SOCIAL WORKERS CONFERENCE

PROGRAM SCHEDULE AND DESCRIPTION

August 15, 2013

  8:30 a.m.   Registration/Continental Breakfast

  9:00 a.m.   Social Services and the MDS 3.0
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continue to make changes in surveyor guidance related to quality of life and psychosocial well-being. So it comes as no surprise that the MDS 3.0 is designed to help nursing home staff, including social workers, to take a look at residents holistically as individuals. This session will focus on providing social workers with a review of the areas of the MDS they are responsible for completing and will guide them on proper assessment and documentation of the MDS 3.0 forms.

10:30 a.m.   Break

10:45 a.m.   INTERACT – Advance Care Planning
INTERACT (Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers) is a quality improvement program that focuses on the management of acute change in resident condition. It includes clinical and educational tools and strategies for use in every day practice in long-term care facilities and is designed to improve the early identification, assessment, documentation, and communication about changes in the status of residents in skilled nursing facilities. End of life care planning is a big part of reducing hospitalizations for the elderly but starting the conversation with residents and families is difficult. Learn how Social Workers can empower residents to communicate and direct their care needs by using the tools provided by the INTERACT program.

12:15 p.m.   Lunch (Provided)

12:45 p.m.   The Role of Social Worker in Care Transitions in the Health Care Continuum
This session will cover issues families and residents face as they transition into a nursing facility and the role the social worker plays during the transition. There will be a discussion on issues that families and residents face as the resident declines and needs to move to a higher level of care. You will learn how to talk to residents and families about discharge potentials and choosing a higher level of care if needed in the future. The session will also cover the applicable Iowa laws and regulations pertaining to occupancy, transfer, waiver, and involuntary discharges.

  2:00 p.m.   Break

  2:15 p.m.   Social Workers Roles in Quality Improvement
Continuous Quality Improvement is important for all facilities to implement to help improve the quality of care and services for the residents they serve. Social Workers can play a key role in quality improvement if they understand the processes to a quality improvement system. This session will provide an overview of the Nursing Home Quality Measures and its relationship to the Social Workers responsibilities. You will learn how to collect, understand, and respond to data in a quality improvement process and learn how to access quality improvement tools available to your facility.

  3:15 p.m.   Adjourn