Impact of the IMPACT Act

This webinar is recommended for all healthcare professionals.

Administrators, Nurses, Dietitians, Social Workers, Recreational Therapists, and Catholic Chaplains.

This October, the Avila Institute will be streaming their long-term care conference live. The first day of the conference will focus on topics in palliative care and the second day will look at the latest in regulatory and compliance. Continuing education will be available for Nurses, Social Workers, Dietitians, Catholic Chaplains, Recreation Therapists, and Nursing Home Administrators to earn continuing education credit.

Time, Topic, Speaker

Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 1:15 pm ET, 60 mins

Impact of the IMPACT Act

Topic #9

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Webinar Description

Post-acute care will continue to see major changes in 2018 driven by implementation of another wave of publicly reported quality and resource measures as a result of the IMPACT Act of 2014. In addition, the IMPACT Act calls for standardization of assessment instruments across post-acute settings and is designed to facilitate interoperable health information technology. This session offers insight about the changes that will impact post-acute care providers and the transformation necessary to succeed in the changing environment.

Brian Ellsworth, MA Vice President, Public Policy and Payment Transformation, Health Dimensions Group

Brian Ellsworth has more than 30 years of experience in health care financing, delivery, and policy from both payor and provider perspectives. He has worked at Optum (UnitedHealth Group) and as a policymaker in New York’s Medicaid program. His extensive provider experience includes positions at the American Hospital Association (AHA) and senior leadership roles at statewide associations of home health, hospice, and long-term care providers. At HDG, Mr. Ellsworth leads efforts to develop value-based payment approaches for skilled nursing facilities and home- and community-based providers, including the development of continuing care networks and analysis of bundled payment opportunities. His expertise includes the following:

  • Development of cutting-edge episodic and value-based payment systems
  • Managed care strategy development for providers and payors seeking to bring value to the health care delivery system
  • Development of regulatory streamlining and cost-saving proposals through leveraging technology and programmatic change
  • Analysis of legislative and regulatory proposals affecting all post-acute sectors and dual eligible managed care plans 

At Optum, Mr. Ellsworth led efforts to develop a mobile technology solution to improve quality and program integrity for home care and medical transportation providers. His experience also includes federal and state demonstrations on home health pay for performance, Medicare capitation for the chronically ill, and dual eligible integration. At AHA, Mr. Ellsworth analyzed the impact of payment and quality monitoring policies for SNFs, hospital swing beds, IRFs, LTACHs, home health, and inpatient psychiatric facilities. Throughout his career, Mr. Ellsworth’s thought leadership has resulted in a number of important refinements to post-acute, long-term care, and inpatient payment and quality monitoring systems for both Medicare and Medicaid. As a policymaker in New York, he led early efforts to develop managed long-term care plans for the dually eligible. He has served on federal and state technical advisory panels on a wide range of topics, such as long-term care financing reform, episodic reimbursement, and development of process and outcome measures for home health.

Credit Information

ATTENDANCE: All participants must attend the webinar in full, enter the complete verification code, and complete the evaluation.

No partial credit is to be given if any time is missed during an individual session presented at this conference. Extenuating circumstances may be considered by discussing the reasoning behind missing the time and determining if credits can be offered an alternative way.

Administrators (NAB)

This program has been submitted for review (but not yet approved) for Continuing Education for 1.0 total clock hours by NAB (National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards)/ NCERS (National Continuing Education Review Service). Call 518-537-5000 for further information.


Catholic Chaplains

This educational program has been approved for 1.0 Continuing Education Hours by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.


Dietitians (Registered)

This educational program has been submitted to the Commission on Dietetic Registration for approval to award Continuing Professional Education Hours. Please contact us at 518-537-5000 or for the status of CPE accreditation.



This webinar is part of the program "Compassion, Comfort, and Compliance in Long-term Care." People who complete this webinar in full will receive 1.0 Contact Hours.


This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont Nurses Associations are members of the Northeast Multi-State Division of the American Nurses Association.


Approved Contact Hour(s):11.0

Program Code #: 002-169-070618


Recreation Therapists

This webinar is part of the program "Compassion, Comfort, and Compliance in Long-term Care." People who complete this webinar in full will receive 0.1 CEUs.


The American Therapeutic Recreation Association has reviewed and pre-approved this workshop for up to 1.1 CEUs. Approval #181008NY


ATRA awarded Category B CEUs are not automatically accepted for credit by NCTRC or other professional credentialing organizations. Individual CTRS’s may submit the CEUs to NCTRC for consideration in their individual recertification process. Statistically, 85% of pre-approved ATRA CEU credits are also approved by NCTRC.

Social Workers

This program has been approved for 1.0 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D80029-6.

New York State Social Workers
Avila Institute of Gerontology, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0265.


Dates(s) Title Type
October 9, 2018 Value-Based Payment: As the World Turns 1.0 hrs Live Webinar
October 9, 2018 Washington Update 1.0 hrs Live Webinar
October 9, 2018 Pathway to Quality: Legal and Regulatory Updates 2.0 hrs Live Webinar
October 8, 2018 The Psychiatric Care of Patients with Advanced Disease 1.0 hrs Live Webinar
October 8, 2018 When to Refer a Patient to End of Life Care 1.0 hrs Live Webinar
October 8, 2018 Pain Management: A Primer 1.0 hrs Live Webinar
October 8, 2018 The Nature of Human Suffering and the Preservation of Dignity at the End of Life 1.0 hrs Live Webinar
October 8, 2018 Medically Administered Nutrition and Hydration: Is it Ethically Required with Dementia and Stroke Patients? 1.0 hrs Live Webinar
October 8, 2018 Palliative Sedation: Cautions, Concerns, and Indications 1.0 hrs Live Webinar

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