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Classified Ads – July 2015

Riverview Health & Rehabilitation is seeking a Director of Nursing, RN to manage the overall operation of our Nursing Services Department in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations.  Must be licensed in Georgia as a Registered Nurse and have a minimum of two years of senior management experience in a rehabilitative or long-term care setting.  Experience as a DON strongly preferred.  This role requires superior communication skills and the ability to work in a fast pace environment. 

Please send resume to NRobinson@RiverviewHealth.net to apply.
EOE/Drug-Free Workplace

Activity Director for Providence Health and Rehab in Thomaston, GA.

Fulltime position, experience in LTC activities preferred. Send resume to PROADMIN@Providencenh.com.

SOURCE Manager, Visiting Nurse

Supervises care coordination personnel and acts as the liaison between care coordination and the Director of HCBS Operations. Click HERE to apply and view detailed job posting.

RN Supervisor, Genesis HealthCare

This employee has the responsibility for coordination of total customer care. RN Nursing Supervisor performs responsible supervisory and professional work in directing and coordinating all nursing units. Click HERE to apply and view detailed job posting.

Licensed Practical Nurse, Genesis HealthCare

Genesis HealthCare is looking for remarkable Licensed Practical Nurses / LPNs. At Genesis HealthCare, you can really care for […]

July 31st, 2015|Classified Ads, Newsfront|

Education Updates July 2015

Train the Trainer – Caregiver Fire Safety Course on August 4th, 2015 – Fred A. Watson Education Center, Stockbridge GA
Click HERE to register

SOURCE Case Managers Basic Training on August 5th and 6th, 2015 – – Fred A. Watson Education Center, Stockbridge GA
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The BCAT Approach: An evidence-based cognitive system for improving the lives of older adults-TIFTON (LNHA/Nurse – PDI/RR 6) on August 6th, 2015
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The BCAT Approach: An evidence-based cognitive system for improving the lives of older adults-STOCKBRIDGE (LNHA/Nurse – PDI/RR 6) on August 7th, 2015
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MDS 3.0 Certificate Course on August 11-13 & 26-27, 2015 – Fred A. Watson Education Center, Stockbridge GA
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PreLicensure Review Course on September 10-11, 2015 – Fred A. Watson Education Center, Stockbridge GA
Click HERE to register

July 31st, 2015|Education Updates, Newsfront|

GCAL Update

GCAL is excited for another year of growth. We have currently sent out dues to our members and quotes to non-members in hope that they will become a part of such a great organization. As GCAL strives to enhance the ability of our members to provide competent and compassionate care to Georgia’s elderly and disabled citizens, we are currently developing a strategic plan that will keep us aligned with the most important goals and action plans to carry out these goals.

We value you input and would like you to become a part of GCAL and the Assisted Living Committee. Please contact Sylvia Barnes sbarnes@ghca.info to learn more and get connected.    

July 31st, 2015|Assisted Living, Newsfront|

66th Annual Convention & Expo – Advanced Registration Through September 9

It may be summer, but we here at AHCA have an eye toward October when thousands of your colleagues will be joining together to get caught up on all the latest news and innovations in long term and post-acute care. It’s a fantastic event filled with unique learning, networking, and entertaining opportunities you won’t find anywhere else.

Register today! 

July 31st, 2015|News, Newsfront|

Advancing Excellence in Long-Term Care Collaborative presents Disrupt Infections: Creating A Community of Prevention

Click here to view the brochure.

July 31st, 2015|Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory, Quality Corner|

ICD-10 Compliance Date October 1, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to helping the health care community get ready. CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt recently sent a letter to all Medicare providers urging them to prepare for ICD-10.

There is still time to get ready! To jumpstart your efforts, begin with the ICD-10 Quick Start Guide. Providers can also go to the CMS Road to 10 tool to create customized action plans. Links to Road to 10 and other resources are available on the cms.gov/ICD10 website.

CMS continues to work with industry groups to support their ICD-10 progress. Many of these organizations offer free and low-cost ICD-10 resources on their websites. Vendors, health plans, and hospitals are also good sources for ICD-10 information and training.

Check out the resources available to you as you get on the road to ICD-10 today!

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Visit the CMS ICD-10 website for the latest news and resources to help you prepare. Sign up for CMS ICD-10 Industry Email Updates and follow us on Twitter.

July 31st, 2015|Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory, Quality Corner|

Dr. Joseph Ratchford recognized with Medical Director Quality Award

Dr. Joseph Ratchford, Medical Director of Effingham Health System and Extended Care Center, received the Medical Director Quality Award during the Georgia Medical Directors Association Symposium in Amelia Island, Florida.  Each year, a Georgia nursing home medical director is recognized for his or her leadership, knowledge, and involvement in their facility’s educational and quality improvement initiatives. The award was given in partnership with GMDA, Alliant Quality and the Georgia Health Care Association.

“He is the quality champion for our care center,” said Mary Pizzino, Chief Information Officer/Executive Director of Quality at Effingham Health System and Extended Care Center. “He inspires action with team members through helping alleviate obstacles with unique perspectives  on  quality  approaches  and  getting  them  to  do  what  needs  to  be  done  to accomplish the tasks at hand.”

Ratchford completes weekly rounds throughout the facility, identifying infection control risks. He is instrumental in working with the medical and clinical staff in developing and implementing nurse and physician protocols such as: Foley removal, nausea and vomiting, chest pain and C- diff protocols.

He has championed performance improvement teams that focused on projects such as: consistent assignments, falls […]

July 30th, 2015|Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory|

Ensure Beneficiaries have accurate KEPRO Help-line number

Since August 2014, in compliance with our CMS contract, KEPRO has accepted forwarded calls from state-based QIN-QIO’s toll-free number that was previously used for beneficiary complaints and appeals. CMS requested that we implement this during the first year of the contract to help with the transition. Beginning August 1, 2015, these calls will no longer be forwarded, and the numbers will be disconnected. (Read more) The Helpline numbers for KEPRO will remain the same and in effect.  As we prepare for this change, we ask that you check your records and beneficiary notices to make sure that you have the correct direct Helpline number for KEPRO. As a reminder: KEPRO’s toll-free Helpline number for Area 2 is: 844-455-8708.

KEPRO will be holding a Webinar for providers and stakeholders on August 12, 2015 from 2-3:15pm ET. This presentation will provide information about KEPRO, important changes/updates, and provide an opportunity for questions to be asked from our Program Director who will be on the line. A “Save the Date” will be sent out soon that will include registration details that can then be shared.

If you have any questions, please contact us. You can also visit our website, www.keproqio.com, for additional […]

July 30th, 2015|Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory|

CMS releases new survey and certification memos

The CMS released two new survey and certification memos and an adverse drug event trigger tool in July that can be viewed here.

Medication-Related Adverse Events in Nursing Homes & Adverse Drug Event Trigger Tool. The CMS has developed and begun pilot testing the Focused Survey on Medication Safety Systems to look at nursing home practice around high-risk and problem-prone medications, such as Coumadin.  CMS collaborated with the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) and the OIG to develop a tool which includes potentially preventable medication-related adverse events, risk factors, triggers, and probes to assist surveyors in investigating actual and potential adverse events and evaluate whether systems are in place to prevent medication-related adverse events.  The trigger tool is one of several tools in use for the pilot focused survey.  The CMS is releasing the draft Adverse Drug Event Trigger Tool to assist surveyors as they investigate medication related adverse events and to assess whether facilities have implemented effective systems to prevent adverse drug events.   Use of this draft tool is not mandatory but may aid surveyors in assessing compliance around medication issues during standard and complaint surveys.  Nursing home providers may also find it useful as a […]

July 30th, 2015|Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory, Surveys & Certification|

GHCA assists Speaker Ralston in hosting the Southern Legislative Conference in Savannah

GHCA was honored to serve as one of four “Silver Sponsors” for the Southern Legislative Conference’s 2015 Annual Convention in Savannah. Georgia House Speaker David Ralston served as Chair for the entire event. At the Speaker’s request, GHCA served as one of the premier sponsors of the 5-day conference. This sponsorship provided unlimited access to over 110 Georgia legislators and numerous out-of-state officials.   

July 30th, 2015|Legislative, Newsfront|