Webinars & Virtual Learning



Offered through the Texas Hospital Association Foundation, a nonprofit THA subsidiary, THA online education programs bring hospital leadership teams and staff a broad range of continuing education focused on enhancing hospital operations and performance. In our industry, change is constant. With this in mind, THA develops easily accessible programs to help members strategize and meet the challenges of frequent changes in regulations and operations head on. Check out the webinars slated for the upcoming months.

If you cannot attend a scheduled program, recordings and program materials are available to those who register. Contact the Education Team at 512/465-1514 for more information.

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2024 Webinars

Critical Access Hospital Conditions of Participation: Ensuring Compliance 2024 (4-Part Series)

Wednesdays, April 24, May 1, 8 and 30, 2024 |Noon–2 p.m. CST
Speaker: Laura A. Dixon, BS, JD, RN, CPHRM, President, Healthcare Risk Education and Consulting, LLC, Denver, CO

Critical Access manual has seen multiple changes over the last few years – from all new tag numbers to new requirements for QAPI and Infection Prevention and Control and Antibiotic Stewardship program. This four-part series will cover the entire CAN manual – Appendix W. Attendees will learn details about the Conditions of Participation and what to do and expect when a surveyor arrives at your facility. The series will help a CAH comply with problem areas, including nursing care plans, necessary policies and procedures, medication management and emergency preparedness.

Patient Rights (2-Part Series)

Wednesdays, June 26 and July 10, 2024 |Noon–2 p.m. CST
Speaker: Nancy Ruzicka, RPh, MBA, MJ, Health Care Consultant on Regulatory and General Health Care Compliance, Ruzicka Healthcare Consulting, LLC

Hospitals, critical access hospitals and rural emergency hospitals must comply with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation. According to CMS and accrediting organizations such as DNV and Joint Commission, Patient Rights and Responsibilities Condition is consistently in the top Condition Level Deficiencies cited. Within that condition, most non-compliances come from the regulations governing abuse, restraints and seclusion. Other patient rights that facilities need to be aware of are: grievances, advance directives and patient’s right to be involved in care.

According to CMS and accrediting organizations such as Det Norske Veritas, Inc. (DNV) and Joint Commission, one of the most cited deficiencies at the immediate jeopardy level is under patient’s rights regarding the rights of patient to receive care in a safe setting. According to CMS, ligature risks compromise a patient’s right to receive care in a safe setting and it is the hospital’s responsibility to provide care and safety to psychiatric patients who are risk of harm to themselves or others.

EMTALA (2-Part Series)

Wednesdays, August 14 and 21, 2024 |Noon–2 p.m. CST
Speaker: Laura A. Dixon, BS, JD, RN, CPHRM, President, Healthcare Risk Education and Consulting, LLC, Denver, CO

EMTALA is a frequently citied deficiency for hospitals of any size. This program will cover the EMTALA chapter in the State Operations manual, including the responsibilities of a physician on-call, the various documentation requirements staff and the hospital must maintain regarding patient care are admission, and transfer requirements. Part 1 will address the history of EMTALA, including important cases that led to the EMTALA legislation, the role of OIG and OCR and basic requirement of a hospital who accepts Medicare and Medicaid payments. Part 2 addresses on-call physician responsibilities, patient care requirements, such as stabilization, and patient transfers.