February 24, 2020

Get up to Date news on Coronavirus

The Coronavirus has led to outbreaks of respiratory illness in many countries, including the US. The Texas Department of State Health Services continues to track the situation and is working with the CDC. The risk for Texans remains low. DSHS has developed a webpage about COVID-19, and will provide more updates there.  

New Online Training Courses Available in the HHS Learning Portal

Three new QMP online training opportunities are available in the HHS Learning Portal:

  • Advanced Certified Nurse Aide Training – This comprehensive five-module course gives nursing facility staff a thorough education on responsibilities related to the Advanced Certified Nursing Aide.
  • Meaningful Engagement to Enhance Quality of Life – Designed for nursing facility activity directors, licensed nurses, certified nurse aides and ancillary staff, this training explains evidence-based best practices. It helps staff develop meaningful person-centered activity programs and implement individualized activities that reflect each resident’s preferences, customary habits and lifestyle.
  • PASRR in the Nursing Facility – A new online Preadmission Screening and Resident Review course for nursing facility staff is available. This nine-module course provides needed and thorough education, information, and resources to complete all NF responsibilities related to the PASRR process.

To complete these courses, please visit the HHS Learning Portal and create a user account. After creating your account, select the provided course links and navigate the portal to find the course. Email questions to QMP@hhsc.state.tx.us.

Quality Assurance Performance Improvement and Resident Safety – Roadmap to Quality

Although the regional conferences have ended, the HHS Quality Monitoring Program will continue to offer support for NFs as they work on improving their QAPI programs. NFs can also request reviews of their QAPI plans. Email Sheila Shepherd, MSN, RN, call at 512-438-5577, or text 850-867-8669 for individual consultation about your facility’s QAPI program.

Nursing Facilities

Joint training is offering a new webinar for nursing facility providers and others. This webinar provides information about the self-reporting process.

6 Keys to Self-Reporting ANE and Other Incidents

A need for clarification on the self-reporting process was identified and this webinar was created. The purpose of the webinar is to review the why, what, who, where, when and how of self-reporting abuse, neglect, exploitation and other incidents in Texas nursing facilities.

Learn more about the webinar and the dates it will be offered on the Joint Training website.

The webinar will not be recorded, and no CE credits will be offered. However, additional opportunities to attend will be posted in the future. As always, we encourage everyone to monitor the Joint Training website for both webinar and instructor-led training opportunities.

IDD: Texas Mental Health Creative Arts Contest

One in five children and adults in the United States struggle with mental health. Mental illness is still stigmatized and not discussed openly. To fight the stigma, HHSC, The University of Texas at Austin, and Texas System of Care host the annual Texas Mental Health Creative Arts Contest where we encourage all Texans to enter and share their experiences through original artwork, writing, and photography that encompasses the theme of “Why Mental Health Matters to You?”

In 2019, over 770 submissions were received, setting a record. By sharing their work, contest participants are helping to generate conversations about mental health. For 2020, the statewide contest opened Dec. 1 and runs through March 1, 2020. We encourage all Texans to enter this free contest and share theirs or their loved ones’ experiences. Use these creative avenues to help de-mystify mental health.

Winners in each age group and category will receive special prizes and have their work featured in public galleries around Austin, including the Texas State Capitol, throughout May 2020. Winning submissions will also be published on the official online gallery alongside past winners. Please see the contest website for more information and official rules on how to submit your artwork.

Save the Date! The 2020 Annual Quality in Long-Term Care Conference is Aug. 10-11 See the flyer for more information (PDF).

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