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  • Update on VA Contracts and $10.10 Issue with DOL and VA Officials

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/15/2015

    Get your pressing questions answered on issues impacting you as a VA contractor.

    On Thursday, January 15, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm EST, you will have the opportunity to get your questions answered relating to the $10.10 wage issue and VA contracts with officials from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As you know from previous correspondences from AHCA, on February 12, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors . The Executive Order raises the hourly minimum wage paid by contractors to workers performing on covered Federal contracts to: (i) $10.10 per hour, beginning January 1, 2015; and (ii) beginning January 1, 2016, and annually thereafter, an amount determined by the Secretary of DOL in accordance with the Order. On October 1, 2014, DOL published the final rule implementing the provisions of Executive Order 13658.

    It is long-standing policy that Medicare (Parts A and B) or Medicaid providers are not considered to be federal contractors. However, if a provider currently has VA patients, they are considered to be a federal contractor. On Friday, Dec. 19, and as noted in an email AHCA sent out to its members, DOL shared the below information relating to VA contracts and the $10.10 wage increase. The full DOL Q and A on the President's Executive Order can be found here. Please be sure to register for this webinar event if you plan to attend. If you have any questions whatsoever relating to this, feel free to contact AHCA's Senior Director of Not for Profit & Constituent Services, Dana Halvorson.

    Q. Does the Executive Order apply to basic ordering agreements that were in existence prior to January 1, 2015?

    No. Executive Order 13658 applies only to "new contracts" with the Federal Government that result from solicitations issued on or after January 1, 2015, or that are awarded outside the solicitation process on or after January 1, 2015. A basic ordering agreement (BOA) that is entered into before January 1, 2015 is not subject to the Executive Order. The Executive Order similarly does not apply to a Federal agency's exercise of a pre-negotiated option period on or after January 1, 2015 pursuant to a BOA that was in existence prior to January 1, 2015. Service contracts or orders that are entered into on or after January 1, 2015 pursuant to a BOA that was in existence prior to January 1, 2015 are similarly not covered by the Executive Order. Pursuant to the Department's final rule, service orders that are issued under BOAs entered into prior to January 1, 2015 will thus only be covered by the Order if and when the BOA itself is modified to include the minimum wage requirement.

    For example, on February 5, 2014, a Federal agency entered into a BOA with a medical clinic to provide rehabilitative care to veterans. The BOA has a contract period of one base year plus four option years. The BOA is not subject to the minimum wage requirements of the Executive Order during the base year or any of the option years. Similarly, specific service orders that are entered into pursuant to that BOA will not be covered by the Executive Order until the BOA itself is covered by the Executive Order.

    Q. If a contractor enters into a new contract with the Federal Government that is covered by the Executive Order, does that contractor have to payall of its workers the Executive Order minimum wage?

    Legal Requirements: Contractors need only pay the Executive Order minimum wage to workers performing work "on" or "in connection with" covered contracts whose wages are governed by the DBA, the SCA, or the FLSA. Moreover, such workers are only entitled to be paid the Executive Order minimum wage for the time that they spend performing work on or in connection with covered contracts.

    A worker who performs "on" a covered contract is any worker who directly performs the specific services called for by the contract's terms. For example, a nurse or nurse's aide at a skilled nursing center who performs the specific medical services for veterans called for by an SCA contract is a worker that performs "on" the SCA contract. Workers such as the nurse or aide who perform "on" covered contracts are entitled to be paid at least the Executive Order minimum wage for all hours that they spend performing on those contracts, regardless of how much time in a particular workweek they spend performing such work.

    A worker who performs "in connection with" a covered contract is any worker who performs work activities that, although are not the specific services called for by the contract's terms, are necessary to the performance of those specific services. For example, an FLSA-covered worker who washes laundry for all of the patients at the skilled nursing center mentioned above is performing "in connection" with the SCA contract even though her specific services are not called for by the SCA contract itself. However, an important exclusion may apply to such workers. If an FLSA-covered worker performs "in connection with" covered contracts for less than 20 percent of his or her hours worked in a given workweek, that worker is not entitled to the EO minimum wage for any hours worked in that workweek.

    Example : On March 15, 2015, a Federal agency enters into an SCA-covered contract with a skilled nursing center to provide lodging and nursing care to veterans. The nursing center houses and provides services to 100 patients, only 5 of whom are veterans whose services are paid for pursuant to an SCA contract. The center must pay at least the Executive Order minimum wage to any workers that perform the specific services called for by the SCA contract for the hours that they spend performing such work. For example, the nurse or aide who directly provides the medical services to the veterans pursuant to the SCA contract is entitled to $10.10 for all the hours that she spends providing those services.

    The center also employs a cook to prepare all of the meals that are served to the 100 patients and a janitor to clean all of the patients' rooms. The cook and the janitor qualify as workers performing "in connection with" the SCA contract because their food preparation and room cleaning services are necessary to the provision of medical care and lodging for the veterans (even though the cook and the janitor do not directly perform the services called for by the SCA contract). However, because only 5% of the meals that the cook prepares and 5% of the rooms that the janitor cleans are for the veterans covered by an SCA contract, the cook and the janitor are not entitled to the Executive Order minimum wage because they spend less than 20% of their work hours in a given workweek performing "in connection with" the SCA contract.

  • LTC Trend Tracker Upgrade – What State Affiliates Need to Know

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 01/07/2015

    This session will show state affiliates how to access the new, improved and easy-to-use LTC Trend Tracker.

    LTC Trend Tracker - AHCA's member service - recently launched a new, modern online platform for users. This session will show state affiliates how to access the new, improved and easy-to-use LTC Trend Tracker. Participants will learn about the benefits of using LTC Trend Tracker in your state affiliate and for your members

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand how LTC Trend Tracker benefits state affiliates.
    2. Understand the quality improvement and organizational performance benefits of using LTC Trend Tracker.
    3. Demonstrate the online changes of LTC Trend Tracker and how to use it.


    Speaker:

    Peggy Connorton
    Director, Quality & LTC Trend Tracker
    AHCA


  • Member Engagement In Theory and Practice

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/17/2014

    Following the lively and invigorating discussion on member recruitment and retention at the State Affiliate education session during the AHCA/NCAL National Convention we will now focus on the concept of the ladder of member engagement as it relates to recruitment. In this follow up webinar, we'll dive more deeply into the concept of member engagement and how it supports the relationship-building that is essential to strong retention.

    Following the lively and invigorating discussion on member recruitment and retention at the State Affiliate education session during the AHCA/NCAL National Convention we will now focus on the concept of the ladder of member engagement as it relates to recruitment. In this follow up webinar, we'll dive more deeply into the concept of member engagement and how it supports the relationship-building that is essential to strong retention. We'll apply the theory of engagement to practical situations AHCA/NCAL state affiliates face every day: creating an effective renewal cycle, building a strong member welcome and orientation process, bringing event content to members, and ensuring that all categories of members feel equally valued.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Attendees will understand the theory of member engagement
    2. Attendees will learn practical actions they can take to increase member engagement through the normal daily operations of their affiliates
    3. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their own success stories, good practices, and lessons learned

    Speaker:

    Elizabeth Engel
    Chief Strategist
    Spark Consulting, LLC

  • SNF Re-hospitalization Program – Independent Owners Preparing for Implementation

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/17/2014

    The Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (H.R. 4302; Pub.L. 113-93) included several important provisions for the skilled nursing center industry. Of key importance is a re-hospitalization program. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) will withhold two percent of Medicare fee-for-services payments to skilled nursing centers. In turn, skilled nursing centers will be able to receive these withheld funds by meeting CMS and industry agreed to facility-specific re-hospitalization rates

    The Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (H.R. 4302; Pub.L. 113-93) included several important provisions for the skilled nursing center industry. Of key importance is a re-hospitalization program. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) will withhold two percent of Medicare fee-for-services payments to skilled nursing centers. In turn, skilled nursing centers will be able to receive these withheld funds by meeting CMS and industry agreed to facility-specific re-hospitalization rates.

    Learning Objectives
    :
    1. Basics of the SNF Re-Hospitalization Program
    2. Ideas for Preparation Including Use of Long Term Care Trend Tracker
    3. Information on How Some Members Are Preparing for Implementation

    Speakers:

    Mike Cheek
    Senior Vice President, Medicaid & Long Term Care Policy
    AHCA

    David Gifford
    Senior Vice President, Quality and Regulatory Affairs
    AHCA

    Peggy Connorton
    Director, Quality & LTC Trend Tracker
    AHCA

    Holly Harmon
    Senior Director, Clinical Services
    AHCA

  • Update on VA Contracts, VA Provider Agreements, and $10.10 Wage Increase

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/11/2014

    Get your pressing questions answered on issues impacting you as a VA contractor.

    Get your pressing questions answered on issues impacting you as a VA contractor. Presenters include:

    • Daniel J. Schoeps
    Director, Purchased Long Term Services and Supports
    Geriatrics and Extended Care
    VA Central Office

    • Patrick O'Keefe
    Program Analyst (NRCPDS)
    US Department of Veterans Affairs

  • AHCA Payment Reform Training and Materials for State Affiliates – Explaining the Effort to Your Members

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/10/2014

    AHCA will release the Medicare SNF-Only Bundle Proof of Concept paper, a three-page explanation of the proposed payment system suitable for lay persons, talking points on the Payment Reform Task Force and related effort tailored to state affiliates, and FAQs.

    AHCA will release the Medicare SNF-Only Bundle Proof of Concept paper, a three-page explanation of the proposed payment system suitable for lay persons, talking points on the Payment Reform Task Force and related effort tailored to state affiliates, and FAQs. While the materials will provide detail, the documents and webinar also will emphasize the concepts are preliminary and will be thoroughly vetted through all member constituency groups, including a Board of Governors vote before any component is considered AHCA policy.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Understand the Context for Payment Reform
    2. Learn about the Payment Reform Task Force Call to Action and Process
    3. Understand the Basics of the Preliminary Proposals

    Speakers:

    Russ Len
    Jim Gomez

  • ACA Employer Requirements – Are You Ready for January 1, 2015?

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 12/02/2014

    Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, there have been some administrative delays and a number of regulations published, making it at times challenging for employers (including long term and post-acute care providers) to keep up and comply with the relevant employer shared responsibility provisions that go into effect on January 1, 2015. As an employer, a key aspect of the health reform law is understanding and complying with these provisions. Nicole Fallon of CliftonLarsonAllen will explain what these provisions are, and what you need to do to ensure you are prepared. A timeline of key ACA requirements will be provided, and you will have the opportunity to get your pressing questions answered.

    Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010, there have been some administrative delays and a number of regulations published, making it at times challenging for employers (including long term and post-acute care providers) to keep up and comply with the relevant employer shared responsibility provisions that go into effect on January 1, 2015. As an employer, a key aspect of the health reform law is understanding and complying with these provisions. Nicole Fallon of CliftonLarsonAllen will explain what these provisions are, and what you need to do to ensure you are prepared. A timeline of key ACA requirements will be provided, and you will have the opportunity to get your pressing questions answered.

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Review and gain a better understanding of key employer reporting requirements
    2. Learn more about the employer "shared responsibility" penalties and IRS reporting requirements
    3. Receive a better understanding for determining when an employee is full-time
    4. Learn about key ACA compliance dates

    Speaker:
    Nicole O. Fallon
    Consultant/Director
    Health Care, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

  • Improving Integrity in Nursing Centers

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/20/2014

    This webinar will highlight AHCA/NCAL's new "Fraud and Abuse Toolkit," and help providers untangle the web of fraud and abuse laws and regulations.

    This webinar will highlight AHCA/NCAL's new "Fraud and Abuse Toolkit," and help providers untangle the web of fraud and abuse laws and regulations. The Toolkit focuses on nursing facilities; but much of the information can be helpful to other health care providers, such as assisted living or DD facilities. Provider's comprehensive understanding of the applicable fraud and abuse laws and regulations is important in order to protect patients and payors (including Medicare and Medicaid). Further, an understanding of the fraud and abuse laws and regulations can help facilities protect themselves from potential administrative, monetary, civil and criminal liabilities.

    Learning Objectives:
    1. Understand how to comply with federal fraud and abuse laws and regulations.
    2. Learn how federal agencies and contractors enforce those laws and regulation.
    3. Discover what to do when a government inspector walks in the facility door.

    Speakers:
    Susan Edwards
    Reed Smith

  • Considerations for End of Life Care

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/07/2014

    This session will offer participants a unique framework and an array of strategies to enhance care at the end of a resident's life.

    This session will offer participants a unique framework and an array of strategies to enhance care at the end of a resident's life. Discover ways to invite family members into the conversation, support the wishes of the resident and uphold the sacred trust that is placed in your care.

    Learning Objectives:
    • Identify critical domains and competencies for Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care
    • Examine the process flow map for implementation of Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care
    • Review scenarios that support having "end of life conversations"
    • Contrast the difference between an Advance Care Plan and Advance Directive

    Speakers:

    Sandy Kingsley, Committee Lead
    Marguerite McLaughlin
    Lara Cline
    Loretta Kaes
    Steven Levinson

    Scenarios:
    Sandy Kingsley, Committee Lead
    Steven Biondi
    Lara Cline
    Curt Conrad
    Holly Harmon
    Loretta Kaes

  • How Can I get Beyond the Basics of Hospital Readmission and Become a Preferred Provider?

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/27/2014

    The program briefly explains the impact that Healthcare Reform is having on the healthcare industry on both the acute and post-acute care side. There is a strong emphasis on the importance of accurate data analysis and on implementing potential solutions for facilities. The clinical programs along with the use of cutting edge technology have shown to improve clinical outcomes, allowed centers to become preferred providers for local hospitals and have significantly reduced unnecessary hospital readmissions.

    The program briefly explains the impact that Healthcare Reform is having on the healthcare industry on both the acute and post-acute care side. There is a strong emphasis on the importance of accurate data analysis and on implementing potential solutions for facilities. The clinical programs along with the use of cutting edge technology have shown to improve clinical outcomes, allowed centers to become preferred providers for local hospitals and have significantly reduced unnecessary hospital readmissions.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Discuss the history of hospital readmission and its impact on the industry.
    2. Discuss and analyze the types of data necessary to appropriately measure hospital readmission rates.
    3. Describe potential solutions within your center that will positively affect clinical outcomes.
    4. Describe how progress is measured after implementation.
    5. Discuss measures to ensure continuous quality improvement.

    Speaker:

    Kim Barrows
    Director of Clinical Services at Health Care Management Group

NCAL AHCA