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COVID- 19 Series - Emergency Preparedness, Infection Control and More!
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 Export to Your Calendar 7/8/2020 to 8/5/2020
When: July 8, July 29, August 5
10:30 - 12:00
Where: Webinar
United States
Contact: Melissa Stenberg

Online registration is available until: 7/3/2020
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COVID- 19 Series - Emergency Preparedness, Infection Control and More!



MHCA Member Non-Member




Registration Deadline: July 3, 2020



Part #1: COVID-19:  Emergency Preparedness for a Pandemic – What Your Agency Needs to Know!

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

10:30 - 12:00 p.m. Central

Healthcare is currently facing a Pandemic called COVID 19.  How prepared is your organization to handle a pandemic?   This webinar will take you through current information on the novel COVID-19 virus.  We will discuss conducting a risk assessment for both your patients and staff, mitigation, how to provide education and training to your staff, patients, and the community.  This webinar will also help your agency assess any potential gaps in your Emergency Preparedness Plan and dealing with a pandemic. A Tabletop Exercise will be discussed to help you conduct a gap analysis of your plan to identify any updates required to keep you compliant with the latest CMS guidelines.  You will be provided with the latest up to date recommendations to optimize your Emergency Plan and policies related to Infection Control and Prevention. 

Goals and Objectives of the Webinar upon completion:

  • Identify any gaps in your Emergency Preparedness Plan for COVID-19.
  • Use a variety of tools recommended to assess your high-risk patient population, staff and healthcare facilities that serve your patient population.
  • Explain the responsibilities of your organization to the public, patients, and staff in a pandemic situation.
  • Distinguish between what are your immediate strategic steps to prepare for this current public health crisis and what are ongoing strategic steps to handle this crisis. 

    Part #2: Infection Control & Prevention COVID 19 - Implementing a Comprehensive Surveillance Program 

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

    10:30 - 12:00 p.m. Central

    Healthcare is currently facing a Pandemic called COVID 19.  Has your agency set up a comprehensive surveillance program to support your infection control program during the novel COVID-19, a pandemic risk?  This webinar will teach your organization the necessary components to an Infection Control & Prevention surveillance program during a pandemic with a focus on novel COVID-19.  Discussed are components in surveillance during a pandemic, what data you should collect, what trends to pay attention to and what actions to implement in your agency for both patients and staff.   We will also review how to integrate your data and findings into your agency’s reports.

    Goals and Objectives of the Webinar upon completion:

    • Define how to establish and implement a comprehensive surveillance program during the novel COVID-19 Pandemic.
    • Define higher areas of risk to incorporate into your surveillance plan.
    • Distinguish which assessment tools to incorporate into your surveillance program.
    • Know how to integrate and report infection control surveillance data. 


    Part #3: COVID-19 Best Practices - Patient Care, Staff Protocols, Containment and Contact Tracing

    Wednesday, August 5, 2020

    10:30 - 12:00 p.m. Central

    COVID 19 is presenting all of those within Healthcare to practice within a “new normal”.  Is your agency prepared to address all aspects of this new normal? This webinar will identify best practice policies, procedures and processes that should be implemented by your agency as we embrace our new normal.  Discussed are best practices for staff, patients, and the public.  Presented will be the use of technology as a tool, syndromic surveillance, a designated COVID-19 team, and your agencies role in contact tracing.  Best practice’s for communicating and supporting patients, staff, providers, and the public will be addressed. 

    Goals and Objectives of the Webinar upon completion:

    • Define the role Hospice, Palliative Care and Home Health will play within the CoVID-19 new normal.
    • Define the role and responsibility of contact tracing.
    • Explain key policies and procedures your agency must have in place.
    • Identify the critical steps required to implement best practices within a pandemic and after.



      Kathy Ahearn, RN, BSN, PHN - Ahearn Advisement Partners

      Kathy Ahearn has both a Bachelor’s in Nursing and Social Work, serving the healthcare community for over 30 years.  She owns and operates Ahearn Advisement Partners located in Encinitas, CA.  Kathy has worked in a variety of post-acute care settings with an emphasis on home health and hospice, home infusion, homecare and skilled nursing.  She has a unique ability to identify agency challenges and opportunities quickly providing education, support and mentoring to organizations guiding them to a new level of operation.

      Kathy started her Nursing career in Oncology and helped to develop pain scales with the American Pain Society and The Joint Commission.  She has been ahead of the curve working in retail pharmacy working on accreditation and reimbursement for disease states.  She has worked in medical device as a Managed Care Director developing one of the first real-time cloud-based disease specific (diabetic) software programs to assist patients, clinicians, and managed care organizations improve outcomes and collect data.

      Kathy pursued an interest in healthcare due to a disabled parent.  She has experienced healthcare professionally and personally (mother and daughter) dedicating her life to improving patient quality of life.   She is continually working as a change agent for the betterment of all served in healthcare.



      The Ohio Council for Home Care & Hospice is an approved provider of continuing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91) There is a one time $10 fee per agency for CE's processing for their entire series. 



      Enjoy the convenience and cost-efficiency of a webinar – watch the speaker’s slide presentation on the internet while listening by telephone or through your computer’s microphone and speakers (VoIP). There is no limit to the number of attendees from your agency who may participate at your site using one phone line and a computer with internet access.

      Prior to the webinar, a Zoom Webinar link will be e-mailed to you. You will need to click on this link to access the webinar, a dial-in number and an access code to listen in via telephone. You will also be sent any pertinent handouts if available, the sign-in sheet, and evaluation link.



      You will be sent the recording link following the presentation and it will be available for 2 weeks following the webinar. The webinar format allows a concise and low-cost format plus the additional bonus of having access to the materials for 2 weeks and provides additional flexibility to ensure everyone from your agency has an opportunity to access the information.



      Non-Members – Payment in full is required upon registration.

      Members – Outstanding invoices 30 days after an event date will incur a $25 late fee per registration.

      Registrations may not be shared between agencies – the agency’s registration covers the access of only one phone line/computer access to the webinar. Multiple site participation for your agency will require a separate registration fee for each connection. Please note: if your agency has sent in 1 registration but 3 people from your agency register through the Zoom link, your agency will be invoiced for the additional 2 registrations. The handouts will be emailed to you to the email address you provide. Please feel free to provide an additional email address as a backup.



      Cancellations must be in writing and received by MHCA on or before Wednesday, July 1, 2020 to receive a refund less a $25 cancellation fee (per registration). No refunds for cancellations made after the cancellation deadline or for no-shows.  



      Handouts and related materials will be sent to you shortly before the program to the email address you provide.



      Please contact Melissa Stenberg, MHCA Education Manager at (651) 635-0923 or MSTENBERG@MNHOMECARE.ORG

      2550 University Ave. W. | Ste. 350-South
      St. Paul, MN 55114-1900

      PHONE 866.607.0607 | FAX 651.635.0043