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Sep
26
Wed
Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Medication_bottles

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Only 20% of people with opioid use disorder receive treatment. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Roadmap to Address the Opioid Epidemic lists expanding access to treatment as a key area of focus.

This webinar will offer the perspective of a physician dedicated to treating opioid use disorder. Topics to be discussed include: impact of opioid addiction, overview of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and understanding benefits of MAT.

Target Audience:

Clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, home health, hospice, public health, consumers and families, and all community partners who will benefit from a discussion addressing medication assisted treatment.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand impact of opioid addiction
  2. Define medication assisted treatment (MAT)
  3. Identify medication used in treatment of opioid use disorder
  4. Discuss benefits of MAT and how to address associated stigmas

Presenter:

Melissa_Henke_MDMelissa J. Henke, MD
Medical Director
Heartview Foundation
Bismarck, ND

 

Dr. Henke, Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, serves as Heartview’s Medical Director. In that capacity, Dr. Henke participates in interdisciplinary case review, develops and oversees patient medical protocols, reviews nursing assessments for appropriate withdrawal management, and confers with the interdisciplinary team regarding patient care management. She also provides medical oversight to the Medication-Assisted Therapy program and ongoing care to individual patients.

 

Sep
20
Thu
Chronic Care Management: Medicare and Beyond
Sep 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Clinic nurse and patient

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Learn how a large system practice and rural clinic practice are using Chronic Care Management Programs to better coordinate care, increase communication to providers, reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and ED visits, empower the patient to reach their healthcare goals and keep patient well more of the time.

Target Audience:

Qualified health professionals (physicians, PAs, NPs), clinical staff (nurses & pharmacists), and non-clinical staff (pharmacy staff & office managers) in clinics, hospitals, FQHCs, rural health clinics, pharmacies, consumers and their families, and all community partners who will benefit from a discussion addressing chronic care management.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Review steps to implement a streamlined chronic care management workflow, leveraging registry data, risk scoring, and automatic charge triggering functionality
  2. Describe recommendations to develop a multi-disciplinary approach to providing chronic care management; efficiently identify eligible patients, complete enrollment, and document time spent coordinating care in between visits
  3. Relate impact on emergency room utilization and inpatient admissions

Presenters:

Ann BlanchardAnn Blanchard, BSN, RN
Director, Ambulatory Clinics
Nebraska Medicine
Omaha, NE

Ann Blanchard, BSN, RN, is an Intensive Care nurse by background with over thirteen years of experience in trauma and transplant. Transitioning out of direct patient care, she was trained as a Six Sigma Black Belt working in Continuous Quality Improvement. Later moving into informatics as the Manager, Enterprise Ambulatory and Oncology Clinical Applications.  For the past three years, she has served in the role as Director of Primary Care and Immediate Care Clinics; utilizing her complement of experience and expertise to become a transformational leader in primary care.

Gayla HasenkampGayla Hasenkamp, LPN
Care Coordinator
McCook Clinic
McCook, NE

Gayla HasenKamp is from McCook Clinic in McCook, NE, where she is one of two Care Coordinators. Gayla’s varied nursing experiences have given her a good knowledge base in many aspects of patient care, but her heart has always been led towards caring for the elderly. Gayla was hired at the clinic primarily to start the Chronic Management program. To date, she has enrolled approximately 119 patients in the program and the benefits of CCM are being recognized by providers, nursing staff and patients themselves.

Aug
30
Thu
Improving Adult Immunizations and the Importance of Healthcare Worker Immunization
Aug 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Annually thousands of Americans are hospitalized and even die due to vaccine-preventable diseases.  Healthcare workers care for people at high risk for influenza-related complications so it is especially important for them to get recommended vaccinations. In this webinar, immunization expert, Dr. L J Tan, will lead a discussion on issues related to adult vaccine preventable diseases with emphasis on the importance of healthcare worker immunizations for disease prevention. Cost burden and strategies to improve healthcare work immunizations will also be addressed.

Target Audience:  

Front line staff of clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, home health, hospice, public health, nursing homes, consumers and families, and all community partners who will benefit from a discussion addressing adult immunizations.

Objectives: 

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the morbidity, mortality and cost burden of adult vaccine preventable diseases
  2. Discuss the importance of healthcare worker immunization in terms of disease prevention and economic burden
  3. Discuss strategies to improve healthcare worker immunization coverage rates

Continuing Education: 

This event has been approved for one contact hour for nurses by the North Dakota Board of Nursing.

Presenter:

Litjen J TanLitjen (LJ) Tan, MS, PhD
Chief Strategy Officer
Immunization Action Coalition

 

Litjen (LJ) Tan, MS, PhD, is chief strategy officer of the Immunization Action Coalition, co-chair and co-founder of the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit, and former president of the Board of the Adult Vaccine Access Coalition. He is an editor for Vaccine, BMC Infectious Diseases, Medscape Infectious Diseases, and a member of
the ESCMID Vaccine Study Group.

Dr. Tan received his master of science degree in biology at New York University and earned his doctorate of philosophy in microbiology/immunology from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

Dr. Tan’s current appointments include serving as a special consultant for the European Union Influenza Summit and the Asia-Pacific Influenza Summit, and serving as a member of the Advisory Board for Unity (United for Adolescent Vaccination) Consortium, the 317 Coalition, and the AMGA’s Adult Immunization Collaborative, to name a few. He was a voting member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee from 2009 to 2013 and a liaison member of the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 2002 to 2012.

Aug
29
Wed
QPP Power Hour: 2018 MIPS Reimbursement Calculator
Aug 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Would you like to earn the highest MIPS score you can achieve for your practice? Are you selecting the right quality measures? Do you know how well you are performing against the CMS benchmarks? Have you made a decision on your submission method? The Great Plains QIN MIPS Reimbursement Calculator will help answer those questions. This month’s QPP Power Hour will provide a live demonstration of the 2018 MIPS Reimbursement Calculator. Let us show you how you can be successful!

Objectives:

Upon completion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Learn how to select Quality Measures and Improvement Activities to fit your practice
  2. Discover how to gauge your performance against the CMS benchmarks
  3. Understand the different submission methods

Presenter:

David Athey
Data Engineer
Great Plains QIN/Kansas Foundation for Medical Care
Topeka, KS

Let’s have a lively, interactive discussion!

This session will be an open discussion format and is an opportune time to seek clarification and guidance on the Quality Payment Program. We urge you to join us to learn, but we also encourage you to come prepared to ask questions, share insights with your peers and express your concerns. We are here to teach, but we’re also here to learn from you!

We look forward to hosting this discussion on August 29. Please feel free to invite other team members who will benefit from participation.

Aug
23
Thu
2018 Quality Health Associates of North Dakota Quality Forum @ Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center
Aug 23 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Overview and Purpose:

Health and quality of life rely on many community systems and factors, not simply on a well-functioning health and medical care system. Making changes can effectively improve the health of many in the community. For a community to improve its health, its members must often change aspects of the physical, social, organizational, and even political environments in order to eliminate or reduce factors that contribute to health problems.

This year’s Quality Forum—Healthy People, Healthy Communities—brings together professionals from across the continuum of care and community who are dedicated to improving the health of their community and the state as a whole through a multi-disciplinary approach.

Featured Presenter:

Andrew Jager, MA, Senior Program Manager, American Hospital Association, Chicago, IL

Mr. Jager is a Senior Program Manager with the American Hospital Association (AHA) where he supports the work of the Population Health team. In this role, Jager oversees research studies related to performance improvement activities in hospitals and health systems, clinical-community linkages in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, and promoting innovation in health care systems. Prior to joining AHA, Jager was a senior researcher in the American Medical Association’s Ethics Group where he led and conducted studies on topics related to medical ethics and professionalism, work motivation, and professional identity. He also has developed and validated measures related to how contextual factors impact patient care quality and well-being, and managed programs related to communication effectiveness and health disparities reduction. Jager holds a MA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies and a BA from Beloit College.

Target Audience:

This Quality Forum is designed for healthcare and community service professionals including:

  • Health care administrators and practice office managers
  • Quality improvement leaders and staff
  • Medical directors and senior leaders
  • Primary care physicians and physician’s assistants
  • Nurses and nurse practitioners
  • Pharmacists
  • Social workers
  • Nursing home leadership and front line staff
  • Home care professionals
  • Community service and public health providers
  • Government, association, payers, and coalition leaders

Goal:

To improve health and healthcare for the people of North Dakota by facilitating a forum that combines the synergy of patients, families, stakeholders, healthcare providers, communities, and payers to build healthy communities with healthy people.

NEW THIS YEAR…Gallery Walk of Success:

You will have an opportunity to visit Gallery Walk participants to learn more about their projects, programs, and successful interventions.

  • Reducing Sepsis Harm and Death (Great Plains QIN)
  • Use of Community Resources for Care Coordination (First Link)
  • Success in Care Consultation (Alzheimer’s Association)
  • All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (Northland Care Coordination Program/Northland PACE  Program)
  • Building A Patient and Family Advisory Council (Cavalier County Memorial Hospital and Clinics)
  • Building Community Partnerships (Standing Rock Opioid STR Community)
  • Bridging Health and Home (Sanford Mayville Medical Center)
  • Team-Based Care (Jacobson Memorial Hospital)
  • Electronic Laboratory Test Order and Result Reporting (ND HIN/Trinity Health)

Continuing Education (CE):

This event has been approved for 5.5 contact hours for nurses by the North Dakota Board of Nursing.

Aug
16
Thu
IMPACT Act – What SNFs Need to Know
Aug 16 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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By attending this event, participants will gain additional knowledge about the IMPACT Act and realize how it will help Long-Term Care (LTC) and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) improve quality of care in their facility.

 

Target Audience:    

LTC and SNF administrators, nurses and other staff are invited to join this event.

 

Objectives:

Upon completion of the WebEx, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the IMPACT Act for LTC and SNF
  2. Recognize how the IMPACT Act affects LTC and SNF communities
  3. Utilize the IMPACT Act to improve quality in LTC and SNF

 

Presenter:  

johnathan reevesJohnathan Reeves, BA
Quality Improvement Consultant
Great Plains Quality Innovation Network

Johnathan Reeves is a Quality Improvement Consultant in Kansas for the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network. Johnathan has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washburn University and is also a co-instructor of Nursing Quality and Safety at Washburn University’s School of Nursing. He has spent most of the last 15 years working in long-term care, and the last four years as a quality improvement expert. He also has legislative experience and expertise from working with Kansas legislative leadership and as an auditor at the Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit. His primary focus in his current role is data and systems analysis focused on QAPI education and implementation.

Aug
15
Wed
Top 10 Countdown for Improving Your Long-Term Care Infection Prevention Program
Aug 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Overview and Purpose:

Join Peg Gilbert as she reviews the list of top ten common areas for infection prevention improvement and the evidence-based best practices for addressing them.  Participants will be introduced to resources, tools and best practices for successfully implementing quality improvement tactics to impact infection control.

Featured Presenter:

Peg Gilbert, RN, MS, CIC, FAPIC
Quality IC, LLC

Peg Gilbert is the owner of Quality IC, LLC. The focus of her business is to improve infection prevention practices in healthcare facilities using proven quality improvement strategies. Her passion is sharing her knowledge gained from over 40 years as a healthcare professional. She recently authored a course on Becoming a Safe Injection Champion as part of a CDC grant awarded to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

In addition, she is an infection control consultant for the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network for their long-term care and home health care initiatives. She is a faculty member for APIC educational courses and consulting projects and has completed many infection control assessments in long-term care and acute care facilities. Peg has a master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis in adult education from Creighton University (1993), is Certified in Infection Control and was in the first group to be named as an APIC Fellow.

Target Audience:

All healthcare professionals are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify ten common areas for improvement identified from onsite infection control assessments
  2. Discuss the evidence or standards for best practice related to the top ten areas for improvement
  3. Explain resources, tools or practices to assist implementation of the evidence-based practices

 

Questions:

Lori Hintz, RN
Program Manager
Lori.Hintz@area-a.hcqis.org
605-354-3187

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