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The Illinois Council on Long Term Care offers educational opportunities for nursing home professionals and others interested in issues related to long term care in Illinois. The Council presents seminars ranging from clinical practice issues to regulatory and policy subject matters. Continuing education credits for licensed Illinois Nursing Home Administrators and Social Workers are available at all Council seminars.

July Seminar

Negotiating Tools & Electronic Monitoring Challenges
July 25, 2017 Holiday Inn Skokie

8:30 – 10:30AM
David v. Goliath - The New Normal in Appealing Civil Monetary Penalties and
Other CMS Sanctions

Speakers: Mark W. Bina, Partner and Randall R. Fearnow, Partner with Quarles & Brady LLP

This seminar is designed to help participants identify and understand the various challenges of appealing CMS civil monetary penalties and other sanctions issued to LTC providers. Presenters will review examples of prior appeal and settlement outcomes and help participants analyze best practices of dealing with CMS. Further, participants will learn about the various considerations when a facility is facing closure.

The presentation will address the following topics:
-- Discussion of the appeal process for providers subject to penalties by CMS
-- Avoiding and exiting Special focus lists
-- IDR and settlement
-- Appeal early and often
-- Must pre-pay the sanction into escrow while appeal is pending
-- Negotiating with CMS
-- Potential closure of a facility; discussion of requirements stemming from the Affordable Care Act, and other laws such as the WARN Act

10:45 – 11:45 AM
Don't Smile: Cameras in Long Term Care are Trouble

Speakers: Randall R. Fearnow, Partner; Jaya F. White, Associate; and William A. Walden, Associate with Quarles & Brady LLP

This seminar provides a review of the Illinois law permitting electronic/video surveillance in facilities, including its limitations and impact on resident rights. In addition, presenters will provide updates in the laws related to the use of resident images on social media.

The following issues will be discussed in the presentation:
-- “Granny Cams” or electronic/video surveillance employed by residents or families of residents
-- Overview of privacy concerns related to the recording and use of images of persons residing in facilities
-- Resident consent
-- Improper uses of video and photographic images of residents
-- CMS Memo: Protecting Resident Privacy and Prohibiting Mental Abuse Related to Photographs and Audio/Video Recordings by Nursing Home Staff

For more information and to register for our July Seminar, click here.




Multiple medications, medical conditions and age-related changes in the way the body processes drugs in the elderly all increase the risk of adverse drug events. Adverse drug events may not only affect a nursing home's Five-Star Rating, but can also impact avoidable readmission rates that determine federal value-based payments and membership eligibility for local Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). A new Telligen QIN project will help reduce these risks among nursing home residents in Colorado, Illinois and Iowa and help nursing home staffs hone their Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) skills.

"Whether or not your staff has participated in the Telligen QAPI push classes, Project DAO (Diabetes, Anticoagulants and Opioids) helps them maintain their QAPI skills with new quality improvement projects that directly impact resident care and home management," says Telligen Quality Improvement Manager Deanna Curry. Nursing homes can participate in any of the three two-month projects, each focused on a specific drug class. Projects will follow the same format as the popular QAPI push courses, with instruction, hands-on projects and discussion.
Project DAO focuses on three of the most common medications given in long-term care settings.

Nursing home staff who participate in this project will:
1. Learn the signs and symptoms of adverse events related to diabetes medications, anticoagulants, or opioids.
2. Create a simple process for clinical staff to track adverse drug events from these medications.
3. Practice the QAPI skills they need to meet updated federal regulations.

Project DAO will begin its Opioid classes on August 1, 2017. Please sign up here by July 31 to join a limited number of nursing homes that will participate in Project DAO. For more information, please contact Telligen Medication Safety Program Manager Katy Brown or a Telligen nursing home quality improvement facilitator.

Sign up here by July 31st

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Fax: (773) 478-0843
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