Issue: February 13, 2014

Published on February 12, 2014

Articles in this issue:

Medicalodges Goddard Wins Top Honor at AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium in New Orleans- Other KHCA/KCAL Facilities Recognized

Author: Hayden Parker

On February 11, 2014 in New Orleans at the AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium, Medicalodges Goddard was one of a small group of centers nation-wide that were honored for their achievement of all four quality initiative goals in one year.  This honor truly exemplifies the dedication to quality of our member buildings.  Congratulations Medicalodges on your high achievement.

Other KHCA/KCAL centers that met one to three of the quality initiatives include:

Brookside Retirement Community

Country Care, Inc.

Diversicare of Council Grove

Diversicare of Sedgwick

Galena Nursing & Rehab Center 

Garden Terrace at Overland Park

Golden LivingCenter - El Dorado

Golden LivingCenter - Neodesha

Golden LivingCenter - Springhill

Golden LivingCenter - Wakefield

Golden LivingCenter - Wellington

Highland Healthcare & Rehab Center

McCrite Plaza Health Center

Medicalodges Fort Scott

Medicalodges Gardner

Medicalodges Jackson County

Medicalodges Kansas City

Medicalodges Leavenworth

Medicalodges Pittsburg

Medicalodges Post Acute Care Center

Medicalodges Wichita

Sandpiper Healtcare & Rehabilitation Center, LLC

Speciality Hospital of Mid-America

Tonganoxie Nursing Center

Wellsville Manor


KHCA/KCAL is incredibly proud of our members and their achievement.  We plan on having even more achievers next year, and want to support and offer any assistance to any members wishing to achieve these goals. 

January Survey Review

Author: Hayden Parker

KHCA/KCAL's consultant, Linda Farrar, has released her analysis of the 2567's for January. Please take advantage of this invaluable resource that is provided to you.

Download full analysis here

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: $100

February 18, 2014- Topeka- Register Online

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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

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.

Meetings Scheduled for KanCare Members With Certain Chronic Conditions

Author: Hayden Parker

Meetings scheduled for KanCare members with certain chronic conditions

TOPEKA—Kansas Medicaid has scheduled Health Homes meetings for a specific group of KanCare members and their families. KanCare members with certain chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma or mental illness are invited to one of several meetings scheduled in 16 Kansas cities between March 3-12.

A Health Home is a comprehensive and intense method of care coordination and is a service that will begin under KanCare starting in July. (A Health Home is not a building or a place for someone to live.) Health Homes integrate and coordinate all services and supports to treat the person across the lifespan. In KanCare, Health Homes will be a partnership between the managed care organizations and the health home partners, which can include many different types of providers, e.g., doctors, clinics, community mental health centers, and community developmental disability organizations.

These meetings are free and will be an opportunity for this specific group of KanCare members to learn about Health Homes and ask questions.
If you are not in KanCare or don’t have chronic conditions like diabetes, asthma or mental illness, you will not be in a Health Home. Space at these meetings is limited and is offered to KanCare consumers only. Providers will have separate, ongoing webinars and conferences on the implementation of Health Homes. 

Special Assistance at Meetings: Members needing special assistance for a meeting (like a sign language interpreter or handouts in Braille) should contact Cindy by calling 785-296-4753 or emailing Transportation to the meetings is not available.
Details: Two meetings will be held on the same day at each location on this educational tour.  At each location, there will be an afternoon meeting and an evening meeting. Members should only attend one meeting.  Afternoon meetings are from 1-3 p.m. Evening meetings are from 6-8 p.m. Dates and locations are below.

For the location closest to you, come to either the 1 p.m. meeting or the 6 p.m. meeting. Members should only attend one meeting.
Monday, March 3, 2014:                                            Tuesday, March 4, 2014:
Dodge City Public Library                                           Finney County Historical Museum
1001 North 2nd Avenue                                               403 South 4th Street
Dodge City, KS 67801                                                Garden City, KS 67846
                                                                                    (Please enter on the north side)
Wichita Public Library                                                 Barton County Community College
Central Location                                                          Library Room 116
223 South Main                                                           245 Northeast 30th Road
Wichita, KS 67202                                                      Great Bend, KS  67530
Winfield Community Center                                        Holiday Inn Express
700 Gary                                                                     4011 Parkview Drive   
Winfield, KS  67156                                                    Pittsburg, KS  66762 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014:                                    Thursday, March 6, 2014:
Colby Community College                                          Sternberg Museum of Natural History
Student Union, Rm 109                                               3000 Sternberg Drive
1255 South Range                                                      Hays, KS  67601
Colby, KS  67701
Cloud County Community College                              Pathfinder Recovery Center
Cook Theatre                                                              1809 South Ohio
2221 Campus Drive                                                    Salina, KS  67401
Concordia, KS 66901
City Building                                                                Emporia State University
Alliance Room                                                             Student Union, 2nd Floor Room #MU216
101 South Lincoln                                                       1200 Commercial Street
Chanute, KS    66720                                                  Emporia, KS  66801
Tuesday, March 11, 2014:                                        Wednesday, March 12, 2014:
Blue Valley Library                                                      Highland Community College
Blue Valley Library Meeting Room                              Dining Room
9000 West 151st Street                                               1501 Riley Street
Overland Park, KS  66221                                          Atchison, KS  66002
South Branch Public Library                                       Kansas Historical Society
3104 Strong Avenue                                                   6425 Southwest 6th Avenue
Kansas City, KS  66106                                              Topeka, KS  66615

Office of the Kansas State Fire Marshal Newsletter


The Office of The Kansas State Fire Marshal has released its January/February newsletter. To download and enjoy, click below. 

January/February Trumpet

The View From Washington- Insights from Mark Parkinson

Author: Hayden Parker

Mark Parkinson shares his insights on Washington.

See full message here

AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Deadline





Application for the 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

New IRS Premium Tax Credit- Electronic Brochures


There are two new electronic products for the premium tax credit now available on the website.  They have published a one-page electronic flyer (Publication 5120) and an electronic trifold brochure (Publication 5121).

Facts about the Premium Tax Credit: Your Credit, Your Choice - Get It Now or Get It Later

Facts about the Premium Tax Credit