EDUCATION COURSES

At Providigm, we are committed to helping associations provide valuable and practical education to their members. Our industry experts have developed curriculum that will educate providers on quality improvement and compliance, empowering them not only to implement sound quality management systems, but also to pass that knowledge along to others in their organization. Ranging from full-day courses to conference breakout sessions to customized live webinar sessions, our education programs are tailored to fit YOUR educational needs.

For a current listing of our upcoming courses, please visit our Events page. To request information about our education programs and options, contact us at info@providigm.com.

Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement (QAPI) Education

Basic QAPI Course
1 Day Course
The Affordable Care Act requires nursing facilities to develop a Quality Assurance & Performance (QAPI) Program. Providigm’s Basic QAPI Course provides an ideal introduction for everyone in your facility including administrators, directors of nursing, social workers, nurse managers, activities managers, direct care staff and consultants. Participants will gain a basic understanding of QAPI implementation and the five underlying elements as set forth by CMS.

Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI): Linking Quality and Survey
Breakout session (1 or 2 hours depending on time allotment)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has indicated the intent to release regulations mandating the implementation of a QAPI process in nursing homes. While the Quality Indicator Survey investigates regulatory compliance, it also provides a basis for QAPI. This program will explore the fundamental requirements of a quality assurance program and how the Five Elements of QAPI are addressed using the methodology of the QIS.

Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI): Understanding the New Requirements
Breakout session (1 or 2 hours depending on time allotment)
Health Care Reform has generated the requirement that a QAPI be established for nursing facilities. The new QAPI regulation will include the requirement that all nursing homes must submit to the Secretary a plan for the facility to meet QAPI standards. This course will assist providers in identifying and
understanding the current QA requirements and identify requirements of the new QAPI process.

Quality Indicator Survey (QIS) Education

Basic QIS Course
1 Day Course
Providigm’s Basic QIS Course details the process used by state surveyors and teaches providers how the QIS tools and procedures can be used in their own quality assurance and improvement programs.

Intermediate QIS Course
1 Day CourseProvidigm’s Basic QIS Course is a prerequisite for the Intermediate QIS Course
The Intermediate QIS Course builds on the foundation established in Providigm’s Basic QIS Course, taking providers to the next level of understanding of the Quality Indicator Survey. Providers learn how to implement the QIS as a core component of a facility’s Quality Assessment and Assurance program and continuous quality improvement opportunities inherent in the process.

The Quality Indicator Survey: Preparation and Response to In-Depth Investigation
Breakout Session (1 or 2 hours depending on time allotment)
In the QIS, all staff and all departments play a role. Team preparation enhances the opportunity for staff to perform well. This program will address key preparation points, what staff can expect during a survey, responding to survey interview questions and tips in preparing for survey. Investigation of care areas will be explored through case studies and regulatory discussion.

Key Drivers to QIS Success: Direct Care Staff Knowledge and Execution
Half Day Course
Staff understanding of and performance in the QIS is vital to a successful survey outcome. This course will provide knowledge of the role each department plays, how surveyors gather and investigate information and how staff response can impact the success of the survey. This course is designed for direct care staff, including nursing assistants, nurses, social workers, activity staff and others who provide care and supervision.

Hospital Readmission Education

Introduction to Hospital Readmission Reduction Program: Impact and Implications for Long-Term Care
Breakout session (1 or 2 hours depending on time allotment)
The Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) resulted in reduced hospital stays and patients being discharged to post-acute settings “sicker and quicker.” While length of stay in hospitals for Medicare patients has decreased over time, readmissions for these same patients has increased, prompting a shift in policy focus from length of stay to readmission. This program will focus on the requirements under the Affordable Care Act and the implications for nursing homes.

Industry Updates Education

Accountable Care Organizations: Transforming the Delivery System
Breakout Session (1 or 2 hours depending on time allotment)
CMS has established a Medicare Shared Savings Program to facilitate coordination and cooperation among providers to improve the quality of care for Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) beneficiaries and reduce unnecessary costs. Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care to their Medicare patients in an effort to reduce cost and meet quality standards. With over 250 ACOs in the United States and numbers growing, many nursing homes will encounter this rapidly developing model of care. This program provides a primer on ACOs and the impact on long-term care.

Future of SNF Quality Measures: MedPAC March 2012 Report
Breakout Session (1 or 2 hours depending on time allotment)
Based on the study of SNF rehospitalizations, MedPAC has made the following recommendation: “The Congress should direct the Secretary to reduce payments to skilled nursing facilities with relatively high riskadjusted rates of rehospitalization during Medicare-covered stays and be expanded to include a time period after discharge from the facility.” This program will review the MedPAC recommendations for SNFs as well as the development of Quality Measures to be used in the measurement process.

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We are happy to tailor courses to the specific needs of your membership.
Contact us at info@providigm.com or 877-221-0184.