2015 Foundation Golf Tounament

This year’s 25th annual Georgia Health Care Association Education and Research Foundation golf tournament ushered in a beautiful summer day and a great round of golf for over 70 players. The tournament was held at Eagle’s Landing Golf and Country club on May 20. Proceeds from the tournament benefit nurses specializing in long-term and post-acute care. Dean Shuford, chairman of the Georgia Health Care Association Education and Research Foundation expressed his appreciation for the many sponsors and players participating in this year’s event. The event featured a shotgun start with recognition of the top foursomes as well as prizes going to the players with the longest drive and closest to the pin shot.

Winners included:

1st Place GrossTim O’Brien
Tommy Ryan
Jason Szedon
Matt Storm

1st Place Net Ron Marshall
Mitch Greer
Kellan Shuford
Joe Swane

Longest Drive
Jason Bring

Closest tothe Pin
Tommy Ryan

Thank you again to […]

May 29th, 2015|Events, Foundation, Golf Tournaments, Newsfront|

Summer Convention Special Events

GHCA would like to highlight two special events that all attendees are cordially invited to attend.

On Sunday night, June 14, the PruittHealth Family of Providers invites you to attend their Family Beach Bash from 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. on the lawn at the Ritz Carlton Amelia. You are invited to bring your entire family for a beach barbeque with live music and children’s activities. Resort casual attire. Please RSVP to Crystal Lash at cdlash@pruitthealth.com

On Tuesday night, June 16, your friends at Arnall Golden Gregory invite you for Cocktails at the Golf Club from 5:30 p.m.-7:30p.m. Stick around after the GHCA Summer Golf Tournament, or wander over from the pool or hotel for drinks and hors d’oeuvres at The Golf Club of Amelia in front of the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Attire is golf/resort casual. Click here to RSVP.

May 29th, 2015|Education Updates, Newsfront|

2015 GANLTC Convention

Save the date for this year’s GANLTC convention planned for September 21-25 at Brasstown Valley Resort in the North Georgia mountains.

May 29th, 2015|Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory, Quality Corner|

FY2016 Proposed Rule and Value Based Purchasing

On May 14, 2015 CMS hosted an open door forum to provide an overview of FY 2016 PPS Proposed Rule and SNF Value Based Program policies.  CMS shared the goal of value-based purchasing is to transform Medicare from a passive payer of claims to active purchaser of quality health care for beneficiaries.  The legislative basis (Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014) and requirements for the policies were reviewed along with a proposed claims based re-hospitalization measure. You may access a fact sheet related to the rule here .  Additionally, AHCA has prepared a summary of the 150 page proposed rule here. 

May 29th, 2015|Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory, Regulatory|

Call for nominations for Medical Director Quality Award

Please consider nominating your Medical Director for the Medical Director Quality Award to be awarded at the GMDA annual meeting in June.  The conference is occurring earlier than usual, so the deadline of June 5th for nominations is fast approaching.  An engaged and committed Medical Director is more important than ever as we care for increasingly complex patients, perform more admissions and discharges than ever before and seek to achieve quality outcomes.  I know there are many deserving physicians serving our patients and centers that are worthy of this recognition.  Please take a few minutes to review details by clicking HERE and submit your online application as soon as possible. 

May 29th, 2015|Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory|

NIOSH and OSHA release new hospital respiratory toolkit

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released the new hospital respiratory toolkit on May 15, 2015.  While the program is designed for hospitals, it may be a helpful resource as you review your infection control programs and emergency preparedness plans.  The toolkit can be accessed here: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3767.pdf 

Additionally, The Joint Commission has case studies and training tools in the “Implementing Hospital Respiratory Protection Programs: Strategies from the Field” download you may find helpful. http://www.jointcommission.org/implementing_hospital_respiratory_protection_programs_strategies_from_the_field/default.aspx

May 29th, 2015|Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory, Quality Corner|

Workforce Engagement Reaps Positive Dividends

My Innerview, a division of the National Research Corporation works with the GHCA to provide relevant and convenient education on a quarterly basis.  The most recent session was a webinar related to assessing and promoting associate engagement.  Studies reveal that committed and engaged associates have a positive correlation with patient outcomes and lower turnover rates.  If you were unable to attend the webinar, you may view the archived webinar at your convenience at:  https://player.vimeo.com/video/127302900.

May 29th, 2015|Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory, Quality Corner|

GHCA/GCAL Join AHCA in Rolling Out Expansion of the Quality Initiative

On May 7, the Georgia Health Care Association and Georgia Centers for Assisted Living joined the American Health Care Association (AHCA) in rolling out the expansion of the Quality Initiative to further improve quality care in skilled nursing care centers.  For the next three years, the Initiative will challenge member organizations to apply a systematic approach, such as the nationally recognized Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework, to achieve more ambitious targets in eight critical areas with a special focus on three priorities—improvements in organizational success; short-term/post-acute care; and long-stay/dementia care. 

These areas are aligned with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)’ Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement (QAPI) program and federal mandates, such as the Five-Star and the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act.
The goals of the Quality Initiative include new areas of focus for quality enhancement. The eight target areas and priorities are:
Priority: Improve Organizational Success by:

Increasing staff stability by decreasing turnover among nursing staff by 15 percent or achieve and maintain turnover of less than 40 percent by March 2018;
At least 25 percent of members measuring and reporting long-stay resident and family satisfaction and/or short-stay satisfaction […]

May 29th, 2015|Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory, Quality Corner|

AHCA’s Trend Tracker launches new resources

AHCA’s Trend Tracker recently launched a new too – the Turnover & Retention tool.  To learn more about the tool and how to use, you may access a recorded webinar at this link: http://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=3u8fet. 

There are additional educational modules on how to use and maximize Trend Tracker as a resource at: http://www.ahcancal.org/research_data/trendtracker/Pages/Resources.aspx.

May 29th, 2015|Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory, Quality Corner|

House Republicans Elect New Majority Leader

Republicans in the Georgia House of Representatives Monday elected Rep. Jon Burns their new majority leader.

Burns, (R-Newington) succeeds former Majority Leader Larry O’Neal (R-Warner Robins), who left the General Assembly last month after Gov. Nathan Deal named him to head the Georgia Tax Tribunal.
Burns, a former member of the State Transportation Board, owns and operates an agribusiness company in Effingham County and runs a family farm.

He was elected to the legislature in 2004 and currently chairs the House Game, Fish & Parks Committee. During this year’s legislative session, he played a prominent role as chairman of the subcommittee that was the first stop for the major transportation funding bill Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law last week.

Burns portrayed himself as a consensus-builder who nonetheless would fight legislative Democrats as well as the House’s rival chamber – the Senate – when it becomes necessary.

“Bringing people together and looking at all sides of an issue to reach a consensus has been my compass,” Burns said.

*Includes excerpts from May 11, 2015 article featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

May 29th, 2015|Legislative, Newsfront|