NMHCA Spotlight
NMHCA 64th Annual Convention and Expo: Early Bird Registration Now Open!

NMHCA/NMCAL's Board of Directors invites you to our 64th Annual Convention & Expo, Quality Trek. Our educational sessions will offer innovative ideas to continue to improve the quality of life and quality of care for New Mexico's frail elderly and disabled. Everyone is a winner when we provide quality care!

Take a look at the preliminary program, which highlights several education topics and provides the opportunity for early bird registration!

NMHCA Advocates
Medicaid Advisory Committee Appointment

Earlier this week, NMHCA Executive Director, Jason Espinoza, was appointed as a member of the New Mexico Medicaid Advisory Committee (MAC). The MAC advises the state's Medicaid Director and the NM Human Services Department Secretary regarding Medicaid policy development and program administration.

Payment & Managed Care Committee

The Payment & Managed Care Committee met yesterday to begin developing a written policy agenda and detailed policy positions that will guide the association's work in that arena. The committee will be working on positions related to payment models, system improvements, maximization of federal funds, and value-based purchasing. If you are interested in working with this committee, please contact Jason.

ICF/IID Task Force Members Meet with HSD

Yesterday, several members of the ICF/IID Task Force and the NMHCA Executive Director met with the New Mexico Human Services Department Secretary, Brent Earnest, to discuss the value ICF/IIDs provide to the community as well as several regulatory obstacles that facilities encounter. The group also gave their appreciation to the Secretary for providing a 3% increase for ICF/IIDs effective July 1st.  

LTC Policy Points
Review Your Performance Data

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is reminding skilled nursing providers that they have until Sunday, July 1, to review their performance data before it will be displayed publicly on the Nursing Home Compare website. Hospitalization rates for long-stay residents and broadened reporting of staffing levels will also be posted on Sunday.

Corrections to underlying data won't be permitted during this time, according to a CMS announcement Friday, but providers can request a review if they think their scores are inaccurate. Further information can be found here.

NMHCA Connects
American Health Care Association Resources

AHCA offers many resources skilled nursing centers and other long-term and post-acute care settings need to provide high-quality care. From survey and regulation to workforce and from quality improvement to payment, AHCA has training and information available just a click away. If you would like to view some of the many resources available, visit their website


Upcoming Events & Trainings
2018 Annual Convention
Preliminary Program
August 15-17, 2018
Isleta Resort & Casino

Certified Medication Aide
September 11-21,2018

Life Safety Code
September 24-25, 2018

Passenger Assistance Trainer Course
October 22-23, 2018

40 Hour Basic Course for Activity Directors
November 5-9, 2018
NMHCA Opportunities
Best of the Best Awards

Nominations are open through July 6, 2018. Download the nomination form here.

IDR Review Committee 

NMHCA has formed an IDR review committee to determine which aspects of the rules we would like to recommend be changed. NMHCA will then meet with the DOH Division of Health Improvement to discuss the proposal. If anyone would like to be on the review committee, please contact Pat Whitacre at 505-880-1088. Three members have volunteered their time already, and we will be meeting next week.  

Interested in Board Service?

Serving on the Board allows you to share your expertise to help NMHCA realize our mission of supporting you to help effect the quality of life and quality of care for New Mexico's frail elderly and disabled. If you are interested in being considered for a Board of Directors position by the nominating committee, please email Jason Espinoza.

Your Association – Your Decisions – Your Direction

Committee membership is one of the best ways to make your voice heard in determining the direction of New Mexico long-term care. When you get involved, you help recommend policies and help us provide resources that give people a real opportunity to improve the quality of life and quality of care of New Mexico’s frail elderly and intellectually disabled populations. View our committees here and let us know which ones you want to participate on by sending an email to Jason Espinoza.

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