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Assisted Living Forum Summary from March 13, 2018

Monday, March 19, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sarah Bass
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From Forbes McIntosh, Government Policy Solutions, WALA Lobbyist


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services' Assisted Living Forum was held Tuesday, March 13, at Madison College, Madison. 

Among the discussions at Tuesday's Assisted Living Forum:
  • The Department highlighted a number of new publications & resources:
  • Reporting for Assisted Living - Bill Gardener presented information similar to what was presented at the November Forum, except that the publication has now been finalized. In particular, he emphasized that the guidance and form are still not a substitute for knowing the forms, and the self-reporting form is meant to help walk-through the type of information required for most reports.
  • State of Assisted Living - Alfred Johnson gave an overview of the information that will be presented in the State of Assisted Living report to be finalized next month. Some highlights include:
    • Lots of activity in licensing and certification. If you are operating a new CBRF at an existing site and the license for that site is not current, you must go through full plan review.
    • Accessibility. The Department is receiving a lot of requests for "split" licenses, which do not exist. If you haven't met the non-ambulatory requirements in a facility, you can not receive a non-ambulatory license.
    • Closure. The Department is seeing an increase in RAPID closures where, in some cases, the operator simply disappears. The Department does not have the ability or the resources to run a facility, and it has been difficult to meet residents' needs in transferring them to operating facilities. "Transfer trauma" is on the increase.
    • Complaints. Emphasized that the perception that "mom & pop" operators are responsible for the majority of "bad operators" is false. The most complaints are filed against corporate operators. The majority of complaints are filed by anonymous tipsters (36%), but only 29% of these are substantiated.  
    • Self-Reporting. Self-reports are on the increase and the majority of these are filed, rather than opened as a case.
    • Future Initiatives. These include: completion of the LEAN application process, completion of the Transition of Care Coordination Guide, and the implementation of regional forums

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