Issue: July 17, 2014

Published on July 17, 2014

Articles in this issue:

KHCA/KCAL Nurse Leadership Conference


Time is running out to register for the upcoming Nurse Leadership Conference in Topeka.  This special conference is for nurses from ALL long term care providers.  KHCA/KCAL has a great line up of presenters including national leadership speaker Christopher Ridenhour.  Skilled Nursing home nurses will find valuable information on all three days.  Nurses from state licensed only homes will find pertinent information on the last two days and are eligible for a special price.    Click here to download brochure and click here to register.



Let's Get Congress To Your Buildings!


We need to get ongress out to your buildings.  KHCA/KCAL is looking for hosts to visit with your Representative. 

AHCA President Mark Parkinson wants us to invite every Member of Congress to tour a facility this year and with Congress out from August 5 – Sept 5, we have a prime opportunity, not to mention the fall when they’ll be in the district.

We would like to identify some centers/administrators/owners for your Congressional delegation to schedule the tours.

Congressman Tim Huelskamp- District 1

Congressman Mike Pompeo- District 4

Congressman Kevin Yoder- District 3

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins- District 2


Please let Cindy know if this is something you would like to be a part of. You can reach Cindy at or 785-267-6003.

June Survey Review and Findings from Linda Farrar/ Facility Standards Call, July 18, 11am


Linda Farrar, LNHA, RN, has released her survey results and findings for the month of June.  Review the provided information, and plan on being on the Facility Standards Call next is tomorrow, Friday, July 18 at 11am. The  Nursing Advisory Committee call will begin at 1030 am.

View Linda's Detailed Survey Analysis

June Findings

June Survey Review

Call in information:



KHCA/KCAL Needs Your 2567


Beginning July 1, 2014 KDADS is no longer providing KHCA/KCAL with facility 2567s. This data has been so important to our facility standards committee because of Linda Farrar’s outstanding analysis of the survey results. We want to continue this timely reporting but can only do this with your help. Please email your 2567 to when you receive it. We recognize that there may be future revisions to the data but the analysis of the initial findings is key to educating our members on survey trends and ways to avoid deficient practice. For questions, contact Cindy Luxem at 785-267-6003. Thank you for helping us provide the best quality information to all of you.

HCBS Final Rule


KDADS officials have been hosting meetings across the state this week seeking public comments on the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Final Rule and Transition Plan. States participating the in the HCBS program must submit and plan to CMS that details their efforts to allow participants in the Medicaid waiver programs to live in settings of their choice in the lest restrictive manor possible. Of special interest to KCAL is the Frail Elderly waiver which addresses consumers 65 years and older.

KDADS in cooperation with Wichita State University is conducting a survey of current HCBS providers. The information isgathered is designed to help the department design the transition plan and give providers a first step in proving that they meet HCBS appropriate standards as outlined in the final rule. Although the survey listed a deadline for completion as May 30, 2014, KDADS is encouraging providers to complete the survey if they have not done so. Commissioner Joe Ewert said, “Please encourage your members to complete them.  It is looking more likely that we will use the results of those surveys to identify which facilities need on site visits.  Will likely have to visit all facilities that don't provide us a survey with information that allows us to weed them out of the heightened scrutiny category.”

Click here to complete the survey.

Click here for a look at the AHCA/NCAL analysis of the Final Rule and here for NCAL’s report

Click here for comments from KHCA/KCAL’s general Council Harvey Tettlebaum from HuschBlackwell.

More Than Half of SNFs Nationwide Have Not Accessed PEPPER


TMF Health Quality Institute, the organization that distributes the Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER), has announced that 7,363, or 49 percent, of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) have accessed their PEPPERs as of June 30, 2014.

The PEPPER is a valuable tool for monitoring Medicare program compliance. It allows SNFs to identify areas where they may be outliers and determine risk associated with Medicare reimbursement. Identifying risk is the first step in preventing a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) medical review and potential recoupment of funds.

If you have not accessed your SNF PEPPER, visit and follow the instructions below.

The CEO, president or administrator should:

  1. Review the Secure PEPPER Access Guide.
  2. Visit the Secure PEPPER Access page at
  3. Review the instructions and obtain the information required to authenticate access.
  4. Click the button to access the Secure PEPPER Portal.
  5. Complete all the fields.
  6. Download your PEPPER as a Microsoft Excel file.

The previous release of the PEPPER (version Q4FY12, released in 2013) will be available via the Secure PEPPER Portal in early August 2014. Another email notification will be sent when it is available.

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KHCA/KCAL Annual Convention and Trade Show Registration Open! Register Now!


Passport to Quality!

Embark on a journey around the world as we seek the highest quality care!

Registration for the 2014 KHCA/KCAL Annual Convention and Trade Show in Wichita, Kansas, October 22-24, now open!


Convention pricing is as follows:

For ONE TRANSACTION per member facility: $300 for the first attendee, $150 for every subsequent attendee

$50 for unlicensed direct care staff (does not include administrative corporate staff)



Register Online Today!!


Click here to secure your hotel room!

If you need additional assistance from the Hyatt Regency, please call 1-888-421-1442

2014 KHCA/KCAL Awards Nomination Packets Now Available



64th Annual Convention & Trade Show

2014 Awards Nomination Packet are now available.

Winners will be honored in Wichita, KS on Thursday, October 23, 2014.

The 2014 Award and Recognition Program will be one of our best yet!  Our yearly awards ceremony is just a small way of honoring some of the great men and women that we work with throughout the year.  Please take the time from your busy schedules to nominate folks from your home.

Thank you,

Fred Benjamin, KHCA Chairmen

Shelley Gromer, KCAL Chair

Have an employee you want to nominate?  Click here to download the nomination packet with details!

New LTC TrendTracker is Coming- Make Sure You're Ready


This coming October, LTC Trend Tracker will receive a brand new upgrade! AHCA aims to make this free member resource easier for users to navigate, along with a more modern online look. This means the current platform will no longer be available to users starting October 31, 2014.

During this transition, members should take the following actions to prepare for the switch:

Account Administrators

Please verify your organization and user lists. These lists were sent out to organization account administrators in May. Please contact to receive your list.

Also, all current username and passwords will be changed at launch. So, please send us your information so you can log in in October. If we don’t receive verification from you, you will not be able to access the site.

Corporate Users

If you use the system for incentive purposes for staff, please download the data before October 31, 2014 for your organization.

All Users

New data will not be updated in the current LTC Trend Tracker system as of September 30, 2014.

There will be a new login in page for LTC Trend Tracker beginning on or around October 10. Please ensure you've bookmarked This will allow you to keep up with important updates to the upgrade.

AHCA and the LTC Trend Tracker team are looking forward to the launch of the new system in October. If you have any questions or need further information on this please email

AHCA’s Peggy Connerton will be back in Kansas during the Oct 22-24, 2014 KHCA/KCAL Convention and Tradeshow to roll out the new system and to help providers get the most out of LTC Trend Tracker.


Wichita Medicaid 101 Seminar- September 3rd


Please take a moment to look at the following comments from Tammy Thomas of DCF regarding the upcoming Medicaid 101 Seminar in Wichita on September 3rd.


As you know, many folks attending the DCF LTC Round Table earlier this year expressed a desire for DCF to move forward with a Wichita Medicaid 101 Seminar.  With this opportunity, we will focus on the Medicaid application.  We’ll start on page 1 and go line x line through the entire app.  DCF Supervisory staff will define/discuss what it means to be a “responsible person”, a “facilitator”, and income vs. resources.  We will also discuss spousal impoverishment with division of assets, revocable and irrevocable trusts, real estate, life insurance, facilities becoming Rep Payee for SS benefits, etc.  A presentation regarding FAS Teams will also be provided followed by extensive Q&A for all presentations.

It is our privilege to spend this time with you and provide relevant accurate information as you care for Kansans in need. Please see the information below with date, time, location, as well as RSVP contact.  Feel free to contact me with any questions or needs.


WHAT:  Wichita Medicaid 101 Seminar

TOPIC:  Medicaid Application

WHEN:  September 3, 2014 9-12:00 pm

WHERE:  Midway Kansas Chapter American Red Cross, 1900 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67214

RSVP:  Lesa Campbell, DCF Exec. Asst., (913)826-7333, or


Want To Serve on The Governor's Senior Advisory Council Subcommittee on KanCare?


James Bart, Director of Managed Care for KDADS is seeking individuals to fill vacant spots on The Governor's Senior Advisory Council, subcommittee on KanCare.  The vacant spots are for long term care consumers, or family members of consumers.  The meetings occur quarterly and are typically held in Topeka.  The first meeting is next Wednesday, July 16th at 10am. If you are interested, please contact James at with any questions regarding this committee or the application process. 

Long Term Care Magazine Announces Crowdsourcing Issue


Provider magazine, an award-winning publication for long term and post-acute care professionals, announced today a new crowdsourcing initiative--By You, For You--that will spotlight the personal accounts of how staff, owners, and residents tackle the daily challenges and joys of care. Those living or working in a long term or post-acute care facility, such as a skilled nursing or assisted living center, are invited to submit articles, case studies, poems, short stories, or resident artwork to be featured in the December issue. 

“The long term and post-acute care world is filled with untold stories about improving the lives of others,” said Mark Parkinson, AHCA President and CEO. “Our caregivers support the daily achievements of our residents, and, in turn, residents enrich their lives in numerous ways. I’m personally looking forward to reading their stories, sharing their insights, and being inspired.”

Readers are invited to submit their stories in the categories of caregiving, technology, management, human resources, design, quality, culture change, and person-centered care. Resident artwork, personal narratives, and poetry are also welcome.

Submissions can be made via Provider’s website, at, or its Facebook page, at For more information about contributing to this issue, including promotional giveaways and other updates, follow Provider on Twitter @ProviderMag, “like” them on Facebook, or contact Managing Editor Meg LaPorte at 202-898-2845 or

2014 AHCA/NCAL Convention and Expo- Early Bird Deadline is Tomorrow, Friday, July 18


AHCA/NCAL 65th Annual AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo


The early bird deadline is tomorrow, Friday, July 18 so don't delay! 
Register now and save!


Join thousands of long term and post-acute care professionals at National Harbor on the banks of the Potomac River, just outside Washington, D.C., October 5-8. Don't wait-register today and get the maximum discount available.
The AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo offers more than 60 education sessions with top-rated speakers from the field and from academia, special constituency events for targeted learning, plenty of networking opportunities, and one of the largest Expos supporting your special business needs. Our keynote speakers this year include Colin L. Powell, U.S.A. (Ret.), and Captain Richard Phillips. Pat Benatar and Neil "Spyder" Giraldo will headline the Gala Dinner & Show! Enjoy all this as well as access to the historic surroundings of our nation's capital.

Register at or Early bird registration ends July 18.