Meet CMS Expanded Requirements for Infection Prevention and Control!
WHCA/WiCAL is pleased to announce that the American Health Care Association’s (AHCA's) Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) has officially been released. Read More
Assembly and Senate Republican leaders met for less than an hour on Tuesday to negotiate provisions of the 2017-19 state budget. The meeting ended when Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald reportedly walked out after concluding the meeting was not productive. Read More
Calling ALL registered Care Classic participants. Thank you for registering for our 39th Annual WHCA/WiCAL Care Classic. We want this day to run as smooth as possible. Thank you for registering for our 39th Annual WHCA/WiCAL Care Classic. We want this day to run as smooth as possible. Read More
On Wednesday, WHCA/WiCAL Executive Director John Vander Meer, WHCA District 11 President Deb Klatkiewicz, and WHCA District 10 President Spencer Beard participated in a radio panel on how the state budget and federal healthcare reform efforts may affect the long-term care profession. Read More
According to an AHCA internal analysis, under the Senate ACA repeal/Medicaid Reform Bill, providers would face the most significant cuts to Medicaid EVER.
Shortly after the bill was unveiled Thursday afternoon, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) announced that he couldn't support the new health care plan in its present form. According to AHCA officials familiar with negotiations on the bill, the legislation makes additional cuts not included in last month's House bill to the Medicaid reimbursement through cuts to the provider tax, a provision that was adopted in part as a result of Sen. Johnson's support. Read More
On Monday, June 26, WHCA/WiCAL Executive Director John Vander Meer submitted formal comments to CMS regarding Requirements of Participation. See the comments here. Read More
For members currently participating in the WiCAL PEAL program, data for the Quarter II reporting period can be submitted starting tomorrow through July 15, 2017. Read More
In July, WHCA/WiCAL will offer a can't miss series of regional workshops on changes to the Requirements of Participation. This "hot topic" presentation will offer providers the information and tools to implement key elements of the Requirements of Participation that go into effect in Phase 2 on November 28, 2017. Read More
The Wisconsin Medicaid Informational Series discussed the changes to federal Medicaid funding that are being considered as part of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and President Trump’s budget. During the Informational Series, facilitators discussed which Wisconsin programs would be affected by federal Medicaid changes and how this would impact the state’s budget. Read More
The F-Tag webinar series is geared to help you and your staff understand F-Tag expectations as we enter into some of the new tags under the new Requirements of Participation. Read More
AHCA/NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson issued the following statement regarding the House passage of the Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017 (H.R.1215), which would reform health care liability laws. 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
As you may have heard on the news recently, the U.S. government is aware of an international ransomware campaign that may be affecting health care and public health sector assets in addition to other sectors. Read More
The Medicaid and CHIP Payment Access Commission (MACPAC) has released a report focused on quality measures for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) and Behavioral Health in Medicaid. The report was a comprehensive environmental scan and synthesis of quality measure activities states are participating in. Read More
NCAL’s Risk Management Work Group created a checklist for assisted living communities to be prepared in managing issues that may arise regarding resident sexual consent. Sexual consent for assisted living residents requires ensuring resident rights regarding confidentiality, the right to make independent choices, and the right to private unrestricted communications with others, which must be balanced with concerns about resident capacity to give consent. Read More
A JAMA article published this month outlines the journey from excessive use of antipsychotics in nursing homes to government efforts, such as the CMS National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes, to nationwide improvement of over 30% in the last five years. A key component to this national success was alignment between the National Partnership and the AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative in 2012 to address off-label antipsychotic use. Today, over 54% of member centers have achieved or surpassed the nationwide target to safely reduce the use of off-label antipsychotics by 30%. READ MORE>> Read More
Wisconsin’s commitment to achieving excellence in long-term care received special recognition from the Pioneer Institute of Massachusetts. The Pioneer Institute’s Better Government Competition is an annual contest that recognizes the nation’s most innovative public policy proposals. This year, the competition highlighted issues surrounding the topic, “Aging in America.” The Wisconsin Coalition for Collaborative Excellence in Assisted Living (WCCEAL) was one of only nine proposals of the nearly 100 entries to receive recognition in the competition. 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
According to the National Eye Institute a cataract is the clouding of the lens in the eye that will result in blurred vision. Cataracts are commonly affiliated with aging, and affect more than half of all Americans by age 80. However, the vision loss can be treated with cataract surgery.
The WHA Information Center states that in 2016 there were 73,681 cataract surgeries in Wisconsin. Meaning that this is an 11.6 percent increase in cataract surgeries since 2012. Read More