The Department of Health Services held its second Property Workgroup meeting on Wednesday in Madison. The meeting’s presenters included Rene Eastman - Section Chief, Dave Medley - Lead Auditor, Brandon Barlow – Budget and Policy Analyst and auditors Margaret Lanigan and Brent Rapos. Read More
On Tuesday, December 12, the Assembly Committee on Mental Health held a public hearing on a package of legislation related to dementia care, including Assembly Bill 630, which would create a dementia specialist certification. Read More
By now, you should have received the Fall 2017 Continuum in your mailbox. Did you know it is also available online? Read More
The WHCA/WiCAL Payment Council will hold a summit on Monday, January 22nd from 12-4 p.m. in Madison. The intent of this summit is to allow adequate time to discuss reimbursement topics that are important to providers and to plan advocacy efforts for the coming year in these areas. Read More
As has been communicated through previous AHCA/NCAL postings, on November 2, 2017, the Republican leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives introduced the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This bill proposes to eliminate the use of private activity and advance refunding bonds beginning on Jan. 1, 2018. Read More
On December 7, 2017, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) commissioners began deliberations on Medicare payment policy recommendations for the MedPAC March 2018 Report to Congress. MedPAC recommendations need not be taken up by Congress or the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). However, their Medicare margin calculations are considered the most valid data source by most policymakers. Following are highlights of these discussions written by American Health Care Association (AHCA) staff: Read More
To help us build new and stronger advocacy tools to fight for nursing facilities and skilled nursing facility (SNF) resources, we need to learn more about your facilities. We already know that state Medicaid programs pay less than it costs to provide care. We also know that both Medicare and Medicaid managed care is expanding and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is exploring a new Medicare Prospective Payment System for SNFs. To help us all be stronger advocates for adequate funding, please participate in this study. Read More
If you have had a survey conducted at your facility after November 28, 2017, please take a few minutes to fill out WHCA's form to notify the association of changes you experienced during the survey process. Read More
October 1, 2017 is no different than any other October 1 in the MDS world. There are usually changes to the MDS that impacts all SNF providers. This year the changes were minuscule in comparison to past years; however, the quality reporting program is in full swing. Understanding these changes, as well as the quality measures and the potential impact on reimbursement is a critical part of navigating the regulatory and reimbursement systems. Read More
Join AHCA/NCAL for the annual gathering of long-term and post-acute care quality leaders. You'll enjoy excellent speakers and education sessions offering key topics important to both assisted living (AL) and skilled nursing providers (SNF), all designed to help you progress on your quality journey.
The registration deadline is March 2, 2018. Read More
The WHCA/WiCAL Political Action Committee is on pace to break fundraising records. But we need your help to reach our 2017 goal. Read More
In November, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed the CNA Training Bill, which ensure that the State of Wisconsin could not require more than federal training standard for Certified Nursing Assistants.
Please help keep the momentum up for this legislation by asking your State Senator to request a Senate committee hearing! Read More
To access the job portals on the website, simply click on 'Careers' on the pull-down menu, and select 'View Jobs' or 'Post a Job'. Read More
The 2018 Season Ticket Pass is now available!
The Wisconsin Health Care Association and the Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living is pleased to offer a full slate of timely and innovative professional development programs in the areas of Reimbursement, the 2nd Annual WHCA/WiCAL Quality Symposium, Quality Advancement Performance Improvement (QAPI) Workshops, and Survey Update Workshops. Read More
Registration is now open for WHCA's upcoming webinar on successful preparation for the new survey process, led by WHCA/WiCAL Director of Quality Advancement and Regulatory Affairs, Jackie Strader! Read More