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Virtual PDPM Academy Training


Register now for the AHCA PDPM Academy 2020 Subscription – Building Optimal Operational Capacities©. This subscription takes the place of the 2019 PDPM Academy which ceased to be updated as of January 2020. 


The PDPM 2020 Academy Subscription provides post-implementation technical assistance, six program interpretation webinars, six additional topical continuing education (CE) webinars, and significant cost savings to members when compared to working with external consultants on PDPM. Subscriptions also include an archive of all 2019 PDPM implementation information and  a library of new 2020 supporting resources.


The cost of the 2020 subscription is $299/year per individual working for a SNF member facility. The CE webinars included in the subscription will be offered as six stand-alone products for $150 each.  By joining the 2020 PDPM Academy, subscribers have free access to all six CE webinars and will save $601. SNF facility members can subscribe to PDPM 2020 Academy here.


This exclusive “SNF provider member only” subscription package includes:


1.  Six pre-recorded one-hour educational webinars starting in March 2020 with continuing education (CE) credits and accompanied by AHCA-developed guidance toolkits and other resources covering these six topics:

  • Holistic person-centered care planning
    This training module will provide possible models for PAC Comprehensive, Person-Centered Care Planning which also align with CMS' vision for PDPM "holistic care planning" as well as offer insights into the business case for person-centered planning
    • Getting Older is not for the Weak: An Evidence-Based Approach for Improving Mobility– In this training module, the RESTORE team, a collaborative group of researchers, educators, and professionals within the University of Colorado Physical Therapy Program will share an approach for helping providers integrate the latest evidence-based rehabilitation strategies into routine practice.  
    • Effective Care Transitions at Admission and Discharge –PDPM Academy participants will hear in this module from hospital discharge specialists, AHCA members, and home health intake specialists about their approaches to effective care transitions entering and exiting the SNF. 
    • Trend Tracker and Other Sources to Monitor Quality Impact of PDPM – AHCA members can monitor their Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Rehospitalization Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) performance as well as their IMPACT Act Quality Reporting Program (QRP) performance via LTCTT.  In this module, PDPM Academy participants will gain a deeper understanding of key PDPM Quality Measures (QM), how to best monitor them including using of LTCTT.  Participants also will learn about root-cause analysis approaches to address QM challenges.
    • Identifying and Managing Residents with Complex Nursing and NTA Needs – In this module, PDPM Academy participants will learn how members have attracted and retained nursing staff, best practices for staff training on complex care as well as optimal NTA services need identification and care. 
    • Restorative Nursing and Skilled Maintenance Nursing and Therapy – Nearly one-third of SNF resident stays would be eligible for restorative nursing case-mix payment adjustments within the PDPM Nursing Component.  Additionally, new flexibilities in therapy service delivery permitted under PDPM create incentives to develop more effective restorative nursing programs to all Medicare Part A residents, including those on an active therapy care plan.  This module will highlight restorative nursing and skilled maintenance nursing and therapy best practices under PDPM.

2.  Six “live” PDPM Academy Open Discussion Forums (ODF) every other month (one-hour each) starting January 2020, addressing challenging PDPM clinical and billing topics and CMS updates.  (Please click the link for updated information due to COVID-19)

3.  Access to AHCA’ library of 2019 and 2020 PDPM Academy materials housed at ahcancalED. 

These resources are a considerable value to AHCA members.  Private consultancies will charge several hundreds of dollars for the resources and the six hours of CE eligible training on the topics above.


Questions about the contents of AHCA PDPM Academy publications, tools, workshops, webinars or other resources may be directed to

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