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

Date: November 3, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM-3:00 PM EDT

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 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: Steven Schweon, RN, CIC, MPH, MSN, FSHEA, FAPIC; Jeannie Fissinger, MS, MBA, PHR, JD, Esq., CFM

Steven 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, and is currently serving on SHEA and AMDA committees.

 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 a BS from Penn State, a MS from Purdue University, MBA from University of Indianapolis, and a JD from Indiana University (Health Law concentration). 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 participation, and 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. 

Credit Information:

  • 1.0 CME
  • 1.0 CMD Management
  • 1.0 MOC

Credit Statements:

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

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.

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: 

The Society requires the disclosure of all speaker/faculty/planner’s relevant financial relationships; presence of off-label use of a device or medication; and discussion of any experimental, new or evolving topic prior to each accredited education activity.

If the learner perceives any bias toward a commercial product or service, advocation of unscientific approaches to diagnosis or therapy, or recommendation, treatment, or manners of practicing healthcare that are determined to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits or are known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients please report this to the Society’s staff.

All relationships have been identified, mitigated, and resolved. 

The speaker has 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.