With election day approaching, we continue to ask all members to invite your local senators and representatives into your facilities for tours and visits. Educating your local elected officials on issues is both the most effective and sincere form of advocacy there is. We especially ask your assistance in engaging those members who have primary elections in May. Please see the presentation above for information on who is facing opposition in the upcoming elections. GHCA President Tony Marshall, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston and the Cook Family enjoy a visit at McRae Manor during the Speaker’s recent South Georgia Tour. State Representative Jimmy Pruett addresses residents and staff during a recent visit to McRae Manor in McRae, Ga. FOR ALL INFORMATION ON GEORGIA VOTING (EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS, APPLICATIONS FOR ABSENTEE BALLOTS, PRECINCT INFORMATION), PLEASE CLICK HERE
Time passes quickly! I am pleased to note that I celebrated my sixth month of service working on behalf of GHCA and our members and the completion of my first legislative session. A session that ensures an increase in funding and the passage of significant liability reform is one to be celebrated; however, as with most successes, we now begin the process of working toward our collective goals for the 2017 legislative session. Your hard work has laid the foundation and we look forward to the campaign season and increasing GHCA’s political support of candidates that understand our issues. I look forward to a busy month of April (see the calendar of events) and I am particularly excited to begin the Spring Council tour and the opportunity it affords to continue to meet our members. As always, I value your membership and the kind words of support you have offered to me and ask that you please let me know how we can improve our service to you.
The Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model became effective April 1st in affected MSAs across the nation. In Georgia, Gainesville and Athens- Clark County MSAs are affected. Hip and knee replacements are the most common inpatient surgery for Medicare beneficiaries. In 2014, there were more than 400,000 procedures, costing more than $7 billion for the hospitalizations alone. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services observed great variability in outcomes and costs among providers. The model aims to support better and more efficient care for beneficiaries undergoing hip and knee replacements across the continuum. The hospital will ‘control’ the bundle allocated for the episode of care. This model tests bundled payment and quality measurement for an episode of care to encourage hospitals, physicians, and post-acute care providers to work together to improve the quality and coordination of care from the initial hospitalization through recovery. Hospitals will begin to bear risk in January, 2017. The final rule was issued on November 16, 2015 and can be viewed at the Federal Register.
On behalf of GHCA Chair Norma Jean Morgan and myself, I would like to congratulate those SOURCE agencies who recently received a Quality Incentive in recognition of their work to improve the quality and the lives of their clients. GHCA is proud to represent SOURCE members and support the role that SOURCE plays in the long term care continuum. We would also like to thank Dorothy Davis for her leadership as President of the SOURCE members and Hope Hickman, GHCA’s Vice President of Reimbursement and SOURCE staff liaison for her hard work in helping to ensure that the quality incentive was finalized. After much hard work, this week, SOURCE agencies received the Quality Incentive based on their performance during FY 2014 – 15. This is the second year of the incentive following a legislative battle to secure this funding several sessions ago. Development of the SOURCE QI program, modeled after the GHCA SNF QI program, was led by SOURCE Quality Committee Chair Tracie Clark and committee member Betsy Arata and negotiated with DCH before coming to fruition. SOURCE agencies must participate in an annual customer satisfaction survey process, meet specified training benchmarks, and meet certain quality measures in order to be eligible. SOURCE members have had a challenging 18 months addressing issues and concerns that include increasing [...]
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging and Office of Inspector General (OIG), along with the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units (NAMFCU) and National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA), and the state LTC Ombudsman offices announced the launch of 10 regional Elder Justice Task Forces with one in the Northern District of Georgia. These task forces will “[coordinate] and [enhance] efforts [among federal, state and local prosecutors, law enforcement, and various other agencies] to identify and bring to justice nursing homes that provide grossly substandard care to their residents.” AHCA/NCAL responded with the linked press statement, expressing concern with the overstatements in both the press release and the statement from DOJ, Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer. In an attempt to understand how the DOJ announcement evolved, on Thursday, AHCA talked with the Administration on Aging (AoA), Administration of Community Living (ACL), and learned that DOJ is the lead despite the joint nature of the announcement. The impetus for the DOJ Task Forces is driven completely by that agency, and the Task Force work will likely revolve around potential False Claims Act (FCA) litigation, with alleged fraud claims against Medicare and Medicaid providers. AHCA is now attempting to talk with [...]
GHCA/GCAL has a full calendar of education available to you in the month of April Please click on the links below to learn more and register. Activity Directors’ State Approved 36-Hour Training Course at the Fred A. Watson Education Center, Stockbridge GA, 04/03/2016 - 04/08/2016 Preceptor Seminar: How to Conduct and Structure an Effective AIT Program at the Fred A. Watson Education Center, Stockbridge GA, 04/12/2016 PreLicensure Review and Administrator Refresher Course at the Fred A. Watson Education Center, Stockbridge GA, 04/13/2016 - 04/14/2016 2016 GHCA/GCAL Spring Education Day - East Central at the White Columns Inn, Thomson GA, 04/21/2016 2016 GHCA/GCAL Spring Education Day - Northeast at the Holiday Inn, Athens GA, 04/22/2016 2016 GHCA/GCAL Spring Education Day - West Central at West Georgia Technical College West Campus, LaGrange GA, 04/25/2016 2016 GHCA/GCAL Spring Education Day - Southwest at UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton GA, 04/26/2016 2016 GHCA/GCAL Spring Education Day – Southeast at Baptist Village, Waycross GA, 04/27/2016 2016 GHCA/GCAL Spring Education Day - Middle Georgia at the Anderson Conference Center at Goodwill, Macon GA, 04/28/2016 Please note Northwest and Metro Council Education Days are in May 2016 GHCA/GCAL Spring Education Day - Northwest at the Clarence Brown Conference Center, Cartersville GA, 05/05/2016 2016 GHCA/GCAL Spring Education Day - Metro Atlanta at [...]
Registration is now open for the 2016 GHCA/GCAL Summer Convention, June 12-16, 2016 at the The Ritz –Carlton, Amelia in Amelia Island, Florida. Every Georgia skilled nursing care center is a small, vibrant world. Care centers are sharing, welcoming communities that encourage everyone to interact with the wonderful folks who populate them. This year the GHCA/GCAL Summer Convention is designed with education programs to help you fill your center each day with a sense of purpose and compassion and give you the tools you need to focus on collaboration, innovation and quality. The convention also includes the GHCA/GCAL Annual Golf Tournament at the Golf Club of Amelia Island on June 14, and sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. The Ritz Carlton Amelia is offering the special rate of $275 per night with no resort fee by mentioning GHCA or by clicking: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/GCHAAnnualConvention2016 To register, sponsor or exhibit for the 2016 GHCA/GCAL Summer Convention and Annual Golf Tournament , please click HERE.
The Georgia Chapter of the ACHCA is pleased to announce that nominations for Administrator of the Year and Executive Director of the Year are now open. Please nominate an administrator and/or executive director that you believe should be given this award. The applications can be accessed through the links below. All nominations must be submitted May 16, 2016. The winners will be announced at Summer convention during the awards luncheon. Administrator of the Year Nomination Form Executive Director of the Year Nomination Form Sincerely, Michael Barry Chapter President ACHCA