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2018 Nursing Conference

9/13/2018 - 9/14/2018

, Lewis Center (near Columbus) , OH
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2018 Nursing Conference
September 13 - 14, 2018
Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
Columbus/Lewis Center, Ohio

Don't miss this year's Nursing Conference! This educationally loaded conference is packed full of cannot miss topics?

And don't forget, register 4 or more people from the same facility on line and save an additional 15%.

Top Reasons to Attend

* Industry Updates - Attendees will be given updates on state and federal regulations including survey, immediate jeopardies, and more. Including the MDS & Exception Review Update program.

* Hot Topics - A variety of topics of interest to nurses as well as administrators and other managers will be covered during the program. Attendees will be able to choose between a variety of concurrent sessions to address their most pressing needs.

* Networking - The conference provides a relaxed atmosphere to connect with peers, business partners, and industry experts to share problems and workable solutions.

* CEUs - up to 9.5 CEUs for administrators, CEALs, CEHCHs and nurses are available during this Conference.

Again this year! Association members registering for this conference will also receive a complimentary one day registration (a $169 value) to the Association's Annual Convention in May 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. The Annual Convention features over 100 educational sessions, a 300+ vendor trade show, CEUs and more! A great opportunity for you to experience both events!

Conference Location:
Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center, 100 Green Meadows Drive South, Lewis Center, OH 43035.
Each participant is responsible for his/her own lodging and dinner arrangements. We encourage you to make your hotel reservations as early as possible.

A limited number of rooms have been blocked at the rate shown. Please make your reservation no later than August 16. Mention you are attending the Nursing Conference offered by OHCA for the group rate. The hotel may have additional rooms available once all of the OHCA rooms are gone, but they may not be at the special rate, even if you contact them prior to the cutoff date.

Every room and suite includes complimentary wireless Internet access, VOIP Telephone with speakerphone and voicemail, pillow-top mattress, refrigerator, microwave and Keurig coffee makers. Free parking is available at the Conference Center.

Reservations can be made by calling (614) 880-4300 or via the hotel website at and entering your group access code 155472

Group Rate: $134.00 (king suite or queen/queen suite).

Schedule of Events:

Pre-Conference Bonus Sessions - September 13

Morning Bonus Session:
10:00 am - Check In; Session Begins at 10:30 am and concludes at 11:30 am.

Legal Issues in Nursing

This presentation reviews the purpose of the OBN laws and rules, where they are located, definitions of nursing liability and professional negligence, types of torts related to nursing care, identifying and reporting misconduct and the disciplinary process, and the rules and responsibility of delegation. The learner will be able to discuss the NPA, role of the OBN, and nurse's liability in resident care.

1. Discuss the Nurse Practice Act and the role of the Ohio Board of Nursing.
2. Review the definitions of law as they relate to nursing practice
3. Discuss liability and the most common nursing categories related to nursing malpractice
4. Review the rules of delegation
5. List the responsibility and liability of nursing supervisors
6. Discuss the mandatory reporting requirements for nursing supervisors

Presented by: Cathy Knopf, BSN, RN, Risk Management Consultant

Afternoon Bonus Sessions:
12:30 pm - Check In; Sessions Begin at 1:00 pm and conclude at 4:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions: Select One

1. Building Drama Free Teams in Healthcare: Best Practices and Case Studies for Less Stress, More Trust and Better Outcomes for Everyone

Creating an ownership culture that is free of the drama of victim thinking and blame assigning helps leaders at all levels improve employee engagement and retention and deliver better clinical and service outcomes. This interactive session provides case studies and evidence-based best practices along with training on specific leadership methods. Participants will practice Drama Free Team skills, and learn from fellow participants in small groups.

Participants will receive concrete, actionable tools and scripts to use immediately with their teams. Dennis will also provide several practical ways to get the most of your entire Conference experience based on methods taught by Disney Institute and Disney University.

The case studies and best practice solutions Dennis shares impact:
* Employee Engagement and Retention
* New Hire Orientation and Onboarding
* Meetings: Productivity, Efficiency & Effectiveness
* Better Resident Experiences and Satisfaction
* Personal Accountability, Ownership and Follow-Through
*Better Collaboration between Providers, Caregivers and Families

Presented by: Dennis McIntee, The Drama Free Guy

2. MDS and Exception Review Update 2018

CMS will be implementing significant changes to the MDS 3.0 beginning October 1, 2018. These changes will impact nearly every section of the MDS including: Section A (Identification Information), Section C (Cognitive Pattern), Section GG (Functional Abilities and Goals), Section I (Active Diagnoses), Section J (Health Conditions), Section M (Skin Conditions), Section N (Medications), and Section O (Special Treatments, Procedures, and Programs). During this session learn details of the changes, best practices for implementation, and the impact of the changes on your team and your community.

In addition to the MDS changes, Exception Reviews also continue. During this session, we will discuss the latest Exception Review trends. We will also discuss strategies to ensure accuracy of MDS documentation, and best practices to prepare for an Exception Review in your community.

Presented by: Tammy Cassidy, President, T. L. Cassidy & Associates, LLC
Maureen, President, Wern & Associates

Conference Schedule
September 14

7:30 am Check In & Continental Breakfast
During conference check in you will pick up your conference materials and name badge, catch up with colleagues, and enjoy coffee and pastries with select vendors.

8:00 am General Session - Requirements of Participation (RoP) Phase I, Phase II and Phase III - Updates and Overview

This session will highlight the changes outlined in the Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participation which intensely transforms the regulations for long-term care facilities. The speaker will review elements of Phase I, Phase II and Phase III Participation Requirements, with special attention to Person-Centered Care, QAPI, Trauma Based Care, Compliance and Ethics, along with Staffing and Competencies.

Presented by: Kris Mastrangelo, President & CEO, Harmony Healthcare International (HHI)

9:30 am Networking Break

9:45 am Concurrent Sessions

1. Successful Antimicrobial Stewardship - A Retrospective Analysis

This session will delve into a year-long, grant funded pilot of an evidence-based Antimicrobial Stewardship in a large skilled nursing facility from November 2016 - December 2017. The session also will include an overview of the regulatory expectations, the 'how-to' of development of the program, barriers the group encountered, key performance metrics kept, and ultimately, positive outcomes achieved.

Presented by: Mark Prifogle, Chief Executive, GrandView Pharmacy

2. Elopement: Are You Doing all You Can Do to Keep Residents Safe?

This past year has seen a significant increase in immediate jeopardy level deficiencies related to resident elopement, which can not only bring significant financial and enforcement remedies, but may also have criminal implications related to neglect. There is also an increase in residents with mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders who insist on leaving the facility unsupervised, which makes it difficult to balance resident rights with the facility?s obligation to keep a resident safe. This session will discuss practices to help avoid elopement of residents with cognitive impairments, as well as what to do when one occurs. Michele will also discuss strategies for balancing a resident?s right to leave the facility unsupervised in instances where staff have identified one or more safety risks.

Presented by: Michele Conroy, Partner, Rolf Goffman Martin Lang LLP

10:45 am Break

11:00 am Concurrent Sessions

3. Facility Assessment Staffing

Now that your Facility assessment staffing component has been completed you find yourself the position of defending your staffing model during Survey. In this session we will give you tips on how and why to update your staffing facility assessment. This session will also show you more options than simply using the. CMS template for your assessment. Additionally, some creative staffing tips will be discussed and some real life survey issues will be reviewed.

Presented by: Maureen Wern, Wern & Associates

4. Strategies for Care Planning Success

The care plan is the best way to ensure your resident?s voice is heard, but with all of the updated regulations and new features, such as baseline plans of care, how can you ensure quality plans of care and keep up with the guidelines? This session will guide the audience through the new requirements of participation as they relate to care planning. Tips for accuracy and efficiency will be provided, and examples of care plan elements, which highlight the resident?s voice, will be shared.

Presented by: Tammy Cassidy, President, T. L. Cassidy & Associates, LLC

12:00 pm Luncheon (included in your registration fee)
After a morning of learning, you?ve earned some time to unwind! Lunch has been provided to allow you to discuss the day's events with fellow nursing professionals, connect with some new friends, and share best practices!

1:15 pm Closing General Session: Survey, IJ's & Regulatory Update

This profession has had more changes in the last 2 years than it had in the last 20. The landscape of healthcare is changing, from regulations to survey, and it is getting more and more difficult to keep up. This session will start with details on the most recent survey citations and trends including immediate jeopardies. It will also feature interactive case studies to troubleshoot real life solutions to many of the issues facilities face today.

We have all asked ourselves, 'How would I respond to an immediate jeopardy citation? Does my team have the tools in place to avoid such a citation? What would we do if an active shooter situation occurred at our center?'

This highly informative and interactive session will send you home with practical tools and solutions.

Presented by: Shane Craycraft, RN, LNHA, Director of Clinical Operations, Health Care Management Group (HCMG) and Victoria Motolik, BSN, RN, CEAL, CDP

3:45 pm Adjourn
Tammy Cassidy, President, T. L. Cassidy & Associates, LLC
Ms. Cassidy has over 24 years of long term care management experience. This experience includes roles as Charge Nurse, Director of Nursing, MDS Coordinator, Corporate Clinical Compliance/Risk Manager and Vice President of Clinical Quality. Ms. Cassidy is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the State of Ohio. She has worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, specializing in MDS, as a DAVE2 surveyor. Ms. Cassidy is certified in gerontological nursing, and is a Certified Resident Assessment Coordinator through the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators. She received her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Miami University. A major focus of Ms. Cassidy?s is to raise awareness of the MDS process, correct coding, and reimbursement. She is the past president of OANAC (Ohio Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators) and served as a Senior Reviewer for the American Health Care Association Silver Quality Awards. She is also the proud recipient of the American College of Health Care Administrators, Ohio Chapter, 2017 Educator of the Year Award.

Michele Conroy, Partner, RN, BSN, JD, Rolf Goffman Martin Lang
Michele Conroy is partner at Rolf Goffman Martin Lang LLP, the Ohio Health Care Association?s legal counsel. Ms. Conroy is also a Registered Nurse, and has over 19 years of experience as a nurse, which provides her with a unique perspective on various issues affecting health care providers. Ms. Conroy concentrates her practice in regulatory compliance issues, such as survey & enforcement, licensure & certification, certificate of need, and Board of Nursing issues.

Shane Craycraft, Director of Clinical Operations, Health Care Management Group (HCMG)
Shane Craycraft has worked in the skilled Nursing profession for more than 20 years. His career began in 1995 as a Registered Nurse. While he maintains that license, Shane transitioned to the Administration side in 2002 and became a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. He currently is the Director of Clinical Operations for the Health Care Management Group, a multi-facility organization based in Cincinnati, OH. Shane has been active with the Ohio Health Care Association for many years. He has served in many capacities and is currently on the Board of Directors. He has also been active with the American Health Care Association and is currently on the AHCA Quality Improvement Committee.

Cathy Knopf, BSN, RN, Risk Management Consultant
Cathy is a risk management consultant for Risk Management Solutions. She manages an established senior living book of business in order to assist customers in minimizing exposure to professional liability lawsuits. She is responsible for scheduling risk management activities with assigned clients that include clinical and environmental risk assessments, education, mentoring, quick response review, action plan assistance, mock survey including survey preparedness, consulting services, and high-risk chart reviews among others. She served as a director of nursing for nearly 10 years, and has over 25 years of experience in the senior health care setting. She is a Resident Assessment Coordinator - Certified (RAC-CT) by American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC). She has presented educations regarding best risk management practices to professional organizations. Cathy continues to perform facility risk assessments, manage educational unit, conduct continuing education activity presentations, assist with pre-litigation management activities, and action plan development.

Kris Mastrangelo, President and CEO
Kris has more than 24 years of experience in the Health Care industry with a specialty in the Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Arena. An Occupational Therapist degree from Tufts University followed by a Master's in Business Administration from Salem State University coupled with a Nursing Home Administrator's License affords Kris an in-depth perspective into the nursing home industry. Initially providing direct care as an Occupational Therapist, Kris became familiar with the Medicare, Medicaid and HMO reimbursement systems. Her position evolved into the management of rehabilitation programs to Vice President of Operations for a national consulting company to Vice President of Reimbursement. Her experience includes the development and presentation of training modules (C.A.R.E.- Compliance, Audit, Analysis, Reimbursement and Regulatory an Efficiency) for independent owners to national organizations. Kris has owned and operated Harmony Healthcare international (HHI) for over 15 years. She proclaims that 'Our on-site and off-site medical record review process is the platform for C.A.R.E. optimization and systems improvement.' Kris and her team of HealthCARE Specialists are integral players in Payment Reform with significant contributions to the policy process. The inordinate amount of regulatory change is nearly impossible to digest and implement in the required timeframes. This changing regulatory climate was a driving force in Harmony Healthcare International's (HHI) mission of to distill, synthesize and educate owners and caregivers which in turn facilitates high quality outcomes and optimal care. Kris was appointed to and serves on the American Health Care Association (AHCA) Clinical Practice Committee (CPC).

Dennis McIntee, The Drama Free Guy, The Leadership Development Group
Dennis McIntee, aka The Drama Free Guy, is a change management consultant who loves training and speaking, and travels extensively working with leaders to uncover their personal and organizational constraints to building high-trust, high- performance cultures. The first 15 years of his career was in pastoral ministry in the U.S. and Europe. Over the past 12 years, Dennis' team of consultants have helped Cleveland Clinic, Cedars Sinai, Rush Presbyterian, Florida Hospital, Mt. Sinai, 1100 other healthcare facilities, including the largest US Urology Medical Practice with 109 physician providers.

Victoria Motolik is a seasoned veteran in the field of long term care and support services. Dedicating the majority of her professional career to its ongoing growth and development, she retired earlier this year from her position as the Vice President of Operations for a small Ohio based organization, and is currently dedicating her time to independent consulting and mentoring. She remains active on committees for the Ohio Health Care Association and is always striving to increase education and commitment to quality care. She was the 2016 recipient of the OHCA Presidents Award and in the past has also been honored with the Excellence in Public Health Nursing Award. Victoria is a graduate of Ursuline College, and remains a current member of Sigma Theta Tau. Victoria successfully completed the first CEAL certification program in Ohio in 2013. In 2017 she became a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Victoria's professional career has included a variety of single facility and regionally based positions. Her previous position had been held and executed for greater than ten years brining her total years of dedication to 33.

Mark Prifogle is the Chief Executive of GrandView Pharmacy. He is a licensed Comprehensive Health Facility/Nursing Home Administrator and a Certified Executive in Assisted Living (CEAL). He is the Executive Director of the Rhonda Eldridge Center for Healthy Aging, a 501?3 not-for-profit geriatric outcomes research center.

Maureen Wern, Wern & Associates, Inc.
Maureen Wern has been in long Term care for 40 years working in several positions from Floor Nurse to Executive Director of a 150 Bed SNF with a 75 bed AL. She founded Wern & Associates, a Long Term care consulting firm, in 1996. The firm focuses on several areas including MDS Education, Survey readiness audits, Quality Measure Management, Web Site development, Customer service Training and MDS Case Mix Management. Mrs. Wern is a nationally recognized Speaker serving as a Master Instructor for the NASPAC MDS certification program, a Board Member and an observer on the CMS STRIVE Task Force. She is currently on the Ohio Health Care Board of Directors, serves on the Executive Committee and Chairs the Convention Committee.

Continuing Education Credit:

This program offers up to 9.5 hours of continuing education credit for the following (September 13 - Bonus Preconference session features 1 category A credit in addition 3 hours are available; September 14 offers 5.5 hours):

Certified Executives for Assisted Living (CEAL): Day 1, September 13 offers 4 hours which can be used toward renewal of the CEAL certification.

Certified Executives for Health Care at Home (CEHCH): Day 1, September 13 offers 4 hours which can be used toward renewal of the CEAL certification.

Ohio Licensed Administrators: The Ohio Health Care Association is a preferred provider of continuing education credit by the Ohio Board of Executives of Long Term Services and Supports. Administrators can earn up to 9.5 hours of continuing education credit.

Ohio Nurses:
*Nurses please note any continuing education that has been approved by BELTSS (or any other accredited body) can be accepted by the Ohio Board of Nursing in the State of Ohio. Nurses may use this continuing education to meet their licensure requirements. Please refer to OBN continuing education rules 4723-14-01 thru 4723-14-19.
Registration Information:
What Is Included in My Full Conference Registration Fee?

Up to 9.5 hours of Continuing Education Credit
Bonus Preconference Sessions
Continental Breakfast (September 14)
Lunch Buffet (September 14)
Continuous refreshment service
Handouts of all education sessions

*Question: Can I register for the full conference rate and attend one day and send a co-worker the other?

Answer: No, full conference registration fees are available for one person to attend both days. You will each need to register at the one-day only rate. September 13 is included at no additional charge for those that register for September 14 (Full conference).

Full Conference Registration Fees with Payment by mail or fax:
(Includes pre-conference bonus session at no additional charge)

$155 prior to August 30
$185 August 30 and after

All Others:
$195 prior to August 30
$235 August 30 and after

*Register 4 or more people from the same organization on line and save an additional 15% off the fees above.

Pre-Conference Bonus Session ONLY
Registration Fees:

$85 prior to August 30
$125 August 30 and after

All Others:
$125 prior to August 30
$165 August 30 and after

*Register 4 or more people from the same organization on line and save an additional 15% off the fees above.

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