Issue: January 30, 2014

Published on January 30, 2014

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KHCA/KCAL Winter Legislative Conference- February 6, 2014


The 2014 KHCA/KCAL Winter Legislative Conference is just around the corner.  Don't wait to register.  We have a full day of high quality education lined up ranging from getting your facility involved in PEAK 2.0, to an update from Secretary Shawn Sullivan.  On top of the education, we want you to experience the Virtual Dementia Tour and interact with your legislators. 

You will begin your day at the Ramada Inn Downtown and will be shuttled to the Capitol for the Virtual Dementia Tour and Legislative Visits. Below is a guide that will help navigate the process.

  1. Find your legislator in advance and schedule and appointment to visit with him/her.  Use this link to help you find your Legislator.  Please contact us at if you are having trouble locating your legislator or setting up an appointment.
  2. Schedule your time for The Virtual Dementia Tour® when you arrive at the Ramada. Be sure to schedule this in conjunction with meeting your Legislator.   Shuttle Service from Ramada to the Capitol will be provided to the tour if you wish to take it.
  3. Enjoy the education opportunities being presented at the Ramada from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please help us make this a most successful and impactful “day under the dome”


Would you like more information? Please Download our brochure

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. For your convenience sessions are available in Topeka or Wichita.

Our two speakers this year are national trainers in the survey process.

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 and Root Cause Analysis 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

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Mark You Calendars- 2014 Education Opportunties


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


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

KHCA/KCAL 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.  Please note the deadline for submission of March 1, 2014

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

KDADS Releases Updated Lisiting of ADRCs


KDADS has released an updated listing of ADRCs in Kansas.  Please see the attached map.

Download ADRC Map

Life Safety Code 2012 Adoption Update From CMS


The Office of The Kansas State Fire Marshal's Office has received an update from CMS regarding questions our providers have had with the implementation of the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code. The following is the announcement:


Good Afternoon Everyone,

I have had several questions lately about the adoption of the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code, so I just thought I would drop everyone a note. The regulation adopting the 2012 edition of the LSC has moved to the Office of Management and Budget for review, and this is usually the last step before publication in the Federal Register.  They have a period of time, several months I believe, to review the proposed regulation and ask questions etc. so it still may take a while before it is published - but it is moving along.  As it is still under review, we are unable to discuss any content.

That is as up-to-the-minute as it gets. I will let you know as soon as I hear anything else.


AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Deadline





We are only nine days from the Bronze and Gold Quality Award Deadline.  Application for these two award levels must be submitted to the AHCA/NCAL Quality Award portal by 8pm EST on January 30, 2014. Silver Quality Awards are due February 27, 2014.

KHCA/KCAL firmly believes in the benefit of the Quality Awards, and encourages you to begin or pursue the next level in the National Quality Award program.  Begin the never ending journey of improving your quality today. 

To support our members, AHCA/NCAL has provided sample applications, video series addressing each level's criteria, and sample worksheets.  All of these materials are available on the Applicant Resources website.

Any questions regarding the program can be directed to

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​.

Sunflower State Health Plan Update to Recently Published Bullentin Regarding a Claim Project


Sunflower State Health Plan recently published this bulletin regarding a claim project to address multiple issues for LTC/NF providers.  Sunflower would like to add the following language to help clarify how providers will begin seeing these adjustments over the next several payment cycles:

Sunflower has initiated the batch reprocessing of the LTC claims to reconcile any NF rate adjustments and to reprocess waiver and LTC claims that did not have the necessary CO or PL applied.   During the adjustment process, some providers may experience a negative balance status due to the volume of claims currently being adjusted.  Please be advised these negative balances should be reconciled in the next couple check runs as the adjusted claims are finalized.