The co-chairs of the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee announced today that the committee will hold a vote on the state's Medicaid services budget next Thursday, May 25. Read More
The Joint Finance Committee will vote on Family Care funding next Thursday. WHCA/WiCAL continues to advocate for a $40.4 million increase in Family Care funding. Read More
The IMPACT ACT of 2014 mandated the establishment of the SNF QRP. As finalized in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 SNF PPS final rule, beginning with FY 2018 and each subsequent FY, the Secretary shall reduce the market basket update by 2 percentage points for any SNF that does not comply with the quality data submission requirements. Read More
WHCA/WiCAL's First Annual Quality Symposium is next Wednesday, but there is still time to register!
The association is pleased to announce that Pat Virnig, Director of the Bureau of Nursing Home Resident Care within the DHS Division of Quality Assurance, is the newest addition to an exciting list of Quality Symposium presenters. 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
Districts 8 and 5 held productive meetings, which included discussion on quality, reimbursement, and survey updates. Read More
WHCA/WiCAL’s Payment Council is meeting on Monday, May 22 via teleconference form 1:30-3:30 p.m. If you are not part of the Payment Council and are interested in joining, please contact WHCA/WiCAL Director of Reimbursement Kate Dickson. Read More
The Top-Line Publication is a quarterly summary report that highlights a centers progress on Five Star, AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative, rehospitalization rates and survey ratings. Read More
Members and advocates: we encourage you to contact your Senators and urge them to protect Medicaid funding as health reform legislation is considered in the upper chamber.
Advocates nationwide were called to action with the message to preserve Medicaid funding long term care services for older Americans and individuals with disabilities. The campaign is ongoing and those interested can contact their Senators directly through the AHCA/NCAL web service.
As was reported last week in CareConnection and in a Member Alert, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the transition period for compliance with Home and Community-Based Settings Rule. Read More
CMS this week finalized the rule, " Advancing Care Coordination Through Episode Payment Models (EPMs); Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model; and Changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR). " Read More
WHCA/WiCAL wants to acknowledge and thank all our nurses for what you do every day and especially for providing quality care to long-term care residents! Read More
The following notice was sent out to all health care providers on the DQA Listserve this week: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Center for Disease Control (CDC), has issued a news release regarding a risk of inaccurate lead test results from certain lead tests. Read More
The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released its updated List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) database file, which reflects all OIG exclusions and reinstatement actions up to, and including, those taken in April 2017. This new file is meant to replace the updated LEIE database file available for download last month. Individuals and entities that have been reinstated to the federal health care programs are not included in this file. Read More
More than 12,000 skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) across the country are working with their local Quality Innovation Network–Quality Improvement Organization (QIN–QIO) as part of the National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign (NNHQIC). The NNHQIC is focused, in part, on tracking, preventing, and managing Clostridium difficile infections, as well as promoting antibiotic stewardship, with the overall goal of promoting quality and safety for SNF residents. Read More
The UW Madison School of Nursing Center for Aging Research and Education (CARE), Helen Bader Foundation and Wisconsin Technical College System is offering a Direct Care Provider Conference – A Day Just for You.
The conference is free, with lunch provided, but registration is limited to 100 participants. This opportunity is being offered at Southwest Technical College on Friday June 23, 2017 and at Nicolet Area Technical College on Tuesday August 8, 2017. Read More
This year has been the busiest one of my seven here at AHCA/NCAL - and we are only in May. Each November, our AHCA and NCAL Boards set out priority goals for the following year, and we then spend the next year fighting for them. Usually, the fights are spread out over the year. In 2017, all of our key objectives have been or are already in play. The result has been a busy and exciting time here in Washington, D.C.
Fortunately, we are succeeding. We have achieved some of our priorities, and there is a path to achieve them all. This memo will summarize where we stand on each goal, where these issues are headed, and ask for your continued help. A common theme with all of these issues is that we cannot win any of them without the leadership and help of our members. With that leadership and help, we can succeed with all of our issues. Read More
Each year, AHCA/NCAL selects “Future Leaders in Long-Term Care,” individuals identified by state affiliate associations who demonstrate compassion, dedication, and the drive to lead in the long-term care profession.
Background and History:
Since 2004, AHCA/NCAL has hosted Long-Term Care (LTC) professionals in an annual Future Leaders program. The year long program kicks off with a two-day symposium “Future Leaders of Long Term Care in America” held each year in July in Washington, D.C. Selected participants have demonstrated leadership potential and an interest in representing the interests of LTC providers at the state and national levels. The program covers the latest theories and practical applications in quality management, customer satisfaction, and leadership. Read More
If your organization is the victim of a ransomware attack, please contact law enforcement immediately. Read More
The RoP Workshop on July 19 will now be held at:
Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center
5872 33rd Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54703
The Survey Workshop site on September 27 has also been changed to:
Holiday Inn South
4751 Owen Ayres Court
Eau Claire, WI 54701 Read More