Upcoming AHCA/NCAL Webinars

The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) has scheduled two webinars specifically for Independent Owners (IO).  

Improving Integrity in Nursing Centers
November 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST (60 minutes)

This webinar will highlight AHCA/NCAL’s new “Fraud and Abuse Toolkit,” and help Independent Owner 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 regulations.
  3. Discover what to do when a government inspector walks in the facility door.

SNF Re-Hospitalization Program – Independent Owners Preparing for Implementation
December 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM EST (90 minutes)

The Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (H.R. 4302; Pub.L. 113–93) included several important provisions for skilled nursing centers.  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