The New CMS Tag 679 Activities, New Survey Critical Element Pathway and the 195 references to Activities in all of the New Regulations

Carmen Bowman

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If you are still offering the traditional, institutional group activities and if your residents deal with boredom and loneliness, it is time to change course. Learn how the new CMS regulation, guidance, Critical Element Pathway and the 195 references to Activities throughout the CMS requirements also point in this direction.

Why should you attend?

You will know the new CMS regulation, interpretive guidance, Critical Element Pathway used by surveyors during survey and the 195 references to Activities throughout the CMS requirements. You will also be inspired to step it up a notch from institutional life, giving residents rather meaningful life, meaning, and purpose, individualized engagement and engagement with real life.

Description of the topic:

The regulatory text and interpretive guidance at Tag 679 will be analyzed. Become familiar with the new survey tool, the Critical Element Pathway for Activities, and discover the 195 references to Activities in other requirements. Strong professionals know the regulations, guidance and survey protocols pertinent to them, be one of them. You will also be inspired to move away from traditional “activity programming” and toward meaningful engagement with real-life – what residents are telling us they want.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Know the regulatory text of Tag 679 Activities.
  • Know the Intent of Tag 679 which now includes the 7 domains of wellbeing.
  • Know the Interpretive Guidance for Tag 679.
  • Know the Critical Element Pathway surveyors use while evaluating Activities.
  • Learn where there are 195 references to Activities throughout the CMS requirements.
  • Learn the better practices of individualized engagement and engagement with real life.
  • Be inspired to move away from traditional, institutional “activity programming” and toward meaningful engagement.

Who will benefit:

Any professional working in or with a nursing home: nurses, nursing assistants, dietitians, food service managers, therapists, administrators, social workers, activity professionals, recreation therapists, surveyors, etc.

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Speaker: Carmen Bowman, consultant, trainer, author, and owner of Edu-Catering

Carmen Bowman is a consultant, trainer, author, and owner of Edu-Catering: Catering Education for Compliance and Culture Change turning her former role of regulator into educator. Carmen was a Colorado state surveyor for nine years, a policy analyst with CMS Central Office where she taught the national Basic Surveyor Course and was the first certified activity professional to be a surveyor. As a contractor to CMS, Carmen co-developed the Artifacts of Culture Change measurement tool, authored the background papers for and facilitated both Creating Home national symposiums. She facilitated the Pioneer Network (PN) Task Forces that developed the new Dining Practice Standards and subsequent Toolkit. Carmen serves on the PN Policy Committee which meets quarterly with CMS Division of Nursing homes. She co-authored The Power of Language to Create Culture, her eighth book Eliminating Alarms and Preventing Falls by Engaging with Life and facilitated the first Surplus Safety Symposium. She has a Master's degree in Healthcare Systems, a Bachelor's in Social Work and German, is a Certified Eden Associate and Eden Mentor, Certified Validation Worker, Group Practitioner, and Presenter. Carmen co-founded the Colorado Culture Change Coalition, and with Action Pact has authored eight culture change workbooks plus hosts a monthly web culture change talk show called Conversations with Carmen. In-person trainings involve an honorarium and expenses; however, team coaching over the phone is very affordable at an hourly rate. Bring national-level education straight to your team, discuss the specifics of your home, residents, team members, and community, make decisions together and go change institutional culture.

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