WHCA/WiCAL, in cooperation with the state's other long-term care provider associations, would like to ensure that we give the long-term care provider community a good sense of their options related to contracting with Family Care MCOs moving forward. If your facility has reimbursement rate concerns related to a particular MCO, you should seek to elevate your concerns to higher levels within the MCO and immediately request a face-to face meeting to address these concerns. Read More
The Wisconsin Long-Term Care Advisory Council met earlier this week to discuss on-going priorities and developments related to the long-term care delivery system in Wisconsin. Read More
Residential care providers from across all settings met at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells this week for the 15th Annual FOCUS Conference. Read More
While national headlines focus on the Senate tax reform bill’s measure to end the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual mandate, the bill includes other provisions which affect long-term care providers. Read More
Senator Ron Johnson, R-WI, announced his opposition to a Senate tax reform plan in an interview published Wednesday in the Wall Street Journal. Read More
The Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) recently released its annual Workforce Report. The report focuses heavily on registered and advanced practice nursing forecasts. Read More
Every year, skilled nursing care centers across the U.S. anticipate the week-long celebration of National Skilled Nursing Care Week, formerly known as National Nursing Home Week. The 2018 theme has been announced as “Celebrating Life's Stories”.
Through a grant funded by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Civil Money Penalty (CMP) project, the Wisconsin Director of Nursing Council – Education Forum, Inc. will offer a Systems Implementation & Leadership Workshop 101 for certified nursing homes beginning in late November, in six locations throughout Wisconsin. Read More
Earlier today, President Donald Trump nominated former pharmaceutical executive Alex Azar to be his next Health and Human Services secretary. The nomination comes after September resignation of former HHS Secretary Tom Price. Read More
WHCA/WiCAL’s contract lobbying firm Hubbard Wilson and Zelenkova produced this Capitol news roundup available to partners and clients. Read More
The survey team will now complete investigations for their sampled residents during the remainder of the survey. The software system allows surveyor two ways to conduct investigation: 1) by resident or 2) by care area. Either way the process leads to the appropriate critical element pathway. Read More
CMS has a new Question and Answer (Q+A) document is now available in the “Downloads” section of the SNF Quality Reporting Program FAQs webpage. Read More
Navigator GPO is the only group purchasing organization that has partnered with the WHCA/WiCAL Service Corporation. Through Navigator’s many vendor partnerships, WHCA/WiCAL member facilities can save money by purchasing through Navigator. Read More
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new low volume appeals settlement (LVA) option for providers with appeals pending at the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) and the Medicare Appeals Council. Read More
The Emergency Preparedness Final Rule, released September 16, 2016, impacts skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IIDs), but does not apply to assisted living providers.
Providers need to comply with the final rule as of November 15, 2017. Read More
We are currently accepting Poster Session Proposals for the 2018 Quality Summit in New Orleans, March 12-14, 2018.
Tell us how you have employed either a QAPI or Baldrige approach to accomplishing one of the AHCA or NCAL Quality Initiative goals.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a final rule for the calendar year (CY) 2018 physician fee schedule (PFS) and final rule with comment period for the quality payment program (QPP). Read More
With the holiday season approaching, now is a good time to get a flu shot, to make sure you, your friends, and your family are protected for all the events and activities to come. According to health officials, it takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take effect, so those who get a flu shot now can be protected by Thanksgiving. Read More
The US 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 October, 2017. Read More