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For our friends above the bridge, we are once again bringing our UP Conference right to your backyard! We’ll be in beautiful Marquette, MI on May 24-25, 2022 for an energizing, lively and inspiring two full days of education designed around YOUR requests for content!

You can’t afford to miss this opportunity to learn and network with your local Yoopers!

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 (times listed are in EST)

9:00 am: Registration Opens

9:30 – 9:45 am: Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:45 – 10:45 am: Pain Management presented by Kaile Hilliard

11:00 – 12:00 pm: Successful IDR/IIDR Writing presented by Kaile Hilliard

12:00 – 12:45 pm: Networking Luncheon

12:45 – 2:15 pm: An Interactive Discussion on the Causes and Consequences of Implicit Bias presented by Dr. Jon Barch

2:30 – 3:30 pm: State of the Association Update presented by Melissa Samuel, Pat Anderson, Cathy Sunlin, Richie Farran and Linda Lawther

3:45 – 5:15 pm: Administrator/DON Roundtable facilitated by Cheryl Bray and Wayne Johnson

5:15 – 6:15 pm: Hosted Happy Hour

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 (times listed are in EST)

8:45 – 9:45 am: Legal/Regulatory Update presented by Andy Rothman

10:00 – 11:00 am: Survey Updates – Top Cites and What’s New presented by Andy Rothman & Cathy Sunlin

11:15 – 12:15 pm: Reimbursement Update presented by Jon Lanczak

12:15 – 1:00 pm: Networking Luncheon

1:00 – 2:30 pm: HR & Employment Law Updates presented by Terry Bonnette

2:45 – 3:45 pm: Navigating a Post-Pandemic World presented by Andy Rothman, Jon Lanczak, Melissa Samuel, Pat Anderson, Cathy Sunlin and Richie Farran

Learning Outcomes

Pain Management presented by Kaile Hilliard

  1. Describe how the management of pain affects the quality of life of the LTC resident.
  2. Describe misconceptions and consequences of untreated pain.
  3. Recognize different types of pain and identify common non-pharmacological treatments.
  4. Identify strategies to advocate for residents with pain challenges.
  5. Describe the psychosocial aspects of pain.
  6. Describe non-pharm pain management from a psychosocial perspective.
  7. Nurse Outcome: At the conclusion of this educational activity participants will self-report on the post session evaluation a knowledge increase of creating an interdisciplinary team approach to pain management in the LTC environment.

Successful IDR/IIDR Writing presented by Kaile Hilliard

  1. Discuss the IDR/IIDR regulatory requirements and process.
  2. Examine how to structure and create a quality IDR/IIDR response.
  3. Identify key documents to include in an IDR/IIDR.
  4. Describe how to avoid pitfalls of IDR/IIDR.
  5. Nurse Outcome: At the conclusion of this educational activity participants will self-report a knowledge increase on how to structure and create a response to an Informal and an Independent Dispute Resolution.

An Interactive Discussion on the Causes and Consequences of Implicit Bias presented by Dr. Jon Barch

  1. Describe the difference between implicit and explicit cognition.
  2. Describe of how implicit cognition helps humans function efficiently every day.
  3. Give examples of how implicit cognition can result in discriminatory behavior through implicit bias.
  4. Explain the connection between cultural stereotypes and implicit bias.
  5. Identify strategies for reducing the impact of implicit bias.
  6. Nurse Outcome: As a result of this educational activity, learners will self-report on the post session evaluation a knowledge increase of how implicit bias can impact judgements and behaviors.

State of the Association Update presented by Melissa Samuel, Cathy Sunlin, Richie Farran and Linda Lawther

  1. Discuss proposed changes to the Michigan reimbursement system and how it will impact their operations.
  2. Explain the process for transitioning TNAs to CNAs.
  3. Examine the current status of legislative initiatives in Michigan.
  4. Discuss the LARA Regulatory Workgroup’s process and goals.
  5. Explain proposed changes to the HFA and AFC rules and regulatory oversight.
  6. Nurse Outcome: At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will self-report on the post session evaluation a knowledge gain of the state’s regulatory, legislative and reimbursement initiatives.

Administrator/DON Roundtable facilitated by Cheryl Bray and Wayne Johnson

  1. Identify challenges in the current long term care workforce environment.
  2. Describe the new CNA registry and collaboration opportunities for CNA testing.
  3. Identify challenges with reimbursement based on Medicare audits.
  4. Nurse Outcome: At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will self-report on the post session evaluation a knowledge increase of challenges in recruiting and retaining nursing staff in a rural area.
  5. Nurse Outcome: At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will self-report on the post session evaluation,a knowledge increase on reimbursement challenges, technical errors, resources and strategies to increase reimbursement.

Legal/Regulatory Update presented by Andy Rothman

  1. Discuss the status of the use of Temporary Nursing Assistants in Michigan and the legislation to move them to certified nursing assistants.
  2. Describe pending legislation for the use of Medication Aides in Michigan.
  3. Identify the challenges of using staffing agencies to fill vacancies.
  4. Describe the implications of changing to Headmaster for CNA testing and certification
  5. Nurse Outcome: Participants will report a knowledge gain on the program evaluation of the current regulatory expectations and changes as well as legislative changes that effect the practice of long-term care.

Survey Updates – Top Cites and What’s New presented by Andy Rothman & Cathy Sunlin

  1. Identify the top ten citations in Michigan
  2. Discuss what is driving the Immediate Jeopardy citations
  3. Describe the process for filing an Informal Dispute
  4. Nurse Outcome: Participants will report a knowledge gain on the program evaluation of the current trends in regulatory citations and the process improvements needed to prevent these in their homes. 

Reimbursement Update presented by Jon Lanczak

  1. Discuss how to successfully navigate any Medicaid reimbursement and provider tax program changes for SFY 2022.
  2. Discuss the potential transition from a cost-based reimbursement environment to a new reimbursement model and how it may impact SNF operators in Michigan.
  3. Explore strategies and best practices for effectively maximizing Medicare reimbursement through the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) and Value-Based Purchasing Program (VBP).
  4. Examine the growth of managed care utilization and penetration in specific markets throughout the State of Michigan.
  5. Discuss updates on the various coronavirus relief programs and the related reporting and auditing requirements.
  6. Nurse Outcome: At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants will self-report on the post session evaluation, a knowledge increase of Medicare and Medicaid changes in SFY 2022.

HR & Employment Law Updates presented by Terry Bonnette

  1. Describe best practices for recruiting and retaining employees in compliance with the law.
  2. Identify risks of inadvertently creating joint employment relationships.
  3. Describe best practices for recognizing and responding to requests for accommodation.
  4. Describe best practices for recognizing and responding to sexual harassment claims.
  5. Nurse Outcome: As a result of this educational activity, participants will self-report on the post session evaluation, a knowledge increase on statutory and regulatory requirements for responding to requests for accommodation on religious and disability restrictions and how to respond to claims of sexual harassment.

Navigating a Post-Pandemic World presented by Andy Rothman, Jon Lanczak, Melissa Samuel, Cathy Sunlin and Richie Farran

  1. Identify needed ongoing infection control practices for a post pandemic environment
  2. Discuss reimbursement and state and federal policy impact to day to day nursing facility operations at the conclusion of the Public Health Emergency.
  3. Discuss regulatory requirements that will remain the same, change or end at the conclusion of the Public Health Emergency. 
  4. Discuss strategies to recover and stabilize census.
  5. Nurse Outcome: At the conclusion of this learning session, participants report on the post session evaluation a knowledge increase of strategies and tactics needed to review and incorporate ongoing infection control strategies into existing clinical systems to reflect a post-pandemic environment. 
Lodging

Once you have registered, please secure your hotel reservation directly with Holiday Inn located at 1951 U.S. 41 West, Marquette, MI 49855. A limited number of rooms have been designated for participants at the discounted group rate of $85++ per night if booked prior to May 2, 2022. Self parking is complimentary at this venue. Room availability and/or the discounted group rate is NOT guaranteed. To reserve your room now call 906-225-1351 and reference “HCAM.”

Continuing Education

NHA: This program has been approved for Continuing Education for 11.5total participant hours by NAB/NCERS—Approval #20230523-11.50-A85306-IN.

Nurse: Nurse participants may also earn up to 11.5 nurse education contact hours. Health Care Association of Michigan is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Requirements for Successful Completion

To receive contact hours for in-person participation, you must attend the entire session and be scanned in and out of the session via the QR code on your name badge. Missed scans will result in no credit.

Evaluation

Please complete the conference evaluation. This is required for continuing education.

Target Audience

This two-day educational conference is recommended for skilled nursing/post-acute care facility owners, corporate-level consultants and directors, administrators, directors of nursing and other nurse or interdisciplinary team managers.

Happy Hour

Please join us on Tuesday, May 24 from 5:15-6:15 pm for a happy hour featuring a hosted bar and delicious appetizers. Enjoy networking with colleagues and Associate Partners during this annual social event. Proudly sponsored by HCAM Region 5.

COVID-19 Related Health & Safety Protocols - Vaccination Requirement

We look forward to safely seeing everyone. HCAM/MCAL is committed to our members’ health and safety.

HCAM/MCAL requires all attendees follow any federal, state or local health and safety standards, as well as any health and safety standards that may be implemented by HCAM/MCAL, the State of Michigan, or the event venue after your registration up to and through the end of the convention.

Our residents are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. As you know, not all residents have been able to be vaccinated and some have elected against it. Additionally, the data shows breakthrough cases are the most dangerous in this population.

Because of these factors, and to minimize risks, we are implementing the following protocols:

  • VACCINATION: All attendees and guests must be fully vaccinated. Instructions will be sent to you following registration.
  • GREETINGS: Please limit contact with others to “elbow bump” greetings. Please do not shake hands or hug.
  • MASKS: At this time, masks are not required. This requirement may change depending on the positivity rate in the county at the time of the event. We will continue to monitor and update attendees as we get closer to the event.
  • SANITIZING: Hand sanitizer stations will be available.
  • EXPOSURE: Anyone who has experienced COVID-19 symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19, or been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual within the last 14 days prior to attending convention should stay home to avoid the risk of infecting others.
  • LIABILITY: In-person participants acknowledge that there is a risk of contracting COVID-19 infection and that HCAM/MCAL cannot prevent and is not responsible for such risk of infection to any person who chooses to attend this event in-person.

Due to the rapid changes in variant transmissions, HCAM/MCAL may need to revise these protocols leading up to and during this event. Attendees will be notified of any changes via email.

Registration Policies

REGISTRATION:  Online registration through Swoogo is the only method of registration available for this event. Please whitelist (add to safe senders) the following email domains to ensure you receive confirmations and additional details via email: @hcam.org and @swoogo.com.

EVENT CONFIRMATION:  Upon registration, you will receive an email from EducationAMR@hcam.org confirming your registration. Please check your spam/junk folders and whitelist this email address to ensure you receive this email and future communications regarding the event.

CANCELLATION:  All refund requests must be made in writing to Mary Gettel. Individual registration fees, less a $25 processing fee, will be refunded for cancellations received in writing prior to May 18, 2022. Cancellations received after May 18, 2022 and no-show registrants will not receive a refund nor a credit to a future program.

SUBSTITUTIONS:  Individuals registered to attend this program, but unable to participate, may send an alternate in their place. Please contact Mary Gettel with the first and last name, title, facility/company, and email address of both the original registrant and the alternate to process this request.

CONFERENCE ATTIRE:  Business casual attire is suitable for all meetings, sessions, and receptions. Please remember to bring a sweater or jacket for air-conditioned rooms.

QUESTIONS:  Should you have questions, please contact Mary Gettel.

DIETARY REQUESTS:  Dietary restrictions must be indicated on the registration form in order to receive a special meal at food functions. We take every precaution possible, however we cannot guarantee that items are free of trace amounts of allergens and other ingredients.

VIDEOS & PHOTOGRAPHY:  By registering for and/or attending the event, participants acknowledge and agree that data, video, photographs and other image and voice recordings of the event, may be documented by HCAM/MCAL. The data, video, photographs, and other recordings may be used by HCAM/MCAL in any media now known or later invented for any purpose related to HCAM/MCAL’s mission, including educational, promotional and awareness-related use. Registration to this event includes technology that monitors participant activities throughout the event platform, such as session attendance to determine continuing education credit eligibility and virtual expo visits. Participants give HCAM/MCAL unlimited permission to use their name, likeness, image, statements and other information given to HCAM/MCAL, whether through registration, interactions in the platform during the event, or otherwise, that may be necessary for HCAM/MCAL to exercise its rightful use of data, video, photographs and other recordings.

CODE OF CONDUCT: HCAM/MCAL has zero-tolerance for any form of discrimination or harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment by participants or our staff at our meetings. If you experience harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, HCAM/MCAL asks that you inform either Melissa Samuel, President/CEO, melissasamuel@hcam.org or Mary Gettel, Director of Education, marygettel@hcam.org so that we can take the appropriate action.
Unacceptable Behavior is defined as:

  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.
  • Verbal abuse of anyone associated with our event. Examples include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion,
    national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking behaviors.
  • Disruption of presentations during sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at other events organized by HCAM/MCAL throughout the meeting. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and
    any event staff.
  • Participants should not copy or take screen shots of Q&A or any chat room activity that takes place in the virtual space.
  • Participants are strictly prohibited from recording, distributing or otherwise publicizing sessions in any manner, unless prior approval is received in writing from both the association and the individual presenter. All materials are proprietary and protected.
  • Sharing personal event registration sign on information with other individuals to attempt circumventing registration payment.

HCAM/MCAL reserves the right to block access to the event and/or prohibit attendance at any future meeting, virtual or in person, and seek legal action against violators where applicable.

ANTITRUST POLICY: It is the established policy of the Health Care Association of Michigan and Michigan Center of Assisted Living to comply with all laws, including the antitrust laws. Because this event includes individuals representing entities that are or may be competitors, we restrict our communications to the discussion topics specifically addressed by HCAM/MCAL in this event. In order to comply with this policy, please refrain from addressing any issues related to your respective companies’ competitively sensitive proprietary information, including (but not limited to) current or future pricing, rebates, margins, discounts, terms of sale or costs, strategic plans or initiatives, business plans, bidding situations, sales to specific customers, or in specific geographic areas. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact HCAM/MCAL at melissasamuel@hcam.org.

ATTENDEE LIST: HCAM/MCAL does not sell attendee registration information to third-parties. We do share registration information (name, title, facility – no email addresses) with the current
year’s conference sponsors/exhibitors. Within the virtual expo hall, attendee contact information is shared only to the vendor booths you choose to visit.

OPINIONS: The views or opinions expressed by any attendee, speaker or sponsor are not necessarily the views or opinions of HCAM/MCAL.

HCAM/MCAL Nurse Education Committee

Primary Nurse Planner:

Carole Stacy, MSN, MA, RN – HCAM Nurse Consultant
Carole Stacy has disclosed that she has no relevant biasing relationship of a financial, professional, personal or commercial interest.

Nurse Planners:

Shari Carson, RN, BSN, LNHA, CDP, CDON, CIC – Regional Clinical Coordinator for Ciena Healthcare
Shari Carson has disclosed that she has no relevant biasing relationship of a financial, professional, personal or commercial interest.

Marie Patrick, RN, BSN, LNHA – Administrator for Holt Senior Care and Rehab
Marie Patrick has disclosed that she has no relevant biasing relationship of a financial, professional, personal or commercial interest.

Bonnie Vanderkarr, RN, BSN – Corporate Clinical Educator for Ciena Healthcare
Bonnie Vanderkarr has disclosed that she has no relevant biasing relationship of a financial, professional, personal or commercial interest.

Activity Planners:

Vickie Burlew, RN, ADNS, LNHA – Health Care Consultant and Educator for Rolf Consulting and Lebenbom & Rothman PC
Vickie Burlew has disclosed that she has no relevant biasing relationship of a financial, professional, personal or commercial interest.

The HCAM NEC is committed to ensuring all educational activities include only evidence-based content and that all activities are presented in a balanced manner and bias-free.

If you feel that the educational activity was presented in a manner that violated these principles, please contact a member of the NEC immediately. Should you have a
question regarding relationships with commercial interests, please contact the HCAM NEC.

Commercial Support Disclosures

DEFINITIONS:

  • “Ineligible Company”: Any organization or subsidiary whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, reselling, or distributing healthcare products used on or by patients.
  • “Financial Relationship”: Examples include employee, researcher, consultant, advisor, speaker, independent contractor (including contracted research), royalties or patent beneficiary, executive role, ownership interest, and any other activities from which remuneration is received or expected.

DISCLOSURE TO LEARNERS:
No planners, presenters or other faculty have relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies except as follows:

COMMERCIAL SUPPORT:

The following commercial interest organizations have provided sponsorship of this conference and in no way have taken part in, influenced or biased the content of the continuing education activities:

  • HPSI

The following non-commercial interest organizations have provided sponsorship of this conference and in no way have taken part in, influenced or biased the content of the continuing education activities

  • HCAM Region V
  • The ProSure Fund
  • Nextaff
  • Ultra-X Imaging

 

Conference Sponsors

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