Wednesday, March 25, 2020

March 31, 2020 PDPM Academy Open Discussion Forum Cancelled – PDPM Academy 2020 Subscriptions Still Available

Dave Kyllo

Due to the growing challenges providers are facing during the COVID-19 emergency and the need to free-up our virtual webinar technology calendar to provide essential COVID-19 related updates, AHCA is cancelling the scheduled upcoming AHCA PDPM Academy Open Discussion Forum (ODF) scheduled for March 31 from 3:00-4:00 PM EDT. 

Any updates related to the patient driven payment model (PDPM) during this crisis will be posted as they occur in the AHCA COVID-19 Email Updates that can be found on the left hand side of the AHCA COVID-19 resource page under the "Latest AHCA/NCAL Updates" header.

AHCA appreciates your understanding during this challenging time. Once we have passed this crisis, we will substitute this lost ODF session hour in your AHCA PDPM Academy 2020 subscription with a one-hour on-demand CE webinar related to PDPM.

If you have any immediate questions regarding PDPM, or if you have PDPM claims-related problems that your MAC is unable to resolve, please submit your questions to pdpm@ahca.org. COVID-19 questions should be sent to covid19@ahca.org.

AHCA SNF provider members can still register for the AHCA PDPM Academy 2020 Subscription – Building Optimal Operational Capacities©. This exclusive “SNF provider member only” subscription package includes:

  • Seven pre-recorded one-hour educational webinars with 1.25 NAB continuing education (CE) credits and accompanied by AHCA-developed guidance toolkits and other resources covering these topics:
    • Holistic person-centered care planning
    • Evidence-based approaches for improving mobility
    • Effective care transitions at admission and discharge
    • Trend Tracker and other sources to monitor the quality impact of PDPM
    • Managing residents with complex nursing and NTA needs
    • Restorative nursing and skilled maintenance nursing and therapy– Available On- Demand March 31 (see course description below)
    • One additional CE webinar (topic to be announced in the future)
  • Five live PDPM Academy Open Discussion Forums: (On-demand recordings of these forums are available to Subscribers)
  • Access to AHCA’s complete library of 2019 and 2020 PDPM Academy materials 

The 2020 subscription fee is $299 per individual and is available only to AHCA SNF provider members (or individual contracted employees if registering through the AHCA provider member).  The materials, toolkits, forums and webinars in the AHCA PDPM Academy 2020 Subscription package come from the nation’s top experts and are hundreds of dollars less than what private consultants are charging. 

The first on-demand CE course will be available March 31 and is titled Restorative Nursing and Skilled Maintenance Nursing and Therapy. Nearly one-third of SNF resident stays would be eligible for restorative nursing case-mix payment adjustments within the PDPM Nursing Component. Additionally, new flexibilities in therapy service delivery permitted under PDPM create incentives to develop more effective restorative nursing programs to all Medicare Part A residents, including those on an active therapy care plan. This module will highlight restorative nursing and skilled maintenance nursing and therapy best practices under PDPM. 

The Restorative Nursing and Skilled Maintenance Nursing and Therapy session is free with a PDPM Academy 2020 subscription. This educational session can also be purchased a la care at: https://educate.ahcancal.org/p/RestorativeNursingSkilledMaintenanceNursingandTherapy. More in-depth education on specific PDPM related best practices are available for purchase here: https://educate.ahcancal.org/PDPMCEWebinars. The a la carte registration price per individual for each PDPM Academy 2020 CE session is $150 for AHCA members and $650 for non-members. 

To access ahcancalED and register for an AHCA PDPM Academy 2020 Subscription, members need to login with their AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords. For assistance obtaining AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords, please e-mail educate@ahca.org with your name and facility contact information. 

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