LeadingAge New York Annual Conference 2017 June 2017 - Page 7

The Place for Credits! The LeadingAge New York Annual Conference and Exposition is always a valuable venue for continuing education credits. Sponsored by the Foundation for Long Term Care (FLTC), a certified sponsor of professional continuing education with the National Association of Boards of Examiners for Long Term Care Administrators (NAB), the 2017 conference was approved for 20 hours of continuing education credit for nursing home administrators under its sponsor agreement with NAB/NCERS. Note that the total credits included attendance at the pre-conference session and is subject to final approval by State licensure boards. Also in the credit lineup this year were a certificate of completion for up to 17.75 hours for adult care facility and assisted living administrators, 11.5 hours of CPA credits for certified public accountants, and 14.5 hours of continuing education for Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Works (LCSW). Finally, 11.25 hours met the HR Certification Institute’s criteria for pre-approval for recertification credit for human resources professionals toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. 77 HOURS CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT ACROSS 5 DISCIPLINES The Valuable Ingredients for Network Partnerships By Earl Gifford For the first time at the LeadingAge New York Annual Conference and Exposition, a session was held for both exhibitors and attendees in the exhibit hall. Presenter Clint Maun discussed the importance of developing and embracing partnerships both internally and externally. He stressed that internal partnerships – between management and direct care staff or between shifts and departments – are needed for operations to be effective and efficient, and external partnerships can also bring benefits to an organization. One example he cited was that everyone can benefit if a company teams up with a union as a partner rather than battle it as an evil enemy. Forming partnerships with vendors, rather than continually wasting valuable time and energy shopping around, can generate long term benefits. Organizations, including nursing homes, must look seriously at partnering with others particularly to reach specialty niches. All areas of healthcare – surgery programs, outpatient programs, home care, hospice – can benefit from partnerships. When partners bring their expertise to the table, organizations enhance their technical and operational resources, saving time and boosting productivity by not having to develop internal expertise from scratch. To utilize partnerships to their fullest, they must be an integral part of a strategic plan. The partnership plan needs to address: who is critical as you move forward in your business strategy; who needs to be a partner; and who needs to be excluded. When a solid partnership is formed it not only helps your bottom line and ability to deliver value to your organization but it also helps your partner as well. leadingageny.org 7