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2015 Winter Convention Session Handouts

Please download and print the handouts for the sessions you are attending below. […]

January 19th, 2015|Convention, Education Updates|

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January 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Vice President of Government Relations – Russel Carlson

GHCA is pleased to announce Russel Carlson of Madison, GA has been named Vice President for Government Relations effective February 16.  Russel joins GHCA after serving 3 ½ years as the Deputy Adjutant General of Georgia’s Department of Defense.  In that capacity, Russel was the highest ranking civilian in the GADOD, a $600 million organization comprised of 1400 uniformed men and women of the Georgia Army and Air National Guard, members of the volunteer Georgia State Defense Force and over 500 state and federal civilian employees.

Many in GHCA may be familiar with Russel from his six years of service with Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.  Hired in April of 2005, Russel was literally one of the initial hires in then-Senator Cagle’s high profile bid for Lt. Governor and transitioned to the Lt. Governor’s official office serving as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Campaign Advisor.

During his time in Lt. Governor’s Office, Russel worked with GHCA yearly on its budget and legislative priorities.  A veteran of eight legislative sessions and two statewide campaigns in Georgia, Russel has built relationships with elected officials and community leaders across the entire state and Washington, DC.

In 2011, Russel was appointed by Lt. Governor Casey Cagle to the Georgia Education Foundation.  In 2012, he was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal to serve […]

January 15th, 2015|Legislative, News, Newsfront|

GHCA Announces Pam Clayton as VP of Quality Advancement & Regulatory Affairs

To: GHCA Membership and Friends
From: Jon S. Howell
Subject: GHCA Announces Pam Clayton as VP of Quality Advancement & Regulatory Affairs
The Georgia Health Care Association is excited to announce that Pam Clayton will be joining the GHCA team as the Vice President of Quality Advancement & Regulatory Affairs on January 19th, 2015.
As a long-standing member of GHCA, Pam has been actively involved in the Quality Committee as well as serving on the Board of Directors. Her long history of advocacy for our profession has been apparent through her involvement in improving the quality of care for our most precious residents. She is a registered nurse and is board certified in gerontological nursing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Covenant College and has over 20 years of diverse clinical and operational experience in post-acute care. She will bring her bedside experience along with her operational knowledge to build on the strong foundation for quality that GHCA represents.
GHCA’s members will benefit tremendously from her leadership and experience and we are certain she will be the right fit for the position and look forward to her coming on board.

January 14th, 2015|News, Newsfront, Quality Corner|

Updated fee schedules

Please note that the updated fee schedules found HERE reflect all changes included in the CY 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule published in the Federal Register on November 13, 2014 and reflects implemented corrections to technical errors discovered after publication of the MPFS rule.
The outpatient therapy beneficiary cap for CY 2015 is $1,940 for physical therapy and speech-language pathology combined, and $1,940 for occupational therapy. Section 103 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 extended the therapy caps exceptions process through March 31, 2015. The current MMR policies and procedures remain in effect until March 31, 2015 pending further legislation.
The final rule also continues the multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) policy for “always therapy” services.  The MPPR policy required, effective April 1, 2013, a 50 percent reduction to be applied to the practice expense component of payment for the second and subsequent “always therapy” service(s) that are furnished to a single patient by a single provider on one date of service (including services furnished in different sessions or in different therapy disciplines).  The MPPR worksheet found HERE lists those “always therapy” services subject to the MPPR policy and the reduced fee payment amounts.
Thank to Susan McGuire, of SMcGuire Consulting, […]

January 14th, 2015|News, Reimbursement Corner|

2014 GHCA Education & Research Foundation Scholarship Recipients

Through individual facility contributions and proceeds received for the Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament, the Georgia Health Care Association Education and Research Foundation awards The J. Olan Jones Long Term Care Scholarship, The Coy Williamson, Jr. Memorial Nursing Scholarship, The Neil L. Pruitt, Sr. Memorial Nursing Scholarship, The Buford and Shelia Cook Nursing Scholarship, and the Joanne C. Grubbs Honorary Nursing Scholarship given annually in June.

As of June 30, 2014, two hundred sixty eight (268) scholarships have been awarded.  The following are active scholarship recipients:

Yvonne Allen, Winthrop Health/Rehab
Caitlin Anderson, The Oaks Nursing Home
Saprina Banks, Powder Springs Nursing/Rehab
Keshia Bass, Dublinair Health/Rehab
Kelli Borland, Southland Health/Rehab
Kaitllin Callaway, Heritage Inn of Sandersville
Mustapha Cham, A.G. Rhodes/Cobb
Casey Crump, Pinewood Manor
Brittania M. Dean, The Oaks at Limestone
Mark W. Farmer, Chatuge Regional Nursing Home
Teska Guyton, A.G. Rhodes/Atlanta
Sintrania James, Senior Care Center/St. Mary’s
Brandy Jones, Oxley Park
Verol Martin, Muscogee Manor
Bertine Metago, Roswell Nursing/Rehab
Mina Martin, Golden Livingcenter/Rome
Tiffany Rice, Cedar Springs Nursing/Rehab
Joel Alvarez Rigal, Winder Health Care/Rehab
Saundra Thompson, A.G. Rhodes/Wesley Woods
Sara Timmons, Cartersville Heights
Vickie L. Walthour, Bryan County Health Care
Onathia Watts, Westbury/Conyers

December 31st, 2014|Awards|

2015 Part B Fee Schedules

Thanks to Susan R. McGuire CPA, CGMA, of SMcGuire Consulting for furnishing the Part B Fee Schedules needed for the first quarter of 2015.
Click HERE for the 2015 GA Fee Schedules effective January 1, 2015 and HERE for the 2015 GA MPPR Fee Schedules effective January 1, 2015.  Please remember that you will need both of them, as the final rule continues the multiple procedure payment reduction (MPPR) policy for “always therapy” services.  The MPPR policy required a 25 percent reduction to be applied to the practice expense component of payment for the second and subsequent “always therapy” service(s) that are furnished to a single patient by a single provider on one date of service (including services furnished in different sessions or in different therapy disciplines).

December 19th, 2014|Newsfront, Reimbursement Corner|

Fifth Biennial Long Term Health Care Academy

Monday, December 1st, legislators and key government staffers gathered in Atlanta for the biennial event to hear about the current issues and challenges facing the long term care profession. GHCA Board chair Bill Davis, GHCA Quality chair Pam Clayton and AHCA Past-chair Neil Pruitt, Jr. spoke to the audience and explained the improving quality we provide, the positive trends within our association and our needs for the upcoming legislative session. Governor Mark Parkinson, AHCA President & CEO, closed out the program as the keynote speaker, highlighting possible national policy changes that would most certainly effect the state of Georgia. We would like to thank all that were able to attend, as well as our wonderful presenters, for a great event with such positive dialogue about the future of long term care.

December 19th, 2014|Legislative, Newsfront|

Executive Order on $10.10 Hourly Federal Contractor Minimum Wage, VA Contracts, and VA Webinar

On February 12, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors. The Executive Order raises the hourly minimum wage paid by contractors to workers performing on covered Federal contracts to: (i) $10.10 per hour, beginning January 1, 2015; and (ii) beginning January 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, an amount determined by the Secretary of the Department of Labor (DoL) in accordance with the Order. On October 1, 2014, DOL published the final rule implementing the provisions of Executive Order 13658.
It is long-standing policy that Medicare (Parts A and B) or Medicaid providers are not considered to be federal contractors. However, if a provider currently has VA patients, they are considered to be a federal contractor. AHCA held a webinar with officials from the VA last week on issues impacting those with VA contracts, including the $10.10 issue. The full webinar can be found here. AHCA is awaiting answers from DOL, which has jurisdiction over this issue, on how the $10.10 will impact those with VA contracts or those thinking of entering into a VA contract. As soon as AHCA has information from DOL, which should be this week, AHCA will share it with its membership.

December 18th, 2014|Newsfront, Reimbursement Corner|

Refreshed LTC Trend Tracker Proving to Be Valuable Resource

The new and improved online platform for LTC Trend TrackerSM – launched at the AHCA Annual Convention this fall – is transforming how skilled nursing providers maximize their quality improvement efforts and operational performance.
Available exclusively to AHCA members, LTC Trend Tracker allows providers to access extensive CMS data on skilled nursing centers, as well as compare themselves to their peers. This more modern, user-friendly version gives more information up-front, allows the creation of custom reports and offers additional options in choosing peer comparisons. Members can access information such as exclusive, in-house measures that provide insight on hospital readmissions and discharges to the community. It also allows skilled nursing organizations to examine ongoing quality improvement efforts.
Members not yet signed up for LTC Trend Tracker should utilize this exclusive member benefit and register today. For any questions, please contact the LTC Trend Tracker team. 
If you have questions about how to use the new LTC Trend Tracker, join the Friday webinar sessions beginning January 9, 2015.  The LTC Trend Tracker team will be available to answer your questions on how to build reports, how to use LTC Trend Tracker and other general questions.   Please register for one of […]

December 18th, 2014|Newsfront, Reimbursement Corner|