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Beneficiary Groups Concerned CMS’ Nursing Home Guidance Could Lower Penalties

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Inside Health Policy: Beneficiary Groups Concerned CMS’ Nursing Home Guidance Could Lower Penalties [Article unavailable online] (8/23/17) New nursing home guidance issued by CMS in July includes two major penalty exceptions that concern beneficiary advocates. The exceptions sanction per-instance, instead of per-day, penalties for facilities with good compliance histories and situations where a single isolated incident causes harm to a resident. According to Justice in Aging’s Eric Carlson, per-day penalties provide erring nursing home with incentive to correct compliance issues and reduce noncompliance issues. He expects that nursing homes, under the new guidance, will face more per-instance penalties, instead of large, accumulating per-day penalties. “I’ve certainly seen situations in the past where a facility is willing to pay the penalty as a fee for doing business,” Carlson said.

California Lawsuit Aims To Protect Spouses Of Disabled From Financial Ruin

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California Healthline: California Lawsuit Aims To Protect Spouses Of Disabled From Financial Ruin (7/10/2017) Justice in Aging, along with partner advocacy groups, filed a lawsuit against the State of California for failing to implement a Medicaid federal spousal impoverishment law meant to protect patients and their partners from becoming impoverished while paying for in-home care. Plaintiffs seek to compel the State of California to implement the law back to January 1, 2014, to notify individuals who potentially were eligible for the protections of their rights, and to reimburse them for any out-of-pocket expenses they paid that should have been free.

As Demand for At-Home Care Grows, States Debate How to Pay for It

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Governing.com: As Demand for At-Home Care Grows, States Debate How to Pay for It (7/2017) Justice in Aging’s Kevin Prindiville discusses the increasing funding need for at home and in-community-based programs as older Americans opt to stay home. “The trend is shifting at every level to care at home and in community-based settings. People are increasingly asking for and expecting this.”

The Republican Health Care Bill is Bad News for Your Grandparents. And Your Parents. And You.

By | Affordable Care Act, BLOG, Health Care Defense, Medicaid, Medicare, Nursing Homes | No Comments
Who needs Medicaid? Probably someone you know. Medicaid is the backstop government program that provides coverage when someone can’t afford necessary health care. Historically, Medicaid coverage focused on children, older adults, and persons with disabilities, although 2010’s Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid coverage to some low-income adults without disabilities. The Better Care Reconciliation Act, which Senate Republicans just released, not only aims to take away the expanded coverage, but also makes deep cuts to the core Medicaid program that inevitably will lead to health care rationing. Read More

Nursing homes turn to eviction to drop difficult patients

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Associated Press: Nursing homes turn to eviction to drop difficult patients (5/08/2016) Rates of nursing home evictions are increasing, despite the decline in the number of nursing homes and nursing home residents in the U.S. Resident advocates argue that evictions, or involuntary transfers, are carried out without proper justification and target residents who are poor and suffering from dementia. Nursing homes that have no legal cause for eviction sometimes “try and take the easy way out and refuse to let the person back in (from hospitalization),” said Justice in Aging’s Attorney Eric Carlson.

Advancing Health Equity for Older Adults

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When John’s partner, Jack, moved into a nursing facility, the staff, who were uncomfortable assisting a gay man, let 16 days pass before helping him take a shower. “He was finally taken in for a shower by a staff member with empathy,” John shared. Afraid of future neglect and discrimination, John began checking Jack out of the nursing facility and bringing him home to their apartment to help Jack shower and shave.

John should not have to worry about a nursing facility neglecting Jack due to his sexual orientation. As an 83 year-old caregiver, John should not face the additional burden of replacing Jack’s neglected care. Read More

Five Steps to Resolving Common Nursing Home Problems

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By popular demand, we’ve updated and re-released 20 Common Nursing Home Problems—and How to Resolve Them. This guide discusses some of the most common—and most problematic—nursing home practices, and explains what residents and family members can do to fight back. Here’s a sneak-peek summary of how you can empower yourself to resolve these common problems. Read More

How California’s Assisted Living System Falls Short in Addressing Residents’ Health Care Needs

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REPORT - ISSUE BRIEF

The Problem: Can You Spot the Legal Violations in this Job Announcement?

California’s assisted living policy is surprisingly behind-the-times. 30 years ago, the assisted living system was created in California for residents without significant health needs. Today, assisted living residents are much sicker than they used to be, but there’s no solid quality of care standards for the facilities to follow to meet this need within the law. This leaves facilities in the precarious position of trying to meet residents’ health care needs, like for medication administration, sometimes by finagling their own solution like hiring a “med tech” or “med aide” –terms not defined in California law and without state education and testing standards.

Read the full issue brief here, including a quick quiz on the surprising legal violations found in many assisted living job announcements.