The Avila Institute of Gerontology held its annual October Conference on Monday, October 9–Tuesday, October 10, 2017. The goal of this year’s conference—titled “Making Today’s Decisions Tomorrow’s Vision”—was to provide attendees with information that would empower them to navigate the constantly changing health care and long-term care landscapes. Featuring speakers across the spectrum of health care and long-term care, the conference highlighted many important issues in those industries.
On June 9th, the Avila Institute faculty attended the annual Catholic Health Care Association Assembly in New Orleans. We were a pre-assembly event once again, presenting on the topics of staff retention, stress and ethics. As always, the Avila Institute is both grateful and honored to be part of such a wonderful event and the chance to unite with so many members of Catholic Healthcare. The staff then took part of the exhibit hall sharing information about our educational offerings. This year our seminar “Keeping a Healthy Organization” focused on staff retention, the effects of stress on staff and retention and organizational ethics.
On April 19-20, 2017 the Avila Institute sponsored a 2-day conference on forgiveness for those who administer to spiritual health of those they care for. The conference was well received and had approximately 50 participants in attendance. The conference included 9 hours of presentations as well as time for reflection on the beautiful grounds at St. Teresa’s Motherhouse which is located on the shore of the Hudson river overlooking the Catskill Mountains.
On March 6-8, 2017 the Avila Institute of Gerontology sponsored a conference for leadership and mission. As staff retention and hiring has been progressively becoming more difficult, we focused on staff retention and talent acquisition, also including sessions on reflective leadership, ethics and overcoming fears of change.
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.
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.
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.
AIG’s Annual Conference, “Building Relationships Throughout the Continuum of Care,” took place October 12-14 at the Carmelite Motherhouse in Germantown, NY. Sisters and employees of homes served by the Carmelite Sisters other various long-term care organizations gathered to examine topics in-depth relating to holistic care. Our lifespan is increasing and medicine is advancing, so it is paramount to ensure that we care for our elderly in a way that gives them compassion and dignity. With zeal for this common goal, the October Care Conference participants assembled.
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