Employers, including long term and post-acute care operators, will likely not have to be concerned any longer about an Obama-era regulatory change that would have dramatically increased the salary level of those employees who are eligible for overtime pay. This is because on Aug. 31, Sherman, Texas-based U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant struck down changes in the Department of Labor (DOL) rule issued in 2016. The judge said the rule overstepped the agency’s authority and was “invalid.” Read More
During a public hearing of the Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care on Tuesday, representatives of WHCA/WiCAL joined many other providers and LTC stakeholders to voice their support for Assembly Bill 432, legislation which would align Wisconisn's CNA hourly training requirements with the federal standard of 75 hours. Read More
The Wisconsin State Assembly is expected to take up the biennial state budget next Thursday after the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) approved its version of the two-year spending proposal.
JFC passed the budget bill on a 12-4 party-line vote. While the committee had been negotiating on issues like taxation, transportation, and higher education, the committee has not made any changes to its initial approval of a 2% SNF Medicaid reimbursement increase and a Family Care funding increase, which it approved in May. Read More
Skilled nursing facilities will be required to have conducted a facility assessment by November 28, 2017. CMS held a Medicare Learning Network presentation regarding a Facility Assessment Tool on September 7, 2017. The tool reflects requirements described in the regulation and is optional and modifiable for facility use. It was clearly stated that use of this tool is not mandated by CMS, nor does its completion ensure regulatory compliance. Read More
Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) providers were recently notified of two issues affecting the SNF QRP Review and Correct Reports & Confidential Feedback Reports.
An issue was identified within the SNF Review and Correct Report, if one or more modification records are submitted for a patient stay, the most recent submitted assessment, which was accepted by the Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) system on or prior to the submission deadline for quarters one (Q1) and two (Q2) of Calendar Year 2017 (CY2017), was not being used in the measure calculation. This issue has now been resolved.
The Worker’s Compensation Advisory Committee (WCAC) has proposed development of a Medicare-based fee schedule for worker’s compensation cases as one of the negotiated provisions that will be submitted as legislation introduced in the Wisconsin State Legislature later this fa Read More
WHCA/WiCAL has published a Fall Convention brochure geared specifically to Assisted Living providers! Be sure to check out the brochure for full details on the many quality educational and networking programs available to Assisted Living staff. Read More
WHCA/WiCAL’s Overcoming New Survey Challenges workshops will help you meet these challenges and equip you with the tools to demonstrate compliance with current and impending expectations, as well as provide you the latest information available regarding the revised survey process. Read More
Lawmakers returned to Washington, D.C. this week to tackle numerous must-pass pieces of legislative business over the course of the month.
Key items on the docket include: government funding, raising the debt ceiling, authorizing $7.85 billion in aid for victims of Hurricane Harvey, and reauthorizing children’s health and flood insurance programs. Time is short, however: the House and Senate are only jointly in session 12 days this month.
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
Getting the flu is a nasty experience especially for the elderly population. Seasonal flu is one of the most highly contagious illnesses. It is normally spread by coughing and sneezing (respiratory drops). Someone can touch a surface, such as door handle or telephone with the flu virus on it and then unwittingly touch their mouth or nose. Read More
Assisted living communities across the country are encouraged to organize activities and events during NALW that celebrate the deep connections between staff and residents. Read More
AHCA/NCAL is seeking Examiners for the 2018 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award program.
Apply to be a Quality Award Examiner Here.
Serving as an Examiner is an incredible opportunity for individuals interested in continuous quality improvement. Examiners experience both personal learning and professional development. Individuals who participate as Examiners have a much better grasp of the criteria and can use that knowledge to improve their organizations and/or submit a National Quality Award application. It is also an excellent networking opportunity; Examiners gain professional contacts throughout the country, and make life-long friendships through the program.
CareConnection has included a regular feature in which we provide an overview of changes to different sections of Appendix PP. In this week’s review of the changes to Appendix PP, we will focus on Quality of Care 483.25, F-686 Skin Integrity and Pressure Ulcers -Treatment/Services to Prevent and Heal Pressure Ulcers. Read More
The new Phase II LTC Requirements of Participation (ROP) and Survey Process effective November 28, 2017 are fast approaching, and integrating food, nutrition and dining are integral components for success. Read More
The Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals has published a statement that HHS’ Departmental Appeals Board welcomes feedback on adjudication procedures. Comments are to be submitted to DABStakeholders@hhs.gov. HHS did not state a due date on submissions. Read More
On Tuesday, September 19, Caryn Adams of Wipfli will lead a members-only webinar on Minimum Data Set changes coming through Phase II of the Requirements of Participation. Read More
From Mark Parkinson:
As I shared in the updates sent last week, employees of Texas' nursing facilities and assisted living communities worked tirelessly and with great sacrifice to keep residents safe as Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Gulf Coast. During the time they were focused on the care and well-being of others, many of the homes of these workers were impacted by the storm's devastation. Read More
On September 13, LTC Trend Tracker users will receive the latest Your Top-Line publication, produced by LTC Trend Tracker, in their email inboxes. The report will be sent with the subject line LTC Trend Tracker Quarter 3 Publication. 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