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GHCA/GCAL Education in the Summertime

GHCA/GCAL has planned a summer full of education for you and your staff. Please check the calendar of events by clicking HERE regularly to see when these programs open for registration. Below is a list of titles by date. If there is not a date, we are still working on getting the information together for you and we will announce it soon. June 22-23, 2016 MDS 3.0 Two Day Basic Training presented by Joy Roberts at the Fred A. Watson Education Center at GHCA in Stockbridge, GA July 10-13, 2016 Annual Social Worker Meeting in Savannah Click HERE to register July 13-15, 2016 Understanding and Preparing for the IMPACT Act presented by Ellen Strunk. We encourage you to send your Directors of Nursing, MDS Coordinators and other key personnel to these sessions. July 13 in Tifton, July 14 in Stockbridge and July 15 in Cartersville July 19-21, 2016 Restorative Nursing Training presented by Kimberly Green. This is a one day seminar followed by 16 hours of clinical skills training to be completed by the sponsoring facility. July 19 in Cartersville, July 20 in Stockbridge and July 21 in Brunswick July 26-28, 2016 Wound Care in Long Term Care presented by Kim Kehoe, BSN, RN, CWOCN, DAPWCA. July 26 in Brunswick, July 27 in Stockbridge and July [...]

May 31st, 2016|Education Updates|

Deadline June 3 for the GHCA/GCAL Leadership Excellence Awards

Time is running out! Nominate someone by June 3 by clicking HERE GHCA/GCAL Leadership Excellence This individual has provided leadership that is worthy of statewide recognition including commitment to quality, stewardship, integrity. This nominee has accomplished noteworthy goals and contributes to the quality of life of those receiving long term health care. Anyone can qualify. GHCA/GCAL Leadership Innovation This individual has been a leader in developing programs and services that stand out as innovative and unique to contribute to long term care. This nominee encourages growth and change by finding new ways to improve lives and provide new benefits to residents to improve their lives. Anyone can qualify. GHCA/GCAL Leadership in Public Confidence This individual has been a leader in developing the confidence of the community and building relationships as well as trust. This nominee works through social, media, organizations and community outlets to educate the public about long term care. The nominee provides information to policy makers and organizes others to make an impact on the public and community as well as to advocate for long term care. Anyone can qualify.

May 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|

Announcing GHCA/GCAL’s First 5k Beach Run: Get Heart Healthy at the 2016 GHCA/GCAL Summer Convention “It’s a Small World with a Big Heart”

We have exciting news! GHCA/GCAL will host the first ever 5k Beach Glow Run Wednesday, June 15 from 8:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. on the beach at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia sponsored by McKesson. Everyone is invited to participate including children. The cost is $25 per person. Prizes will be awarded for age and gender as well as for just finishing the 5k. Join us for the after party for music and refreshments. We invite you to bring  your favorite glow in the dark attire. If you don't have any, we will provide some for you. Go to Events at GHCA to register now and do something good for your heart! Registration is still open for the 2016 GHCA/GCAL Summer Convention, June 12-16, 2016 at the The Ritz –Carlton, Amelia in Amelia Island, Florida. Every Georgia skilled nursing care center is a small, vibrant world. The 2016 GHCA/GCAL Summer Convention is designed with education programs to help you fill your center each day with a sense of purpose and compassion and give you the tools you need to focus on collaboration, innovation and quality. The convention also includes the GHCA/GCAL Annual Golf Tournament at the Golf Club of Amelia Island on June 14, and sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event.To register, sponsor or exhibit for the 2016 GHCA/GCAL [...]

General Post-acute Care Presentation

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May 18th, 2016|Quality & Regulatory, Quality Corner|

Mandatory Annual QIP Training Webinar Series

Transitions in Care Webinar Series May 11th - Webinar on "The Foundation" - to download the slides from this webinar, click HERE. May 18th - Webinar on "INTERACT" - to download the slides from this webinar, click HERE. (will be uploaded on May 18th) May 25th - Webinar on "How to conduct a Quality Admission" - to download the slides from this webinar, click HERE. (will be uploaded on May 25th) June 1st - Webinar on "Management of top 3 Conditions" - to download the slides from this webinar, click HERE. (will be uploaded on June 1st)

May 12th, 2016|Quality & Regulatory, Quality Corner|

2016 Leadership Excellence Awards

The Goal The Georgia Health Care Association is encouraging nominations for the 2016 Georgia LTC Leadership Excellence Awards. We honor the accomplishments of individuals who have made strides in helping Georgians receive better long term health care at the 2016 Summer Convention at the Ritz Carlton Amelia. Who Qualifies If you know someone who is making a difference and helping Georgia residents receive better long term health care, please tell us their story! We are looking for administrators, corporate staff, long term care managers, CEOs, nurses, or any nursing home staff member, volunteer, etc. to honor them with one of our three Leadership Excellence Awards. Nominations are due by Friday, June 3, 2016 (Date extended). ALL sections of the form must be completed to be considered. For questions, please contact Mendee Rock, mrock@ghca.info or 678-289-6555. The Process Nomination forms must be completed and submitted by Friday, June 3, 2016 to be considered. ALL sections of the form must be completed for consideration by the selection committee. All nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of long term care leaders. The selection committee will determine the recipient(s). The Awards The recipient(s) will be announced to the long term care community at the GHCA Summer Convention at the Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island. GHCA will [...]

May 5th, 2016|Awards, Convention, Media Center, Newsfront|

New SNF PEPPER Now Available

The Q4FY15 release of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) with statistics through September 2015 is now available!  PEPPER is an educational tool that summarizes provider-specific data statistics for Medicare services that may be at risk for improper payments. Providers can use the data to support internal auditing and monitoring activities.  Please click HERE for more information on report access.

May 4th, 2016|Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory, Quality Corner|

National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) Announces a Change in Terminology from Pressure Ulcer to Pressure Injury and Updates the Stages of Pressure Injury

On April 13th, the NPUAP announced the term “pressure injury” replaces “pressure ulcer” in the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Pressure Injury Staging System.  In addition to the change in terminology, Arabic numbers are now used in the names of the stages instead of Roman numerals. Other changes were agreed upon at a recent meeting of over 400 professionals per a consensus format.  Additional information regarding the aforementioned changes can be found here.

May 4th, 2016|Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory, Quality Corner|

Department of Justice (DOJ) Launches 10 Elder Justice Task Forces

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced the establishment of 10 regional Elder Justice Task Forces, which bring together federal, state and local prosecutors, law enforcement and agencies that provide services to the elderly to coordinate and enhance efforts to identify and pursue nursing centers that provide substandard care to residents. Participants in the regional task forces will include the state Medicaid Fraud Control Units, US Attorneys’ offices, HHS, state Adult Protective Services agencies, Long Term Care Ombudsman programs, and various other law enforcement agencies. The DOJ indicates the task forces will focus on protecting nursing center residents from serious abuse, neglect, and other harmful care resulting in “grossly substandard care,” by prosecuting individuals and companies involved in such care. These task forces will play an integral role in DOJ’s future investigation and enforcement activities against nursing centers.

May 4th, 2016|Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory, Quality Corner|

SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP)

The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act), enacted on October 6, 2014, requires the implementation of a quality reporting program for SNFs beginning with FY 2018. SNFs that do not submit required quality data to CMS under the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) will be subject to a 2.0 percentage point reduction to their annual updates. The IMPACT Act requires the continued specification of quality measures for the SNF QRP, as well as resource use and other measures.  In order to satisfy the requirements of the IMPACT Act, CMS is proposing one new assessment-based quality measure, and three claims-based measures for inclusion in the SNF QRP.  These measures align with the measures proposed for inclusion in the Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCH) QRP and the Inpatient Rehabilitation (IRF) QRP. Assessment-based measure for the FY 2020 payment determination and subsequent years: 1.  Drug Regimen Review Conducted with Follow-Up for Identified Issues. Claims-based measures for the FY 2018 payment determination and subsequent years: 1. Discharge to Community – Post Acute Care (PAC) SNF QRP; 2. Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary (MSPB) – PAC SNF QRP; and 3. Potentially Preventable 30 Day Post-Discharge Readmission Measure for SNFs

May 4th, 2016|Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory, Quality Corner|