There are four quality measures for mental health professionals to include in assessment and treatment services with Medicare patients: verification of current medications (measure #130), pain assessment (#131), screening for clinical depression (#134), and screening for elder maltreatment (#181). These measures were discussed in the December web conference on PQRI, presented by Dr. Paula Hartman-Stein (see Archived Recordings below). The entire PQRI document describing all measures is available on the CMS website,http://www.cms.hhs. gov/PQRI/downloads/
For those readers who are interested in pain assessment measures, there are a couple of websites with descriptions and extensive lists of pain and distress measures by category. See http://www.bps.org.uk/_
On February 11, Dr. Margie Norris will join Concept Healthcare for a web conference, and will share her 25-years of experience in a presentation on "Reimbursement Essentials in Geropsychology Practice." Margie has a long career in direct services to older adults and consultation in LTC, and has served on numerous committees on aging with APA, the Practice Directorate, GSA, and the Society of Clinical Geropsychology. Dr. Norris' presentation will cover Medicare policy, billing and coding issues, and reimbursement. Join us for this unique seminar and must-have information on understanding Medicare policy, and practicing in nursing homes and ALF's. More info ...
On February 25, Dr. Joe Casciani will give a presentation on "Behavior Management, including Prevention of Aggressive Behavior and De-escalation Techniques." This web conference discusses different approaches and interventions for a number of common problem behaviors in nursing home settings, and will explain how the recommended interventions are driven by the functional losses that accompany dementia and delirium. Following a comparison of the 3 D's - dementia, delirium, and depression - the speaker will discuss the prominent triggers of problem behavior, and the 10 principles of prevention that apply in all settings. Recommendations for managing specific problematic behaviors, such as disruptive vocalizations, catastrophic reactions, resistance to caregiving, and aggressive outbursts, will be addressed. Upon completing this course, participants will have the tools needed to develop behavior plans, as well as useful inservice information for staff training.More info ...
CONFERENCE RECORDING of the Physician's Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) presentation on December 12, 2009, by Dr. Paula Hartmann-Stein is available for playback. Paula was the chair of the expert work group to develop the first quality measures for psychologists and social workers. During this conference, Paula covers the technical details of conducting these measures, and how to bill for them in order to earn your bonus. The PQRI quality measures are tools that are easily incorporated in your clinical practice, such as screening for depression, verifying medications, screening for abuse, and others. All mental health providers who see Medicare patients are strongly encouraged to learn more about PQRI, and adopt the measures. Order
CONFERENCE RECORDING of the January 14, 2009, presentation on Documenting Progress in Psychotherapy Using Outcomes and PQRI Measures by Brenda Billimoria, LCSW, is now available for playback. If you've heard any of Brenda's presentations on Medicare billing, documentation, and medical necessity, you are familiar with her insights and recommendations on meeting Medicare standards while maintaining quality practices. In this training, you will advance your skills and knowledge about using various outcome measures as well as the 2009 PQRI quality measures to monitor and document treatment progress, something Medicare always looks for in reviews and audits. Order
CONFERENCE RECORDING of Dr. Peter Lichtenberg's seminar on January 28, 2009 on "Detecting Dementia in Older Adults" is available for playback. During this conference, Dr. Lichtenberg reviews empirically-based approaches useful in screening for and detecting the presence of various dementing conditions and MCI, including delirium, Lewy Body dementia, vascular dementia, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. Then, a number of measures and data gathering techniques are discussed, useful in tapping self-report, cognitive function, informant interview data, and behavioral observations. In this 1-hour format, there is a considerable amount of useful information for practitioners and the families they work with. Dr. Lichtenberg is one of the leading geriatric neuropsychologists in the U.S. Order
PLEASE NOTE: CE CREDIT IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR AUDIO RECORDINGS.
An announcement about Concept Healthcare, and its rationale and purpose, can be viewed in one of our recent press releases, at http://www.prlog.org/
Looking for staff inservice training? We offer custom inservices on behavioral health topics, individually-tailored to the needs of the employees in your organization. Select from subjects on aging and mental health, dementia, behavior management, and others. You determine the time and date, and format. The hourly fee includes the online presentation, handouts, educational objectives, a post-test evaluation, and a certificate of completion. An audio recording and a written transcript can be made available for training libraries. Staff training, on demand
CoHealth provides direct mental and behavioral health services to residents in LTC settings. We are hiring psychologists, LCSW's, psychiatrists, and advanced practice nurses who are interested in working with us in our direct services division of Concept Healthcare in California and Texas. Our focus is on older adult residents whose medical conditions are complicated or exacerbated by co-morbid psychological issues, and cannot manage or recover from their conditions because of these barriers. More details
If you or your organization would like to schedule a live event, such as an educational program, virtual meeting, or conference, and want to avoid arranging the details like the meeting location, registration, and CE accreditation, consider using CoHealth's "Podium." You decide on the topic, speaker, date and time, participant list, and rely on our conference service, toll free phone line, online registration, and promotion. We can offer CE credit for qualified topics, and handle recording of the event, if desired. Select Podium for more details
Concept Healthcare is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Concept Healthcare maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Concept Healthcare is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider No. 15052. (States that accept nursing CE credits from CA BRN-approved providers include AL, AK, IA, KS, KY, MA, MI, NE, NV, OH, OR, TX-Type 1, UT, WY).
The National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care Administratorshas approved this program. See Participant Guide for the NCERS Course Approval number. This course has been reviewed and approved by the NAB, NCERS, Course # 2412008-26746-1. NCERS strives to approve only quality programs whose content can reasonably contribute to the professional development of long term care administrators. If you have any confidential comments concerning this program which you would like to make to NCERS administration, please direct them by phone or email to NAB, 202-712-9040,email@example.com.
Concept Healthcare is an approved provider of the California Board of Behavior Sciences(Approval # PCE 4238). Courses meet the qualifications for CE credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the CA BBS. ·
Concept Healthcare is approved by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners(Provider # 5179). Consumer Complaint Hotline 800-942-5540.
Concept Healthcare is approved by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counseling (CE Provider # 50-9732 Exp. 03/31/2009).
Concept Healthcare is a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Continuing Education (CE) Provider, Nurse Aide Certification (NAC) #6728, approved by the California Department of Public Health, Aide and Technician Certification Section. This approved NAC number applies only to CNA/CHHA’s in the State of California.
Upcoming Web Conferences
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Join us for our series of live web conferences in February, 2009
February 11 -- 7:00am PST, 8:00 MST, 9:00 CST, 10:00 EST
Reimbursement Essentials in Geropsychology Practice - Margaret P. Norris, PhD (* APA, BRN, BBSE, TXBSW, FLBSW)
February 25 -- 7:00am PST, 8:00 MST, 9:00 CST, 10:00 EST
Behavior Management - Joseph M. Casciani, PhD (* APA, BRN, BBSE, TXBSW, FLBSW)
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