It’s time to prepare for the 2014 satisfaction surveys for employees, residents and family members.

The Department of Community Health/Georgia Heath Care Association Quality Incentive Program is based in part on customer and employee satisfaction survey results. Results from your 2014 survey will be used to establish 2015 incentive payments. It is imperative that you follow the steps provided to ensure that your survey results are available for the designated reporting periods of the Quality Incentive Program.
Download the survey packet here.

July 31st, 2014|Quality Corner|

2014 GHCA PAC Golf Tournament September 17th! New Location!

Register today for the 2014 Georgia Health Care Association PAC Golf Tournament! You do not want to miss out on this wonderful opportunity to lend your support to the voice of Georgia’s skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities and SOURCE providers all while having a great time.
We are excited to announce that the tournament has moved to a new location this year!  It will be held Wednesday, September 17th at the Legacy on Lanier Golf Club in Buford, GA.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place teams for gross and net scores, longest drive and closet to the pin.

Register is open and can be found online HERE.
To download the informational brochure, click HERE.

July 31st, 2014|Golf Tournaments, Legislative|

Deal: June revenues up 11.5 percent

Gov. Nathan Deal announced on July 14th that Georgia’s net tax collections for the month of June totaled $1.76 billion for an increase of $182.25 million, or 11.5 percent, compared to the month-ended June 2013. Year-to-date, net tax revenue collections totaled nearly $17.9 billion for an increase of roughly $879.25 million, or 5.2 percent, compared to the same point last year when net tax revenues totaled $17 billion through the end of June 2013.

July 31st, 2014|Legislative|

AHCA/NCAL recently announced the recipients of the 2014 Silver Achievement in Quality Award – and an impressive seven of the 77 recipients are GHCA members.

GHCA members being honored are:

Cartersville Heights
Legacy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Atlanta
PruittHealth – Forsyth
PruittHealth – Toomsboro
PruittHealth – Valdosta
Southland Health and Rehabilitation of Peachtree City
The William Breman Jewish Home of Atlanta.

Silver is the second level in the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award journey and recognizes a significant step in the journey toward performance excellence. In 2014, 77 centers across the country achieved the Silver award. This represents 26% of applicants, an increase over the 20% recognition rate in 2013.
This recognition for GHCA members means the association has met its Strategic Plan goal of earning seven Silver National Quality Awards in 2014.
"This prestigious award honors select centers across the nation that serve as models of excellence in providing high-quality long term care," said Jon S. Howell, president and CEO of the Georgia Health Care Association. "I am proud that we had such a strong showing in this national awards process. It clearly demonstrates the ongoing commitment of GHCA members to providing consumers with access to high quality care here […]

July 31st, 2014|News, Quality Corner|

GHCA welcomes baby Lucy

Congratulations to Jon and Emily Howell on the birth of their daughter Lucille "Lucy" Howell. Lucy was born on Wednesday, July 16th at 11:03pm weighing in at 6lbs 12ozs. Mom and baby are both doing great!

July 31st, 2014|GHCA, News|

National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes

Attached you will find the current data package (PDF attachment labeled AP package) pertaining to the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes.  Nationally, we have reached a 17.1% reduction in the use of antipsychotic medications for long-stay nursing home residents.  Please forward this information to colleagues and other stakeholders who share an interest in this partnership. 
We appreciate your continued hard work, support and dedication to this critical effort! 
Michele Laughman
Health Insurance Specialist
Division of Nursing Homes
Survey & Certification Group
Center for Clinical Standards & Quality
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

July 31st, 2014|Quality Corner|

Community Healthcare Connections

Communities across Georgia are working together to reduce readmissions. Providers all along the health care continuum have committed to improving communication and to making care more complete and safer for those that they serve.  In those communities where a charter has been signed, efforts have been formalized for big reductions in readmission rates. Hospitals are a part of the communities to be sure – but home care providers, dialysis, long term care, hospice, community service providers, physicians and consumers also make up this vibrant health care community.
Community Healthcare Connections Meetings Schedule

July 31st, 2014|Quality Corner|

Resources for Reducing Hospital Readmissions

INTERACT (Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers) is a quality improvement program that focuses on the management fo acute change in resident condition. It includes clinical and educational tools and strategies for use in every day practice in long-term care facilities. The goal is to improve care and reduce the frequency of potentially avoidable transfers to the acute hospital. Such transfers can result in numerous complications of hospitalization, and billions of dollars in unnecessary health care expenditures.
INTERACT launched a new web address –

July 31st, 2014|Quality Corner|

Nursing Home Compare

The Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Quality Rating System: Year Five Report [Public Version] was issued on June 16, 2014. 
The study was completed by Abt Associates Inc. and is the Final Report since the rating system began in 2008. 
The report provides the following conclusions based on the analyses (see page 38 of the report):

Because of the design of the Five-Star Rating System, there is essentially no change in the distribution of Health Inspection ratings.  (By design, the distribution of Health Inspection Star ratings is fixed within each state so that 10 percent of nursing centers receive 5 stars, 20 percent receive 1 star, and 70 percent receive 2, 3, or 4 stars.)

Over the five years, the proportion of nursing homes receiving a one-star Quality Measure (QM) rating decreased from 20.0 percent to 3.2 percent.  The proportion receiving a four- or five-star rating increased from 34.1 percent to 71 percent.  There […]

July 31st, 2014|Quality Corner|

Updates from AHCA’s Senior Director of Regulatory Services 

CMS issued advance guidance on revisions to the State Operations Manual  (SOM) at numerous F Tags. 
According to the CMS memo: 

We have revised the Interpretive Guidelines and, where appropriate, Investigative Protocols for the following F Tags to incorporate Survey & Certification (S&C) policy memos issued from October 2003 through May 2014.

CMS also indicates that the final version of the revisions, when published in the online SOM, may differ slightly from the language in this advance guidance.  All of these changes were issued in CMS policy memos previously and are effective immediately.

July 31st, 2014|Quality Corner|