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www.GHA911.org

This website is one of the many ways for Georgia’s hospitals, nursing homes, and other local and state agencies to be kept informed of vital news, information, and tools to assist them in their disaster preparedness and mutual aid planning. Please log into the system and register to receive a username and password for any member of your facility. Bed count drills will occur every Wednesday and your update is due before 12pm. You must update on Wednesdays and before noon in order to be counted as participating.

A recorded training video for GHA911.org can be found on the GHCA website by clicking here. If additional training is needed, please contact thanshaw@ghca.info.

CLICK HERE FOR TRAINING VIDEO

Please forward all technical issues to Tiffany Hanshaw at thanshaw@ghca.info.

December 18th, 2014|Emergency Preparedness|

Members Invited to Participate in “Share a Moment of Love this Holiday Season” 2014

Members of the GHCA are being invited to participate in the 2014 "Share a Moment of Love this Holiday Season" program.
Created to improve the quality of life for Georgia’s skilled nursing care center residents and increase community awareness of local GHCA members, the holiday visitation campaign invites the public to visit a GHCA member and its residents during the last weeks of December.
On behalf of the association, the GHCA’s PR agency Curran Public Relations pitches the story to media outlets in select markets in the state and coordinates coverage. In 2012 and 2013, the campaign received several prominent media placements throughout the state. We expect the same in 2014.
In order to participate members need to know the work schedule of their designated spokesperson or their backup from December 20th to January 2nd, feel comfortable talking with the media, have residents willing to pose for a photo and understand that the media acts quickly. Curran PR will guide you through the process of dealing with the media and make this a beneficial experience for you.
Information about the campaign will be shared with the public via www.Facebook.com/GHCA.info and the Twitter handle @GHCAinfo. GHCA members will be encouraged to visit these sites and "Like", […]

December 18th, 2014|Newsfront|

Emergency Preparedness Star of Long-Term-Care

GHCA is now accepting nominations for outstanding leaders in Nursing Facility Emergency Preparedness and Response. We would like to recognize any nursing facility staff member for their work in implementing preparedness efforts in their facility or for their exceptional leadership during a recent disruptive event.

We will recognize this Champion of Emergency Preparedness during the “Stars of Long-Term-Care” segment of the GHCA Midyear Convention January 21, 2015. Please send all nominations to Tiffany Hanshaw at thanshaw@ghca.info by December 22, 2014.

Nominations should include written explanation on how the candidate meets the following criteria:

Involvement with local officials (Emergency Management Agency (EMA), Public Health, Regional Coordinating Hospital (RCH), etc.)
Involvement with Statewide Emergency Preparedness initiatives (State-sponsored Regional Exercises, Long-Term-Care Emergency Operations Plan, FEMA courses, etc.)
Implemented preparedness efforts in facility
Participate in State or GHCA sponsored Emergency Preparedness Education
Experience in managing a disruptive event in their facility

December 18th, 2014|Awards, Emergency Preparedness, Newsfront|

2015 GHCA Winter Convention and Trade Show

‘Tis the season to make your plans to attend the 2015 GHCA Winter Convention and Trade Show, January 20-23, 2015 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia. You will experience an impressive and entertaining agenda with amazing people who will deliver the tools to help you enjoy improved outcomes through the pursuit of happiness.  Register today to attend or exhibit and claim your spot at GHCA’s largest event of the year. You won’t want to miss this one!

Click HERE to Learn More and to Register for the 2015 GHCA Winter Convention

Click HERE To Register as an exhibitor

December 18th, 2014|Assisted Living, Convention, Education Updates, Sponsorship, Trade Show, Uncategorized|

HCBS Final Rule Guidance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued two new documents today related to the Medicaid HCBS rule implementation. The first document is an optional tool that states can use to assess whether “the characteristics of Medicaid Home and Community-based Services, as required by regulation” are present.  The questions in the document are “suggested,” but not required to be used by states according to CMS. The questions may be found here.
The second document is the long-awaited Q&A document from CMS about the final rule and includes common questions and answers about the following topics: 

Public Notice and Comments
HCB Settings – General
HCB Settings – Residential
HCB Setting – Non-Residential
HCB Settings – Restrictions

The Q&A document provides additional guidance on key provisions such roommate choice, the provision of keys to residents and staff, “locked doors or doors with alarms for individuals who are incapable of protecting themselves unsupervised in the community and/or who have documented histories of wandering,” co-located buildings, and resident leases.
While the guidance answers many questions, it may raise additional questions. Overall, it appears that CMS is allowing some flexibility in implementation, but CMS also […]

December 16th, 2014|Assisted Living, Newsfront|

Protect your Staff during Flu Season!

The long term care toolkit for increasing influenza vaccination among healthcare personnel in long term care settings – developed by the HHS National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) and available on the CDC website – is the first of its kind.
This toolkit was developed because workers in long-term care centers are vaccinated at a much lower rate than that of healthcare personnel in general (63.0% versus 75.2%, according to CDC data for the 2013-2014 flu season). Trends show there have been increases in vaccine coverage within all occupational settings over the past few seasons, with the exception of long term care.
Within the toolkit are a number of resources intended to help long term care centers, agency, or corporation owners and administrators provide access to influenza vaccination for their workforce and to help any employer of workers in long-term care understand the importance of influenza vaccination for their employees.
Providers can find resources for increasing influenza vaccination among healthcare personnel in long term care settings as well as data and other information.
Increasing vaccination rates among long-term care personnel—including doctors, nurses, nursing assistants or nursing aides, home health aides, personal care aides, and others who do not have direct resident care, such […]

December 16th, 2014|Assisted Living, Emergency Preparedness, Newsfront|

Assisted Living Track at GHCA Convention

GHCA has dedicated a convention track to the newest category of membership that is specific to assisted living and personal care homes. For detailed information, click HERE.

December 16th, 2014|Assisted Living, Newsfront|

Comment on new HUD rules by Jan 15th

Thursday’s edition of the Federal Register contains a new deadline for public comment on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s proposal to streamline housing programs for elderly and disable people, new protections from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for shorebirds and new reporting requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency on global warming potentials.
Here’s what’s happening:
Living assistance: The Department of Housing and Urban Development is reopening the public comment period for its proposed rule to streamline programs that provide elderly people and people with disabilities housing and services.
The new rules would allow HUD to reserve a certain number of apartments for elderly people with functional limitations, establish requirements and procedures in reporting new rental assistance programs for people with disabilities and change how certain loans for supportive housing for the elderly are paid.
The proposed rule would also allow HUD to give grant assistance to elderly and disabled people who struggle financially and regulate how service coordinators function in multifamily housing and assisted living programs.
The public comment period ended on Dec. 8, but HUD said it did not get the response it expected. The public now has until Jan. 15 to comment.

December 16th, 2014|Assisted Living, Newsfront|

Meeting Unmet Needs

“Unmet needs,” a term gerontologists use, refers to care or help you require but don’t get. If, when you’re elderly or disabled, you aren’t able to shop or cook, you lack the strength to go outside, you can’t keep track of your bank account or your medications — and no one assists you with those functions — you have unmet needs.
Older people who move into assisted living and other forms of supportive housing are primarily seeking ways to reduce unmet needs. Occasionally, someone moves because he feels lonely or she is trying not to burden her children. But usually, people stay in their homes as long as they can until unmet needs pile up.
What I have frequently wondered – and I’m sure lots of you have, too – is how often those supposed solutions actually provide enough services to merit their very high price tags. When someone is spending $3,500 a month for assisted living – the national median, according to Genworth’s annual survey – are there fewer activities the resident can’t manage? Does he or she have fewer unmet needs?
A national study just published in The Journals of Gerontology sheds some light on this, so let’s take a look.
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December 16th, 2014|Assisted Living, Newsfront|

November Revenues Up 4.3 Percent

Governor Nathan Deal announced earlier this month that Georgia’s net tax collections for November totaled nearly $1.46 billion, an increase of approximately $60.5 million, or 4.3 percent, compared to November 2013. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $7.7 billion, which was an increase of $359 million, or 4.9 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year, when net tax revenues totaled $7.34 billion after five months. Year-to-date gross tax revenues, before refunds and distributions to local governments, totaled $10.1 billion, which was an increase of nearly $523 million, or 5.4 percent, compared to November 2013.

December 16th, 2014|Legislative, Newsfront|