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2021 ESAAL Conference Webinar Series

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#1: COVID-19's Impact on Recruitment & Retention (part 1 of 4)

LONG before the pandemic, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, as well as other types of post-acute care providers were in a recruitment & retention crisis. There is little reason to believe that things will get any easier in the near future.

If anything, Covid-19 has amplified the need to improve the quality of outreach, interviewing, first days’ strategies, and retention processes and barriers.

In this four-part webinar series, ‘on-the-ground/real world’ strategies will be offered that can immediately be implemented. Presented in an upbeat manner, attendees will be inspired to make the changes important to their facility success.

Part I: Attracting the Staff You Want to Apply
Following the pre-recorded content, participants will be able to:

  • correct the barriers that prevent people from applying for a job with you
    • making it way harder than it should be
    • focusing on the wrong stuff in your outreach message
    • ignoring the low-hanging fruit
    • not impressing from the ‘get-go’

Presented by: Lou Ann Brubaker, Brubaker Consulting

Lou Ann Brubaker is the Founder and President of Brubaker Consulting, a company providing census development, supervisory training and staff stability programming. For over 28 years she has taught thousands of senior care professionals, including Executive Directors, Administrators and Directors of Nursing, RNs, LPNs and CNAs, physicians, marketers, HR staff, dietitians, therapists, customer service staff, as well as individuals at the C-suite (executive) level of their organizations. She speaks at state and national conferences multiple times each year.

Lou Ann Brubaker’s diverse professional experience ranges from administration of a senior citizen utility assistance program, the transitioning of an in-house advertising agency to a revenue- generating division and the management of more than 35 satellite operations and 500 sales representatives within a senior care products organization. Just prior to founding her own company, she directed the North American marketing for an organization that in three years grew to become the world’s largest provider of online clinical, scientific and technical information during which time she served on the leadership team that strategically re-crafted the international pricing of online information.

Date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
CEU’s: 1.0 Please note that CEU's will be awarded only if you attend the full live broadcast of the webinar.
Cost: $35 ESAAL Members, $70 Non-Members
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#2: COVID-19's Impact on Recruitment & Retention (part 2 of 4)

Part II: Handling Job Applications With No Hiccups

  • Following the pre-recorded content with LIVE Q & A Session, participants will be able to:
    • increase desire to work for you (even before the interview begins)
    • create your facility’s compelling argument to join
    • describe how your facility handles a time of crisis
    • involve other staff
    • incorporate the type of interview questions predictive of new hire success

Presented by: Lou Ann Brubaker, Brubaker Consulting

Headshot photo of Lou Ann BrubakerLou Ann Brubaker is the Founder and President of Brubaker Consulting, a company providing census development, supervisory training and staff stability programming. For over 28 years she has taught thousands of senior care professionals, including Executive Directors, Administrators and Directors of Nursing, RNs, LPNs and CNAs, physicians, marketers, HR staff, dietitians, therapists, customer service staff, as well as individuals at the C-suite (executive) level of their organizations. She speaks at state and national conferences multiple times each year.

 

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
CEU’s: 1.0 Please note that CEU's will be awarded only if you attend the full live broadcast of the webinar.
Cost: $35 ESAAL Members, $70 Non-Members
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#3: Practical Guide to When and If an Employee Is Entitled to Paid or Unpaid Leave

This webinar will examine the interplay between: NYS Paid Family Leave, the ADA, FMLA, Paid Sick Leave & Paid COVID Leave. The focus will be on examples and scenarios of what law may apply or the impact of multiple laws.

The Outline will quickly review each of the bills, as presently impacted, and then provide a series of scenarios and examples of what law would apply.  Also, best practices not to make a mistake.

headshot photo of Elena DeFio Kean in a turquoise blazerPresented by: Elena DeFio Kean, Esq., Hinman Straub

Elena DeFio Kean represents businesses in corporate and labor and employment matters. She drafts and reviews employment agreements, negotiates partnership and operating agreements, and non-disclosure agreements and represents businesses in various litigations that may arise in the course of operations. She has developed and provided extensive training across the state in preventing discrimination and harassment in the workplace, how to conduct effective investigations of discrimination and harassment complaints in the workplace, workplace violence prevention, progressive discipline and loss prevention measures. She also develops and reviews employee handbooks and policies, and assists businesses in addressing and defending investigations and matters with the NYS Department of Labor, Division of Human Rights, and other related governmental agencies.

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
CEU’s: 1.5 Please note that CEU's will be awarded only if you attend the full live broadcast of the webinar.
Cost: $40 ESAAL Members, $80 Non-Members
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#4: COVID-19's Impact on Recruitment & Retention (part 3 of 4)

Part III: Acing New Employees’ Start

  • Following the pre-recorded content, participants will be able to:
    • prepare for new staff member start
    • explain why ‘on-boarding’ isn’t what should really be happening
    • ways to keep things interesting in the first week
    • make new hire success a team sport
    • describe why exit interviews are done at the wrong time

Presented by: Lou Ann Brubaker, Brubaker Consulting

Lou Ann Brubaker is the Founder and President of Brubaker Consulting, a company providing census development, supervisory training and staff stability programming. For over 28 years she has taught thousands of senior care professionals, including Executive Directors, Administrators and Directors of Nursing, RNs, LPNs and CNAs, physicians, marketers, HR staff, dietitians, therapists, customer service staff, as well as individuals at the C-suite (executive) level of their organizations. She speaks at state and national conferences multiple times each year.

 

Date: Thursday, May 13, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
CEU’s: 1.0 Please note that CEU's will be awarded only if you attend the full live broadcast of the webinar.
Cost: $35 ESAAL Members, $70 Non-Members
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 #5: Hot Topics in Medicare News

Quick review of Medicare costs in 2021, COVID & its impact now & for the future of Medicare, Rehabilitation/SNF expenses days 21-100…when & how should a Medicare plan change be initiated, Part D Legislative changes for 2022 - the good & the bad, Part d Senior Savings model for insulin - Are your residents on the right plan?, Does Medicare cover advance planning & how?, Removing barriers & ensuring quicker access to advanced technologies & therapies, Inpatient or outpatient - What is observation status

Presented by: Cindy Goldsher, Cindy Goldsher Insurance/Bay Harbor Insurance

headshot photo of Cindy GoldsherCindy Goldsher is an independent agent dedicated to assisting the senior population with their insurance coverage. With Cindy’s 31 years of insurance experience, seniors rely on her guidance to find the most comprehensive, suitable and affordable coverage for their specific needs.
The benefit of working with Cindy is her unbiased assistance, she is contracted all of the major carriers and will do a thorough comparison to provide accurate and easy to understand information. Her assistance is provided at no cost to the senior from start to finish. Cindy regularly conducts Medicare Educational Seminars at many assisted living facilities, for attorneys at elder law firms and their clients, libraries, senior living communities, and some senior centers.

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:15pm
CEU’s: 1.25 Please note that CEU's will be awarded only if you attend the full live broadcast of the webinar.
Cost: $35 ESAAL Members, $70 Non-Members
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#6: COVID-19's Impact on Recruitment & Retention (part 4 of 4)

Part IV: Retaining Your Team

  • Following the pre-recorded content with LIVE Q & A Session, participants will be able to:
    • address the major drivers of why staff quit
    • evaluate how the facility currently supports staff quality of life
    • list the two HR activities that should happen annually
    • explain how greater transparency with staff encourages retention

Presented by: Lou Ann Brubaker, Brubaker Consulting

Lou Ann Brubaker is the Founder and President of Brubaker Consulting, a company providing census development, supervisory training and staff stability programming. For over 28 years she has taught thousands of senior care professionals, including Executive Directors, Administrators and Directors of Nursing, RNs, LPNs and CNAs, physicians, marketers, HR staff, dietitians, therapists, customer service staff, as well as individuals at the C-suite (executive) level of their organizations. She speaks at state and national conferences multiple times each year.

 

Date: Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
CEU’s: 1.0 Please note that CEU's will be awarded only if you attend the full live broadcast of the webinar.
Cost: $35 ESAAL Members, $70 Non-Members
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#7: Safety in the Storm: Weathering a Public Health Emergency and Regulatory Tsunami

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, operators were faced with new requirements, new processes, and an onslaught of new information, while being expected to synthesize and comply with all new requirements and maintain adherence to all existing regulations. During this session we will cover the latest guidance on testing, visitation, exposures, infection control, return to work, travel and vaccination, as well as developments and trends in Adult Care Facility/Assisted Living compliance, surveillance and licensing.

Presented by: Lori Sievers, Hinman Straub

Headshot photo of Lori SieversLori Sievers is a member of the Hinman Straub’s Health Law department. Her practice focuses on representing Long Term Care providers. She represents assisted living residence, social day care and home care operators in all licensing and regulatory compliance matters, acquisitions and sales, and litigation matters. She has served on a variety of work groups and task forces, including the Assisted Living Task Force, ACF Licensure Streamlining Workgroup and Regulatory Rewrite Workgroup, where she has played a key role in shaping licensure and operational policy. Her unique understanding of operational issues, partnered with her extensive experience in assisted living law and regulations allows her to efficiently problem-solve and partner with clients to strategically plan and meet their licensure goals, compliance strategies and ownership transitions.

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
CEU’s: 1.5 Please note that CEU's will be awarded only if you attend the full live broadcast of the webinar.
Cost: $40 ESAAL Members, $80 Non-Members
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 #8: Insurance For Senior Living Facilities in the COVID Pandemic; Risks and Strategies for Optimization

This session with be an education on how and why insurance industry costs are rising, what can be done to reduce the increases, including documenting procedures, and presenting them professionally.  What risks are there? In addition to lawsuits there are now “fly by night” insurers that provide significant long term risk.  We will benchmark rates for property, liability, and excess liability in the industry.

Presented by: Joshua Lamberg, Founder & CEO, Lamb Insurance Services

Headshot photo of Joshua Lamberg

Josh Lamberg is the founder and CEO of Lamb Insurance Services, the nation’s largest insurance broker dedicated exclusively to human service organizations. Prior to founding Lamb Insurance Services, he worked for insurance carriers Philadelphia Insurance Companies and Liberty Mutual. Before starting his career in the insurance industry, Josh had a short career as a professional baseball player; a catcher with several different teams including a short minor league stint with the Cincinnati Reds organization.
The values and ethics that created his success as a professional athlete are the foundation of the character embraced by every Lamb employee. Attitude, Effort, and Preparation are the core elements of his company’s success. Grit, relentless drive, and continuous improvement are Lamb’s best practices. Josh is a graduate of the University of Richmond with a degree in Rhetoric and Communications.

Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
CEU’s: 1.0 Please note that CEU's will be awarded only if you attend the full live broadcast of the webinar.
Cost: $35 ESAAL Members, $70 Non-Members

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 #9 Transformation: Successful Operations After the COVID Pandemic

The ACF/Assisted Living Provider (ALP) landscape has been markedly changed since the onset of the coronavirus disease.   Organizations have drastically retooled operations and reconfigured their care delivery models to respond to the pandemic.  Since the operational and regulatory challenges experienced amidst COVID are anticipated to continue, it is imperative that we continue to adapt and accelerate our initiatives to improve outcomes, increase satisfaction for our residents and staff and regain community confidence in our services.   With insights gained from providers during the pandemic and successful experiences toward recovery, we will discuss the forces shaping service delivery and identify strategies for continued successful transformation.

Presented by: Joanne Jones, RN, Director & Deborah Lynch, Managing Director, BKD

Headshot photo of Joanne Jones, RN

Joanne Jones has over 30 years of clinical and management experience in the long-term care field and provides an extensive range of clinical consulting services to a wide range of providers. Prior to joining BKD, Joanne was the President of a management and consulting firm that provided clinical and operational consulting services to Nursing Homes and Hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic States. She is highly regarded for her ability to bring business acumen to clinical issues by identifying areas of positive financial impact, bolstering compliance and providing critical decision making analyses in support of new programs.

 

Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
CEU’s: 1.5 Please note that CEU's will be awarded only if you attend the full live broadcast of the webinar.
Cost: $40 ESAAL Members, $80 Non-Members

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#10: Hot Topics in Assisted Living Program (ALP) Compliance

The presentation will discuss recent hot topics in OMIG compliance including a summary of recent audits, compliance changes, COVID compliance, and non-compliant resident issues. The presentation will also include internal procedures and strategies to prepare and reduce the provider's risk of significant audit findings.

Presented by: Margaret Surowka, Counsel & Mary Connelly, Associate, Barclay Damon

Headshot photo of Mary SurowkaMargaret Surowka, A former general counsel at the New York State Dental Association with over 20 years of legal experience, Margaret primarily concentrates her practice on representing individual health care providers and facilities in licensure, disciplinary, and ethics proceedings. She routinely counsels clients facing Medicaid, Medicare, and other governmental investigations and audits as well as assisting with employment and contract matters. She assists clients with compliance programs and has successfully represented health care entities with significant disclosures to the federal and state government. Margaret also defends clients facing license revocation and represents them in disciplinary matters before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline.

Headshot photo of Mary ConnollyMary Connolly primarily concentrates her practice on representing health care providers in a variety of matters, including litigation under the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, related state statutes, and Article 78 proceedings; regulatory and transactional
issues; not-for-profit formations and dissolutions; and applications for NYS Department of Health licensure. Her clients include, among others, adult care and assisted living facilities, nursing homes, licensed home care services agencies, OPWDD
providers, pharmacies, and substance-use disorder and mental health treatment providers.

Date: Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:15pm
CEU’s: 1.25 Please note that CEU's will be awarded only if you attend the full live broadcast of the webinar.
Cost: $35 ESAAL Members, $70 Non-Members

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#11: Bill NY S1784: Proposed Infection Control Quality Assurance Requirements in ACFs

Bill NY S01784 would require Adult Care Facilities to have quality improvement committees and a focus on infection control in the facility’s quality assurance plan.  The bill has currently passed both houses and will be submitted for signature by the Governor making it effective in the coming months.

In this session the presenter will cover the proposed language of the bill, how it will affect ACFs, potential approaches to meeting these new requirements, and the key components to successful infection control quality assurance.

Presented by: Kathy Sindoni, RN, BSN CLNC, Owner & Chief Consultant, Substantial Compliance Consulting Group

Headshot photo of Kathy SindoniKathy Sindoni, RN, BSN, CLNC has been a registered nurse for 25 years and has been professionally engaged in the assisted living network since 2001. She is the owner and chief consultant of Substantial Compliance Consulting Group, which provides professional assisted living service consultation and serves residences in various regions throughout New York State. As a consultant, Kathy provides assistance with regulatory compliance, DOH surveillance, quality assurance, team building, and many other such services. She is also a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant providing assistance to operators and/or attorneys on the medical or operational aspects of their cases. Kathy previously served as the Administrator and Case Manager of Bridges Cornell Heights, in Ithaca, New York from 2005-2013.

Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
CEU’s: 1.5 Please note that CEU's will be awarded only if you attend the full live broadcast of the webinar.
Cost: $40 ESAAL Members, $80 Non-Members

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#12: How Virtual Reality is Changing the Way We Train

In this presentation, attendees will learn and experience first-hand the benefits of using immersive training tools. Discover the ways that engaging with embodied training in VR can accelerate learning, leading to deeper understanding of aging and older adults, and allowing caregivers to develop rapid insights that lead to significant workplace behaviors, habits and attitudes, including stronger emotional and cultural intelligence, better practical understanding of person-centered care, stronger communication and conflict resolution skills,  and greater confidence in providing care -- for both  new & seasoned caregivers.

Presented by: Erin Washington, Co-Founder & Director of Education, Training & Outreach, Embodied Labs

Headshot photo of Erin WashingtonErin Washington (she/her/hers) is a co-founder of and director of education & training at Embodied Labs – the virtual reality company that is leading the aging care space in the development of cutting-edge immersive training for professional and family caregivers. Washington’s background includes over a decade working in instructional design, adult learning pedagogy, and information science. She has also been a care partner to her mother, who lived with and died from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Washington believes in the promise and power of XR training in all industries, but is particularly passionate about its use in the aging care space.

Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
CEU’s: 1.5 Please note that CEU's will be awarded only if you attend the full live broadcast of the webinar.
Cost: $40 ESAAL Members, $80 Non-Members
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 #13: Infection Control Practices: Maintaining Compliance with Resident and Staff Support

During the pandemic, infection control training and directives were amplified.   Conflicting and unclear messaging from the regulatory agencies were the norm.  Facilities were challenged daily with educating staff and residents on important practices and messaging effectively to maintain adherence to the standards.   In this session, we will review current guidance, processes and practices to facilitate effective education and maintain the best outcomes including staff and resident compliance.

Presented by: Joanne Jones, RN, Director & Kerri White, RN, Managing Consultant, BKD

Headshot photo of Joanne Jones, RNJoanne Jones has over 30 years of clinical and management experience in the long-term care field and provides an extensive range of clinical consulting services to a wide range of providers. Prior to joining BKD, Joanne was the President of a management and consulting firm that provided clinical and operational consulting services to Nursing Homes and Hospitals in the Mid-Atlantic States. She is highly regarded for her ability to bring business acumen to clinical issues by identifying areas of positive financial impact, bolstering compliance and providing critical decision making analyses in support of new programs.

 

Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
CEU’s: 1.5 Please note that CEU's will be awarded only if you attend the full live broadcast of the webinar.
Cost: $40 ESAAL Members, $80 Non-Members
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#14: New York State’s Criminal History Record Check (CHRC) Requirements for Adult Care Facility/Assisted Living Providers

Our presenters from the NYS Department of Health will provide an overview and update on CHRC-related topics including the fingerprinting process, the Department’s legal determination process, commensurate employment determination letters and how the ACF/ALR/ALP provider must procced, how to address subsequent arrests and use of the CHRC system’s tracking and reconciliation reports.

Presented by: Daryl Barra, Associate Attorney, Andrea Cunningham, Associate Attorney, Bureau of Program Counsel NYSDOH

Headshot photo of Daryl BarraDaryl M. Barra, Esq. is an Associate Attorney with the New York State Department of Health Criminal History Record Check Unit (CHRC). As Associate Attorney, he is responsible for all CHRC legal unit operations and training. He is also responsible for legal support of the NYS Home Care Registry and the Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators. Integral in establishing, creating and updating the DOH criminal history background check program from its inception in 2006.  Mr. Barra graduated from Albany Law School in 1992 where he served as a member of the Albany Law Review. He has been a member of the New York State and Washington, D.C. Bar since 1993.  His career includes private general law practice and federal criminal law enforcement as a Former Special Agent with both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the Inspector General, D.C. Government, where he conducted criminal investigations into a wide variety of federal law violations that included organized crime, fugitive investigations, bank fraud and embezzlement matters and other white-collar crimes.

Headshot photo of Andrea CunninghamAndrea P. Cunningham, Esq. is an Associate Attorney with the New York State Department of Health Criminal History Record Check Unit (CHRC). Ms. Cunningham graduated magna cum laude from Boston College in 1990 and from New York University School of Law in 1993. She is currently licensed to practice law in both New York and Massachusetts. She came to the Department of Health in 2009 and is an Associate Attorney currently working with staff attorneys in the CHRC unit. She assists the Unit Leader and is responsible for reviewing both the New York State and the national (FBI) criminal histories of unlicensed applicants seeking employment for work in nursing homes and home care. She evaluates the relevancy of any such criminal history as it pertains to the proposed employment, reviews rehabilitation documentation submitted by applicants or their attorneys, and then renders determinations regarding an applicant’s suitability for such employment.

Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
CEU’s: 1.5 Please note that CEU's will be awarded only if you attend the full live broadcast of the webinar.
Cost: $40 ESAAL Members, $80 Non-Members
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#15: Hot Topics in L & E

The presentation will discuss recent hot topics in Labor & Employment Law, including Wage and Hour Update, and sexual harassment update. The presentation will include internal procedures and policies to help ensure Labor law compliance.

Presented by Margaret Surowka, Counsel, Barclay Damon

Headshot photo of Mary SurowkaMargaret Surowka, A former general counsel at the New York State Dental Association with over 20 years of legal experience, Margaret primarily concentrates her practice on representing individual health care providers and facilities in licensure, disciplinary, and ethics proceedings. She routinely counsels clients facing Medicaid, Medicare, and other governmental investigations and audits as well as assisting with employment and contract matters. She assists clients with compliance programs and has successfully represented health care entities with significant disclosures to the federal and state government. Margaret also defends clients facing license revocation and represents them in disciplinary matters before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and the Office of Professional Discipline.

Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
CEU’s: 1.0 Please note that CEU's will be awarded only if you attend the full live broadcast of the webinar.
Cost: $35 ESAAL Members, $70 Non-Members
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