No time or budget for travel to get the education that you need? No problem. The Texas Hospital Association delivers education directly to your desktop through webinars and recorded programs.

CMS Hospital Improvement Final Rules

Dec. 4, 2019

Noon-2 p.m. Central

CMS has finalized some significant changes to the hospital conditions of participation (CoPs) that every hospital should know, including critical access hospitals. It was 393 pages long and combined three laws into one. This include changes to nursing, medical records, infection control, QAPI, patient rights, H&Ps, and restraint and seclusion. Most have an effective date of November 29, 2019 with two exceptions. The normal implementation date is 60 days, but Critical Access Hospitals will have 6 months to implement an antibiotic stewardship program and 18 months to implement a QAPI program since their QAPI requirements were completely written.

Discharge Planning: Compliance with the New CMS Hospital and CAH Conditions of Participation

Dec. 12, 2019

Noon-2 p.m. Central

This program will cover the new final changes to the discharge planning standards that become effective December 1, 2019. These were published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2019. CMS will publish revised interpretive guidelines and survey procedures to match the new regulations. These apply to all hospitals, including critical access hospitals. Hospitals will be happy to find out that CMS scaled back on many of the proposed rules that hospitals had expressed concern about.

EMTALA Update 2020

March 11, 18 and 25, 2020, 2019

Noon-2 p.m. Central

EMTALA is a hot topic and should now be on the radar screen for every hospital. There have been a recent increased number of deficiencies and increased CMS and OIG activity. Would you know what to do if a CMS surveyor walked into your hospital today to investigate an EMTALA complaint? EMTALA penalties have more than doubled, plus a cost of living, so it is almost $105,000 per violation for hospitals over 100 beds. A recent article found that 30% of US hospitals and 34% of Critical Access Hospitals have violated EMTALA in the last decade. Violations were most likely to occur in the southeast region and with hospitals with fewer than 100 beds. CMS has also made a change in that some EMTALA investigations will occur 2 days after notification of a complaint.

This 3-part webinar series will include the regulations and interpretive guidelines. It will include all 12 sections and an expanded section for on-call physicians and the shared and community care plan process. The federal EMTALA law and the accompanying regulations are complex. This program is structured to make the requirements understandable with the liberal use of examples.

CMS Hospital Conditions of Participation Made Easy 2020

July 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2020

Noon-2 p.m. Central

If a CMS surveyor showed up in your hospital tomorrow, would you be prepared? This five-part webinar series will cover the entire CMS Hospital CoP manual. It is a great way to educate everyone in your hospital on all the sections in the CMS hospital manual, especially ones that apply to their department. Hospitals have seen a significant increase in survey activity by CMS. This program will discuss the most problematic standards. The program will cover how the hospital can do a gap analysis to assist in compliance with the CoPs.

Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Conditions of Participation 2020: Ensuring Compliance

Sept. 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2020

Noon-2 p.m. Central

The annual favorite is back in a four-part format to review recent changes in each section of the Critical Access Hospital CMS Conditions of Participation manual. The webinars will cover the entire CAH CoP manual. It is a great way to educate everyone in your hospital on all the sections in the CMS hospital manual especially ones that applies to their department. Hospitals have seen a significant increase in survey activity by CMS along with an increase number of deficiencies. Common deficiencies and how to avoid them will be discussed.