WHCA/WiCAL sent a letter to Wisconsin Department of Health Services officials Friday calling on them to ensure the greatest amount of flexibility is afforded to providers as a part of the $60 in Family Care funding allocated to providers for the direct care workforce. Read More
WHCA/WiCAL is excited to announce Jena Jackson as our new Development Director!
Jena has a diverse background in brand management, sales, marketing, and public relations. She brings her 15+ years of professional experiences to WHCA/WiCAL with fresh perspective and ideas for growth. Read More
Last Friday, both houses of Congress passed a budget deal enacted by the President that provides short-term funding to keep the government open through March 23, 2018, and establishes a two-year budget framework. One very important provision in the deal that immediately impacts residents of AHCA/NCAL member facilities is the permanent repeal of the Medicare Part B outpatient therapy caps. This message outlines the major provisions impacting Part B therapy contained in the new law. Read More
WHCA/WiCAL Executive Director John Vander Meer and Board Member Spencer Beard were recently featured by several media outlets in stories about Wisconsin's Medicaid landscape and how it affects the future of long-term care. Read More
The current federal budget law (31 U.S.C. § 1105(a)) requires that the President submit the budget between the first Monday in January and the first Monday in February. The President's budget is a blueprint which contains legislative proposals Congress may or may not take up as well as administrative proposals which government agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, may implement without legislation using their administrative authority. Read More
Election season is here again, and the WHCA/WiCAL Political Action Committee has officially launched its 2018 fundraising campaign to elevate the collective voice of the long-term care provider community.
As the elections get bigger in the window, the long-term care provider community must be prepared to have skin in the game. Read More
CMS recently released newly revised Skilled Nursing Facility Advance Beneficiary Notice of Non-coverage (SNFABN) along with newly developed, concise and separate instructions for form completion. While use of the new forms will not be required until May 2018, members may wish to acquaint themselves with the changes announced. Complete forms and instructions can be found on the CMS FFS SNFABN page. Read More
There has been a bit of buzz and questions regarding last year’s CMS S&C memo directed to hospitals and nursing facilities related to water management and systems assessments. The S&C memo Requirement to Reduce Legionella Risk in Healthcare Facility Water Systems to Prevent Cases and Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ Disease (LD) from June 2017 provides some directive and guidance on preventing LD in acute and long term care settings. Read More
Next Thursday at 4 pm, AHCA/NCAL's Senior Vice President of Reimbursement Policy, Mike Cheek, will present on Medicare RCS-1.
CMS is replacing the SNF PPS existing case-mix classification model, the Resource Utilization Groups, Version 4 (RUG-IV), with a new model, the Resident Classification System, Version I (RCS-I). Read More
The National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) launched NABVerify in July of 2017. Administrators can access this from the member login section of the NAB website. Any individual who is currently licensed as a long-term care administrator must create a CE Registry profile. Read More
According to a February 14, 2018, press report from the Administration for Community Living, The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID) recently released its 2017 report, America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis: Effects on People with Intellectual Disabilities, Families, Communities and the U.S. Economy. Read More
This session will focus on F-Tag 812 & 813 with a review of the regulation and an analysis of the associated Interpretive Guidance. A review of survey procedures, such as the Kitchen Observation and Dining Observation Critical Element Pathways and/the Surveyor Probes used to guide the investigative process will be discussed. Actual citation examples will be shared and discussed. Tools to assist the facility interdisciplinary team in monitoring compliance and incorporating into the facility QAPI processes will be discussed. Read More
Our Spring Conference and Exposition is a premier opportunity for vendors to increase their visibility with long-term care providers from across the state. Read More
We are now conducting the survey for the second time in an effort to keep our workforce crisis front and center for state legislators. Read More
The following message was sent out recently to WHCA/WiCAL District 1 members, regarding the District 1 Representative position... Bob Molitor, Chief Executive Officer of the Alden Network has volunteered and has been selected to serve as the District 1 Representative on the WHCA Board of Directors. Bob will serve as a representative from Alden Meadow Park. Read More