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
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. [...]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
See below message from AHCA's Senior Vice President of Reimbursement Policy & Legal Affairs Michael Cheek: On January 12, 2017, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) finalized its March 2017 Medicare payment report recommendations. MedPAC develops a payment report with recommendations on Medicare payment policy for Congress each year. Congress is not required to act upon any MedPAC recommendations nor is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). During the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) prospective payment system (PPS) discussion, the MedPAC Commissioners voted unanimously in favor of a recommendation to eliminate federal fiscal year PPS updates for 2018 and 2019, as well as to revise the existing PPS. The final SNF PPS recommendation language states: "The Congress should eliminate the market basket updates for 2018 and 2019 and direct the [Department of Health and Human Services] Secretary to revise the prospective payment system for skilled nursing facilities. In 2020, the Secretary should report to Congress on the impacts of the reformed prospective payment system and make additional adjustments to payments needed to more closely align payments and costs." Total estimated reductions to the profession would range from $750 million to $2 billion in fiscal year (FY) 2018 and $5 to $10 billion over five years. In departure from past years, MedPAC also unveiled a [...]
Health Literacy Matters: Health Literacy Month Events Improve Communication for Health Professionals and the Public
Governor Nathan Deal has declared October to be Health Literacy Month in Georgia. Health literacy helps patients and consumers understand information about their health, so they can make the best possible choices regarding prevention and treatment. During Health Literacy Month, The Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy (GAHL) offers presentations and workshops on health literacy for health care professionals and the community. These events include workshops in Athens and Suwanee on better patient communication for health professionals. Other activities include a public forum on clear end-of-life instructions, and release of the first state-wide survey on health literacy in Georgia. Click here to read more about Health Literacy month. Contact Mendee Rock at email@example.com if you want to get involved.
The Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC) has updated its agreement with AHCA/NCAL and LeadingAge for showing movies in common areas of nursing centers and assisted living communities. Effective October 1, 2016, the new agreement requires members to purchase an Umbrella License at the rate of $3.25 per sleeping units/sleeping rooms. Between October 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016, members of AHCA/NCAL and LeadingAge will be offered a 40% discount on the annual rates for showing movies. The discounted rate is $2.00 per sleeping unit/sleeping room. This base fee will increase only by the consumer price index (CPI) increase (third quarter to third quarter average) for a period of five years. The charge for independent living units (ILUs), apartments, or other similarly defined living quarters are $6.50 per ILU for the first 325 units; $3.00 per unit from 326 – 500 units; and $1.00 per ILU in excess of 500 ILUs. The maximum annual licensing fee for each facility is $355. This is an increase of $.50 for the first 325 units and an increase of $35 for the maximum annual license fee for each facility. The discount structure in this agreement provides the lowest possible cost to senior communities and health care facilities. At the end of August AHCA/NCAL will begin circulating a link that [...]
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued new guidance to assist long term care facilities in complying with their civil rights responsibilities and obligations under regulations by the HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that require facilities which are Medicare and/or Medicaid-certified to ensure their residents receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. Long term care facilities are responsible for making referrals to appropriate community assessment agencies in order to help individuals successfully transition into the community. OCR is responsible for enforcing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court in Olmstead v. L.C. Under Section 504 and the ADA, long term care facilities that receive Federal financial assistance cannot discriminate against individuals based on disability. The U.S. Supreme Court further clarified in its Olmstead v. L.C. decision that discrimination includes unnecessary segregation of persons with disabilities and continued placement in an inpatient facility when the resident could live in a more integrated setting. OCR's announcement states that in order to assess placement needs among residents, CMS regulations mandate that long term care facilities routinely administer the Minimum Data Set (MDS) for all residents in [...]
The Georgia Healthcare Community Preparedness Program, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (HCPP ASPR) Training calendar has been updated. Click here to view the updated calendar with courses scheduled through June 30, 2016. To continue providing free training opportunities, the following reductions will remain in effect for those traveling over 50 miles to and from the training location: Mileage reimbursement will continue to be provided at the rate of $0.23 per mile. Per diem will no longer be provided. The state will continue to reimburse for hotel stays at the maximum rate of $139.00 (plus tax) per night for classes that require overnight lodging due to travel distance. For additional information concerning Emergency Preparedness and Response, please contact Alexandra Benoit at firstname.lastname@example.org.