Issue: October 23, 2013

Published on October 23, 2013

Articles in this issue:

AHCA Quality Initiative Recognition Program- Kansas Achievers



The Quality Initiative Recognition Program is designed to recognize AHCA nursing center members that demonstrate the attainment of one or more of the four AHCA Quality Initiative Goals:

·         Safely Reduce Hospital Readmissions by 15%

·         Increase Staff Stability by 15%

·         Increase Customer Satisfaction to 90%

·         Safely Reduce the Off-Label Use of Antipsychotics by 15%


KHCA/KCAL is pleased to let you know that 82 total centers from Kansas have achieved Quality Initiative goals! A full breakdown is as follows:

Tier I

Achieve 1 goal

Tier II

Achieve 2 goal

Tier III

Achieve 3 goals

Tier IV

Achieve 4 goals





Download Full List of Achievers

A message from AHCA:

Attached, you will find a full list of centers from your state, including which goals they achieved. This information can also be accessed through AHCA’s web-based, software tool LTC Trend TrackerSM. Each of these centers has already received, or will receive in the next day or two, a personalized letter from AHCA/NCAL notifying them of this accomplishment.


In honor of this achievement, AHCA has invited each achiever to attend the AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium in New Orleans, LA, taking place February 10-12, 2014. All achievers will receive specialized badge ribbons reflecting their achievements, and the Tier III and IV achievers will be recognized with a specialized certificate. In addition, AHCA will be sending a national press release highlighting the program later this month, which will include the names of the Tier IV achievers. Information on the recognition for each level of Quality Initiative achievers is available on the Quality Initiative Recognition Program website.




Medicare Part D Open Enrollment


A message from KDADS regarding Medicare Part D open enrollment:


Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK), a free program administered by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), wants Kansans who are enrolled or who are eligible to enroll in Medicare Part D to know it has specially trained counselors available to answer questions and help guide Kansans through the process.   

Open enrollment for Medicare Part D (Medicare prescription drug coverage), is October 15 – December 7, 2013. SHICK counselors can assist in comparing the 30 plans available and help determine if eligible participants qualify for extra help with prescription costs.

“SHICK counselors are trained to help older Kansans cut through the confusion that sometimes keeps them from understanding their Medicare Part D options,” KDADS Secretary Shawn Sullivan said. “During this open enrollment period, we’re here to help you find the prescription drug plan that best meets your needs.”

Medicare covers both generic and brand name prescriptions through private companies and also will provide extra help if you have income less than 150 percent of the Federal Poverty level and/or limited resources. If you qualify for extra help, Medicare will pay for 75 percent or more of your prescription drug costs and you will automatically receive help paying premiums, deductibles and co-pays, and there is no coverage gap.

Income and resource limits change each year, so contact your SHICK counselor for the current year amounts. It is important to make sure that the plan you choose for the coming year offers you the best coverage for the medicines you take.

“We encourage all Medicare recipients to go online or schedule a meeting with a SHICK counselor annually to compare Medicare prescription drug plans,” said Craig Kaberline, KDADS Commissioner on Aging. “Each year Medicare Part D premiums change as well as co-pays and medications covered by the prescription drug plans. It’s always good to review your plan and make sure it’s still the best plan for meeting your needs.”

SHICK counseling is free, unbiased, confidential, and available to anyone with questions about Medicare. To find a SHICK counselor in your area and to schedule a free, confidential counseling session with a trained, unbiased counselor in your area call 1-800-860-5260. Information can also be found online at or by calling Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).

November PEPPER Webinars



On August 30, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) distributed to each individual SNF facility, through its contractor (TMF Health Quality Institute), a Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER).   Although these reports have been distributed to other types of health care providers (e.g., hospitals, psychiatric facilities, hospice, etc.), this is the first time that the SNF profession has received PEPPERs, and many KHCA members have questions about how to read and use the report.  To address those member concerns, AHCA has asked the CMS Contractor, Kimberly Hrehor with TMF Health Quality Institute, to provide us with additional information about the history and background of the PEPPER, a description of the risk areas for improper SNF Medicare payments, a discussion of the percentiles and the comparison groups, and a demonstration of how to read and use the report.  In order to cover all this material, and allow participants the opportunity to digest the information, we have scheduled two separate webinars that build upon each other on Nov. 7 at 2:00PM (SNF PEPPER Training Part I), CT and Nov. 8 at 2:00PM, CT (SNF PEPPER Training Part II).  Please register for the events separately and in advance at for Nov. 7 and for Nov. 8.

13th Annual Defining Hope


The Alzheimer's Association, in conjunction with Johnson County Community College, is putting on the 13th Annual Defining Hope Seminar

When: November 5, 2013 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where: Johnson County Community College
Cost: $84 (includes 6 CEU's), discounted $35 rate for family members
How to register: Through Johnson County Community College- 913.469.2323 or

Download full brochure

BKD Care Transitions Webinar


A webinar from BKD:

Care Transitions: Home Health as a Clinical & Financial Advantage in Health Care
Date: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Time: 2-3 p.m. Central time
CPE CreditL One Credit Hour
Presenter: Karen Vance

Contact Tiffany Maiman at 800.472.2745 or

Register and find out more information.