Minimum Criteria for Submission of Application (Deadline Extended to December 23) Participate in the Georgia Quality Improvement Program. Must meet minimum points on Quality Incentive Report for quarters ending: 9/30/15, 12/31/15, 3/31/16, 6/30/16. Note: Failure to attach all required data will result in disqualification. Must be below the Georgia (State) average calculation points for cited deficiencies using the Calculating Survey Results form below (submit 3 years of survey data July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2016). Clinical Quality Quantitative data to be considered will be: Must be at or below the State average on 8 of 11 Quality Measures, Q2 2016. Immunization rates for flu and pneumonia for these specified quarters needs to be at 80% or above for each quarter. Data from CMS will be used for this award year's reporting period, Q2 2016 Long Stay composite score measures to be included are: Percent of residents with one or more falls with major injury Percent of residents with a UTI Percent of residents who self-report moderate to severe pain Percent of high-risk residents with pressure ulcer Percent of low-risk residents with loss of bowels or bladder Percent of residents with catheter inserted or left in bladder Percent of residents physically restrained Percent of residents whose need for help with ADL has increased Percent of residents who [...]
Nominations due Tuesday, August 30, 2016 Background The Georgia Association of Nurses in Long Term Care (G.A.N.L.T.C) is seeking nominations for the RN, LPN and CNA of the Year Awards. These awards recognize individuals that have made significant contributions to advancing quality performance and outcomes in their patient care center, including either skilled nursing or assisted living settings. Nomination Requirements Nominations must be submitted by an individual with an organization that is a member in good standing of the Georgia Health Care Association. Nominators must be employed by a skilled nursing or assisted living center, or by a parent organization. The nomination must reference the nominee’s impact on patient care and quality outcomes. The nomination may be submitted online (preferred) via the form below or by mail to the following address: Georgia Health Care Association 160 Country Club Drive Stockbridge, Georgia 30281 ATTN: Pam Clayton, RN Nomination Deadline Nominations are due by Tuesday, August 30, 2016. The award will be presented at the GANLTC Annual Meeting. Candidate Attributes Below are attributes of a strong candidate: Recognized leader of performance improvement and quality outcomes in either skilled nursing or assisted living settings. Demonstrated ability to advocate for the members of the long-term care community served by the center. Recognized for attributes/characteristics that have resulted in significant quality improvement. [...]
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Gold Dome Report The Georgia General Assembly gaveled in on January 11th, marking the first week of the 2016 Legislative Session. As this is the second year of the legislative cycle, all pieces of legislation that did not pass in 2015 will return to their committee of origin and are eligible to be taken up and potentially passed this year. Below you will find some highlights from this week under the Gold Dome. CALENDAR The House and Senate adopted an adjournment resolution early this week, taking us to legislative day 13. The adjournment resolution is as follows: Legislative Day 6 – Wednesday, January 20 Legislative Day 7 – Thursday, January 21 Legislative Day 8 – Friday, January 22 Legislative Day 9 – Monday, January 25 Legislative Day 10 – Tuesday, January 26 Legislative Day 11 – Wednesday, January 27 Legislative Day 12 – Thursday, January 28 Legislative Day 13 – Monday, February 1 On Tuesday, January 19, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and Subcommittees will begin to hold meetings to review the Governor's recommendations for the supplemental budget and the general budget. Joint budget hearings will begin at 9:30am in Room 341 of the State Capitol. On Tuesday, Commissioner Clyde Reese will present DCH's budget to the joint hearing at 2:45pm. The joint subcommittee hearing for [...]
On Friday, November 27, the National Quality Forum released a list of 133 Measures Under Consideration (MUC) for future rule-making in 2016, 12 of which are specific to the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) setting. This is a critical step in the CMS annual process which requires review and voting by the NQF Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) to arrive at a set of measures recommended for use in federal pay for performance and public reporting programs. The IMPACT Act of 2014 requires NQF's recommendation as the next step in the process CMS must follow before including measures in rulemaking. CMS has the ability to disregard NQF decisions and proceed to include measures in rulemaking, however in that case they are required to provide an explanation of their rationale for doing so in the course of the rulemaking process. We expect the inclusion of the following measures on the MUC list is a strong indication that they are likely to appear in the SNF PPS proposed rule for use in public reporting and/or in future payment programs (e.g. Value Based Purchasing). This step in the process involves only the specification of the measures themselves. At this point, the intended use of most of the measures has not been detailed. The exception to this is the SNF Potentially [...]
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The annual resident, family and associate satisfaction survey is just around the corner."We're listening" collateral that can be customized to your center or organization can be downloaded from GHCA 2015 Surveyhere. Please take advantage of these quality materials to promote participation in the survey process. A healthy response rate increases the likelihood of positive survey outcomes and provides you with meaningful data to develop strategic priorities. Recently, GHCA and My Innerview hosted a customer experience seminar featuring Mary Tellis-Nayak and a moderated panel for several focus centers. A special thanks to panelists Lucy Rogers, Cheri Underwood and Edner Woods. They shared strategies on how to execute a successful survey process, how to develop a customer service program and how to follow up on survey outcomes—all important aspects to an ongoing commitment to customer service and satisfaction.
As regulatory and quality issues arise, it is helpful to be able to communicate directly with clinical leadership. I would like to update our clinical email distribution list to ensure you receive information about professional development opportunities, education and other communication that may impact your center(s) and day to day practice. If you are a Director of Nursing or provide clinical consultation or support to a nursing center(s), please take a moment and complete the form below with your contact information.