Issue: January 9, 2014

Published on January 8, 2014

Articles in this issue:

KHCA/KCAL New Director of Education



KHCA/KCAL is proud to introduce our new Director of Education.  We are extremely happy to have her on board, and we are confident that she will propel our association to the next level. 

A message from Polly Berkley:


Hello everyone,

I’m Polly Berkley and I’ll be your new Director of Education.  I’m very much looking forward to working with you and your teams to meet your educational needs.  I have several years of experience planning meetings all over the U.S. and am looking forward to planning in the great state of Kansas.  I’m a small town girl with small town values raised in Overbrook, Kansas.  I married my high school sweetheart and we have two girls which we decided to raise in Overbrook as well.  I’m passionate about elder care and taking care of those in need, which makes working for KHCA/KCAL a perfect fit for me, and for you as your Director of Education.  Please contact me if you have ideas or suggestions.


KHCA Legislative Conference- Save the Date


Mark your calendars for February 5th 2014.  That is the day of the KHCA Legislative Conference at the Capitol.  Earn CEs and meet with your legislator.

Points of Interest:

More information and registration to follow next week

Distinguished Elder Recognition Program



Distinguished Elder Recognition Program
The format of the program has changed for 2014!!
Join us in recognizing the Distinguished Elders in your homes.

The KHCA/KCAL Education Committee invites you to submit a nomination for the KHCA/KCAL Marty Hegarty Life Time Achievement/Distinguished Elder Recognition Program.  This program is designed to highlight and reflect the elders residing in nursing and assisted living homes who have spent much of their life making a difference in the lives of others. click here for the full application.

Joint Provider Surveyor Training-QAPI


The Joint Provider Surveyor Training is upon us again.  The topic for this year is QAPI, and there will be two different locations.

Our two speakers this year are outstanding.  They are nationally trained in the survey process.  These are the people that train the surveyors that come to your buildings.


Lisa Tripp is an Assistant Professor at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, Atlanta Georgia. She teaches Health Care Law, Torts and Remedies. Professor Tripp practiced health care law and commercial litigation prior to joining the faculty of Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School in 2006. As an attorney for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Professor Tripp focused primarily on long term care enforcement. She litigated many cases involving physical and sexual abuse, elopements, falls, neglect and substandard quality of care. Professor Tripp currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Leadership Council of The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care. She has served on health quality measurement committees and panels for the National Quality Forum and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). Professor Tripp received her law degree, with honors, from George Washington University Law School, in Washington, D.C.

Rick Harris is a retired United States Navy Service Member.  Rick Graduated from the University of New Hampshire Summa Cum Laude.  After that he graduated from The University of Pennsylvania Law School, obtaining a J.D. He began his career as a staff attorney with the Legal Services Corporation of Alabama.  He has worked a long and various career in the field of law.  He is an expert in many fields ranging from Leadership and Management, to general law council. 


Price: $75 before February 4th

          $100 after February 4th


February 18, 2014- Topeka- Register Online

February 19, 2014- Wichita- Register Online

KHCA Facility Standards Call Reminder- January 17, 2014


A reminder that the facility standards call will be January 17 at 11:00


Please review the following documents:

December Survey Review

December Findings

2014 KHCA/KCAL Committees- Sign up


We want you more involved with our association! Sign up for a committee today!

Committee Sign up Form

Employment Verification



 It is employment verification time - the time of year to update and submit your Certified Nurse Aides, Medication Aides and Home Health Aides to Health Occupations Credentialing in order for them to stay active on the Kansas Nurse Aide Registry.

In order to comply with Federal Regulation 42 C.F.R. 483.156(b)(3), Health Occupations Credentialing is required to determine whether certified nurse aides, home health aides and medication aides have had a lapse of employment of more than 24 consecutive months. Nursing facilities, long-term care units in hospitals, intermediate personal care homes, assisted living facilities, residential health care facilities and home health agencies must provide employment verification for each certified nurse aide, home health aide, and medication aide employed for at least eight hours during the 12 month period from January 1, through December 31, 2013.

On January 1, 2014, the annual employment verification reporting period will begin. Employers will again be able to submit the annual employment verification information online via the Kansas Nurse Aide Registry.

To access the employment verification web page, go to and select the HEALTH FACILITY ACCESS button. Enter your facility ID number (a letter followed by six numbers) and press enter or click on the SUBMIT button. Select the EMPLOYMENT LIST button. The list of employees associated with your facility will be displayed. You will need to click on the Yes or No button for each employee, depending on whether or not the employee worked for you anytime for at least eight hours in 2013, or is currently working for you.

To add an employee to the list, click on the ADD EMPLOYEE button at the bottom of the page. Enter the employee¿s identifying information and click on SEARCH. If the individual¿s certification is current, their name and certification type will appear. Click on the ADD button to add them to your list.
You w ill not need to do anything to remove an individual who did not work a minimum of eight hours at your facility; simply make sure the no button is selected. After the UPDATE EMPLOYEES button is selected, those individuals that have the No button selected will be removed from your list within 24 hours.

Once you have all of the individuals who worked a minimum of eight hours in 2013 listed and marked Yes, click on the UPDATE EMPLOYEE button at the bottom of the page. The certification information on those individuals submitted will be updated and available within 24 hours. PLEASE NOTE: ONCE YOU HAVE CLICKED ON UPDATE EMPLOYEES BUTTON YOU SHOULD SEE A NOTE IN RED; THIS UPDATE HAS SUCCESSFULLY BEEN COMPLETED. If you do not see this important message, it did not update your employees. Check for messages on your list. If you have a person on your list that has been Prohibited, the update will not work. Remove the Prohibited Person and try again.

The deadline for submitting the employment verification information online is March 31, 2014. After that date, the ability to submit annual employment verification information online will no longer be available for the remainder of the calendar year.

If you have any question please contact LaTikka Moore at or 785-296-6877.

AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Deadlines



It's a new year, start it off on the right foot! As we quickly dive into the year ahead, we wanted to remind you of upcoming deadlines for the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Awards program.

 ·         -Bronze and Gold Quality Award application deadline: January 30, 2014 

·        - Silver Quality Award application deadline: February 27, 2014

A Bronze application can be completed in as few as 10 hours, so there’s plenty of time for members to begin the first step in the quality journey. Video guides to complete the application, supporting documents and sample applications are all available on the application resources page of the Quality Award website.

The Quality Award submission portal is open, and applications can be submitted online at For questions about the program, please contact

National Nurisng Home Week



Hawaiian Theme Enlivens NNHW 2014

“Living the Aloha Spirit” is the theme for National Nursing Home Week (NNHW), May 11-17, 2014. To Hawaiians, the word “aloha” has a deeper significance than as just a word of greeting or fond farewell. By Living the Aloha Spirit, we show others love and respect and joyfully share life in order to create a better world. Key attributes of the “Aloha Spirit” include patience, kindness, humility and good feelings in caring about others. Embracing the Aloha Spirit will reflect how your skilled nursing care center practices “aloha” as a means to provide a harmonious environment for residents, patients, families, staff and any person who interacts with the long term and post-acute care community.

AHCA/NCAL Conferences



AHCA/NCAL is having a big first quarter with high quality education events!

2014 AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium- February 10-12, New Orleans, Louisiana

Enjoy engaging speakers, lively discussions, and an inspiring atmosphere at one of the most important long term and post-acute care events of the year. The Quality Symposium features:



New this year!



Earn CEUs while networking and learning how to better achieve your Quality Initiative and National Quality Award goals.



2014 NCAL Spring Conference- March 10-12, Las Vegas, Nevada

Position your company ahead of the curve by registering for this must attend event for assisted living organizations. Featuring dynamic keynote speakers, the latest in educational programing, and excellent networking experiences, this in-depth learning environment will help you and your team to succeed in the senior care marketplace.

Earn up to 10.25 CEUs through premier educational sessions including: 
  • Two hands-on tracks for Executive Directors/Community Leaders and Owner/Operators. 
  • Interactive sessions regarding ACOs, resident acuity, and the National PSO for Assisted Living and the role of REITs. 
  • Valuable resources for developing your social media presence, handling resident bullies, preparing for emergency events and addressing workplace violence.
Lean how to analyze your environment and implement the processes that will exceed expectations, improve your reputation, and increase revenues.
Early Bird Registration ends January 13, 2014. 
Register Today!

2014 Independent Owner Leadership Conference- March 12-14, Las Vegas Nevada

Join your senior level colleagues in the uniquely exciting atmosphere of Las Vegas to meet and discuss the latest issues that matter to you. This year’s conference focuses on Thriving in a Changing World. You’ll learn innovative strategies and ideas to help you with the challenges of managing staff and patients, and explore different approaches for dealing with new laws and regulations. Discover the best practices in change management and get inspired to raise the quality of care you provide.

The Independent Owner Leadership Conference offers you:

  • Various education sessions with engaging speakers
  • The enormously popular Town Hall Meeting
  • An opportunity to earn up to 10.5 CEUs
  • Numerous networking and social opportunities including a reception on Wednesday, and a networking lunch, spectacular dinner, and special PAC event on Thursday 



The early registration deadline is February 11, 2014.

Early registration saves $75 off the standard member rate.



Learn more, Register Online, or download a registration form​.