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Highlights from the 2016 GHCA/GCAL Winter Convention and Trade Show

Highlights from the 2016 GHCA/GCAL Winter Convention and Trade Show Lt. Governor Casey Cagle Returns to Winter Convention at the GHCA House of Delegates Lt. Governor Casey Cagle addressed the House of Delegates session during GHCA’s 2016 Winter Convention at the Renaissance Waverly. The Lt. Governor praised the membership for their commitment to serving others and offered his insights on the 2016 legislative session. During his remarks, Lt. Governor Cagle said he remains hopeful that increased reimbursement funding might be available during negotiations in the weeks ahead. He encouraged Association members to reach out to their local legislators and make their voices heard on the need for funding in the 2017 fiscal year budget.   Georgia’s Quality Award Honorees Congratulations again to Georgia’s 2016 Quality Award winners!  The following centers were awarded the Georgia Quality Award by Alliant Quality at the 2016 Winter Convention.  These centers are well deserving of this recognition as they continue their quality journey.  The criteria were adjusted once again to raise the bar for quality even higher and these centers provided comprehensive applications that clearly demonstrated their ongoing commitment to quality. Please join us in congratulating the following centers: Pruitt Health- Shepherd Hills Pruitt Health- Moultrie Pruitt Health- Blue Ridge Pruitt Health- Athens Golden Living Center- Rome Golden Living Center- Dunwoody Pruitt [...]

January 29th, 2016|News, Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory, Trade Show|

A Message from GHCA President & CEO, Tony Marshall

For most of us individually, each new year begins with excitement and the traditional New Year’s resolution(s). The same is also true of most organizations including GHCA. Thankfully, based upon the input of members, our Board of Directors has established GHCA’s resolutions (goals) for the coming year and certainly 2016 is off to a great and exciting start. Hopefully you were able to join us for our 2016 Winter Convention, which just wrapped up last week. It was my first time to attend this great event and I have to say that I was quite impressed by the educational programming, the trade show participation, and the many opportunities for networking with fellow members of the long term and post-acute care community. We had record-breaking member attendance; a sold out trade show with over 180 exhibitors; engaging keynote speakers; informative educational sessions; and special appearances by Representative Matt Hatchett at our Owner/Operator luncheon, Senator Hunter Hill at our PAC breakfast, and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle at our House of Delegates session. I am always inspired by the service, dedication, commitment, and achievements of our members as evidenced by the many award winners honored at the Stars of Long Term Care ceremony. I certainly want to offer my public thanks to the members of the Membership Services [...]

January 29th, 2016|News, Newsfront|

Legislative Updates

We wrapped up week three of the 2016 legislative session with the 2016 Amended Budget passing through the House, and a variety of legislation making its way through the committee process. Below you will find some additional highlights from this week under the Gold Dome. CALENDAR Days 13-16 Monday, February 1 – Thursday, February 4 Days 17-20 Monday, February 8 – Thursday, February 11 Days 21-24 Tuesday, February 16 – Friday, February 19 Days 25-29 Monday, February 22 – Friday, February 26 Day 30 Monday, February 29 Day 31 Wednesday, March 2 Days 32-35 Monday, March 7 - Tuesday, March 8; Thursday, March 10; Friday, March 11 Days 36-38 Monday, March 14 – Wednesday, March 16 Day 39 Tuesday, March 22 Day 40 Thursday, March 24 The Senate Health and Human Services Committee will hold a meeting on Monday, February 1, at 3:00 p.m. in room 450 of the State Capitol. They will also hold a meeting on Wednesday, February 3, at 2:00 p.m. in the same room. Both agendas have yet to be posted. The House Health Appropriations Subcommittee will meet to hear the Department of Community Health’s FY2017 budget on Monday, February 1, at 2:00 p.m. in room 406 CLOB. The Subcommittee will hear public comment on Wednesday, February 3, at 2:00 p.m., also [...]

January 29th, 2016|Gold Dome, Legislative, News, Newsfront|

How Communities Are Addressing Staff Turnover, Vacancies

Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor, McKnight’s Senior Living How are assisted living communities addressing staff turnover and vacancy rates? The most popular way is through retention bonuses, according the 18th annual “Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report,” just published by Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service; 22.71% of those answering questions for the report said they give such bonuses. The average amount is $607, and the average length of service needed to collect the retention bonus is three years. HCS received responses from 1,286 assisted living communities, 1,153 for-profit and 133 not-for-profit. Other ways respondents said they try to improve hiring and retention: 18.33% said they give recruitment bonuses (average: $572), 12.87% said they provide tuition reimbursement (average: $2,108), 5.46% said they conduct a staff recognition program and 3.44% said they offer a mentoring program. The research reveals annual turnover rates for nine job categories. The position experiencing the highest annual turnover in assisted living is resident assistant/personal care assistant, with a rate of 39.35%, according the report. Top-level executives had the lowest annual turnover rate reported, 20.54%. The average across all categories was 31.75%. The position of RA/PCA also had the second-highest average vacancy rate, 14.45%, surpassed by registered nurses (15.18%) but beating certified nursing assistants (14.39%), medication aides (11.28%) and licensed practical nurses (9.93%). [...]

January 29th, 2016|Assisted Living, News, Newsfront|

2016 Champion of Emergency Preparedness, Tamey Stith of Gwinnett Extended Care Center

This year’s Champion of Emergency Preparedness, Tamey Stith, exemplifies all of the qualities necessary to be an LTC STAR! She has demonstrated excellent leadership skills during flooding, lighting strikes and building evacuations. Tamey runs regular emergency exercises, challenges her staff to be critical thinkers during emergency situations, and is an excellent trainer, coordinator and leader for her facility and community-at-large. Tamey has been an active and engaged partner with the facility’s Emergency Preparedness Department. She attends the EMAG conference each year, has been a member of the Region D Healthcare Coalition Executive Team for the past four years, and has presented to the Region D Healthcare Coalition on LTC and their Regulations. Congratulations to our 2016 Champion of Emergency Preparedness, Tamey Stith of Gwinnett Extended Care Center!

January 29th, 2016|Emergency Preparedness, EP Newsletter, News, Newsfront|

Education Updates

GHCA is offering the program: "Understanding and Preparing Your Business for the IMPACT Act" presented by local expert, Ellen Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, CEEAA, CHC, February 23 in Stockbridge, February 24 in Athens, and February 25 in Tifton. This seminar will provide you with an opportunity to become familiar with the sections of the IMPACT Act that are relevant to your business and the regulations that will influence your future. Data submission to CMS to calculate the measures for public reporting will begin on October 1, 2016 in 3 domains: 1) functional status, cognitive status and change in cognition; 2) skin integrity and changes in skin integrity; and 3) incidence of major falls. There are 6 Georgia CE hours in regulatory compliance for licensed nursing home administrators and nurses. February 23 in Stockbridge: Understanding and Preparing Your Business for the IMPACT Act February 24 in Athens: Understanding and Preparing Your Business for the IMPACT Act February 25 in Tifton: Understanding and Preparing Your Business for the IMPACT Act GHCA is planning additional training. As a reminder the MDS Certificate program for GHCA members only is February 9-11 and February 24-25, Social Worker Spring Training Feb 29- March 3, Activity Director's 36 Hour course, April 3-8. In the Spring, GHCA is offering Leadership Boot Camp for [...]

January 28th, 2016|Convention, Education Updates|

How Communities are Addressing Staff Turnover, Vacancies

Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor, McKnight’s Senior Living How are assisted living communities addressing staff turnover and vacancy rates? The most popular way is through retention bonuses, according the 18th annual “Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report,” just published by Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service; 22.71% of those answering questions for the report said they give such bonuses. The average amount is $607, and the average length of service needed to collect the retention bonus is three years. HCS received responses from 1,286 assisted living communities, 1,153 for-profit and 133 not-for-profit. Other ways respondents said they try to improve hiring and retention: 18.33% said they give recruitment bonuses (average: $572), 12.87% said they provide tuition reimbursement (average: $2,108), 5.46% said they conduct a staff recognition program and 3.44% said they offer a mentoring program. The research reveals annual turnover rates for nine job categories. The position experiencing the highest annual turnover in assisted living is resident assistant/personal care assistant, with a rate of 39.35%, according the report. Top-level executives had the lowest annual turnover rate reported, 20.54%. The average across all categories was 31.75%. The position of RA/PCA also had the second-highest average vacancy rate, 14.45%, surpassed by registered nurses (15.18%) but beating certified nursing assistants (14.39%), medication aides (11.28%) and licensed practical nurses (9.93%). [...]

January 28th, 2016|Assisted Living, Newsfront|

GCAL Update

The 2016 GHCA/GCAL Winter Convention and Trade Show was a success!!! With thirty communities represented, I am thrilled to report that great connections were made alongside receiving insightful education. Peggy Connorton and Dr. Lindsey Schwartz from AHCA/NCAL and Karla Ritcher from the Fire Marshal’s Office were among presenters. Twenty-two attendees participated in the Certified Assisted Living Director Course presented by Barbara Mitchell and Joy Roberts. Overall, GCAL made their presence known and I want to personally thank our wonderful speakers and all those who attended for their help in making a great convention. American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) has opened up membership to Assisted Living Directors! For more information on the Georgia Chapter, please contact Michael Barry Chapter President, on how to get involved. ACHCA will also be awarding an Executive Director of the Year. Information on this award will be available in the coming months. The next GCAL Committee Meeting will be held on February 12th at 10am at the GHCA.GCAL Offices in Stockbridge. Please contact me if you would like to get more involved or if I can be of any assistance. Sylvia Barnes Director of Assisted Living sbarnes@ghca.info 678-289-0842

January 28th, 2016|News, Newsfront|

Top 10 Deficiencies

If you were unable to attend the winter convention, you may have missed the most recent report outlining Georgia’s top 10 health care, life safety and complaint survey deficiencies . Take some time to review these more frequently cited areas and evaluate your center’s compliance to decrease the risk of a future citation.

January 28th, 2016|Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory|

Life Safety Education and Resources

We appreciate the generous presence of representatives from the state fire marshal’s office at the winter convention. Chief Garriss and his team, along with Stephen Bush, reviewed the top ten deficiencies cited in 2015 and the most common basis for these citations. Tips to support compliance were provided and additional resources that are in development to assist you with compliance and preparedness were discussed. Please forward tools or templates you may presently use to aid survey preparedness or life safety compliance to pclayton@ghca.info by February 29, 2016. A committee will review the tools to assist with development of templates to facilitate best practice.

January 28th, 2016|Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory|