Issue: January 16, 2014

Published on January 16, 2014

Articles in this issue:

Passing of Anthony R. Waterman



KHCA/KCAL would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the Waterman family, as well as the Vintage Park Gardner family, on the unexpected passing of Tony Waterman. To view the full obituary and a link to leave memories of Tony with the family , click here

Mark Your Calendars- 2014 Education Opportunties


Please mark your calendars for these fantastic upcoming education opportunities from KHCA/KCAL

2014 KHCA/KCAL Education Opportunities

Please contact our new Education Director, Polly Berkley, at with any questions related to education events.

KHCA Legislative Conference- CHANGE OF DATE


Mark your calendars for February 6th 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

Joint Provider Surveyor Training-QAPI and Root Cause Analysis


The Joint Provider Surveyor Training is upon us again.  The topic for this year is QAPI and Root Cause Analysis. 

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.

Why You Should Attend:

Joint Training of Kansas providers and surveyors was created with the goal of bringing together Kansas long term care professionals and state surveyors in a way that promotes interaction, growth and understanding. Each Joint Training features a deficiency area with the goal of educating providers and surveyors on acceptable standards of practice. The Kansas Health Care Association has worked closely with LeadingAge Kansas, the Kansas Adult Care Executives, and the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services to present this Joint Training session. KHCA is pleased to offer these two one-day sessions to discuss the importance of QAPI in long term care.

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. 

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.

Price: $75 before February 4th

          $100 after February 4th


February 18, 2014- Topeka- Register Online

February 19, 2014- Wichita- Register Online

KHCA Facility Standards and NAC Call Reminder- January 17, 2014


A reminder that the NAC and Facility Standards call will be January 17 at 10:30 am & 11:00 am respectively.


The call in number is:



Please review the following documents:

December Survey Review

December Findings

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.

2014 KHCA/KCAL Committees- Sign up


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

2014 Committee Sign up Form

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

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 extended to January 17, 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​.

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.

Observation Stays in the National Spotlight


The complex, yet very real, problem of observation stays continues to garner national attention from the American public. It its January 9 broadcast, NBC Nightly News aired a segment covering the Medicare issue. The piece, titled “The Two Words that Cost Medicare Patients Thousands,” warned of the financial implications for Medicare beneficiaries when a hospital stay is classified as “outpatient observation.”


The segment began with a cautionary statement for Medicare recipients: “[NBC Nightly News] is back with this new warning for everyone on Medicare. Specifically, it is about the words that appear on hospital forms and small differences in the fine print that could mean thousands of dollars in payments down the line.”


The news story comes on the heels of a recent opinion-editorial piece in The Hill, “Don’t Deny Seniors Nursing Care,” penned by AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson on behalf of the observation stays coalition.


Both pieces address the observation stay “loophole:” Acute care hospitals are increasingly classifying patients as receiving care referred to as observation services, which keeps them in an “outpatient” status, rather than admitting them as inpatients. Patients under observation are considered outpatients despite the fact that they may stay in a hospital bed for many days and nights receiving the same medical care that is provided to inpatients. Before Medicare will pay for skilled nursing care, a patient must first spend three days in an inpatient hospital stay. Time spent under observation in a hospital currently does not count toward that three-day minimum.


“At long last it seems that this complex issue is getting attention outside of the DC political sphere,” said Parkinson. “We will not tire of educating the public and policymakers on an issue that can impact beneficiaries everywhere.”


For more information about observation stays and the three-day stay requirement, visit the AHCA/NCAL website.

NACHA Fundraiser- Stepping Up for Quality


Mark your calendars now for NAHCA's annual fundraiser, Steppin' Up For Quality!

The theme for 2014 is 'Make Strides For Quality.' Steppin' Up For Quality is a February-long step-a-thon fundraiser to help provide quality education and development to the nation's frontline caregivers.

NAHCA Leadership Teams or individuals that collect over $1,000 will receive a free 2014 NAHCA Conference registration and one night stay at the conference hotel.

Pre-registration is not required but does assist NAHCA to track donations towards conference incentives.

For the registration brochure log onto:

Every step we take, leads to quality care.

To learn more, go to; or call Dane Henning at 417.623.6049.”