2015 VHCA PAC

Published in March 12, 2015 Issue

Thank you to the following individuals and facilities who have recently contributed to the VHCA PAC.  Your contributions help to enhance our advocacy resources to ensure quality of care and dignity for long term care residents in Virginia.  A critical element in our lobbying efforts to maintain adequate funding is the ability to financially support candidates for public office through our PAC fund. 

Virginia General Assembly

Still Time Left to Register for the 2015 Winter Legislative Conference Scheduled Next Week

Published in February 12, 2015 Issue

The 2015 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, February 18 & 19 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.  CLICK HERE for online registration. 

Virginia General Assembly

NOTE: 2015 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled on a Wednesday & Thursday this Year

Published in February 5, 2015 Issue

The 2015 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, February 18 & 19 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.  CLICK HERE for brochure information and online registration. 

Virginia General Assembly

NOTE: 2015 Winter Legislative Conference is Scheduled on a Wednesday & Thursday this Year

Published in January 28, 2015 Issue

The 2015 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, February 18 & 19 at the Omni Richmond Hotel. CLICK HERE for brochure information and online registration. 

Virginia General Assembly

2015 Winter Legislative Conference

Published in January 22, 2015 Issue

The 2015 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for February 18 & 19 at the Omni Richmond Hotel. CLICK HERE for brochure information and online registration. 

Virginia General Assembly

General Assembly Public Hearing on Tax Preferences

Published in August 21, 2014 Issue

The General Assembly’s Joint Subcommittee to Evaluate Tax Preferences is tasked with reviewing the many tax credits, deductions, subtractions, exemptions, and exclusions contained in the Virginia Code. They began their work last year and continue reviewing and evaluating provisions for recommendation to the full legislature.

Virginia General Assembly

2015/2016 Biennial Budget Signed; Medicaid Price-Based Nursing Facility Payment System to Begin Phased Implementation July 1

Published in June 26, 2014 Issue

Budget provisions related to Medicaid Nursing Facility payment have been finalized and approved by the General Assembly and the Governor.  As previously reported, the two-year budget contains an estimated $81.4 million in “new” Medicaid funding for nursing facilities over and above current funding levels. 

Budget Agreement Reached by General Assembly – Awaits Governor’s Approval

Published in June 13, 2014 Issue

After a months-long delay, the Virginia General Assembly adopted a state budget late Thursday, acting after heated debate over whether the budget contained sufficient safeguards to ensure that Governor McAuliffe could not unilaterally authorize expansion of the Commonwealth’s Medicaid Program.  As midnight approached, the Senate approved plan moved over for consideration by the House of Delegates, where it quickly passed. It was expected to then head to the Governor’s desk, still lacking certainty that he would approve it and avert a government shutdown before July 1.

Virginia General Assembly

Virginia’s Revenue Shortfall Increases, Possible Budget Solution Offered

Published in May 30, 2014 Issue

Virginia’s House of Delegates and State Senate continue their standoff and refuse to negotiate their differences to enable passage of a biennial state budget.  To further complicate the issue, state revenues have fallen $300 million short of projections for this state fiscal year, and the revenue shortfall may be as high as $1 billion for the upcoming biennium.

DSS Issues Notice to ALFs on New Background Check Requirements

Published in May 15, 2014 Issue

Lynne A. Williams, Director of the Department of Social Services’ (DSS) Division of Licensing Programs, distributed a Legislative Update on May 12th to facilities regulated by DSS notifying them of their responsibilities to comply with House Bill 450 passed in the 2014 General Assembly.

Virginia General Assembly

2014 Legislative Conference: Standing Together to Face New Challenges

Published in February 12, 2014 Issue

Register today to reserve your seat!  The 2014 Legislative Conference is less than a week away!

Virginia General Assembly

2014 Legislative Conference: Don’t Delay

Published in January 30, 2014 Issue

RESERVE YOUR HOTEL ROOM TODAY.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni Richmond Hotel for $150.00 single or double (plus tax).  Reserve your hotel room here or by calling 804.344.7000.  Hotel reservation deadline is January 31, 2014. The hotel is expecting a sold out crowd on Tuesday, February 18th so don’t delay.

Virginia General Assembly

2014 Legislative Conference

Published in January 23, 2014 Issue

The times truly are a-changin'.  Representing a sea change for Virginia’s nursing facilities, 2014 ushers in a transition to managed care for the majority of our members. Along with other topics impacting long term care, the 2014 Legislative Conference will focus on how the launch of the Commonwealth Coordinated Care program will impact the long term care provider community.

Virginia General Assembly

2014 Winter Legislative Conference

Published in January 15, 2014 Issue

The times truly are a-changin'.  Representing a sea change for Virginia’s nursing facilities, 2014 will usher in a transition to managed care for the majority of our members.

Virginia General Assembly

2014 Winter Legislative Conference

Published in January 9, 2014 Issue

The times truly are a-changin'.  Representing a sea change for Virginia’s nursing facilities, 2014 will usher in a transition to managed care for the majority of our members.

Virginia General Assembly

General Assembly Convenes, next Wednesday

Published in January 3, 2014 Issue

The Virginia General Assembly convenes next Wednesday, January 8.  Even years are long sessions, so if the budget is completed and passed on time, the session is scheduled to end on Saturday, March 8.

Delegate Chris Jones Named Chair of House Appropriations

Published in December 6, 2013 Issue

Delegate S. Chris Jones, Republican of Suffolk, was named Chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee this week by House Speaker William Howell.  Delegate Jones is a Pharmacist and has great experience in and knowledge of Medicaid funding and other health-related issues.  Delegate Jones has been a Budget Conferee for several years and has led the discussions on health and human resource budgetary negotiations for the House Conferees.

Virginia General Assembly

Veto Session Action on State Budget

Published in April 10, 2013 Issue

The General Assembly convened in a “veto session” on April 3rd to address amendments that Governor McDonnell made to legislation, including the Biennial Budget that passed in the recent General Assembly Session.  The Governor made no amendments to the provisions affecting nursing facility and assisted living facility reimbursement so these provisions will be enacted as passed in February.  The General Assembly accepted the Governor’s amendments to the section of the Budget addressing Medicaid reform and Medicaid expansion under the federal Accountable Care Act. 

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Sequestration Threat About to Become Reality

Published in February 28, 2013 Issue

As an update to last week’s article, it is all but certain that the sequestration cuts will go into effect on March 1st.  Skilled nursing facilities should do budget and cash flow planning now to prepare for the impact on reimbursement.  Health care providers are hoping that a one-month delay in reductions to Medicare reimbursement rates under sequestration will give lawmakers enough time to develop and pass legislation to avert cuts under the sequester.  Sequestration will involve a two percent cut in Medicare payments, effective for services provided on or after April 1, 2013.  While there is little formal or practical guidance available to providers, it is our understanding that facilities should continue to bill at the FY2013 rates.  Any adjustments to reimbursement will be made by the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) Palmetto GBA.

Virginia General Assembly

VHCA Winter Legislative Conference Hotel Reservation Deadline is February 3rd

Published in January 20,2012 Issue

The 2012 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for February 21 – 22 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.  Be sure and make your hotel reservations for the Omni Richmond Hotel today.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Omni Richmond Hotel for $144.00 single/double (plus tax).  Reserve your hotel room online  or call the hotel directly to reserve your room at 804.344.7000 or toll free at 800.843.6664.  Please remember to identify yourself as a VHCA conference participant.  Reservations must be made by the deadline Friday, February 3, 2012 in order to guarantee the group discounted rate.



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Big Success for VHCA PAC in 2011

Published in January 6,2012 Issue

Thank you to the following facilities and organization who have contributed to the VHCA PAC in 2011 and also to the following individuals who contributed to PAC PALs for 2011.

Your contributions help to ensure quality of care and dignity for long term care residents in Virginia.  A critical element in our lobbying efforts to maintain adequate funding is the ability to financially support candidates for public office through our PAC fund.  Let’s make 2012 an even better year for contributions.

Virginia General Assembly

Hotel Reservation Deadline for the Winter Legislative Conference EXTENDED to February 1st

Published in January 31, 2013 Issue

Members are reminded to register for the 2013 Winter Legislative Conference scheduled for February 12 & 13 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.   The one constant providers can count on in health care is change!  As we enter a new year, long term care providers face unprecedented challenges in the delivery of care to increasingly frail and sick resident populations.  In this year’s General Assembly Session, legislators will address Virginia’s budget needs and other measures affecting nursing and assisted living facilities.  Proposed legislation before the 2013 General Assembly could potentially add additional regulatory burdens to the post-acute and long term care sector. 

General Assembly Passes Budget

Published in April 20, 2012 Issue

After a delay of more than a month, the Virginia Senate passed a two-year $85 billion budget on Wednesday.  The Senate’s 21 to 19 decision came after Sen. Chuck Colgan, a Democrat from Prince William, had a change of heart and decided to vote with Republicans for the budget plan that he had voted against on Tuesday.  Senate Democrats had held up the budget for weeks as they fought aggressively for an additional $300 million to pay for key transportation projects in Northern Virginia.

Virginia General Assembly

2012 Winter Legislative Conference

Published in January 13,2012 Issue

The 2012 Winter Legislative Conference is scheduled for February 21 – 22 at the Omni Richmond Hotel.

This year, long term care providers face unprecedented challenges.  With additional Medicare cuts looming and Virginia nursing facilities facing new Medicaid cuts, the challenge to deliver care to an increasingly frail and sicker population in a weak payment environment is growing.  Virginia is facing a fifth year of Medicaid funding cuts.  The stability and adequacy of public funding for all health care services, including long term care, continues to be seriously threatened by the lingering recession and inadequate government revenues at both the state and federal levels.  In this year’s General Assembly Session, Virginia’s Governor, Bob McDonnell and legislators will address Virginia’s budget needs and determine the future of legislative measures affecting nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  Proposed legislation in the 2012 General Assembly could potentially add additional regulatory burdens to an already over-regulated profession.