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.
September 27th – 29th, 2016
Lancaster County Convention Center
Presentation: The Upside and Downside for the Continuum and Alternative Payment Models
Presenter: Denise McQuown-Hatter, President/CEO
Date and Time: Thursday, September 29th 8:00am to 9:00am
Presentation Description: There is a lot of talk on how nursing homes are impacted by the alternative payment models and preferred provider status. This program provides an overview of the impact on nursing facilities and then exits the nursing facility doors and explores the impact on acute care, home health, personal care and the consumer. Experiences will be shared from ACO participation to acute care partnerships and opportunities for assisted living residence and personal care homes.
Affinity Health Services is excited to announce our team of experts has been invited by HVA Senior Living Alliance to speak at a seminar regarding Alternate Payment Models.
Program Date & Location:
When: November 3, 2016
Where: Riverside Inn
Cambridge Springs, PA
Time: 8:00AM – 3:15PM
- Teach the latest happenings in acute and post-acute care initiatives both mandated and voluntary.
- Review the Federal and State government goals.
- Provide an understanding of the rapidly changing environment impacting the continuum of care with an emphasis on best practices and implementation strategies for survival and growth.
- Participants will gain knowledge of who is ranking nursing homes and personal care homes and the meaning behind these initiatives.
- Additionally, there will be information presented on Managed Long Term Care Services and Support (MLTSS) in preparation for the implementation across Pennsylvania.
This program has been submitted to the State Board of Examiners or Nursing Home Administrators for five NHA CEU’s. To register, download below.
Affinity Health Services held a meeting on August 19th, 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 meeting was a great opportunity to enhance collaboration and learn about the changes and innovations occurring in the industry.
Senior community affiliate team members communicating effectively on building best practices.
Affinity celebrating the retirement of Marcie Stoup, Clinical Services Coordinator who started working in long-term care in 1980 and served thirteen of those years with Affinity Health Services, we thank you for your service and wish you a happy retirement!
Affinity Health Services would like to congratulate a senior community affiliate for successfully achieving their census mark for 2016. Thank you to all of the employees for your dedication in providing quality of care to our residents!
Pictured above is Chef Bob making true on his challenge to cook for employees who achieved their goal!
Employees enjoyed chef Bob sweeping over the grill and their golden achievement!
Affinity Health Services participated at this year’s 2016 County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania – Annual Conference and Trade Show held at the Split Rock Resort. This conference was a great opportunity to enhance collaboration with various healthcare professionals and learn about the changes and innovations occurring in the industry.
On August 8th, Denise McQuown-Hatter, President/CEO presented about What is Happening to Medicare, Managed Care, Medicaid and Insurance Payers which correlated with this year’s Affinity booth theme.
Pictured above is Kimberly Kelly-Clutter, Director of Marketing & Business Development and Denise McQuown-Hatter, President/CEO at this year’s booth.
Affinity Health Services proudly welcomes our new Financial Consultant, Garet Weston to the management team. Garet began his career in Public and Tax Accounting prior to entering Long Term Care. In addition to his three years as Director of Finance in a skilled nursing facility, Garet has provided financial services in a Personal Care Home setting. He has acquired experience in multiple customized software systems and managed the IT coordination for a fully implemented EMR. Additionally, Garet has the experience as a billing specialist performing billing for all third party payors, conducted internal audits and implemented Collection policies and procedures for Affinity clients.
Garet has his Master’s in Business Workforce and Development from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Garet is a certified USA swim coach and currently serves as the Indiana High School Head Swim Coach. Additionally Garet is very active in Relay for Life, Make a Wish Foundation and is a volunteer football coach.
Affinity Health Services proudly welcomes our new Clinical Consultant, Teresa Toth to the management team. Teresa has been in long term care for over 20 years as an RN, MDS Coordinator, Senior Regional Clinical Reimbursement Manager, Director of Case Management and Clinical Consultant. Teresa has attained reimbursement experience spanning Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Teresa developed and has directly supervised the case management process for 30 skilled nursing facilities as well as the clinical reimbursement management of the MDS process and the medical review process. Teresa developed and trained the MDS process and the LTC reimbursement relating to Medicare, Managed Care and Medicaid for a large for profit organization. She brings with her a working knowledge of Managed Long Term Services and Support (MLTSS) which is being implemented in Pennsylvania beginning in 2017. Teresa is a member of Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (PANAC), is past President and has served on the Board. She currently serves on various PANAC committees. Teresa is a member of American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) and the American Association of Managed Care Nurses (AAMCN). She serves as a board member of the America’s 9/11 Foundation, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting active military and first responders.
Kimberly Chi, Director of Nursing, Tammy Coleman, Director of Nursing, Ron Conrad, Director of Nursing and Marcie Stoup, Clinical Services Coordinator are now Certified INTERACT Champions (CIC). Achievement of this high profile certification demonstrates the organization’s commitment to embrace change in the new landscape of post-acute care transformation.
Certified INTERACT Champion is designed for clinical leaders to play an integral role in the delivery of care, avoidance of rehospitalizations and commitment for ongoing quality improvement for the residents.
Additional benefits of being a Certified INTERACT Champion:
- Achieve quality outcomes for residents
- Acute care and ACO alignment with providers who are on top of the readmission process to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations
- Focus on performance measures
- Improved clinical competency of caregivers and assessment process
- Facility team members gain a better understanding of the need for thorough advanced-care planning
- Improve and enhance safe care transitions
- Foster and improve communication among health care providers
- Placing the resident (or patient) centric to care delivery
- Positions the organization for value-based purchasing and reimbursement models
Congratulations Kimberly, Tammy, Ron and Marcie!