“Long-term care costly”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution – December 1, 2013
“State’s Skilled Nursing Care Centers Set Example”
Atlanta Business Chronicle – October 18, 2013
“Houston County resident named Ms. Georgia Nursing Home”
Macon Telegraph – June 12, 2013
“Nursing homes rein in use of antipsychotic drugs”
Georgia Health News – May 7, 2013
GHCA Board Chair Bill Davis wasted no time making an impact. Davis officiated his first board meeting on Tuesday, November 19 at the Fred A. Watson Educational Center in Stockbridge. After he gaveled the meeting into adjournment, he caught an evening flight to call on members of the Georgia Congressional Delegation. "This is a critical time in our nation’s capital with budget writing ongoing. It was valuable and meaningful to have our association’s leader available on Capitol Hill to discuss important fiscal issues," stated Jon Howell, GHCA President & CEO.
Kan-Di-Ki Inc., doing business as Diagnostic Laboratories and Radiology (Diagnostic Labs), will pay $17.5 million to settle allegations that the California-based company violated the federal and California False Claims Acts by paying kickbacks for referral of mobile lab and radiology services subsequently billed to Medicare and Medi-Cal (the state of California’s Medicaid program), the Justice Department has announced.
“This settlement demonstrates the Department of Justice’s continuing efforts to protect public funds,” said Stuart F. Delery, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division. “We will continue to work with our state partners to recover misspent monies from companies that abuse government health care programs.”
Diagnostic Labs allegedly took advantage of Medicare’s different reimbursement system for inpatient and outpatient services by charging Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) in California discounted rates for inpatient services paid by Medicare in exchange for the facilities’ referral of outpatient business to Diagnostic Labs. For inpatient services, Medicare pays a fixed rate based on the patient’s diagnosis, regardless of specific services provided. For outpatients, Medicare pays for each service separately.
Diagnostic Labs’ scheme enabled the SNFs to maximize profit earned for providing inpatient services by decreasing SNFs’ costs of providing these services. It also allegedly allowed Diagnostic Labs to obtain a steady stream of lucrative outpatient referrals that it could directly bill to Medicare and […]
Earlier this month, it was announced that Gov. Mark Parkinson, president of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), was named as one of the top association lobbyists in Washington by The Hill newspaper. This is quite an honor, especially when you consider he shares the spotlight with luminaries such as former Sen. Chris Dodd (Motion Picture Association), Gov. John Engler (Business Roundtable), and Tom Donohue (U.S. Chamber).
Among the thousands of advocates in the nation’s capital, only a select few have risen to the top of their profession to earn a slot on The Hill’s Top Lobbyists list. Some of the top lobbyists are hired guns who have proven to clients that they can shape the agenda on Capitol Hill. Others are advocates who derive power from the grassroots, turning old-fashioned organizing into potent political power. Some work for a single business or corporation, giving them the ability to speak with authority on economic and tax policy.
What was noted in Parkinson’s listing was: The former Kansas governor recently presided over a merger that made AHCA a powerhouse advocate for post-acute, sub-acute and long-term care facilities.
Mark your calendar! The GHCA PAC will be putting on its 3rd Annual Silent Auction & Raffle on January 22, 2014 at 8 pm in the Renaissance Waverly Atrium Lobby. The silent auction and raffle will once again have great prizes, including destination spots. If you or your company is able to provide gifts, anything from hotels stays where you may do corporate retreats to tangible gifts, to be auctioned we would sincerely appreciate it. This is an important fundraiser to give the long term care sector as loud of a voice as possible at the Capitol. As an industry, we all rely on each other for success in reaching our individual goals. Please contact Sarah Ralston, email@example.com, if you are able to help in any way.
The 2013 Legislative Visit Campaign concluded Veteran’s Day, November 11th! The goal of this initiative was to invite each member of the Georgia General Assembly to visit a member facility in order see the wonderful work you do on a daily basis. The opportunity for elected officials to interact with your residents, families and staff has a tremendous impact on the policies made under the gold dome and this cannot be accomplished without your help. Thank you to all that participated and supported this effort, especially the council presidents and facilities that hosted legislators.
The Southeast council finished the campaign with the most visits, 10 out of the 38 total, and will be recognized at the GHCA winter convention in January. This council will also receive a complimentary team of four in the 2014 Foundation Golf Tournament!