Wednesday, January 18, 2017

ACL Releases Guidance For Providing Services to Holocaust Survivors

Lindsay Schwartz

There are an estimated 100,000-130,000 Holocaust survivors living in the United States, with the youngest survivors around 71 years old. As part of an amendment to the Older Americans Act of 1965, the Assistance Secretary for Aging was required to provide guidance on serving Holocaust Survivors. The Administration for Community Living (ACL) recently released this guidance. The resource provides information on addressing the unique needs and challenges of Holocaust survivors. The guide uses a person-centered, trauma-informed approach to topics including mental and physical health, nutrition, transportation, caregiver support, outreach, legal and ombudsman services.

Behold the Power of Data - Learn more about LTC Trend Tracker for AL and Improving Customer Satisfaction

Lindsay Schwartz

Join us in Orland for the 2nd Annual Quality Summit and attend a session focused on using data to improve quality in assisted living. Pegg Connorton, MS, with Covenant Retirement Communities will present on resident satisfaction, part of the NCAL Quality Initiative. Connorton will talk about understanding the story your data is telling you including how to improve satisfaction scores and how to use the CoreQ. AHCA/NCAL Staff, Lindsay Schwartz and Lonnita Belk will discuss the resources to help your assisted living organization harness the untapped power of data you collect, focusing on LTC trend Tracker and the newly added measures for assisted living. With these two sessions, attendees will learn how they can utilize data effectively to improve quality in their assisted living.

Registered For the IO Leadership Conference Yet?

Early registration deadline is just two weeks away: February 3, 2016.​

The 2017 Independent Owner (IO) Conference promises to be an exciting and one-of-a-kind experience for IOs from all around the country. You don't want to miss it. Register and take advantage of all that is offered to you:

· Various education sessions with engaging speakers

· The enormously popular Town Hall Meeting

· New! MORE Networking and social opportunities than ever before

· The magic of Disney at your doorstep

EARN 10 CEUS

Visit IO.ahcancal.org to learn about all the exciting educational offerings, great speakers, and how to earn CEUs.

ENJOY SPECIAL SAVINGS AT DISNEY

AHCA/NCAL has arranged special Disney ticket discounts just for conference attendees and their guests! Bring your family—the Disney theme parks are only minutes away.

Visit IO.ahcancal.org to learn about all the exciting educational offerings, great speakers, CEUs, social events, and savings options.

NETWORK YOUR WAY

We’ve listened to your feedback, and this year, there are more networking and social activities than ever before.

· Walt Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour (3 hours): Boxed luncheon and transportation provided

· Grand Cypress Golf Club Outing: Boxed luncheon and transportation provided

· Wine and Food Pairing Experience @ Andiamo Restaurant - Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, Walt Disney World Resort

REGISTER TODAY!

Sponsors as of January 16, 2017:

American HealthTech, Consonus, CPS, Direct Supply, It’s Never 2 Late, Kronos, McCullum Consulting, nrc Health, Reliant Rehab, Senior Living Investment Brokerage, Sigma Care

Rep. Price Begins Confirmation Hearings

Drew Thies

Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) begins his trek today towards a Senate confirmation vote to become Secretary of Health and Human Services. President-Elect Trump’s nominee for the top health cabinet post will be questioned by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee this morning. The Senate Finance Committee hearing is scheduled for January 24.


Price, an orthopedic surgeon, chaired the House Budget Committee and was a member of the Ways and Means subcommittee on Health last session. He is the chief architect on one of the plans overhauling the 2010 health care law and replacing it with a more conservative alternative.
 

Democrats have identified Price as one of eight nominees they will seriously challenge during the confirmation process and have expressed concerns over the Congressman’s position on the 2010 health care law as well as stock trading he did while a Member of Congress. Democratic members of the HELP sought a delay in the hearing process until there could be more investigation into Price’s finances but were denied.


Despite opposition, HELP Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said he expects Price to be confirmed by mid-February. 


ACA Repeal Process Begins on Capitol Hill

Dana Halvorson



Last week, both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives approved a budget resolution that begins the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). According to a January 13, 2017, Morning Consult article by Mary Ellen McIntire, “The vote on the budget framework formally instructs four congressional committees to begin drafting reconciliation legislation that would repeal Obamacare.” The Senate vote on the resolution was 51-48, and the House approved the budget resolution on a vote of 227-198. McIntire goes on to note that, “While Republicans say they want to move quickly, details on timing are unclear.” President-elect Trump has made it one of his top priorities to repeal the law and replace it within the first 100 days of his presidency.

General information about the ACA can be found on the AHCA/NCAL website here. AHCA/NCAL will keep its membership apprised of further updates relating to the ACA.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

REGISTERED FOR THE IO LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE YET?

meetings@ahca.org

DON’T WAIT! Early registration deadline is just two weeks away.

The 2017 Independent Owner (IO) Conference promises to be an exciting and one-of-a-kind experience for IOs from all around the country. You don't want to miss it. Register and take advantage of all that is offered to you:

· Various education sessions with engaging speakers

· The enormously popular Town Hall Meeting

· New! MORE Networking and social opportunities than ever before

· The magic of Disney at your doorstep

EARN 10 CEUS
Visit IO.ahcancal.org to learn about all the exciting educational offerings, great speakers, and how to earn CEUs.

ENJOY SPECIAL SAVINGS AT DISNEY
AHCA/NCAL has arranged special Disney ticket discounts just for conference attendees and their guests! Bring your family—the Disney theme parks are only minutes away.

Visit IO.ahcancal.org to learn about all the exciting educational offerings, great speakers, CEUs, social events, and savings options.


NETWORK YOUR WAY
We’ve listened to your feedback, and this year, there are more networking and social activities than ever before.

· Walt Disney’s Keys to the Kingdom Tour (3 hours): Boxed luncheon and transportation provided
· Grand Cypress Golf Club Outing: Boxed luncheon and transportation provided
· Wine and Food Pairing Experience @ Andiamo Restaurant - Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, Walt Disney World Resort

REGISTER TODAY!  Early registration ends February 3, 2016.​


Sponsors as of January 16, 2017:American HealthTech, Consonus, CPS, Direct Supply, It’s Never 2 Late, Kronos, McCullum Consulting, nrc Health, Reliant Rehab, Senior Living Investment Brokera

Call for Stories – Observation Stays Issue



AHCA/NCAL continues to keep the observation stays issue one of its top advocacy and outreach priorities. Our efforts include working with the Observation Stays Coalition to support the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act, which has been introduced in previous Congresses and will be introduced again this Congress. This legislation ensures observation stays count toward the Medicare-required three-day hospital stay, and the Coalition continues to connect with key members of Congress to support it. Last year, you helped us by submitting stories that put a face on the financial and emotional impact of this issue. That stories document is on our website here and has been incredibly valuable in sharing with members of Congress. To boost our advocacy efforts, we need your help again!    


We are looking for more powerful stories to add to what we already have. If you have a recent beneficiary story in mind, please email dhalvorson@ahca.org and atodd@ahca.org the following for consideration:


1. No more than seven (7) sentences that captures the beneficiary’s financial and emotional impact. Please include an out-of-pocket dollar amount. See examples here.


2. The name AND written consent of the beneficiary. The authorization form here gives AHCA/NCAL permission to use the individual’s name and story.


3. The state AND city where the story took place. We would like stories from each state to take to the Hill and to others to show the importance of this matter. 


We will also accept a recent local news story that identified the beneficiary. In this case, we do not need a consent form since the beneficiary gave the news outlet consent to publish their story. We will simply give the news outlet credit IF we decide to highlight the story.


For more information on this issue, visit the observation stays page on www.ahca.org.

CMS Updates SNF PPS Overview Booklet


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a revised version of their Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System provider education booklet. The 11-page booklet provides general information about:

· Elements of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System

· SNF Quality Reporting Program

· SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program


The document also contains a list of new quality measures, and a useful reference list with links to important information about the SNF PPS that could be used as a general reference and for staff education.

Nearly 22,000 Open Positions Posted in LTC Sector This Month




There are 21,908 open jobs this month in the nursing care facility (including SNFs), assisted living, and continuing care retirement community (CCRC) sectors this month according to the latest CEB TalentNeuron statistics. The number of open jobs has increased by more than 3,000 since December.


The CEB TalentNeuron statistics also show an estimated 2,716,000 potential candidates in the nation’s workforce whose skills may match the qualifications being sought by long term care employers. Nearly 2,200 direct employers are competing for candidates in January with the average position being posted for 50 days nationwide. 


Finding qualified employees is one of the greatest challenges facing long term care providers. The AHCA/NCAL Long Term Care Career Center, is designed to help members be competitive in attracting qualified candidates to fill their health care job vacancies. 


Rates for posting job vacancies are affordable and give prospective employers far greater exposure than local ads and job boards by connecting to a network of more than 330 health care organizations and societies. Employers are also able to post vacancies as they occur and search resumes on the network.


This is the perfect time to give the Long Term Care Career Center a try because new users receive 25% off their first posting. Simply enter promo code New25off to receive this special discounted price. 


Of course, the LTC Career Center is always free for job seekers. And, job seekers are using the site with almost 82,000 searchable resumes on the National Healthcare Career Network this month. Job postings on the AHCA/NCAL Long Term Care Career Center network are averaging more than 1,700 views in January. 


Employers who utilize the site also receive outstanding exposure through rotating job listings on AHCA’s home page – the web site where long term care professionals go for news and information. In addition, employers who post vacancies through the center receive bonus rotating listings on the Long Term Care Career Center home page. 


Be smart and targeted in your search for qualified and talented health care professionals in 2017. Check out the LTC Career Center today and remember to enter promo code New25off to save 25% on your first job posting.


Webinar: Are You Ready for the New Emergency Preparedness Requirements


Erin Prendergast and Dana Halvorson 


On Thursday, February 9th from 1 – 2 PM Eastern Time, AHCA will hold a webinar on the new emergency preparedness final rule impacting Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF), Nursing Facilities (NF) and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID). This final rule is not applicable to Assisted Living Providers. The webinar includes guest speaker Jocelyn Montgomery, RN, and Director of Clinical Affairs at the California Association Health Facilities.

The rule was released on September 16, 2016, and can be found here. Providers will need to be in compliance by November 2017. The webinar will include, among other things, an overview of the key new requirements, a list of tools to assess if you are prepared for the rule, steps to take now to prepare, and time for your pressing questions to be answered. You may register online for the webinar on February 9th: Are You Ready for the New Emergency Preparedness Requirements? 

This will be the first in a 4-part webinar series AHCA will hold this year on the rule.