According to the CDC, so far this season influenza A (H3N2), has been the most common form of influenza. These viruses are often linked to more severe illness, especially among children and people age 65 and older. When H3 viruses are predominant, we tend to have a worse flu season with more hospitalizations and more deaths (CDC: January 2018).
While CDC surveillance systems show that nationally the flu season may be peaking now, we know from past experience that it will take many more weeks for flu activity to truly slow down.
With that being said, it is helpful to take aggressive preventative precautions to prevent influenza in any healthcare workplace.
Below are reminders of simple preventative measures that help to stop the spread of the flu:
1. Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
2. Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
3. Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
4. Clean your hands
Washing your hands often will protect you from germs.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Practice other good health habits.
Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
For additional information related to flu activity, below are links to the CDC’s weekly FluView map and the CDC’s 2017-2018 influenza webpage for your use and reference.
2017 PACAH Fall Conference
Each year, The Pennsylvania Coalition of Affiliated Health Care and Living Communities (PACAH) hosts a conference for local sponsors, vendors, and affiliates to network and attend informational sessions to further their knowledge in all matters related to the long-term care industry. During the conference, PACAH presents awards to recognize achievements and excellence of various individuals and organizations.
We are proud to announce that Denise McQuown-Hatter, President and CEO of Affinity Health Services was this year’s Friend of PACAH Award winner.
The award is granted to an individual or organization who has demonstrated a continued commitment to the improvement of long-term care and has assisted PACAH members in the performance of their duties, often, above and beyond the scope of normal levels of assistance, enabling member facilities to provide excellent service. The recipient has shown continued commitment to PACAH and its goals and positions. This is the highest honor awarded to a nonmember and may be made to an individual or company/agency.
Congratulations, Denise, on this well earned and deserved award!
To learn more about the annual PACAH conferences, visit PACAH.org
Affinity Health Services provides senior community management and consulting services throughout Pennsylvania. Learn more about our services here
Denise McQuown-Hatter, President and CEO along with Dana Heizenrater, Clinical Consultant of Affinity Health Services, will be presenting at the 2017 LeadingAge PA “Focus on the Future” Conference, held at the Freemasons Cultural Center of Elizabethtown on November 15th and 16th.
Date of Event:
Wednesday, November 15th 2017
“The Facility Assessment F 838-Understanding the Scope and Implications”
Deike Auditorium 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
- Explain the regulatory requirement of Phase II Requirements of Participation, F 838 related to the Facility Assessment.
- Explore the regulatory implications associated with the Facility Assessment.
- Identify the fiscal implications on facility operations as a result of the requirements of the Facility Assessment.
Learn more about the 2017 LeadingAge Fall Conference here
Affinity Health Services is honored to have been selected to speak at the 2017 Pennsylvania Association of County Affiliated Homes Fall Conference at The Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square on Thursday, September 14th.
Date of Event:
Thursday, September 14th, 2017
“The MDS Impact”
Presenters: Teresa Toth, RN, RAC-CT, Clinical Consultant for Affinity Health Services, Inc.
Whether you are new to the MDS assessment process or if you do not actively participate in the assessment process on a day-today basis, this session offers an opportunity to obtain a stronger understanding of the importance of accuracy in the MDS process.
Because data in the MDS impacts so many aspects of the long-term care facility, it is important for all staff to have a clear, concise understanding of how this instrument impacts the function of the facility.
- Understanding how the MDS impacts the long-term care facility
- Understanding the financial, quality measures, and survey aspects of the assessment tool in long-term care
- Identify barriers to accurately code the MDS
PANAC host – Speaker – Teresa Toth, Clinical Consultant, Affinity Health Services
For those who are new to the MDS Assessment process or who do not actively participate in the Assessment process on a day-to-day basis, this is the perfect opportunity to obtain a stronger understanding of the entire process. Because the data in the MDS impacts so many aspects of the LTC facility, it is important for all staff to have an understanding of how this instrument impacts the functioning of the facility. Participants will be exposed to the financial, quality measures and survey related aspects of the assessment tool.
Date: May 26, 2017
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00pm
Register at PANAC website www.paanac.net/event-2505598/registration
Fee: member – free
nonmember – $35.00
Teresa Toth, RN
Employed for over 6 years as an Assessment Coordinator in LTC facilities, responsible for completion of and transmission of the MDS to Myers and Stauffer, determined whether residents qualified for Medicare benefits and determined when those benefits were to be discontinued, trained clinical staff in data requirements of the assessment, improved accuracy of Case Mix Index of the facility and maintained a low error rate during the Utilization Management Review process.
This activity has been submitted to the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Pennsylvania State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
The PANAC Education Committee has determined there is no conflict of interest in this presentation.
The speaker has identified that there is no conflict of interest in this presentation.
Successful completion for receipt of the certificate is determined by presenting the completed evaluation form. Partial credit will not be provided for this webinar.
Guest Speaker – John Rodgers, CEO of Dale Carnegie
Affinity Health Services recently held a retreat at the Penn State Nittany Lion Inn with their affiliated senior communities. This two-day retreat had a full agenda that consisted of an array of presenters who focused on the changes taking place and the future direction in the health care industry.
Attendees took part of a session with a presentation from John Rodgers, CEO of Dale Carnegie, who provided an overview on “How to lead change for less resistance in the workplace.” Another presenter was Brandon Smeltzer, Director of Personal Care and Assisted Living of PHCA/CALM, who provided an update on the current and future environment for Assisted Living and Personal Care across Pennsylvania. Day two granted a presentation from Anne Henry, Senior Vice President & Chief Government Affairs Officer from LeadingAge Pennsylvania. She gave insights on MLTSS and additional changes that are ahead within the healthcare industry.
Affinity Days is an annual retreat which also grants attendees an opportunity for peer-to-peer round table discussions regarding the upcoming changes; challenges they are facing; support to one another and to also offered suggestion and best practices.
Guest Speaker – Brandon Smeltzer, Director of PC/AL of PHCA/CALM
Guest Speaker – Anne Henry, Senior VP of Leading Age
Attendees attentively listen to valuable informative session at Affinity Days 2017.
2017 Affinity Cup Award
“During this annual retreat, Affinity recognizes and celebrates the many accomplishments that these senior communities achieved over the past year. Our senior affiliates continue to show their true commitment and dedication they have for their communities, residents, families and staff,” states Bryan Hagerich, Senior Vice President of Operations with Affinity Health Services. The 2017 Affinity Cup was awarded to Beacon Ridge, a skilled nursing and long-term care community located in Indiana, PA.
Senior Community affiliate also enjoyed the St. Patrick’s Day themed event as well as some team building enjoyment.
Prize drawings were held before closing remarks, many who attended won fantastic gifts!
Pennsylvania clamps a ranking as the fifth largest proportion of senior citizens across the United States. The State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators develops the standards of professional conduct in order to maintain a high level of integrity and performance in the practice of nursing homes. Indiana County healthcare professional, Kim Cobaugh, RN, MSN, RNC, NHA, was recently elected as Pennsylvania’s Chairperson to the Nursing Home Administrator board of directors for 2017.
As Chairperson, Mrs. Cobaugh will lead the board in the development of new talent to establish elite standards of competence of those seeking licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; investigate reported misconduct to the welfare of the patients, the staff or the nursing home; and maintain a high level of integrity and performance in the practice of nursing home administration.
Senator Don White put forth Mrs. Cobaugh’s nomination for Chairperson. This marks her second term serving as a Nursing Home Administrator board member; each term is four years.
For more information about the State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators, visit dos.pa.gov.
Affinity Health Services is honored to have been selected to speak at the 2017 LeadingAge PA Annual Conference at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center in June 2017.
Date of Event:
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Are We Listening to Our Acute Care Partners?
Denise McQuown-Hatter President & Chief Executive Officer of Affinity Health Services
Eric Lawlor, Executive Vice-President of Ohio Valley Hospital and Senior Choice, Inc. Board Member
This presentation will define the essential element to blend acute care and post-acute care expertise. During this session precise experiences will be shared with regards to Accountable Care Organizations; preferred provider status for Comprehensive Joint Program; as well as the new and innovative Medical Director agreements, to name a few. In addition, the progression of focus towards Personal Care Home initiatives, the presentation will also provide highlight to continuation of making Personal Care Homes a significant part of the continuum.
Affinity Health Services team was helping to spread holiday cheer at an affiliate senior community on Sunday, December 18th. The holiday event granted an occasion for residents, family members and staff to enjoy the holiday season and spending quality time together. Special entertainment included members of a local chorus to lead a sing-a-long with some holiday favorites.
Affinity Health Services held a meeting on December 8, 2016 with their affiliated senior communities. Those in attendance were Executive Directors, Nursing Home Administrators, Personal Care Home Administrators, Directors of Nursing, Directors of Resident Care Services and Affinity team members. This festive meeting granted an opportunity to enhance collaboration and learn more about the changes occurring in the industry. Senior community managers wore Ugly Christmas Sweaters and partook in an “Secret Santa Exchange” to kick off the holiday season.
Senior community affiliate team members communicating effectively on building best practices as well as discussing strategical planning for the 2017 year with changes forthcoming in the healthcare landscape.
Senior community affiliate team members actively engaged in the discussion.