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2016 Regulatory Education Forum

Jun 16, 2016 08:30am -
Jun 16, 2016 03:30pm

Event Description

Regulatory Education Forum: Achieving Compliance During Uncertain Times

June 16, 2016
Sheraton Hotel, Grand Ballroom
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Registration at 7:30 am

7:30 am           Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 am           Welcome and Introductions

8:45 am           Regulatory & Organizational Updates from DPH
                        Lindsey Tucker,  Associate Commissioner
                        Massachusetts Department of Public Health

            In response to ongoing changes in the nursing home community, the state
            Department of Public Health (DPH) has undertaken a strategic review of
            its operations and regulations with a focus on resident safety, quality and
            transparency.  These regulatory changes will impact long term care
            providers on many different levels.  This session will feature DPH
            Associate Commissioner Lindsey Tucker and other senior staff, who will
            present an overview of the Department’s newly proposed “Nursing Home
            Rapid Response Plan.”  In addition, recent restructuring within the
            Department and the impact these changes will have on providers and
            consumers will be reviewed. 


9:45 am           Break

10:00 am         Proposed Requirements of Participation and Other Key CMS
                        Initiatives:   What You Can Do Now!
                        Lyn Bentley, Vice President of Quality & Regulatory Affairs
                        American Health Care Association

            Undertaking its most comprehensive review and revision since
            1991, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
            issued a proposed rule updating the Requirements of Participation
            for nursing homes.  These Requirements of Participation are
            projected to be released in late summer or early fall of 2016.   This
            session will review the proposed requirements and discuss what
            facilities can do today to prepare for the implementation of

            these new requirements.  In addition, an update on other CMS
            initiatives projected for release in 2016 will be provided, including a
            discussion of the new survey process. 


11:30 am         Lunch

12:30 pm         CMS SNF Five Star and the New QMs: What Providers, Payors and                                     Partners Need to Know
                        Cheryl Field, Vice President of Healthcare

Today’s SNF providers face a myriad of challenges, many of which have created a demand for proving value through measurement.  In 2015, we saw Five-Star Quality domain methodology changes resulting in one-third of providers losing a Quality star literally overnight.  Payers looking to network with only the best suddenly eliminated providers and we expect the same network pencil sharpening to occur in July 2016 when five new QMs will be added to the Five-Star Quality Reporting System.  Successful utilization of the metrics requires that providers, payors and care provider partners understand the metrics, data source, and what it might mean to be “good” in these new Quality Measurement areas.   Attendees will gain knowledge of the measures defined today, and talking points for informing their markets on the meaning of expected changes in the SNF Five-Star Quality Rating System.

2:00 pm           The Changing Regulatory Landscape: A Leader’s Guide to the IMPACT
                        ACT and Value-Based Purchasing

                        Keri Hart, Vice President of Clinical Operations/Education & Training
                        Harmony Healthcare International

The IMPACT Act of 2014 is for our generation as powerful as OBRA87. These changes have created shockwaves through not only what is happening on a federal level but how providers deliver care by redefining what is considered quality vs. quantity.   These regulations are coming more swiftly than they ever have before. The speaker will provide a timeline and details of how to remain present and stay ahead of the changing landscape of healthcare delivery.

Fee:  $200 for Mass Senior Care Members        $300 for Non-Members
*Includes continental breakfast, lunch, up to 6 education credits and all program materials.
Contact Mass Senior Care for discount pricing for multiple attendees.

CEUs:  6 - The Massachusetts Senior Care Association has qualified for “deemed status #NH-09015-007” from the Board of Registration of Nursing Home Administrators for Administrators.  Mass Senior Care has applied to the NASW for 6 credits for Social Workers.  This program also meets continuing education requirements for Nurses and Activity Professionals in Massachusetts.  All will receive certificate of attendance.


Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center
1657 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA 01701

Follow the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Exit 12.  Bear left after the toll (turns into Route 9 West towards Framingham).  Stay in the right lane.  The hotel is the first building on the right. 

*Please note attendees will receive a confirmation via email only.  Registration for a partial day is not available.

Event Type:Education
Early registration ends on May 01, 2016.
Regular registration starts on May 02, 2016 and ends on Jun 12, 2016.
Late registration starts on Jun 13, 2016.


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
Member Fee: $200.00$200.00$200.00
Non-Member Fee: $300.00$300.00$300.00

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