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In 2017, WHCA/WiCAL is offering timely and innovative professional development programs in the
areas of SNF Medicaid Reimbursement, Quality Advancement, Requirements of Participation, and the Survey Process.

Gain access to all four of these valuable programs at a discounted rate by purchasing a season ticket pass!



Offer ends February 28, 2017!

25% discount – First registrant from a member facility…………………….$329 for 4 programs
35% discount – Each additional registrant from a member facility………$285 for 4 programs


SNF Medicaid Reimbursement Workshops

Eau Claire | March 1, 2017 | 8:15am
Appleton | March 2, 2017 | 8:15am
Brookfield | March 3, 2017 | 8:15am

The WHCA/WiCAL Medicaid Reimbursement Workshops will prepare your facility’s administrative, billing and finance staff for the financial challenges for the coming year. This important educational session will:

  • Review the changes to the 2016 Wisconsin
    Nursing Home Methods



  • Discuss keys to the preparation of your 2016Medicaid cost report
  • Discuss how the nursing home appraisal
    impacts your Medicaid property
  • Identify how to review Medicaid rateworksheets
  • Highlight the MDS changes that occurred inOctober
  • Discuss the changes to SNF PPS Medicare
    rates effective October 1, 2016



  • Provide ideas on how to track your MedicaidCMI on a timely basis
  • Discuss the areas of the MDS that impact Medicaidreimbursement


  • Larry Lester, Partner
  • Pat Boyer, RN, NHA



  • Kate Dickson, Director of Reimbursement Policy


The First Annual Quality Symposium
Stevens Point | May 24, 2017 | 8:30 am

WHCA/WiCAL is pleased to announce its first annual Quality Symposium. This event will offer a critical opportunity for collaborative learning, worthwhile breakout sessions, panel discussions, and a keynote address from Lisa Thomson of Pathway Health Services.



Between value-based purchasing, readmissions penalties, resident satisfaction surveys, cardiac, and knee and hip joint replacement demonstrations – Quality is the common thread between the regulatory and reimbursement challenges that long-term and post-acute care facilities face. Is your facility and staff prepared to meet the quality benchmarks for preferred provider networks, managed care contracts, and hospital discharge agreements?



The WHCA/WiCAL Quality Symposium will bring together providers from across the state of Wisconsin to address these critical challenges. Attendees will hear from experts presenting updates on CMS federal programs that affect policy and payments; the Five Star Quality Rating and Quality Measures – including the impact of new measures and how to improve your center’s rating; managed care collaboration; hospital partnerships with a focus on reducing readmissions; best practices for hiring and retaining staff; and much more.

Presenters Include:

  • Lisa Thomson, Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer
    Pathway Health Services
  • Theresa Lang, RN, BSN, WCC, VP of Clinical Consulting
    Specialized Medical Services, Inc.

Requirements of Participation: Prepare & Succeed
Eau Claire | July 19, 2017 | 8:15am
Appleton | July 20, 2017 | 8:15am
Brookfield | July 21, 2017 | 8:15am

This workshop will help centers prepare to make necessary changes to comply with the new Requirements of Participation (RoP) that will be enforced in three phases (starting Nov. 28, 2016, Nov. 2017 and Nov. 2019). This workshop will include a mix of instructive presentations and multiple interactive exercises using material brought by attendees from their center to help centers start to make changes they need to comply with RoP Phases I and II. The session will also include significant time for group discussion and a review of available resources and tools.



Topics to be covered include:

  • Admission process, including new required resident
  • Changes to the care planning process, emphasizing
    person-centered care and the new baseline care plan;
  • Discharge planning;


  • Staffing requirements, including demonstrating staff
    competencies and new training requirements, new
    policy, and procedures;
  • New physical building requirements;
  • Care practices needing changes;
  • Adverse event prevention and monitoring, including
    infection prevention & control and medication
  • The new facility assessment of residents and resources;
  • The new requirement for a Quality Assessment and
    Performance Improvement (QAPI) plan;
  • and much more!


  • David Gifford, MD, Senior VP of Quality & Regulatory Affairs
  • Lyn Bentley, VP of Quality & Regulatory Affairs

Overcoming New Survey Challenges
Eau Claire | Sept 27, 2017 | 8:15am
Appleton | Sept 28, 2017 | 8:15am
Brookfield | Sept 29, 2017 | 8:15am

The new year will again bring new survey challenges. This workshop will help you meet these challenges and equip you with the tools to demonstrate compliance with current and impending expectations.



WHCA has you covered with the key information your facility will need to know regarding how implementation of Phase II of the Requirements of Participation, along with a new initiative to blend the traditional and QIS systems, will impact the survey process. This seminar will provide your facility’s staff with an update on the implementation of the new survey system, as well as a significant overview of current trends in the survey process in Wisconsin.

The regional sessions will discuss and detail the changes coming in November. Particular attention will be paid to the Phase II elements of the revised federal regulation, including finalization of facility
QAPI program plans that will need to be provided to surveyors beginning with Phase II implementation of the Requirements of Participation. The program will further discuss experience gained in the first year of implementation of the Requirements of Participation revisions. Finally, the session will address proactive compliance efforts, as well as the critical actions necessary upon identification of compliance concerns or events to minimize potential enforcement action.

Presenters include:

  • Brian Purtell, JD, Legal Services Director