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July Education

With the GHCA Summer Convention just barely behind us, it is time to look forward to the wonderful education we have scheduled for you in July. Below is a listing of all the programs. I would like to bring to your attention that the week of July 14-16 marks the beginning of our July education programs.

To begin the week, on July 14 in Tifton and July 15 in Stockbridge, we are offering you the critical follow up training on the BCAT (Brief Cognitive Assessment Tool) for you and your staff to learn how to use this tool to gain proficiency in the cognitive assessment of residents and to apply the BCAT approach in your facility. These sessions will be taught by the founder, Dr. William Mansbauch, along with Senior VP Kristen Clark, giving you the opportunity to learn directly from the creator of the tools.

On July 16, we are proud to offer you Interact 4.0 to assist you in working to reduce your hospital readmission rate. Please register quickly for this program and all the timely education we are offering this July. Space is limited in all sessions. Click HERE to view the GHCA Calendar and to register.

GHCA 2015 July Education-Register Now-Limited Space

July 14, 2015 The BCAT Approach: An evidence-based cognitive system for improving the […]

June 29th, 2015|Education Updates, Quality|

PAC Golf Tournament

June 29th, 2015|Golf Tournaments, Legislative, Newsfront|

GHCA 2014 Quality Report Now Available

The newest edition of the GHCA Quality Report is now available for download on the GHCA website.

Created as a way to share information about the commitment of Georgia providers to quality, the Quality Report provides an analysis of long term and post-acute care of today as well as data on the commitment of providers to quality.

This year’s report contains several infographics on such topics as how Georgia’s providers are caring for two distinct populations, the declining use of anti-psychotics and the drop in hospital readmissions. Other infographics share how Georgia has more Excellence in Action winners than any other state and how the work of the Education & Research Foundation is helping to shape the workforce of tomorrow.

Each edition of the Quality Report analyzes data from the preceding year. Our new edition analyzes 2014 data.

Members looking for information for presentations or who need a convenient source of benchmark data will find the report especially useful.

To download your copy of the 2014 Quality Report, click HERE.

June 29th, 2015|Media Center, Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory, Quality Corner|

Washington Post Names Association a Top Workplace 2015

American Health Care Association ranked 16th of 75 small workplaces, top association in category

Washington, D.C. – The Washington Post – one of the nation’s largest and most popular newspapers – today named the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) the 16th top small workplace in Washington, DC and the top association in the small category in its Top Workplaces for 2015. Launched in 2006, the Top Workplaces program is designed to recognize organizations with greater than 50 employees who aspire to out-perform their peer groups in key areas of employment and employee satisfaction.  ​

“The Greater Washington area is full of extremely talented and bright individuals, and our members have given us the tools and ability to go out and recruit the best minds in the country,” said Mark Parkinson, AHCA/NCAL President and CEO. “Our employees are the heart and soul of the Association, and we strive to create an environment that allows them to develop professionally and be successful. Only through this can we achieve our mission to improve lives by delivering solutions for quality care.” ​

Established […]

June 24th, 2015|News, Newsfront|

July 2015 Medicare Part B Fee Schedule Update

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 allowed the zero percent update that would have ended on March 31, 2015, to continue through to June 30, 2015, and allows for a 0.5 percent from July 1, 2015, to December 31, 2015. It also extends the physician work geographic practice cost index (GPCI) floor of 1.0, and the therapy cap exceptions process, through December 2017.

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 lists those “always therapy” services subject to the MPPR policy and the reduced fee payment amounts.

Thank you to SMcGuire Consulting for providing the July 2015 Fee Schedules which can be found HERE and HERE.

June 24th, 2015|Newsfront, Reimbursement Corner|

GHCA Members Elect New Board Officers; Norma Jean Morgan Selected as Board Chair

Members of the GHCA gathered for the House of Delegates recently and elected a new slate of executive officers.

Norma Jean Morgan, chief executive officer of the Effingham Health System, was elected as chair of the GHCA board of directors.  Morgan will provide guidance and direction to the association that represents long term and post-acute care providers serving communities throughout the state of Georgia.

Morgan, who succeeds William C. Davis, CEO of Crossroads Medical Management of Perry, Georgia, is an active member of the GHCA. In the past she has served as member of the association board, served on the Georgia State Board of Nursing Home Administrators and the Georgia Hospital Workman’s Compensation Board. She received the GHCA Leadership in Public Confidence Award in 2012.

Other executive officers of the board elected at the HOD were Harve Baugess of Baugess Management Company as vice-chair; George Hunt of PruittHealth as secretary; and, Donna Stefano of Douglasville Nursing and Rehabilitation as treasurer.

“Norma Jean Morgan is a recognized leader in field of long term and post-acute care in Georgia,” said William Phelan, interim executive director of the Georgia Health Care Association.  “As board chair, she will play a pivotal role in our work […]

June 24th, 2015|GHCA Board, Membership, News|

GHCA Announces Leadership Excellence and Administrator of the Year Honorees

The 2015 summer convention saw many great moments including GHCA members being honored for their efforts to help Georgians receive better long-term and post-acute health care.

The fifth annual GHCA Leadership Excellence Awards were presented by William C. Davis, chair of the board of directors of the Georgia Health Care Association, and William Phelan, interim executive director of the GHCA. Michael Barry, president of the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators, and 2014 winner Cheri Underwood, presented the ACHCA’s award.

Deke Cateau, administrator of A.G. Rhodes Health & Rehabilitation of Atlanta, received the GHCA Leadership Excellence Award. This honor recognizes an individual who has provided leadership that is worthy of statewide recognition including a commitment to quality, stewardship and integrity.

Jo Lucke, administrator of the Eagle Health & Rehabilitation Center in Statesboro, received the GHCA Leadership in Public Confidence Award.  This honor recognizes an individual who has been a leader in developing the confidence of their local community and building relationships as well as trust.

William “Chuck” Brown, senior vice president of program development at PruittHealth, and a resident of Fayetteville, received the GHCA Innovation in Leadership Award. The award recognizes those who have […]

June 24th, 2015|Awards, Convention, Membership, Newsfront|

CMS Proposes Changes to Medicaid Managed Care Regulations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed changes to modernize the agency’s rules and services regarding Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the first major update to these regulations in more than 10 years. Entering its 50th year, Medicaid was established under the Social Security Act in 1965 as a joint federal and state program to provide medical assistance to individuals with low incomes. CHIP was created under the Social Security Act in 1997.  Each state that chooses to participate in theses program receives federal funding and writes a plan that established eligibility standards, benefits packages, and payment rates. Until the early 1990s, most Medicaid beneficiaries received Medicaid coverage through fee-for service arrangements.

A majority of states are now using managed care arrangements to provide Medicaid coverage to beneficiaries. Under managed care, beneficiaries receive part or all of their Medicaid services from health care providers that are paid by an organization under contract with the state. Under these contracts, the organization offering the health plan is paid a fixed, monthly payment for each enrolled beneficiary.

States may contract with managed care organizations for comprehensive benefits or a limited array of services such as behavioral health or dental services. Over the past decade, states have expanded managed care delivery systems to include seniors […]

June 24th, 2015|Newsfront, Reimbursement Corner|

2015 Summer Handouts

Handouts from the Summer Convention are available here.

June 17th, 2015|Convention, Education Updates, Handouts, Uncategorized|

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|