Over 200 people came to the Assisted Living Forum on January 20, 2015 held at the Madison College. For the first time, the live meeting was also recorded through Adobe Connect. Alfred Johnson, Director of the Bureau of Assisted Living, started the meeting with announcements including the following:
- Reminder that Plans of Correction (POCs) are due within 10 working days of the Statement of Deficiency (SOD). If you feel that you are unable to create a POC within that time frame, contact your Regional Director. You may be able to have an extension depending on the circumstances.
- A delayed egress memo will be available soon. The memo will describe the process for assisted living facilities who would like to put a delayed egress door in their facility. The process includes submitting an plan review application (P-62333). A delayed-egress door is a door that locks to prevent it from being opened for 15 to 30 seconds. These types of doors help prevent elopement from the facility.
- 2015 will bring another round of RESOLVE Forums. WALA along with other LTC Associations will be sending out more information about the sessions at a future date. Please contact Jim Murphy at WALA or Alfred Johnson if you have suggestions on improvement for the sessions.
- Save the date for Focus 2015 – November 18-19. November 18 will focus on “Transitions of Care” and November 19 will stay with the theme “Teach, Learn, Collaborate”.
- Alfred Johnson announced that the DHS website has a new look. DHS is working on a manual on how to effectively use the website.
One topic that was debated was the request by BAL to include the contract your facility may have with a Managed Care Organization (MCO) with the renewal of provider’s facility licenses. BAL is requesting you send in the first and last page of the MCO contract for purposes of verifying your status that you accept public funding. Your status is then published on the DHS website in the assisted living directories. If you do not submit your contract, BAL will remove the status that you accept public funding from the directories.
The main concern from providers about this topic at the AL Forum was the need for BAL to have facility’s contract information. Since many providers have “evergreen” contracts (meaning it is automatically renewed or made valid) from many years ago, the information sent to BAL could incorrectly be considered invalid or redundant. Another concern that was raised was that in some MCO contracts, it states that the provider shall not advertise that the provider uses Managed Care funding. WALA will let members know if there is any movement on these concerns. For now, BAL is still requesting the front and last sheet (signature sheet) from providers until further notice.
In addition to the above topics, the AL Forum had two guest speakers; Kim Marheine, from the Board on Aging and Long Term Care, who spoke about Boundaries of Surrogate Decision-Makers, and Maria Brenny-Fitzpatrick and Nancy Henry, who spoke about Interventions To Reduce Acute Care Transfers (INTERACT) for assisted living.