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GHCA Board of Directors Qualifying Information & Form

The GHCA Qualifying/Nominating Committee is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Board of Directors. In accordance with the Bylaws, candidates wishing to apply for GHCA statewide office should complete and submit the below qualifying form to GHCA by Monday, April 24, 2017. If you are a current board member and are eligible for a second term, you are required to complete the qualifying form. Council Presidents are not required to complete the qualifying form but must be a licensed nursing home administrator with operations in the council the candidate intends to represent. The Bylaws are designed to ensure that every office has a nominated candidate prior to the Convention. Failure to meet the deadline does NOT preclude nominations from the floor. Click here to submit the qualifying form online. Click here to download the qualifying form for submission via email, fax, or mail. Completed forms should be submitted to: Haley Bishop Executive Assistant Georgia Health Care Association 160 Country Club Drive Stockbridge, Georgia 30281 Fax 678-289-6400 hbishop@ghca.info Term of Office for Officers An individual is elected to any elective office of the Association for a term of one (1) year, and shall be limited to two (2) consecutive terms in such capacity. An individual may be re-elected to this position after he/she has been out of office for [...]

March 8th, 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 28 Friday, March 3 (Crossover Day) Day 29 Monday, March 6 Day 30 - 31 Thursday March 9 - Friday, March 10 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)   The Senate Chamber passed the following bills this week: SB 81 – Authored by Senator Renee Unterman (R-Buford), this bill would allow the state health officer to issue a standing order to allow a licensed pharmacist to distribute Naloxone over the counter.  Additionally, the legislation would mandate that every pharmacy in Georgia keep a record of every opioid antagonist dispensed and would require reporting to the PDMP by July 1, 2018. Children with ADHD (and others) would be exempt from the regulations of this bill. Two amendments were adopted on the floor. The first would add language stating that “a private cause of action against a prescriber or dispenser cannot be created” (line 268). The second amendment deletes Sections 2-6, the felony and misdemeanor language. SB 103 – Authored by Sen. Jeff [...]

March 3rd, 2017|Gold Dome, Legislative, News, Newsfront|

Georgia Health Care Association Education & Research Foundation Scholarship Application

Thank you for your interest in the scholarship program offered by the Georgia Health Care Association Education & Research Foundation. Established in 1991, this program was created to assist nurses to obtain their education and to encourage specialization in long-term and post-acute care. The program is funded by contributions to the annual Scholarship Golf Tournament and donations received throughout the year. Qualified scholarship recipients are selected by the Foundation and receive funds to aid with expenses incurred during their time of study. Scholarships are available to individuals pursuing a degree that will enable them to work in Nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Registered Nurse (RN) or Nurse Practitioner (NP). QUALIFICATIONS An applicant must be an employee who has worked in a GHCA-member skilled nursing care center for at least the past year; An applicant must be enrolled in or accepted into an accredited nursing program; An applicant must be recommended by the Administrator and the Director of Nursing of the skilled nursing care center where they are employed; An applicant must be an individual who pledges to maintain employment in a skilled nursing care center and hold either a full-time or part-time position while attending school; and, Scholarship recipients will agree to work in the skilled nursing care center of their choice for [...]

March 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

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 25-27 Monday, February 27 – Wednesday, March 1 Day 28 Friday, March 3 Day 29 Monday, March 6 Day 30-31 Thursday, March 9 – Friday, March 10 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   FLOOR NOTES Senate Chamber The following pieces of legislation passed through the Senate Chamber this week: SB 50 – Authored by Sen. Hunter Hill (R-Atlanta), this piece of legislation would allow for direct primary care agreements between physicians and patients. These agreements would not be considered insurance. SB 71 – Authored by Sen. Jesse Stone (R-Waynesboro), this piece of legislation would add assets in health savings accounts and medical savings accounts to the list of property that is exempt from bankruptcy. SB 88 – Authored by Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga), this piece of legislation relates to the regulation of narcotic treatment programs. 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 [...]

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

GHCA Awarded CMP Funds

GHCA is pleased to share CMS has awarded the Association civil monetary penalty funds to implement a resident-centered care initiative in multiple skilled nursing care centers across the state of Georgia. We are excited for the opportunity to enhance the quality of life for hundreds of deserving elders through this initiative. The funding will allow the Association and other key partners to provide education on the benefits of integrating personalized music into activities and care delivery. Centers who elect to participate will receive support to obtain Music & Memory certification through the Music & Memory organization; equipment to offer personalized playlists to residents who may benefit; equipment to facilitate music assisted bathing; and, instruments for resident’s use in music activities. We want to thank our colleagues within the Culture Change Network of Georgia, the Alzheimer’s Association and Alliant Quality along with many others who have supported and cheered us on throughout the application process. A sincere thank you to representatives with the Healthcare Facility Regulation Division and the Region IV CMS office for their guidance- we value our shared goal of enriching the lives of those entrusted to our care. Please look for more detail in the near future. We hope your center will be first in line to take advantage of the program!

February 23rd, 2017|News, Newsfront, Quality Corner|

March Healthcare Coalition Meetings & Full Scale Exercises

Region J Healthcare Coalition Quarterly Meeting Location: MUMC Medical Education Auditorium Date: 03/01/2017 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Contact: Jimmy Gordon Phone: 912-667-1542 E-mail: Gordoji1@memorialhealth.com Region I Healthcare Coalition Quarterly Meeting Location: Midtown Medical Conference Center Date: 03/01/2017 Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Contact: Shannon Rios Phone: 706-494-4189 E-mail: Shannon.Rios@columbusregional.com Region D Healthcare Coalition Quarterly Meeting Location: Emory St Joseph's Hospital, Auditorium, 5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30342 Date: 03/09/2017 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Contact: Lori Wood Phone: 404-616-1285 E-mail: lwood@gmh.edu Region H Full Scale Exercise Event Type: Exercise Location: All Locations Date: 03/14/2017 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Contact: Brad Poucher Phone: 478-278-7493 E-mail: brad.poucher@hcahealthcare.com Region I Coalition Full Scale Exercise Event Type: Exercise Location: Midtown Medical Center Date: 03/16/2017 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Contact: Shannon Rios Phone: 706-494-4189 E-mail: shannon.rios@columbusregional.com Region J Coalition Full Scale Exercise Event Type: Exercise Date: 03/23/2017 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Contact: Hannah Southall Phone: 706-424-0029 E-mail: hgsouthall@uga.edu Region K Coalition Quarterly Meeting Location: 2336 Dawson Rd., Albany, GA Date: 03/30/2017 Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Contact: Thea Burke Phone: 229-248-2570 E-mail:  regionkhealthcarecoalition@gmail.com  

February 22nd, 2017|Emergency Preparedness, News, Newsfront|

Regulatory Alert: Reportable Events & Plans of Correction

See below message from Pam Clayton, GHCA VP Quality Advancement & Regulatory Affairs: The Healthcare Facility Regulation Division (HFRD) recently conducted a comprehensive review of guidelines for reportable incidents and allegations and has provided guidance. Click here to view. The guidance includes what should be reported; what should be included in a comprehensive investigation of a reportable incident; and, the revised form that should be used to file the initial report to HFRD, effective immediately. Reportable incidents include the following: Verbal abuse Sexual abuse Physical abuse Mental abuse Neglect Exploitation / Misappropriation of resident property Mistreatment Injuries of unknown source Regulations do not provide for defining or reporting an elopement. The determination of an elopement must be evaluated on an individual basis consistent with the resident’s comprehensive assessment and plan of care. Elopements must be reported consistent with a center’s disaster plan.  Please carefully review your disaster plan to ensure staff members understand guidance relative to a response to an elopement. Also, please review the updated reporting guidelines and investigative tool in detail with your staff. I am pleased to share that HFRD is now conducting desk reviews of select plans of correction (POCs). The practice of remote review is positive for providers and will allow the agency to more appropriately deploy resources and should positively impact [...]

February 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Healthcare Legislation Moving Across the Gold Dome

Our associates at Frogue Clark Public Affairs have provided the following update on healthcare legislation moving across the Gold Dome: CALENDAR Day 21-24 Tuesday, February 21 – Friday, February 24 Day 25-27 Monday, February 27 – Wednesday, March 1 Day 28 Friday, March 3 Day 29 Monday, March 6 Day 30-31 Thursday, March 9 – Friday, March 10 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   Governor Nathan Deal signed SB 70 in to law on Tuesday. Sponsored by Sen. Butch Miller (R-Gainesville), this piece of legislation renews the Hospital Provider Payment Program/Hospital Medicaid Financing Program and extends the program until June 30, 2020. The original law had a sunset date of June 30, 2017. On Wednesday, he signed HB 43, the $24.3 billion dollar Amended FY2017 Budget that included much needed funding for nursing home surveyors at DCH. SB 41 – Authored by Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), this piece of legislation would provide for the licensure of durable medical equipment suppliers. The following persons and entities shall be exempt from the requirements (unless any such person or entity has a separate company that is in the business [...]

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

Satisfaction Survey Outcomes

NRC (My Innerview) has provided GHCA with aggregate reports by council area for the 2016 satisfaction surveys for resident, family and employee.  This year’s survey reflected behavioral based questions and a different response scale.  However, “legacy” global satisfaction survey questions were included as well to provide consistency for the quality incentive program criteria. The survey also included AHCA’s Core Q questions related to overall satisfaction with care and overall recommendation.  Georgia continues to perform very well and residents, families and employees reflect a high level of satisfaction.  Response rates decreased slightly, in part due to a higher number of surveys being issued. Georgia exceeded national averages for overall rating (0-10 scale) on resident, family and employee satisfaction surveys!  This is outstanding and reflects your dedication to quality care and service for Georgia’s deserving seniors.  However, there is no room for complacency in the long term and post-acute care profession.  GHCA and NRC urge you to comprehensively review your outcomes and develop a plan of action based upon your areas of greatest opportunity.  Communication of results to those involved in the survey process is also important.  Satisfaction and response rates are more likely to improve if participants feel their participation in the survey really has an impact. The Healthcare Facility Regulation Division (HFRD) reports an increase [...]

February 17th, 2017|News, Newsfront, Quality Corner|

Regulatory Alert: Updates from HFRD

GHCA appreciates the ongoing collaboration with Healthcare Facility Regulation Division (HFRD) to promote the highest quality of care possible for Georgia’s seniors.  These efforts are ongoing and we will provide updates as we have clear, objective guidance or information to share. We appreciate Chief Melanie Simon, Deputy Chief Norma Jean Morgan and LTC Director Amanda Miranda attending the House of Delegates meeting in January. The presentation and opportunity for questions was very helpful. Chief Simon’s presentation can be found here and includes very helpful information related to the increase in complaint survey activity as well as tips for addressing care and service issues that may lead to citations at a harm level.  We encourage you to review this information with key staff and consider an internal review of processes and systems relative to these high risk areas.  Also, please find current contact information for key staff at HFRD and regional alignment here. The new requirements of participation that were released on October 4 with an effective date of November 28 for Phase 1 requirements, has led to questions related to when the LTC Ombudsman should be notified of a transfer or discharge (§483.15 (3) (i).  There has been widespread interpretation that the requirement is to notify the ombudsman of all transfers and discharges.  However, Chief Simon [...]

February 17th, 2017|News, Newsfront, Quality & Regulatory|