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QM 101 and Beyond: Part 2 – Nursing Home Compare and 5-Star – Presentation and Handouts

See below links to the presentation and handouts for the webinar, QM 101 and Beyond: Part 2 – Nursing Home Compare and 5-Star: Click here for PowerPoint presentation Click here for Handout 1 Click here for Handout 2 Click here for Handout 3 Click here for Handout 4

April 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

ACHCA Accepting Nominations for 2017 Awards

ACHCA is now accepting nominations for Administrator of the Year, New Administrator of the Year and Executive Director of the Year for 2017. This is the inaugural year for the New Administrator Award, which recognizes emerging leaders with only 1 - 4 years of experience as an administrator.  For awards criteria and to submit a nomination, follow the links below: Administrator of the Year New Administrator of the Year Executive Director of the Year The deadline to submit a nomination is May 5, 2017.  The awards will be presented during the 2017 GHCA/GCAL Summer Convention June 11 -15, in Amelia Island.

April 12th, 2017|News|

Sine Die Legislative Update

The House and Senate adjourned minutes before 1:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 30, completing the 2017 Legislative Session. Below you will find some highlights from  the long and eventful evening under the Gold Dome. PASSED LEGISLATION HB 127 – Sponsored by Rep. Richard Smith (R-Columbus), this bill repeals certain obsolete provisions relative to nonprofit medical service corporations and nonprofit hospital service corporations as they relate to insurance (Chapter 18 and 19 in Georgia Code). HB 154 – Authored by Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta), this bill authorizes a licensed dental hygienist to perform certain functions under general supervision in certain settings. This bill was combined with SB 12, authored by Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), which contained similar language. HB 157 – Sponsored by Rep. Trey Kelley (R-Cedartown), this piece of legislation revises certain criteria for certain certifying organizations as they relate to advertising or publicizing of medical specialty certification. HB 165 – Authored by Rep. Betty Price (R-Roswell), this bill provides that maintenance of certification shall not be required as a condition of licensure to practice medicine, staff privileges, employment in certain facilities, reimbursement, or malpractice insurance coverage. HB 174 – Authored by Rep. Eddie Lumsden (R-Armuchee), this bill expands an insurer’s medium of payment of policy to include any other method of payment approved by the Commissioner. [...]

April 7th, 2017|Uncategorized|

2017 GHCA Elections: Designated Representative Form & Proxy Voting Form

Elections for the 2017-2018 GHCA Board of Directors will take place at the House of Delegates meeting during the 2017 GHCA/GCAL Summer Convention in June. It is imperative that the GHCA Credentials Committee record the Designated and Alternate Representatives for each member facility. Please note: Both the designated representative form and/or the form for proxy voting must be received by the GHCA Credentials Committee at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the House of Delegates meeting which will be held on Wednesday, June 14 at 8:30 a.m. To register your facility's designated representative and an alternate representative or designated proxy, follow the steps below: If you are attending the House of Delegates meeting at the Summer Convention and will be voting, click here to download the Designated Representative Form or click here to submit online. *Be sure to have an alternate listed as well in case of a survey or an unforeseen event that would prevent you from being in attendance. If you are not able to attend and wish to vote, you must designate a proxy for your facility who will be in attendance during the House of Delegates meeting. Click here to download the Proxy Voting Form or click here to submit online. If you have any additional questions, please contact GHCA Executive Assistant Hayley Bishop at hbishop@ghca.info [...]

April 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|

2017 Medicare Part B Fee Schedule (Retroactive April 2017 Quarterly Update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database)

The revised 2017 therapy fees for each CPT/HCPCS Code in each Georgia geographic area are provided in the files below (changes have been highlighted in yellow): The 2017 Medicare Part B Fee Schedule for Outpatient Rehabilitation for each Georgia Carrier and Locality (Part B Fees) The 2017 Medicare Part B MPPR Fee Schedule for "Always Therapy Services (50% MPPR Factor) for each Georgia Carrier and Locality (MPPR Fees) The 2017 Relative Value Units for each Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Code (RVUs) The 2017 Geographic Practice Cost Indices by Medicare Carrier and Locality (GPCI) The 2017 Counties Included in 2017 Localities (GPCI Counties) The Part B Fee Schedule amounts are calculated as follows: ((A1 x B1) + (A2 x B2) + (A3 x B3)) x Conversion Factor (Part B Fees), and ((A1 x B1) + ((A2 x B2) x (1-MPPR Factor) + (A3 x B3)) x Conversion Factor (MPPR Part B Fees), where: A1 = Physician Work RVU A2 = Non-Facility Practice Expense RVU A3 = Malpractice RVU B1 = Work GPCI B2 = Practice Expense GPCI B3 = Malpractice GPCI Conversion Factor = $35.8887 MPPR Factor = 50% Please note that the fees effective January 1, 2017 are calculated based upon the Calendar Year (CY) 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule (CMS-1654-F) published in the Federal Register on November 15, 2016. This [...]

March 30th, 2017|News, Newsfront, Reimbursement Corner|

Healthcare Legislation Moving Across the Gold Dome

The 2017 legislative session is coming to an end with only two more legislative days left. Below you will find some highlights from this week under the Gold Dome. CALENDAR Day 39 Tuesday, March 28 Day 40 Thursday, March 30 (Sine Die) FLOOR NOTES SB 52 – Sponsored by Sen. P.K. Martin (R-Lawrenceville), this bill would remove the sunset provision in current law, which allows licensed professional counselors to sign a 1013. SB 200 – This bill, authored by Sen. Chuck Hufstetler (R-Rome), would provide for synchronizing patients’ chronic medications. SB 201 – Authored by Sen. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville), this piece of legislation would allow employees to use their sick leave for the care of immediate family members. It is known as the Family Care Act. SB 242 – Sponsored by Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), this piece of legislation would provide for an exception to the number of advanced practice registered nurses with which a delegating physician can enter into a protocol agreement at any one time for nurses. Physicians may have no more than 10 protocol agreements at one time and may not supervise more than four APRNs at one time. The Senate Chamber also passed the following: HB 249 – Authored by Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville), this bill would change the frequency of [...]

March 24th, 2017|Legislative, News, Newsfront|

Ms. GHCA Pageant Semi-Finalists Announced

After receiving the most entries ever, GHCA is proud to announce the 21 Semi-Finalists for the 42nd Annual Ms. Georgia Health Care Association Pageant. 1.          Mary Ann Allen, 88 – Hartwell Health & Rehabilitation 2.            Linda A. Atwood,65 – Laurel Park Nursing & Rehab 3.            Leana H. Bentley, 89 – Lynn Haven Health & Rehabilitation Center 4.            Linda Black, 70 – Satilla Care Center 5.            Jeanette Cochran, 68 – Traditions Health & Rehab 6.            Teresa Faith Copp, 57 – Summerhill Senior Living Community 7.            Ethel Dawson, 56 – SGHS Senior Care Center – St. Marys 8.            Mae Duckworth, 61 – Reliable Health & Rehabilitation at Lakewood 9.            Janett Edmond, 74 – Magnolia Manor of St. Simons 10.          Rosetta Louise Fleming, 63 – Coastal Manor 11.          Virginia Gordon, 76 – Brightmoor Nursing Center 12.          Sharon Hale, 66 – Life Care Center of Lawrenceville 13.          Lois Hall, 86 – Eagle Health & Rehabilitation 14.          Colleen Johns, 89 – Westbury Health & Rehabilitation of Conyers 15.          Jacquelyn Knight, 70 – Crestview Health & Rehabilitation Center 16.          Bonnie Owens, 73 – Bay View Nursing & Rehabilitation 17.          Margaret Virginia Redding, 95 – Rockmart Health 18.          Beatrice Trammell, 65 – Evergreen Health & Rehabilitation Center 19.          Lucille Ware, 74 – Scepter Health & Rehabilitation 20.          Alma Wilson, 91 – Gilmer Nursing & [...]

March 24th, 2017|News, Newsfront|

Healthcare Legislation Moving Across the Gold Dome – Weekly Report

Our associates at Frogue Clark Public Affairs have provided the following update on healthcare legislation moving across the Gold Dome: CALENDAR Day 36 Monday, March 20 Day 37 Wednesday, March 22 Day 38 Friday, March 24 Day 39 Tuesday, March 28 Day 40 Thursday, March 30 (Sine Die) FLOOR NOTES The House Chamber passed the following pieces of legislation this week: SB 96 – Sponsored by Sen. Ben Watson (R-Savannah), this piece of legislation would allow registered professional nurses, nurse practitioners or physician assistants to pronounce the death of patients in nursing homes even if the patient is an organ donor. SB 47 – Authored by Sen. Chuck Hufstetler (R-Rome), this bill would provide for a licensure exemption for visiting sports teams’ physicians to allow for a teams’ physician, physician assistant or athletic trainer to administer services to their team. The physician would be prohibited from practicing at a health care clinic or health care facility, including an acute care facility, while traveling with the team. SB 103 – Authored by Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga), this bill would authorize the Commissioner of Insurance to promulgate certain rules and regulations and to examine and investigate certain matters with regard to pharmacy benefits managers. It would also prohibit pharmacy benefits managers from requiring the use of mail-order [...]

March 17th, 2017|Gold Dome, Legislative, News, Newsfront|

QM 101 and Beyond: Part 1 – Understanding the Quality Measures User’s Manual V.10 and CASPER QM Reports – Presentation and Handouts

See below links to the presentation and handouts for the webinar, QM 101 and Beyond: Part 1 – Understanding the Quality Measures User’s Manual V.10 and CASPER QM Reports: Click here for PowerPoint Presentation Click here for Handout 1 Click here for Handout 2 Click here for Handout 3

March 14th, 2017|Education Updates, Handouts|

Healthcare Legislation Moving Across the Gold Dome – Weekly Report

The Georgia General Assembly gaveled in for three days this week. While not many bills were heard on the House or Senate Floors, a multitude were taken up in committee. Below are some highlights from this week under the Gold Dome provided by our associates at Frogue Clark Public Affairs:   CALENDAR Day 32-35 Monday, March 13 – Thursday, March 16 Day 36 Monday, March 20 Day 37 Wednesday, March 22 Day 38 Friday, March 24 Day 39 Tuesday, March 28 Day 40 Thursday, March 30 (Sine Die)  FLOOR NOTES The Senate Chamber passed HB 127 this week. Sponsored by Rep. Richard Smith (R-Columbus), this bill would repeal certain obsolete provisions relative to nonprofit medical service corporations and nonprofit hospital service corporations as they relate to insurance (Chapter 18 and 19 in Georgia Code). The House Chamber also passed the following pieces of legislation this week: HR 170 – Authored by Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta), this resolution urges state agencies, medical service providers, health care agencies, research facilities, medical schools, and all interested parties to work towards increasing research, clinical care, and medical education for myalgic encephalomyelitis. SB 102 – Sponsored by Sen. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville), this bill would allow for the designation of emergency cardiac care centers and establish an Office of Cardiac Care [...]

March 10th, 2017|Legislative, News, Newsfront|