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Three Colorado Nursing Homes Achieve All Four
Quality Initiatives Goals for 2013
Since launching its Quality Initiative in February 2012, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) has announced that nationwide, 6,206 member skilled nursing care centers have achieved one or more of the initiative’s four goals in its initial year. Among the achievers are 68 skilled nursing centers which accomplished all four goals. Three Colorado communities have been recognized for achieving these goals:
- Alpine Living Center, Thornton, CO
- Clear Creek Care Center, Westminster, CO
- Jewell Care Center of Denver, Denver, CO
“Collectively, we’ve seen great progress when it comes to the Quality Initiative, but today we celebrate the individual centers for their tremendous success,” said Arlene Miles, President & CEO of the Colorado Health Care Association and Center for Assisted Living (CHCA/CCAL).. “In a short time, these skilled nursing centers have devoted themselves to these goals and exemplified what the Quality Initiative is ultimately about - improving the lives of the individuals we serve.” (READ MORE ON CoHCA News).
Need Help Navigating New Colorado Health Exchange?
As you know there is a lot of focus on the challenges at the Federal level with the website for the Affordable Care Act. Colorado however, did not choose to participate in the federal exchange and instead Colorado through legislation created our own exchange that is managed at the State level. Connect for Health Colorado gave CHCA a grant to assist our member's staff to navigate the State website and find what insurance policy and subsidies are available.
Jalene Maestas (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Lauren Waszak (email@example.com)work for the CHCA/CCAL as Health Benefit Guides and are available to our members at no cost to help your staff with navigating and answering the questions that come up regarding this federal mandate for health insurance. If they contact you regarding setting a time to discuss with you and your staff insurance subsidy availabilities, please do your best to invite them to you facility or business. We are doing this to make your job easier and your staff's ability to comply with the federal requirement easier.
This is a benefit that is available to our nursing care facility, assisted living facilities and our Associate Members. If you have questions you can email either Jalene or Lauren at the links I have include after their names.
Please help us help you -- Contact them today.
Has Your LTC Community Considered Applying
for the AHCA/NCAL Quality Award?
50th Annual Convention & Expo Success!
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Employees of C&G Healthcare were ready for the 50th Annual CHCA/CCAL Convention & Exposition.
Facing The Floods: The Miracle of A Disaster
Read this dramatic account of the flooding of Fraiser Meadows by President & CEO Tim Johnson.FraiserMeadowsFloodAccount.docx
In the News
State Courts Cannot Treat Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Differently Than Other Contracts
State courts do not have the authority to categorize nursing home arbitration agreements differently than other contracts, the New Mexico Supreme Court recently ruled. The decision sets up a fight over whether a nursing home's specific arbitration agreement violated state law. READ MORE.
Collaboration Targets Reducing Hospital Re-Admissions
It’s much easier to develop innovative health care initiatives in Colorado because “we’re not having the conversation about who’s the biggest Bolshevik,” said U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet at the opening of the Healthy Transitions Colorado collaborative Monday. READ MORE.
The latest health reform analysis and tools for long term and post-acute care facilities is available here.
Colorado Takes Innovative Initiatives
Washington, DC - Assisted living regulations, statutes, and policies in 18 states were changed, according to the 2013 edition of “Assisted Living State Regulatory Review.” The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) today released the latest edition of its annual review.....Read More
Real care providers in America's skilled nursing and assisted living facilities talk about the most important thing they do - quality.
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Nursing Homes Should Prepare To Meet Antipsychotic Reduction Goals, Quality Chief Says
The American Health Care Association's David Gifford, M.D., is offering tips for nursing homes looking to meet regulator and trade group deadlines for reducing antipsychotics use. Read More....
We're Changing the Conversation
Seventy percent of us will need long-term care after age 65, yet few of us openly discuss care needs and wishes. Care Conversations™ is bringing people together to change this conversation trend. We’re providing information and resources to get people talking with loved ones, health care providers and industry experts. Working together, we can plan and prepare for our future and ensure care needs are met every step of the way. There may be a time when you or your loved one will no longer be able to care for themselves independently. Care Conversations focuses on people and the honest discussions needed to plan and prepare for the future. Finding care may seem difficult or even overwhelming at first. Whether you’re seeking care for yourself, or for a loved one such as a spouse, parent or sibling, Care Conversations can help you every step of the way. Worry less about tomorrow. Start a conversation today.
New Nursing Home Salary and Benefit
The HCS 2012/2013 Nursing Home Salary and Benefit Survey Report is now available. The report, supported by AHCA, covers information on salaries and wages for 42 management and 45 nursing, therapy, dietary, and clerical positions, as well as benefit information, for various geographic areas. AHCA members may purchase the report at the reduced rate of $225. See the HCS website for more information.