Trend Tracker Tool to Aid GCAL in Quality Initiatives

NCAL has announced today the next phase of the Quality Initiative for Assisted Living and renewed the four goals for three more years. The Quality Initiative for Assisted Living aims to enhance communities’ organizational success and resident outcomes. The four main goals are:

Staff Stability: Keep nursing and direct care staff (RNs, LVN/LPNs, aides) turnover below 40% through March 2018.
Customer Satisfaction: At least 90% of customers (residents and/or family members) are satisfied with their experience through March 2018.
Hospital Readmissions: Safely reduce hospital readmissions within 30 days of hospital discharges by 15% by March 2018.
Antipsychotics: Safely reduce the off-label use of antipsychotic medications by 15% by March 2018.

If you are interested in learning more about the updates to the Quality Initiatives, join NCAL on May 19th for a free webinar for further detail.

In light of this recent announcement, GCAL will also now have access to LTC Trend Tracker. It  has been the quality and performance solution for skilled nursing care centers looking to track their data and benchmark themselves to their peers and is now available for all GCAL members. To gain access to this revolutionary tool and to begin your quality journey, please register HERE. If you have any questions or concerns, contact help@LTCTrendTracker.com. GCAL is very much looking forward to the future and continuing to […]

GHCA Member Center Outcomes: updated 5/11/2015


May 11th, 2015|Quality & Regulatory, Quality Dashboard|

2015 May Education

May Education

PreLicensure Review Course
May 4-5, 2015 – Stockbridge
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2015 Mandatory QIP Education
May 5 – Tifton ~ 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
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May 26 – Brunswick ~ 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
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May 27 – Macon ~ 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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May 28 – Stockbridge ~ 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
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May 29 – Stockbridge ~ 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
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Active Shooter Planning Webinar
May 7, 2015
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SOURCE Case Managers Basic Training
May 11-12, 2015 – Stockbridge
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SOURCE Spring Conference
May 21, 2015 – Macon
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April 30th, 2015|Education Updates, Newsfront|

“All politics is local”

The phrase above is one you have no doubt heard before.  It is often attributed to former United States Speaker of the House Tip O’Neal, although some sources attribute it to an Associated Press Bureau Chief as early as 1932.  Regardless of origin, it is a saying usually intended to remind us that elected officials are ultimately most sensitive to the needs of their voting constituents, their districts.

As preparations began for the annual Spring Council Tour, GHCA staff made the decision to use these visits as an opportunity for outreach to local elected leaders.  As we began inviting legislators to visit our councils convening in their respective districts, the response was overwhelming.  Over the past few weeks, council meetings have welcomed members of Majority Leadership, Appropriations Committees, Governor’s Floor Leaders and even the Commissioner for the Department of Community Health.

The attendance of legislators at our meetings is not a reflection on GHCA staff or me, as your liaison to the General Assembly.  Their attendance is a reflection on EACH OF YOU.

While making trips to the Capitol during the Session is often necessary, one simply cannot overstate the value of building true relationships with legislators at the LOCAL LEVEL.  Regardless of […]

April 30th, 2015|Legislative, News, Newsfront|

Deadline Extended for Administrator of the Year Nominations

Each year, professionals in Georgia have the opportunity to nominate a colleague for the unique honor of being named as Administrator of the Year. Based on nominations from individual skilled nursing care center staff members, the honor is awarded by the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators with assistance from the Georgia Health Care Association. We invite you to complete the online nomination process and recognize a colleague whose commitment to the profession is an example for others to follow.

Award Criteria

must be a nursing home administrator licensed to practice in Georgia;
must have been licensed for a minimum of two years;
must be a practicing administrator, responsible for the day-to-day operation of a Georgia skilled nursing care center; and,
is not required to be a member of the American College of Health Care Administrators.

The recipient of the Administrator of the Year Award will be honored during the GHCA Summer Convention in June. Online nominations are preferred. You may upload letters from other staff members, residents, families, community, etc. and upload pictures of the nominee.

If you have any questions please contact Sylvia Barnes at 678/289-6555, fax 678/289-6400 […]

April 30th, 2015|Newsfront, Quality Corner|

Predictors of Admission After Emergency Department Discharge in Older Adults

An article in the December 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, Gelareh Z. Gabayan, et al, analyzed outcomes from a retrospective study conducted in 2007 of general, acute, non-federal hospitals in California to identify predictors of hospital inpatient admissions of adults age 65 or older within seven days of an Emergency Department (ED) visit.  The study concluded that older age (74 years or older), male sex, leaving the ED against medical advice (AMA) and nursing home residence were associated with greater odds of an inpatient admission within seven days after ED visit. Diagnoses that were indicative of a greater chance of an inpatient admission within seven days of an ED visit included chronic conditions such as renal disease and heart failure.  The study also found that 4.6% of Medicare beneficiaries seen in EDs daily require inpatient admission within seven days of visit.  The full text can be viewed here.

April 30th, 2015|Newsfront, Quality Corner|

National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care

Quality improvement efforts to safely reduce the off-label use of antipsychotic medications continue.  The National Partnership has just released state, regional and national data for the period of 2011Q2 – 2014Q4.  Georgia has experienced an overall decrease of 29.4% since 2011Q4.  The current rate for Georgia for 2014Q4 is 20.2%.  You can review the full report here *.   Safe reduction of off-label use of antipsychotics is also a goal of the Quality Initiative and revised targets will soon be available.  To support your efforts on patient-centered care and appropriate utilization of medications, Hand in Hand training will be offered in regional locations across the state in May.  Please visit the GHCA events page for meeting specifics by clicking HERE.

April 30th, 2015|Newsfront, Quality Corner|

Advancing Excellence

Effective April 24th, Advancing Excellence launched a new system to assist participants with tracking their progress and to recognize progressive action.  You can view the icons and details on the Advancing Excellence website and may submit questions or comments to help@nhqualitycampaign.org.

April 30th, 2015|Newsfront, Quality Corner|

CMS Quality Initiatives

Providers often feel inundated with new goals, initiatives or programs on which they are asked to focus.  The sheer volume of initiatives, acronyms, and demonstration projects can seem overwhelming.  CMS’ national campaign coordination group recognized the value in clarifying the alignment of various quality initiatives and developed a Q&A for reference to assist providers. I think you will find it a helpful resource to inform your priorities and assist with education.  The reference document can be found HERE.

April 29th, 2015|Newsfront, Quality Corner|

Quality Measure Impact

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires the Secretary to evaluate at least once every three years the quality and efficiency impact of the use of endorsed measures described in section 1870(b)(7)(B) of the Social Security Act and make the results available to the public.  The reports provide a quality check to determine if CMS is making progress on the healthcare delivery system to achieve the three aims of better care, efficient use of resources, and healthier people (triple aim).  According to the 2015 Impact Report, the quality measures are making a difference for those served and advancing the triple aim.  Additional details about the requirement and the 2015 report can be found on the CMS website HERE or on the McKnight’s website HERE.

April 29th, 2015|Newsfront, Quality Corner|