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Assisted Living Quality and Regulatory Executive Advisory Committee meets in person three times each year and as needed via conference call. The committee serves as an advisory panel to the WHCA CEO on all things regulatory and quality within the assisted living profession and community. The committee also promotes the nationally-acclaimed Quality Initiatives and Baldrige Quality Awards programs sponsored by our national affiliate, National Center for Assisted Living. The committee is supported by Vicki McNealley, PhD, MN, RN, Director of Assisted Living for WHCA. This committee will have a new chair soon.

Group Retrospective Rating Program Committee (GRRP) meets monthly and reviews the work of WHCA’s third party administrator and monitors individual facility claim losses. The committee also works to recommend safety products and services and to develop safety-related training programs for facilities. Voting is limited to participating members of the GRRP program. The committee is currently chaired by Carol Ann Andrews, Assistant Administrator at Sequim Health and Rehabilitation Center, and staffed by Diana Hitchings, WHCA Controller.

Member Services Committee meets on an as-needed basis and focuses on developing member services programs including the WHCA Group Purchasing program offered by Navigator for WHCA. This committee is currently chaired by Carol Ann Andrews, Assistant Administrator at Sequim Health and Rehabilitation Center, and staffed by Diana Hitchings, WHCA Controller.

Skilled Nursing Facility Quality and Regulatory Executive Advisory Committee meets in person three times each year and as needed via conference call. The committee serves as an advisory panel to the WHCA CEO on all things regulatory and quality within the skilled nursing profession and community. The committee also promotes the nationally-acclaimed Quality Initiatives and Baldrige Quality Awards programs sponsored by our national affiliate, American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living. The committee is chaired by Lisa Evans, Regional Director of Operations for HCR ManorCare, and supported by Elena Madrid, RN, BSN, WHCA Executive Vice President for Regulatory Affairs.

Skilled Nursing Facility Reimbursement Committee meets as needed and focuses on cost reimbursement for skilled nursing facilities in Washington. The committee works together to promote legislation and policy change for better funding in long term care. The committee is chaired by Dan Porter, CFO of Regency Pacific Management, and is staffed by Robin Dale, WHCA CEO, Brenda Orffer, WHCA Executive Vice President, and Lauri St. Ours, WHCA Executive Vice President for Governmental Relations.

WHCA-PAC Committee exists to support those elected officials who make policy and fiscal decisions supporting skilled nursing and assisted living care for Washington Citizens. The WHCA-PAC includes the WHCA CEO, two skilled nursing facility representatives, two assisted living facility representatives, and two representatives-at-large. The WHCA-PAC members are selected by the WHCA Board of Directors, based on the recommendations of a PAC nominations committee. The WHCA-PAC generally meets two to three times per year to review candidate/legislator positions on priority issues for skilled nursing and assisted living providers. The committee is chaired by Lee Field and staffed by Lauri St. Ours, WHCA Executive Vice President for Governmental Relations.