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Delivering Trauma Informed Care is Vital in Long Term Care<p><span class="rollup-image"></span>Trauma Informed Care (TIC) is an approach to care that requires specific staff competency and a system of care delivery that provides the necessary support to care for nursing facility and assisted living residents who may suffer from trauma.</p><div aria-labelledby="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl01_label" style="display&#58;inline;"><div>TIC also is a regulatory requirement for skilled nursing facilities. At least eight CMS F-tags cover various aspects of TIC making compliance with this critical form of care vital to nursing facility survey success and quality care.&#160;</div></div><span class="rollup-image"></span><p></p><div aria-labelledby="ctl00_PlaceHolderMain_ctl02_label" style="display&#58;inline;"><div>The recently released <a href="https&#58;//educate.ahcancal.org/products/trauma-informed-care-training#tab-product_tab_overview" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank" style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">Trauma Informed Care Training</a> contains simple foundational steps and practical recommendations for implementing a TIC program that can help improve resident outcomes. Individuals will learn how to screen and assess for trauma and incorporate TIC into the discharge process. There also is a focus on building awareness of TIC among staff to help them deliver appropriate care and deliver meaningful activities and other services from a TIC perspective.</div><div><br></div><div>This nine-module online course was developed through a joint collaboration between AHCA/NCAL and the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN).&#160; The training is designed to educate long term care providers and nurses about how to implement TIC in their facilities with staff who are appropriately trained and competent to care for residents who are at risk for re-traumatization.&#160;</div><div><br></div><div>TIC is an important aspect of care given that 62 percent of adults have had at least one traumatic event and 25 percent have had three or more traumatic events.&#160;&#160;&#160;</div><div><br></div><div>The cost of the program is $350 for AHCA/NCAL members and $650 for non-members. The program is approved for 5.75 NAB CEs for administrators and 5.10 AANC continuing education hours for nurses.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Members will need to login to <em>ahcancalED </em>with their AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords to <a href="https&#58;//educate.ahcancal.org/products/trauma-informed-care-training#tab-product_tab_overview" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank" style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">register for the course</a><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">.</span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">&#160;</span><span style="font-size&#58;11pt;">For assistance obtaining usernames and passwords, members should e-mail <a href="mailto&#58;educate@ahca.org" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank" style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">educate@ahca.org</a> with their name and facility contact information.&#160; <br></span></div></div>2022-01-12T05:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/740%20x%20740/senior_hands_cane.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />Caregiving;WorkforceTrauma Informed Care (TIC) is an approach to care that requires specific staff competency and a system of care delivery that provides the necessary support to care for nursing facility and assisted living residents who may suffer from trauma.
AHCA/NCAL's Parkinson Named "Most Influential" <p>Mark Parkinson, president and chief executive officer of American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) is one of Modern Healthcare’s <a href="https&#58;//www.modernhealthcare.com/awards/2021-most-influential-healthcare-mark-parkinson" data-feathr-click-track="true" target="_blank">“100 Most Influential People in Healthcare”​</a> for 2021. This is Parkinson’s second consecutive year on the list.</p><p>Parkinson was recognized for his efforts leading the charge to “fund and protect the 14,000 skilled-nursing facilities and assisted-living centers his organization represents during the pandemic.”</p><p>A quote from Parkinson was featured in the piece&#58;</p><blockquote><p><span class="ms-rteStyle-Emphasis"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">“The key is for leadership to not panic. Instead, we need to assess the real damage, what can be done to repair it and develop a plan to move forward. Leaders who articulate that plan, work it and stay steady while reassuring their team that there is a way out will shine during a crisis.”</span></span></p></blockquote><p>Parkinson was previously the governor of Kansas as well as owner/operator of multiple long term care facilities. He also appeared on the list in 2015.</p>2022-01-10T05:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/740%20x%20740/MPark_convention.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />QualityParkinson named to top list for 2021.
Deadline Approaching for National Quality Award Applications<p style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong><img src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/QualityAward1_logos.jpg" alt="" style="margin&#58;5px;width&#58;526px;height&#58;423px;" /><br><br></strong></p><p style="text-align&#58;center;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-9-0"><a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/Quality/National-Quality-Award-Program/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">​​​Application Deadline&#58; Thursday, January 27, 2022</a></strong></p><div>The National Quality Award application deadline is quickly approaching. If applicants have not done so already, Quality Award staff encourage providers to download and review the following essential resources to help submit an application before the deadline on Thursday, January 27, 2022, by 8 p.m. Eastern.&#160;​</div><div><br></div><h2 style="text-align&#58;center;"><a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/Quality/National-Quality-Award-Program/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-2" style="font-size&#58;20pt;">APPLY TODAY!</strong></a></h2><p><br></p><p>The following resources are available on the <a href="https&#58;//www.ahcancal.org/Quality/National-Quality-Award-Program/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">National Quality Award website</a>.</p><ul><li><strong>Month-by-Month Action Plan &amp; Key Dates</strong> - Bronze, Silver, Gold</li></ul><p><em>A month-by-month break d​o​wn of where applicants should be in the application process. </em><br></p><ul><li><strong>Criteria Video Series</strong> - Bronze, Silver, Gold</li></ul><p><em>Short videos, each covering an individual question or category in the Criteria to help applicants work through the application. ​</em></p><p></p><ul><li><strong>Quality Award Survey Requirements</strong></li></ul><p><em>These survey requirements provide SNF applicants information on whether they currently meet the survey requirements to receive a Quality Award. A full description of the survey requirements at each level is available in the application packet.</em></p><p></p><ul><li><strong>Silver and Gold Scoring Calibration Guidelines </strong></li></ul><p><em>Only for Silver and Gold applicants, the scoring guidelines are tools that Examiners utilize to score the applications. Applicants can use these to understand the demands of the various scoring ranges. </em><br></p>2022-01-07T05:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/740%20x%20740/QualityAward_logos.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />Quality AwardsQuality Award deadline is Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022. Review the resources to help submit an application before the deadline.
AHCA, NCAL Release Statement on Vaccine Mandate Injunction <p>The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) have released the following statement regarding the United States District Court in the Western District of Louisiana issuing a nationwide injunction on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers. <br></p><p>The statement is attributable to Mark Parkinson, AHCA/NCAL president and chief executive officer. <br></p><p>“We appreciate the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Louisiana issuing this injunction. We have always supported vaccinating as many residents and staff as possible. However, we are deeply concerned that the current mandate issued by CMS will cause nursing homes to lose staff at a time when we are already grappling with a historic labor crisis,” Parkinson said.</p><p>“We continue to urge CMS to allow a regular testing option for unvaccinated staff and, therefore, support any legal remedy or CMS action that would bring about this solution.” <br></p><p>There are currently four active cases regarding the CMS interim final rule staff vaccine mandate&#58; the Louisiana litigation, which was filed by a 14-state group, the Missouri litigation filed by 10 states, and individual cases filed by the states of Florida and Texas. Florida’s request for a preliminary injunction was denied by the District Court last week and is being appealed. A hearing in the Texas case is scheduled for Dec. 2.</p><p>While the interim final rule is, as of Dec. 1, prevented in all states from going into effect, Medicare providers should continue to prepare to have policies and procedures ready so that if the government’s arguments prevail, they can be quickly implemented, AHCA/NCAL said. As employers, providers should consider what policy they want to have in place until a government mandate requires it, which is not certain, the association said.<br></p>2021-12-01T05:00:00Z<img alt="" src="/Breaking-News/PublishingImages/740%20x%20740/0220_News1.jpg" style="BORDER&#58;0px solid;" />COVID-19;PolicyJoanne EricksonAssociation supports vaccination for nursing homes, but fears critical loss of staff members under current mandate.