The Assisted Living Forum was held yesterday at Madison College with a full room of attendees. Alfred Johnson, Director of the Bureau of Assisted Living started the meeting off with announcements of staffing changes at the Bureau. Shannon Lane has joined the Southern Regional Office, Kelly Haugen has joined the Western Regional Office, and Mackenzie Carr and Ysenia Martinez has joined the South Eastern Regional Office. Rod Senn from the Western Regional Office and Paul Peshek from the Southern Regional Office have left their positions at the Bureau. In other news, the Southern Regional Office will be moving to 3319 W. Beltline Hwy, Madison, on November 13, 2015. There will be a formal memo sent out on the Assisted Living Listserv soon.
Johnson also wanted to remind attendees that there is now a centralized licensing process within BAL and providers should be aware that there may not be immediate feedback on your application as there may have before. It may take longer, possibly a month, to hear from the Bureau regarding your application. Johnson reported that he estimates that there will be 500-600 licenses given this year with a small percentage of that number being CHOW. This is looking to be a record year for new providers, especially in the Milwaukee area. Johnson predicted that by the end of the year there will a total of over 4000 assisted living provider licenses.
Announced were the 2016 Assisted Living Forum dates:
- January 12, 2016 – Adobe Connect
- March 8, 2016 – In Person
- May 10, 2016 – Adobe Connect
- July 12, 2016 – In Person
- September 13, 2016 – In Person
- November 8, 2016 – Adobe Connect
Assisted Living Forum Guest Speakers
Medicare Part D Prescription Presentation by Vicki Buchholz from the Board on Aging and Long Term Care
Vicki gave an overview of the Medicare prescription drug coverage available to persons aged 60 and above. She reviewed Medicare Part A and B but spent most of the time reviewing Medicare Part D and how providers can help their residents reduce their medication costs – which may help to extend their stay with you as a provider longer before they need to move on. The only way for residents to know what the best plan to go with would to compare the plans on Medicare.gov. WALA will be sharing more on this topic in a future blog post.
Clarification from the May – June Newscapsule by Doug Englebert, Division of Quality Assurance
Doug Englebert wanted to clarify an article from the May-June Newscapsule regarding verbal informed consent in administering psychotropic medications. Residents have the right to be informed of their care and in CBRFs, when DHS 94 applies, verbal consent is only allowed in emergency situations or when time and/or distance are a problem and there is a risk of harm to the patient. Verbal consent is valid for 10 days, during which time informed consent shall be obtained in writing. More information about client rights and informed consent.
Englebert also spoke to the group about electronic physician orders. There have been instances of providers having electronic orders without signatures and other information needed provided. When orders are printed, the security features and electronic signatures are not part of the print out. Orders are invalid without a physicians signature. Pharmacies will need to call the physician to confirm and accept the order when given an electronic order that has been printed. The electronic orders do work properly when sent from computer to computer – and if the order is sent to the pharmacy, the pharmacy then can provide you a valid order. If the printed electronic order is hand signed by the physician it would also be valid. More information about electronic record keeping in assisted living.
Dementia Care Training by Kim Stuyvenberg, CCDET – UW Oshkosh
Overview of Supporting Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Online Training Course by Suzanna Waters Castillo, Ph.D., MSSW, UW-Madison and Barbara Bowers, Associate Dean for Research UW School of Nursing
Both of these presentations offered additional resources and training to these select client group providers. For more information about the training is available at: