MALA Spring Conference

  • April 23-25, 2017: 2017 MALA Spring Conference
  • Location: The Elms Hotel, Excelsior Springs

Can you solve the mystery? Join us Sunday, April 23rd at the “Waves of Danger” murder mystery show.


For more information, please visit MALA’s conference webpage.

MU Sinclair School of Nursing Conference

  • March 3, 2017:  Infection Preventionists Leading the Way to Reduce Healthcare-Associated Infections
  • Location:  Peachtree Banquet Center, Columbia

The purpose of the conference is to enhance the leadership skills of IPs in translating research to practice and engaging stakeholders, including the front line staff, in order to improve the clinical and administrative outcomes of patients with HAIs.


Please visit the conference page here for more details including registration info.

Hot Topics: Culture Change in Action

  • January 19, 2017:  Building the Foundation for a New Year: Using Language to Guide Your Culture Change Journey
  • Guide:  Joan Devine, Director of Education, Pioneer Network

Words can influence how we think, feel and even act. And so, as we embrace person centeredness and strive to approach the development of more person-centered practices in our work, we know that how we say what we say can make a difference in what people do! Join us for the first Hot Topic Webinar of 2017 where Joan Devine, Director of Education for the Pioneer Network and author of “Word of the Week: Building A Culture Change Dictionary” will guide you on a journey to discover words and phrases that can make a difference as we work to change the culture in our communities, and to change our own perceptions about aging and the work we do.


  • February 16, 2017: Building the Foundation for a New Year: The New Regulations — What They Mean for the Pioneers On Their Journey to Culture Change
  • Guide:  Karen Schoenemann, MPA, BA. Consultant, Author and trainer for CMS

We have all heard that the new regulations include requirements for the implementation of person-centered practices in nursing homes— what does this mean for those just starting on their journey as well as for those who are well beyond the minimal standards that the regulations generally require?” Join Karen Schoeneman, a founding member of the Pioneer Network and former Deputy Director of the Division of Nursing Homes for CMS, as she provides a glimpse into what communities can achieve as they work to meet and exceed the new regulations, and she’ll share the role that Pioneer Network and others have played over the past 20 years to get us where we are today.



  • March 16, 2017: Building the Foundation for a New Year: Using Pioneer Network and Other Resources to Guide Your Culture Change Journey
  • Guide:  Cathy Lieblich, Director of Network Relations, Pioneer Network

We know we want to change practices, to bring more person centeredness to our communities as we strive to meet and exceed the new regulations, but how? Have you been looking for some guidelines, training tools, tips that can help? That’s just the sort of thing you would expect to get from a network! Join Cathy and the guides from the communities as they explore the many resources available through the Pioneer Network’s new website; where to find them; how to use been used and the outcomes they have produced.



  •  April 20, 2017: Building the Foundation for a New Year: Understanding the Workforce Crisis — An Introduction to Root Causes and Real Solutions
  •  Guides:  Susan Misiorski, National Director of Coaching and Consulting Services, PHI and Anna Ortigara, Organizational Change Consultant, PHI

Consistent and dedicated staff are key to creating a person-centered environment, but how do you make that happen when employers of direct care workers– including certified nursing assistants, home health aides, and personal care assistants– are facing staffing shortages at crisis levels. Together, we’ll explore the top 5 reasons for the caregiving crisis, and share a range of interventions from quick wins to bold changes that address the fundamental quality of caregiving jobs.


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MDS Trainings 2017

RAI Process from Start to Finish

  • January 24-25, 2017: Columbia
  • April 4-5, 2017: Kansas City
  • June 20-21, 2017: St. Louis
  • August 8-9, 2017: Columbia
  • October 18-19, 2017: Springfield

This workshop will look at the RAI process from beginning to end. The MDS is used for both a clinical assessment and a financial assessment and this workshop will discuss the rules on scheduling these assessments and meeting the requirements individually and combined. Item-by-item coding will be reviewed. From coding the MDS, we will then look at the CAA to care plan process. Finally, we will review how to stay up-to-date in this ever-changing world of MDS 3.0.


Medicare from Start to Finish

  • March 20, 2107: Columbia
  • May 23, 2017: Springfield
  • July 18, 2017: Kansas City
  • September 19, 2017: St. Louis
  • November 13, 2017: Columbia

This one-day workshop will begin with how to gain access to and read the MDS reports from CASPER in order to self-audit your RAI process.  The completion of the MDS is becoming more and more difficult and confusing.  This workshop will help the MDS Coordinator and other members of the interdisciplinary team to understand the admitting criteria and the ongoing documentation needs of the Medicare resident.  The RAI process in relationship to Medicare is also confusing and errors can be a financial nightmare for facilities.  This workshop will help clear up the confusion surrounding the process.

Education on Health for Seniors

Our Chronic Disease Prevention and Maintenance for Seniors has put together a web page with some great links for education on health for seniors. The site was meant to be a one stop shop for general information for Seniors with Chronic Disease, including the following:

  • General Prevention
  • Cancer
  • Asthma/COPD
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimers
  • HIV/STD/Hepatitis
  • falls


Please share this link as appropriate:

S&C: 17-12-NH:  Long-Term Care (LTC) Regulation: Enforcement of Rule Prohibiting Use of Pre-Dispute Binding Arbitration Agreements is Suspended so Long as Court Ordered Injunction Remains in Effect

  • Enforcement Suspended Until and Unless Injunction is Lifted: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will not enforce the new rule prohibiting skilled nursing facilities, nursing facilities and dually-certified facilities from using pre-dispute binding arbitration agreements while there

Please see the S & C attached or you may view it online at