December 21, 2017

Register now for the remaining Transition to Practice Academy and learn more about your practice inside a Texas nursing facility.

This free two-day training provides valuable information to newly licensed RNs and LVNs and nurses who are transitioning to a nursing facility from another practice setting.

The Academy training will:

  • Assist nurses to provide high-level care to their residents.  
  • Help nurses improve their ability to provide safe care as members of the healthcare team.
  • Help nurses become agents for healthcare improvement
  • Provide nurses with important information on the state and federal rules and regulations applicable to the nursing profession in the long-term care setting.

Remaining Dates and Locations:

  • Jan. 17-18, 2018 – Corpus Christi
  • Jan. 24-25, 2018 – Houston
  • Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2018 – San Antonio

Register now for this free training. Email questions to

Register now - PASRR in the NF: Putting the Pieces Together

HHSC is sponsoring this free, two-day training event that will provide Nursing Facilities with information and resources that detail the complexities of caring for residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness or both.

Participants will learn to identify the requirements of the Preadmission Screening and Resident Review tool, describe the individuals that PASRR affects, list the laws related to PASRR, and describe the different types of settings that can serve individuals affected by PASRR.

Dates and Locations:

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

Register now. Email for more information.

CHOW Submission Deadline for QIPP Year 2 is Jan. 31, 2018

Change of Ownerships will be due to HHSC no later than Jan. 31, 2018. All related CHOW documents are due no later than March 3, 2018. Year 2 of QIPP will run from Sept. 1, 2018, until Aug. 31, 2019.

For a private NF to participate in QIPP, it must have a percentage of Medicaid NF days of service greater than or equal to the private NF QIPP eligibility cut-off point. This will be equal to the mean percentage of historical Medicaid NF days of service provided under Medicaid fee-for-service and Medicaid managed care by all private NFs plus one standard deviation, as determined by HHSC. The private NF QIPP eligibility cut-off point of 76.58% for QIPP Year 2 is based on the 2015 cost report.

Email questions about QIPP or the CHOW process to

Save the Date! 2018 Geriatric Symposium – Texas Taking the Next Step

Aug. 13-14, 2018

Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center

Georgetown, TX 78628

Aug. 13:

  • “The Power of Collaboration among Texas’ Long-Term Care Nurses” is designed for RNs and LVNs who work in the long-term care setting or with the geriatric population.

Aug. 14:

  • “Evolution and Diversity in the Aging Community” will provide information relevant to all health-care disciplines, as well as family members and others that care for the aging population.

Registration opens May 14, 2018 for this free event. Seating is limited. For more information, contact

Advanced Person-Centered Behavior Training

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has awarded Civil Monetary Penalty funds to HHSC for an Advanced Person-Centered Behavior Training for Nursing Facility Residents with Dementia. NFs had the opportunity to nominate themselves to participate in the training, and 20 facilities were selected from the nominations.

This training will take place in the facilities over the course of three consecutive days, and NFs have been encouraged to have all staff members participate regardless of their discipline or department (including non-clinical staff such as housekeeping and dietary services).

The training helps facility staff understand the most effective methods of care for their residents with dementia, including those who display challenging behaviors.  Data collected from this training will help develop best practices for use in other NFs around the state.

If your facility was not selected to participate in the program, additional opportunities will be available in the future. For questions regarding the Advanced Person-Centered Behavior Training, email

NOSH: Nurses Optimizing Supportive Handfeeding

CMS has awarded CMP funds to HHSC for the development of the Nurses Optimizing Supportive Handfeeding train-the-trainer program. Presented by Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, PhD, RN-BC, FNP-BC, associate professor at Duke University’s School of Nursing, in collaboration with HHSC, the training provides Nursing Facility staff with information on the decision-making process and the use of specific handfeeding techniques.

NFs had the opportunity to nominate themselves for the program in November 2017, and 20 facilities were selected to participate. The first trainings will be in April and May 2018.

A minimum of five staff members from each facility will be trained as “Master Trainers.” They will then be able to provide the training to additional staff in their facilities.

Nominations will open again in March 2018. At that time, another 20 facilities will be selected to participate in the NOSH program. Training for the additional 20 facilities will take place in June and July 2018.

Questions regarding the program can be emailed to

Center for Excellence in Long Term Care – Phase III Now Available

The Center for Excellence in Long- Term Care (Center) is a partnership between HHSC and the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. The Center offers a web-based platform for the delivery of best practices, with a focus on geriatrics and disabilities. The content on the website has been adapted to meet the educational needs of a variety of professionals who provide care to residents of long- term care facilities in Texas.

Under the leadership of Dr. Tracie Harrison, the Center is an educational platform for the delivery of geriatric and disability best practices to providers of geriatric care. Visit the Center at