Nominations for the HHSC Music & Memory Program will be accepted through Jan. 13

There's still time to nominate your nursing facility for the HHSC Music & Memory program. HHSC has extended the nomination period for Phase III of the program to Jan. 13, 2017. Nominate your facility by completing this survey.

What is Music & Memory?

The nationally recognized Music & Memory initiative builds on research showing the positive effects of familiar music on brain activity. The program has been shown to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications in nursing facilities.

Since 2015, 267 facilities across Texas have participated in the DADS/HHSC Music & Memory program. By the end of 2018, this innovative program will have affected more than 10,000 nursing home residents.

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Last Chance to Attend Texas OASIS: Dementia Training Academy – Register Today

Register now for the Texas OASIS: Dementia Training Academy. This free, two-day event is hosted by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) in collaboration with Dr. Susan Wehry. The Academy focuses on dementia basics, including person-centered care; managing behaviors and alternatives to antipsychotic medications; assessments and care planning; sexuality in dementia; and cultural and socioeconomic considerations. Continuing education information is available on the registration website.

Dates and Locations

  • Jan. 18-19, 2017, Corpus Christi
  • Feb. 7-8, 2017, Edinburg

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Save the Date for Abuse Neglect and Exploitation (ANE) Academy

Mark your calendars now for the ANE Academy. The ANE Academy is a free two-day training event, offered in locations across the state beginning in May 2017. Participants will learn how to screen and prevent ANE, as well as how to improve environments that foster desensitization towards ANE. The training also includes strategies for improving staff awareness of subtle instances of ANE.

This ANE Academy is appropriate for all nursing facility staff, but is primarily designed and intended for front-line staff who provide direct care to residents. Registration will be available March 2017.

Dates and Locations

  • May 17-18, 2017, San Antonio
  • May 24-25, 2017, Dallas
  • June 14-15, 2017, Corpus Christi
  • June 21-22, 2017, Edinburg
  • June 28-29, 2017, Dallas
  • July 12-13, 2017,Houston
  • July 19-20, 2017, Abilene

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Nursing Facility Quality Review (NFQR) 2017

HHSC has contracted with The University of Texas at Austin for Nursing Facility Quality Review 2017. Nurse reviewers from the university's School of Nursing will visit about 1130 nursing facilities across the state to collect data for the NFQR. The onsite reviews will begin in later this month, and will continue through December 2017.

HHSC is legislatively mandated to assess the quality of care provided in Medicaid-certified nursing homes, and how satisfied the residents of those facilities are with their quality of life. The NFQR is the process used to fulfill this requirement. The nurse reviewers are not surveyors, nor are they quality monitors; however they are representatives of HHSC and must be allowed access to residents and their clinical records.

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