Issue: October 31, 2013

Published on October 31, 2013

Articles in this issue:

October Survey Trends Report


On a quarterly basis, representatives from KHCA/KCAL, LeadingAge Kansas and KACE meet with representatives from KDADS to review survey trends in both skilled center and state licensed only. Click here for the full report.  Past reports are available on KHCA/KCAL website in the members only section

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KDADS/ National Research Corporation- Satisfaction Survey


A short message from Joe Ewert KDADS/National Research Corporation regarding Kansas Skilled Nursing Satisfaction Initiative: 

Join the Kansas Skilled Nursing Satisfaction Initiative
Complimentary resident satisfaction surveying for all participants

As part of a new statewide initiative, National Research Corporation and the Department of Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) are offering free nursing home resident satisfaction surveying for all nursing homes in Kansas.

If you haven’t already, complete the enrollment form to join the statewide initiative and take the next step in your quality improvement journey.  Summary results of this survey will be posted online.  Failure to participate will be reflected on the state’s online nursing home report card.

When you sign-up, you'll receive:

Enrollment deadline is November 15—get started today.
All you need to do is submit this enrollment form and we'll be in touch regarding the next steps. The results collected from these surveys will be included in an online Nursing Home Report Card to help customers identify and select a nursing home.

Questions? For more information, read the press release, survey timeline, or please do not hesitate to contact me at For questions about how to sign up, please contact Max Wyrick, National Research Business Development Manager, at


LeadingAge Kansas in conjunction with KHCA team up for the Kansas Skilled Nursing Staff Satisfaction Initiative webinar

Author: * Published in Webinar

LeadingAge Kansas Kansas Skilled Nursing Satisfaction Initiative webinar information:


What:  Webinar with Teresa Costello of My Innerview regarding the process for the rollout of the state mandated resident satisfaction survey

Who:  Teresa Costello has been with National Research Corporation since April 2004. She is an expert in working with organizations to maximize participation and response rates. She has managed large and complex state wide projects such as Georgia, Missouri and Oklahoma that included hundreds of facilities. She handles onboarding, training, pre/post survey communications and overall coordination.

When:  November 6, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

Where:  Webinar – Register Online

Why:  To provide additional information and expectations of providers during the satisfaction survey process.  There will be opportunities for questions during this webinar.  The associations requested the webinar to provide additional information to providers to help make this process smoother for our members.  

MCO Contract Checklist


AHCA has provided KHCA with the following MCO Contract Checklist. Is it time to renew your contract?

Please download and complete the Checklist for Review of Managed Care Contracts for your own records.

MCO Checklist 

Any questions can be directed to Cindy at

AHCA Quality Awards- Intent to Apply



Commit to the Quality Journey today!

The 2014 National Quality Award program is gearing up for another exciting and competitive year.  Applications are available online. Don’t delay - the “Intent to Apply” deadline is Nov. 14, 2013, at 8p.m. EST. Centers that submit an Intent to Apply save $200 off the final Quality Award application fee and are signed up to receive exclusive tips from the Quality Award team to help with the application process. Intent to Apply forms are available on the Quality Award website: Questions about the Quality Award program or Intent to Apply process can be submitted to  





Elder Conference- Independence, KS



“Which Part of the Sandwich are YOU?” is the title of a free conference to be held November 21 at the Independence Civic Center, 401 N. Penn, Independence, KS.  There will be two opportunities to attend this conference - from 9:00AM - Noon and again at 6:30PM - 8:30PM.

Linda Farrar, BSN, will address the subject of how all generations are affected as they become dependent upon one another when you, your parents, grandparents, or spouses, whose physical or mental health are impaired by sickness or aging.  This conference focuses on the needs of each “part of the sandwich” and helps you see what your role is in your family.  Depending on “which part of the sandwich” you are - information addressed in this conference will assist you in planning for the years when you may be the caregiver or need care yourself. 

The conference focuses on recognizing symptoms that a loved one may need your help and the need to protect them from any neglect or even self-neglect. 

Topics that will be covered are: 

~          What to expect as families grow older and age

~          Recognizing self-neglect and exploitation

~          Prevention of neglect and abuse

~          Signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Dementia

~          How to focus on the caregiver’s needs in order to keep a healthy balance

The Silent Generation (those born between 1925-1942) are now dealing with issues associated with aging.  The Baby Boomer population (those born between 1946 -1964) are the fastest growing aging population and are faced with responsibilities caring for the older generation and may still be responsible for children and perhaps grandchildren while dealing with their own health.  Generation X&Y (those born in early 1960’s - 1980 and early 1980’s - 2000) will soon replace their parents in providing support where needed or be responsible for providing care for them. 

Linda Farrar has dedicated her professional career to providing elders in senior living centers with quality of life and quality of care.  Linda received her BSN from The University of Iowa and her post-graduate Licensed Adult Care Home Administrator education from Kansas University. In 2000, Linda obtained her Nursing Home Administrator’s license and has served in the roles of administrator, Executive Director, Executive Management and Chief Operating Officer.  In July, 2011, Linda retired from her full-time position to enable her the time to enhance her work with elders in a consulting role.  Linda is a Kansas-approved Certified Activity Director instructor, and a certified ELNEC (End of Life Nursing Education Consortium).  In the recent past, Linda has presented webinars for Kansas Health Care Association and Leading Age Kansas.  Linda has maintained a positive working relationship with Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services’ regulators and currently serves on a Survey Consistency Taskforce with KDADS regulators and other providers to improve the survey process in Kansas within the current regulatory parameters.  Linda has also served on the Health Occupation Credentialing Advisory Committee and the Washburn University School of Nursing Educational Advisory Council.

The conference is sponsored by the Southeast Kansas Senior Safety and Wellness Coalition, with funding provided by a grant of the Prevention of Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation from the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services.  

There is no charge for the conference.  No matter where one falls in the cycle of life – this conference is for you.  Registration is not necessary but is appreciated by calling Susan Hill, at Four County Mental Health Center, 620.332.1912. 

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New Talking Books Application


A new Talking Books application is now available from the State of Kansas Libraries. The new application, designed by the State Library of Kansas, is streamlined and easier to use. The application also includes the Talking Books return address, making it more apparent for individuals and professionals, outside of libraries, to submit applications. The new application is available online


Talking Books Service is no-cost library service delivered to Kansas residents who are unable to read or use standard printed materials due to visual impairment, physical impairment or reading disabilities.

Who can sign residents up for Talking Books Service?
registered nurses
social workers
case workers
rehabilitation teachers
doctors of medicine
doctors of osteopathy
or other professionals acceptable to the Library of Congress.


Any questions?

Talking Books