Mark your calendars for an informative webinar on new federal regulations and the Life Safety Code, scheduled for Wednesday, August 24 from 1-2:30 p.m. Read More
Your new Five-Star data, which reflect changes that include the addition of five new quality measures (QMs), is now available for review through the CMS QIES System. Instructions on how to access your preview report are available on the members-only ahcancalED site. Read More
Continuum is WHCA/WiCAL's semiannual magazine, which addresses current issues and concerns in the long-term care community. Continuum contains legislative updates and information pertaining to the top products and service suppliers serving Wisconsin providers. As such, Continuum has a very broad scope and reaches a wide array of different people, businesses, and professionals. Read More
The Republican National Committee released its official platform this Monday, July 18, and elderly patient preferences, which tend to coincide with home health care, are a focal point. Other health care related areas of interest to the platform are the preservation of Medicare and Medicaid, while simultaneously limiting their reach; repealing the Affordable Care Act; and increasing funding for Alzheimer's Research, a consequence of the increase in baby boomers that are now being diagnosed with the disease. Read More
In late June, staff from the American Health Care Association flew in from Washington, D.C. to participate in the Strive for 5 Forum with WHCA/WiCAL members and staff.
Strive for 5 spanned Wednesday and Thursday, and included informative presentations and thoughtful discussions on quality, payment methods, and reimbursement policy.
Part of the Strive for 5 Forum was conducted via an online meeting, and archived recordings of those presentations are now available to all WHCA/WiCAL members! Read More
Members are encouraged to nominate worthy applicants for the WHCA/WiCAL Shining Star Awards, which will be presented during the 65th Annual Fall Convention, October 19-21, 2016. The no-exceptions deadline for nominations is September 9, 2016. Read More
Thank you our WiCAL assisted living communities who submitted their Quality Improvement data for Quarter II of 2016 to WCCEAL (Wisconsin Coalition for Collaborative Excellence in Assisted Living). WiCAL had approximately 80% participation from our active WCCEAL members. Read More
The National Assisted Living Week (NALW) Planning Guide and Product Catalog is now available to download at www.NALW.org. This year’s Planning Guide and Product catalog contains innovative activity ideas and exciting products to highlight this year’s theme, “Keep Connected” recognizing the increasing opportunity technology can offer to enhance the care and overall experience in assisted living communities. Read More
As of July 1, 2016, Third-Party Liability changes are in effect. This requires that facilities exhaust all other health insurance sources before submitting a claim to Medicaid (the payer of last resort). Read More
WHCA/WiCAL is pleased to announce an Infection Control Summit, to be held August 17, 2016 in Wausau. The summit includes presentations from industry experts, including Dr. Abimbola Ogundimu, a Certified Infection Preventionist with the CDC. Read More
Hospital readmissions can have a huge impact on skilled nursing facilities. It affects payment, five star ratings, your access to participation in preferred networks and your quality measures. In these changing times, to be competitive, you must have a low readmission rate.
The first webinar in the Quality Initiative series, Reducing Rehospitalization: Practical Strategies for Success will be narrated by Dr. David Gifford. Read More
WHCA/WiCAL held its 38th Annual Care Classic Golf Outing this Monday, July 18th at The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove. The event hosted roughly 80 golfers—first-timers and lifelong golfers alike—to raise scholarship money for WHCA/WiCAL facility employees and families, and the CHAASE (Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence) UW-Eau Claire HCAD program. Read More
A bill introduced in the House of Representatives this Friday, which proposes funding Medicare reimbursement for Alzheimer's disease, received overwhelming bipartisan support from 301 members of the House. The Health Outcomes, Planning, and Education (HOPE) for Alzheimer's Act could save more than $690 million in health care costs by providing Medicare coverage for care planning patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia, which would prevent future hospitalizations and readmission. Read More
Next week, WHCA will be holding two separate district meetings for Districts 8 and 6, to be held July 26th and 27th, respectively. If you are interested in attending one of these meetings, please RSVP as soon as possible. Read More
By joining this exclusive group, you reach the most influential decision makers in Wisconsin's long-term care provider community. You will be visibly exposed to managers and department heads responsible for specifying, recommending, and approving purchases on behalf of their facilities. Make sure they know about your company! Don't miss this opportunity to be a partner with Wisconsin's long-term care provider community. Read More
This year marks the 65th Annual WHCA/WiCAL Fall Convention, which will be held October 19-21 at the Radisson Hotel in Green Bay! The long-term care provider community is vastly different than it was at our first convention 65 years ago, and is continually evolving. It is imperative to understand this ever-changing landscape and the necessary steps to take in order to thrive in today’s healthcare community. Consequently, this year’s theme is “Change—What’s Your Game Plan?” and what better city to host such an event than Titletown, USA? Read More
WiCAL is excited to announce a worthwhile opportunity for Assisted Living communities to engage in a cutting-edge pilot program that provides high-quality evidence-based training and education to both your staff and residents. Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network (LSQIN) is partnering with WiCAL to launch the Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (DEEP) Pilot Program in the Madison area. DEEP is an education curriculum designed to help people gain a better understanding of diabetes self-care. Read More
On Thursday, July 21, the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living announced the 2016 AHCA/NCAL Award program winners. Each year, AHCA/NCAL recognizes the men and women who selflessly care for individuals in long term and post-acute care centers, ID/DD residences, and assisted living communities. Honorees demonstrate selflessness, compassion, and strive to enhance the lives of the elderly and intellectually or developmentally disabled in their communities. Read More
Madison State emergency management and health officials are urging everyone to “beat the heat” if you have to be outside or in non-air conditioned homes this week, and to check on older or isolated neighbors who may need assistance. Temperatures are expected to rise to the mid-90s, with heat indexes reaching a potentially dangerous 95-108 degree range. Read More