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August 24, 2016, Topsfield, MA: Proactive Planning for MDS Section GG Implementation and More!
Guide for Surviving the Future of Long Term Care:  Proactive Planning for Section GG Implementation and More!  The Affordable Care Act (ACA), the IMPACT Act, SNF Value Based Purchasing (VBP), the Proposed Rule for Medicare and Medicaid and the SNF Quality Reporting Program all require changes to the Minimum Data Set (MDS 3.0) effective October 1, 2016. These changes include the addition of a SNF Medicare Part A PPS discharge assessment when a Medicare Part A stay ends and the addition of Section GG to capture functional status items from the Continuity Assessment and Evaluation (CARE) item set. Now more than ever, your interdisciplinary team must work together to meet the CMS Quality Initiative and have a clear understanding of these changes to ensure success. The speaker will assist facilities in negotiating through these changes. In addition to regulatory and reimbursement details, this seminar will provide your interdisciplinary team with valuable strategies to proactively develop policies and procedures to become a higher quality facility. This program will be of particular interest to Administrators, Nursing Management, Social Workers and Rehabilitation Staff. Objectives    The learner will: 1.      identify the MDS Item Sets which require the completion of Section GG2.      Clarify the intent of Section GG items3.      Identify the major changes to the overall Five Star Rating System4.      Describe the 6 point rating scaling and the activity not attempted codes for Section GG5.      Describe the Quality Measure related to Section GG data   Contact Hours Available*   Contact Hours for the one-day workshop are based upon actual classroom attendance for the duration of the scheduled educational activity verified through sign-in sheet.  Each attendee will receive a Certicate upon completion of the education activity.   Administrators:  6 Clock Hours, 6 Participant Hours   Nurses:  6 Contact Hours  Harmony University is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Association MA, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.   Occupational Therapists AOTA: Harmony Healthcare is an AOTA approved provider of continuing education.  This course is offered for .6 AOTA Contact Hours.  The assignment of Contact Hours does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.  AOTA Educational level Beginner, Caregory 3:  Professional issues.  Awarding of Contact Hours is dependent on full course attendance, post test and course evaluation completion.   Physical Therapists (State Specific):  Call for more information.    *Contact Mary Moser at mmoser@harmony-healthcare.com or 978-887-8919, ext. 13 for more information.   ****Client Rate:  You must be a current Harmony Healthcare International (HHI) annual client.  All discounts will be validated and any unauthorized discounts will not be honored.  

When: Aug 24, 2016 8:30AM in Topsfield, MA

Summer Wine Tasting & Networking

Come Network with Peabody BNI and other local business while enjoying a wonderful vareity of wines courtesy of Alfalfa Farm Winery. You will not want to miss this specail evening. $15 per person with RSVP by August 26, 2016 or $30.00 at the door. This event was being partially underwirtten by Eastern Bank.

When: Aug 30, 2016 5:30PM in Topsfield, MA

Annisquam River Paddle

Today, we will paddle the tidal Annisquam River in Gloucester. In late summer, the golds, reds, and soft patina of the river's salt marshes can be radiant. This is a place to discover sandpipers and plovers on their southbound migration, resting or feeding along the banks, or herons and egrets arising from the tidal grasses. Hawks and falcons will be in migration, and we will keep an eye skyward for red-tailed hawks, peregrine falcons, and merlins. Our kayaking adventure begins in the middle of the Annisquam River, and we will ride the tide out past Wingaersheek Beach and along the coast to the top of Crane Beach. Then we'll ride the tide once again as we paddle home into the Essex River Basin. Instructions and Directions: Meets in Essex. Participants should have some ocean kayaking experience. All equipment, plus transportation to the put-in site, will be provided. Double kayaks are available for those with limited kayaking experience. A confirmation with directions and information on what to bring will be sent. Registration is required. Register online or call 978-887-9264 to register by phone.

When: Sep 10, 2016 9:30PM in Topsfield, MA
Cost: 103

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About Topsfield, MA
Topsfield Massachusetts is an area of rolling hills and meandering streams and has some of the highest land in Essex County. Topsfield has a rural nature and contains a typical New England town common.

The town is home to many acres of protected land and trails which includes Bradley Palmer State Park. It is an excellent choice for hiking and biking in the spring and summer and cross country skiing in the winter. Topsfield also has plenty of agricultural land and hosts the Topsfield Fair.

The Topsfield Fair is America’s oldest agricultural fair established in 1818 and held every October during harvest time. The Fair is chock full of agricultural exhibits as well as homemade baked goods and farm animals. There is also a largest pumpkin contest-always the most popular exhibit. It also has plenty for the kids including great stuff to eat and also a midway loaded with amusement park rides and games and a parade. The Topsfield Fair is a fun time for everyone and well worth the price of admission. Plan to spend a day there next October-you will be glad you did.