Combine Leadership and Humor at NCAL’s Spring Conference

Looking for New Ways to Motivate Your Team With Humor?
Find out how to "unleash your inner tyrant" at the NCAL Spring Conference, March 9-11, 2015.
Opening keynote speaker Jeff Havens, a former standup comic who has appeared on variety of cable news outlets, will detail his book, Unleash Your Inner Tyrant!: Proven Strategies to Help You Become a More Horrible Boss . Jeff’s ability to help people achieve success in leadership, customer service, communication, generational issues, corporate culture and more by combining leadership skills with humor has helped him become an in-demand speaker across the country.
Open the door to other educational opportunities at NCAL’s assisted living focused conference, held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Register today for the chance to earn up to 10.5 CEUs and network with professionals from across the country. Sessions include customer satisfaction, workforce stability, dementia care, risk management, quality improvement, care transitions, and emergency preparedness.
Assisted living providers from across the country consider NCAL’s Spring Conference to be a must-attend event. Learn to thrive in a new health care environment by committing to your future by attending NCAL’s Spring Conference today!
By registering today you will save $125 off the on-site registration rate!
Also consider  registering for the AHCA/NCAL Independent Owner Leadership Conference, occurring […]

November 25th, 2014|Assisted Living, Newsfront|

CMS Releases “Medicare Appeals Process” Podcast

The CMS “Medicare Appeals Process” Podcast is now available. This 15 minute long MP3 audio podcast is designed to provide education on the five levels of claim appeals in Original Medicare (Medicare Part A and Part B). It includes details explaining how the Medicare appeals process applies to providers, participating physicians, and participating suppliers in addition to including more information on available appeals-related resources.

November 25th, 2014|Newsfront, Reimbursement Corner|

Modifier 59 Use – Outpatient Therapy Services

Recently there has been some confusion among providers of Part B therapy services regarding how to properly comply with the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits.  In response to provider questions regarding whether these new modifier codes should be used for outpatient therapy services, CMS provided the following guidance to AHCA and other organizations to share with providers:
Re: CR 8863 & MM 8863 – Specific Modifiers for Distinct Procedural Services
CMS is establishing four new HCPCS modifiers to define subsets of the 59 modifier, a modifier used to define “Distinct Procedural Services”
The four new modifiers:

XE Separate Encounter, A Service That Is Distinct Because It Occurred During A Separate Encounter
XS Separate Structure, A Service That Is Distinct Because It Was Performed On A Separate Organ/Structure
XP Separate Practitioner, A Service That Is Distinct Because It Was Performed By A Different Practitioner
XU Unusual Non-Overlapping Service, The Use Of A Service That Is Distinct Because It Does Not Overlap Usual Components Of The Main Service 
At this time, the below statements represent CMS policy about the use of the new X{EPSU} modifiers for therapy services; and, is being sent in response to inquiries about their use on claims […]

November 25th, 2014|Newsfront, Reimbursement Corner|

October Revenues Up 5.9 Percent

Governor Nathan Deal announced earlier this month that Georgia’s net tax collections for October totaled $1.55 billion, an increase of $87 million, or 5.9 percent, compared to October 2013. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled $6.24 billion, which was an increase of $298.5 million, or 5 percent, compared to the previous fiscal year, when net tax revenues totaled $5.94 billion after four months. Year-to-date gross tax revenues, before refunds and distributions to local governments, totaled nearly $8.2 billion, which was an increase of $453.5 million, or 5.9 percent, compared to October 2013.

November 25th, 2014|Legislative, Newsfront|

General Election Outcome

Earlier this month, close to half of Georgia’s registered voters turned out to vote in the 2014 general election. Unlike most predictions, neither the race for Governor nor U.S. Senate will be heading to a runoff.  The Georgia Health Care Association looks forward to getting to know these newly elected officials as the legislative session draws near.  Results of key races can be found below, as well as links to the complete results.

Governor: Nathan Deal 52.8% v Jason Carter 44.8%
U.S. Senate: Perdue 52.9% v Michelle Nunn 45.2%
Lieutenant Governor: Casey Cagle 58% v Connie Stokes 42%
Secretary Of State: Brian Kemp 57.5% v Doreen Carter 42.5%
Attorney General: Samuel Olens 57% v Greg Hecht 43%

Statewide and Congressional Results, click HERE.
State Senate Results, click HERE.
State House of Representatives Results, click HERE.

November 25th, 2014|Legislative, Newsfront|

Emergency Preparedness Star of Long-Term-Care

GHCA is now accepting nominations for outstanding leaders in Nursing Facility Emergency Preparedness and Response. We would like to recognize any nursing facility staff member for their work in implementing preparedness efforts in their facility or for their exceptional leadership during a recent disruptive event.

We will recognize this Champion of Emergency Preparedness during the “Stars of Long-Term-Care” segment of the GHCA Midyear Convention January 21, 2015. Please send all nominations to Tiffany Hanshaw at by December 22, 2014.

Nominations should include written explanation on how the candidate meets the following criteria:

Involvement with local officials (Emergency Management Agency (EMA), Public Health, Regional Coordinating Hospital (RCH), etc.)
Involvement with Statewide Emergency Preparedness initiatives (State-sponsored Regional Exercises, Long-Term-Care Emergency Operations Plan, FEMA courses, etc.)
Implemented preparedness efforts in facility
Participate in State or GHCA sponsored Emergency Preparedness Education
Experience in managing a disruptive event in their facility

November 25th, 2014|Awards, Emergency Preparedness, Newsfront, Uncategorized|

This website is one of the many ways for Georgia’s hospitals, nursing homes, and other local and state agencies to be kept informed of vital news, information, and tools to assist them in their disaster preparedness and mutual aid planning. Please log into the system and register to receive a username and password for any member of your facility. Bed count drills will occur every Wednesday and your update is due before 12pm. You must update on Wednesdays and before noon in order to be counted as participating.

A recorded training video for can be found on the GHCA website by clicking here. If additional training is needed, please contact


Please forward all technical issues to Tiffany Hanshaw at

November 25th, 2014|Emergency Preparedness|

A Note from Donna Stefano, chair of the GHCA PR Committee…

"Thank you all for voting in James magazine’s Top Lobbyist poll. As you may recall, our ranking in this poll helps us with our lobbying efforts at the Capitol.
Here are the results:
Top Lobbyist for an Association
#1 – Jon S. Howell
Top Trade or Business Association
#1 – Georgia Health Care Association
Top Female Lobbyists
#10 – Sarah Ralston
Congratulations to all!"

November 25th, 2014|In the News, Newsfront|

AHCA/NCAL National Quality Awards

The Intent to Apply deadline has passed, but it is not mandatory.  Centers can still apply for the awards, it will be at a higher fee ($200 at each level). The application deadlines are as follows:

Bronze: January 29, 2015
Silver/Gold: February 12, 2015

All deadlines are at 8:00 p.m. EST. More information is available on the Quality Award website (

November 25th, 2014|Newsfront, Quality Corner|

AHCA/NCAL Clinical Practice Webinar Series Available

Please click HERE to view the flyer containing information regarding a webinar series containing topics such as Reducing Rehospitalizations; Falls Management and Prevention; Antipsychotic Medication Management and Reduction; and End of Life Care.  The writing in the right hand column (writing in white) has hot links to all the webinars.  They are all recorded and can be accessed 24/7.

November 25th, 2014|Newsfront, Quality Corner|