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2022 IHCA Education Events

IHCA is excited to offer a full complement of educational opportunities this year! There are several new events in the works and our perennial favorites are back, including the Licensure Review Course for the Illinois Nursing Home Administrator Exam and The Center's ID/DD Symposium. See the list linked below for more information. 

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Proactive Webinar Series
Survey Success! Avoiding Top Citations

Chart a course for survey success with monthly webinar insights!
This 12-month webinar series reviews nursing home survey trends and top deficiencies cited with an emphasis on understanding and applying the interpretive guidance to avoid similar tags.
What to Expect: Improve survey outcomes through understanding of deficiency trends and strategies for survey preparedness.
  • Learn from actual citation examples including IJ tag reviews
  • Gain insights into successfully managing the survey process and understanding the critical element pathways used to guide surveyor investigations
  • Implement survey preparedness best practices
  • Review steps for developing an effective plan of correction and disputing cited deficiencies through the Informal Dispute Resolution (IDR) process
Target Audience: Nursing Home Administrators, DONs, Nurse Managers, Compliance Staff, QA Director, Department Heads, Human Resources, Corporate Leaders, Board Members.

All sessions held on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. Central 
Dec. 6, 2022 — Post Survey Activities: Developing Effective Plan of Correction

Post Survey Activities: Developing Effective Plan of Correction & IDR 
December 6, 2022 | 1:30 p.m.

This session will review strategies for writing an effective plan of correction and discuss the informal dispute resolution (IDR) process, with strategies for developing an effective IDR and/or IIDR submission.
At the conclusion of this session the participants should be able to:

  • Understand the five core elements required by CMS for an acceptable plan of correction and the time frame requirements for submission
  • Demonstrate the ability to write an acceptable plan of correction
  • Identify the steps in the IDR process and discuss what documentation is needed for a successful IDR

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Licensure Review Course for Nursing Home Administrators
December 6 & 7, 2022 - VIRTUAL

In order to obtain a Nursing Home Administrator License in the state of Illinois, candidates must pass both the national examination of the National Association of Boards of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators (NAB Exam) and the Illinois Supplemental Jurisdictional Exam. This review course was specifically designed to help candidates prepare for and pass their examinations.
Day 1 of this course will focus solely on material covered on the NAB Exam. The session will cover federal laws and regulations, and present basic principles of leadership and management, human resources, finance, and physical environment, as well as resident care and quality of life. 
Day 2 will focus on materials covered on the state supplemental exam, primarily the Illinois licensing rules for skilled nursing facilities.
Study materials for this course will be provided to you. After you register for this virtual review course, IHCA will send you digital copies of the review guides and other materials that will assist you in your preparation for your examinations. These guides include the Illinois Department of Public Health Rules and Regulations for Skilled Nursing and Intermediate Care Facilities, information on the Medicare and Medicaid programs and federal survey protocols and guidance, federal employment laws and the Life Safety Code and more.

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Building an Infection Prevention Program: It’s More than Just COVID-19
NEW DATE - January 18 & 19, 2023 | Northfield Inn, Suites & Conference Center

The goal of the seminar is to provide both new and experienced long term care infection preventionists with the knowledge, basic tools and hands-on activities they will need to hit the ground running with their infection prevention and control programs.

This training will be led by a team of experienced infection preventionists from Hektoen Institute of Medicine and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Topics covered will include: the history of infection preventionists in health care, competency requirements for infection preventionists, assessments, risks, infection prevention and control program infrastructure, regulatory requirements, the core principles of infection prevention, hand hygiene, standard precautions and transmission-based precautions, surveillance, enhanced barrier precautions, legal aspects of infection prevention in long term care, outbreak investigation, environment of care, employee health and more.

At the end of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the history of infection prevention and control programs and their importance in LTC facilities.
  • Describe the core principles of Infection Prevention and Control, and the leadership role/responsibilities of the Infection Preventionist in managing an interdisciplinary program.
  • Define standard and transmission-based precautions.
  • Develop interdisciplinary policies and procedures for cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Identify the necessary programs, tools and team members required to fulfill employee health requirements.

For more information, see the event brochure linked below. 

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IHCA Dietary Symposium

The IHCA Dietary Symposium has been postponed until 2023. Please check back here for more details as they become available. 

Dietary professionals play an important role in long term care centers. Starting this year, IHCA is offering a Dietary Symposium to assist Directors of Food and Nutrition Services by providing them with information on key topics for dietary professionals, and to earn CEs toward their Dietary Manager or Dietitian licenses.
Sessions for this event will be focused on timely and pertinent topics for dietary professionals—chosen and presented by speakers who are leaders in the field.

This program has been pre-approved by the Certifying Board for Dietary Managers (CBDM) for 4 continuing education hours (3 general, 1 sanitation) for certified dietary managers.
This program has been pre-approved by The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the American Dietetic Association for 4 hours of continuing education for registered dietitians.