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Clinical Practice

AHCA/NCAL strives to provide important resources, guides, and information specifically geared for clinical staff in long term and post-acute care centers. With so many centers around the country working to improve, no center is alone in its endeavors, regardless of if it is focused on improving center safety, building a new specific condition ward, or reevaluating the nutrition plan for residents.

The various documents and important resources pertaining to Clinical Practices are divided into five distinct categories:

Safety Management 
focuses on accident and fall prevention, restraint reduction, and enterals and tube feedings.


Quality of Life and Person-Centered Care
houses materials on culture change, end of life palliative care, MDS, Resident Assessment, and more. 

Resources by Condition offers resources on the unique needs, such as care for Alzheimer's disease, of some residents in skilled nursing and post-acute care facilities.

Communicating Health Assessments by Telephone (CHATs) includes information on an on-going quality improvement program designed to enhance telephone communication between nurses and physicians.

Webinar Series houses FREE​, on demand webinars focused clinical practice areas that support the AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative goals to reduce hospital readmissions and the off-label use of antipsychotic medications.


 Webinar:Diabetes Management in Post-Acute and Long Term Care


Date: April 5, 2016  2:00pm-3:15pm EDT


Description: This webinar will discuss systematic and evidence-based approaches to improve the diabetes management in post-acute and long term care, including the recently released position statement from American Diabetes Association and Clinical Practice Guidelines from the American Medical Directors Association.                        

Naushira Pandya, M.D., CMD, FACP, Professor and Chair, Department of Geriatrics Director, Geriatrics Education Center, Immediate Past president, AMDA Society for Post- Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Holly Harmon, RN, MBA, LNHA, Senior Director of Clinical Services, American Health Care Association

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the challenges in diabetes management from the patient, facility, and practitioner perspectives.
  • Describe a systematic approach to pharmacotherapy, individualizing control, and monitoring of glycemia, and of diabetes care at the patient and facility level.
  • Provide examples of selection of treatment regimens, discontinuation of sliding scale insulin, minimization of hypoglycemia risk, and diabetes care at the end of life.