatives.  Presentations will focus on legal and regulatory implications for ALFs, including identification of risk factors in the development of pressure ulcers in ALF residents and effective medication management protocols in assisted living facilities to avoid common errors in administering medications.  The importance of documentation as a quality tool for an effective medication management program will be highlighted along with an understanding of the litigation process following an incident in a facility.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS and BOOK YOUR ROOM for the 2013 Convention & Trade Show Scheduled for September 16 – 19 in Roanoke

Published in June 19, 2013 Issue

Members of the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL) consistently say that one of the greatest benefits and pleasures of membership is attending, participating in, and experiencing the Annual Convention and Trade Show.  This event, with thought-provoking educational sessions led by nationally and regionally recognized experts, as well as successful peers, will give participants fresh perspectives on their careers. There is something special about celebrating our successes and triumphs with like-minded people, achieving recognition for the good work, and of feeling the tremendous satisfaction of true accomplishment.

REGISTRATION AVAILABLE - 2013 Assisted Living Symposium Scheduled for July 16th in Richmond

Published in June 19, 2013 Issue

VCAL’s Annual Assisted Living Symposium is a one-day annual event designed to bring Virginia’s assisted living providers together to focus on issues, challenges and best practices.  This year’s Symposium will help facilities achieve excellence with updates on the Virginia and Washington regulatory scenes and a discussion of emerging quality initiatives.  Presentations will focus on legal and regulatory implications for ALFs, including identification of risk factors in the development of pressure ulcers in ALF residents and effective medication management protocols in assisted living facilities to avoid common errors in administering mediations.  The importance of documentation as a quality tool for an effective medication management program will be highlighted along with an understanding of the litigation process following an incident in a facility.

NOT TOO LATE to Register for Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 24th – 28th

Published in June 19, 2013 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 24th – 28th at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond. “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in Documentation and Programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal OBRA and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

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VHCA to Offer Continuing Education for Nurses

Published in June 19, 2013 Issue

Final regulations were published on Monday, June 17th requiring continuing competency courses or activities in order to renew an active license as a registered nurse or a practical nurse each biennium.  The requirement for licensed nurses to participate in continuing education becomes effective on August 1, 2013.

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Referral Partnerships: A Data-Driven Approach to Cross Continuum Healthcare Coordination Webinar Scheduled June 19th

Published in June 13, 2013 Issue

With the rise of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), readmission penalties, and bundled payment initiatives, providers from across the health care continuum are seeking partnerships with long term care organizations to create smoother care transitions and reduce hospitalizations.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS and BOOK YOUR ROOM for the 2013 Convention & Trade Show Scheduled for September 16 – 19 in Roanoke

Published in June 13, 2013 Issue

Take your membership investment and experience to the max by joining your colleagues at the 2013 VHCA/VCAL Convention and Trade Show at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center.  Plan to join in the festivities including the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet, and Virginia’s largest LTC Trade Show where products and services critical to the delivery of quality long term care will be showcased.  Need a short break from work to recharge your batteries?  The beautiful Roanoke Valley, located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, has much to offer attendees before and after the convention!

NOT TOO LATE to Register for Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 24th – 28th

Published in June 13, 2013 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 24th – 28th at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond. “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in Documentation and Programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal OBRA and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

REGISTER TODAY for the 2013 Assisted Living Symposium Scheduled for July 16th in Richmond

Published in June 13, 2013 Issue

VCAL’s Annual Assisted Living Symposium is a one-day annual event designed to bring Virginia’s assisted living providers together to focus on issues, challenges and best practices.  This year’s Symposium will help facilities achieve excellence with updates on the Virginia and Washington regulatory scenes and a discussion of emerging quality initiatives.  Presentations will focus on legal and regulatory implications for ALFs, including identification of risk factors in the development of pressure ulcers in ALF residents and effective medication management protocols in assisted living facilities to avoid common errors in administering mediations.  The importance of documentation as a quality tool for an effective medication management program will be highlighted along with an understanding of the litigation process following an incident in a facility.

Exhibit at the VHCA/VCAL 2013 Trade Show Coming in September

Published in June 5, 2013 Issue

Mark your calendars for the VHCA/VCAL Trade Show to be held on September 17th at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center.  The Trade Show is held in conjunction with VHCA/VCAL’s Annual Convention scheduled September 16th – 19th.  More information regarding the Trade Show can be found here.

Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 24th – 28th

Published in June 5, 2013 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 24th – 28th at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond. “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in Documentation and Programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal OBRA and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

Mark Your Calendars for the 2013 Assisted Living Symposium Scheduled for July 16th in Richmond

Published in June 5, 2013 Issue

The Virginia Center for Assisted Living’s annual Symposium is a one-day annual event designed to bring Virginia’s assisted living providers together to focus on issues, challenges and best practices.  This year’s Symposium will help facilities achieve excellence with updates on the Virginia and Washington regulatory scenes and a discussion of emerging quality initiatives.  Presentations will focus on legal and regulatory implications for ALFs, including identification of risk factors in the development of pressure ulcers in ALF residents and effective medication management protocols in assisted living facilities to avoid common errors in administering medications.  The importance of documentation as a quality tool for an effective medication management program will be highlighted along with an understanding of the litigation process following an incident in a facility.

Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 24th – 28th

Published in May 30, 2013 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 24th – 28th at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond. “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in Documentation and Programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal OBRA and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

The Temporary Detention Order (TDO) Process: What Staff Need to Know

Published in May 22, 2013 Issue

As residents in long term care facilities are living longer the incidence of dementia and other mental health issues has been increasing.  Thus, long term care and skilled nursing centers have been faced with new and more complicated challenges.  There is a need to develop skills beyond those of “basic custodial care” which require problem solving abilities as well as the willingness and ability to implement creative interventions. 

OLC Training Division Announces an MDS/PPS Bootcamp

Published in May 22, 2013 Issue

The Office of Licensure and Certification (OLC) Training Division has announced a MDS/PPS Bootcamp scheduled for June 25 & 26.  The bootcamp is designed for clinicians with little or no experience in MDS and PPS, or those clinicians who need to understand the fundamentals of coordinating assessments. 

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REMINDER TO REGISTER for the Nurse Leaders Program Scheduled Next Week

Published in May 22, 2013 Issue

It is critical that the nurse managers have the necessary skills to lead care teams to successful quality outcomes, compliance with regulations AND a positive work environment. In this full-day program, attendees will learn skills for how to effectively work with everyone in the facility, from Administrators to Medical Directors. 

Exhibit at the VHCA/VCAL 2013 Trade Show Coming in September

Published in May 15, 2013 Issue

Mark your calendars for the VHCA/VCAL Trade Show to be held on September 17th at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center.  The Trade Show is held in conjunction with VHCA/VCAL’s Annual Convention scheduled September 16th – 19th.  More information regarding the Trade Show can be found here.

Staff Retention Webinar Now Available On-Demand

Published in May 15, 2013 Issue

The 4 Key Strategies to Retain New Hires and Reduce Employee Turnover Toolkit Webinar is now available for on-demand member viewing. The toolkit uses a person-centered management approach to improve commitment to current and future employees.

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Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 24th – 28th

Published in May 15, 2013 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 24th – 28th at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond. “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in Documentation and Programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal OBRA and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

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REGISTER TODAY - Effective Nurse Leaders Education Program Scheduled for May 30th

Published in May 15, 2013 Issue

It is critical that the nurse manager have the necessary skills to lead the team to successful quality outcomes, compliance with regulations AND a positive work environment. In this full-day program, attendees will learn skills for how to effectively work with everyone in the facility, from Administrators to Medical Directors. 

Improved Crisis Planning Through Health Care Coalitions

Published in May 9, 2013 Issue

The Virginia Department of Health, Virginia Hospital & Health Care Association and Community-Based Emergency Response Series is sponsoring Improved Crisis Planning through Health Care Coalitions program scheduled for May 23rd in Richmond.

Rehospitialization Information in Seconds

Published in May 9, 2013 Issue

Providers are now able to use LTC Trend Trackersm to download detailed facility level information for rehospitalization, antipsychotics and turn over data.  With a few clicks of the mouse you can have this data delivered in an excel format for every facility in your organization.  The user can use this feature to benchmark certain facility’s performance at the state and national level.  In addition, the tool provides the user with their baseline rate, which allows for a quick assessment on progress towards goals.  Users of LTC Trend Tracker can use this report for QA/PI goal setting, marketing with hospitals, conversations with ACOs and for corporate reporting. 

Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 24th – 28th

Published in May 9, 2013 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 24th – 28th at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond. Introduction to Activity Management is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in Documentation and Programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal OBRA and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

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Effective Nurse Leaders Education Program Scheduled for May 30th

Published in May 9, 2013 Issue

It is critical that the nurse manager have the necessary skills to lead the team to successful quality outcomes, compliance with regulations AND a positive work environment. In this full-day program attendees will learn skills for how to effectively work with everyone in the facility, from Administrators to Medical Directors. 

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Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for May 16th

Published in May 9, 2013 Issue

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled May 16th in the VHCA/VCAL office.  The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities (ALF).  Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for May 16

Published in May 1, 2013 Issue

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled May 16 in the VHCA/VCAL office.  The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities (ALF).  Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies.

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Effective Nurse Leaders Education Program Scheduled for May 30th

Published in May 1, 2013 Issue

Today more than ever, it is crucial that the nurse manager possess the skills to lead the team to successful quality outcomes, compliance with regulations AND a positive work environment. In this full-day program Louann Lawson with Pathway Health Services will demonstrate to DONs and nurse managers how to effectively work with everyone in the facility, from Administrators to Medical Directors. 

Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 24 - 28

Published in May 1, 2013 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I) is scheduled for June 24 - 28 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond. “Introduction to Activity Management” is a five-day, 45-hour course sponsored solely by the Virginia Health Care Association. The course will provide comprehensive training in Documentation and Programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older. These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care or adult day services. The course meets all federal OBRA and state regulatory requirements for Virginia nursing facility activity professionals.

AHCA Quality Improvement Toolkits/Webinars

Published in May 1, 2013 Issue

The 4 Key Strategies to Retain New Hires and Reduce Employee Turnover (toolkit and webinar) and the Clinical Considerations of Antipsychotic Management (Toolkit and webinar) are available (free) to all American Health Care Association (AHCA) members.  This resource uses a process framework, based on the nursing process, to identify care objectives and expectations. It identifies tools and resources to help providers successfully manage antipsychotic medication use at the resident and facility level.  The guide focuses on seven critical steps needed to ensure quality outcomes that are successful and continuous.

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REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE - Effective Nurse Leaders Education Program Scheduled for May 30th

Published in April 25, 2013 Issue

Today more than ever, it is crucial that the nurse manager possess the skills to lead the team to successful quality outcomes, compliance with regulations AND a positive work environment.  As a leader in the nursing department, what does that role look like? Balancing all of the leadership activities, people and resources requires knowledge and confidence. In this full-day program DONs and Nurse Managers will discover how to effectively work with everyone in the facility, from Administrators to Medical Directors. 

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for May 16

Published in April 25, 2013 Issue

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled May 16 in the VHCA/VCAL office.  The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities (ALF).  Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies.

AHCA/NCAL & the Advisory Board Present Second Webinar on ACOs

Published in April 25, 2013 Issue

The American Health Care Association & the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), in partnership with The Advisory Board Company, invites providers to join a complementary webinar on Wednesday, May 8th, that will explore 15 tactics for partnership strategy for post-acute care providers. These tactics will focus on easing care transitions, collaborating on quality and migrating toward shared accountability.

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SAVE THE DATE: Effective Nurse Leaders Education Program Scheduled for May 30th

Published in April 17, 2013 Issue

Driven by an increasingly challenging and ever changing environment, it is crucial that the nurse manager possess the skills to lead the clinical team to successful quality outcomes, compliance with regulations AND a positive work environment.  As a leader in the nursing department, what does that role look like? Effectively balancing supervision, people and resources requires knowledge and confidence. In this full-day program DONs and Nurse Managers will discover how to effectively work with everyone in the facility, from Administrators to Medical Directors to hands-on CNAs. 

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for May 16

Published in April 17, 2013 Issue

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled May 16 in the VHCA/VCAL office.  The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities. Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies. More information and online registration can be found on the VHCA website.

Register Today for VHCA’s Quality Improvement Program

Published in April 17, 2013 Issue

Improvement in performance will require providers to examine their current facility practices to improve care and quality of life for residents. This full-day program is designed to offer participants with an overview of regulatory requirements, organizational expectations and discussion of strategies to enhance their facility’s Quality Assurance program in a proactive, meaningful and successful manner. Attendees will leave with information and tools to implement a proactive approach to maximizing the use of existing resources.  Presenters will describe how to shift from a reactive to a proactive response to improve quality. Don’t miss the chance to hear from administrators and DONs about how they instituted a “team approach” to improving quality that you can apply in your own facility. Taking Control of Your Outcomes: Transitioning from a Culture of Regulatory Compliance to a Culture of Quality Improvement has been approved by NAB for both nursing home and assisted living facility administrators. Click here for more information and online registration.

Register Today for VHCA’s Quality Improvement Program

Published in April 10, 2013 Issue

Improvement in performance will require providers to examine their current facility practices to improve care and quality of life for residents. This full-day program is designed to offer participants with an overview of regulatory requirements, organizational expectations and discussion of strategies to enhance their facility’s Quality Assurance program in a proactive, meaningful and successful manner. Attendees will leave with information and tools to implement a proactive approach to maximizing the use of existing resources.  Presenters will describe how to shift from a reactive to a proactive response to improve quality.

Regirer Nursing Scholarships – Completed Applications Must be Submitted by May 1st

Published in April 10, 2013 Issue

The 2013 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are now available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is May 1st.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for May 16

Published in April 4, 2013 Issue

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled May 16 in the VHCA/VCAL office.  The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities. Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies. More information and online registration can be found on the VHCA website.

2013 Virginia Healthcare Emergency Management State Forum/VDH Public Health Preparedness Summit/Field Epidemiology Seminar

Published in April 4, 2013 Issue

This will mark the 12th year for the Virginia Healthcare Emergency Management State Forum, and will be the first conference held in conjunction with the annual Preparedness Summit for the Virginia Department of Health.  Join a wide variety of professionals to advance healthcare coalitions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Quality Improvement Conference Scheduled for April 24 in Richmond

Published in April 4, 2013 Issue

The successful long term care facility must develop an aggressive quality improvement program while maintaining systems that include ongoing monitoring and effective action planning in response to identified variances, risks and deficient practices.

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Quality Improvement Conference Scheduled for April 24 in Richmond

Published in March 28, 2013 Issue

The successful long term care facility must develop an aggressive quality improvement program while maintaining systems that include ongoing monitoring and effective action planning in response to identified variances, risks and deficient practices.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for May 16

Published in March 28, 2013 Issue

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled May 16 in the VHCA/VCAL office.  The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities. Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies. More information and online registration can be found on the VHCA website.

Transitioning from a Culture of Regulatory Compliance to a Culture of Quality Improvement Conference Scheduled for April 24 in Richmond

Published in March 25, 2013 Issue

Long term care facilities are increasingly becoming aware of the need and opportunity to move from an approach of regulatory compliance to a proactive approach to achieve performance improvement.  Achieving improvement in performance will require providers to examine their current facility practices to improve care and resident quality of life, as well as customer satisfaction.  Now more than ever, the successful long term care facility must develop an aggressive quality improvement program while maintaining systems that include ongoing monitoring and effective action planning in response to identified variances, risks and deficient practices.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for May 16

Published in March 25, 2013 Issue

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled May 16 in the VHCA/VCAL office.  The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities. Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies. More information and online registration can be found on the VHCA website.

Upcoming FREE Webinars from the Geriatric Mental Health Partnership

Published in March 25, 2013 Issue

This is a reminder that the Geriatric Mental Health Planning Partnership has announced the next series of webinars dedicated to Mental Health and Aging Training.

VHQC "QualitySync" Event Scheduled

Published in May 11, 2012 Issue

Registration is now open for "QualitySync", VHQC's health quality learning and action event, scheduled for June 12-13, 2012 at The Westin in Richmond.  "QualitySync" will offer plenary and breakout sessions on long term care topics, including “Team Synergy through the CAA Process”, “The Impact of Adverse Drug Events on Readmissions”, and “Economic Literacy:  The Key to Hiring & Managing Caregivers”. 

Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 25 - 29

Published in May 3, 2012 Issue

Mark your calendar.  Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I), scheduled for June 25 - 29 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond, is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association.  The course will provide comprehensive training in Documentation and Programming and is designed specifically to prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  More information coming soon.

NCOA and IlluminAge To Co-Sponsor Rehospitalization Webinar

Published in March 14, 2013 Issue

Each year, thousands of older patients are discharged from the hospital, only to be re-admitted. Avoiding preventable re-hospitalizations has become a major cost-savings goal for our health care system. This webinar will look at resources and best practices available at the community level for engaging older patients and their caregivers on the issue of avoiding re-hospitalization.  The webinar is scheduled for April 4, 2013, 1:30 Eastern Time.

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Winter Legislative Conference Next Week – Don’t Sit on the Sidelines

Published in February 7, 2013 Issue

Members are reminded to register for the 2013 Winter Legislative Conference scheduled for February 12 & 13 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.   The one constant providers can count on in health care is change!  As we enter a new year, long term care providers face unprecedented challenges in the delivery of care to increasingly frail and sick resident populations.  In this year’s General Assembly Session, legislators are addressing Virginia’s budget needs and other measures affecting nursing and assisted living facilities.  Proposed legislation before the 2013 General Assembly could potentially add additional regulatory burdens to the post-acute and long term care sector. 

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2012 Convention & Trade Show Scheduled for October 1st - 4th

Published in August 22, 2012 Issue

We’re proud and excited to provide information about this year’s Annual Convention & Trade Show scheduled for October 1 - 4, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa and Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia.  

American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living’s President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Parkinson, this year’s Convention keynote speaker, will discuss the opportunities and challenges confronting the long term and post-acute care profession.  As a former Governor of Kansas and a nursing facility operator, Governor Parkinson has unique insight into the future of long term care and how quality and payment will be closely tied together as we move to more coordinated models of care.  The relationship with government programs and other provider groups will be critical to the success of long term care providers.  In the coming years and decades, skilled nursing centers and assisted living communities have the ability to demonstrate the value and quality of care the sector provides to millions of Americans.  Governor Parkinson will explain how providers and caregivers can help shape this future and “win.”

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for July 10 & 11

Published in June 22, 2012 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for July 10 & 11 at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning.  Click here for more information and online registration.

2012 Assisted Living Symposium Scheduled for July 17th in Richmond

Published in June 22, 2012 Issue

Register today for the VCAL Assisted Living Symposium scheduled for July 17th at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

VCAL’s Annual Assisted Living Symposium is designed to provide tools and resources for Virginia’s assisted living providers to focus on issues and trends affecting their profession.  This year’s program will engage attendees with a motivational experience to learn about “Emotional Intelligence” (EI). In a highly interactive and entertaining presentation, Doug and Polly White, with over 50 years of combined experience in corporate management, will introduce you to the basics of emotional intelligence and help you to assess your EI strengths. 

Additional Space Now Available for the Virginia MDS Bootcamp

Published in June 22, 2012 Issue

The Office of Licensure & Certification's MDS Bootcamp scheduled for July 17 & 18 just acquired additional space.

The session is designed for clinicians with little or no experience in MDS, or those clinicians who have had no basic, fundamental training in correct completion of the MDS. Topics covered will include the RAI process, MDS coding (especially interviews, ADLs, skin coding), general assessment timing and completion requirements, and the CAA process.

For more information click here.

AHCA Webinar: Introduction to INTERACT 2

Published in June 22, 2012 Issue

The American Health Care Association’s (AHCA) webinar scheduled for June 28 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm will provide an overview of the INTERACT process and tools and how the program has been implemented in Georgia nursing facilities.  Interact is a quality improvement program that helps reduce hospitalizations by improving the identification, evaluation, and communication of resident condition changes.  Webinar speakers will also address facility orientation and training needs as well as identify the benefits from implementing and using INTERACT.  For more information and registration click here.

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2012 VHCA Winter Legislative Conference

Published in February 3, 2012 Issue

The Winter Legislative Conference brochure is available online.  We encourage all members to register today for the VHCA Winter Legislative Conference scheduled for February 21st & 22nd at the Omni Richmond Hotel.  Conference attendees can earn up to eight hours of NAB approved education credit hours. 

CMS Region III to Host ACO Webinar

Published in February 3, 2012 Issue

The Philadelphia Regional Office of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be hosting an Open Door Forum (ODF) call and webinar for Region III providers on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm to present an overview regarding the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP)/Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and the final rule. The presentation will conclude with a question and answer period regarding the program and final rule.

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VHCA Winter Legislative Conference Hotel Reservation Deadline is February 3rd

Published in January 20,2012 Issue

The 2012 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for February 21 – 22 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.  Be sure and make your hotel reservations for the Omni Richmond Hotel today.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni Richmond Hotel for $144.00 single/double (plus tax).  Reserve your hotel room online  or call the hotel directly to reserve your room at 804.344.7000 or toll free at 800.843.6664.  Please remember to identify yourself as a VHCA conference participant.  Reservations must be made by the deadline Friday, February 3, 2012 in order to guarantee the group discounted rate.



Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for January 17 & 18

Published in January 6,2012 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for January 17 & 18 at the VHCA Office. This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning.  Click here for more information and online registration. 

2012 Winter Legislative Conference is February 21 & 22

Published in January 6,2012 Issue

Mark your calendar for the VHCA Winter Legislative Conference on February 21st & 22nd at the Omni Richmond Hotel.  Whether you are interested in learning more about what is on the legislative agenda for the 2012 General Assembly and in Congress or visiting the Capitol to meet face-to-face with your elected representatives, the 2012 Winter Legislative Conference has something for everyone. You can also earn up to eight hours of NAB education. Your involvement in the legislative process and knowledge of the pending issues are critical to promote the quality of long term care for residents.  

Activity Program Scheduled January 16 - 20

Published in January 6,2012 Issue

Activities and More is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).  The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care, or adult day services.  The course meets all federal and state requirements for activity professionals in Virginia.  

TIME’S RUNNING OUT - Register TODAY for the Virginia Health Care Association National and State Issues Forum on March 25

Published in March 20, 2015 Issue

The forum is highlighted by national and state experts on health care delivery and will provide state and federal perspectives on the many issues facing the long term care profession.  Keynote speakers include American Health Care Association President Mark Parkinson, Virginia Secretary of Health & Human Resources, William Hazel, MD and the National Center for Assistant Living President Dave Kyllo. 

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LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER - Clinical Documentation & Billing Process Integration Workshop Scheduled March 19

Published in March 14, 2013 Issue

Medicare rules and regulations related to billing and the underlying clinical documentation appear to change more than they remain the same.  The Clinical Documentation & Billing Process Integration Workshop, scheduled for March 19 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond, will cover the “hot issues” of the day including medical necessity, skip days, and provider liable days, but will also emphasize the importance of communication between the business office and the MDS Coordinator and nursing staff to ensure proper billing.  

More information and online registration is available on the VHCA website.

Special thanks to Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP for their support of this program.

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SAVE THE DATE - Converting from a Culture of Regulatory Compliance to a Culture of Quality Improvement Conference Scheduled for April 24

Published in March 14, 2013 Issue

This program will empower providers with information and tools to take a proactive approach to maximizing the use of existing resources while putting systems in place to achieve quality improvement.

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Don’t Miss This Opportunity - Register Today for the Clinical Documentation & Billing Process Integration Workshop Scheduled March 19 in Ric

Published in March 7, 2013 Issue

Medicare rules and regulations related to billing and the underlying clinical documentation appear to change more than they remain the same.  The Clinical Documentation & Billing Process Integration Workshop, scheduled for March 19 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond, will cover the “hot issues” of the day including medical necessity, skip days, and provider liable days, but will also emphasize the importance of communication between the business office and the MDS Coordinator and nursing staff to ensure proper billing.  Agenda topics include: MDS Assessments, Spell of Illness, Beneficiary Notification, Medicare Part B, Medical Necessity, Clinical Documentation Requirements and The Medical Review Process and Third Party Scrutiny.

SAVE THE DATE - Converting from a Culture of Regulatory Compliance to a Culture of Quality Improvement Conference Scheduled for April 24

Published in March 7, 2013 Issue

This program will empower providers with information and tools to take a proactive approach to maximizing the use of existing resources while putting systems in place to achieve quality improvement.  Presenters will be Mary Chiles, RN, Chiles Healthcare Consulting, Sheila McLean, LNHA, CPHQ, Area Manager, VHQC and Nancy Newman, RN, JD, RAC-CT, Long Term Care Consultant with Chiles Healthcare Consulting.

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Register Today for the Clinical Documentation & Billing Process Integration Workshop Scheduled for March 19 in Richmond

Published in February 28, 2013 Issue

Medicare rules and regulations related to billing and the underlying clinical documentation appear to change more than they remain the same.  The Clinical Documentation & Billing Process Integration Workshop, scheduled for March 19 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond, will cover the “hot issues” of the day including medical necessity, skip days, and provider liable days, but will also emphasize the importance of communication between the business office and the MDS Coordinator and nursing staff to ensure proper billing.

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VHCA/VCAL 2013 Trade Show Coming in September

Published in February 28, 2013 Issue

Save the date - mark your calendars for the VHCA/VCAL Trade Show to be held on September 17 at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center.  The Trade Show is held in conjunction with the VHCA/VCAL Annual Convention scheduled September 16 – 19.

Members who wish to contract their booth space can do so by clicking here.  If you should have any questions,  please contact Doran Hutchinson or by phone at 804.212.1692. 

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Register Today for the Clinical Documentation & Billing Process Integration Workshop Scheduled for March 19th

Published in February 20, 2013 Issue

Medicare rules and regulations related to billing and the underlying clinical documentation appear to change more than they remain the same.  The Clinical Documentation & Billing Process Integration Workshop, scheduled for March 19 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond, will cover the “hot issues” of the day including medical necessity, skip days, and provider liable days, but will also emphasize the importance of communication between the business office and the MDS Coordinator and nursing staff to ensure proper billing.

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Register Today for the Clinical Documentation & Billing Process Integration Workshop Scheduled for March 19

Published in February 14, 2013 Issue

Medicare rules and regulations related to billing and the underlying clinical documentation appear to change more than they remain the same.  The Clinical Documentation & Billing Process Integration Workshop, scheduled for March 19 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond, will cover the “hot issues” of the day including medical necessity, skip days, and provider liable days, but will also emphasize the importance of communication between the business office and the MDS Coordinator and nursing staff to ensure proper billing.

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Off-Label Use of Antipsychotics ALF Teleconference

Published in February 14, 2013 Issue

Nurses working in assisted living facilities should mark their calendars for February 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm for a 60-minute teleconference.   NCAL (National Center for Assisted Living) and the American Assisted Living Nurses Association (AALNA) will hold a national networking teleconference on February 19, 2013 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST for licensed nurses working in assisted living communities. The topic of this call will be Safely Reducing Off-Label Use of Antipsychotics.  To access the call, dial 888.394.8197 and enter the passcode: 247577.

Virginia General Assembly

Hotel Reservation Deadline for the Winter Legislative Conference EXTENDED to February 1st

Published in January 31, 2013 Issue

Members are reminded to register for the 2013 Winter Legislative Conference scheduled for February 12 & 13 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.   The one constant providers can count on in health care is change!  As we enter a new year, long term care providers face unprecedented challenges in the delivery of care to increasingly frail and sick resident populations.  In this year’s General Assembly Session, legislators will address Virginia’s budget needs and other measures affecting nursing and assisted living facilities.  Proposed legislation before the 2013 General Assembly could potentially add additional regulatory burdens to the post-acute and long term care sector. 

REMINDER to Register for the 2013 Winter Legislative Conference & Reserve Hotel Room

Published in January 16, 2013 Issue

Register now for the 2013 Winter Legislative Conference scheduled for February 12 & 13 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.   The one constant providers can count on in health care is change!  As we enter a new year, long term care providers face unprecedented challenges in the delivery of care to increasingly frail and sick resident populations.  In this year’s General Assembly Session, legislators will address Virginia’s budget needs and other measures affecting nursing and assisted living facilities.  Proposed legislation before the 2013 General Assembly could potentially add additional regulatory burdens to the post-acute and long term care sector. 

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for January 22 & 23

Published in January 16, 2013 Issue

The training session for trainers of Nurse Aide Education Programs will not be offered again in the near future due to a declining number of registrants for the January session.  If you have staff who are not yet registered please register them immediately for the January 22 & 23rd Train the Trainer program.  

This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning.  Click here for more information and online registration.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for January 24

Published in January 16, 2013 Issue

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled January 24 in the VHCA/VCAL office.  The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities. Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies. More information and online registration can be found on the VHCA website.

VHQC Offers Free Learning Network to Support Improvements in Resident Care

Published in January 16, 2013 Issue

The Virginia Health Quality Center (VHQC) is inviting nursing facilities across Virginia to join the Virginia Nursing Home Quality Care Learning Network. The learning network offers access to free resources, a faculty of long term care experts, peer-to-peer interaction and evidence-based best practices.  Participating nursing facilities will learn new strategies to improve nursing home care by:

  • Reducing rates of Clostridium difficile (C. diff)
  • Preventing and treating pressure ulcers
  • Understanding the basics of quality improvement
  • Improving staff stability
  • Preventing inappropriate use of antipsychotic medication in residents with dementia
  • Avoiding hospital readmissions and unplanned discharges.

As the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Virginia, VHQC convenes providers, practitioners and patients to spread best practices and achieve rapid, wide-scale improvements in patient care. For nearly 30 years, they have supported Virginia’s nursing facilities as they reduce pressure ulcers, prevent infection and solve a wide range of improvement challenges.

The learning network is flexible so nursing facilities can actively participate while caring for their residents.  Sign up today and take the first step toward improving long term care.  To learn more about the learning network or to register, contact Sheila McLean, smclean@vaqio.sdps.org or 804.289.5320, or Amy Lenz, alenz@vaqio.sdps.org or 804.287.0286.

Activity Program Scheduled January 14 – 18

Published in January 4, 2013 Issue

Activities and More is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).  The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care, or adult day services.  The course meets all federal and state requirements for activity professionals in Virginia’s nursing facilities and has been approved by the Department of Social Services for Activity Professionals in assisted living facilities.

Activities and More is scheduled for January 14 – 18 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond. For more information and online registration click here.

Compliance Webinar Part II: New Year’s Resolution – Ensure that Your Program is Effective and Meeting the Government’s Expectations

Published in January 4, 2013 Issue

Is a compliance program on your list of New Year’s resolutions?  On March 23, 2013, all nursing facilities who participate in Medicare or Medicaid are required to have an effective compliance program in place.  A notebook of policies sitting on a shelf isn’t going to cut it.  The compliance program must be a living, breathing part of the organization.  The compliance program must be embedded in the organizations culture and visually demonstrated throughout the facility’s day to day operations.  Not only will the government be examining your compliance program as a condition of participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, but a robust compliance program will help reduce the amount of governmental scrutiny your facility will face with the government’s increasing enforcement initiatives and reimbursement audits.

REMINDER TO REGISTER: LTC Survey Program Scheduled January 10, 2013

Published in January 4, 2013 Issue

Start 2013 off on the right foot with this informative one-day program designed to highlight key clinical and operational changes and revisions with implications for the long term care survey.  Our presenters will offer an in-depth look at recent survey and certification memos to state survey agencies from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) covering revisions to the survey protocol of the State Operations Manual and F tags for feeding tubes, advance directives and quality of care.

2013 Winter Legislative Conference

Published in January 4, 2013 Issue

Mark your calendar for the 2013 Winter Legislative Conference scheduled for February 12 & 13 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.   Time has been set aside on Tuesday morning to visit legislators to make our voices heard within the political and policy arena. We are strongly encouraging members to take advantage of this opportunity to meet with your legislators during a visit to the General Assembly and at the evening legislative reception. Make appointments now to meet with your Delegate and Senator.  Face-to-face meetings are one of the most effective options for delivering our message about the critical need for adequate funding for long term care.

Rehospitalization Manual Available

Published in January 4, 2013 Issue

As a follow-up to VHCA’S November education program, Avoiding Rehospitalizations:   Operational and Clinical Considerations presented by Pathway Health Services, we have made arrangements with Pathways to offer our members a 30% discount on their “Rehospitalization Reduction Toolkit.”  The discount for the Rehospitalization Manual will expire February 1st.  This toolkit was referenced during the training and provides policies, resources, education and tools to assist in reducing and preventing hospital readmissions.  To order the toolkit, please logon here for a description. Be sure to use code “VHCAMEMBER” when you checkout. 

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for January 22 & 23

Published in January 4, 2013 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for January 22 & 23 at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning.  Click here for more information and online registration.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for January 24

Published in January 4, 2013 Issue

Train the Trainer for Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled January 24 in the VHCA/VCAL office.  The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities. Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies.  More information and online registration can be found on the VHCA website.

LTC Survey Program Scheduled January 10, 2013

Published in December 18, 2012 Issue

Start 2013 off on the right foot with this informative one-day program designed to highlight key clinical and operational changes and revisions with implications for the long term care survey.  Our presenters will offer an in-depth look at recent survey and certification memos to state survey agencies from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) covering revisions to the survey protocol of the State Operations Manual and F tags for feeding tubes, advance directives and quality of care.  Program attendees will learn about changes in the survey process related to the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0, new Quality Measures (QM) Reports, revised CMS forms and review of residents receiving antipsychotic medications.  Presenters will review revisions to the Guidance to Surveyors for F tag 322 related to feeding tubes as well as clarification of guidance to surveyors when determining compliance with the regulatory requirements for their use.  In addition, changes to surveyor guidance for Advance Directives and Quality of Care for F tag 309 for determining compliance with requirements for end-of-life care will be highlighted. 

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Activity Program Scheduled January 14 – 18

Published in December 18, 2012 Issue

Activities and More is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).  The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care, or adult day services.  The course meets all federal and state requirements for activity professionals in Virginia.

Activities and More is scheduled for January 14 – 18 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.  For more information and online registration click here.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for January 24

Published in December 18, 2012 Issue

Train the Trainer for ALF Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled January 24 in the VHCA/VCAL office.  The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities. Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies. More information and online registration can be found on the VHCA website.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for January 22 & 23

Published in December 18, 2012 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for January 22 & 23 at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning.  Click here for more information and online registration.

Mark Your Calendars for the 2013 Winter Legislative Conference & Reserve Your Hotel Room Today

Published in December 18, 2012 Issue

The 2013 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for February 12 & 13 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni Richmond Hotel for $147.00 single or double (plus tax).  Reserve your hotel room here or by calling the hotel directly at 804.344.7000 or toll free at 800.843.6664.  Reservation deadline is Friday, January 25, 2013.  Please remember to identify yourself as a VHCA conference participant.

VHCA Partners with HDJN: Two-Part Compliance Webinar

Published in December 12, 2012 Issue

Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C. is partnering with VHCA to bring members a two-part webinar series to help providers with development and implementation of an effective compliance program.  Part I is scheduled for December 18 at 2:00 PM.  Part II is scheduled for January 16 at 2:00 PM.

On March 23, 2013, all nursing facilities who participate in Medicare or Medicaid are required to have an effective compliance program in place.  A notebook of policies sitting on a shelf isn’t going to cut it.  The compliance program must be a living, breathing part of the organization.  The compliance program must be embedded in the organization’s culture and tangibly demonstrated throughout the facility’s day-to-day operations.  Not only will the government be examining compliance programs as a condition of participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, but a robust compliance program will help reduce the amount of governmental scrutiny facilities will face with the government’s increasing enforcement initiatives and reimbursement audits. 

LTC Survey Program Scheduled January 10, 2013

Published in December 12, 2012 Issue

Start 2013 off on the right foot with this informative one-day program designed to highlight key clinical and operational changes and revisions with implications for the long term care survey.  Our presenters will offer an in-depth look at recent survey and certification memos to state survey agencies from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) covering revisions to the survey protocol of the State Operations Manual and F tags for feeding tubes, advance directives and quality of care.  Program attendees will learn about changes in the survey process related to the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0, new Quality Measures (QM) Reports, revised CMS forms and review of residents receiving antipsychotic medications.  Presenters will review revisions to the Guidance to Surveyors for F tag 322 related to feeding tubes as well as clarification of guidance to surveyors when determining compliance with the regulatory requirements for their use.  In addition, changes to surveyor guidance for Advance Directives and Quality of Care for F tag 309 for determining compliance with requirements for end-of-life care will be highlighted. 

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Activity Program Scheduled January 14 - 18

Published in December 12, 2012 Issue

Activities and More is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).  The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care, or adult day services.  The course meets all federal and state requirements for activity professionals in Virginia.

Activities and More is scheduled for January 14 – 18 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond. For more information and online registration click here.

Mark Your Calendars for the 2013 Winter Legislative Conference & Reserve Your Hotel Room Today

Published in December 12, 2012 Issue

The 2013 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for February 12 & 13 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni Richmond Hotel for $147.00 single or double (plus tax).  Reserve your hotel room here or call the hotel directly at 804.344.7000 or toll free at 800.843.6664.  Reservation deadline is Friday, January 25, 2013.  Please remember to identify yourself as a VHCA conference participant.

OLC Guideline Available on Transfer & Discharge

Published in December 4, 2012 Issue

After almost two years of discussion in stakeholder meetings between advocates and providers regarding problems and issues related to resident and transfer and discharge processes, the Office of Licensure & Certification (OLC) has developed a guideline which addresses the process for all of Virginia’s nursing facilities.  The Guideline, “Resident Transfer or Discharge” is now available on the OLC’s website under Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines

This guideline is applicable to all licensed nursing facilities, whether or not they accept Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement, and is intended to clarify the reasons and actions a facility shall take when a resident is to be relocated.  Please note that before a facility transfers/discharges a resident, the facility must notify the resident (or legal representative) and the Ombudsman program of the move.  We encourage you to review the guideline for specific information and references.

Mark Your Calendars: HDJN Hosting Two-Part Webinar Series

Published in December 4, 2012 Issue

Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C. is hosting a two-part webinar series to help providers with development and implementation of an effective compliance program.  Part I is scheduled for December 18 at 2:00 PM.  Part II is scheduled for January 16 at 2:00 PM.

On March 23, 2013, all nursing facilities who participate in Medicare or Medicaid are required to have an effective compliance program in place.  A notebook of policies sitting on a shelf isn’t going to cut it.  The compliance program must be a living, breathing part of the organization.  The compliance program must be embedded in the organizations culture and tangibly demonstrated throughout the facility’s day-to-day operations.  Not only will the government be examining compliance programs as a condition of participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, but a robust compliance program will help reduce the amount of governmental scrutiny facilities will face with the government’s increasing enforcement initiatives and reimbursement audits. 

Activity Program Scheduled January 14 - 18

Published in December 4, 2012 Issue

Activities and More is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).  The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care, or adult day services.  The course meets all federal and state requirements for activity professionals in Virginia.

Activities and More is scheduled for January 14 – 18 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.  For more information and online registration click here.

Want to Get a Head Start on 2013? Sign-up for Next Week’s Payment & Financial Issues Conference in Williamsburg!

Published in November 27, 2012 Issue

As financial and operating environments for health care providers become more challenging every year, it is critically important that nursing facility staff at all levels “up their game” in order to successfully understand and meet these new challenges.  On Wednesday, December 5th in Williamsburg, long term care professionals will have a special opportunity to review the basics, learn about new changes and requirements, and focus on key skills for navigating the unsettled waters ahead.

Four of Virginia’s key authorities in post-acute and long term care services will share their insights, perspectives and knowledge with program participants.  Plan to join Judy Wilhide Brandt, Susan Painter, Sam Phillips and Glenn Walker as they cover an essential array of topics and provide information with a clear eye toward the future.  This one-day conference has been developed to benefit administrators, accounting and finance managers, MDS coordinators, nurse managers and billing supervisors.

The 2012 Payment & Financial Issues Conference - Building Skills with an Eye toward the Future is scheduled for December 5th at The Williamsburg Hotel & Conference Center and will provide six hours of continuing education.  For more information and online registration go to the VHCA website.

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Activity Program Scheduled January 14 - 18

Published in November 27, 2012 Issue

Activities and More is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).  The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care, or adult day services.  The course meets all federal and state requirements for activity professionals in Virginia.

Activities and More is scheduled for January 14 – 18 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.  For more information and online registration click here.

2012 Payment & Financial Issues Conference Scheduled for December 5th

Published in November 20, 2012 Issue

It is not your imagination.  The financial and operating environments for health care providers become more challenging every year.  This reality requires that nursing facility staff at all levels “up their game” in order to successfully meet the challenges ahead.  On December 5th in Williamsburg, long term care professionals will have a unique opportunity to review the basics, learn about new changes and requirements, and focus on key skills for navigating the turbulent waters ahead.

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Activity Program Scheduled January 14 - 18

Published in November 20, 2012 Issue

Activities and More is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).  The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care, or adult day services.  The course meets all federal and state requirements for activity professionals in Virginia.

Activities and More is scheduled for January 14 – 18 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.  For more information and online registration click here.

Payment & Financial Issues Conference Scheduled for December 5th in Williamsburg

Published in November 13, 2012 Issue

It is not your imagination.  The financial and operating environments for health care providers become more challenging every year.  This reality requires that nursing facility staff at all levels “up their game” in order to successfully meet the challenges ahead.  On December 5th in Williamsburg, long term care professionals will have a unique opportunity to review the basics, learn about new changes and requirements, and focus on key skills for navigating the turbulent waters ahead.

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Activity Program Scheduled January 14 - 18

Published in November 13, 2012 Issue

Activities and More is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) and the Virginia Center for Assisted Living (VCAL).  The course will provide comprehensive training in documentation and programming and is designed to specifically prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  These settings may include nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, sub-acute, specialized care, or adult day services.  The course meets all federal and state requirements for activity professionals in Virginia.

Activities and More is scheduled for January 14 – 18 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.  For more information and online registration click here.

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Avoiding Rehospitalizations Program Scheduled in Richmond & Roanoke is One Week Away

Published in November 7, 2012 Issue

On October 1, 2012, the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program started to flex its muscle as Medicare penalizes hospitals for unnecessary readmissions within 30 days of discharge.  While the initial focus will be on patients diagnosed with Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI), pneumonia and Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) and Sepsis are also on the radar.  Your facility’s operating performance can affect the hospital reimbursement rate and revenue. 

2012 Payment & Financial Issues Conference Scheduled for December 5th

Published in November 7, 2012 Issue

It is not your imagination.  The financial and operating environments for health care providers become more challenging every year.  This reality requires that nursing facility staff at all levels “up their game” in order to successfully meet the challenges ahead.  On December 5th in Williamsburg, long term care professionals will have a unique opportunity to review the basics, learn about new changes and requirements, and focus on key skills for navigating the turbulent waters ahead.

Avoiding Rehospitalizations Program Scheduled in Richmond & Roanoke is Two Weeks Away

Published in October 31, 2012 Issue

On October 1, 2012, the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program started to flex its muscle as Medicare penalizes hospitals for unnecessary readmissions within 30 days of discharge.  While the initial focus will be on patients diagnosed with Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI), pneumonia and Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) and Sepsis are also on the radar.  Your facility’s operating performance can affect the hospital reimbursement rate and revenue. 

Coming to Richmond and Roanoke: Avoiding Re-hospitalizations Program

Published in October 24, 2012 Issue

VHCA’s in-depth program on key clinical and operational strategies to prepare your facility for its role in the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program will be held in Roanoke on November 14th and in Richmond on November 15th.   Attendees will leave with information on critical steps for developing a plan to change the interdisciplinary team’s focus to prevent unnecessary hospital readmissions.   Reducing hospital readmissions has become the goal for Medicare, hospitals and post-acute providers across the country.   As Medicare begins to recover payments from hospitals for unnecessary readmissions within 30 days of discharge, the focus will be on providers that can demonstrate programs and systems to effectively manage Pneumonia, Myocardial Infarction and Congestive Heart Failure.  Most importantly, long term care providers will be more accountable for the care they provide.

Free LTC Trend Tracker Webinars

Published in October 24, 2012 Issue

In light of new changes in the long term care landscape and the need to be on top of your data, this is an excellent time to participate in AHCA’s informative, free webinar on LTC Trend Tracker (LTCTT).

Coming to Richmond and Roanoke in mid-November: Avoiding Rehospitalizations Program

Published in October 17, 2012 Issue

VHCA is pleased to offer this in-depth program on key clinical and operational strategies to prepare your facility for its role in the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program.  The program will be held in Roanoke on November 14th and in Richmond on November 15th.  Participants will learn the critical steps for developing a plan to change the interdisciplinary team’s focus to prevent unnecessary hospital readmissions.  Reducing hospital readmissions has become the target for Medicare, hospitals and post-acute providers across the country.  As Medicare begins to recover payments from hospitals for unnecessary readmissions within 30 days of discharge, the focus will be on providers that can demonstrate programs and systems to effectively manage Pneumonia, Myocardial Infarction and Congestive Heart Failure.  Most importantly, long term care providers will be more accountable for the care they provide. This is a very important program for providers.  Special thanks to our program partner Gulf South Medical Supply  for its support.

Free LTC Trend Tracker Webinars in October

Published in October 17, 2012 Issue

In light of new changes in the long term care landscape and the need to be on top of your data, this is an excellent time to participate in AHCA’s informative, free webinar on LTC Trend Tracker (LTCTT).

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2012 Convention & Trade Show a Great Success

Published in October 11, 2012 Issue

Over 500 long term care professionals gathered in Hampton last week to honor the best and brightest that make Virginia’s nursing and assisted living facilities among the finest in the nation. Attendees received continuing education in dynamic and informative education sessions while 115 exhibitors brought the latest and greatest to trade show visitors.  Community involvement award winners, volunteers, departing Board members and the top five statewide award recipients were honored at the Annual Banquet.  In addition, 52 golfers and tournament sponsors supported the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Fundraiser Tournament to raise funds for future scholarship awards. The Virginia Health Care Association would like to thank the many organizations and individuals who contributed to the success of the 2012 Convention and Trade Show.  Thanks to our attendees, exhibitors, sponsors, and golfers who made the 2012 Convention & Trade Show such an outstanding event!

Coming to Richmond and Roanoke in mid-November: Avoiding Rehospitalizations Program

Published in October 11, 2012 Issue

Avoiding Rehospitalizations: Operational and Clinical Strategies for Success is scheduled November 14 in Roanoke and November 15 in Richmond.

In health care the only constant is change. Staying on top of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) initiatives affecting long term care is a never ending job.  As leaders in post-acute care, providers must stay abreast of the initiatives outlined in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that affect long term care with a significant focus on reducing hospital readmissions.  Reducing hospital readmissions has become the target for Medicare, hospitals and post-acute providers across the country.  As Medicare begins to recover payments from hospitals for unnecessary readmissions within 30 days of discharge, the focus will be on providers that can demonstrate programs and systems that will exhibit clinical competency to effectively manage specific disease states:  Pneumonia, Myocardial Infarction and Congestive Heart Failure.  Most importantly, long term care providers will be more accountable for the care they provide.a

Oral Health Training DVD

Published in October 11, 2012 Issue

As previously reported, VHCA is working in collaboration with Lucy Corr Village in Midlothian to provide oral health training resources free of charge to all Virginia nursing facilities that are geared toward direct care staff with a strong focus on CNA responsibilities.  Lucy Corr Village has developed five in-service educational and training sessions available on one DVD.  This educational resource tool was made possible through grant funding received from the Virginia Center on Aging's Geriatric Training and Education Initiative.   We are pleased to report that the training DVD, to be provided free of charge to all member nursing facilities, will be mailed the week of October 15th.  The cost of the DVD duplication and mailing is being covered by VHCA’s Commonwealth Long Term Care Foundation.

We would like to recognize the efforts and generous contributions of Lucy Corr’s Dr. Patricia Bonwell and Debra Marlow for making this training resource available. 

Webinar Scheduled on Emergency Preparedness Waiver

Published in October 11, 2012 Issue

An on-line webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, October 16th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am that will provide information about the CMS/HHS 1135 waiver process, an initiative related to emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Section 1135 of the Social Security Act [42 USC § 1320b-5] permits the Secretary of Health and Human Services to waive certain requirements for health care facilities in response to emergencies. The webinar will give providers an understanding of the processes for implementing the waiver if and when needed.  Erik Bodin, Director of the Virginia Department of Health Office of licensure & Certification will be the presenter.  The target audience for the webinar is risk managers, facility managers, finance and health care Leadership personnel.  

Haven’t Registered Yet for this Year’s Annual Convention? It’s Not too Late!

Published in September 26, 2012 Issue

This year’s Annual Convention & Trade Show is scheduled for October 1 - 4, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa and Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia.  Plan to attend and join your fellow long term care professionals for this information-filled conference.  Events include the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet and Virginia’s largest long term care Trade Show.  Convention registration is available online.

Avoiding Rehospitalizations Education Program

Published in September 26, 2012 Issue

Mark your calendars.  Avoiding Rehospitalizations:   Operational and Clinical Strategies for Success is scheduled November 14 in Roanoke and November 15 in Richmond.

In health care the only constant is change. Staying on top of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) initiatives affecting long term care is a never ending job.  As leaders in post-acute care, providers must stay abreast of the initiatives outlined in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that affect long term care with a significant focus on reducing hospital readmissions.  As Medicare begins to recover payments from hospitals for unnecessary readmissions within 30 days of discharge, the focus will be on providers that can demonstrate programs and systems that will demonstrate clinical competency to effectively manage specific disease states:  Pneumonia, Myocardial Infarction and Congestive Heart Failure.  Most importantly, long term care providers will be more accountable for the care they provide. 

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Haven’t Registered Yet for this Year’s Annual Convention? It’s Not too Late!

Published in September 20, 2012 Issue

This year’s Annual Convention & Trade Show is scheduled for October 1 - 4, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa and Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia.  Plan to attend and join your fellow long term care professions for this information-filled conference.  Events include the Regirer Nurse Scholarship Golf Tournament, Annual Awards Banquet and Virginia’s largest long term care Trade Show.  Convention registration is available online.

Hotel Deadline at the Embassy Suites Hampton Roads Has Been Extended

Published in September 11, 2012 Issue

This year’s Annual Convention & Trade Show is scheduled for October 1 - 4, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa and Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia.  The Embassy Suites Hotel has graciously extended its deadline to Tuesday, September 18, 2012.  The Embassy Suites Hotel guest room rate for VHCA participants is $149 single/double and $159 triple/quad occupancy.  Guest room reservations can be made by calling toll free at 1.800.EMBASSY or direct at 757.827.8200.  Please remember to identify yourself as a VHCA conference participant.

Bronze Assisted Living Criteria – Quality Awards Webinar Scheduled for September 26

Published in September 11, 2012 Issue

The National Center for Assisted Living has scheduled a webinar for September 26 between 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm on the Bronze Assisted Living Criteria – Quality Awards Plan to participate and hear speakers Courtney Krier, Manager, Quality Award Program and Nicolette Merino, Regional Director of Operations, Avamere Health System present on the quality award program.

The Quality Award program criteria based on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program is a powerful framework for all organizations. Historically, assisted living providers have been underrepresented in the Quality Award program. During the past year, a group of assisted living experts, with leadership from the Quality Award Board of Overseers, developed a new Bronze Criteria specifically for Assisted Living providers. This new criteria speaks directly to the unique assisted living environment. Included in the webinar will be a discussion of the Quality Award Program, development of the Bronze AL criteria, explanation of the available resources, instructions on how to apply, and benefits of the application process.

For registration information click here.

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Registration Still Available for the Antipsychotic Medications in LTC Program Scheduled for September 12

Published in September 5, 2012 Issue

IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER for Under the Microscope: Antipsychotic Medications in LTC scheduled for September 12, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Health Care Association have each announced a quality initiative with the goal to reduce the off-label use of antipsychotics 15 percent by December 31, 2012.  Since a large number of individuals in nursing and assisted living facilities are living with some type of dementia and exhibit challenging behaviors, antipsychotic medications, too often, are used in an effort to modify these behaviors.  This use is considered “off-label” by the FDA, which has issued a “black box” warning for use in elderly residents with dementia or dementia-related psychosis. 

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Hotel Deadline for the 2012 Convention & Trade Show is September 11th – Make Your Hotel Reservations Today

Published in September 5, 2012 Issue

This year’s Annual Convention & Trade Show is scheduled for October 1 - 4, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa and Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia.  Hotel reservation deadline is Tuesday, September 11, 2012.  The Embassy Suites Hotel guest room rate for VHCA participants is $149 single/double and $159 triple/quad occupancy.  Guest room reservations can be made by calling toll free at 1.800.EMBASSY or direct at 757.827.8200.  

Health care in the United States is changing – structure, funding and delivery of how we obtain health care services is being challenged and redefined.  Health care professionals cannot afford to sit on the sidelines!  The 2012 Convention and Trade Show education sessions will help bring members up to date on vital issues impacting post-acute and long term care services.

AHRQ Issues CNA Training Modules

Published in September 5, 2012 Issue

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently published training modules for nurse aides in long term care.  The modules are designed to assist facilities in training staff and in meeting regulatory compliance.  Three modules have been developed and include:

  1. Module 1: Detecting Change in a Resident's Condition;
  2. Module 2: Communicating Change in a Resident's Condition; and
  3. Module 3: Falls Prevention and Management.

Each module includes an instructor guide and student workbook.  The teaching approach includes the use of mnemonic checklist.  For example, a checklist to help staff recognize hazards that contribute to falls.  The modules also reference SBAR as tools hospitals are using to assist in communications.  To view the three modules CLICK HERE.

WEBINAR: Changes to Federal Benefit Payments: What NFs Need to Know

Published in September 5, 2012 Issue

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) is hosting a webinar on September 18, 2012 at 2:00 PM to review how providers can comply with the final rule issued by the US Department of the Treasury in December 2010. The final rule announced that all federal benefit and non-tax payments must be paid electronically. This webinar will discuss how providers can comply with the new regulation in their facilities with their residents. To register for the event, please visit the AHCA/NCAL website.

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2012 Convention & Trade Show Scheduled for October 1st - 4th

Published in August 29, 2012 Issue

We’re proud and excited to provide information about this year’s Annual Convention & Trade Show scheduled for October 1 - 4, 2012 at the Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa and Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia.  

This year’s Convention keynote speaker, American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living’s President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Parkinson, will highlight the challenges confronting the long term care profession.  As a former Governor of Kansas and a nursing facility operator, Governor Parkinson has unique insight into the future of long term care and how quality and payment will be closely tied together as we move to more coordinated models of care.  Governor Parkinson will explain how providers and caregivers can help shape this future and “win.”

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Antipsychotic Medications in LTC Education Program Scheduled for September 12

Published in August 29, 2012 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association's program, Under the Microscope: Antipsychotic Medications in LTC will be held September 12, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Health Care Association have each announced a quality initiative with the goal to reduce the off-label use of antipsychotics 15 percent by December 31, 2012.  Since a large number of individuals in nursing and assisted living facilities are living with some type of dementia and exhibit challenging behaviors, antipsychotic medications, too often, are used in an effort to modify these behaviors.  This use is considered “off-label” by the FDA, which has issued a “black box” warning for use in elderly residents with dementia or dementia-related psychosis. 

Palmetto Announces Part A/B 2012 Fall Tour Workshop Series

Published in August 29, 2012 Issue

Palmetto GBA has announced its 2012 Fall Tour Workshop series.  Providers are invited to join as they discuss Medicare coverage and billing updates, as well as clinical and documentation information affecting the Medicare provider community. The target audience includes Part A hospital and skilled nursing facility (SNF) providers and all Part B provider specialties.

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Antipsychotic Medications in LTC Education Program Scheduled for September 12

Published in August 22, 2012 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association has scheduled Under the Microscope: Antipsychotic Medications in LTC for September 12, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Health Care Association have each announced a quality initiative with the goal to reduce the off-label use of antipsychotics 15 percent by December 31, 2012.  Since a large number of individuals in nursing and assisted living facilities are living with some type of dementia and exhibit challenging behaviors, antipsychotic medications, too often, are used in an effort to modify these behaviors.  This use is considered “off-label” by the FDA, which has issued a “black box” warning for use in elderly residents with dementia or dementia-related psychosis.

Web Resources at AHCA: The Business Case for the Quality Initiative

Published in August 22, 2012 Issue

As part of the American Health Care Association’s (AHCA) Quality Initiative, AHCA has set specific goals and targets to work towards, the first one being to safely reduce hospital readmissions within 30 days of an SNF stay by 15%, by March 2015.  Currently, one in four persons admitted to a skilled nursing care center from a hospital is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days.  This not only has negative physical, emotional and psychological impacts on these individuals, but also has serious financial consequences for organizations and government programs.  In AHCA’s online business case for this first goal, the main benefits for an organization that would result from reaching the goal of safely reducing hospital readmissions: quality outcomes, financial stability, staff stability, regulatory compliance, business opportunities, and customer satisfaction are outlined.  

Looking for tools to help you meet the four core goals of the AHCA Quality Initiative? You can find them on AHCA’s website.

Urinary Tract Infection Program Scheduled for August 21 in Richmond

Published in August 15, 2012 Issue

Urinary tract infection (UTI), including catheter-associated UTI, is the most commonly reported and treated infection in nursing facilities.  It is also a leading driver of 30-day hospital readmissions from those facilities.  As with CDI (Clostridium difficile), UTI treatment can be complicated by past antibiotic treatment. Unique diagnostic and management challenges for older patients can also add complexity. 

2012 Convention & Trade Show Scheduled for October 1st - 4th

Published in August 15, 2012 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association/Virginia Center for Assisted Living will hold its Annual Convention & Trade Show at The Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa and Convention Center on October 1 - 4, 2012.  

Health care in the United States is changing – structure, funding and delivery of how we obtain health care services is being challenged and redefined.  Health care professionals cannot afford to sit on the sidelines!  The 2012 Convention and Trade Show education sessions will help bring members up to date on vital issues impacting post-acute and long term care services.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for August 23

Published in August 15, 2012 Issue

Train the Trainer for Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled August 23rd in the VHCA/VCAL office.  The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities. Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies. More information and online registration can be found on the VHCA website.

Antipsychotic Medications in LTC Education Program Scheduled for September 12

Published in August 15, 2012 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association has scheduled Under the Microscope: Antipsychotic Medications in LTC for September 12, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) and the American Health Care Association (AHCA) have each released a Quality Initiative with the goal to reduce the off-label use of antipsychotics 15 percent by December 31, 2012.  Since a large number of the individuals in nursing and assisted living facilities are living with some type of dementia and exhibit challenging behaviors, antipsychotic medications, too often, are used in an effort to modify these behaviors.  This use is considered “off-label” by the FDA, which has issued a “black box” warning for use in elderly residents with dementia or dementia-related psychosis. 

DSS Announces Fall Training Series

Published in August 15, 2012 Issue

The Department of Social Services (DSS) recently distributed an announcement for the “Fall 2012 Training Series” for assisted living providers offered by the DSS and the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Gerontology.  The brochure is available on-line.  Current training opportunities will focus on the Individualized Service Plan: Meeting Resident/Participant Needs, Person-Centered Caring and Agitation and Aggression.  Please note that registration and payment for the class is required 10 business days before the training date.   If payment is not received 10 business days before the class, the registration will be canceled.   Additionally, if an adequate number of class registrations are not received, they reserve the right to cancel the class.   Since spaces fill so quickly providers are encouraged to register early for the classes.  Payment may be made for the training with a credit card. 

Urinary Tract Infection Program Scheduled for August 21st in Richmond

Published in August 8, 2012 Issue

Urinary tract infection (UTI), including catheter-associated UTI, is the most commonly reported and treated infection in nursing facilities. It is also a leading driver of 30-day hospital readmissions from those facilities.  As with CDI (Clostridium difficile), UTI treatment can be complicated by past antibiotic treatment. Unique diagnostic and management challenges for older patients can also add complexity. 

2012 Convention & Trade Show Scheduled for October 1-4

Published in August 8, 2012 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association/Virginia Center for Assisted Living will hold its Annual Convention & Trade Show at The Embassy Suites Hampton Roads - Hotel, Spa and Conference Convention Center on October 1 - 4, 2012.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for August 23

Published in August 8, 2012 Issue

Train the Trainer for Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled August 23rd in the VHCA/VCAL office.  The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities. Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies. More information and online registration can be found on the VHCA website.

 

Join VHQC for a Free Webinar on Improving Wound Care

Published in August 8, 2012 Issue

Successful wound healing goes beyond accurate assessment and appropriate dressing selection. It involves collaboration from all members of the Interdisciplinary Care Plan Team (IDT).  Join VHQC and special guest speaker, Sue Creehan, RN, CWON, on Tuesday, August 28 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. for an in-depth look at the fundamental contributions IDT members make to enhance resident wound care. Discussion will also focus on wound care tools, such as support surfaces, heel protectors and positioning aids, that assist IDT members with their work.  Administrators, Directors of Nursing Services and IDT members are encouraged to attend this informational session.

Antipsychotic Medications in LTC Education Program Scheduled for September 12

Published in August 8, 2012 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association has scheduled Under the Microscope: Antipsychotic Medications in LTC for September 12, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

Urinary Tract Infection Program Scheduled for August 21st in Richmond

Published in July 31, 2012 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association is pleased to present, Prevention, Identification & Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections in LTC, on August 21st at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for August 23rd

Published in July 31, 2012 Issue

Train the Trainer for Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled August 23rd in the VHCA/VCAL office. 

The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities. Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies. More information and online registration can be found on the VHCA website.

Join VHQC for a Free Webinar on Improving Wound Care

Published in July 31, 2012 Issue

Successful wound healing goes beyond accurate assessment and appropriate dressing selection. It involves collaboration from all members of the Interdisciplinary Care Plan Team (IDT).  Join VHQC and special guest speaker, Sue Creehan, RN, CWON, on Tuesday, August 28 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. for an in-depth look at the fundamental contributions IDT members make to enhance resident wound care. Discussion will also focus on wound care tools, such as support surfaces, heel protectors and positioning aids, that assist IDT members with their work.  Administrators, Directors of Nursing Services and IDT members are encouraged to attend this informational session.

Registration is required for this webinar.  Providers should register early as a limited number of lines will be available. Registration closes at 5:00 pm on Friday, August 24.  Visit the following link for more information about the webinar and to register click here.  Please contact Rhonda Fletcher or by phone at 804.289.5320.

Urinary Tract Infection Program Scheduled for August 21st in Richmond

Published in July 25, 2012 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association has scheduled a program, Prevention, Identification & Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections in LTC, for August 21st at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

Misidentification and overtreatment of urinary tract infections (UTIs) with unnecessary antibiotics place residents at risk for development of infections that are multi-drug resistant, for additional infections, and for increases to the cost of care for residents and providers.

Still Time to Register for 2012 Assisted Living Symposium Scheduled for July 17th

Published in July 13, 2012 Issue

If you have been too busy dealing with storms and power outages and have not yet registered for the upcoming 2012 Assisted Living Symposium, there is still time to make your reservation!  Administrators can earn 5 hours of NAB approved credit towards their continuing education requirement.   The annual Symposium is scheduled for next Tuesday, July 17th at the Holiday Inn Select in Richmond.

AHCA to Present ACA Employer Healthcare Coverage Expansion Webinar

Published in July 13, 2012 Issue

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) will be presenting a member-wide webinar on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Employer Healthcare Coverage Expansion next Friday, July 20 from 2:00pm – 3:30pm Eastern time. 

Outcomes Reporting – Be Ready to Negotiate with a Hospital CFO

Published in July 13, 2012 Issue

Clinical data is a powerful gold mine and should be maximized to its fullest potential.  This American Health Care Association (AHCA) webinar will give participants three strategic ways to unleash its power in their organizations. Through this webinar, attendees will learn about outcomes reports, how outcomes reporting can help users meet specific goals, and share best practices with the moderators. This webinar will feature two presenters:  Tanya Procell, RN and, Director of Clinical Services for Provider Professional Services, and Teresa Chase, President & CEO of American HealthTech. Join AHCA for this webinar on July 24 from 2pm-3pm EST.  Register today.

Urinary Tract Infection Program Scheduled for August 21st in Richmond

Published in July 13, 2012 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association has scheduled a program, Prevention, Identification & Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections in LTC, for August 21st at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

2012 Assisted Living Symposium Scheduled for July 17th in Richmond

Published in July 6, 2012 Issue

Register today for the VCAL Assisted Living Symposium scheduled for July 17th at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for July 10 & 11

Published in July 6, 2012 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for July 10 & 11 at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning.  Click herefor more information and online registration.

 

Outcomes Reporting – Be Ready to Negotiate with a Hospital CFO

Published in July 6, 2012 Issue

Clinical data is a powerful gold mine and should be maximized to its fullest potential.  This American Health Care Association (AHCA) webinar will give participants three strategic ways to unleash its power in their organizations. Through this webinar, attendees will learn about outcomes reports, how outcomes reporting can help users meet specific goals, and share best practices with the moderators. This webinar will feature two presenters: Tanya Procell, RN AND, Director of Clinical Services for Provider Professional Services; and Teresa Chase, President & CEO of American HealthTech. Join AHCA for this webinar on July 24 from 2pm-3pm EST.  Register today.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for July 10 & 11

Published in June 29, 2012 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for July 10 & 11 at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning.  Click here for more information and online registration.

 

2012 Assisted Living Symposium Scheduled for July 17th in Richmond

Published in June 29, 2012 Issue

Register today for the VCAL Assisted Living Symposium scheduled for July 17th at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

Free Effective Data Management Webinar

Published in June 29, 2012 Issue

In light of new changes in the long term care landscape and needing to be on top of your data, this is an excellent time to participate in the American Health Care Association’s (AHCA) informative, free webinar on LTC Trend Tracker (LTCTT).

Outcomes Reporting – Be Ready to Negotiate with a Hospital CFO Webinar Scheduled for July 24th

Published in June 29, 2012 Issue

Your clinical data is a powerful gold mine. Are you maximizing it to its fullest potential? This webinar will give you three strategic ways to unleash its power in your organization. Through this webinar, attendees will learn about outcomes reports, how outcomes reporting can help users meet specific goals, and share best practices with the moderators. This webinar will feature two presenters: Tanya Procell, RN AND, Director of Clinical Services for Provider Professional Services; and Teresa Chase, President & CEO of American HealthTech. Join AHCA for this webinar on July 24 from 2pm-3pm EST. Register today.

 

Need Fresh Ideas to Keep Your Residents Engaged? AHCA Publications Can Help

Published in June 29, 2012 Issue

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) just lowered its prices on the new Creative Mind Play Collections!  Activity staff will love the fun, games, and ideas that help excite the brains of young and old alike with an engaging assortment of trivia quizzes, exercises in creativity, word games, discussion topics, and more. You can print and use these materials anytime to stimulate memory, problem solving, creativity, humor, and relaxation.  Each CD-ROM contains 130 activities.

AHCA Publications Is Having a Summer Event

Published in June 29, 2012 Issue

All through the month of July, take advantage of terrific sale prices at www.AHCAPublications.org.

2012 Assisted Living Symposium Scheduled for July 17th in Richmond

Published in June 15, 2012 Issue

Make plans now to attend the VCAL Assisted Living Symposium on July 17th at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

VCAL’s annual Assisted Living Symposium is designed to provide tools and resources for Virginia’s assisted living providers to focus on issues and trends affecting their profession.  This year’s program will engage attendees with a motivational experience to learn about “Emotional Intelligence” (EI). In a highly interactive and entertaining presentation, Doug and Polly White, with over 50 years of combined experience in corporate management, will introduce you to the basics of emotional intelligence and help you to assess your EI strengths. 

Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 25 - 29

Published in June 15, 2012 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I), scheduled for June 25 - 29 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond, is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association.  The course will provide comprehensive training in Documentation and Programming and is designed specifically to prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  For more information and online registration click here.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for July 10 & 11

Published in June 15, 2012 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for July 10 & 11 at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning.  Click here for more information and online registration.

Virginia MDS Bootcamp

Published in June 15, 2012 Issue

Mark your calender for the Office of Licensure & Certification's MDS Bootcamp scheduled for July 17 & 18.

The session is designed for clinicians with little or no experience in MDS, or those clinicians who have had no basic, fundamental training in correct completion of the MDS. Topics covered will include the RAI process, MDS coding (especially interviews, ADLs, skin coding), general assessment timing and completion requirements, and the CAA process.

For more information click here.

Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 25 - 29

Published in June 15, 2012 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I), scheduled for June 25 - 29 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond, is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association.  The course will provide comprehensive training in Documentation and Programming and is designed specifically to prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  For more information and online registration click here.

2012 Assisted Living Symposium Scheduled for July 17th in Richmond

Published in June 15, 2012 Issue

Make plans now to attend the VCAL Assisted Living Symposium on July 17th at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

This is an annual event designed specifically for Virginia’s assisted living providers to focus on issues and trends affecting their profession.

This year’s program will engage attendees with a motivational experience to learn about “Emotional Intelligence” (EQ). In a highly interactive and entertaining presentation, Doug and Polly White, with over 50 years of combined experience in corporate management, will introduce providers to the basics of emotional intelligence and help them assess their EQ strengths.  

The session will be followed by a walk through three decades of assisted living in Virginia with Lynne Williams, DSS Director of the Division of Licensure, to highlight where we were, where we are today and where we’re going.

The day will also feature a trio of administrators who will share how they handle the everyday stresses in operating an ALF.  Learn secrets to “surviving” in their various roles as leader, mentor, mediator and supervisor working with a changing workforce as they journey to “becoming their own residents”.  

Move into the future with a look into the emerging trends of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and the utilization of Medical Directors in assisted living.

More information coming soon.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for July 10 & 11

Published in June 15, 2012 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for July 10 & 11 at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning.  Click here for more information and online registration.

Prepare Yourself and Your Facility for Emergencies

Published in June 15, 2012 Issue

With the heat of summer comes dry, dangerous fire conditions in the west and hurricane season in the east. Tornados can strike anywhere under the right conditions. Make sure you and your facility are ready for an emergency situation. Check out the Disaster and Emergency Planning resources like these at AHCApublications.org.

Fire Safety in Long Term Care Facilities trains your entire staff with clear objectives, activities, and a list of required equipment and procedures.

Emergency Management Guide for Nursing Homes offers direction for developing standard operating procedures for use during an emergency, and addresses specific hazards that may threaten a facility.

Order online or call 800.321.0343.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for July 10 & 11

Published in June 1, 2012 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for July 10 & 11 at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning.  Click here for more information and online registration.

Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 25 - 29

Published in June 1, 2012 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I), scheduled for June 25 - 29 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond, is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association.  The course will provide comprehensive training in Documentation and Programming and is designed specifically to prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  For more information and online registration click here.

Registration for QualitySync Extended

Published in June 1, 2012 Issue

Registration is still open for "QualitySync", VHQC's health quality learning and action event, scheduled for June 12-13, 2012 at The Westin in Richmond.  Sign Up by June 8 to participate in interactive, educational sessions that offer NAB approved CEUs provided through VHCA. "QualitySync" will offer plenary and breakout sessions on long term care topics such as:

Trend Tracker is a Vital Tool for Challenging Times

Published in May 24, 2012 Issue

In light of new changes in the long term care landscape and needing to be on top of your data, this is an excellent time to participate in the American Health Care Association’s (AHCA) informative, free webinar on LTC Trend Tracker (LTCTT).

MDS Oral Health Assessment Tool for Nurses Available

Published in May 24, 2012 Issue

The Pacific Center for Special Care at the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, in partnership with the American Dental Association and the American Health Care Association (AHCA), has produced a video for nurses or other professionals who are responsible for completing the MDS Section L: Oral Health Assessment in long-term care facilities. The video can be found here. This video is part of a complete training package for improving oral health in long term care facilities called Overcoming Obstacles to Oral Health: A Training Program for Caregivers of People with Disabilities and Frail Elders.

McKnight’s and Avalere Health Offer Readmission Webinar

Published in May 24, 2012 Issue

In a webcast co-sponsored earlier this week by McKnight’s Long Term Care News and Avalere Health titled Hospital Readmissions: Opportunity or Threat?  Avalere consultant Erik Johnson said that with regard to various coordinated care strategies, “the train has already left the station – this will become the new normal”.

The one-hour webcast is available for viewing in replay mode and is offered without charge by McKnight’s.  Registration is required.

CMS Pilot Overview for Staffing Payroll Participants

Published in May 24, 2012 Issue

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking nursing homes to participate in the Payroll Based Nursing Home Staffing Data Collection (PBNHSDC) Pilot.  This pilot is testing a method to measure staffing turnover, retention and levels quarterly from payroll data.  CMS intends to implement this data collection process nationally in late 2013 or early 2014. 

Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 25 - 29

Published in May 24, 2012 Issue

 Introduction to Activity Management(1st Half of MEPAP Part I), scheduled for June 25 - 29 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond, is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association.  The course will provide comprehensive training in Documentation and Programming and is designed specifically to prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  For more information and online registration click here.

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs Scheduled for July 10 & 11

Published in May 24, 2012 Issue

Train the Trainer for Nurse Aide Education Programs, a two-day, 12-hour workshop, has been scheduled for July 10 & 11 at the VHCA Office.  This workshop is designed to provide program coordinators, primary instructors and in-service staff of nurse aide education programs with program planning skills such as writing measurable learning objectives, organizing curriculum, developing lesson plans, and evaluating learning.  Click here for more information and online registration.

VHQC "QualitySync" Event Scheduled

Published in May 24, 2012 Issue

Registration is now open for "QualitySync", VHQC's health quality learning and action event, scheduled for June 12-13, 2012 at The Westin in Richmond.  "QualitySync" will offer plenary and breakout sessions on long term care topics, including Team Synergy through the CAA Process, The Impact of Adverse Drug Events on Readmissions and Economic Literacy: The Key to Hiring & Managing Caregivers.

Nursing home administrators can earn 5 hours of NAB approved continuing education hours that will be will be awarded through Virginia Health Care Association (VHCA) which will issue certificates of attendance.  For more information or to register go to www.vhqc.org and click on Join Us for QualitySync.  Contact Rhonda Fletcher at rfletcher2@vaqio.sdps.org or 804.289.5320 with questions.

Restorative Nursing Education Program One Week Away

Published in May 17, 2012 Issue

VHCA is still taking registrations for the Restorative Nursing – The Missing Link education program scheduled for May 24th at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

The program will focus on preventing functional declines and enhancing quality of life through a restorative nursing program. The required components of a restorative nursing program defined in the updated RAI manual will be reviewed, as well as additional information supporting why restorative nursing is a critical aspect to individualized care programs and facility success. The regulations, clinical benefits and operational/financial benefits will be addressed along with discussion and review of the implementation of an effective restorative nursing program. The MDS 3.0 April 1st coding changes and the impact on reimbursement will be important components of the discussion.

Click here for more information and online registration.  

Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 25 - 29

Published in May 17, 2012 Issue

Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I), scheduled for June 25 - 29 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond, is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association.  The course will provide comprehensive training in Documentation and Programming and is designed specifically to prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  For more information and online registration click here.

Restorative Nursing – The Missing Link Scheduled for May 24th

Published in May 11, 2012 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association has scheduled a program, Restorative Nursing – The Missing Link, for May 24th at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

This program will focus on preventing functional declines and enhancing quality of life through a restorative nursing program. The required components of a restorative nursing program defined in the updated RAI manual will be reviewed, as well as additional information supporting why restorative nursing is a critical aspect to individualized care programs and facility success. The regulations, clinical benefits and operational/financial benefits will be addressed along with discussion and review of the implementation of an effective restorative nursing program. The MDS 3.0 April 1st coding changes and the impact on reimbursement will be important components of the discussion.

Introduction to Activity Management Scheduled for June 25 - 29

Published in May 11, 2012 Issue

Mark your calendar.  Introduction to Activity Management (1st Half of MEPAP Part I), scheduled for June 25 - 29 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond, is a five-day, 45-hour course offered exclusively by the Virginia Health Care Association.  The course will provide comprehensive training in Documentation and Programming and is designed specifically to prepare activity personnel to work in settings primarily serving persons 55 years and older.  For more information and online registration click here.

Restorative Nursing – The Missing Link Scheduled for May 24th

Published in May 3, 2012 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association has scheduled a program, Restorative Nursing – The Missing Link, for May 24th at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

This program will focus on preventing functional declines and enhancing quality of life through a restorative nursing program. The required components of a restorative nursing program defined in the updated RAI manual will be reviewed, as well as additional information supporting why restorative nursing is a critical aspect to individualized care programs and facility success. The regulations, clinical benefits and operational/financial benefits will be addressed along with discussion and review of the implementation of an effective restorative nursing program. The MDS 3.0 April 1st coding changes and the impact on reimbursement will be important components of the discussion.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for May 16th

Published in May 3, 2012 Issue

Train the Trainer for Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled May 16th in the VHCA/VCAL office. The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities. Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies. More information and online registration can be found on the VHCA website.

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Still Time Left to Register for the MDS 3.0 Education Program Scheduled for May 1

Published in April 26, 2012 Issue

Don’t forget to register for VHCA’s one-day intensive program, MDS 3.0: April 2012 Changes & Challenges, scheduled for May 1 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond to learn more about:

  • The April 2012 MDS coding changes and updated CMS clarifications to support accurate coding, resident-centered care and payment.
  • Changes in Section Q for discharge planning and opportunities for return to the community through coordinated efforts of nursing facility and local contact agencies (LCA).
  • Techniques to promote accurate and efficient resident interviews and resident-centered plans of care.
  • The use of Quality Measure reports in surveys and facility quality improvement programs.

Click here for more information and online registration.

Restorative Nursing – The Missing Link Scheduled for May 24

Published in April 26, 2012 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association has scheduled a program, Restorative Nursing – The Missing Link, for May 24th at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

This program will focus on preventing functional declines and enhancing quality of life through a restorative nursing program. The required components of a restorative nursing program defined in the updated RAI manual will be reviewed, as well as additional information supporting why restorative nursing is a critical aspect to individualized care programs and facility success. The regulations, clinical benefits and operational/financial benefits will be addressed along with discussion and review of the implementation of an effective restorative nursing program. The MDS 3.0 April 1st coding changes and the impact on reimbursement will be important components of the discussion.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for May 16

Published in April 26, 2012 Issue

Train the Trainer for Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled May 16th in the VHCA/VCAL office. The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities. Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies. More information and online registration can be found on the VHCA website.

Deadline for Regirer Nursing Scholarship Submission is May 1st

Published in April 26, 2012 Issue

The 2012 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is May 1.

The Commonwealth LTC Foundation annually awards $1,500 scholarships to employees in VHCA/VCAL member nursing and assisted living facilities who want to become LPNs or RNs and continue their careers in long term care.  We hope to increase the number of awarded scholarships this year.  We need your help.  Please recommend qualified candidates today.

Still Time Left to Register for the MDS 3.0 Education Program Scheduled for May 1

Published in April 20, 2012 Issue

Don’t forget to register for VHCA’s one-day intensive program, MDS 3.0: April 2012 Changes & Challenges, scheduled for May 1 at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond to learn more about:

Restorative Nursing – The Missing Link Scheduled for May 24th

Published in April 20, 2012 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association has scheduled a program, Restorative Nursing – The Missing Link, for May 24th at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for May 16th

Published in April 20, 2012 Issue

Train the Trainer for Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled May 16th in the VHCA/VCAL office. The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities. Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies. More information and online registration can be found on the VHCA website.

DSS Announces ISP Training

Published in April 20, 2012 Issue

The Department of Social Services (DSS) has circulated a training announcement for the June 2012 offering of the ISP (Individual Service Plan) training offered by the Department of Social Services and the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Gerontology.  A copy of the brochure is available on-line. Please note that registration and payment for the class is required 10 business days prior to the training date.  If payment is not received 10 business days before the class, the registration will be canceled.  Additionally, if an adequate number of class registrations are not received the class will be canceled.

MDS 3.0 Update

Published in April 13, 2012 Issue

As noted in the March 23rd CareConnection, Cil Bullard, Virginia’s RAI State Manager, has developed a series of webinars which provide an overview of the changes in the MDS 3.0 that became effective on April 1, 2012.  The MDS 3.0 updates and webinars are now posted on the Office of Licensure and Certification (OLC) website.  Providers are encouraged to view the following MDS 3 training webinars developed by the RAI Manager:

Free ZPIC Webinar in April

Published in April 13, 2012 Issue

Mark your calendar!  Reed Smith attorneys Scot Hasselman and Rahul Narula are speaking at an upcoming American Health Care Association Zone Program Integrity Contractors (ZPIC) Webinar, Navigating ZPIC Audits: Challenges and Solutions for LTC Providers, on April 24, 2012, 2:00 PM, ET.  Currently, ZPICs are conducting audits in healthcare facilities across the U.S., including SNFs. ZPICs replaced CMS’ Program Safeguard Contractors (PSCs), and are investigating potential fraud in the Medicare program by instituting both post- and pre-payment audits to review the integrity of the claims. ZPIC contracts include work for all Medicare claim types including Part A, Home Health, Hospice, Part B, Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS), Managed Care (Part C), Prescription Drug (Part D) and Medicare and Medicaid Data Matching. While ZPIC audits are similar in many ways to other Medicare audits currently being performed nationwide; they differ in one important aspect – they are not random. If a LTC provider is contacted by a ZPIC; the auditor already suspects coding and billing irregularities. Please click here to register for the webinar and to learn more about ZPIC audits and how to prepare for these audits.

Schedule for Webinars on Behavioral Health Needs

Published in April 13, 2012 Issue

The second and third in the series of webinars addressing behavioral health needs of the growing aging population will be held on April 18 and May 17.  This training series, generously funded through the Virginia Center on Aging's Geriatric Training Education Initiative, will consist of one-hour slide presentations followed by Q&A sessions.  The live events will take place from 1:30-2:30 pm EST as follows:

VHQC Offers Free Three-part Webinar Series on Critical Healthcare Decisions: Important Conversations

Published in April 13, 2012 Issue

Planning ahead for advanced health care is challenging.  Too often, the lack of discussions or decisions about end-of-life care can impact care outcomes, including unnecessary hospitalizations.  To provide the best individualized care and to ensure that a person's wishes are considered and honored, providers are increasingly engaged in conversations about these important decisions.

MDS 3.0 Program Scheduled May 1st

Published in March 30, 2012 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association has scheduled a program, MDS 3.0: April 2012 Changes & Challenges, for May 1st at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center in Richmond.

Deadline for Regirer Nursing Scholarships is April 15

Published in March 30, 2012 Issue

The 2012 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is April 15th.



VDH Hosts UTI Prevention Webinar

Published in March 30, 2012 Issue

On March 21st, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) hosted a webinar to review the Successful Strategies for the Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) in Long Term Care Facilities toolkit.  Approximately 50 people attended the lunch-and-learn session in which Carol Jamerson (VDH Nurse Epidemiologist) walked participants through the toolkit’s resources and discussed how the various fact sheets, surveillance forms, policy templates, and assessment tools can be used by long-term care facilities. Adriana Agnew, Director of Quality Management and Infection Preventionist at Fairfax Nursing Center shared how her facility has used and plans to use the toolkit to modify its UTI policies and prevention practices. 

OIG Releases Additional Videos on Health Care Boards and Compliance

Published in March 30, 2012 Issue

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) continues to release videos and podcasts on its website of interest to LTC providers.  Most recently, the agency released a video and audio podcast that provides a “toolkit” of tips to help healthcare board members to create a corporate culture focused on two primary goals:  promoting quality of care and embracing compliance with the law. View the video here. Further, in light of the upcoming Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that nursing facilities must have a corporate compliance program in place by March 23, 2012; OIG has developed free resources to help health care providers, practitioners, and suppliers understand the health care fraud and abuse laws and the consequences of violating them. These compliance education materials also provide ideas for ways to cultivate a culture of compliance within a health care organization.  To view the video, visit the OIG website.  

 



VASHRM Offering Risk Management Program in April

Published in March 30, 2012 Issue

The Virginia Chapter of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (VASHRM) has scheduled an education program, Long Shot and Risk Management, for Thursday & Friday, April 26 - 27 at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront. 

CMS National MDS Conference Highlights

Published in March 23, 2012 Issue

Last week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held two back-to-back conferences for providers on MDS 30.  The two-day agenda focused on MDS item set changes scheduled for April 1, 2012, RUG IV updates and clarification, MDS 3.0 error reports, quality measures used in the survey process, Section Q changes, and care planning.

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Medical Malpractice Education Program March 29

Published in March 23, 2012 Issue

It's not to late to register for the Medical Malpractice: Court is Now in Session education program scheduled for Thursday, March 29th.  This one-day program will help providers understand how resident records can be used in a courtroom trial as evidence to prove or disprove medical negligence to a jury. The program will feature attorneys John Peterson, Michael Olszewski and the Honorable T.J. Markow, retired Judge of the Richmond Circuit Court, who will preside over a “Mock Trial” based on an actual case in a Virginia facility.

Free Training on Community-Based Emergency Response Series Coming Soon

Published in March 23, 2012 Issue

The state agencies of the Health and Human Resources secretariat are once again teaming up to bring the popular CBERS (Community-Based Emergency Response Series) training to various communities throughout the Commonwealth.

This year’s topic is Strategies to Support People with Dementia during Emergencies in Congregate Care Facilities.

Registration is now open to attend this free half-day training event being held in eight locations throughout the Commonwealth.  The training provides strategies to support people with dementia during emergencies.

To register and learn more click here.



Free Training on Community-Based Emergency Response Series Coming Soon

Published in March 16, 2012 Issue

The state agencies of the Health and Human Resources secretariat are once again teaming up to bring the popular CBERS (Community-Based Emergency Response Series) training to various communities throughout the Commonwealth.

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Medical Malpractice Education Program Scheduled for March 29

Published in March 9, 2012 Issue

Not only are providers in Virginia confronted with unprecedented challenges to meet and exceed regulatory requirements and resident expectations in a challenging payment climate, they must also be ever aware of the potential liability associated with resident care and facility operations.  John E. Peterson, Jr., Esq. and Michael E. Olszewski, Esq., directors and medical malpractice attorneys in the law firm, Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C., (HDJN) will present a five-hour program centered on the Medical Malpractice Act in Virginia with a  “mock trial” related to an actual case of a resident fall resulting in injury and lawsuit. The program is designed to provide Virginia’s nursing facility providers with a heightened awareness of the importance of policies and procedures, accurate and complete documentation and regulatory compliance to minimize the risk of exposure to lawsuits. 

2012 Regirer Nurse Scholarship Application Brochures Now Available

Published in March 9, 2012 Issue

The 2012 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are now available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is April 15th.



Register Now for Behavioral Health and Long Term Care Webinars

Published in March 9, 2012 Issue

After months of planning, a series of live webinars will be available addressing behavioral health needs of the growing aging population.  These trainings, developed by the Geriatric Mental Health Partnership, Center for Excellence in Aging and the Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Department of Gerontology, are based on topics of major importance to long term care facilities.  This training series, generously funded through the Virginia Center on Aging Geriatric Training Education Initiative, will consist of one-hour slide presentations followed by Q&A sessions, all moderated by Dr. E. Ayn Welleford, Chair of VCU’s Department of Gerontology.  Individuals can now register for the webinars individually or for all three. There is no charge for the webinars.

Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Webinar on Healthcare-Associated Infections Scheduled for March 21

Published in March 9, 2012 Issue

VDH’s Healthcare-Associated Infections Program invites members to register for a lunchtime webinar on How to Use the Successful Strategies for the Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections in Long-Term Care Toolkit scheduled for Wednesday, March 21st from 12 noon – 1:00 pm.

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Medical Malpractice Education Program Scheduled for March 29

Published in March 2, 2012 Issue

Not only are providers in Virginia confronted with unprecedented challenges to meet and exceed regulatory requirements and resident expectations in a challenging payment climate, they must also be ever aware of the potential liability associated with resident care and facility operations.  John E. Peterson, Jr., Esq. and Michael E. Olszewski, Esq., Directors and medical malpractice attorneys in the law firm, Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C., (HDJN) will present a five-hour program centered on the Medical Malpractice Act in Virginia with a  “mock trial” related to an actual case of a resident fall resulting in injury and lawsuit. The program is designed to provide Virginia’s nursing facility providers with a heightened awareness of the importance of policies and procedures, accurate and complete documentation and regulatory compliance to minimize the risk of exposure to lawsuits. 

2012 Regirer Nurse Scholarship Application Brochures Now Available

Published in March 2, 2012 Issue

The 2012 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are now available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is April 15th. 

Register Now for Behavioral Health and Long Term Care Webinars

Published in March 2, 2012 Issue

After months of planning we are very excited about the upcoming series of live webinars addressing behavioral health needs of the growing aging population.  These trainings, developed by the Geriatric Mental Health Partnership, Center for Excellence in Aging and the Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Department of Gerontology, are based on topics of major importance to long term care facilities.  This training series, generously funded through the Virginia Center on Aging Geriatric Training Education Initiative, will consist of one-hour slide presentations followed by Q&A sessions, all moderated by Dr. E. Ayn Welleford, Chair of VCU’s Department of Gerontology.  Individuals can now register for the webinars individually or for all three. There is no charge for the webinars.

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Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Webinar on Healthcare-Associated Infections Scheduled for March 21

Published in March 2, 2012 Issue

VDH’s Healthcare-Associated Infections Program invites members to register for a lunchtime webinar on How to Use the Successful Strategies for the Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections in Long-Term Care Toolkit scheduled for Wednesday, March 21st from 12 noon – 1:00 pm.



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Gero Prep: Online Gerontological Nurse Certification

Published in March 2, 2012 Issue

The American Health Care Association has partnered to develop a 10-module learning program, Gero Prep, which prepares RNs for attainment of national certification as gerontological nurses. This program has a proven track record with a 96% exam success rate. Administrators and RNs should understand the many benefits this program:     

  • Improved job satisfaction
  • Increased productivity
  • Quality resident care
  • Recognition and confidence for RNS
  • Less on the job training
  • Reduced staff turnover

Sign up for education packages before March 31, 2012 and saved 33%. Visit www.Geroprep.org for more details.



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Mark Your Calendars for a One-Day Program on Medical Malpractice In Virginia Scheduled for March 29

Published in February 24, 2012 Issue

Based on an analysis of survey deficiencies in VHCA’s Survey Management and Analysis Resource Tool (SMART) database, the third most frequently cited deficiency statewide in Virginia in 2011 was F323, Accident/Safety, related to falls & fractures.  These deficiencies accounted for 50% of all “G” level citations last year. Not only are providers in Virginia confronted with unprecedented challenges to meet regulatory requirements and resident expectations, they must also be aware of the potential liability associated with resident care and facility operations.


Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for March 6th

Published in February 24, 2012 Issue

Train the Trainer for Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled March 6th in the VHCA/VCAL office. The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities. Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies.

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2012 Regirer Nurse Scholarship Application Brochures Now Available

Published in February 24, 2012 Issue

The 2012 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are now available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is April 15th.

 

Free Training on Community-Based Emergency Response Series Coming Soon

Published in February 24, 2012 Issue

The state agencies of the Health and Human Resources secretariat are once again teaming up to bring the popular CBERS (Community-Based Emergency Response Series) training to various communities throughout the Commonwealth.

Virginia General Assembly

Last Chance to Register for the VHCA Winter Legislative Conference Scheduled Next Week

Published in February 17, 2012 Issue

We encourage all members to register today for the VHCA Winter Legislative Conference scheduled for February 21st & 22nd at the Omni Richmond Hotel.



Education Seminar

Telemedicine and Long Term Care

Published in February 17, 2012 Issue

The Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC) will hold its First Annual Summit March 15 - 16 in Charlottesville.  As a warm up for the March summit, attendees at next week’s VHCA/VCAL Winter Legislative Conference will receive an in-depth introduction to Telemedicine through a presentation by Karen Rheuban, MD and David Gordon.  Dr. Rheuban and Mr. Gordon lead University of Virginia’s Center for Telehealth.  Dr. Rheuban is a nationally recognized expert in telehealth and will share her energy and passion as she discusses possible implications for telemedicine applications in long term care. 

Education

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for March 6th

Published in February 17, 2012 Issue

Train the Trainer for Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled March 6th in the VHCA/VCAL office. The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities. Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies.

More information and online registration can be found on the VHCA website.



Virginia General Assembly

Don’t Sit on the Sidelines: Register for the VHCA Winter Legislative Conference Scheduled for February 21 - 22

Published in February 10, 2012 Issue

We encourage all members to register today for the VHCA Winter Legislative Conference scheduled for February 21st & 22nd at the Omni Richmond Hotel.

Registration & continental breakfast is from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 21st.  We will begin the conference with a Legislative Briefing promptly at 8:30 a.m. followed with a trip to the Capitol beginning at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.  We urge members to make appointments now.  Face-to-face meetings are one of the most effective options for delivering our message about the critical need for adequate funding for long term care.  Click here for the talking pointsVHCA members should take full advantage of the opportunity to meet with their legislators and invite them to the legislative reception Tuesday evening from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  Transportation will be provided to and from the Capitol.  

Education

Train the Trainer for Instructors of ALF Registered Medication Aides Program Scheduled for March 6th

Published in February 10, 2012 Issue

Train the Trainer for Instructors of Registered Medication Aides is scheduled March 6th in the VHCA/VCAL office. The program is a one-day, six-hour workshop designed for instructors of registered medication aides in assisted living facilities. Participants will observe, practice, and critique a variety of instructional strategies.

More information and online registration can be found on the VHCA website.



Tornado

Mark You Calendar: March 20 is Statewide Tornado Drill

Published in February 10, 2012 Issue

Registration is now open for the March 20th Statewide Tornado Drill.  Businesses and organizations, schools and colleges, and families and individuals can practice taking cover from tornadoes by participating in this annual safety exercise, set for 9:45 a.m. 

Virginia General Assembly

VHCA Winter Legislative Conference Hotel Reservation Deadline is February 3rd

Published in January 27, 2012 Issue

The 2012 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for February 21 – 22 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.  Be sure and make your hotel reservations today.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni Richmond Hotel for $144.00 single/double (plus tax).  Reserve your hotel room online or call the hotel directly to reserve your room at 804.344.7000 or toll free at 800.843.6664.  Please remember to identify yourself as a VHCA conference participant.  Reservations must be made by the deadline Friday, February 3, 2012 in order to guarantee the group discounted rate. The Omni is not able to extend the reservation deadline.  NOTE: The price of the hotel room in the brochure was listed incorrectly.  The correct price is $144. 



Education Seminar

Department of Social Services Trainings Announced

Published in January 27, 2012 Issue

The Department of Gerontology & Department of Social Services (DSS) has provided a listing of the Spring 2012 DSS Trainings geared toward direct service providers working in assisted living or adult day facilities. 

Virginia General Assembly

2012 Winter Legislative Conference

Published in January 13,2012 Issue

The 2012 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for February 21 – 22 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.

This year, long term care providers face unprecedented challenges.  With additional Medicare cuts looming and Virginia nursing facilities facing new Medicaid cuts, the challenge to deliver care to an increasingly frail and sicker population in a weak payment environment is growing.  Virginia is facing a fifth year of Medicaid funding cuts.  The stability and adequacy of public funding for all health care services, including long term care, continues to be seriously threatened by the lingering recession and inadequate government revenues at both the state and federal levels.  In this year’s General Assembly Session, Virginia’s Governor, Bob McDonnell and legislators will address Virginia’s budget needs and determine the future of legislative measures affecting nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  Proposed legislation in the 2012 General Assembly could potentially add additional regulatory burdens to an already over-regulated profession.