On December 29, WHCA/WiCAL and LeadingAge Wisconsin sent a joint letter to Governor Scott Walker asking for his support of their skilled nursing and Family Care budget requests. Read More
Phase I of the largest overhaul of the regulations governing the federal Requirements of Participation (RoP) for skilled nursing facilities is now here. In early December, WHCA/WiCAL held well-attended workshops across the state to begin to address the early implementation of the RoP Mega Rule, and will continue to offer new information as available and provide timely and informative educational sessions on changes. Read More
At the 11th hour, the Federal Government has appealed the AHCA preliminary injunction victory in the nursing facility arbitration case.
Have you thought about participating in the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award program?
If you haven't, you should consider joining your peers across the state who have applied for the prestigious National Quality Awards! National Quality Awards let local health care systems and members of the community know that a facility is committed to quality.
Make a New Year's resolution you can clearly measure...and keep! Improve the quality of care you provide in your long-term care communities with LTC Trend Tracker. Read More
WHCAWiCAL is pleased to announce Legislative Day 2017, which will be held March 28, 2017!
WHCA/WiCAL depends on our members to get the word out to their State Legislators about the perspective of Wisconsin's long-term care providers regarding the 2017-19 Biennial State Budget.
For members currently participating in the WiCAL PEAL program, data for the Quarter IV reporting period must be submitted by January 15, 2017. Submission of your quarterly QI information is a necessary component of participation in PEAL/WCCEAL, and failure to do so will affect your participation status and access to valuable data. For those members that may have missed an entry or two in the past and that has affected their participation status, it is particularly critical for you to make your quarterly submission in order to retain full participation status. Read More
Members of Congress arrived in Washington, D.C. this week to reconvene for legislative work in the New Year. Lawmakers were sworn in for the 115th session of Congress on Tuesday.
Employers with 11 or more employees are required to post a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2016. The posting deadline is February 1, 2017.
On December 20, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule implementing the Advancing Care Coordination through Episode Payment Models mandatory bundled payment program—a new Medicare alternative payment models that continues the administration’s progress in reforming how the health care system pays for care.
WHCA/WiCAL will be holding its quarterly meeting next week with leadership of the DHS - Division of Quality Assurance on survey and certification issues. Read More
In 2016, WHCA/WiCAL hosted six popular presentations through the Financial Affairs Webinar Series. In 2017, there will be eight presentations in this free, members-only series to look forward to. Read More
WHCA/WiCAL is committed to offering the best programming available to the long term care provider community. As a member-driven association, we also greatly value the contributions, input, and suggestions of our members and business partners. Read More
As a member of WCCEAL, you are required to conduct an annual satisfaction survey of your residents/tenants. The Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis (CHSRA), UW Madison will process the surveys. Individual survey results will not be shared with the Department of Health Services. Read More
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!
Don’t miss out on the first PEAL (Performance Excellence in Assisted Living) webinar of the New Year! Next week Thursday, January 12 from 1-2 p.m., the WiCAL PEAL program will host its monthly webinar session facilitated by WiCAL Executive Director Brian Purtell. Read More
On Monday, December 19, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report noting that the two-midnight policy led to limited access to skilled nursing care. This Medicare policy requires patients to be hospitalized for two midnights before they qualify as an inpatient, which can allow beneficiaries to qualify for skilled nursing facility (SNF) coverage. Read More
On January 3, 2017, Senate Budget Committee Chairman, Mike Enzi, introduced a budget resolution that includes instructions to Congressional committees with health jurisdiction to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It did not offer details though for a replacement plan, which GOP leaders have said will come after the ACA is repealed. Read More
CMS has issued a proposed rule that seeks to codify guidance issued earlier this year related to the use of new or increased pass-through payments in Medicaid managed care. The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) submitted comments to CMS expressing concerns about the proposed rule. Read More
WHCA/WiCAL is pleased to announce that Pathway Health Services and WHCA/WiCAL Legal Services Director Brian Purtell will be offering an educational webinar series on 6 of the top 10 F-Tag citations from 2016. Read More