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.
Affinity Health Services spoke at a seminar regarding Alternate Payment Models presented by HVA Senior Living Alliance at Riverside Inn in Cambridge Springs. Affinity’s team of experts who spoke included Denise McQuown-Hatter, President/CEO, Teresa Toth, Clinical Consultant, Garet Weston, Financial Consultant, and Kimberly Kelly-Clutter, Director of Marketing and Business Development.
The session provided an overview of the latest happenings in acute and post-acute grade point averages; a review of the Federal and State government goals; an understanding of the rapidly changing environment that impact the continuum of care; and implementation strategies for growth with establishing partnerships with providers and referrals sources. Additional information was shared on the Managed Long Term Care Services and Support (MLTSS), the ranking of nursing home and personal care home score cards.
This program has been submitted to the State Board of Examiners or Nursing Home Administrators for five NHA CEU’s.
Affinity Health Services would like to congratulate Desirae Walker from a Senior Community Affiliate who is now a Certified Nursing Director in Long Term Care (CNDLTC). The director of nursing is the key to achieving quality resident care.
Affinity Health Services participated in the PACAH 2016 Fall Conference held at the Hilton Harrisburg. This conference was a great opportunity to connect and re-connect with various healthcare professionals; advance our awareness of the changes and innovations occurring in the industry; and cultivate the relationships with the Pennsylvania’s aging service leaders who support our seniors.
On Thursday, October 13, Denise McQuown-Hatter, President/CEO of Affinity Health Services, spoke alongside Nick Stupakis, Director of Post-Acute Care of Allegheny Health Network and Andonia Aber, Regional Manager of Network Performance of Highmark Health, Home and Community Services about “Highmark Health: Forging a New Path and What This Means for Providers.” The session provided an overview of the initiatives and pathways Highmark is actively pursuing to manage their beneficiaries quality of care and services within the post-acute care arena, the factors utilized to evaluate network participation, scorecard metrics and provided an overview of the future of Highmark Health (HCS). Additional information was shared focusing on the provider’s perspective including how attendees can prepare and plan for network changes and the impact across the state.
Affinity Health Services, Inc. proudly welcomes our new Senior Vice President of Operations, Bryan Hagerich to the management team. Bryan will be providing day to day leadership and oversight of Affinity’s managed and consulting clients. Prior to joining Affinity Health Services, Bryan served as the Executive Director within multiple senior living communities in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors of post-acute care. Bryan’s responsibilities extended throughout all areas of business operations including strategic planning, business development and fiscal performance. In a previous role, he successfully led his community through the initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities – Continuing Care Accreditation Commission (CARF-CCAC).
Bryan is a graduate of the Leading Age Pennsylvania Fellows in Leadership Program, a distinguished honor within the non-profit senior living industry. He has been licensed as a Nursing Home Administrator in the state of Pennsylvania since 2011.
Bryan received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Delaware where he was a four year scholar athlete and a member of the Athletics Governing Board. In his spare time, he is an outdoor enthusiast and involved with numerous organizations within the surrounding community where he resides.
Affinity Health Services participated in the 65th PHCA Annual Convention & Trade Show held at the Lancaster Marriott Convention Center. This conference was a great opportunity to connect and re-connect with various healthcare professionals and medical professionals; advance our awareness of the changes and innovations occurring in the industry; and cultivate the relationships with the Pennsylvania’s aging service leaders who support our seniors.
On Thursday, September 29, Denise McQuown-Hatter, President/CEO of Affinity Health Services, spoke about the “Upside and Downside for the Continuum and Alternative Payment Models.” Her presentation provided an overview of the impact on nursing facilities and explored the impact on acute care, home health, personal care and the consumer. Experiences were shared from ACO participation to acute care partnerships and opportunities for assisted living residence and personal care homes.
Affinity Health Services proudly welcomes our new Clinical Consultant, Dana Heitzenrater to the management team. Dana began her career in long term care in 1994. She has functioned as an RN Supervisor, RNAC, RN Case Manager, Quality Assurance Coordinator, Assistant Director of Nursing and most recently as a Director of Nursing for 11 years. Dana obtained her Nursing Home Administrator’s license in 2010. Dana has experience in several long term care organizations and brings an extensive knowledge of nursing department operations as well as overall long term care facility management in relation to employee development, staffing, quality management and budgeting. Dana is dedicated to promoting collaborative relationships with staff, residents and families and is committed to facilitating exceptional resident care. Dana’s experience also includes federal and state regulatory compliance as well as developing effective plans of correction. She also serves on the Jefferson County EMS Board of Directors as Secretary as well as the Jefferson County Elder Abuse Prevention Task Force.