Medication Management and the Mega Rule: Lessons Learned (LIVE WEBINAR DATE) -- March 24, 2020

Includes a Live Event on 03/24/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

With the Mega Rule now fully implemented, it's time to assess its impact on medication management. Are consultant pharmacists’ recommendations more likely to be accepted now that the medical director also receives them? What categories of medications have surveyors concluded meet the definition of a psychotropic drug, and have deficiencies resulted from such determinations? In terms of antibiotic stewardship, have prescribers changed their practices? And if not, what’s been the regulatory and clinical impact?

Through state and national survey data analysis, the regulatory impact of the Mega Rule will be explored. Recent actual harm and immediate jeopardy level deficiencies will be presented and attendees will be asked to share their perspective on them. The clinical and operational aspects of the Mega Rule will also be addressed with a focus on staffing, training, cost containment and QAPI. Finally, best practices will be shared to align both pharmacy and facility procedures to achieve consistent, positive clinical and regulatory outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. List three classes of drugs which are commonly cited in pharmacy related deficiencies at the actual harm or immediate jeopardy severity level.
  2. Describe two performance improvement projects which would address current deficiency trends related to medication management 
  3. Discuss two approaches to improve real time communication between a provider and their pharmacy.


  1. Administrators
  2. Nurses
  3. Social Workers

CEU- 1.5

  1. Administrator
  2. Social Work

Fees are per person

LifeSpan Member: $55.00

Nonmember: $85.00

William Vaughan, BSN

Vice President Education and Clinical Affairs, Remedi SeniorCare

In 2013 Bill Vaughan BSN, RN joined Remedi SeniorCare as Vice President of education and clinical affairs after an extensive career with Maryland’s state survey agency. Bill was a health facility surveyor who evaluated the care delivered in Maryland’s nursing homes for 14 years. In 2001 he became the Chief Nurse of Maryland’s Office of Health Care Quality where he was responsible for the clinical oversight of the agency’s approximately 120 surveyors. Bill speaks nationally on the regulation of healthcare facilities and was on CMS expert panels which developed guidance to surveyors on pain management and end of life care

Jennifer Hardesty, PharmD, FASCP

Chief Clinical Officer & Corporate Compliance Officer, Remedi SeniorCare

Jennifer Hardesty, PharmD, FASCP is a clinical pharmacist with special interests in geriatric medication management. She received her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and completed a Specialized Geriatrics Residency at the Peter Lamy Center for Drug Therapy and Aging. Dr. Hardesty has since served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Lamy Center, as a Consultant Pharmacist in long term care and as a Geriatrics Clinical Advisor for Caremark. She has worked for Remedi SeniorCare for the past 11 years in various clinical leadership roles and currently serves as Remedi’s Chief Clinical Officer.

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This program is sponsored by The Beacon Institute. This course is approved for 6.0 continuing education.


This program is approved by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators.

Social Worker

This program is approved by the Maryland Board of Social Worker Examiners for Category 1 Continuing education for social workers in Maryland.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds, minus a $25 processing fee per registrant, will be honored if requested in writing FIVE (5) business days prior to the date of the seminar. 

Cancellation due to State survey, the state Surveyors must actually be in the building in order to receive a refund. To receive a refund due to a Survey, Beacon Institute requires a form to be completed, please contact Annmarie Gordon @ Attendees may send substitutions in their places without prior notification. Additional fees may apply.


Medication Management and the Mega Rule: Lessons Learned
03/24/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  120 minutes
03/24/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)   |  120 minutes
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