Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) effectively ended the current iteration of the repeal and replace debate by tweeting that she was a firm "no" on the Graham/Cassidy bill. Senate leadership has announced they will not vote this week on Graham/Cassidy. Some wanted Leader McConnell to force a vote for this bill, even knowing that the bill would not pass. Leader McConnell refused and this battle is over for now. Read More
Congressman James Renacci (R-OH-16) has authored a letter asking CMS to re-evaluate the nursing home Requirements of Participation to allow for revisions to be made and to give providers sufficient time to comply with the proposed changes.
The new deadline for members of Congress to co-sign the letter is October 6. Read More
Michael W. "Mike" Kelley, 74, of Ladysmith, died on Saturday; September 23rd, 2017 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.
Mike was a truly caring and compassionate person, and a long-time friend and advocate of the long-term care provider community. He will be missed dearly. Read More
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
In an effort to attract and retain more nursing home caregivers, the Department of Health Services (DHS) has launched an innovative program called the WisCaregiver Career Program. DHS has received federal approval to move forward with the more than $2.3 million investment to implement the WisCaregiver Career Program, designed to add approximately 3,000 nurse aides to the workforce, in this high demand field. Read More
Did you know that as a Business Partner, you can nominate a long-term care staff for a Shining Star award?
Business Partners are encouraged to nominate worthy applicants for the WHCA/WiCAL Shining Star Awards, which will be presented during the 67th Annual Fall Convention, October 17 - 19, 2018.
On July 31st, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Federal fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018) skilled nursing facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS) final rule. On October 1, 2017, Medicare Prospective Payment System (PPS) payments for skilled nursing facilities/nursing facilities (SNFs/NFs) will, on average, be increased by 1%. Based on changes contained within this final rule, CMS projects aggregate payments to SNFs will increase in FY 2018 by $370 million, or 1.0%, from payments in FY 2017. Read More
On September 25, the Survey and Certification Group (S&C) at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memorandum, "Electronic Staffing Submission - Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) Public Use File." Read More
On Monday, September 25, DHS published two administrative rules to clarify regulations for ID/DD fire protection requirements and to provider clarification related to regulation of home health agencies, including allowing physician assistants to conduct certain medical procedures in home health agency settings. Read More
With the WHCA/WiCAL Fall Convention right around the corner, you know what that means... the Annual Business Meeting and Board Member elections are coming up too!
The Intent to Apply process for the 2018 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award application cycle is now open.
The deadline to submit an Intent to Apply payment is Thursday, November 9th at 8 p.m. Eastern. The Intent to Apply is not mandatory to apply for the Quality Award, but members who submit an Intent to Apply benefit by saving money on their overall application fee and receive weekly tips on submitting a successful application. Read More
The 66th Annual Fall Convention offers many valuable programs, for a total of 34 CEUs!
The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) has updated its 2017 work plan, which it has begun updating monthly.
OIG has added plans to review implementation of a new rule for health facilities’ life safety and emergency requirements, which affect nursing centers and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IID).
WHCA/WiCAL is producing its Fall 2017 Issue of Continuum, and is now accepting interested advertisers!
Connect directly with Wisconsin's LTC providers by advertising in Continuum, WHCA/WiCAL's semi-annual magazine dedicated to covering Wisconsin's long-term care provider community. Read More
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently published the ONC Data Brief: Electronic Health Record Adoption and Interoperability among U.S. Skilled Nursing Facilities in 2016. Read More
WHCA/WiCAL is pleased to invite you to the 66th Annual Fall Convention at the Radisson Hotel in Green Bay, November 1-3! The Early Bird registration deadline is October 15.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: All individuals who register for Fall Convention by October 15 will be entered into a drawing to win an Amazon Gift Card. Read More
This week, UW-Madison Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Nursing, and Pharmacy held a program on community-academic partnerships to help prevent falls among older adults and potential considerations for public and private sector policy. Read More
AHCA/NCAL has launched a web page dedicated to helping the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
Association members can find information about how to contribute to the Heroes of Long Term Care Hurricane Relief Fund, established by the Texas Health Care Association (THCA) Education Fund, for those in Texas.
Robert (Bob) Van Dyk, the president and chief executive officer of Van Dyk Health Care, was today named the 2017 recipient of the Jan Thayer Pioneer Award by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). With nearly 35 years of experience in the profession, Van Dyk is credited with bringing assisted living issues to the forefront and uniting long term care providers.
WHN recently covered reaction to the state budget.
Healthcare providers and advocates lauded initiatives included in the state's 2017-19 budget, which was signed into law Thursday.