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HCBS Final Rule Guidance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued two new documents today related to the Medicaid HCBS rule implementation. The first document is an optional tool that states can use to assess whether “the characteristics of Medicaid Home and Community-based Services, as required by regulation” are present.  The questions in the document are “suggested,” but not required to be used by states according to CMS. The questions may be found here.
The second document is the long-awaited Q&A document from CMS about the final rule and includes common questions and answers about the following topics: 

Public Notice and Comments
HCB Settings – General
HCB Settings – Residential
HCB Setting – Non-Residential
HCB Settings – Restrictions

The Q&A document provides additional guidance on key provisions such roommate choice, the provision of keys to residents and staff, “locked doors or doors with alarms for individuals who are incapable of protecting themselves unsupervised in the community and/or who have documented histories of wandering,” co-located buildings, and resident leases.
While the guidance answers many questions, it may raise additional questions. Overall, it appears that CMS is allowing some flexibility in implementation, but CMS also […]

December 16th, 2014|Assisted Living, Newsfront|

Protect your Staff during Flu Season!

The long term care toolkit for increasing influenza vaccination among healthcare personnel in long term care settings – developed by the HHS National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) and available on the CDC website – is the first of its kind.
This toolkit was developed because workers in long-term care centers are vaccinated at a much lower rate than that of healthcare personnel in general (63.0% versus 75.2%, according to CDC data for the 2013-2014 flu season). Trends show there have been increases in vaccine coverage within all occupational settings over the past few seasons, with the exception of long term care.
Within the toolkit are a number of resources intended to help long term care centers, agency, or corporation owners and administrators provide access to influenza vaccination for their workforce and to help any employer of workers in long-term care understand the importance of influenza vaccination for their employees.
Providers can find resources for increasing influenza vaccination among healthcare personnel in long term care settings as well as data and other information.
Increasing vaccination rates among long-term care personnel—including doctors, nurses, nursing assistants or nursing aides, home health aides, personal care aides, and others who do not have direct resident care, such […]

December 16th, 2014|Assisted Living, Emergency Preparedness, Newsfront|

Assisted Living Track at GHCA Convention

GHCA has dedicated a convention track to the newest category of membership that is specific to assisted living and personal care homes. For detailed information, click HERE.

December 16th, 2014|Assisted Living, Newsfront|

Comment on new HUD rules by Jan 15th

Thursday’s edition of the Federal Register contains a new deadline for public comment on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s proposal to streamline housing programs for elderly and disable people, new protections from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for shorebirds and new reporting requirements from the Environmental Protection Agency on global warming potentials.
Here’s what’s happening:
Living assistance: The Department of Housing and Urban Development is reopening the public comment period for its proposed rule to streamline programs that provide elderly people and people with disabilities housing and services.
The new rules would allow HUD to reserve a certain number of apartments for elderly people with functional limitations, establish requirements and procedures in reporting new rental assistance programs for people with disabilities and change how certain loans for supportive housing for the elderly are paid.
The proposed rule would also allow HUD to give grant assistance to elderly and disabled people who struggle financially and regulate how service coordinators function in multifamily housing and assisted living programs.
The public comment period ended on Dec. 8, but HUD said it did not get the response it expected. The public now has until Jan. 15 to comment.

December 16th, 2014|Assisted Living, Newsfront|

Meeting Unmet Needs

“Unmet needs,” a term gerontologists use, refers to care or help you require but don’t get. If, when you’re elderly or disabled, you aren’t able to shop or cook, you lack the strength to go outside, you can’t keep track of your bank account or your medications — and no one assists you with those functions — you have unmet needs.
Older people who move into assisted living and other forms of supportive housing are primarily seeking ways to reduce unmet needs. Occasionally, someone moves because he feels lonely or she is trying not to burden her children. But usually, people stay in their homes as long as they can until unmet needs pile up.
What I have frequently wondered – and I’m sure lots of you have, too – is how often those supposed solutions actually provide enough services to merit their very high price tags. When someone is spending $3,500 a month for assisted living – the national median, according to Genworth’s annual survey – are there fewer activities the resident can’t manage? Does he or she have fewer unmet needs?
A national study just published in The Journals of Gerontology sheds some light on this, so let’s take a look.
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December 16th, 2014|Assisted Living, Newsfront|

November Revenues Up 4.3 Percent

Governor Nathan Deal announced earlier this month that Georgia’s net tax collections for November totaled nearly $1.46 billion, an increase of approximately $60.5 million, or 4.3 percent, compared to November 2013. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $7.7 billion, which was an increase of $359 million, or 4.9 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year, when net tax revenues totaled $7.34 billion after five months. Year-to-date gross tax revenues, before refunds and distributions to local governments, totaled $10.1 billion, which was an increase of nearly $523 million, or 5.4 percent, compared to November 2013.

December 16th, 2014|Legislative, Newsfront|

GHCA PAC Breakfast & Raffle ~ January 22, 2015 7:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m. in the 2450 Restaurant at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel

The 2015 GHCA Winter Convention PAC Fundraiser is a little over one month away!  Join us for a fun way to start the convention for just $30.  Also, be sure to purchase a $25 raffle ticket to win great prizes and receive Bloody Mary or a Peach Bellini to celebrate.  This event is excellent for networking, having a delicious breakfast and a good time.  All proceeds from the breakfast and the raffle tickets will go to support the GHCA-PAC.  Remember to purchase the GHCA Lanyard to wear proudly with your name badge.  Proceeds from the sale of the raffle tickets and the lanyards will help support the Georgia Health Care Political Action Committee (GHCA-PAC), which raises funds to support legislators and political candidates who promote the value and needs of Georgia’s long term care community.  Breakfast Tickets and Raffle Tickets are available for advance purchase on the GHCA Winter Convention Registration Form.
We need your help!  If you are able to provide gifts or gift certificates for the raffle, we would sincerely appreciate it.  Please contact Sarah Ralston, sralston@ghca.info, if you are able to help in any way. Recognition for support will be given and sponsorships are available for this event […]

December 16th, 2014|Convention, Legislative, Newsfront|

National Nursing Home Week Theme

Mark your calendars, National Nursing Home Week will be held May 10-16, 2015 with the theme “Bring on the Fiesta”.

December 15th, 2014|Affiliate Updates, GSNHAD, Newsfront|

2015 Activity Director Annual Meeting

The Metro Atlanta Council of Activity Directors is now planning the 2015 Annual Meeting. This will be held at King & Prince Resort, October 11 – 14. Teepa Snow, one of the best Alzheimer and Dementia speakers in America, will speak the entire session. She is customizing her presentations to both the Activity Directors and the Social Workers. This meeting is the first to be joined with the Social Worker Annual Meeting, October 14 – 16 per a request from the GHCA Budget & Finance Committee. Please make plans now to send your Activity Director.

December 15th, 2014|Affiliate Updates, GSNHAD, Newsfront|

2015 Social Worker Annual Meeting

The Metro Atlanta Council of Social Workers is now planning the 2015 Annual Meeting. This will be held at King & Prince Resort, October 14 – 16. This meeting is the first to be joined with the Activity Director Annual Meeting, October 11 – 14 per a request from the GHCA Budget & Finance Committee. Teepa Snow, one of the best Alzheimer and Dementia speakers in America, will speak all three days. Please make plans now to send your Social Worker.

December 15th, 2014|Affiliate Updates, GSNHSW, Newsfront|