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Dec
4
Fri
Getting Ready For Survey: Important COVID-19 Considerations (HCS Waiver) Part I @ Webinar
Dec 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Getting Ready For Survey:

“Important COVID-19 Considerations (HCS Waiver) Part I”

**Part II will be on December 18th, 2020.  Including FAQ from Part I

Date: December 4th, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Cost: $40

For:  Administrators. Program Managers, Case Managers/Care Coordinators, Nursing Staff, Quality Assurance Staff

Presenter:  Julie Blacklock/IDD Waiver Consultant and Gina Peterson, RN/ IDD Waiver Consultant

You will receive a confirmation email and handout as well as a link to register with “Gotowebinar” to attend the session, once we receive payment.  Please click on your registration link right away to receive reminders for the session!

 

HHSC issued enhanced COVID-19 emergency rules. The rules required additional actions by the HCS/TxHmL program providers to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We will be discussing many of these changes and ways they should be addressed at your facility if you have not done so already in order to comply with WS&C expectations.  We will also be looking at general recommendations and concerns from surveyors for LTC facilities including HCS providers.  What citations might be considered serious/critical related to COVID-19?  There are 3 parts to this webinar series.  The 3rd and final webinar will be scheduled sometime in mid to late January 2021. 

Copy of Emergency Rules

http://hhs.texas.gov/sites/default/files/documents/doing-business-with-hhs/providers/long-term-care/hcs/hcs-covid-19-emergency-rules.pdf

 

HHSC also provided these 2 letters with guidance to HCS/TxHmL providers:

Information Letter IL2020-09 – Guidance on COVID-19 for HCS and TxHmL Providers (PDF)

Provider Letter 20-12, HHSC Guidance to Home and Community-based Services (HCS) and Texas Home Living (TxHmL) Program Providers on COVID-19

 

Topics (subject to changes per each session)

-Screening Requirements for COVID-19

-Reporting Requirements for Positive Cases of COVID-19

-When to Notify the LAR?  What to Tell the LAR?

-Facility Follow Up & Monitoring Of Positive Cases of COVID-19

-Limited Visitation, Essential Visitors, in the Facility and Homes

PPE Requirements

– When to Wear? How to “Don” & “Doff” PPE?

Infection Control Policies– Do you have them? Are you addressing COVID-19 concerns?

Are you providing appropriate staff training on COVID-19 Mitigation?  Do You have evidence of this training?

-Who Can Work, When Can They Work & With Whom Can They Work? (Have you set up this protocol for your facility)

Emergency Evacuation Policies & Procedures:

-COVID-19 Mitigation Considerations during ER transit, etc…

-Day Habilitation Requirements-

(In-Home/On-Site,  Do you have evidence of choice for your individuals?  Do they know the risks of on-site DH? 

-Service Back-Up Plan Requirements for Host Home/Companion Care?

Extended Visitation Emergency Rules:  Facility Requirements

– and more…..

Payment:

We would be glad to invoice you if you prefer.  Please indicate how you will paying when you register with Meghan Jones.

Requested invoice: We send you an invoice from Paypal and then you make a payment directly through the invoice-  using credit card, debit card, or paypal account or payment by check.

Online Payment:  You may pay directly through your PayPal invoice or you may also choose to use the payment link from this specific event

https://py.pl/YI40o

or you may pay on the website on the “payment” page.  Her is the direct link to the “payment” page.   https://twogetherconsulting.com/payments/

If you have any problems, please ask Meghan Jones to walk you through when you call to register.  Please contact us directly about group rates. Remember to enter in total $ amount for # of attendees.  Ex:  2 people want to attend x $125 =$250 total.

 

Registration:

To complete registration and for any additional information or to arrange payment by check you must contact:

Meghan Jones at: meghanjones.tx@gmail.com 

You may contact Meghan by phone at: (361) 649-5104   

Mailing address for checks:  Twogether Consulting  P.O. Box 90426 Austin, TX 78709

Dec
11
Fri
Webinar: “Round Table Discussion For Nursing Concerns In IDD Programs” Follow-Up (HCS/TxHmL/ICF) @ Webinar
Dec 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Webinar

“Round Table Discussion For Nursing Concerns In IDD Programs”

(For HCS, TxHmL & ICF Programs)

Date: December. 11th, 2020

Time: 12:00PM to 1:30 PM

Cost: $25  for new registrants  (If you registered for Nov. 5th session already, we will not be charging you again for this follow up webinar!)

For: Nursing Staff (DON’s, RN’s, LVN’s)

Presenter:  Gina Peterson, RN  Co-Presenter: Julie Blacklock, IDD Consultant

Next Quarterly Session ” Nurses Round Table”will be on Feb. 04, 2021 

Still Only For Nurses

We may have a follow-up session in March that is open to all administrators/program managers.

IDD Providers:

Please join for our first Nurse’s Round Table Discussion, in what we hope to be a continuing series, that will occur at least quarterly.  One of our goals is to provide an open and safe space for nurses to bring up their concerns, questions, and frustrations. We hope that since we have nurses with such diverse backgrounds, that there will be many positive ideas and solutions to be heard.

 

We need to establish leadership roles in IDD nursing. We can start through the use of the “Round Table” discussion platform and forum to identify our needs in Texas.  This has never been more true than during the current COVID-19 Pandemic. Texas Nurses need leadership voices and roles through joint forums established to provide information and feedback to those we are accountable to, such as regulatory entities like TNA (Texas Nurses Association), BON (Board of Nursing-Texas), HHSC (Texas Health and Human Services Commission-specifically the IDD Redesign Committee for HHS) and through organizations like PPAT (Private Provider’s Association of Texas), PACSTX (Provider’s Alliance Committee Support of Texas)  and IDD Nursing Associations that support IDD Providers and Nursing Staff.  Our goal is to share these concerns and ideas with some of these groups for you in hopes of creating positive improvements.

 

With the establishment of a forum, we can contribute to improving our experience now and help to identify problems and solutions that will help retain nurses and improve the work environment. We hope we can also find common ground and improved solutions. Together let’s establish solid navigation for current and future Texas nurses serving Individuals with Intellectual  & Developmental Disabilities in the HCS (Home & Community Based Services), TxHmL (Texas Home Living) and ICF/IID (Intermediate Care Facility for Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities) programs.

 

Please complete and return the pre-webinar survey below. We need you to provide feedback so that we can develop our other “Round Table” Discussion Topics.  We will also be inviting persons on our social media pages and our website “updates” page. To return the “pre-webinar survey or, if you already have some topics you are interested in sharing, please contact us at info@twogetherconsulting.com

See Attached documents below:  Forum Info. with Protocol for the session, Pre-Webinar Survey to fill out and return, and possible future topics.

Forum Information for Registrants

Pre-survey questions 121120

Roundtable Discussion statement and future discussion-for website

We will be posting more discussion topics on this webinar calendar closer to the date of the roundtable along with login details.

 

Topics:
-Impact of COVID-19 In The Workplace- Changes In Your Nursing Duties
-Are You Getting The Support You Need From Supervisors?
– Other Topics will be added after we receive your feedback!

 

Payment:
We would be glad to invoice you if you prefer.  Please indicate how you will paying when you register with Meghan Jones.
Requested invoice: We send you an invoice from Paypal and then you make a payment directly through the invoice-  using credit card, debit card, or paypal account or payment by check.
Online Payment:  You may pay directly through your PayPal invoice or you may also choose to use the payment link from this specific event

https://py.pl/2Wj4xURhCBz

or you may pay on the website on the “payment”page.  Her is the direct link to the “payment” page. https://twogetherconsulting.com/payments/
If you have any problems, please ask Meghan Jones to walk you through when you call to register.  Please contact us directly about group rates. Remember to enter in total $ amount for # of attendees.  Ex:  2 people want to attend x $125 =$250 total.
Registration:
To complete registration and for any additional information or to arrange payment by check you must contact:
Meghan Jones at: meghanjones.tx@gmail.com 
You may contact Meghan by phone at: (361) 649-5104   
Mailing address for checks:Twogether Consulting  P.O. Box 90426 Austin, TX 78709

Dec
18
Fri
Getting Ready For Survey: Important COVID-19 Considerations (HCS Waiver) Part II @ Webinar
Dec 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Getting Ready For Survey:

“Important COVID-19 Considerations (HCS Waiver) Part II”

**Part III will be scheduled in near future for mid to late January 2021.  Including FAQ from Part II

 

Cost: $40

For:  Administrators. Program Managers, Case Managers/Care Coordinators, Nursing Staff, Quality Assurance Staff

Presenter:  Julie Blacklock/IDD Waiver Consultant and Gina Peterson, RN/ IDD Waiver Consultant

You will receive a confirmation email and handout as well as a link to register with “Gotowebinar” to attend the session, once we receive payment.  Please click on your registration link right away to receive reminders for the session!

 

HHSC issued enhanced COVID-19 emergency rules. The rules required additional actions by the HCS/TxHmL program providers to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We will be discussing many of these changes and ways they should be addressed at your facility if you have not done so already in order to comply with WS&C expectations.  We will also be looking at general recommendations and concerns from surveyors for LTC facilities including HCS providers.  What citations might be considered serious/critical related to COVID-19?  

Copy of Emergency Rules

http://hhs.texas.gov/sites/default/files/documents/doing-business-with-hhs/providers/long-term-care/hcs/hcs-covid-19-emergency-rules.pdf

 

HHSC also provided these 2 letters with guidance to HCS/TxHmL providers:

Information Letter IL2020-09 – Guidance on COVID-19 for HCS and TxHmL Providers (PDF)

Provider Letter 20-12, HHSC Guidance to Home and Community-based Services (HCS) and Texas Home Living (TxHmL) Program Providers on COVID-19

 

Topics (subject to changes per each session)

(Continued from Part I)

Infection Control Policies– Do you have them? Are you addressing COVID-19 concerns?

Are you providing appropriate staff training on COVID-19 Mitigation?  Do You have evidence of this training?

-Who Can Work, When Can They Work & With Whom Can They Work? (Have you set up this protocol for your facility)

Emergency Evacuation Policies & Procedures:

-COVID-19 Mitigation Considerations during ER transit, etc…

-Day Habilitation Requirements-

(In-Home/On-Site,  Do you have evidence of choice for your individuals?  Do they know the risks of on-site DH? 

-Service Back-Up Plan Requirements for Host Home/Companion Care?

Extended Visitation Emergency Rules:  Facility Requirements

 

FAQ’s From Part I

Payment:

We would be glad to invoice you if you prefer.  Please indicate how you will paying when you register with Meghan Jones.

Requested invoice: We send you an invoice from Paypal and then you make a payment directly through the invoice-  using credit card, debit card, or paypal account or payment by check.

Online Payment:  You may pay directly through your PayPal invoice or you may also choose to use the payment link from this specific event

https://py.pl/1nehsJ

or you may pay on the website on the “payment” page.  Her is the direct link to the “payment” page.   https://twogetherconsulting.com/payments/

If you have any problems, please ask Meghan Jones to walk you through when you call to register.  Please contact us directly about group rates. Remember to enter in total $ amount for # of attendees.  Ex:  2 people want to attend x $125 =$250 total.

 

Registration:

To complete registration and for any additional information or to arrange payment by check you must contact:

Meghan Jones at: meghanjones.tx@gmail.com 

You may contact Meghan by phone at: (361) 649-5104   

Mailing address for checks:  Twogether Consulting  P.O. Box 90426 Austin, TX 78709

Jan
12
Tue
Free Webinar Series: Presented By AssuredPartners (Texas) Group Health Insurance “Employee Advocacy & Long-Term Strategic Planning For Your Facility” @ Free Webinar
Jan 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Free Webinar Series Hosted By Twogether Consulting

“Employee Advocacy & Long-Term Strategic Planning For Your Facility”

We are happy to have AssuredPartners as a presenter in our free webinar series this month. Brittany Bishop and her team help to provide assistance for finding group health insurance benefits for companies with 50+ employees.  They provide a 2-year blueprint on approaching health benefits strategically.  You can receive one of these “blueprints” for free, even if you are not signed up with them yet.

Please contact Brittany for more information if you would like to have a custom “blueprint” completed for your facility/company. They are the 12th largest agency with offices all over.  Brittany is located in the Houston area but can work with you wherever your facility or company is located.  If your company insurance for your employees is not adequately covering costs or is now too much for your employees to afford, then they can help you to find what will work for you and your company. They have locations in the Dallas and Houston areas as well as other cities in Texas.

 

Guest presenters:

Brittany Bishop/Insurance Broker

Date:January 12th, 2021

Time:  Noon-1pm (Central Time)

Cost:  Free!!!

Where:  Webinar

 

Topics: 

Health Insurance-Larger Employers (50+ employees),

Free 2-Year “Blueprint” For Benefits

Employee Advocacy

Long-Term Strategic Planning

 

For more information contact Brittany Brown at brittany.bishop@assuredpartners.com 

You may also go to their website at https://www.assuredpartners.com/Houston

 

To register:  please click on the following Gotowebinar link:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8401752488419813645

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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