A proposed rule which would ease restrictions on 16- and 17-year-old workers in health-care settings was published this week on September 27. The Department of Labor proposal would allow 16- and 17-year-olds who work in nursing homes or hospitals to operate patient lifts. Read More
In August, WHCA/WiCAL reported that the Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) issued a notification to nursing homes, hospitals, home health, and hospice providers indicating that on September 1st, the management of the renewal process for nurse aide federal employment eligibility was transitioning from Pearson VUE to Headmaster. Read More
Polls in Wisconsin will be open in less than 6 weeks. The WHCA/WiCAL PAC is busy meeting with state legislative and government leaders to promote LTC priorities.
The good news is, thanks to LTC providers across the state, the WHCA/WiCAL PAC is now 80 percent of the way to our 2018 fundraising goal of $20,000! Achieving this fundraising goal will put long-term care providers in a strong position to advocate for our top priorities leading up to and extending beyond election day. Read More
The IRS has issued a proposed rule that would restrict for-profit, taxpaying skilled nursing facilities, as well as potentially some assisted living owners, from taking benefit of federal tax cuts passed as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. WHCA/WiCAL has drafted a comment in opposition to the current rule and requests feedback from members. Read More
Fall Convention Registration is available up until and during Fall Convention, but the hotel block and WHCA hotel rate is only guaranteed through Tuesday, October 2! Read More
The Department of Health Services Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) recently released a new issue of its Pharmacy Newscapsule. Included in the newsletter is an informative article on black box warnings that all facilities should read, as well as an example of citations issued in other states related to use of inappropriate black box warning medications. Read More
Wisconsin ranks fourth overall in measures of health care quality and access, according to the 2017 federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) State rankings. Read More
The Annual Business Meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. at the Fall Convention in Green Bay.
Every year during the Annual Business Meeting, the Association membership votes on the next year's budget and meets about important ongoing member business. All members are invited and encouraged to attend. Read More
On October 1, 2018, Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS) payments for nursing facilities will, on average, be increased by 1%. Read More
According to a recent communication, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has mailed nearly 35 million cards and continue to mail more every day. CMS is processing claims and eligibility requests with the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI), showing that providers are successfully using the new number. Read More
Due to high demand to participate in the 67th Annual Fall Convention, WHCA/WICAL has reached capacity for vendors participating in the 2018 Gold Business Partner trade show!
WHCA/WiCAL is excited with our Gold Business Partners' eagerness to attend Fall Convention and interact with key decisionmakers from WHCA/WiCAL member facilities. Read More
With a new flu season fast approaching, health officials are reminding people of the toll last year’s season took on Wisconsin residents, and encouraging everyone to get a flu shot to protect their families, communities, and themselves. Read More
The 2019 American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) Quality Award Program is in full swing! Read More
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released updates to the Minimum Data Set (MDS) Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) manual. Facilities should make sure that MDS staff review these changes, as the updates are effective October 1, 2018. Read More
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on September 20, 2018, entitled: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction. Read More
Earlier this week, the WHCA/WiCAL Bylaws Committee recommended an amendment to the current bylaws. Read More
DHS has announced that an October 6 seminar made available through DHS CMP funds still has available space for participants. The 'Stop Starting It!' Dementia Care Workshop will be held in Wausau on November 6. Read More
Model railroaders enjoy sharing their hobby with other people, both non-modelers and modelers. The West Wisconsin Railroad Club (WWRC) is no exception. They not only have a permanent layout on display at their headquarters at 1723 Western Avenue in Eau Claire, but once a year they host a two-day model railroad “train show” in Eau Claire YMCA Indoor Sports Center at 3456 Craig Road. Read More
By the deadline of Friday, September 21, WHCA/WiCAL members submitted 72 Shining Star nominations - a record number! The awards will be presented during the 67th Annual WHCA/WiCAL Fall Convention, October 17-19, 2018 at the Radisson - Green Bay. Read More