By Government Policy Solutions:
The Department of Health Services Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) held a brief Assisted Living Forum last Tuesday to give updates on the following items:
- The division has revised its assisted living provider initial license applications.
- Only 40 facilities have signed up so far to participate in the electronic SOD/POC initiative. This new initiative allows facilities to receive a statement of deficiencies (SOD) and submit a plan of correction (POC) electronically. DQA officials are looking to increase participation and administered a survey to Assisted Living Forum participants about this initiative and their participation interest.
- DQA Assisted Living Bureau Director Alfred Johnson said that although in the past statements of deficiencies have not been posted online until an appeal has been resolved, they have determined this policy is inconsistent with the rest of the division and all SODs will be posted online moving forward, including those involved in an appeal process.
- The Northeast Regional Office will be moving back to Green Bay in late July or early August.
- Johnson went through three new DQA memos issued since the last Assisted Living Forum.
- Johnson referred to a new draft memo that has now been distributed for comments. This memo outlines the procedure for facilities requesting waivers, approvals, variances and exceptions to state administrative rules. The memo lays out how facilities should submit their waiver/variance requests to the central office.
- DQA hopes to move to electronic licensure, or e-licensure, in the future. Currently, licensure is a manual process of downloading forms, paying via checks, etc. DQA will be looking for input from providers on a system to make this an automated process.
- Johnson went through the Serious Violation list that was originally referenced at the last Assisted Living Forum in March. There are 125 items on the Serious Violation 2012 list, and Johnson said it is his goal to reduce the number of violations in 2013. He hopes to reduce violations through greater outreach to providers via association training sessions and Assisted Living Forums. Johnson noted that the trends include: falls with injuries, delay in actions, treatment plans not updated after a change in status, and wandering, among others.
See related links below for items referenced during last week’s Assisted Living Forum.