Issue: April 10, 2014

Published on April 10, 2014

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KHCA/KCAL Spring Quality Conference- April 22-23, 2014 in Manhattan- Batter Up!


Are you registered for the KHCA/KCAL Spring Quality Conference?  If so, you are in for an American pastime treat!

The first pitch has been thrown and the crack of the bat is being heard in ball parks across the land and the sounds and smells of spring are in the air (thankfully). Are you ready to enjoy an evening at the K-State ballpark?  Well, on Tuesday, April 22, Spring Quality Conference attendees and vendors are invited to come join us at K-State's baseball field for a fun evening of BBQ, baseball and networking.  You can enjoy the beautiful evening in beautiful Manhattan, KS.  The best part is that it is completely FREE, thanks to Warner Harrison and the LakePoint Group, for the food, and Key Rehab for the tickets!  Be sure to thank them for all they are providing!

So, are you ready for some baseball?

Register today!

Survey Findings for March Released


KHCA/KCAL Quality Consultant, Linda Farrar, has released the 2567 reviews for March.  What do these reports mean for you, the provider?  It summarizes all of the 2567 activity for the month of February and gives you information such as the average number of deficiencies, how many total tags there were, and the scope of severity of tags among many other pieces of information. 

Download March Survey Review
Download March Survey Findings

Help KHCA/KCAL Serve You Better


Help us here at KHCA/KCAL to serve you better.  Last week an employee update form was sent to your centers and homes to help us keep our constantly changing database up to date.  Our database is the key tool that we use to communicate information with you, our members.  Please complete this form and send it back to KHCA/KCAL. Upon receiving your form, we will follow up with a list of employees we have associated to your facility and ask for any corrections to be made.  Our end goal is to have email address for all Administrators, DONs and department heads for all of our member centers and homes.

You can:

Mail it to- 1100 SW Gage Blvd. Topeka KS, 66604

Scan it as an attachment to Cortni Hurst

Fax it- 785-267-0833

Download Form if you did not receive it.


Thank you for your assistance,

Hayden Parker
Director of Communications


ICD-10 Implementation Delayed- KHCA/KCAL Education Still Available



KHCA/KCAL will be holding an ICD-10 Training, May 20-21, 2014 in Topeka, KS Register Online Today

The changes are still coming.  Will you be ready?

The Senate approved a bill H.R. 4302 "Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014" which included a delay for ICD-10 implementation until 2015. The bill was signed into law on Tuesday following a 64 to 35 vote in the Democratic-led Senate on Monday, after the Republican-led House had approved the bill late last week. 

The inclusion of the ICD-10 delay in the bill came as a surprise to the industry because CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner stated one month ago that there would be no extension. The ICD-10 delay was only one paragraph of a larger bill mostly focused on postponing cuts in Medicare reimbursement to doctors that would otherwise be required under the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula. 

A one-year delay provides welcome breathing room for some organizations to further prepare for the ICD-10 transition. Numerous provider associations are encouraging operators to continue with their current ICD 10 training plans as the transition to this far reaching initiative has significant financial, clinical, quality and operational effects.

Many providers are asking, what is next?

Continue to improve clinical documentation processes, while building a strong foundation for process improvement knowing that ICD-10 is a measure of quality and will be critical to the new quality measures included in the H.R. 4302 bill.

PEAK Deadline Information



Registration for participation in PEAK 2.0 for fiscal year (July) 2014-15 is open now through April 30th. Instructions for enrollment can be found on the following webpage:

In addition to registration, current PEAK participants are readying for evaluations coming up in February and March. Evaluations are based on meeting criteria in 4 of the PEAK cores that each participating home wrote about in their action plan. A few homes plan to be screened for a full site visit. Full site visits (this is what qualifies people to be a person-centered care home) will occur in April-June.  

Kansas Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes Meeting- May 6, 2014, Hays, KS


The Kansas Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes is hosting an informational meeting to discuss dementia care in western Kansas and north central Kansas.  Dr. James Rider will present on improving dementia care with minimal use of antipsychotics.

Also attending and available to discuss the surveyors view of dementia care will be Audrey Sunderraj, Carol Scheffelbein, and Sue Hines from Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services.

The meeting will focus on "best practice" in caring for elders with dementia.

The meeting will be held on May 6, 2014 from 10am to noon at Via Christi Villages of Hays, 2401 Canterbury Dr, Hays, KS 67601.  Following the meeting a light lunch will be provided during the question and answer session.

Please invite your Medical Director to attend with staff to gain information from the perspective of another physician and medical director, Dr. Rider.  Dr. Rider is also the current President of Kansas Medical Directors Association.

In order to get some idea of appropriate provision of lunch, please send an email reply to:  We want to ensure there is plenty of food for all attendees.

The Partnership looks forward to seeing all of you on May 6th in Hays.

Please RSVP to Linda Farrar at

DCF LTC Round Table Meeting in Wichita- April 29, 2014

Author: * Published in KHCA/KCAL NEWS

Attention:  Nursing Facility Administrators/Social Service Administrators/Business Office Managers

The Wichita Region Department for Children and Families cordially invites you to attend our Long Term Care Providers Round Table Discussion.  Our time together will be held at Central Plains ADRC(2622 W. Central, Wichita, KS  67203) on April 29th, 2014 from 9:00-12:00 pm.  Please feel free to bring others from your facility that you feel will benefit from this opportunity.

We will address frequent questions/challenges that arise while caring for Kansans in need.  Also, we have requested our MCO's bring billing staff to discuss various and common questions that you have shared.  Our preliminary line up of presenters is listed below:

Billing Staff and Representatives from each MCO(UHC, AmeriGroup, Sunflower)

Adult Protective Services(FAS Teams)

ADRC(CARE Assessments)

KDHE(Policy and Process)

KDADS(Level of Care Scores/Waivers)

DCF Staff(Orange Team and Central Office)

The structure and presenters for this opportunity have been carefully chosen as a response to many questions and challenges that you and your colleagues have shared.  I believe you will definitely enjoy this opportunity and take applicable beneficial information back to your facilities.  We look forward to seeing you and offering support to each of you.

Please RSVP to Cortni at

Any questions? Contact Tammy at DCF

Upcoming AHCA Webinars


Attention all KCAL members.  Have you joined the National Patient Safety Organization (PSO) for assisted livings yet?  Haven't signed up yet because you don't know anything about it?  Well the upcoming AHCA/NCAL webinar is just for you, and it is free! Read more for details.

Having trouble implementing INTERACT in your facility?  Participate in on the "Sharing Advanced INTERACT Success!" free webinar and hear stories from four centers on how they implemented INTERACT.  Read more for details.

 *Upcoming Event – April 16, 2014

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – 1:00pm – 2:30pm(CT)

Webinar title: Improving Quality in Assisted Living: An Introduction to the National Patient Safety Organization for Assisted Living

Speakers:  Margaret Murphy Carley, JD, Long Term Care Consultant

                   Helen Crunk, RN, Assisted Living Consultant

                   Lindsay B. Schwartz, Ph.D, Director, Workforce and Quality Improvement

Registration Link:

Session Description: In 2013, NCAL began a collaboration with the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Patient Safety Organization (PSO) to collect clinical performance measures.  The National Patient Safety Organization for Assisted Living (PSO) officially launched in January 2014.  Patient Safety Organizations serve as a group of independent, external experts who collect and analyze data related to quality and patient safety. All PSOs are certified by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).   This exciting new collaboration will enable NCAL members to benchmark outcomes and process measures nationally.  By gaining access to this previously unavailable national data, assisted living communities can gain a better understanding of their unique strengths and weaknesses, and set specified improvement goals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand what a Patient Safety Organization is and background of PSOs
  2. Learn about how the National Patient Safety Organization for Assisted Living can help your community improve quality
  3. Understand what kind of data the PSO will be collecting and the tool that will be used to collect data


*Upcoming Event – April 22, 2014


Date & Time: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – 1:00pm – 2:00pm(CT)

Webinar title: Sharing Advanced INTERACT Success!

Speakers:  Pamela Zanes, Ed.M, BSN, RN, Senior Director of Care Transitions – Kindred Healthcare Shirley E.H. Barnes and Matt Topolski, CEO, Crest View Senior Communities Susan Peterson, RN, BSN, CHPN, Project Director, CareChoice Resident Centered Care Connections Misti Valentino, Senior Executive Director, Mi Casa Nursing Center

Registration Link:

Session Description: In this informative session, participants will have the opportunity to hear how four different organizations advanced the use of INTERACT within their setting. INTERACT has played a key role in helping many organizations reduce unnecessary hospitalizations. Ideas on how to use these tools, how to spread them throughout the organization, how to get buy–in, and the fabulous results of these determined leaders will be some of the stories you will hear.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discover ways to advance the use of INTERACT.
  2. Question leaders who have successfully implemented advanced INTERACT
  3. consider ways to advance INTERACT in participant’s setting

National Nursing Home Week- May 11-17, 2014



Celebrate a Hawaiian Theme for  National Nursing Home Week 2014

In Hawaii, the word "aloha" has a deeper cultural significance than a simple greeting or farewell.  In Hawaiian culture it is important to treat yourself and others with aloha, to interact with love and respect and joyfully share life. By applying this spirit of aloha to daily life, the people of Hawaii are encouraged to treat others with deep care, respect and humility, leading to individuals creating a better world. Key concepts of aloha spirit include unity, kindness, truthfulness, humility and patience.

National Nursing Home Week theme for 2014 

"Living the Aloha Spirit"

AHCA/NCAL Congressional Briefing- Registration Open


On May 20th and 21st, AHCA/NCAL hosts the annual Congressional Briefing in Washington, D.C. providing you with an excellent opportunity to meet with your Members of Congress and their staff.  You'll get an update on what's happening on the hill and hear from multiple speakers including key Members of Congress. 

See the complete agenda and learn more at

AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative Quarterly Update- One Month to Be Recognized


The AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative deadlines are quickly approaching.  Have you submitted your data to receive recognition yet?

In this quarters update:

To read about all the above stories, click here

CMS National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative Call- April 17, 2014 at 1 pm


CMS and The Kansas Foundation for Medical Care invite you to participate and continue their conversation about The National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative.

This is the seventh in a series of webinars.  The topic(s) will be: 

Please join them for the National NH Quality Care Collaborative all Stakeholder Call on April 17, 2014 from 1:00- 2:00 pm.

To participate by phone, call 866-901-2585. No access code is needed.

To participate via webinar on your computer:

1) Click or Copy and Paste this to your web browser:
2) Locate the event you wish to join
3) Click on Join Now (located to the right of the event title)
4) Enter your name and email address as prompted
5) Enter the password: Stakeholder

6) Dial in to the teleconference. The number is 866-901-2585. No access code is needed.

You may access the webinar up to 15 minutes prior to the presentation; this will help to ensure the automatic system set-up has been properly established on your computer.  If you have any questions or problems accessing the meeting, please call the General Dynamics Information Technology WebEx Helpline at 540-347-7400 x390.