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  • 02 Mar 2015 2:11 PM | Bill Tofflemire (Administrator)

    We have reached the mid-point of the regular Kansas legislative session. The end of last week was the “turnaround” deadline, when most bills die for the year if they haven’t passed the House or Senate. The first business day after the turnaround is nicknamed “Fishing Day.” Though most Kansas lakes and ponds are covered with ice this year, history buffs say early Kansas lawmakers took a break from the hectic pace in Topeka after the turnaround to take advantage of the warmer weather with an extended weekend fishing in their districts. Following tradition, legislative business starts up again on Wednesday as lawmakers work toward the next deadline at the end of the month.

    Most of the session this far has been focused on the state budget and establishing rules for legislative debate. However, a few items of note to the adult care field have received attention. Some of these include bills allowing certain health care providers to self-insure, strengthening power of attorney laws, and expanding the scope of practice for APRNs. If you are interested in more information, we will have a legislative overview and opportunity to hear from a Kansas lawmaker at the Tanner-Foster Conference next week.

    Speaking of Tanner-Foster, it’s not too late to register for the conference in Manhattan next Wednesday (March 10) and Thursday (March 11). Registration is also open for the Joint Provider Seminar Tuesday, March 31 in Wichita and Wednesday, April 1 in Topeka. The topic for this Joint Provider is fall and accident prevention. (Please note a change in the administrator and operator continuing education credits for the seminar. Joint Provider has been approved for 5.5 hours of continuing education, including 5 hours for general administration and 0.5 hours for resident care.) See our professional development calendar for information about more courses being offered by KACE this spring. Professional Development Calendar

    As always, if you have questions, concerns or comments please don’t hesitate to contact us at 785-273-4393. – April


  • 23 Feb 2015 10:42 AM | Bill Tidball (Administrator)

    CMS recently released the quarterly ranking of states and the District of Columbia on the percentage of long-stay nursing home residents receiving antipsychotic medications (higher rankings indicate fewer residents receiving antipsychotics while lower rankings indicate more residents receiving the medications.).  Kansas dropped in the rankings from 47th to 48th with only Illinois, Texas and Louisiana ranking lower.  This makes Kansas the lowest ranked state in CMS region 7.   KACE participates in the Kansas Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes which is working to reduce the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medication for dementia patients.  The next meeting of the Partnership is scheduled for March 27th. 


    Registration opened up last week for the Joint Training Seminar for Kansas adult care facility providers and KDADS surveyors.  The seminar will be held on March 31st in Wichita and April 1st in Topeka.  The focus of the seminar is on fall and accident prevention with featured speakers Sue Ann Guildermann and Linda Shell.  Six continuing education clock hours will be available for adult care administrators and operators, pending approval, and CNEs will be available for nurses.  The seminar fee is $75.  The agenda and speaker bios and the online registration link can be found at: http://bit.ly/1FjOTEY


    KACE has a number of other educational opportunities available now in addition to “Joint Provider.”  Check out our online Professional Development Calendar for more information on the What You Always Wanted to Know about Nursing Home Regulations, the Tanner-Foster Conference, and more.


    As always, if you have questions, concerns or comments please don’t hesitate to contact us at 785-273-4393. – April


    CMS recently released the quarterly ranking of states and the District of Columbia on the percentage of long-stay nursing home residents receiving antipsychotic medications (higher rankings indicate fewer residents receiving antipsychotics while lower rankings indicate more residents receiving the medications.).  Kansas dropped in the rankings from 47th to 48thwith only Illinois, Texas and Louisiana ranking lower.  This makes Kansas the lowest ranked state in CMS region 7.   KACE participates in the Kansas Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes which is working to reduce the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medication for dementia patients.  The next meeting of the Partnership is scheduled for March 27th. 


    Registration opened up last week for the Joint Training Seminar for Kansas adult care facility providers and KDADS surveyors.  The seminar will be held on March 31st in Wichita and April 1st in Topeka.  The focus of the seminar is on fall and accident prevention with featured speakers Sue Ann Guildermann and Linda Shell.  Six continuing education clock hours will be available for adult care administrators and operators, pending approval, and CNEs will be available for nurses.  The seminar fee is $75.  The agenda and speaker bios and the online registration link can be found at:http://bit.ly/1FjOTEY


    KACE has a number of other educational opportunities available now in addition to “Joint Provider.”  Check out our online Professional Development Calendar for more information on the What You Always Wanted to Know about Nursing Home Regulations, the Tanner-Foster Conference, and more.


    As always, if you have questions, concerns or comments please don’t hesitate to contact us at 785-273-4393. – April

     

    CMS recently released the quarterly ranking of states and the District of Columbia on the percentage of long-stay nursing home residents receiving antipsychotic medications (higher rankings indicate fewer residents receiving antipsychotics while lower rankings indicate more residents receiving the medications.).  Kansas dropped in the rankings from 47th to 48thwith only Illinois, Texas and Louisiana ranking lower.  This makes Kansas the lowest ranked state in CMS region 7.   KACE participates in the Kansas Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes which is working to reduce the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medication for dementia patients.  The next meeting of the Partnership is scheduled for March 27th. 


    Registration opened up last week for the Joint Training Seminar for Kansas adult care facility providers and KDADS surveyors.  The seminar will be held on March 31st in Wichita and April 1st in Topeka.  The focus of the seminar is on fall and accident prevention with featured speakers Sue Ann Guildermann and Linda Shell.  Six continuing education clock hours will be available for adult care administrators and operators, pending approval, and CNEs will be available for nurses.  The seminar fee is $75.  The agenda and speaker bios and the online registration link can be found at:http://bit.ly/1FjOTEY


    KACE has a number of other educational opportunities available now in addition to “Joint Provider.”  Check out our online Professional Development Calendar for more information on the What You Always Wanted to Know about Nursing Home Regulations, the Tanner-Foster Conference, and more.


    As always, if you have questions, concerns or comments please don’t hesitate to contact us at 785-273-4393. – April

     
  • 15 Feb 2015 10:39 AM | Bill Tidball (Administrator)

    There is a fresh coat of snow on the ground in Topeka this afternoon but we are looking ahead to spring events at KACE.   The last session in the workshop series “What You Always Wanted to Know About Nursing Facility Regulations – And Were Afraid to Ask” (for this continuing education year at least) has been scheduled for Monday, March 9 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.  The workshop will be held in Manhattan the day before the Tanner-Foster Conference begins so those who are traveling for that event won’t need to make an extra trip.  We hope to provide additional sessions of the workshop, but that won’t be possible until July or later so if you need this information or the additional continuing education units before then please sign up for the March workshop early as space will be limited.


    Speaking of the Tanner-Foster Conference – we have already chosen two prize winners from the participants registered as of February 6 and February 13.  We will continue to draw names each Friday until the event so register now to increase your chances.  Prizes will be distributed at the conference.


    The Joint Provider Conference is scheduled for March 31st in Wichita and April 1st in Topeka.  The focus of this Joint Provider is on "falls."  Online registration is now open and we hope to have full details posted on our website by mid-week. 


    Thanks to all who have sent in suggestions for the 2015 KACE Convention theme.  We have gotten some great proposals so far but it’s not too late to send your ideas to Teresa at kace@kaceks.org.


    As always, if you have questions, concerns or comments please don’t hesitate to contact us at 785-273-4393. – April


    There is a fresh coat of snow on the ground in Topeka this afternoon but we are looking ahead to spring events at KACE.   The last session in the workshop series “What You Always Wanted to Know About Nursing Facility Regulations – And Were Afraid to Ask” (for this continuing education year at least) has been scheduled for Monday, March 9 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.  The workshop will be held in Manhattan the day before the Tanner-Foster Conference begins so those who are traveling for that event won’t need to make an extra trip.  We hope to provide additional sessions of the workshop, but that won’t be possible until July or later so if you need this information or the additional continuing education units before then please sign up for the March workshop early as space will be limited.


    Speaking of the Tanner-Foster Conference – we have already chosen two prize winners from the participants registered as of February 6 and February 13.  We will continue to draw names each Friday until the event so register now to increase your chances.  Prizes will be distributed at the conference.


    The Joint Provider Conference is scheduled for March 31stin Wichita and April 1stin Topeka.  The focus of this Joint Provider is on "falls."  Online registration is now open and we hope to have full details posted on our website by mid-week. 


    Thanks to all who have sent in suggestions for the 2015 KACE Convention theme.  We have gotten some great proposals so far but it’s not too late to send your ideas to Teresa at kace@kaceks.org.


    As always, if you have questions, concerns or comments please don’t hesitate to contact us at 785-273-4393. – April

     

    There is a fresh coat of snow on the ground in Topeka this afternoon but we are looking ahead to spring events at KACE.   The last session in the workshop series “What You Always Wanted to Know About Nursing Facility Regulations – And Were Afraid to Ask” (for this continuing education year at least) has been scheduled for Monday, March 9 from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m.  The workshop will be held in Manhattan the day before the Tanner-Foster Conference begins so those who are traveling for that event won’t need to make an extra trip.  We hope to provide additional sessions of the workshop, but that won’t be possible until July or later so if you need this information or the additional continuing education units before then please sign up for the March workshop early as space will be limited.


    Speaking of the Tanner-Foster Conference – we have already chosen two prize winners from the participants registered as of February 6 and February 13.  We will continue to draw names each Friday until the event so register now to increase your chances.  Prizes will be distributed at the conference.


    The Joint Provider Conference is scheduled for March 31stin Wichita and April 1stin Topeka.  The focus of this Joint Provider is on "falls."  Online registration is now open and we hope to have full details posted on our website by mid-week. 


    Thanks to all who have sent in suggestions for the 2015 KACE Convention theme.  We have gotten some great proposals so far but it’s not too late to send your ideas to Teresa at kace@kaceks.org.


    As always, if you have questions, concerns or comments please don’t hesitate to contact us at 785-273-4393. – April

     
  • 09 Feb 2015 10:37 AM | Bill Tidball (Administrator)

    We have enrolled a number of aspiring new administrators in the KACE Administrator in Training (AIT) program in the past week.  Did you know that KACE enrolls students in the AIT program throughout the year and that we are rapidly approaching 200 individuals having completed the program since KACE began offering it in 2009?  The program includes the practicum that is required for state adult care home administrator licensing and assists participants in preparing for the licensing exams. If anyone in your facility is interested in the KACE AIT program they can find more information on our website (www.kaceks.org). 


    We hope that you are planning to attend the Tanner-Foster Conference in Manhattan on March 10-11, 2015.  To encourage early registration we will be doing a weekly prize drawing from the pool of registered participants at the end of each week until the Conference.  (Prizes will be distributed at the conference.)  The sooner you register, the more chances you will have to win a prize!


    Look for the Joint Provider Conference brochure to go out early next week.  Joint Provider will be held in Wichita on March 31, 2015 and in Topeka on April 1, 2015.  Stayed tuned for more information.


    Our friends at the KHPA asked us to let you know that they will offer a free webinar entitled “Reimbursement in Kansas Nursing Homes” on Friday, Feb. 13.  For more information you can contact Polly Berkley at 785-267-6003 or pberkley@khca.org


    As always, if you have questions, concerns or comments please don’t hesitate to contact us at 785-273-4393. – April


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