Issue: April 17, 2014

Published on April 17, 2014

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KHCA/KCAL Spring Quality Conference- April 22-23, 2014 in Manhattan- Last Chance!


Are you registered for the KHCA/KCAL Spring Quality Conference?  If not, now is your last chance to register!

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 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, and high quality education?

Register today!

KDADS Provider Issue Tracking Application- Are You Utilizing This Important Tool?


Are you having issues with your MCOs?  KDADS has built a web based tool for just this situation.  The information that you input in this tool goes directly to KDADS.  This will be your most effective means of communicating with KDADS on provider issues.  Start using this valuable tool today!

Link Provider Issue Tracking Tool

Survey Findings for March Released- *Updated Information*


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. 

Don't forget about the Facility Standards call this Friday, April 18, at 11am

Dial in at 1-888-450-5996 Passcode 946659#

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


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 Culture Change Coalition Board Nominations


The Kansas Culture Change Board is receiving nominations for new board members!!!!!

The Kansas Culture Change Coalition mission is to promote a culture that supports autonomy, dignity and diversity for Kansans as they age.
Kansas Culture Change Coalition is working to:
Advance person centered and person directed models of care in all settings

If you are interested in learning more about the board requirements, visit our website.  The application deadline is due May 9, 2014. 

Board Application

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

Physician Package- Tool Developed Under The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes


The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes has released a Physician Package tool. In this package:

Download Tool

Tip from UnitedHealthcare on Balancing an Remittance Advice

Author: Hayden Parker

A message from UnitedHealthcare regarding balancing a Remittance Advice (RA):

Here is our tip for the week on balancing an RA

Balancing a -$Paid Amount RA

Net Payable                       -$1490.90

Overpayment Amount    $-3333.20

Recovered Amount        $1209.30

Net Paid Amount             $0.00

$3333.20 is the total overpayment amount. If you add up all of the overpayments for this remit- it totals this amount. (look at the Summary of overpayments- remit date is 4/14 so look at all the new recoveries added to that list on 4/14). If you add up all of the overpayments listed by claim on the remit- it totals $2700.20. But if you look, there is no claim reversal for $633.00 to be seen in the body of the RA, however there was a claim# ending with "01" showing a payment in full, which prompted the original claim # ending with "00" to be listed and added into your Summary of overpayments. This is where the $3333.20 came from. $1209.30 was the actual paid amount on this RA. Take the $3333.20 minus the paid amount of $1209.30 minus the $633 since it wasn't listed as a claim reversal on the remit; this equals $1490.90.

You would review the Summary of overpayments page(s) to see which account (s) the $1209.30 needs to have the money transferred from providers accounting system to the paid claims account.

The claims that overpaid cannot be balanced at this time as they were setup as recoupments to be taken from future claim payments.

If providers would like they to make the recoupment process more timely with large amounts of recoupment funds, you are able to submit a check with a form showing which claims are being paid back in the form of the check.

Please contact your UHC Advocate if this is something you would like to do.

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

AHCA/NCAL 65th Annual Convention and Expo- October 5-8- Registration Now Open


Registration is now open for the 65th Annual AHCA/NCAL Convention and Expo in Washington, DC. The early bird deadline is July 18.

For full details on speakers, location, and to register, visit

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

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"

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 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