91 years of life

Dementia Care Best Practices Study

Published in October 2, 2014 Issue

In response to a request in January by Delegate Orrock, Chair, House Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions, a study has been conducted and reviewed of dementia care best practices in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

REMINDER: Complete the 2012 AHCA Nursing Facility Staffing Survey

Published in May 15, 2013 Issue

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) continues to request participation in a nationwide nursing facility staffing survey to collect 2012 staffing data that will be used to estimate vacancy, retention and turnover rates of nursing facility employees. If you have not yet done so, please take time to complete and return the survey to AHCA by Friday, May 31, 2013.

Deadline Extended to May 17 for the AHCA Nationwide Nursing Facility Staffing Survey

Published in April 17, 2013 Issue

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) is currently conducting a nationwide nursing facility staffing survey to collect 2012 staffing data that will estimate vacancy, retention and turnover rates of nursing facility employees. We strongly encourage you to take the time to complete and return the survey to AHCA by the extended deadline of May 17, 2013.

Help Needed From Assisted Living Providers

Published in December 18, 2012 Issue

The National Center for Health Statistics is currently conducting the 2012 National Study of Long Term Care Providers (NSLTCP).  Of the 11,700 assisted living and similar residential care communities invited to participate, only 38% have responded.   We have learned that assisted living communities in the following states have lower than average response:  AZ, CA, FL, GA, IL, MD, MI, NC, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA, and WA.  Since VA is among those states with a low response rate, if your facility is contacted we encourage you to participate in the national study to ensure that NSLTCP is as accurate as possible.  

By law, all data collected and released will be kept in strict confidence and used only for statistical purposes and no individual provider, staff or resident can be identified.   Results from this study are expected to be released late 2013.  To learn more about NSLTCP, please click here.

Invitation to Share Innovative Projects

Published in December 4, 2012 Issue

The Virginia Center for Health Innovation is inviting VHCA members to share innovative projects they have successfully undertaken to benefit health care in Virginia.

The Project: The Virginia Center for Health Innovation (the VCHI) is a Virginia not-for-profit organization with a mission to work in partnership with multiple stakeholders to accelerate the adoption of value-driven models of wellness and health care throughout Virginia.  

One of its most important objectives is to identify and spread what is already working in Virginia.  With this in mind, the VCHI is conducting a special project called the Virginia Health Innovation Survey.  The purpose of this survey is to identify innovations that are already working in a defined set of categories.  The results of this survey will be used to enhance Virginia’s efforts to identify and spread effective health models throughout the state.

Timeline: The VHCI hopes to hear about your innovative projects by December 15th.

You can click HERE to download a PDF summary document to learn more about this opportunity.

VHQC Offers Free Learning Network Supports For Improvements in Resident Care

Published in December 4, 2012 Issue

For many long term care providers the day-to-day challenges of resident care leave little time to address ambitious quality improvement goals.  VHQC understands the world of long term care. The organization has helped nearly a quarter of all Virginia nursing homes prevent pressure ulcers, and now they are expanding their focus. VHQC is in it for the long term for Virginia’s long term care community – nursing homes, staff, residents, and families.

Behavioral Issues Survey: Final Call

Published in November 27, 2012 Issue

We need your input on an issue of great importance for long term care providers!  In recent issues of VHCA’s CareConnection, we reminded members that a survey notice was mailed electronically to all VHCA nursing facility administrators seeking their support for completing an important survey addressing behavioral issues in Virginia’s nursing facilities.  This survey is intended to gather information about the prevalence of behavior and mental health issues in Virginia's nursing facility resident populations along with the treatments and services provided by facilities and other professionals.  While we asked facility Administrators to take overall responsibility for completion of the survey, we suggested that responses be completed in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team. 

Behavioral Issues Survey Deadline Extended

Published in October 31, 2012 Issue

In last week’s CareConnection we reminded members that a survey notice was mailed electronically to all VHCA nursing facility administrators seeking their support for completing an important survey addressing behavioral issues in Virginia’s nursing facilities.  This survey is intended to gather information about the prevalence of behavior and mental health issues in Virginia's nursing facility resident populations along with the treatments and services provided by facilities and other professionals.  While we asked facility Administrators to take overall responsibility for completion of the survey, we suggested that responses be completed in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team. 

Virginia Tech Older Adult Research (OAR) Registry

Published in October 31, 2012 Issue

The Center for Gerontology at Virginia Tech invites adults age 50+ to join its newly established Older Adult Research (OAR) Registry.  The purpose of the OAR is to identify older adults interested in being part of studies conducted by the Center or one of its 60 faculty affiliates. The OAR registry is designed to provide older adults an opportunity to help the Virginia Tech faculty learn more about the aging process and the issues and challenges facing individuals and families in later years.  By joining the OAR registry, participants will be contributing to a generation of new knowledge that will inform scientists about important aspects of growing older. 

OIG - Medical Record Review

Published in July 31, 2012 Issue

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) is reporting that recently, some nursing centers have received letters from the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Office of Evaluation and Inspection (OEI), about conducting a national evaluation of the Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) programs.  The OEI will focus on hospitalizations involving patients in the SNF 35 days or less.  OEI plans to sample 800 facilities (SNFs, IRFs and LTC hospitals) using a trigger tool modeled after one used in hospitals.  To help with their evaluation, the OEI is requesting medical records looking at evidence of the hospital discharge planning process and the degree of communication and collaboration between acute-care and post-acute care provider.  The OEI states they will not retain any of the medical records or use names in their findings report.  To date, we are not aware of any Virginia-specific actions – however, given the scope of the sample size, it is reasonable to expect that Virginia nursing facilities will be a part of the evaluation.