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  • 28 Aug 2015 12:19 PM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    If a picture is worth a thousand words then a video can be invaluable.  Recognizing this, Advancing Excellence has developed a series of short 3-7 minute videos clips designed to help educate residents, families and the public about issues important to elders and those in adult care facilities.  The videos cover topics including pressure ulcers, mobility, pain, infections, medication, person-centered care, hospitalizations and more.  You can find the free videos online at: www.nhqualitycampaign.org/videosAndWebinars.aspx#


    Don’t forget that Advancing Excellence also has a number of other statistics and tools including electronic tracking systems.  Check it out at www.nhqualitycampaign.org


  • 03 Aug 2015 3:29 PM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)


    The 2015 KACE Convention is just around the corner and we are starting to hit deadlines for registration.  Today, August 3, is the deadline for booking a hotel room at the Wichita Marriott at the special rate of $99.00 plus tax.  If you haven’t already booked your room call the hotel today at (316)651-0333.  The deadline to register for the annual KACE Golf Tournament is Friday, August 7th and the deadline to register for the Convention itself is Thursday, August 13th.  You can register for both of these online at the KACE Professional Development Calendar  or by calling the KACE office at (785)273-4393.  Our theme this year is “Amp Up Your Game!  Crank it up with KACE!” and we are looking forward to a fun and educational time.  We hope you will join us!


    Tanner-Foster Board Candidates

    We will have two open seats on the Tanner-Foster Foundation Board this year.  If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact April Holman at executivedirector@kaceks.org or call the KACE office (785)273-4393.


  • 13 Jul 2015 2:35 PM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    Here is the latest preview for the KACE Convention August 18-21st.  We hope you will join us in Wichita!


    Panel Discussion of Psychiatric Assessments, Involuntary Discharge and other Tricky Situations

    A distinguished panel including Dr. James Rider, President of the Kansas Medical Directors Association, Barbara Hickert, Kansas Long-term Care Ombudsman, Audrey Sunderraj, KDADS, and our own Valerie McGhee, Via Christi Village will provide a variety of perspectives on issues, considerations and procedures relating to involuntary discharge of residents, and other tricky situations faced by administrators and operators.  This will include a discussion of situations where residents can no longer be cared for sufficiently due to abusive behaviors, mental illness, bariatric conditions or financial issues.


    Technologies and Applications to Make Your Work Life Easier

    Speaker Todd Ramsey, founder and chief strategist at Apples & Arrows, works with companies to uncover and celebrate their unique brands in unique ways.  He will share a variety of technologies and applications intended to help you save time and streamline your work as well has make your promote your business on social media.  


    Registration is open for the 2015 Convention on the KACE Professional Development Calendar


  • 06 Jul 2015 3:46 PM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    We have an interesting and diverse line-up of convention sessions planned for you.  Here is this week’s sneak peak:


    Nutrition and Dining Recommendations

    Speaker Kay (Billinger) Guzman is the Senior Director of Nutrition Services for Ascension health Senior Care (AHSC). She will provide practical ideas and recommendations to incorporate the dining standards into your senior care community’s food and nutrition program. 


    Navigating the Tepid Waters of Different Adult Care Reimbursement Sources

    Speaker Johnathan Reeves is the Nursing Home Quality Improvement Specialist for the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network with nearly a decade of experience as in the business office of a long-term care facility.  He will touch on a long list of payer sources for adult care and drill down into some of the more complex sources to examine how to navigate real and perceived barriers. 


    Registration is open online for the 2015 Convention on the KACEProfessional Development Calendar


  • 01 Jun 2015 3:31 PM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)



    You have probably talked to her on the phone and maybe you have been lucky enough to meet her at one of our courses but how well do you really know KACE Office Manager, Teresa Keating?  The following questions and answers will give you a whole new appreciation for Teresa, what she is all about, and why were are so lucky to have her at KACE.



    1.    Where did you grow up?  North Topeka.  (Go Seaman Vikes!)


    2.       When did you start working at KACE?    December 12, 2011


    3.       What is your favorite thing about being the KACE Office Manager?  Working with our great members and the variety – I never have the same day twice!


    4.       What do you do when you are not at work?  I chase after my children.  I am the unpaid taxi driver for their sporting events and practices.


    5.       What is your favorite music group?  Pink and Maroon 5.


    6.       If you could be a superhero who would you be?  Superman because he is strong and he can fly.


    Stay tuned for more KACE staff profiles.  Coming next week – Office Assistant, Nancy Eicholtz.

     

    Webinar on Activities for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Residents

    We also wanted to remind you of the upcoming June 23rd webinar hosted by KACE.  The primary focus of the webinar will be on programming and activities found to produce the best results for Alzheimer's and Dementia residents.  The webinar will provide 3 continuing education hours in resident care for administrators and operators.  You can sign up for the webinar on the KACE Professional Development Calendar. 


  • 26 May 2015 11:05 AM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    This week’s blog is short and sweet – just like the week.  Happy Memorial Day to all of our readers!  We want to call to your attention the announcement last week about the 2015 Kansas Joint Provider Fire Marshal Training in July.  The training will provide 5 hours of continuing education and will cover a variety of topics including “All about the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), “What’s New with the Office of the state Fire Marshal?,” and “Sprinkler System Maintenance.”  The host of this year’s Joint Provider Fire Marshal Training is LeadingAge Kansas and more information is available by viewing the event flyer at http://bit.ly/1cgwxvw


    Webinar on Activities for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Residents

    We also wanted to remind you of the upcoming June 23rd webinar hosted by KACE.  The primary focus of the webinar will be on programming and activities found to produce the best results for Alzheimer's and Dementia residents.  The webinar will provide 3 continuing education hours in resident care for administrators and operators.  You can sign up for the webinar on the KACE Professional Development Calendar. 


  • 18 May 2015 2:34 PM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    Kansas lawmakers made a significant change last year when they began requiring all adult care facilities to have a licensed or registered professional at the helm.  While nursing homes have long been required to have a licensed administrator, the requirement for a registered operator at assisted living facilities and other state-licensed facilities is new.  As we have been out and about visiting with adult care executives across the state this spring we have encountered a considerable amount of lingering confusion about when the law took effect and when operators need to be registered.  Here are some of the top questions we have heard along with the answers.

     

    When did the new requirements go into effect? 

    House Bill 2418 was enacted during the 2014 Legislative Session and went into effect on July 1, 2014.  Technically speaking, assisted living and other operators were required to be registered on July 1, 2014.  However, as with any significant law change, the process for creating rules and regulations created a slight lag in implementation.  K.A.R. 26-39-500 through K.A.R. 26-39-506 became effective on September 2, 2014.  These regulations direct the process for operator registration.

     

    When were active assisted living operators required to register?

    Operators who are actively working in this capacity should have applied for and received their Operators registration once the regulations were in place in 2014.  If you are actively working as an operator you should take steps as soon as possible to secure your Operator’s registration.  (As long as you took the operator course prior to 2014 you will qualify for the special “grandfather” provisions for registration and the fee and education requirements will be waived. ) An application can be found on the KDADS website at www.kdads.ks.gov.

     

    What are the Continuing Education Requirements for a Registered Operator? 

    Operators are required to have 30 hours of continuing education every 2 years.  This includes 15 hours in the area of administration, 10 hours in the area of resident care and 5 hours of electives.


    Webinar on Activities for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Residents

     

    The primary focus of a June KACE webinar will be on programming and activities found to produce the best results for Alzheimer's and Dementia residents.  Pending approval, the webinar will provide 3 continuing education hours for administrators and operators.

    You can sign up for the webinar on the KACE Professional Development Calendar.


  • 11 May 2015 3:58 PM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    Happy National Nursing Home Week!  Although it’s only May, we are hard at work planning the KACE Convention to be held in August.  This summer will mark the 43rd annual KACE Convention.  It will held at the Wichita Marriott August 18-21, 2015.  Our theme this year is "Amp Up Your Game...Crank It Up With KACE."  Educational sessions will cover Dementia Care, Human Resources for Adult Care Facilities, Technology and Aging, and a host of other topics to help you amp up your game as an adult care professional.  Plan to come early for the pre-session and golf tournament on Tuesday, August 18 and stay for three days of learning, networking and fun.   Stay tuned to the KACE website throughout the summer for more information about the Convention and feel free to contact us if you have questions at (785)273-4393 or kace@kaceks.org.


    Professional Development Update –

    It’s not too late to register for the Topeka sessions of the workshop on assisted living regulations.  Sign up for the morning or afternoon session on the KACE Professional Development Calendar 


  • 04 May 2015 3:17 PM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    Did you know that the KACE Board of Directors is a working board of volunteers?  We are able to keep our administrative costs low at KACE because each of our twelve board members takes on a host of responsibilities at the association in addition to their individual jobs as adult care executives in facilities across the state.  Board members chair each of our KACE committees and do a significant amount of work on our educational offerings, budget and finances, legislative advocacy, AIT program, membership and all facets of our annual convention.  As the new executive director, I am extremely grateful for all of the work that our board does to make KACE a success. The next time you see one of our board members, consider taking a minute to thank them for all of the time they give to the association each year.  Our current KACE Board members are:  Dawn Veh (Chair), Kris Erickson (Secretary),  Chris Rea (Treasurer), Joe Cassidy, Lee Eaton, Gary Fowler, David Haase, Brad Heidrick, Valerie McGhee, Chris Osborn, Alicia Rumold, and Pam Sheets.

     

    Professional Development Update –

    The Wichita sessions of the workshop on assisted living regulations in Wichita have reached capacity, but there are still a number of openings in the morning and afternoon sessions of the workshop in Topeka on May 13th.  To learn more or to register, visit the KACE Professional Development Calendar


  • 27 Apr 2015 11:33 AM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    The Kansas Legislature returns to Topeka this Wednesday to wrap up the 2015 Legislative Session.  The main task at hand is to pass a budget for Fiscal Year 2016 and Fiscal Year 2017.  Unfortunately, this will be complicated by news from state officials last week that the state is anticipated to collect about $400 million less than needed to support current spending priorities for next year.  At the beginning of the session the governor proposed an increase in liquor and cigarette taxes.  If these tax increases pass the revenue collected is projected to eliminate about half of the shortfall ($210 million), leaving lawmakers to figure out how to balance the remainder of the budget.


    While we remain hopeful that the state’s current fiscal challenges won’t have a direct impact on the adult care field, it remains to be seen what the budget that ultimately passes the legislature will contain.  One recent change to the governor’s original budget recommendations submitted last week included the elimination of $52.8 million in funding during Fiscal Year 2017 to reflect the sunset of the nursing facility provider assessment.  This provision is scheduled to sunset on June 30, 2016 if it is not extended by lawmakers.  It seems that the governor’s staff had inadvertently left the funding in the first version of the budget for Fiscal Year 2017.  


    KACE will continue to monitor the budget process and notify members if action is necessary.


    Professional Development Update –


    The morning session of the May 5th workshop on assisted living regulations in Wichita has reached capacity, but there are two openings left in the afternoon of May 5th and a number of openings in the morning and afternoon sessions of the workshop in Topeka on May 13th.  To learn more or to register, visit the KACE Professional Development Calendar.


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