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2018 Social Work & Admissions Conference

8/21/2018 - 8/22/2018

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2018 Social Work Conference
August 21 - 22, 2018

Conference Location:

Nationwide Hotel & Conference Center
100 Green Meadows Drive South
Lewis Center, Ohio 43035
Toll Free: 866-233-9393
code 155467

A limited number of rooms have been blocked at the OHCA rate. The hotel may have additional rooms available once all of the OHCA rooms are gone, but they may not be at the special rate, even if you contact them prior to the cutoff date. It is unlikely that they will be able to extend the cutoff date of August 1 due to the busy nature of their hotel and since rooms go quickly, there may not be any available rooms left at that point. I would encourage you to make your reservation now for the 2018 event. The single rate is $134 and includes breakfast buffet. (code 155467)

About the location:
Tucked in a 15-acre park-like setting adjacent to beautiful Highbanks Metro Park, Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus offers a complete collection of services and amenities for an all-inclusive experience. Our customizable meeting spaces are sophisticated yet comfortable and offer state-of-the-art technology to create a dynamic setting for meetings and corporate events, while our 192 stylishly appointed guest rooms and suites delight leisure travelers. Whether they're attending a conference, gathering for a family wedding or simply a restful weekend getaway, guests of Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center enjoy a world of first-class amenities, including a well-equipped fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and easy access to the city's finest shopping, dining and entertainment.

The property's well-appointed guest rooms and suites blend residential comfort with five-star luxury. Every room and suite includes complimentary parking, Wifi, an HDTV, pillow-top mattress, refrigerator, microwave and Keurig coffee maker. We offer luxurious room and multiple suite options so you can select the accommodations that best reflect your individual travel needs. Of course, there is no more important feature of Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center than our world-class customer service. Our highest priority is making your stay in Columbus a comfortable and stress-free experience.

Hotel Services & Amenities

15-acre park-like setting
IACC-certified Conference Center including 35 flexible meeting and breakout rooms
Ohio Dining Room - Offering decadent buffet-style dining daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Pub - Opens at 4pm and serving light fare such as sandwiches, appetizers, soups and salads.
Wellness Center
Outdoor swimming pool open seasonally
Indoor swimming pool open year-round
Highbanks Metro Park (located across the street)
Full range of business services
Airport transportation (fee applies)

In-Room Services & Amenities

Plush king size or queen size mattresses available
37' High Definition television
Individual thermostat with climate controls
Refrigerator, microwave oven and Keurig? coffee maker
Free privacy safe
Hair dryer
Full sized iron and board
VOIP Telephone with speakerphone and voicemail
Free high-speed wireless Internet access
Work desk with lamp, outlets and data plug-ins
Upgraded amenities and furnishings (Polaris Suites and NorthPointe Suite)
All rooms non-smoking

Wellness Center

We've heard what they say about all work and no play. At Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, your guests can take advantage of a variety of options to exercise and enjoy the natural beauty of our stunning setting. Our expansive property features a large, illuminated fitness center with treadmills, elliptical, stationary bikes and strength equipment, an indoor and outdoor pool, and immediate access to the jogging, bicycling, hiking and nature walks of neighboring Highbanks Metro Park.

Our concierge is happy to arrange off-site recreation, including golf, tennis and visits to local attractions.
Pre-Conference Bonus Sessions - August 21, 2018

Plan to come the afternoon before the Conference and attend one these bonus pre-conference sessions. These don?t miss programs are included in your registration fee at no additional charge!

12:30 pm Pre-Conference Check In

Take this time to pick up your conference materials, catch up with colleagues and enjoy refreshments.

1:00 - 2:00 pm Concurrent Sessions:

1. Evaluating Danger, Risk and Safety In Order to Create a Good Care Plan

It is difficult to know when to step in and protect versus stepping back and allowing people to be in charge of their own decisions. The field of bioethics provides professionals with a structure and guidelines for evaluating and managing danger. Attendees will learn how to use the ?Evaluating Risk Formula? to help evaluate the risks. By balancing the person?s quality of life with the dangers in living that life, professionals can feel more confident that they are treating the person with dignity and respect.

* Discuss when to step in and protect the patient versus stepping back and allowing people to be in charge of their own decisions.
* Identify a bioethical strategy and set of guidelines for those managing these situations.
* Demonstrate the questions to ask when evaluating the dangers and how to help people get past not wanting to see the changes that are happening.

Presented by: Viki Kind, M.A.

2. Social Worker Role in Emergency Preparedness, Part 1

Disasters can strike at any time and with little warning where the event?s severity, scope, and nature often overcome the organization?s ability to manage and/or respond with the necessary resources to protect the health and welfare of residents. Social workers have defined disasters primarily in terms of the social and psychological impact on residents as well as the disaster-related issues of prevention of severe disruption to residents during the disaster.
Facility leadership is critical in developing and deploying effective and innovative multi-disciplinary disaster response to ensure reducing losses, protecting lives and a quicker recovery. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began enforcing Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers requiring skilled nursing facilities to assess facility risks, improve their planning and response, and strengthen their training regime.

This 3-part program will explore the CMS requirements and guidance requiring an 'all-hazards' approach to successfully establish an effective emergency program. Kenn Daily, LNHA, and Lisa Heermans, LNHA, LSW, will discuss how social workers can build on existing relationships and establish comprehensive plans for collaboration among facility leadership to ensure coordinated social service delivery through all phases of disaster planning and recovery. Social workers are often the primary coordinators frequently serving as the bridge between the resident and the family ? and they ensure the resident's safety and security.

* Review the CMS Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers
* Discuss CMS Appendix Z emergency preparedness guidance to surveyors
* Focus on restoring normalcy through key services/activities, which are often the priority of social services providers.
* Review completing a hazard vulnerability analysis tool and how to develop facility policies based on facility priorities.
* Integrate social services recovery plans into other disaster recovery services.
* Review the process for developing effective emergency and disaster preparedness training and exercises.

Presented by: Kenneth Daily, LNHA and Lisa Heermans, LSW, LNHA

2:00-2:15 pm Networking Break

2:15 - 3:15 pm Concurrent Sessions:

3. Ethical Strategies for End-0f-Life Decision Making

Advocating for a good end-of-life experience is about more than a medical treatment. It is about making sure that the decision focuses on how it will be experienced in the individual?s life. Ethical obligations when making quality-of-life decisions for someone who can no longer speak for themselves will be addressed, and attendees will come away feeling more confident and prepared to make these challenging medical and end-of-life decisions.

* Demonstrate how to move the medical choice into the context of the person's life to create a meaningful end-of-life decision.
* Discuss how to manage the ethical challenges in end-of-life decision making.
* Recognize our role when making quality-of-life decisions for someone who can no longer speak for themselves.

Presented by: Viki Kind, M.A.

4. Social Worker Role in Emergency Preparedness, Part 2

A continuation of the 1:00 pm session described above
Presented by: Kenneth Daily, LNHA and Lisa Heermans, LSW, LNHA

3:15-3:30 pm Networking Break

3:30 - 4:30 pm Concurrent Sessions:

5. Professional Ethics: Our Obligations and Strategies for Success

Viki Kind will explore four ethical viewpoints and how people decide which one is right. She will discuss our obligations to stakeholders and how to have moral courage in challenging situations. Attendees will also learn simple tests to determine, What's the right thing to do? These practical ethical tools and strategies can be used in both your professional and personal life.

* Identify four ethical viewpoints and how different people decide which one is right.
* Demonstrate how to have moral courage in challenging situations.
* Recognize who are the stakeholders and what are our obligations to them.
* Demonstrate simple tests to determine, ?What?s the right thing to do.?

Presented by: Viki Kind, M.A

6. Social Worker Role in Emergency Preparedness, Part 3

A continuation of the 2:15 pm session described above
Presented by: Kenneth Daily, LNHA and Lisa Heermans, LSW, LNHA

August 22, 2018 - Conference Schedule

8:00 am Continental Breakfast & Conference Check In
Take this time to pick up your conference materials, catch up with colleagues and enjoy coffee and pastries.

8:30 - 10:00 am Discharge Planning, Hearings & Appeals: It's A New Ballgame

The newly proposed Requirements for Participation emphasize the importance of comprehensive discharge planning as more residents will be discharged quicker into the community. Additionally, changes are proposed to the discharge appeals process, some of which appear to have been adopted by Hearing Examiners as a matter of practice if not by law. This session will review the requirements in the discharge process and provide actual examples of cases that have been decided by Hearing Examiners in Ohio.

* Learn the basics of the discharge process
* Identify cases where the provider has prevailed and why
* Learn the proposed changes to the discharge process under the proposed Requirements of Participation

Presented by: Christopher Tost, Partner, Rolf Goffman Martin Lang LLP

10:00 - 10:15 am Networking Break

10:15 - 11:45 am Concurrent Sessions

7. Serious Mental Illness in the Nursing Home Resident: Not What You Think

This session will take participants through the time periods that were the basis for how we perceive those with mental illness today. It will explain what serious mental illness is and is not as well as give clarity to regulatory issues that can arise within nursing facilities. This presentation will touch on how to utilize the PAS/RR results within the individualized care plan and how staff members can effectively manage or prevent many behavioral issues.

* To give background information on treatment progress from the 19th century to today.
* To destigmatize serious mental illness diagnoses within long term care facilities.
* To provide further educational resources for facilities that will help them provide quality care.
? Clarify state and federal regulations regarding serious mental illness treatments.

Presented by: Rebecca Samblanet, MPH, LNHA, Assistant Administrator, DOPR-McKinley HCC; Regional Marketing-Sheridan HCS

8. Strategies for Integrating Important Preferences into the Care Planning Process

Providing care based on a resident/client important preferences enhances their autonomy, quality of life, physical and emotional wellbeing. It also supports more effective and holistic care planning; increases satisfaction among residents and their family members; strengthens trust and communication among residents, family members and nursing home staff; and complies with regulations requiring that care plans reflect resident/clients' voices and preferences so they can experience meaningful and enjoyable lives.

In this interactive session, participants will discuss how to integrate data obtained from the Preferences for Everyday Living Inventory (PELI) into the plan of care to enhance person-centered care. Participants will be provided with examples of setting up care plans with preferences in mind. Barriers to participating in a preferred activity, such as function or cognition, will be discussed using a strengths-based approach.


* Describe the purpose and benefits of using resident preferences for care planning in nursing home settings.
* Articulate the importance of incorporating preferences into the care plan.
* Understand how functional barriers can affect preference fulfillment and how to care plan around these needs.
* Understand how to use person centered language in the care planning process.

Presented by: Dr. Katherine Abbott, PhD, MGS, Assistant Professor, Scripps Gerontology Center
Alex Heppner, BSW, Project Manager, PELI-Can Project

11:45 am - 12:45 pm Networking Luncheon (included in your registration fee)
After a morning of learning, you've earned some time to unwind! Use this time to discuss the morning's events with fellow attendees, connect with some new friends and share best practices.

12:45 pm - 2:15 pm Concurrent Sessions

9. PAS/ID, RR and LOC: When to do them, why to do them and how to do it all right!

New federal regulations that started in 2017 are applying pressure to make sure the medical record and plan of care are reflective of each individual resident. This starts with the admission process and initial information gathering. This session will give you the tools and know how to assure your facility is in compliance with all federal and state admission regulations and will specifically highlight the PAS/ID, RR and LOC processes.

* To give the audience a complete understating of the differences between PAS/ID, RR and LOC.
* How to accurately complete each form and timeline to submit to appropriate agencies.
* Understanding of how to use the results to provide individualized care.
* Provide knowledge of state and federal regulations associated with admission to a nursing facility.

Presented by: Rebecca Samblanet, MPH, LNHA, Assistant Administrator, DOPR-McKinley HCC;
Regional Marketing-Sheridan HCS

10. Strategies for Successful MDS Interviews

This session will provide a step-by-step guide to the BIMS and PHQ-9 interviews, which are essential to MDS, care plan, Quality Measure, and survey success. Best practices for gathering and auditing data will be provided, including MDS manual interview tips. This session will also provide guidance for direct care team members, who may be responsible for completing the supporting documentation to justify MDS 3.0 coding.


* Discuss CMS coding definitions for the BIMS and PHQ-9
* Discuss the supporting documentation necessary for accuracy of MDS 3.0 coding.
* Identify common coding errors and ways to reduce the likelihood of their occurrence.
* Describe interview techniques and CMS rules for interview

Presented by: Tammy Cassidy, RN, BSN, LNHA, RAC-CT, President, T. L. Cassidy & Associates, LLC

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Networking Break

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Regulatory Update 2018

The long-term care industry is rapidly changing. The upcoming year will see additional survey scrutiny, a completely new Medicare payment model, and more acutely ill residents than ever before. This session will provide a discussion regarding the Phase 3 Requirements of Participation as they relate to social services, Department of Health survey trends, October 1, 2018 MDS 3.0 changes, and a review of Immediate Jeopardy trends. It will also provide participants with the tools necessary to ensure successful outcomes for their residents, as well strategies for successful implementation of new systems.

* Discuss the Phase 3 Requirements of Participation and how they relate to social service processes within communities
* Discuss recent Immediate Jeopardy trends and at least three strategies to improve outcomes for residents
* Identify the October 1st, 2018 MDS changes which will impact the social services department

Presented by: Tammy Cassidy, RN, BSN, LNHA, RAC-CT, President, T. L. Cassidy & Associates, LLC

3:30 pm Adjourn
Speaker information is not available.
Continuing Education Credit:

This program offers up to 9 hours of continuing education credit for the following (August 21 = 3 and August 22 = 6):

Ohio Social Workers: Application has been approved by the State of Ohio, CSWMFTB for social work. Social workers can earn up to 9 hours of continuing education credit that includes 3 hours of ethics.

Ohio Licensed Administrators: The Ohio Health Care Association is an approved provider of continuing education credit by the Ohio Board of Executives for Long Term Care Services and Supports. Administrations can earn 9 hours of continuing education credit.

Certified Executives for Assisted Living (CEAL):
CEALs can earn up to 9 hours of continuing education credit.

Certified Executives for Health Care at Home (CEHCH):
CEHCHs can earn up to 9 hours of continuing education credit.

Ohio Nurses:
*Nurses please note any continuing education that has been approved by BELTSS (or any other accredited body) can be accepted by the Ohio Board of Nursing in the State of Ohio. Nurses may use this continuing education to meet their licensure requirements. Please refer to OBN continuing education rules 4723-14-01 thru 4723-14-19.
What Is Included in My Registration Fee?

Up to 9 hours of Continuing Education Credit
Bonus Preconference Sessions
Continental Breakfast
Lunch Buffet
Continuous refreshment service
Handouts of all education sessions

Conference Registration Fees:

$155 prior to August 8
$195 August 8 and after

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