Region 06 Nursing Facility providers are invited to attend the annual HHSC Provider Meeting for Nursing Facilities presented by Texas Health & Human Services, Regulatory Services Division, Region 06 staff. The provider meeting is an opportunity once a year to meet with regulatory staff in your region, to obtain information on timely topics, and ask questions.

The following topics will be presented:

     ·   Influenza Outbreaks in LTC Facilities - Surveillance & Reporting Guidelines
presented by Bobbiejean Garcia, MPH, CIC, HAI Epidemiologist, Region 6/5 South, DSHS

     ·   Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) - An Update
presented by Latonya Akorede, MPA, and Rick Chafino, PASRR QM/Training Leads, Texas Health & Human Services

     ·   Emergency Preparedness Appendix Z for Nursing Facilities
presented by Sonia Thomas, RN, BSN, SMQT, Facility Liaison, HHSC Regulatory Services, Region 06

     ·    Emergency Preparedness Coalition Building in Southeast Texas
presented by Hilal Salami, LP, BSC, HSO, SETRAC, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for Special Populations, Region 06   

     ·   Question/Answer Session
August 16, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Check-in for attendees begins at 12:15 p.m.)

United Way Greater Houston Auditorium
50 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77007

Seating is available for up to 200; registration is on a first-come/first-served basis. Up to four (4) providers from each facility may attend. We have also given you the opportunity during to provide us with questions which will be answered during the presentations. Please submit your questions by the deadline for on-line registration, August 13, 2018 to allow adequate time for review.

For any questions about this provider meeting, please contact Sonia Thomas at (713) 767-2411 or by email at

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