July 24, 2019

Texas Joint Position Statement on Antipsychotic Use and Inappropriate Diagnoses of Schizophrenia

Since 2015, HHSC and many stakeholders have been working to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications in nursing facility residents, particularly those with dementia. HHSC has monitored data closely, and while the proportion of residents receiving antipsychotic medications has decreased, there has been an increase in new diagnoses of schizophrenia in Texas nursing facility residents. On March 27, 2019, HHSC convened and facilitated a Stakeholder Roundtable to discuss the issues related to inappropriate antipsychotic use across the continuum of care and new diagnoses of schizophrenia. The goal of the Roundtable was to develop a Joint Position Statement for the state that all the participating stakeholders could endorse. The full joint statement is available here.

Register Now - 2019 HHS Quality in Long-Term Care Conference

HHSC, in collaboration with The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, is hosting a free two-day educational event:
Day 1, Empowering Nurses Across the Long-Term Care Continuum
Day 2, Connecting the Dots: Improving Quality and Safety Across the Long-Term Continuum

The conference includes current health care trends and evidence-based best practices related to long-term care, aging and disabilities. Attendees can network with peers and community partners and receive promotional materials from vendors.

Dates and Location:
August 12-13
Sheraton Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center
Georgetown, Texas

Register or create a login account in the HHS Learning Portal. Once your account is created, return to the registration page and follow the instructions to select your three breakout session choices for each day you plan to attend. Select only one color-coded presentation per breakout session.
Email questions to QMP@hhsc.state.tx.us.

PASRR in the Nursing Facility Online Training

Complete the new nine-module, comprehensive online PASRR course that provides thorough and sustainable education, information and resources for nursing facility staff related to the PASRR process. This training details the complexities of caring for residents with intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental illness, or both.

This free online course is approved by HHSC for 7.0 hours of continuing education credit for social workers, LPCs, LMFTs, LNFAs, NF activity directors, QIDPs, CNAs, and licensed psychology professionals.

Enroll now in the HHS Learning Portal. Select “enroll me,” and create a user account. Navigate the portal to find the course, or go directly to the course  link.

Register Now for the Quality Assurance, Performance Improvement and Resident Safety Training

Beginning October 2019, QMP’s new two-day training program will be at eight locations to provide nursing facility staff with the knowledge and skills to develop, initiate and evaluate different approaches to quality assurance, performance improvement and resident safety. Topics include:

  • Introduction to Quality Assurance, Performance Improvement and Resident Safety
  • Regulations and Standards related to Quality Management in Long-Term Care
  • Quality Management Tools
  • Patient Safety/Infection Control
  • Quality in Action
  • Change and Organizational Culture
  • Evidence-Based Practice to Improve Processes/Practices
  • Putting the Pieces Together: An Integrated Approach to the Quality Program

Participants will be able to initiate new quality processes in their NFs, build upon current quality processes and teach the curriculum to other staff members.

Dates and Locations:
Oct. 16-17, 2019 - Fort Worth
Oct. 30-31, 2019 - Abilene
Nov. 13-14, 2019 - Austin
Dec. 4-5, 2019 - El Paso
Dec. 18-19, 2019 - San Antonio
Jan. 8-9, 2020 - Edinburg
Feb. 5-6, 2020 - Corpus Christi
Feb. 19-20, 2020 – Houston

Register now for this free, two-day training.

Visit the conference web page for more information. Email questions to QMP@hhsc.state.tx.us.
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Available August 2019: Meaningful Engagement to Increase Quality of Life Online Training

Designed for nursing facility directors, licensed nurses, certified nurse aides and ancillary staff, this online training explains evidence-based best practices to help staff develop meaningful and relevant person-centered activity programs and implement individualized activities that reflect each resident’s preferences, customary habits and lifestyle. This course will be posted in the HHS Learning Portal (login account required).

Available August 2019: Advanced Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Online Training

This online course provides comprehensive training for nursing facility certified nurse aides about how to care for the geriatric population. This course will be posted in the HHS Learning Portal (login account required).

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