Ensuring LTC Regulatory Adherence During a Pandemic: Lessons Learned from the Corporate Perspective

Date:  November 3, 2021 

Time2:00 PM-3:00 PM ET 

Description: SARS-CoV-2 quickly infiltrated long-term care (LTC) facilities resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. A national vendor providing ancillary support to the LTC industry quickly mobilized to develop best care practices while faced with limited federal guidance. The lessons learned from this experience will be discussed to heighten participants’ preparation efforts. This session will also review the emergence of a pandemic virus and how its ease of communicability quickly challenged LTC facilities to safeguard the residents and the staff. During this presentation, the challenges of operationalizing safe work practices when faced with evolving best practices, or the lack of clear direction, for a large cohort of nursing homes will be discussed. Additionally, maintaining best practices and ensuring regulatory preparedness also will be explored. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Discuss how to quickly and safely operationalize evolving pandemic recommendations to a large cohort of nursing homes 

  • Identify optimal approaches to provide interdisciplinary national education during a pandemic 

  • Explain how to maintain best practices and ensure regulatory preparedness for LTC facilities 

  • Review the importance of pertinent laws upon corporate pandemic preparedness 

Speakers: Jeannie Fissinger, MS, MBA, PHR, JD, Esq., CFM; Steven J. SchweonRN, CIC, MPH, MSN, FSHEA, FAPIC 

Jeannie Fissinger, MS, MBA, PHR, JD, Esq., CFM has spent the past 5 years developing educational materials compliant with state and federal law. Each month, she delivers regulatory-compliant training programs via an e-learning platform to over 50,000 employees.   Ms. Fissinger has a demonstrated history of success working in the hospitality, manufacturing, and health care (acute care hospitals and LTC) industries. Her education includes; BS (Penn State), MS (Purdue University), MBA (University of Indianapolis), and JD (Indiana University - Health Law concentration and Washington & Lee). She has been recognized for her work in employee education and training, diversity, and overall professional excellence in the field of human resource management by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Her legal background, management experience, sports participationand coaching at universities across the United States and for the Olympic Developmental Program has played a vital role in her success driving compliance and organizational change across manufacturing and health care settings. 

Steven J. Schweon, RN, CIC, MPH, MSN, FSHEA, FAPIC  is a seasoned, board certified infection preventionist/infection prevention consultant. He first became interested in infectious diseases while serving as an Army medic in South Korea, where he supervised a microbiology department that specialized in sexually transmitted diseases. He later worked on the high technology isolation ward at Ft. Detrick, Maryland, home of “The Hot Zone.” Prior to becoming an infection preventionist, he had 14 years of experience, and achieved certification, in critical care and behavioral health nursing.  Mr. Schweon has been an infection preventionist since 1995, achieving continual certification  since 1997. His experiences include acute care (neonate, pediatric, adult), long-term care, behavioral health, rehabilitation, and ambulatory care. Specialty interests include hand hygiene, environmental hygiene, vaccine preventable diseases, emergency management of infectious diseases, surveillance, outbreaks, antibiotic stewardship, dialysis, and the special needs of the patient in the long-term care and behavioral health settings. 

He has served on the “American Journal of Infection Control and Epidemiology” and “RN” editorial boards. He has authored /co-authored articles in peer reviewed publications, lectured /presented posters at national conferences, and presented national webinars. He is also currently serving on SHEA and AMDA committees. He authored chapters in APIC’s “Infection Preventionist Guide to Long-Term Care,” both editions. Additionally, he has served as a faculty member for the AHRQ Safety Program for Long-Term Care: HAI/CAUTI. He is also an APIC EPI acute care/LTC faculty member. 

Credit Statements: 

CME:  

Designation - AMDA: The Society for Post-Acute and Long Term Care Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Accreditation : AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

CMD: This live activity has been pre-approved by the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (ABPLM) for a total of 1.0 management hours toward certification or recertification as a Certified Medical Director (CMD) in post-acute and long-term care medicine. The CMD program is administered by the ABPLM. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit actually spent on the activity.  

Maintenance of Certification (MOC): Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to  1.0  Medical Knowledge MOC points and patient safety credit in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) MOC program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit. 

Disclosure Information: 

Speakers are required to provide verbal disclosure prior to each talk. If the learner perceives any bias toward a commercial product or service, please report this to the Society’s staff. According to the Society and ACCME policy, all those in a position to control content are required to disclose any relevant financial relationships. 

The speaker has no financial relationships to disclose.  

The faculty have no financial relationships to disclose. 

The following AMDA Online Education Committee members have financial relationships to report: Robert Zorowitz, MD, MBA, CMD – United Health Group: Stock Shareholder; all others have no relationships to disclose. 

 AMDA staff have no financial relationships to disclose.