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59 Georgia Nursing Homes Receive MyInner View Excellence in Action Awards

The Georgia Health Care Association is congratulating its members who this week learned they received a 2013-2014 Excellence in Action award. This award is given exclusively to My InnerView by National Research Corporation clients and recognizes the highest levels of excellence in skilled nursing, assisted living, and independent living organizations.
To qualify for the award, organizations must achieve overall customer or workforce satisfaction levels that score within the top 10% of the My InnerView product database—the largest long term care and senior living satisfaction metrics database in the country.
“Georgia’s skilled nursing care centers hit it out of the park once again with an impressive 59 centers receiving this award,” said Jon S. Howell, president and CEO of the GHCA. “The continuing commitment of our members to quality is making it clear to everyone that Georgia is a true leader in post-acute and long term care.”
This year marks the second time that the Excellence in Action award program includes assisted living and independent living communities, in addition to the seventh year we have recognized skilled nursing homes.
The following GHCA members (in alphabetical order) have been recognized by MyInner View:

Agape Health & Rehab. of Moultrie, LLC
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August 29th, 2014|GHCA, News|

Deal: July revenues up 5.5 percent

Governor Nathan Deal announced earlier this month that Georgia’s net tax collections for the month of July totaled nearly $1.49 billion for an increase of $78 million, or 5.5 percent, compared to the month-ended July 2013. Gross tax revenue deposits for the month totaled $1.95 billion, which was an increase of $101 million, or 5.5 percent, compared to last fiscal year.

August 29th, 2014|Legislative, News|

Governor Deal Appoints GHCA Member Barbara Baxter to Study Committee

GHCA board member Barbara Baxter has been appointed to the Joint Study Committee on Emergency Relocation of Abused Adults by Governor Nathan Deal.  Barbara has been a licensed nursing home administrator for more than 30 years. She currently serves as the nursing home administrator for Woodstock Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.  The committee, co-chaired by Senator Renee Unterman and Rep. Tommy Benton, plans to have its first meeting Tuesday, September 2nd in Lawrenceville.

August 29th, 2014|Legislative, News|

2014 GHCA PAC Golf Tournament! September 17th

The 2014 PAC Golf Tournament is less than three weeks away!  There is still time to register for the tournament/sponsorships.
We are excited about the new location this year’s tournament will be held.  The VIP Reception will be Tuesday September 16th at 6:30 pm at the Legacy Lodge & Conference Center, with the tournament being held the following morning, Wednesday September 17th, at the Legacy on Lanier Golf Club.
The deadline to receive the discounted hotel room rate of $139/night at the Legacy Lodge & Conference Center has been extended to September 5th!
Click HERE to book online (once you click on the link and the first page appears, select the box labelled "Check Availability"). To book your room over the phone, call 770-945-8787 and mention the Georgia Health Care Association.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place teams for gross and net scores, longest drive and closet to the pin.  We will also have a hole in one car giveaway!
Registration is open and can be found online HERE.
To download the informational brochure, click HERE.
Please contact Sarah Ralston, sralston@ghca.info, with any questions.

August 29th, 2014|Golf Tournaments, Legislative, News|

MedPAC Releases 2014 Data Book

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is an independent Congressional agency established by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (P.L. 105-33) to advise the U.S. Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program. MedPAC recently announced the release of its 2014 data book on health care spending and the Medicare program. The 200+ page MedPAC Data Book provides information on national health care and Medicare spending as well as Medicare beneficiary demographics, dual-eligible beneficiaries, quality of care in the Medicare program, and Medicare beneficiary and other payer liability. It also examines provider settings — such as hospitals and post-acute care — and presents data on Medicare spending, beneficiaries’ access to care in the setting (measured by the number of beneficiaries using the service, number of providers, volume of services, length of stay, or through direct surveys), and the sector’s Medicare profit margins, if applicable. In addition, it covers the Medicare Advantage program and prescription drug coverage for Medicare beneficiaries, including Part D.
As one example, under Section 8 Post Acute Care, there is data reflecting that a growing share of fee-for-service Medicare stays and payments go to freestanding SNFs and for-profit SNFs with the following bullet points:

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August 29th, 2014|News|

Need ideas to make National Assisted Living Week’s Magic of Music special?

It’s the biggest assisted living week of the year! September 7–14, 2014 is National Assisted Living Week — and what a week! With the theme of the Magic of Music, you know the celebrations and events are going to be "easy on the ears."
If you need some ideas to help you plan your celebrations for the week, the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) has it covered! From ideas such as "Elvis has entered the building" to "Sweatin’ to the oldies" to "Name that tune" — you know it’s going to be a fun week. Find these ideas and more here.

August 29th, 2014|GSNHAD, News|

Reviewing Recent Survey Report

While reviewing this week’s survey reports, a pattern was noted related to F225.

Nine  (9) facilities were cited for failure to submit the required five day completed investigative report to the State Survey Agency for reportable incidents.

The regulation states at 483.13(c)(4):

The results of all investigations must be reported to the Administrator or his designated representative and to other officials in accordance with State law (including to the State Survey and Certification Agency) within 5 working days of the incident and if the alleged violation is verified appropriate corrective action must be taken.

While reviewing the Life Safety Code reports, the following was noted:

Three facilities were cited at K070 for space heaters in the building although not in use at the time.  With cold weather coming soon, remember these are not allowed.

Three facilities were cited at K048 related to facility fire plans.

Facility fire plan does not fully address the eight elements identified in NFPA 101, 2000 Edition:

Use of alarms
Transmission of alarm to fire department
Response to fire alarms
Isolation of fire
Evacuation of immediate area
Evacuation of smoke compartment
Preparation of floors
Extinguishment of fire.

The one most frequently cited is #2, Transmission of alarm to fire department.

August 29th, 2014|Quality Corner|

GMCF reports outcomes from the 10SOW for Georgia

The Georgia Learning Collaborative led by the GLC Advisory Board facilitated improvements made by 121 recruited nursing homes across the state from February 2013 through July 2014.

The National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative set a goal for a composite score of <6.  In Georgia, 27 of the recruited homes had >20% improvement in their composite score. 9 facilities met the goal of 6 or better. Additionally, other improvements were made in the Georgia Learning Collaborative nursing homes including:

17 nursing homes reduced off-label use of antipsychotics by > 40%
117 pressure ulcers were prevented
109 fewer restraints were used

Georgia’s Current Composite Score Information

NATIONAL NURSING HOME QUALITY CARE COLLABORATIVE COMPOSITE SCORE

STATE OF GEORGIA

End Date

4/30/2014

1. Percent of residents with one or more falls with major injury

3.59

3. Percent of residents who self-report moderate to severe pain

10.18

4. Percent of high-risk residents with pressure ulcer

7.46

2. Percent of residents with a UTI

6.42

5. Percent of low-risk residents with loss of bowels or bladder

45.80

6. Percent of residents with catheter inserted or left in bladder

2.96

7. Percent of residents physically restrained

1.04

8. Percent of residents whose need for help with ADL has increased

17.31

9. Percent of residents who lose too much weight

9.08

10. Percent of residents who have depressive symptoms

8.95

11. Percent of residents who received antipsychotic medications

19.95

12. Percent of residents assessed and appropriately given flu vaccine REVERSED*

4.77

13. Percent of residents […]

August 29th, 2014|Quality Corner|

CMS Announces Limited Recovery Audit Program Restart

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), there will be a limited restart to the Recovery Audit Program (RAC). The CMS website posted the following update on August 4, 2014:
Due to the continued delay in awarding new recovery auditor contracts, CMS is initiating contract modifications to the current recovery auditor contracts to allow the recovery auditors to restart some reviews. Most reviews will be done on an automated basis, but a limited number will be complex reviews of topics selected by CMS.
Work continues on the procurement process for the four Part A / Part B Regions and the national DMEPOS/HH&H Region. CMS remains hopeful that the new round of recovery auditor contracts will be awarded this year.
In a letter from CMS to congressional staff, CMS announced its plans to modify contracts with current recovery auditors to allow for a limited number of Medicare fee-for-service claim reviews beginning in August 2014. Current recovery auditors will conduct a limited number of automated reviews and a small number of complex reviews on certain claims including, but not limited to: spinal fusions; outpatient therapy services; durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies; and cosmetic procedures.
The recovery auditors will not […]

August 29th, 2014|GHCA, News, Reimbursement Corner|

GHCA Buyer’s Guide and Membership Directory

Click here for information on placing an ad in the 62nd Annual GHCA Buyer’s Guide and Membership Directory.   Advertising contracts for the 2015 Directory are available online now, and physical copies will be sent out soon.  Facility update forms will be sent out in early October to be sure that all the information in the directory is up-to-date. Information on the 2015 GHCA Trade Show, which will be held January 21 and 22 at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, will be sent out soon.

August 29th, 2014|Sponsorship|