Issue: February 20, 2014

Published on February 20, 2014

Articles in this issue:

CMS National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes- KHCA/KCAL Office

Author: Hayden Parker

Join KHCA Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 1:00pm in the KHCA/KCAL conference room for this very special national provider call from CMS on the CMS National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing homes. This event is free and open to all providers. Plan to stay and discuss what’s happening in Kansas. Please RSVP to so we can have an idea of the number of people who will be joining us.


The CMS National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing homes was developed to improve dementia care through the use of individualized, comprehensive care approaches. The partnership promotes a systematic process to evaluate each person and identify approaches that are most likely to benefit that individual. The goal of the partnership is to continue to reduce the use of unnecessary antipsychotic medications, as well as other potentially harmful medications in nursing homes and eventually other care settings as well.

During this MLN Connects™ National Provider Call, a CMS subject matter expert will discuss the critical role of both state and federal surveyors in the implementation of the partnership. Additional speakers will be presenting on the importance of leadership, as well as the strong correlation that exists between proper pain assessment and antipsychotic medication use. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.


Target Audience

Consumer and advocacy groups, nursing home providers, surveyor community, prescribers, professional associations, and other interested stakeholders

January Survey Review


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

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

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

Mark You Calendars- 2014 Education Opportunties


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

Education Events

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

Webinar for LANE members on mechanics of completing medications goal tools.

Author: Hayden Parker

On March 3, 2014 there will be a webinar on the tracking tools and how to enter data. 

This train-the-trainer session is focused on helping LANE members understand the mechanics of entering data into the AE Tracking Tools and the steps needed to enter data on the AE website. We will practice using the Medications Goal.  Homework will be sent out the week before the webinar.  This webinar will be recorded, so if you sign up and then find you can't attend, don't worry, we'll send you a link to listen to at a later date.  Please make sure you have typed in your email address correctly.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Register now

Kansas ESF 8 Network Update

Author: Hayden Parker

KDHE has released its February Preparedness Program ESF 8 Newsletter. In this issue:

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AHCA/NCAL Current Best Practices Nutrion Webinar

Author: Hayden Parker

AHCA/NCAL recently had another installment in their nutritional webinar series.  Brenda Richardson, MA, RDN, LD, CD discussed the current best standards for nutrition in long term care.

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To view this webinar, and many others from AHCA/NCAL click here. 

The View From Washington- Insights from Mark Parkinson


Mark Parkinson shares his insights on Washington.

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