GCAL Director Accepts New Position

Bill Phelan, interim executive director of the GHCA, is announcing that Brittany Todd, director of the Georgia Center for Assisted Living (GCAL), has accepted a new position with an organization in Washington, DC.

"We sincerely appreciate Brittany’s successful efforts to grow the GCAL membership," said Phelan. "We thank her for her service and wish her well with this exciting new opportunity."

The search for a replacement for Todd will be conducted this summer.

May 27th, 2015|Assisted Living, Newsfront|

DCH CFO to Retire

When he took over as finance chief for the Department of Community Health, Tim Connell assumed oversight of a $13 billion budget, administering Medicaid as well as the benefits plan for state employees and teachers.

Connell didn’t have health care experience when he took the job. What he did have was years of state government financial work, including as president of the Georgia Student Finance Commission. He spent two years as director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, and also was deputy commissioner for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs for six years.

“The reason why I came to DCH was to apply a management approach’’ used in previous positions, Connell told GHN in a recent interview. He said his goal was to improve the overall accountability and effectiveness of the agency’s financial operation.

Connell, 65, is retiring at the end of June after more than 35 years of government service, with the past two at Community Health.

“Medicaid is certainly complicated,’’ he said. “It makes the work here interesting.” Many see Connell’s tenure as a success.

“Tim Connell has served the state of Georgia with honor and distinction for over three decades,’’ Clyde Reese, the DCH commissioner, said […]

May 27th, 2015|Newsfront, Reimbursement Corner|

Affordable Care Act

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) recently released a newly-updated interactive tool which “allows users to explore five years’ worth of detailed data capturing the public’s views on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including breakouts by party identification, age, gender, race, and other characteristics.” Additionally “the updated tool now makes it easier for viewers to explore, compare, and share trends in Americans’ response to the question of whether their overall view of the health care law is favorable or unfavorable.”

To learn more about the ACA and for helpful resources, please visit AHCA’s ACA website.

May 27th, 2015|Newsfront, Reimbursement Corner|

Medicare Updates

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently updated the MLN Matters® Number: SE1426 article titled Scenarios and Coding Instructions for Submitting Requests to Reopen Claims that are Beyond the Claim Filing Time frames – Companion Information to MM8581: “Automation of the Request for Reopening Claims Process.” This article is intended to provide additional information, coding instructions and scenarios for requesting a reopening of a claim that is beyond the filing time frame. It is a companion article to MLN Matters® Article MM8581.  The effective date for the provisions described is for claims submitted on or after January 1, 2016. SNF billers should review this information.
The “Items and Services That Are Not Covered Under the Medicare Program” Booklet (ICN: 906765) was revised and is now available in downloadable format. This booklet is designed to provide education on the four categories of items and services that are not covered under the Medicare Program and applicable exceptions (items and services that may be covered) and Beneficiary Notices of Noncoverage. It includes information on services and supplies that are not medically reasonable and necessary, non-covered items and services, services and supplies denied as bundled […]

May 27th, 2015|Newsfront, Reimbursement Corner|

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|