The DHS Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) today released its quarterly update. Included in the update is the following information on DQA staff changes. Read More
The Senate failed to pass The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) hours after opening up debate on the bill Tuesday. Early Friday morning, the Senate rejected a "skinny repeal" version of Obamacare repeal which would have eliminated the individual mandate. Read More
CMS announced last week that skilled nursing facilities have been notified if they were determined to be non-compliant with SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) requirements for Quarter 4 of CY 2016, which will affect their FY 2018 Annual Payment Update (APU). Read More
On Monday, July 24th Rep. Joan Ballweg and Senator Patrick Testin released a co-sponsorship memorandum regarding CMS's update to rule 42 Code of Federal Regulations. The regulation allows physicians to delegate the ability to order therapeutic diets to qualified Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs). Rep. Ballweg and Sen. Testin are asking all legislators to co-sponsor LRB-2818/1 to allow Wisconsin administrative codes to mirror the 2016 update. Read More
As the assisted living profession continues to grow, being involved in a Quality Improvement program has many advantages and can help address pertinent issues. Participating facilities will receive training and educational tools in recognized performance excellence and quality improvement processes.
PEAL members: join us for an Infection Outbreak Prevention webinar on Thursday, August 10 from 1-2 p.m. Read More
There is an Assisted Living Forum scheduled to be held in person at Madison College on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. As part of the individual provider breakout sessions, we are offering a question and answer session entitled “Ask BAL!” The Bureau of Assisted Living (BAL) Regional Director hosting the individual provider breakout session can answer your regulatory questions. Read More
In the coming weeks, CareConnection will provide an overview of changes to different sections of Appendix PP. In this week’s review of the changes to Appendix PP, WHCA/WiCAL will focus on 483.24 - Quality of Life Read More
The American Health Care Association (AHCA) this week issued a press release applauding the introduction of the Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act (S. 1611), legislation introduced by Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) and Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) to expand veterans’ access to health care services.
Research conducted by AHCA/NCAL last year found that the rehospitalization rates in nursing facilities with at least one RN certified in gerontological nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) consistently have run at least two percentage points lower than the national average since 2011. Lower rehospitalization rates will be key to success under the new CMS Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program. CMS currently is tracking skilled nursing rehospitalization rates on for the new SNF VBP program. Under the VBP program, claims for services furnished on or after Oct. 1, 2018, will be subject to a two percent withhold. Providers will have the opportunity to get some or all of this money back depending on how well they do in managing hospital readmissions and meeting or exceeding performance standards. Read More
On July 25, 2017, the CMS Division of Nursing Home Survey and Certification Group held a webinar on the Revised Interpretive Guidance for Nursing Homes and New Survey Process. CMS stressed that the intent of these changes is to improve the quality of care and quality of life for nursing home residents across the country. The presentation materials and archive of today’s webinar can be found here and have been placed on the WHCA/WiCAL website under Requirements of Participation. Read More
Due to the implementation of Requirements of Participation and the new survey process being phased in over the year, CMS will be holding constant for one year the Nursing Home Compare health inspection rating for any surveys conducted after November 28, 2017. Read More
2017 continues to bring changes and new survey challenges, including the scheduled nationwide launch of a new survey system that will blend the traditional and QIS systems. This revision to the survey process is currently scheduled to begin November 28, 2017, concurrent with the implementation of Phase II of the revisions to the Requirements of Participation. WHCA/WiCAL’s Overcoming New Survey Challenges workshops will help you meet these challenges and equip
you with the tools to demonstrate compliance with current and impending expectations, as well as provide you the latest information available regarding the revised survey process. Read More
In case you missed it, the July issue of Provider magazine featured an article written by Angie Szumlinski, Director at HealthCap’s Risk Management Services, about the importance of proper skin care for bariatric residents.
Szumlinski outlines several factors providers should consider when caring for bariatric residents, and provides a practical four-step process for managing skin integrity and reducing care risks for this unique population. Read More
National Assisted Living Week (NALW) provides a unique opportunity for residents, their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and the surrounding communities to recognize the role of assisted living in caring for America's seniors and individuals with disabilities. The annual celebration encourages assisted living communities to offer a variety of events and activities to celebrate the individuals they serve. Read More
WHCA/WiCAL is pleased to announce the opening of the Shining Star Awards nomination period for 2017! Members are encouraged to nominate worthy applicants for the WHCA/WiCAL Shining Star Awards, which will be presented during the 66th Annual Fall Convention, November 1-3, 2017. Read More
On July 13, 2017, the Social Security Board of Trustees released its annual report quantifying the long-term financial status of the Social Security trust funds. Read More
Gov. Walker Intercedes in Transportation Stalemate
On Wednesday, Governor Walker met with Assembly Speaker Vos and Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald to try to make progress on the transportation disagreements that have stalled the budget process. Walker offered to eliminate his proposed income tax reductions (about $203 million) and instead use that money to partially eliminate $300 million in bonding. Read More
On May 12, 2017, the Survey and Certification Group (S&C) at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memorandum, “Implementation Issues, Long-Term Care Regulatory Changes: Substandard Quality of Care (SQC) and Clarification of Notice before Transfer or Discharge Requirements.” Read More
Please join us in welcoming ProHealth Care as a WHCA/WiCAL Business Partner! Read More
The Wisconsin Health Care Association and the Wisconsin Center for Assisted Living are pleased to invite you to sign up for the WHCA/WiCAL Gold Business Partner Package. Read More