Learning Is A Lifelong Process
Check out these upcoming events and programs for healthcare professionals. Not only are the topics of interest and timely, you can even earn valuable continuing education credits in the process!
- March 6-18, 2013 - ASHA’s “Adolescent Language and Literacy: Supporting Emotional, Social and Academic Growth”. Early registration open for online only conference. SLPs can earn 2.6 CEUs.
- March 14, 2013 - IARP’s “Putting Together Technology For Your Rehabilitation Practice” . Online webinair. Earn 2.0 CEUs towards various rehab certifications.
- March 20, 2013 - ANA’s webinair: “Navigating the Complex World of Delegation”. RNs earn 1.0 CNEs.
- April 25-28, 2013 - AOTA’s Annual Conference and Expo in San Diego, CA. Early registration and discounts are available until March 27, 2013. OTs can earn up to 2.4 CEUs.
- June 19-23, 2013 - AANP’s 28th Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Early registration deadline is May 6, 2013. Up to 42 contact hours available to NPs.
Enhance your knowledge and earn those credits. Then let Centra help you find the ideal work environment in which to employ your newfound skills. Call 800 535 0076.
Continuing education requirements are a fact of life for most professionals in the healthcare field. Here is a sample list of association-approved providers that are bringing something different to the table for physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy.
Saebo: Founded in 2001 by two OTs, this Charlotte, NC based company is a global provider of innovative products for the rehabilitation of stroke victims and other neurologically disabled people. Their nationwide two day course, besides discussing the latest stroke research and treatments, gives hands-on experience with their patented upper extremity orthoses.
Interactive Metronome: A research based training program designed to promote synchronized neural timing in pediatric patients with ADHD, ASD, TBI, strokes, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s, and others. They offer self-study courses along with live IM certification programs at a variety of locations around the country.
Speech Language Pathology:
Supported Communication Intervention for Aphasia: An SLP produced self-study program consisting of DVDs and manual addressing the importance of social communication in aphasia rehabilitation. Additional manuals can be purchased, making it suitable for group learning and training.
Centra Healthcare recognizes the importance of continuing education for professional enrichment and growth. Knowledgeable professionals make strong employment candidates. Call us at 800 535 0076 and we will find you the right environment to apply your new skills.
If you operate a skilled nursing facility, are you ready for MDS 3.0?
As you know, the MDS is a critical part of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) program for skilled nursing. The data gathered with the MDS is used for RAP/CAAs, payment, surveys and quality measures.
In addition, the MDS is used as a powerful tool for implementing standardized assessment and for facilitating care management in nursing homes and non-critical access hospital swing beds.
MDS 3.0 is designed to improve the usefulness of the MDS as well as to include the resident in the assessment process and to use standard protocols used in other settings. The CMS believes MDS 3.0 is a great improvement over MDS 2.0 because 2.0 failed to rely on residents' input -- the very people skilled nursing facilities serve.
The CMS timeline had MDS 3.0 implementation starting Oct. 1.
You can find more information about MDS 3.0 by visiting the CMS website's page on Nursing Home Quality Initiatives.
Since resident interviews is such a big change between MDS 2.0 and MDS 3.0, we will discuss this part of MDS 3.0 at more length.
A major goal in MDS 3.0 was to increase residents' voices by introducing more resident interview items. This change is included in Appendix D of the MDS 3.0 RAI Manual, "Interviewing to Increase Resident Voice in MDS Assessments." This appendix offers suggestions on how to make interviews simple and more effective.
You may find the sections of MDS 3.0 that contain changes in resident interviews:
Section C - Cognitive Patterns
Section D - Mood
Section F - Preferences for Customary Routine & Activities
Section J - Pain (in Health Conditions)
Section Q - Return to Community/Overall Goals
If you need terrific rehabilitation therapists to serve your residents at your skilled nursing facility, contact Centra Healthcare Solutions. We will find you reliable and qualified temporary therapists for short-term assignments, to help you fill full-time positions for those hard-to-fill slots, and to supplement your core staff. Contact us today.