Wisconsin Department of Health Services officials have indicated to WHCA/WiCAL members and staff that DHS is in the process of considering positive changes to the eligibility criteria for CARES Act funding and ensuring that providers have additional time to demonstrate losses and expenses. Read More
WHCA/WiCAL staff participated in a regularly-scheduled call with DQA officials Friday about pressing issues facing long-term care. Read More
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has release visitation guidance for Assisted Living communities specifically. The guidance, found under the tab "Safer Visits in Assisted Living Facilities" on the DHS LTC COVID website.
BAL officials have indicated that a departmental communication announcing the new guidance will be issued on Monday, June 29. WHCA/WiCAL has reproduced the entire guidance below for your reference. Read More
The INTERACT quality improvement program is a nationally evidenced based program designed to improve the early identification, evaluation, management, documentation, and communication about acute changes in condition of residents in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and home health care. Read More
We are pleased to provide you with our Quarterly Business Partner Showcase, showcasing many of the valued WHCA/WiCAL Business Partners. Read More
On June 25, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced plans to end the emergency blanket waiver requiring all nursing homes to resume submitting staffing data through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) system by August 14, 2020. Read More
On Tuesday, June 23, WHCA/WiCAL sent a letter to U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) requesting his assistance in addressing provider concerns related to CMS's June 1 memo QSO-20-31-ALL. Read More
WHCA/WiCAL discussed emerging trends in the FICS surveys with Vicky Griffin, Infection Preventionist and Nurse Consultant with the Division of Quality Assurance. Read More
WHCA/WiCAL reached out to Ashlie Dowdell, Director of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) for the Department of Health Services (DHS) for more information to clarify NHSN reporting requirements. Read More
The Governor's Task Force on Caregiving is asking for public input on draft policy proposals to help support and strengthen the direct care workforce, increase access to care, and improve the quality of caregiving in Wisconsin. Read More
IMPORTANT UPDATE! After receiving important feedback from members, we are altering the format of the Care Classic Golf Outing from a one-day event to an open-golf/virtual tournament format. This decision was made after much consideration, as we feel is it in the best interest of the LTC facilities we represent and the health of all those participating in this event, to convert the format of the Care Classic from a one-day event to a "virtual" tournament. Read More
The State Emergency Operations Center and Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System™ will be hosting an additional webinar on July 1st to orient potential users to the state's N95 decontamination process. Read More
Assisted living providers and stakeholders are invited to attend our Assisted Living Forum. During this time, Bureau of Assisted Living will provide answers to questions related to COVID-19 and assisted living facilities. This session is conducted on Tuesdays from 10:00-11:30 a.m. until further notice. Please join on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Read More
Please join us for a National Learning and Action Network (LAN) event on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 1:00-2:00 PM CST. This presentation will provide an overview of the different activities and resources that State Healthcare-associated Infections and Antibiotic Resistance (HAI/AR) prevention programs and Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) are offering to assist nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
AHCA/NCAL is asking members to complete a survey on COVID-19 test availability and use in long term care settings (SNF, AL, ID/DD). Read More
The mid-year fundraising deadline is quickly approaching. It's now FOUR DAYS away.
It is critically important that your Political Action Committee reports strong numbers for the first half of this year, especially as state officials determine how to spend additional CARES Act funding.
The WHCA/WiCAL PAC needs YOUR HELP to reach our 2020 goal. Read More
Wisconsin's Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) process remains in place. Federal law requires that all people requesting admission to a Medicaid certified nursing facility must be screened to determine the presence of a mental illness and/or an intellectual disability. Read More
MITRE, the not-for-profit organization managing the Trump administration’s Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes on Friday named the 25 commission members, which include resident advocates, infectious disease experts, directors and administrators of nursing facilities, academicians, state authorities, clinicians, a medical ethicist, and a nursing facility resident. Read More
On June 22, made several updates to the Provider Relief Fund FAQs. Read More
AHCA/NCAL has drafted a tips sheet and step-by-step guide for providers on how to successfully navigate the new Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal for non-SNF Medicaid Providers. The application is due July 20, and unlike previous tranches, is not a first-come, first-serve process.