The Opiate ‘Crisis’: Physician Perspective and Opiate Stewardship
Aug 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


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Overview and Purpose:

During this WebEx recognized international expert and chairman of the Institute on Global Drug Policy, Dr. Eric Voth, will discuss the nationwide opioid epidemic, appropriate prescribing, alternative modalities and Opioid Stewardship.


Featured Presenters:

Dr. Eric VothEric A. Voth, MD., F.A.C.P.
Vice-President of Primary Care
Stormont-Vail HealthCare – Kansas




Target Audience:

  • Providers, nurses, practice managers and clinical staff are invited to join this event


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

  1. Describe key principles of pain management
  2. Identify dependence vs. addiction
  3. Implement best practices for pain management




Beth Nech, MA


Paula Sitzman, RN, BSN

Tammy Baumann, RN, LSSGB


North Dakota
Sally May, RN, BSN

Jayme Steig, PharmD, RPh


South Dakota
Linda Penisten, RN, OTR/L

Great 8 WebEx: Trauma-Informed Care in Nursing Homes
Jul 24 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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Participation Instructions:

Pre-registration is not required. Please join 15 minutes prior to start.

  2. Locate the event, click “Join
  3. Enter your name and email
  4. Enter the password: Trauma
    (If a dialogue box appears, click run. Set-up takes a few minutes.)
  5. Call: 1-888-896-0862; Access code: 46703968
Overview and Purpose:

Alissa Bazinet, PhD, will share her insights and knowledge on trauma-informed care in nursing homes.  Along with providing information and resources, she will explain approaches to care for individuals with a history of trauma.


Featured Presenter:

Alissa Banzinet, PhD with HealthInsight AssureAlissa Bazinet, PhD
HealthInsight Assure

Alissa Bazinet is a licensed clinical psychologist .  She reviews clinical records for HealthInsight Assure for individuals on the Oregon Health Plan with severe and persistent mental illness to evaluate care coordination following their discharge from an acute psychiatric inpatient facility.

In her private practice, she specializes in psychotherapy for individuals with histories of trauma, including combat veterans and adults who experienced childhood trauma. Prior to opening her practice, she worked in the hospital setting for ten years and has experience providing assessments and treatment planning for older adults with histories of trauma and neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., dementia).

Target Audience:

This presentation is directed to the long-term care setting.


As a result of attending, participants will be able to:

  1. Define trauma-informed care
  2. List resources for trauma-informed care education for staff
  3. Explain caregiving approaches that can be used with individuals with a history of trauma


Brought to you by the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network, the QIN-QIO serving Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota in partnership with the QIN-QIOs serving Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Community Antibiotic Stewardship Hot Topic: Antibiotic Stewardship as Part of your Quality Improvement Program
Jul 24 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

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Join us as we welcome Johnathan Reeves from the Great Plains QIN, for a cross setting webinar focused on using your quality improvement program to fully utilize antibiotic stewardship efforts.


Target Audience: 
Providers, nurses, practice managers and clinical staff are invited to join this event

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

  1. Review basic quality improvement expectations
  2. Examine how to use quality improvement principles with antibiotic stewardship across different provider settings
  3. Understand antibiotic stewardship and quality improvement are daily activities


Johnathan ReevesJohnathan Reeves, BA
Quality Improvement Consultant
Great Plains Quality Innovation Network

Johnathan Reeves is Quality Improvement Consultant in Kansas for the Great Plains Quality Innovation Organization. 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.


Improving End-of-Life Care: Eating the Elephant One Bite at A Time
Jul 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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This webinar will feature a review of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) framework for improving end-of-life care which includes five “bite-sized” practical principles. Stories from several organizations and communities will be shared about the “bites” they have taken to improve end-of-life care for the individuals they serve.

Target Audience:  

Clinics, hospitals, home health, hospice, public health, consumers and families, and all community partners who will benefit from a discussion about end-of-life issues are encouraged to attend.


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

  1. Evaluate the current status of end-of-life care within their organization and across their community.
  2. Outline strategies for engaging patients and families in conversations about end-of-life care.
  3. Identify resources for improving end-of-life care.

Continuing Education:  

This event has been approved by the North Dakota Board of Nursing for 1.5 contact hours for nurses.


Sally May, RN, BSN, CH-GCN
Honoring Choices North Dakota Program Coordinator
Advance Care Planning First Steps® Facilitator and Instructor

Sally May, a registered nurse, is the Senior Quality Improvement Specialist at Great Plains QIN serving North Dakota. She is a graduate of the Trinity School of Nursing, Minot, ND. She received a Bachelor of Science of Nursing degree from South Dakota State University, in Brookings, SD; a Certificate in Guided Care Nursing from the Institute for Johns Hopkins Nursing, in Baltimore, Maryland; and is a certified Respecting Choices First Steps® Advance Care Planning Facilitator and Instructor. Sally currently co-leads the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network Care Coordination and Home Health Infection Prevention Special Innovation Project for the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Kansas under contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She is the Project Coordinator for Honoring Choices North Dakota, a grass-roots organization that has the vision that “the health care choices a person makes becomes the health care a person receives.”

Infection Prevention and Control Strategies Related to C. difficile, Norovirus and MRSA
Jul 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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By attending this WebEx, you will learn the epidemiology of C. difficile, Norovirus and MRSA, gain knowledge of diagnostic strategies for these infections and understand how to prevent transition of these infections.


Target Audience:  

Nurses, caregivers and physicians in home health care, Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) and Long-Term Care settings are invited to join.



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

  1. Describe the epidemiology of C. difficile, Norovirus and MRSA
  2. Recognize the presentation and diagnostic strategies for C. difficile, Norovirus and MRSA infections
  3. Discuss the steps required to prevent transmission of C. difficile, MRSA when taking care of patients



Muhammad S. Ashraf, MBBS
Medical Director
Nebraska ICAP (Infection Control Assessment and Promotion Program)

Dr. Ashraf is also the co-medical director of the Nebraska ASAP (Antimicrobial Stewardship Assessment and Promotion Program) and an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, at University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha (UNMC) Dr. Ashraf is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Infectious Diseases. His clinical and research interests include infections in the elderly, and infection control plus antimicrobial stewardship in long-term care facilities.

Dr. Ashraf has been a member of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology (SHEA) Long-Term Care Special Interest Group since 2009. As a member of this group, he contributed in revising the infection surveillance definitions (McGeer Criteria) for long-term care facilities. He has also been an active member of the Infection Control Subcommittee of AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine since 2013. In addition, he is currently a member of the Advisory Panel for the SHEA/CDC Outbreak Response Training Program and SHEA Education Committee.

Dr. Ashraf believes that infection control and antimicrobial stewardship programs need to be developed and tailored for the specific challenges of different healthcare settings. As a team leader of Nebraska ICAP and Nebraska ASAP, Dr. Ashraf is working to help expand Nebraska’s infection control infrastructure and promote optimal antibiotic use in the state.



The Art and Science of Opioid Tapering
Jul 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


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The CDC Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain recommend tapering opioids when benefits do not outweigh harms of continued therapy. Tapering opioids can be challenging and a difficult process for patients. Learn from a clinical pharmacist with first-hand experience helping a wide variety of patients taper their opioid medications.

Target Audience:  

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


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

  1. Recognize appropriate opioid tapering practices
  2. Identify patient characteristics that may affect opioid tapering
  3. Understand withdrawal symptoms and management


Eric Christianson, PharmD, BCGP, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacist
Fergus Falls, MN

Eric Christianson is a Clinical Pharmacist passionate about patient safety, geriatrics, long-term care, Medication Therapy Management and clinical pharmacy. He is the owner of the blog, a valuable resource for practicing healthcare professionals and students alike who are interested in learning more about the practical application of clinical pharmacy. Among his professional accomplishments, he is Board Certified in Geriatrics and Pharmacotherapy; has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and American Journal of Nursing; has written an Amazon best seller; and has helped thousands of nurses, pharmacists and prescribers become better at medication management.

Improving Care Coordination by Working with Super-Utilizer Patients
Jun 27 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm


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Improving care for people with multiple chronic conditions that are often complicated by patients’ limited ability to care for themselves independently and by their complex social needs will help improve the performance of the health system. This webinar will examine key strategies to help health systems and communities implement complex care teams as well as identify key data and metrics for program measurement. The role of technology, nontraditional workforce and patient-stated goals in complex care management will also be addressed.

Target Audience:

Clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, home health, hospice, public health, consumers and families, and all community partners who will benefit from a discussion addressing super-utilizer patients.


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

  1. Define key strategies to implement complex care teams in your health system and community
  2. Identify key data and metrics for program measurement
  3. Describe the role of technology, non-traditional workforce and patient-stated goals in complex care management


Lara ShadwickLara Shadwick, MBA
Mountain Pacific Quality Health
Missoula, MT

Lara Shadwick, MBA, joined Mountain-Pacific Quality Health in December of 2014. Applying her wide range of management experience, Lara provides leadership and coordination in some of Montana’s largest communities to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions. She works collaboratively with health care providers, health systems leadership, partners and stakeholders to build community coalitions and implement data-driven interventions, share communication tactics and coordinate services to improve healthcare systems and save healthcare dollars. Lara also wrote for and earned Mountain-Pacific Quality Health a nearly one-million-dollar award from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement the special innovation project “Resourcing for Super-Utilizers in a Rural Setting: An Application of Hotspotting Philosophies.” By introducing this model into the communities in which she already facilitates collaboration and quality improvement, healthcare providers will identify and better support high-cost, high-needs Medicare patients who are “super-utilizers” of health care services, furthering the statewide goal to reduce avoidable hospital admissions and readmissions.


Great Plains QIN QPP Power Hour: Promoting Interoperability Category
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

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Under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), there are 4 performance categories that affect future Medicare payments. Each performance category is scored by itself and has a specific weight that is part of the MIPS Final Score. This month’s QPP Power Hour will explore the Promoting Interoperability Category. This category promotes patient engagement and the electronic exchange of health information using certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology. This webinar will discuss details of the base and performance measure scoring to successfully attest to MIPS or MIPS-APMs.


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

  1. Describe the 2018 changes to the Promoting Interoperability Category
  2. Translate how providers will apply Promoting Interoperability measures to successfully attest in MIPS
  3. Interpret what measures best apply to the providers subscribed to an MSSP ACO


Quality Improvement Advisor
Great Plains QIN

Jane Stotts, RN, BSN
Quality Improvement Advisor
Great Plains QIN

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 QPP. 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 June 20. Please feel free to invite other team members who will benefit from participation.