Live In Person Seminars

Nursing Conference

9/27/2023 - 9/28/2023

, Columbus/Westerville , Ohio

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In Person Location:
Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris Hotel
409 Altair Parkway
Westerville, OH 43082
(614) 882-6800

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 cut off date. It is unlikely that they will be able to extend the cutoff date of September 6th due to the busy nature of their hotel and since rooms go quickly, there may not be any available rooms left at that point.

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Nursing Conference 2023

September 27 (4.0 CEs)

12:30 pm - Check In

1:00 pm - Navigating the Upcoming Changes of MDS 2023 - Tammy Cassidy
October 1, 2023 is around the corner! Nursing will be tasked with implementing significant Minimum Data Set (MDS) changes. The new or expanded data being collected on the MDS will not only impact the MDS Coordinator and Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) but also the Director of Nursing in updating facility policy and processes. Make sure you are prepared for these changes.

2:00 pm - Break

2:15 pm - Pain, Pills and Best Practices: Balancing Opioid Risks and Benefits
Managing the risks and benefits of opioid medications is a continual balancing act that LTC healthcare providers must contend with - a drug class with both immense analgesic and adverse effect potential. This session will reflect on the development of the ongoing opioid crisis and identify the relevant regulations enacted in effort to curb suboptimal opioid use.

The audience will benefit from hearing practical steps that SNFs can take to align with 'best-practice' elements that focus on patient-centered pain management. Additionally, the very real issue of opioid diversion will be discussed and steps to safeguard the chain-of-custody will be provided.

3:15 pm - Break

3:30 pm - Admitting the Patient with Clinically Complex Infusion Needs - Nancy Loppicolo, Omnicare
This session is intended to provide the attendees with tools to successfully admit patients with clinically complex infusion needs. The session will provide guidance to skilled facility leadership to help them get back on track to a pre-pandemic patient driven payment model (PDPM) focus. Key areas will include reimbursement and capturing Non-Therapy Ancillary (NTA) conditions to maximize reimbursement ; Care Transition to ensure a smooth transition from hospital to SNF; providing quality care: through staff education and patient care considerations for patients with infusion needs; and Regulatory updates for patients requiring parenteral infusion.

4:30 pm Cocktails & Conversation
Join OHCA's Heidi McCoy & Mandy Smith for a guided networking session which will allow you to network with their peers while sharing thoughts and concerns regarding various initiatives affecting skilled nursing today. Topics will include workforce, survey and more. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear different perspectives from both OHCA and other attendees as well as share implementation strategies that have been successful for their organization.

5:30 pm Adjourn

September 28 (5.5 CEs)

8:00 am Check In & Breakfast

8:30 am Immediate Jeopardies - Mandy Smith

9:30 am Break

9:45 am Protecting Ohio's Long Term Care Residents - Charles Angersbach
The Ohio Attorney General's Office, Health Care Fraud Section, has original criminal jurisdiction to investigate allegations of abuse, neglect, and related crimes against residents of long-term care facilities. This session will incorporate real criminal case examples exploring the crimes committed within these facilities, the steps of our criminal investigative procedures, and applicable lessons for the audience on reporting such crimes.

11:15 am Break

11:30 am Improving Mental Health Quality Measures - Cassandra Skul, ViaQuest
Antipsychotics have always been the 'bad guy' medication in long term care. Over the last year, there is increased scrutinization when antipsychotics are prescribed. Before we only had to worry about having a 'qualifying diagnosis' but now we must make sure the documentation supports that diagnosis or risk paying severe penalties. This session will address these new standards and how best to ensure you are in compliance. In addition, the other quality measures associated with mental health with be discussed.

12:30 pm Luncheon (included)

1:15 pm Frailty to Functionality - Keys To Successful Interventions - Karen Welsh, Jennifer Callahan, Functional Pathways
This presentation will cover the definition of frailty, how understanding frailty can help to better care for residents and strategies for successful interventions and measuring outcomes associated with the frail.

The added vulnerability of a resident considered to be frail requires increased understanding of the needs of the frail population and how to plan for their care. A resident centered multidisciplinary approach is more critical than for other clinical programs. Progress may be slow and setbacks should be expected. A facility that can plan care for frail residents can better plan for proper use of resources and experience positive outcomes.

2:15 pm Break

2:30 pm Regulatory Round-up & More! - Erin, Heidi, Mandy

It is very important that we have an understanding of the challenges and changes in the profession. Whether it is the latest trends, regulatory issues or dealing with the impact of the state budget, nursing professionals have a lot to keep abreast of.
This session will discuss the state issues as well as provide a general update. A must attend session for all attendees.

3:30 pm Adjourn

Charles Angersbach has been with the Ohio Attorney General?s Office, Health Care Fraud Section, since 2012 where he was a Special Agent. In 2015, he promoted to Special Agent Supervisor, and presently supervises one of three teams specializing in abuse, neglect, theft, drug diversion, and related crimes in long-term care facilities. Charles has conducted local, statewide and national presentations to educate audiences about Health Care Fraud investigations. Prior to employment with the Ohio Attorney General?s Office, Charles was a Support Enforcement Supervisor for the Franklin County Child Support Enforcement Agency. Charles has a BA in Law and Society (criminology) from Purdue University.

Kishore ?Josh? Bose, PharmD, RPh; Manager of Clinical Services at PharMerica - is a Lexington, KY native. Josh capitalized on the research and secondary education opportunities of his hometown, completing both undergraduate studies and the PharmD program at the University of Kentucky. His initial foray into pharmacy practice was in the community setting, managing Walgreens pharmacies in the greater Louisville area. As Manager of Clinical Services, Josh functions to provide data driven consultative services to optimize client drug expenditures and enhance patient outcomes. He drives a number of clinical initiatives, including stewardship programs focused on antibiotics, psychotropics, and of course, opioids.

Jennifer Callahan MSP, CCC-SLP RAC-CT is a Clinical Outcomes and Reimbursement Specialist with Functional Pathways and an SLP by background. She has over 20 years experience in providing care and therapeutic services, as well as developing programs, education, and training materials around providing care for the aging population. She has held various operational and clinical positions, is RAC certified, been a speaker at several state and national level conferences and has extensive experience along the post-acute care continuum.

Tammy Cassidy RN, BSN, BC, LNHA, RAC-MT
Ms. Cassidy has over 28 years of long-term care management experience including Charge Nurse, Care Team Manager, Director of Nursing, MDS Coordinator, Corporate Clinical Compliance, Corporate Risk Manager, and Vice President of Clinical Quality. She is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator in the State of Ohio, and has worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, specializing in MDS, as a DAVE2 reviewer. She is certified in Gerontological Nursing and MDS, and she is a Master Trainer for the AAPACN Resident Assessment Coordinator certification. Ms. Cassidy is a nationally recognized speaker and specializes in topics regarding clinical quality and MDS. She is the past president of OANAC (Ohio Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators), and the recipient of the American College of Health Care Administrators, Ohio Chapter, Education Award in 2017. Since 2001, Tammy served as the President of T. L. Cassidy & Associates, LLC and is now proud to be the Senior Practice Director for Engage Consulting Partners.

Adrienne Hearn BCGP RPh is the Manager of Clinical Operations in the Northeast. She is Board Certified in Geriatric Pharmacy with over 25 years of experience in long-term care. Her team of 30 plus consultant pharmacists expand from Ohio through Maine. With expertise in skilled nursing, memory care, assisted living and the intellectually and developmentally disabled populations, Adrienne?s practice revolves around serving our communities through patient centered care. She and her team work relentlessly at protecting our fragile populations from adverse drug events and optimizing drug therapy while maintaining regulatory compliance.

Nancy Lopiccolo RN, BSN, CRNI has over 35 years in nursing and actively works the long term care industry providing continued education for nurses. Nancy works in the development and delivery of educational programs that support all areas of infusion including standards of care (Essentials of Infusion and Vascular Access Review), Parenteral Nutrition Therapy, Inotropic Therapy, Pain Management, and more.

Cassandra Skul is the Director of Nurse Practitioners at ViaQuest Psychiatric & Behavioral Solutions. She specializes in providing services to people in long term care settings and those with intellectual disabilities. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University in 2016. Prior to becoming a NP she worked as inpatient psychiatric nurse in Cleveland, OH. She also has a BA in psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University, a MS in genetic counseling from Brandeis University, and her BSN from Cleveland State University.

Karen Welsh MA CCC-SLP, RAC-CTA has over 30 years of SNF and post-acute care experience with an extensive background in 5-Star and Quality Measure improvement programming and outcome management. Her areas of expertise include: PDPM, clinical program development, clinical reimbursement, and software development. Karen holds a master?s degree in Speech Language Pathology, RAC-CT, and RAC-CTA certification. She is an active member of AAPACN, Advion, NARA, The Alzheimer?s association, and LeadingAge in multiple states. As VP of Clinical & Reimbursement Excellence with Functional Pathways, Karen oversees the development and implementation of clinical and reimbursement programs to achieve patient and fiscal outcomes for over 180 facilities across 23 states.

Continuing Education Credit:

Day 1 - 4 CEs
Day 2 - 5.5 CEs

9.5 CE credits

Ohio NHA
Ohio Nurses

Registration Fees:

Full Conference:

$259 before September 20
$309 September 20 and after

Non Members:
$325 before September 20
$375 September 20 and after

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One Day Only:

Before September 20 $215
September 20 and after, $260

Non Members
Before September 20, $275
September 20 and after, $315

Need CEs document.pdf
Sign Up Now.pdf
Navigating the Upcoming Changes of MDS 2023-Cassidy.pdf
Pain, Pills and Best Practices-Balancing Opoid Risks and Benefits-Bose and Hearn.pdf
Admitting the Patient with Clinically Complex Infusion- Loppicolo.pdf
Immediate Jeopardies-Smith.pdf
Protecting Ohio's Long Term Care Residents-Angerbach.pdf
Improving Mental Health Quality Measures-Skul.pdf
Frailty to Functionality-Key to Successful Interventions-Welsh, Callahan.pdf
Regulatory Round-up & More-Hart & McCoy.pdf

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