Quality Updates

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Requirements of Participation Resources

As you know, Phase 1 of the new Requirements of Participation became effective beginning November 28.  Hopefully your teams have developed a plan to assist with a methodical approach to compliance. If you are in need of additional resources, visit GHCA’s quality page and AHCA’s [...]

Georgia Quality Award Application 2016 – Deadline Extended to December 23

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 [...]

CMS Special Open Door Forum: The IMPACT Act and Improving Care Coordination Thursday, December 8

This Thursday, December 8, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., CMS will host a Special Open Door Forum (SODF) to provide information and solicit feedback pertaining to the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act). The IMPACT Act mandates the standardization of patient assessment [...]

Live Q&A Session with LTC Trend Tracker Team

AHCA/NCAL recently announced the launch of the new publication Your Top Line from Long Term Care Trend Tracker. This new publication highlights metrics and graphics outlining your progress on Five-Star performance, the AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative, SNF Value-Based Purchasing relative to peers in your market, and [...]

CMS Rescinds Troubling SNF Benefit Policy Manual Language

As reported on AHCA/NCAL’s Long Term Care Leader Blog: On September 16, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published Transmittal 227 which included updated language to Chapter 8 of the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual that describes Coverage of Extended Care (SNF) Services. [...]

CMS urges providers: Give feedback on functional outcome quality measures for SNFs

As reported on McKnight’s Long Term Care News: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is seeking providers' comments on recently drafted functional outcomes quality measures for skilled nursing facilities. The proposed measures, published in a report by CMS contractor RTI International late last month, [...]

GHCA Survey Process Notification 

Each year, My Innerview mails satisfaction surveys directly to all Georgia centers, who are to distribute them to residents, families, and employees. This year all surveys were sent out on time. However, the surveys were sent in incorrectly marked envelopes that indicate postage will be paid [...]