Register Now for the Transition to Practice for Nurses in the Nursing Facility Setting Academy

Registration is now open for the Transition to Practice Academy. This free, 3-day training program is designed to increase the readiness for practice of registered nurses and licensed vocational nurses in Texas who are new graduates or who are transitioning to a long-term care facility from another practice setting.

The program comprises 8 modules that cover topics related to resident care while promoting their wellness and safety. The training will improve the nurse’s ability to provide safe care as a member of the healthcare team and to become an agent for health care improvement. Additionally, this training program will give attendees important information on state and federal rules and regulations that cover nursing in the long-term care setting.

Upcoming dates and locations

  • Nov. 7–9, 2017, Abilene
  • Dec. 5–7, 2017, Dallas

To see additional dates and locations, visit the Transition to Practice website.

Email questions to QMP@hhsc.state.tx.us.

Register Now for Texas OASIS HCBS Training Academy

Registration is now open for the Texas OASIS HCBS Training Academy. Attendees of this free, 2-day conference will receive in-depth information on dementia care, the Texas OASIS training manual, a flash drive with the training materials and the DVD “Bathing Without a Battle.”

Who should attend?

Staff in home- and community-based settings, including assisted living facilities, day activity and health services, adult foster care, or Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly. Home health workers, direct service workers and family caregivers will also find this training beneficial.

Dates and locations

  • Dec. 13-14, 2017 – Austin         
  • Feb. 15-16, 2018 - Houston
  • Mar. 21-22, 2018 - El Paso   
  • Mar. 27-28, 2018 - Edinburg
  • Mar. 29-30, 2018 - Laredo
  • Apr. 18-19, 2018 - Houston     
  • Apr. 25-26, 2018 - Abilene
  • May 9-10, 2018 - San Antonio
  • May 16-17, 2018 – Corpus Christi
  • May 23-24, 2018 – Fort Worth

Email questions to QMP@hhsc.state.tx.us  

Save the Date – PASRR in the Nursing Facility: Putting the Pieces Together

HHSC is sponsoring this free, 2-day training event that will give nursing facility staff information and resources to help them care for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness or both.

Participants will learn about Preadmission Screening and Resident Review, and those affected by it. The training will also provide information on state and federal regulations that cover PASRR and describe settings that can serve those affected by PASRR.

Who should attend?

Nurses, nursing facility administrators, activity directors, therapists (physical, occupational and speech), social workers, ombudsmen, CNAs, PASRR professionals, managed care organizations, local intellectual and developmental disability authorities, and local mental health authorities.

Dates and locations

  • Jan. 31–Feb. 1, 2018, Corpus Christi
  • Feb. 6–7, 2018, Laredo
  • Feb. 21–22, 2018, Houston
  • March 7–8, 2018, Abilene
  • March 21–22, 2018, Austin
  • March 27–28, 2018, San Antonio   
  • April 3–4, 2018, Tyler
  • May 1–2, 2018, Fort Worth

Registration begins November 2017. For more information email QMP@hhsc.state.tx.us.

Center for Excellence in Long-Term Care Update

Phase III Transition to Practice is now available on the Center for Excellence in Long-Term Care website. In this series, an array of educational opportunities are available for new nurses and those transitioning to long-term care from other practice settings.

Also available on the website are archived presentations on topics such as sleep and aging, promoting person-centered care in patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities, antibiotic stewardship, and pain in geriatric care.

NFQR Data Collection Continues through December

HHSC has contracted with The University of Texas at Austin for Nursing Facility Quality Review 2017, ongoing through December. Nurse quality reviewers from the School of Nursing are visiting Medicaid-certified nursing facilities across the state to collect data for the project.

The nurse quality reviewers are not surveyors, nor are they quality monitors; however, as contracted agents of HHSC, they have HHSC authorization to perform interviews and assessments, as well as to review and obtain copies of specific clinical documents. This process meets all requirements of HIPAA privacy rules.

Nurse quality reviewers have identification badges from The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, as well as an introductory letter that explains their role. The letter also outlines the nursing facility’s responsibility to cooperate with the data-collection process as a condition of participation in the Medicaid program.

Information about the NFQR process and links to previous reports can be found on the QMP website. The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing NFQR webpage also includes photos of the nurse quality reviewers who are conducting the visits.

Questions regarding the NFQR can be emailed to QMP@hhsc.state.tx.us.

QIPP Update

The first round of the QAPI Component One transmissions has occurred, but many facilities still have questions. Below are questions that have been received, and the answers to those questions.

QIPP QAPI Validation Report Forms

Q: What should the title of my QAPI Validation Report form include?

A: The title of the QAPI Validation Report form file must include:

  • Facility name
  • Date of the QAPI meeting
    • Example: Stoneybrook Manor, September 2017

Q: Where should I send my QAPI Validation report form?

A: MCS_QIPP_QAPI@hhsc.state.tx.us.

Q: Where should I send my QAPI and QIPP questions?

A: Send them to QIPP@hhsc.state.tx.us.

Q: What should I include in the subject line of my email?

A: The subject line must include:

  • Date and time of the QAPI meeting
  • Facility ID number formatted as shown below:
    • October 2017 QAPI meeting report 10-5-17 at 3 p.m. 4016

Q: My facility is private; do I need to turn in a QAPI validation report form?

A: No; private nursing facilities participating in QIPP are not eligible for payments under QIPP component one.

Q: When is my monthly QAPI validation report form due?

A: It’s due by close of business on the first business day following the end of the month being reported. For example, September 2017 QAPI Validation Report forms are due no later than COB Oct. 2, 2017.

Q: What happens if my report is late? 

A: Being late will result in a forfeiture of that month’s QIPP Component One payment.

Register Now for Oct. 25 QIPP Training Webinar

NFs participating in QIPP year 1 may now register for a training webinar Oct. 25 from 10 a.m.–noon (Central Time).

Webinar topics include:

  • QIPP overview
  • Component specific information
  • Updated QIPP procedures
  • QIPP timelines
  • Updates to QIPP related to Hurricane Harvey
  • How QIPP complaints will be handled

Email questions or concerns to QIPP@hhsc.state.tx.us.

Save the Date – 2018 Geriatric Symposium

Mark your calendars for the next Geriatric Symposium, scheduled for Aug. 13–14, 2018.

Watch for more information to be released in early 2018.

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