Last week, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed the CNA Training Bill, which ensure that the State of Wisconsin could not require more than federal training standard for Certified Nursing Assistants. Please help keep the momentum up for this legislation by contacting your state senator today! Read More
We are writing to relay the concerns we are hearing from long-term care providers in our
states regarding the updated "Requirements of Participation" for skilled nursing facilities.
We urge you to take into consideration stakeholder feedback, and work with providers and
patient advocacy groups to consider revisions to the rule that will alleviate regulatory and
financial burdens on long-term care facilities while ensuring patient safety and high quality
WHCA/WiCAL held a successful Fall Convention November 1-3 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Green Bay! Read More
The WHCA/WiCAL Annual Business meeting was held on Wednesday, November 1. Read More
Thank you for attending Fall Convention!
As a member-driven association, we are committed to meeting your needs! We want to hear your thoughts on Fall Convention. Read More
On Thursday, November 2, the 2017 Shining Star Awards were presented to worthy recipients at a banquet during the 2017 Fall Convention. Read More
CMS recently issued S&C 18-01 NH announcing modification of chapter 7 of the SOM. These changes reflect many of the 2016 policy changes related to the immediate imposition of remedies that was issued via S&C 16-31-NH. Read More
On November 8, 2017 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released four documents identifying care areas and survey probes to be used by surveyors in the initial pool process under the revised survey process that is to begin November 28th Read More
Nursing facilities and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) face new sweeping regulations affecting their emergency preparedness planning beginning on November 15. Read More
The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a new Report entitled “Key Issues in Long-Term Services and Supports Quality”. Read More
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that Catholic Health has agreed to a settlement of $6 million to resolve a qui tam (i.e., whistleblower) lawsuit that its subsidiary, Home and Community Based Care, violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to government health care programs. Read More
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued S&C: 18-02-NH, a bulletin providing clarification regarding existing statutory and regulatory authority regarding waivers and appeals of prohibited nursing aide training programs.
The comment period is open through December 1, 2017. Read More
On November 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) data to the public through files posted here. These files contain preliminary data submitted by providers for the first and second quarters of calendar year 2017. CMS will continue to publicly post data for subsequent quarters. Read More
During AHCA/NCAL's 68th Annual Convention and Expo in Las Vegas in mid-October, attendees had the opportunity to learn about caregivers, residents, activities, and other significant events occurring over the past year within the long-term and post-acute care profession through a series of videos. Read More
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), Division of Quality Assurance (DQA), is pleased to announce the Healthcare in the Built Environment Conference for health care facility owners, designers, builders, regulatory officials and DQA staff on March 14, 2018, at the Glacier Canyon Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells. The conference is being developed in collaboration with DQA, health care facility owners, designers, builders and provider association representatives. Read More
The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers is seeking nominations for their upcoming election process. The 12-member Board of Overseers is responsible for establishing the criteria and appropriate policies and procedures to administer, promote, and preserve the credibility of the National Quality Award program. Read More
Wisconsin Health News recently published an article related to a legislative package which has received the support of Alzheimer's and Dementia advocates. Read More
CMS is starting to conduct a major education campaign about the new card for people with Medicare. Help alert your patients by displaying a poster in your office and giving your patients tear-off sheets or fliers. Read More
This week we will focus on Part 4 of the new survey procedure: Sample Selection
The survey team will share the completed initial pool data with each other before selecting the resident sample. This sample will include only active resident. Closed records will be reviewed but are not included in this sample.