Virtual PDPM Training Class •PRE-SALES ARE NOW OPEN!

PRE-SALES ARE NOW OPEN! The Virtual PDPM Training Class Can Help You Get Ready Now for October 1! 

The new patient-driven patient model (PDPM) begins on October 1, 2019. Patient clinical characteristics in totality will determine payment so the need for quick and highly accurate assessment and diagnosis will be critical. Payment will no longer be focused on therapy minutes and ADLs but instead will rely on over 180 MDS item fields. Failing to accurately code patient needs will have a significant impact on adequate and accurate payment for high-quality care.

Staff roles must change to operate effectively under PDPM. Registration for the Virtual PDPM Training also includes access to the online PDPM ACADEMY where updates, tools, webinars, and other supporting materials are housed. You will also be able to join in the free monthly webinars designed to provide additional training and PDPM updates. Pre-sale registrants will be notified as soon as the training site goes live.

Registration Fees: $350 Please note: only provider members of AHCA may register.

Who should register: To be successful with PDPM, Administrators, MDS/billing staff, nurses/DONs, and therapists must be included in the training and education process. Registration link:

Be PDPM Ready- Get Trained on ICD-10 Coding Now

The October 1 PDPM implementation date is rapidly approaching and training key staff now to be ICD-10 proficient is critical. Inaccurate ICD-10 coding can negatively impact a facility’s bottom line and resident care. Because staff coding responsibilities differ, two separate on-line trainings are available.

ICD-10 for Coders is an in-depth course designed for SNF billing staff, MDS staff, Nursing and Therapy staff, and Admissions and Discharge staff. The cost is $499 for AHCA members and $599 for non-members.

ICD-10 for Non-Coders is a four-hour course developed for non-coders who need to lead a successful PDPM transition and is intended for Administrators, DONs, and other management staff. The cost is $199 for AHCA members and $249 for non-members. To learn more or register for either on-line training, please visit the websites below:

ICD-10 for Coders:
ICD-10 for Non-Coders:
Please e-mail ahcancalED if you have questions about or issues with registering.

ICD-10 Online Training: Ensure Your Staff are Proficient & Ready

With thousands of codes and changes based on the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), accurate ICD-10 coding is critical. PDPM relies on accurate patient assessments and diagnosis on the MDS and ICD-10 coding to determine payment for each patient. Inaccurate coding can impact your facility’s bottom line and resident care.

With so much to do before the October 1 PDPM implementation deadline, training key staff now is critical! The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) are offering ICD-10 on-line training. Because staff needs differ based on their coding responsibilities, two specific trainings have been developed: ICD-10 for Coders and ICD-10 for Non-Coders.

ICD-10 for Coders is an in-depth course designed for SNF billing staff, MDS staff, Nursing and Therapy staff, and Admissions and Discharge staff.  The course contains eight modules and comes with 16 CNEs for nurses and 16 AHIMA CEs upon successful completion.  The cost is $499 for AHCA members and $599 for non-members.

ICD-10 for Non-Coders is a four-hour course developed for non-coders who need to lead a successful PDPM transition and is intended for Administrators, DONs, and other management staff.  ICD-10 for Non-Coders comes with 4 CNEs for nurses, 4 AHHIMA CEs or 4 NAB approved CEs upon successful completion.  The cost is $199 for AHCA members and $249 for non-members.

The new training program launches in mid-March.  To learn more and to pre-register for the trainings now, please visit the websites below.    

Gero Nurse Prep Training Course Discount

Gero Nurse Prep is an online training course designed to prepare RNs who care for elders to attain board certification in Gerontological Nursing (RN-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

This course equips RNs with a broad array of clinical knowledge, skills, and competencies that are tested on the ANCC certification exam and essential for quality gerontological nursing practice and leadership of elder care teams. Gero Nurse Prep dramatically increases gerontological nurse competency scores and positions 96% of RNs to pass the ANCC Board certification exam the first time.

Care Providers Oklahoma is offering a $100 discount on the Gero Nurse Prep Training Course with promo code OK2019. This discount is valid through May 31, 2019 so act fast to receive your discount!

For more information visit 

The AHCA/NCAL Infection Control Training Program in Oklahoma

2019 will bring another significant change to nursing facility infection prevention and control requirements when Phase III of the Requirements of Participation takes effect on November 28, 2019. 

What’s Changing

Beginning this November 28, all nursing facilities must have a designated Infection Preventionist who is specially trained and running a comprehensive and effective infection prevention and control program. 

Infection Prevention & Control Compliance

Except for designating a specially trained Infection Preventionist, all the CMS infection and control requirements have been in full effect since November 2017.  Statistics show that nursing home performance in this area needs improvement.  The most frequently cited F-Tag in standard nursing facility health inspection surveys is F880 – Infection Prevention & Control.  Since November 28, 2017 when the new survey process began, more than one-third of surveys conducted across the nation have included a F880 Infection Prevention & Control citation. 

AHCA’s IPCO Training Remains the Solution

While CMS has announced plans to offer a free infection prevention training course some time in Spring 2019, no official date has been announced yet.  AHCA/NCAL recommends investing in staff training now rather than waiting to train staff on the requirements that already are in effect.  In addition, it is unclear how effective the CMS training will be or whether LTC professionals will like the curriculum and find it as complete as AHCA’s IPCO training.

Nearly 97 percent of the 1,900 health care professionals who have completed the course would recommend IPCO to their colleagues.  IPCO provides the comprehensive training necessary for qualified individuals to lead a comprehensive and meaningful infection prevention and control program.   AHCA’s courseis an online, self-study program with 23 hours of training that meets the educational requirements outlined by CMS.  The IPCO program costs $450 for members and $650 for non-members. 

IPCO & Your State’s Non-Dues Revenue

Since the IPCO program was launched in mid- 2017, Care Providers of Oklahoma has earned $4,480 in non-dues revenue on IPCO sales.  With only 1,900 people nationwide taking AHCA’s IPCO course thus far, tremendous sales and non-dues revenue potential still exist in most states.  We urge state affiliates with IPCO marketing partnership agreements like your state has with AHCA to continue to stress with members the importance of taking AHCA’s IPCO training now.

New Marketing Materials

We have updated the messaging on much of our IPCO marketing to highlight the upcoming November 28, 2019 deadline for designating a specially trained Infection Preventionist.  Attached are a revised flyer and two articles for your newsletters.  Feel free to copy and use these materials.  We encourage you to communicate at least monthly with your members about IPCO through November.  The attached materials and additional resources also are available in the ASHCAE Clearinghouse. 

News Reminders…Nurses Licensed by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing

written by Marietta Lynch, RN, BSN

Oklahoma Board of Nursing Transitions to Less-Paper, Verifiable Licensure

Effective December 1, 2017, the Oklahoma Board of Nursing no longer prints traditional license cards. A process is in place in which the licensee may access the Board of Nursing website, click on License Verification, and after submitting name and licensure level, a “view” box appears next to the licensee’s name. After clicking on the “view” box, and entering an individual personal identification number, the licensee may print a paper license card to include the licensee’s name, level of licensure, license number and links to both the Board of Nursing verification site and Nursys national license database, where the current status of the license can be verified.

The cause for moving to a less-paper, verifiable system is multi-faceted. With increased reports of lost or stolen license cards, and cards never received in the mail, the new system reduces the risk of fraud and impersonation of Oklahoma-licensed nurses. Implementation of the new system enhances employer ability to verify current license status of licensed nurses employed and/or prospective employees, by going to a primary source to verify licensure.

Employers may verify licensure through the Board of Nursing website at or In addition, the less paper, verifiable system reduces cost to licensees for duplicating misplaced or lost license cards. Currently, fifty-three percent of all state boards of nursing use paperless initial license while sixty-seven percent of all states have paperless licensure renewal.

Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (Multi-State Licensure for Nurses): The enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) was implemented on January 19, 2018. The Oklahoma Board of Nursing has made the eNLC multistate applications available online.

An individual desiring a multistate license must submit an Application and pay the appropriate application fee. On all application forms for multistate licensure in an enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) party state, an applicant must declare a primary state of residence. To obtain multistate licensure in Oklahoma, an individual shall declare Oklahoma as his/her primary state of residence.

In addition to meeting the home state’s qualifications for licensure or renewal of licensure, applicants for multistate licensure shall also meet the eNLC Uniform Licensure Requirements available at Applications can be accessed at

Completed multistate licensee applications for existing active Oklahoma licensees have an average processing time of 1.5 days. For Oklahoma licensees with questions regarding multistate licensure, the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact Frequently Asked Questions for Oklahoma Nursing Licensees can be accessed on the agency website at Current eNLC information can be accessed on the Board of Nursing website at and you may call the Board of Nursing at (405) 962-1800.

Nursys e-Notify Resources Notification

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing provides the Nursys e-Notify system resources to both licensed nurses and employers of licensed nurses. Nursys e-Notify is an innovative national nurse licensure notification system that provides subscribed employers of licensed nurses real-time notifications, alerting the subscribed party when changes such as license status, license expiration, pending license renewals and public disciplinary action are made to a nurse’s license record. Nursys e-Notify is a FREE, convenient way for nurses to receive license expiration reminders and status updates of their nursing license, and to track license verifications for endorsement. Effective November 1, 2017, licensed nurses and employers of licensed nurses may subscribe to the service FREE of charge at

Decision Making Model for Scope of Nursing Practice Decisions

It is impossible to list all of the duties, nursing functions and/or nursing activities licensed nurses are or are not permitted to perform. The Oklahoma Board of Nursing has endorsed the attached guidelines to assist nurses in determining a personal scope of practice based upon legal parameters of practice and one’s education, knowledge and experience. Please find more details by clicking here.

Capital Market, PDPM Articles Available

The following articles from The Capital Issue are available for view/print and may be of particular interest to our members.

Capital Markets Update for Health Care and Senior Living
Patient-Driven Payment Model: Another Step Towards Value Over Volume