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Quality Initiative for Assisted Living Renewed for Three Years

Washington, D.C. – The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) today announced the next phase of its national effort to demonstrate quality improvement in America’s assisted living communities. The association renewed the Quality Initiative for Assisted Living and its four measurable goals for three more years.

“The Quality Initiative has made a palpable difference in the lives of thousands of our residents these past few years. We can’t stop here,” said NCAL Executive Director David Kyllo. “Our pursuit of person-centered care doesn’t have a deadline, but these goals are important milestones for our journey.”

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 turnover below 40 percent through March 2018.

Customer Satisfaction: At least 90 percent 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 percent by March 2018.

Antipsychotics: Safely reduce the off-label […]

May 27th, 2015|Assisted Living, Newsfront|

National Center for Assisted Living Names Scott Tittle as New Executive Director

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) today named Scott Tittle as the new Executive Director of NCAL. Tittle joins the Center from the Indiana Health Care Association – a state affiliate of AHCA – where he served as president for both the skilled nursing profession in the state as well as assisted living.

“From the day I first met Scott, I was impressed with his extensive knowledge of public policy and understanding of the unique challenges our assisted living members face,” said Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL. “Scott’s background in dealing with governors, state and federal lawmakers, as well as the regulatory challenges so prevalent in this profession make him the perfect fit as the head of NCAL.”

“It has been an honor serving our dedicated skilled nursing and assisted living facility members as well as thousands of hard working staff, Hoosier seniors, and families. I’m thrilled to bring the lessons learned in our state to the national level,” said Tittle. “Assisted living communities today are more diverse and unique than at any other time in the profession’s history. With change comes challenge. We’ll meet that challenge head on, offering members stability and growth in this exciting new era.”

Tittle served as President of the Indiana Health Care Association and […]

May 27th, 2015|News, Newsfront|

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

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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|