July 24, 2019

2019 HHS Quality in Long-Term Care Conference
HHSC, in collaboration with The University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing, will be hosting a free two-day educational event:

  1. Day 1 “Empowering Nurses Across the Long-Term Care Continuum”
  2. 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 will get to network with peers and community partners from around the state and receive promotional materials from vendors.

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

To register, create a login in the HHS Learning Portal and select three breakout sessions for each day you plan to attend.
Email questions to QMP@hhsc.state.tx.us.

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

The quality of care provided to residents in nursing facilities is important. However, the traditional approaches of regulation, inspection, and public reporting have not produced the overall results needed. Greater progress toward quality goals can be achieved. 

Register now for this free, two-day training. This program provides nursing facility staff with the knowledge and skills required 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 and infection control
  • Quality in action
  • Change and organizational culture
  • Evidence-based practice to improve processes and practices
  • Putting the Pieces Together: An Integrated Approach to the Quality Program

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

Remaining 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

Visit the conference webpage for more information.  Email questions to QMP@hhsc.state.tx.us.

2019 Texercise Challenge

You are invited to participate in the 2019 Texercise Challenge!

Texercise is a statewide health initiative of Texas Health and Human Services that educates and involves people age 45 and older in physical activities, proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle behavior. Long-term care facility residents will benefit by participating, too.

Texercise Classic is a free, modifiable, 12-week program that brings people together to engage in physical activity and discuss a variety of health topics. Texercise provides participating host sites with the tools necessary to run the program, as well as free reinforcement items (pedometers, resistance bands, and t-shirts) for participants.

Texercise Select is a free, evidence-based, 10-week program. Classes meet twice a week and include interactive educational discussions and physical activities. The goal is to build confidence in engaging in regular physical activity and good nutrition. A facilitator must be trained and certified through the free online Texercise training.

Register here to attend a Texercise webinar on Tuesday, June 25 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. to learn how you, your organization and residents can participate in the statewide 2019 Texercise Challenge.

To learn more about Texercise, click here or call 800-889-8595.

Quality Incentive Payment Program Year Three

QIPP encourages nursing facilities to improve the quality and innovation of their services. Improvement is based upon several indices of success, including quality metrics collected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

You are invited to attend one of our QIPP Year Three training webinars scheduled for August:

These sessions will introduce elements new to QIPP Year Three and review elements related to quality measures, scorecards and payments.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact QIPP quality monitoring staff via email at: QIPP@hhsc.state.tx.us and indicate "QIPP Year Three Webinars” in the subject line.

2019 DSHS Health Care Safety Conference

DSHS Health Care Safety Conference, “Protection Through Prevention” is scheduled for August 28-30, 2019.

The target audience for this conference includes:

  • hospital, ambulatory surgery centers and long-term care professionals;
  • infection preventionists, patient safety, risk management and quality improvement staff;
  • nurses, physicians, managers, administrators and others interested in patient safety and infection prevention

Continuing education credit for multiple disciplines will be provided for this event.

Hilton San Antonio Airport
611 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, Texas 78216

For more information, email hcsconference@dshs.texas.gov or visit the conference webpage.

PASRR in the Nursing Facility Online Training

PASRR in the Nursing Facility is a new nine module, comprehensive online course that provides thorough and sustainable education, information and resources that are needed to successfully complete all NF responsibilities 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.

To complete the course, go to this link, select “enroll me,” and then create a user account in the HHS Learning Portal. After creating the account, navigate the portal to find the course or return to the link above to go directly to the course.

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