It is not a surprise that the long-term care industry is transforming. Many of you have probably heard, discussed and maybe even taken a stab at navigating through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's lengthy Final Rule. In order to thrive in this developing environment, post-acute providers must shift toward a value and outcome-based model of care in alignment with the CMS's Final Rule with a "warm handoff" approach.
You may have seen some new names here at the Avila Institute of Gerontology (AIG) in emails, marketing and more. We’d like to take the time to formally introduce our three new employees Tricia Misonznick, Erica Balazs, Katarzyna (Kasia) Siwik and Michelle Rogers who has been working with us for over a year.
The Avila Institute was recently featured in Catholic Health World about our assessment that addresses the needs of the aging religious communities it serves. “Care Transitions Assessment: A Community Tool for Addressing Care Concerns” is a 54-page workbook-style guide that is designed to help religious Sisters and Brothers age safely in place with their community, according to their preference. The Tool covers everything from rating a community members’ proficiency at activities of daily living, to finding grant assistance in funding and to equip homes with adequate assistive devices.
Excitement is building at the Avila Institute office as we prepare to launch new streaming capabilities that will provide multiple benefits for us and for the homes we serve. Sr. Peter Lillian, Director of AIG, said she is looking forward to reaching more people, and offering more programs. She says, “We will still be able to individualize the education we provide according to the home’s needs but we will be able to provide programs to multiple homes in one day!”
Since 2011, The National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and the Avila Institute of Gerontology have been teaming up to offer webinars to the religious communities. The webinar topics are chosen by NRRO and AIG and reflect the needs and expressed interests of the religious communities. By the end of 2016 we will have presented 20 webinars on topics of dementia, spirituality, aging and more.
In August, seven American young women between ages 18-40 traveled to Ireland to serve alongside the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm at Our Lady’s Manor in Dalkey, Ireland. Stacey Sumereau, AIG’s Program Coordinator, led SALT along with Sr. Mary Donovan, the Carmelite Sisters’ vocation director, and Sr. Peter Lillian Di Maria, director of AIG. The volunteers came from across the United States as a result of national advertising efforts speaking on college campuses, service fairs, radio and Catholic magazine advertising. This is SALT’s second year, and first international program.
Ann Spenard will lead a session on the 2014 IMPACT (Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation) Act. This session builds on the preceding sessions at the Avila Institute’s October Conference that will highlight the changing face of healthcare. The healthcare market is shifting to value-based arrangements which will require post-acute facilities to transform their care to longitudinal care across the continuum by partnering with acute care facilities.
On August 16, the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and the Avila Institute of Gerontology (AIG) cosponsored the thought-provoking webinar titled “Understanding Compulsive Hoarding” for religious communities. The webinar had over 600 viewers. Presented by Alfred W. Norwood, a faculty member of AIG, the webinar educates its listeners as to what hoarding really is and how it affects people with or without dementia and solutions to help those who may exhibit hoarding.
Ms. Carlson’s talk complements Mr. Feorene’s, because in order to successfully implement value-based arrangement reforms, facilities need to improve their care coordination. This is not only financially beneficial to facilities, but is also necessary for their survival in the changing landscape of healthcare. Additionally, person-centered care coordination has been proven to improve the patient experience and outcomes moving us toward the triple aim of healthcare reform.
This October 10-11, The Avila Institute of Gerontology will present its annual long-term care Conference. The opening speaker is Brent Feorene, Vice President of Health Dimensions Group, who will discuss the upcoming shift toward value-based arrangements in healthcare.
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