Wednesday, February 28, 2018

AHCA/NCAL’s ID/DD Hill Fly-in Event Date Next Week

Dana Halvorson

AHCA/NCAL’s Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (ID/DD) Residential Services Providers will be in Washington DC for AHCA/NCAL’s annual Hill Fly-In event on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Participants will hear from Congressional speakers and others. The event runs from 8 am – 10:30 am ET. After the morning event is over, the ID/DD providers will head to Capitol Hill to discuss critical issues, including Medicaid. If you have any questions relating to this event or would like to attend (it is free to attend, and breakfast and lunch are provided), please don’t hesitate to contact AHCA’s Senior Director of Not for Profit & Constituent Services, Dana Halvorson

AHCA/NCAL Gears Up for Election Season

Drew Thies


AHCA/NCAL is preparing for another summer and fall full of facility tours for Members of Congress on the campaign trail. As lawmakers wrap up their last pieces of must-pass legislation, long term and post-acute care providers are prepared to show them the important care the deliver to millions of Americans.

The midterm elections are November 6th which means all Representatives and a third of the Senate will be campaigning in their districts and states this year. Legislative activity usually slows down in an election year, as lawmakers try to avoid votes on controversial bills and instead spend time with constituents.

AHCA/NCAL members are ready to showcase the significant improvements in quality skilled nursing and assisted living providers have made in recent years. Every year, AHCA/NCAL coordinates hundreds of tours to better educate lawmakers on the long term and post-acute care sector.

Members of Congress benefit both from being able to meet constituents in their communities as well as from learning about important health care issues affecting providers. In some districts, these communities are the largest employer in the district.

If you would like to schedule or host a facility tour, please contact Matt Smyth at msmyth@ahca.org or 202-898-2817.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Does Your Emergency Preparedness Program Plan Crosswalk to CMS’ Guidelines?

Dave Kyllo

Nursing facilities (SNFs/NFs) and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) must comply with sweeping regulations affecting their emergency preparedness planning. These requirements took effect November 15, 2017 and include:

  • Annual Risk Assessment and Emergency Planning
  • Communication Plan
  • Emergency Preparedness Policies and Procedures (must be reviewed annually)
  • Training and Testing

AHCA/NCAL offers a tool titled “Emergency Preparedness Program (EPP) Customizable Plan for Long Term Care” that allows facilities to customize compliant plans, including:

  • Emergency Preparedness Program Management Plan
  • Communications Plan
  • Procedures applicable to all hazard responses
  • Incident Command System 
  • Full building Evacuation Plan
  • Emergency Lists
  • Continuity of Operations and Recovery Plan.

AHCA/NCAL members receive exclusive “member only” pricing of $395 for the EPP customizable plan – a savings of $100 off the regular price. The EPP plan from Russell Phillips & Associates includes:

  • An electronic flash drive – Easily add your facility’s information to customize your plan.
  • Hard copy of the documents – Provides hard copy worksheet-style documents of your plan. 
  • Binder with tabs prepared for insertion of customized plan – An invaluable resource that organizes your plan documents. 
  • A crosswalk between the new CMS regulations and the customizable EPP plan manual – This indispensable tool provides a clear-cut detailed comparison that shows how your facility’s EPP plan meets CMS requirements and demonstrates precise compliance to survey agencies and AHJs. 
  • Access to an information-packed 75-minute “how to” webinar conducted by Russell Phillips & Associates.

Be confident that you have an emergency preparedness plan that correlates to the new CMS guidelines. Order the customizable EPP plan today through the AHCA/NCAL Bookstore and save $100 off the regular $495 price. 

Demonstrate Your Geriatric Nurse Competency with Gero Nurse Prep and Save!

Dave Kyllo


AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep does much more than just prepare RNs to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) board certification exam in gerontological nursing.
It increases experienced RNs’ knowledge of gerontological nursing practice. Gero Nurse Prep students see a whopping 24 percent average increase on their pre- and post-test scores.

The highly popular spring sale on AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep is back! Save $100 off the regular registration fee now through April 30 by using promo code QUALITY18 (all caps).

The statistics prove it. Gero Nurse Prep grads know more about gerontological nursing.  Taking the AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep course does not obligate a RN to sit for the ANCC Board certification exam. Registered nurses who are interested in increasing their knowledge of gerontological nursing practice can simply complete the AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep course receive 30 nursing contact hours, and increase their skills and knowledge of geriatric nursing.

AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep does thoroughly prepare interested RNs to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) board certification exam in gerontological nursing. RNs who complete the Gero Nurse Prep program have a passing rate of 96 percent on the ANCC exam on their first try.

ANCC is the world’s largest and most prestigious nurse credentialing organization and a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Less than one percent of America’s RNs are board certified in gerontological nursing. That means having an ANCC Board certified RN can easily give providers an edge in the marketplace.

AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep is affordable and provides value at the $590 sale price.  That’s less than $20 per contact hour for outstanding nursing education that makes a measurable difference. For RNs interested in pursuing Board certification through ANCC, there is an additional and separate cost of $395.

Watch this video to learn more about AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep.  Check out AHCA/NCAL Gero Nurse Prep today and don’t forget to use promo code QUALITY18 (all caps) when registering to save $100.

A Solution for the Most Commonly Cited F Tag

Dave Kyllo


The most frequently cited F-Tag in standard nursing facility health inspection surveys under the new survey process is F880 – Infection Prevention & Control. Since November 2017 when the new survey process began, more than one-third of surveys conducted across the nation have included a F880 Infection Prevention & Control citation.

AHCA’s Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) program is specially designed to prepare individuals to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention & Control program in skilled nursing centers. It addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control which are fundamental to effectively leading and administering a center’s Infection Prevention & Control program.

AHCA’s course is an online, self-study program with 23 hours of training that meets the educational requirements outlined by CMS. It includes online lectures, case studies and interactive components taught by subject matter experts who have real life experience working in long term/post-acute care. The AHCA program gets rave reviews with 97 percent of health care professionals who have completed the course recommending IPCO to their colleagues.

The course addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control that are fundamental to effectively leading and administering successful infection prevention and control programs and antibiotic stewardship programs.  Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive certificates including 23 ANCC contact hours.
The training course registration fee is $450 for AHCA/NCAL members and $650 for non-members. There are no refunds and no transfers. Payment and registration must be made online in ahcancalED . The IPCO course can be accessed here or at: https://educate.ahcancal.org/p/ipco.  

Discounted group purchase rates are available for groups of 25 or more. Those interested in making a group purchase should email AHCA at educate@ahca.org.  

To access ahcancalED and the IPCO course, members will need to login with their AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords. For assistance obtaining AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords, please e-mail update@ahca.org with your name and facility contact information.

Avoid the F880 tag.  Prepare your center and staff now for success in infection prevention and control under the new survey process: Register for IPCO!




Independent Owner Conference Online Registration Deadline is Friday

Danielle Levitan




ONLINE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FRIDAY

If you haven't yet signed up for the Independent Owner Conference, what are you waiting for? You don't want to miss this opportunity to earn up to 8.75 CEUs while networking with other Independent Owners from across the country. Discuss your most critical challenges, learn new strategies and best practices, and make important connections.


"A MUST-ATTEND for Independent Owners!"  — Phil Scalo, President & CEO, Bartley Healthcare Nursing and Rehab

"A reliable resource for me...Learning from our peers about their successful solutions to our challenges, meeting vendors who have technology and other products to meet new requirements, and having fellowship with each other makes this conference extremely beneficial." — Sarah Schumann, Vice President of  Operations, Brookside Inn


Review the agenda, check out the speakers, and meet the sponsors at io.ahcancal.org.


There is also space available in the afternoon networking activities.
 Choose one and sign up when you register.


Take advantage of all that the IO Leadership Conference can offer you. But don't wait! 





Learn more about our sponsors, and see what they can do for you!   

American HealthTech, Berkadia, Capital Funding Group, CapitalOne, DirectSupply, Dynamic Mobile Imaging, Evans Senior Investments, Genesis Rehab Services, Guardian Pharmacy Services, HealthCap, AHCA/NCAL Insurance Solutions, Kronos, MatrixCare, Mueller Prost, Navigator, Reliant Rehabilitation, Select Rehabilitation, Vivizer Healthcare

Thursday, February 22, 2018

AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit 2018: What Assisted Living Providers Can Expect


https://www.ahcancal.org/events/qualitysummit/Pages/default.aspx

The Quality Summit may be held in the “Big Easy” this March 12-14, but we know that quality does not come easy. That’s why we have two full days of enriching education, so you can return home with new ideas to implement, inspiration to continue your quality improvement journey, and possibly 12 CEUs. For assisted living providers, here are the highlights.

How'd You Do It? Best Practices and Lessons Learned from the Quality Initiative Recognition Program Recipients
Monday, March 12 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm​
Learn from assisted living communities that achieved all four of the NCAL Quality Initiative goals with this moderated panel. This session will include an overview of quality improvement tools and resources from AHCA/NCAL, as well as tactics on how to communicate your quality stories with important stakeholders.

Dementia Care Practice Recommendations
Monday, March 12 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Earlier this year, the Alzheimer's Association's released its new Dementia Care Practice Recommendations. This session will provide an overview of the recommendations and discuss how they can be used to increase the quality of care and quality of life for people with Alzheimer's and related dementia.

Safe Transition Planning in the Assisted Living Setting: Experts Driving Outcomes
Tuesday, March 13 | 10:30am – 12:00pm
Relocation and health crises are among the top 10 life stressors for people of all ages, but especially for older adults. The presenters will review best practices related to care transitions in the assisted living sector and identify processes to recognize and develop effective transitional care needs and services for residents in assisted living communities.

The Quality Award Program for Assisted Living Providers
Tuesday, March 13 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Interested in applying for a Quality Award as an Assisted Living provider but concerned about barriers to success? This session will provide an overview of how to apply for a Quality Award as an assisted living organization.

Activities for Dementia Care: The Calendar Should Not Be the Primary Focus
Tuesday, March 13 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
This session will emphasize the importance of seeing the individual as they are, and then building programs based around individuals’ abilities. Attendees will discuss exercises that may be used when returning to the campus and the importance of tracking and resident and family inclusion.

Other education sessions for both assisted living and skilled nursing providers:
  • LED Talks curated by Provider
  • The Power of Engagement: No Longer a Novelty
  • Infection Control and Antibiotic Stewardship
  • The Power of Influence – Improving Staff Engagement Sponsored by Medline
  • Benefits of the Non-Pharm Approach of Music & Memory
  • How to Utilize Data from LTC Trend Tracker
  • Customer Satisfaction: Strive for the Best
  • Academic/Practice Partnerships: Creating Solutions for Workforce Challenges
  • Innovative Practices from Around the Profession: A Moderated Poster Session
  • Restorative Sleep Vitality Program
  • Medication Management 

Tip: See this symbol on your education materials? That means the session is geared towards AL providers.


So Much More

All Quality Summit attendees also hear from AHCA/NCAL leadership at the opening general session, which will include an important announcement about the Quality Initiative. Assisted living providers who were recognized for the Quality Initiative Recognition Program will be honored in-person at the Celebration of Quality and Networking Lunch on Tuesday. And AHCA/NCAL is proud to welcome Karen Tritz, Director of the Division of Nursing Homes, Survey and Certification Group at CMS, as our closing keynote speaker on Wednesday morning.

And have some fun at the NCAL Reception on Tuesday night! Dubbed “Party at the Summit”, the NCAL Reception has you make your way to the top of the New Orleans Marriott for free food, drinks, entertainment and a gorgeous view of the Mississippi River. NCAL is proud to partner with MatrixCare for this annual reception at the Quality Summit.

Learn more and register by March 2nd at www.ahcancal.org/events/qualitysummit.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Complete the Survey: State of Seniors Housing 2018

Colleen Blumenthal of HealthTrust, LLC

NCAL is teaming up, once again, with the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA), National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC), Leading Age, and Argentum to issue The State of Seniors Housing, a report on the financial performance data for seniors housing communities. We need your participation in order to provide a representative picture of the industry.

Please download the 2018 State of Seniors Housing Survey (Excel format) and submit completed surveys to colleen.blumenthal@healthtrust.com by close of business Monday, March 19, 2018. Questions about the survey should be directed to Colleen Blumenthal of HealthTrust, LLC at (941) 363-7502 or at her email address noted above.

For owners or managers of multiple properties, please submit data for as many of your properties as is practical. We will adjust overall results so large portfolios are neither over-represented nor under-represented. 

The quality of our industry’s data relates directly to the size and composition of this sample. For the last few years, we collected data from 1,500 to 2,200 properties annually. If you contributed data for a given property last year, it is particularly important that we obtain information about that property this year also, so that “same-store” industry trends in revenues, costs, and census can be analyzed. 

Properties Eligible for Inclusion in Survey

Properties eligible for inclusion in the State of Seniors Housing sample include the following:
  • For-profit or not-for-profit communities
  • Communities where the majority of units provide Independent Living, including Senior Apartments
  • Communities where the majority of units provide Assisted Living services
  • Communities where the majority of units provide Alzheimer’s care
  • Life Plan Communities/Continuing care retirement communities
{Please do not complete surveys for properties where rates are subsidized, such as Sec. 202 elderly housing.}

Benefits of Participating

All organizations that complete surveys will receive a complimentary copy of The State of Seniors Housing 2018, which compiles the survey results for comparisons to your own operations.

Confidentiality

As always, the State of Seniors Housing data will be handled with complete confidentiality and the results presented only in the aggregate.


Thank you, in advance, for your participation in this important annual research study.

2018 National Skilled Nursing Care Week Planning Guide & Product Catalog Now Available!



May is just a few short months away - it's almost time to celebrate National Skilled Nursing Care Week! (NSNCW)

The 2018 National Skilled Nursing Care Week Planning Guide and Product Catalog is now available online here.   

Please be sure to visit the NSNCW website here to download the new guide and to access other resources such as promotional graphics and a link to the AHCA store to purchase 2018 products.

Don’t forget to “Like” the National Skilled Nursing Care Week Facebook page here for updates and to see what centers are planning during this special week, May 13-19, 2018, and be sure to use the hashtag, #NSNCW in any social media posts related to the observance.



White House Budget Proposes Cuts to Medicare, Medicaid

Drew Thies


The official White house budget released by President Trump last week proposes steep cuts to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The annual policy paper’s proposals, however, are unlikely to be passed in Congress.

Included in the proposed budget is the Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace plan known as Graham-Cassidy. In addition to fundamentally changing the health care exchanges, the plan block grants the Medicaid program and decreases the maximum allowable provider tax rate to 4 percent. The represents billions of dollars cut from the Medicaid program.

The budget also proposes a unified payment model for all post-acute care (PAC) providers. Under this model, all PAC providers would be paid based on patient characteristics rather than setting.

The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT) included provisions for exploring the development of a prospective payment system spanning the four PAC settings.

Other Medicare changes proposed in the budget include provisions incentivizing the increased use of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), prior authorization for certain Medicare services, and eliminating excessive Medicare Advantage payments.

The budget is unlikely to gain traction in Congress, where Republican lawmakers need an outsized majority to pass the President’s priorities, particularly in the Senate. Many of the changes need a 60-vote supermajority to avoid a filibuster. While some items can be passed with budget reconciliation instructions, which only requires 50 votes, the slim Republican majority in the Senate and the failure of last year’s efforts to make changes to the Medicaid program do not suggest items from this budget could become law.

Webinar: CMS’ Resident Classification System Version 1 – An Overview and Preliminary Action Steps

Bobbie Vailes
Join us for a member webinar!

CMS’ Resident Classification System Version 1 – An Overview and Preliminary Action Steps
Thursday, March 29, 3- 4:30 p.m. ET


AHCA staff and member experts will provide a technical overview, as well as technical insights into the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Resident Classification System Version 1 (RCS-1).

The proposed patient characteristics-based system is a fundamental departure from the current Resource Utilization Group Prospective Payment System (RUGS IV). 

AHCA staff and member experts will discuss the overarching RCS-1 goals and features, and presenters also will discuss each new component as well as likely alternations in SNF operations required to deliver services in the proposed system should it be implemented.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand CMS’ Goals and Overarching RCS-1 Construct
  • Learn about Each Component and Associated Patient Characteristics
  • Learn about Member Expert Preliminary Analyses and Steps to Assess RCS-1 Impacts
  • Outlook for Implementation and Transition from RUGS IV to RCS-1


Register Today for the Independent Owner Leadership Conference!

ONLINE REGISTRATION ENDS MARCH 2


Register today so you don't miss out! 

  • Improve your leadership skills 
  • Learn new ways to be flexible, adaptable, and transformational in a shifting marketplace
  • Create new financial opportunities
  • Interpret how various alternative payment models might influence your company and your service offerings
  • Understand how Affordable Care Organizations impact post-acute care
  • Acquire best-practice solutions to improve outcomes 
  • Gain an understanding of your center’s market valuation
  • Connect with risk managers to further evaluate your liability insurance options
  • Receive tax/audit advice, reimbursement and cost solutions from an industry expert
  • Learn new and patient focused therapeutic programs assisting SNF and ALF communities today 

You can earn up to 8.75 CEUs. Review the agenda, check out the speakers, and meet the sponsors at io.ahcancal.org.

There is also space available in the afternoon networking activities.

Choose one and sign up when you register.

The National World War II Museum
Visit galleries in the Louisiana Memorial Pavilion, which features the institution’s newest permanent exhibit that tells the story of the war experienced on the Home Front as well as Campaigns of Courage and the US Freedom Pavilions. Lunch provided.

New Orleans School of Cooking
Learn the basics of Louisiana cooking from a talented team of local chefs. The hands-on class includes two hours of cooking in which you will create a four-course meal. The class will then dine on their creation together, with red and white wine and Abita Amber beer. Participants also get to bring home aprons and copies of the recipes.

Mardi Gras World
See a 15-minute movie, go on a 45-minute tour through the working warehouse where the majority of the Mardi Gras props are made, and enjoy a slice of the local favorite, Gambino’s King Cake. The tour concludes with Mardi Gras World artists who will guide you to design your very own Mardi Gras mask. A New Orleans style buffet is included.  

Take advantage of all that the IO Leadership Conference can offer you. But don't wait! 


Learn more about our sponsors, and see what they can do for you!   

American HealthTech, Berkadia, CapitalOne, DirectSupply, Dynamic Mobile Imaging, Evans Senior Investments, Genesis Rehab Services, Guardian Pharmacy Services, HealthCap, AHCA/NCAL Insurance Solutions, Kronos, MatrixCare, Mueller Prost, Navigator, Reliant Rehabilitation, Select Rehabilitation, Vivizer Healthcare

National Skilled Nursing Care Week Products Now Available



The American Health Care Association is excited to share Celebrating Life's Stories®, this year's theme for National Skilled Nursing Care Week® (formerly National Nursing Home Week). Special promotional products to help decorate your center and get staff excited about the week are now available online. 

Most items are now in stock and our popular National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW) posters are scheduled to arrive any day. Many product feature the Celebrating Life’s Stories logo. Each year, products sell out, so don't delay in placing your order. Early orders ensure best product selection and availability!

Order online now or call 800-321-0343.





Save 10% on the CARES® Dementia Specialist (C.D.S.) Professional Credential



Long term care organizations can now build a core team of dementia specialists within their organizations at an affordable price. Train and credential key members of your staff with the CARES® Dementia Specialist™ (C.D.S.) professional credentialing program. Then, when an issue occurs with one of your residents with dementia, staff can direct questions to your on-site CARES Dementia Specialists.

Each member of your team completing the C.D.S. will learn quality dementia care strategies based upon the Alzheimer’s Association’s new Dementia Care Practice Recommendations. 

Having caregivers who are credentialed dementia specialists translates to a far more efficient and effective dementia care team and reduces staff reliance on licensed nurses to solve the repetitious questions and issues that arise daily when providing care to residents with dementia. 

By completing the CARES Dementia Specialist training programs, submitting their documentation, passing a required 100-point online C.D.S. credentialing exam, and being approved, staff members will be able to use the C.D.S. credential after their name, on their resume, or on a business card. Staff members will also be placed on a national registry of people who earn and hold a current C.D.S. credential. 

The C.D.S. curriculum consists of 32 hours of online, video-based person-centered dementia care education. Once activated, individuals have 10-day access to each of the six required courses (courses range from 4 to 10 hours).

The C.D.S. courses include:
  • CARES® Dementia Basics™ 
  • CARES® Dementia-Related Behavior™ 
  • CARES® End-of-Life Dementia Care™ 
  • CARES® Dementia Advanced Care™ 
  • CARES® Activities of Daily Living™ 
  • CARES® Dementia Care for Families™  
Living to help reduce the off-label use of antipsychotics. CARES is mobile friendly and available 24/7.

Be sure to take advantage of your exclusive AHCA/NCAL member discount. AHCA/NCAL members receive a 10% discount on the $499.95 C.D.S. package by using discount code AHCA10 at checkout!  That’s 32 hours of high quality online dementia care training and a professional credential for your key staff members for only $449.95.

Take advantage of this outstanding offer today, and remember to use discount code AHCA10 when you checkout. 

The Number of Open LTC Jobs Holds Steady in February



There are 16,497 open jobs posted by direct employers 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. That is virtually the same number of open jobs posted by long term care employers in January.   

The CEB TalentNeuron statistics also show an estimated 2,101,000 potential candidates in the nation’s workforce whose skills likely match the qualifications being sought by long term care employers. Figures show that 1,738 direct employers are competing for candidates this month – an uptick of nearly 150 more than January. The average number of days a job was posted this month decreased by two days to 35 days.   

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. The LTC Career Center is also fully integrated with Google’s job search feature “Google for Jobs” creating even greater exposure for job postings.

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 300 national and state health care organizations and societies. Employers are also able to post vacancies as they occur and search resumes on the network. 

There are two great ways for skilled nursing center and assisted living employers to save on their job postings on the Long Term Care Career Center. First-time job posters can receive 25% off their first posting by entering promo code New25off when they check out. Employers with multiple positions to fill can purchase three job postings at one time and receive a 20% discount on the three postings by entering promo code Bundle20 at check out. 

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. 

Of course, the LTC Career Center is always free for job seekers and the LTC Career Center  features many of the best positions the long term care profession has to offer. Job seekers are using the site with more than 97,000 searchable resumes on the National Healthcare Career Network this month – an increase of more than 1,000 candidates from January. Job postings on the AHCA/NCAL Long Term Care Career Center network are averaging more than 1,300 views in February. 

Join the growing list of high profile employers who use AHCA/NCAL’s premier member resource to find top talent. Check out the LTC Career Center today and remember to use one of the two promo codes to save on your job postings.     

Exclusive AHCA/NCAL Member Savings on FedEx® Shipping

Dave Kyllo

AHCA/NCAL members can ship smarter and save money with the AHCA/NCAL Shipping Program, managed by PartnerShip®. Members who enroll in this free member benefit save on select FedEx® services.
  • Save up to 29%* on select FedEx Express® services
  • Save up to 20% on select FedEx Ground® services
  • Save up to 10% on select FedEx Home Delivery® services\
In addition to small package discounts, AHCA/NCAL members receive significant discounts on less-than-truckload (LTL), truckload, and special event shipments with leading national carriers such as UPS Freight, YRC Freight, and many more.

Visit PartnerShip.com/85AHCA for complete program information and to enroll in the free AHCA/NCAL Shipping Program. If you have any questions, please call PartnerShip at 800-599-2902, or email sales@PartnerShip.com.

 * Includes a bonus 5% online processing discount. Full details available at www.PartnerShip.com/85AHCA/FedExdiscounts.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2017 Report on Direct Support Professionals Released



People with an intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) rely on Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) for daily support that enables them to live in U.S. communities. 
The report describes the current state of the DSP workforce as a "crisis," noting that the average DSP wage is $10.72, most work two or three jobs, and the average annual DSP turnover rate is 45%. 
The full report can be viewed here

Hotel Deadline Extended: 2018 Independent Owner Leadership Conference

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Hotel Deadline Extended!

The deadline to reserve your hotel for the IO Leadership Conference at the special AHCA/NCAL group rate has been extended! You have until 5 pm on Thursday, February 15! So don't wait. Reserve today, and remember—you must first register for the conference before you can book your hotel room. 

The New Orleans Marriott is conveniently located in the heart of the French Quarter.

Review the agenda, check out the speakers, and meet the sponsors at io.ahcancal.org. Take advantage of all that the IO Leadership Conference can offer you.  
  • Gain an understanding of your center's market valuation
  • Connect with risk managers to further evaluate your liability insurance options
  • Receive tax/audit advice, reimbursement and cost solutions from an industry expert
  • Learn new and patient focused therapeutic programs assisting SNF and ALF communities today 
You'll enjoy three days of unbeatable education, networking, and sharing.

Education sessions focus on:
  • Honing your leadership skills 
  • Learning ways to be flexible, adaptable, and transformational in a shifting marketplace
  • Creating new financial opportunities
  • Interpreting how various alternative payment models might influence your company and your service offerings
  • Understanding how Affordable Care Organizations impact post-acute care
  • Providing best-practice solutions to improve outcomes 


Earn up to 8.75 CEUs. You'll also learn specific strategies and solutions you can start implementing at your centers right away.

                                          Register online by March 2, 2018

First-time attendees save $100. The IO Conference immediately follows the AHCA/NCAL Quality Summit, also taking place at the New Orleans Marriott. Save an additional $50 when you register for both!
   

American HealthTech, Berkadia, CapitalOne, DirectSupply, Dynamic Mobile Imaging, Evans Senior Investments, Genesis Rehab Services, Guardian Pharmacy Services, HealthCap, AHCA/NCAL Insurance Solutions, Kronos, MatrixCare, Mueller Prost, Navigator, Reliant Rehabilitation, Select Rehabilitation, Vivizer Healthcare

AHCA/NCAL Announces New Partnership with ACHCA for Administrator Credentialing

Dave Kyllo

AHCA/NCAL is pleased to announce a new partnership with the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) for its administrator certification programs. 

The goals of the partnership are to increase awareness of advanced certification and professional growth opportunities and to encourage independent professional certification for nursing facility and assisted living administrators/directors. 

There are many benefits to credentialing including:

National Recognition and Endorsement ACHCA’s professional certification program identifies and honors facility administrators and directors who are preforming at an advanced level of skill and knowledge. 
Commitment to the Public Professional certification through ACHCA reflects a commitment to residents, families and staff.  Certified administrators/directors have advanced knowledge and experience to lead their facilities. 
Enhancement of the Profession Professional certification promotes quality in the profession and improves the public image of administrators/directors. 
Personal Satisfaction and Sense of Achievement Unlike licensure, certification is a voluntary program which allows experienced and practicing administrators to validate their knowledge, skill and abilities. 
Employer Recognition Certification is considered a plus by many employers. 

AHCA has established eligibility criteria prior to taking the exam, including two years of licensure (other options exist for assisted living administrators in states without administrator licensure) and continuing education requirements. Both must be established before an individual is authorized to sit for the credentialing exam. While ACHCA membership has many benefits for administrators/directors, ACHCA membership is not a requirement for ACHCA certification.

The application fee for either the nursing facility or assisted living certification exam is $150. AHCA/NCAL members should use AHCA/NCAL members should use code AHCANCAL when they complete their initial ACHCA applications. The single credential fee (the fee paid after an individual passes the exam) is only $300 for AHCA/NCAL members, a $50 discount off the regular non-ACHCA member price when AHCA/NCAL members use promo code AHCANCAL at checkout. 

Credentialing through ACHCA lasts five years. Recertification involves obtaining 150 hours of continuing education in five areas during the five-year certification period and paying a recertification fee.

ACHCA certification can provide State licensure reciprocity with certain states. Licensing rules and requirements vary by state. Check with your state licensing board for your state’s reciprocity requirements. A list of state licensure boards and contact information is maintained on the NAB website at www.nabweb.org.

For more information about ACHCA certification, go to www.achca.org/certification or call 1-800-561-3148.  

Deliver the “Food of Love” with Music from Mood Media



William Shakespeare said “if music be the food of love, play on…”  Members can deliver the magic of music in their communities through the music offered by Mood Media at AHCA/NCAL “Member Only” discounted rates.

Mood Media offers great musical variety for events or casual common area listening via the internet or streaming, and offers customized commercial free music options that allow facilities to tailor musical selections to meet changing resident preferences. Mood customers enjoy freedom from music licensing worries on Mood Media’s huge collection of music selections played on Mood Media's portable devices.

Use Mood Media’s music to:

  • Improve the dining experience and set the mood in dining areas as residents gather for meals;
  • Provide a variety of background music in common areas;
  • Create a positive environment for activities; and 
  • Provide musical entertainment for social gatherings and happy hours.

AHCA/NCAL members receive exclusive discounted rates on Mood services and equipment with three-year agreements. The core music package starts at $29.99 per month or about $1 per day with a three-year agreement.

For more information about Mood Media’s services, call 800-345-5000 or go to   http://partner.moodmedia.com/ahcancal/ (password: moodpartner).


Even Infection Control Training Feels the Love this Valentine’s Day

Dave Kyllo

A whopping 97 percent of health care professionals who have completed the AHCA/NCAL Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) course thus far recommend that their colleagues take the course if they are interested in learning more about the infection prevention and control and antibiotic stewardship.That’s because the AHCA/NCAL course delivers!

The online course provides education for healthcare professionals who seek to serve as Infection Preventionists and prepares individuals to meet the antibiotic stewardship requirements that took effect for nursing facilities on November 28, 2017. The training is also beneficial for assisted living centers because the methods for preventing and controlling infections are universal and apply regardless of setting.

The Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) course provides education for all healthcare professionals who want to lead infection prevention efforts and prepares individuals to play an active role in the antibiotic stewardship efforts. Antibiotic stewardship is an overarching goal and priority among all health care professionals and is receiving a lot of attention from state and national health care regulators.

AHCA/NCAL’s course is an online, self-study program with 23 hours of training. It includes online lectures, case studies and interactive components taught by subject matter experts who have real life experience working in long term/post-acute care.

The course addresses both clinical and organizational systems, processes and cultural aspects of infection prevention and control that are fundamental to effectively leading and administering successful infection prevention and control programs and antibiotic stewardship programs. Strong and effective infection prevention programs and antibiotic stewardship efforts can set an assisted living center apart from the competition, especially when working with social workers and discharge planners who help seniors with their post-acute decisions.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive certificates including 23 ANCC contact hours. The training course registration fee is $450 for AHCA/NCAL members and $650 for non-members. There are no refunds and no transfers.

Payment and registration must be made online in ahcancalED. The IPCO course can be accessed here or at: https://educate.ahcancal.org/p/ipco.

Discounted group purchase rates are available for groups of 25 or more. Those interested in making a group purchase should email AHCA/NCAL at educate@ahca.org.

To access ahcancalED and the IPCO course, members will need to login with their AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords. For assistance obtaining AHCA/NCAL usernames and passwords, please e-mail update@ahca.org with your name and facility contact information. 

CMS Director to Address Quality Summit Attendees – Register Now!



Karen Tritz, Director, Division of Nursing Homes, Survey and Certification Group at CMS will address Quality Summit attendees during the closing general session.

Tritz oversees the new survey process and five-star system. She is also responsible for making changes and modifications to the guidance each state and regional office must follow when enforcing the new regulations. 

She will provide insight into what CMS plans to focus on during the surveys and tips on how to approach the new regulations as well as CMS's plans for the "Patient Over Paper Work" initiative the new administration has launched.

The hotel deadline for the Quality Summit has been extended through this Thursday, February 15.

Don’t wait, make your hotel reservations today and take advantage of discounted group rates, plus you’ll be steps away from the action.