It looks like you have an older browser that is not supported by this site. Please click here to update.

On-demand Open to All

Functional Outcomes Improvement Training

When: Ongoing


Members: $199 | Non-Members: $650

About This Event

Skilled nursing care providers improve the lives of the residents they care for in a number of ways, including improving their functional outcomes and independence.  The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the IMPACT Act, and CMS all called for the development of functional improvement measures based on the self-care and mobility sections of the Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) tool.  Maintaining or improving mobility and self-care abilities is important to healthy aging and maximizing independence.  This course provides specialized training for those who are interested in improving functional outcomes, improving quality, and improving services.  It will advance the knowledge, skills and attitudes by providing a wide array of learning tools and resources to meet the needs of various staff and departments.

Course Objectives

Upon Completion the learner will be able to:

  1. Recognize the role center’s play in improving functional outcomes of residents.
  2. Define how functional outcomes directly impact quality of care.
  3. Consider best practices to incorporate into every day care in centers.
  4. Identify tools to improve functional outcomes.
  5. Review the restorative nursing programs impact on functional outcomes.
  6. Review of activities and other programs in the center that can impact functional outcomes.

Target audience

Nurses, CNAs, therapists, activities staff and others responsible for improving functional outcomes will learn from this course.

Course Content

The program is flexible and can be completed in one sitting or one module at a time.

The training is delivered in five modules, including:

  • Module 1 – Explores the connection between functional outcomes and person-centered care, and how utilization of evidence-based pragmatic programs leads toward continuous improvement.
  • Module 2 – Reviews the regulations related to functional outcomes including the CMS Requirements of Participation and how functional improvement impacts reimbursement.
  • Module 3 – Covers best care coordination practices for short- and long-stay patients, including coordinating with therapy processes, and provides an overview of effective restorative nursing programs.
  • Module 4 – Closely examines care practice application and what individuals can do to increase function, team engagement and concludes with a discussion of various quality initiatives that lead to better outcomes.
  • Module 5 – Reviews the tools and resources needed to further functional outcomes improvement approaches to person-centered care.


  • Pamela Truscott, MSN, RN, DNS-CT, QCP, Senior Manager, Clinical and Regulatory Services with the American Health Care Association
  • Cathy Ciolek, DPT, GCS, FAPTA, President of Living Well With Dementia, LLC
  • Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, MPT, PhD, Professor and Director, Rehabilitation Science PhD Program Physical Therapy Program University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC, Principal Consultant and Founder of Rehab Resources and Consulting, Inc.

Questions about this event?

Please email Katie, IHCA/INCAL’s director of education, using the form below.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Suggested Events

Conference -

Convention & Expo – do not update

July 31, 2023 7:00 am - August 1, 2023 4:00 pm

Join us July 31-August 1 for our Annual Convention & Expo , a premier event for all LTC and AL professionals.

Learn More
On-demand -

Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO)

January 1, 2023 12:00 am - December 31, 2023 12:00 am

This course provides specialized training for healthcare professionals who seek to serve as infection preventionists.

Learn More