- There were a record number of new facilities in 2012. There were 363 new facilities in 2012 and 337 facilities that closed. The most prominent reason was change in ownership, accounting for 118 of these cases.
- There were 916 complaints filed against AL facilities in 2012 – this ties the record of 916 in 2002. The top complaint was resident rights.
- The Bureau’s goals for 2013-14 include: reducing serious violations, continued and expanded collaboration, making more information available to the public and providers online, and supporting and encouraging innovation.
Caregiver Background Check Automation
Beginning on April 2, four-year renewals of DQA caregiver background checks can be completed online through a new electronic system.
The Bureau circulated a draft memo “Guidelines for Use of Electronic Record Keeping in Assisted Living” during the meeting. They are seeking input from providers by April 5.
Comments can be sent to WilliamR.Gardner@wi.gov
- One care provider in attendance referenced state Assembly Republicans’ “Right the Rules” initiative in which they are looking at reforms to the state’s administrative code to make it less complex, particularly for small business owners. She suggested that perhaps this could be an opportunity for assisted living providers to address burdensome regulations that don’t impact patient health or safety.
- Another provider suggested that the increased number of complaints might stem from staffing cuts and experienced providers leaving the industry due to rate cuts, demonstrating how rate cuts might be negatively impacting quality care.