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Education On Demand


GHCA Education on Demand in Partnership with AHCA/NCAL
GHCA is proud to partner with AHCA/NCAL to provide members access to the education site called achncalED.  This site was created as a member benefit to provide educational trainings, webinars, videos, journal articles, and interviews with experts. Individuals who want to take the any courses through ahcanalED must login to ahcancalED and register for the course using their AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords. For assistance obtaining AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords, please e-mail educate@ahca.org with your name and facility contact information. 

Click here to access ahcancalED.

Grief, Trauma & the Impact of COVID-19 on Residents and Staff
Grief, Trauma, & the Impact of COVID-19 on Residents and Staff is a new three-part, on-demand webinar series available to you on AHCA’s ahcancalED site. This program addresses the extraordinary strains the COVID-19 pandemic has on nursing center and assisted living residents and staff. The first part will review COVID-19 and the impact it has on the grief process. The second part will review COVID-19 and the impact it has on trauma as well as providing trauma-informed care to both residents and staff.  The third part will review the core practices for providing care to both residents and staff and the relationship to trauma, grief, and COVID-19. 
 
Participants will earn 3.5 NAB CEs or 3.0 nurse contact hours. There are two ways to purchase the program. You may purchase the program as an individual participant to earn CE hours, or you may purchase the program for facility access for all your staff with no CE hours provided.
 
Click here to learn more and to register.

Functional Outcomes Improvement
This course advances knowledge and skills about functional improvement through an array of learning tools and resources designed to meet the educational needs of various staff and departments.   This includes learning about daily care best practices and real world tools that improve functional outcomes.  Nurses, CNAs, therapists, activities staff and others responsible for improving functional outcomes will learn from this course.   

The program is flexible and can be completed in one sitting or one module at a time. The training is delivered in five modules, including:

  • Module 1 – Explores the connection between functional outcomes and person-centered care, and how utilization of evidence-based pragmatic programs leads toward continuous improvement.
  • Module 2 – Reviews the regulations related to functional outcomes including the CMS Requirements of Participation and how functional improvement impacts reimbursement.
  • Module 3 – Covers best care coordination practices for short- and long-stay patients, including coordinating with therapy processes, and provides an overview of effective restorative nursing programs.
  • Module 4 – Closely examines care practice application and what individuals can do to increase function, team engagement and concludes with a discussion of various quality initiatives that lead to better outcomes.
  • Module 5 – Reviews the tools and resources needed to further functional outcomes improvement approaches to person-centered care.    

Couse Fees and CEs
The cost for the training program is $199 for AHCA/NCAL members and $650 for non-members and offers 6.5 NAB CE credits for administrators and 6.5 contact hours for nurses through the Iowa Board of Nursing.   There is a quiz at the end of four of the five modules, and participants must pass a final exam with a score of 80 or higher to receive credit.  To register, go to Functional Outcomes Improvement  or ahcancal.org/functionaloutcomes.

Infection Preventionist Specialized Training - IPCO
AHCA/NCAL is ready to help skilled nursing centers meet the new Infection Preventionist specialized training requirement finalized by CMS in the Reform of Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities, as well as equip assisted living providers to get ahead of the curve. This course provides specialized training for healthcare professionals who seek to serve as Infection Preventionists. Through this Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) course, individuals will be specially trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program at their skilled nursing center or assisted living community. The course is an online, self-study program with 23 hours of training. It includes online lectures, case studies and interactive components taught by an array of experts from around the country. Click here to access to course.

High Intensity Physical Rehabilitation in Medically Complex Populations - New! For 2020
This course, created in partnership with Colorado University, presents an evidence-based approach for the implementation of a high intensity progressive rehabilitation model as part of an evolution from current lower intensity post-acute treatment approaches to address myriad patient needs.  Rehabilitation professionals will have access to an interactive multimedia learning experience including responsive, self-paced presentation of foundational concepts, simulated case scenarios, and a moderated discussion environment for learning with fellow clinicians - all informed by the latest learning science and innovative technology. 
 
What PT/OT Professionals Will Learn
The goal of the course is to teach rehabilitation professionals better methods of addressing functional decline due to underlying medical complexity and deconditioning from hospitalizations or illness. By the end of this course, rehab professionals will learn how to:

  1. Screen all patients for safe participation in high intensity rehabilitation
  2. Establish an appropriate high intensity plan of care for eligible patients
  3. Execute effective and engaging rehabilitation sessions informed by high intensity rehabilitation strategies
  4. Perform ongoing monitoring of patient response to activity and adapt high intensity plans of care throughout the length of stay
  5. Communicate and document completely and efficiently to facilitate continuity of care
  6. Identify current gaps in care for older adults that high intensity rehabilitation can address and advocate for its use in the skilled nursing setting

Course Design, CEs & Target Audience
This is a self-paced course that contains nine learning modules. Each module has an interactive lesson. Some modules have quizzes, some have Slack channel discussions, and some have case simulations to test the mastery of the subject matter. The course concludes with the Post-Assessment/Final Exam and survey. All modules must be completed to take the Post-Assessment/Final Exam. CU recommends that the course be taken over an eight-week period to allow rehab professionals time to implement and practice the concepts as they are learned.  Additional technological requirements and skills to take the course are discussed in the attached FAQ document. This course is built for professionals that provide rehabilitation services to patients in skilled nursing facilities (including PT, PTA, OT, OTA). Documentation will be provided by AHCA/NCAL to rehab professionals who successfully complete the course, so that they can apply to their respective state licensing boards for continuing education credits. 

Course Fees and Two-Step Registration/Enrollment Process
The course fee is $495 for an employee or contracted employee registering as affiliated with an AHCA member facility and $595 for all other non-member registrants. Individuals will register and pay for the course through the ahcancalED platform at this web site: ahcancal.org/restoreregistrationThen, within 48 hours, registrants will receive further instructions on how to go to the CU platform and enroll in the course and begin their coursework. 

Gero Nurse Prep
Gero Nurse Prep is an online training course designed to prepare RNs who care for elders to attain board certification in Gerontological Nursing (RN-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). This course equips RNs with a broad array of clinical knowledge, skills and competencies that are tested on the ANCC certification exam and essential for quality gerontological nursing practice and leadership of elder care teams. Click here to access the course.

Leadership Excellence & Product Showcase: FREE Program to Share the Latest in LTC from GHCA Members
This FREE program is designed to share the latest products and services in long term care from GHCA Associate Members. In addition to our excellent line up of Associate Members, Jerald Cosey will provide morning inspiration from a fellow Administrator and well-known GHCA speaker, Barbara Speedling, will present on Managing the Business of People. Staff recruitment and retention is a growing concern for many facilities. Ms. Speedling will offer practical guidance for developing an effective strategy to address organizational changes that will help your organization achieve its goals.  

Be Prepared for Election Day: Overview of Federal and State Election Law in Long Term Care Settings
As the US prepares for a historic, and closely monitored, election, GHCA encourages all members to stay current on how federal and state election laws address voting rights in long term care facilities. Watch this brief, complimentary webinar led by Josh Belinfante, partner at Robbins Law Firm in Atlanta and previous Executive Counsel for Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue.