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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|

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|

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|

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|

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|