2015 GHCA Winter Convention and Trade Show

The  GHCA Winter Convention and Trade Show is January 20 -23, 2015. The theme is the Pursuit of Happiness. There will be some preliminary meetings and education sessions on the afternoon of January 20, with the opening session on January 21, 2015. Convention registration will open soon.  The trade show is January 21-22, 2015.  Trade Show registration is open, and you can download the trade show registration.

To reserve a hotel room click on the link below.
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center for 160.00 USD per night
Book your group rate: GHCA’s 2015 Convention >>

Or call 1 (888) 391 8724, and ask for the Georgia Health Care Association group rate

Or if you do not use the one step link above,  just go to and find the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center online, they will need to click on special rates and awards on the right side, select group code and then enter ghcghca in the box that will appear.

October 31st, 2014|Convention, Trade Show|

Look What’s New at the 2015 AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium

Registration is now open!
7th Annual AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium 
Austin, Texas
February 23-25, 2015.  
The deadline for registration is January 23, 2015.
The AHCA/NCAL 7th Annual Quality Symposium: It’s Time to Roar builds on a tradition of providing high level, extremely targeted quality improvement programming. The quality call to action has grown from a persistent chorus of voices to an industry-wide roar. Be sure your voice is among those contributing to the roar that drives change, progress, and outcomes.
Register now for the premier quality education and networking event in long term and post-acute care. You can earn up to 15.5 CEUs for administrators. Nurse hours are also available.
What’s in store for this year’s  attendees?

NEW! A series of talks called AHCA/NCAL LED Talks modeled after the popular TED Talk concept and curated by Provider magazine. These talks will inspire you to LEAD, ENGAGE, and DISCOVER.
NEW! Sponsor-supported education sessions with CEUs featuring content presented by our sponsor partners.
20 concurrent education sessions over three days
Moderated […]

October 30th, 2014|Assisted Living, News, Newsfront|

GMCF “Next Steps” Webinar – November 5

On November 5th, GMCF will host a kickoff call for providers in North Carolina and Georgia that will introduce (or update!) providers on their work for the 2014-2019 contract period. During this time GMCF will also let nursing homes know how they can join in their efforts and partner with GMCF on these projects. They hope and look forward to having as many as possible attend and for the facilities convenience, are hosting two calls, one at 11 am (EST) and one at 2pm (EST). Click on the links below for more information on how to join the calls. Please share with your members and join GMCF!
Information to join the 11am webinar, click HERE.
Information to join the 2pm webinar, click HERE.

October 30th, 2014|Newsfront, Quality Corner|

GHCA Concludes Fall Council Tour

After eight stops all over the state Georgia, the fall council tour comes to a conclusion.  Close to four hundred attendees participated in the town hall style meetings.  To view a complete version of the presentation slides, please click HERE

October 30th, 2014|News, Newsfront|

New LTC Trend Tracker Unveiled at the AHCA Convention

On Monday, October 6, 2014, at the AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention & Expo, AHCA launched a new and improved version of LTC Trend Tracker.

For those who were unable to attend Convention, or if you’d like additional assistance, AHCA has set up webinars for users to learn how to navigate the new system. Please register for one that suits your schedule:

Monday, November 3, 2:00pm ET
Monday, November 17, 2:00pm ET
Monday, December 8, 2:00pm ET

In addition, all users should have received a new username and password to the system on October 6. This personal username and password will allow you to access all of AHCA web-based services. 
LTC Trend Tracker is a web-based tool that enables long term and post-acute care providers to access key information that can help their organization succeed. This exclusive, AHCA member benefit allows skilled nursing organizations to benchmark personal metrics to those of their peers and examine ongoing quality improvement efforts. LTC Trend Tracker is AHCA members’ one-stop-shop to gain timely information and valuable insight about their own performance as well as the entire profession’s.  
If you need more information please contact us at

October 30th, 2014|Newsfront, Reimbursement Corner|

Part A Rates Effective 10/1/14

For many of you Part A Rates changed on October 1, 2014.  Since a resource for these rates because available through AHCA, GHCA will not be publishing its version of the rates.  In order to access the rates, here is the link:  This spreadsheet will also enable you to estimate how much your Medicare revenue will change based on your  RUG history. 
You will need the AHCA username and password.  If you do not have them, please send an email to Hope Hickman at 

October 30th, 2014|Newsfront, Reimbursement Corner|

Mass Adjustment of Selected SNF Claims

Since August 25, 2014, the Medicare claims processing system has been incorrectly calculating the expenses subject to deductible for Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) inpatient claims (Type of Bill (TOB) 22x with Healthcare Common Procedure Code (HCPC) 97116. As a result, these claims have been overpaid. Once the system is fixed on October 27, Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) will adjust claims received on or after August 25, 2014, through October 27, 2014.

October 30th, 2014|Newsfront, Reimbursement Corner|

Preparing to Comply with Employer Requirements under the Affordable Care Act

Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, there have been some administrative delays and a number of regulations published, making it at times challenging for employers (including long term and post-acute care providers) to keep up and comply with the relevant employer shared responsibility provisions that go into effect on January 1, 2015. As an employer, a key aspect of the health reform law is understanding and complying with these provisions. Nicole Fallon of CliftonLarsonAllen will explain what these provisions are, and what you need to do to ensure you are prepared. A timeline of key ACA requirements will be provided, and you will have the opportunity to get your pressing questions answered. 

Preparing to Comply with Employer Requirements under the Affordable Care Act

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

2:00 PM- 3:00 PM Eastern Time
Learning Objectives:

Review and gain a better understanding of key employer reporting requirements
Learn more about the employer “shared responsibility” penalties and IRS reporting requirements
Receive a better understanding for determining when an employee is full-time
Learn about key ACA compliance dates

Nicole O. Fallon, Consultant/Director Health Care, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. 
Registration is open-

October 30th, 2014|Newsfront, Reimbursement Corner|

Recognition for Georgia Assisted Living Facilities

The AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative Recognition Program is designed to recognize members that demonstrate the attainment of one or more of the four Quality Initiative Goals.  Nursing Centers and Assisted Living facilities were each given specific goals, and the Assisted Living are as follows:

Safely Reduce Hospital Readmission by 15%
Maintain Nursing Staff Turnover below 30%
Maintain Customer Satisfaction at 90% or above
Safely Reduce the Off-Label use of Antipsychotics by 15%

GHCA recognizes the quality work of its members and wants to extend a CONGRATULATIONS to two of its Allied members that are being recognized for achieving one or more of the above mentioned goals.

The Oakes at Peake,
Macon, GA

Sparks Inn Assisted Living,
Union City, GA

In honor of this achievement, AHCA/NCAL has invited each achiever to attend the Quality Symposium in Austin, TX taking place February 23-25, 2015. Achievers will receive specialized badge ribbons reflecting their achievements, and the Tier III and IV achievers will be recognized with a specialized certificate.

October 30th, 2014|Assisted Living, Newsfront|

Leadership isn’t for Cowards

At AHCA’s 8th Annual NCAL Day on October 5th, Mike Staver was the keynote speaker who kicked off the day with “Leadership Isn’t For Cowards.” He offered straightforward, practical advice for leading courageously and driving performance–while also creating a great place to work. Courageous leadership means toughening your approach by being rigorous in the application of your values through the company culture. It means confronting and challenging people, and not letting them get away with being less than you know they can be.

The take home message included that there are three common pitfalls of a leader:

The need to be right
The need to be in control
The need to be all things to all people.

Mike offered that being courageous is being an effective leader and effective leaders ATTACK. To be able to hear Mike himself summarize ways to become a better leader, click here.

A—ccept your circumstances as they actually are. Have the courage to face reality.

T—-ake responsibility. Create a culture of repair and avoid blame and punishment.

T—ake action. DO something.

A—cknowledge progress. Create a culture of celebration. Focus on incremental program and success.

C—ommit to regular and relentless gratitude.

K—indle your influence. Carefully consider how to build and nurture your influence.

Mike was only one of the valuable speakers that catered to assisted living and personal care homes during NCAL […]

October 30th, 2014|Assisted Living, Newsfront|