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Next CAADS Webinar | APR 13
A CONVERSATION ABOUT ELDER ABUSE
Next CAADS Conference | APR 25-27
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (Pacific) | PRESENTER: Joe Rodrigues, State Long Term Care Ombudsman, California Department of Aging | Watch for registration details coming soon.
TRANSFORMING THE CONTINNUM OF CARE
HELP II Loan Program -- Affordable Capital
CAADS Spring Conference & Membership Meeting | Berkeley, CA
Register by APRIL 12, to avoid "On-Site" rates
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The HELP II Loan Program, administered by the California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA) within the State Treasurer’s Office, offers low cost loans to assist eligible health facilities wanting to expand and improve services to their clients and the greater community. Learn more at www.treasurer.ca.gov/chffa/programs/help.
Fact Sheet: California
Changing Medicaid to a Block Grant or Per Capita Cap Could Hurt Californians
AARP Public Policy Institute | Fact Sheet 404 | Brendan Flinn | MAR 2017
Medicaid Funding Caps Would Harm Older Americans
Justice in Aging | Fact Sheet (2/17/2017) | Issue Brief | FEB 3, 2017
Everything You Need To Know About Block Grants - The Heart of GOP's Medicaid Plans
California Healthline | Shefali Luthra | JAN 25, 2017
What's New . . . MARCH 29, 2017
California-Specific Findings from Cal MediConnect Evaluations Summarized for CAADS Members
MAR 27, 2017 | Justice in Aging | Amber Christ, Senior Staff Attorney
RTI has released two reports this month that offer an evaluation of California's duals demonstration – Cal MediConnect – as well as other demos across the country. RTI will also release its full California-specific evaluation in the next few months.
CAADS members may view a brief summary of each report with regard to California-specific findings on the Members Only page. Special thanks to Amber Christ, Senior Staff Attorney with Justice in Aging, for preparing the summary.
1. Early Findings on Care Coordination in Capitated Medicare-Medicaid Plans Under the Financial Alignment Initiative | Full Report, MAR 2017
2. Beneficiary Experience: Early Findings from Focus Groups with Enrollees Participating in the Financial Alignment Initiative | Full Report, MAR 2017
SSA Recently Finalized Two New Sets of Regulations
MAR 27, 2017 | Justice in Aging | Income Network Alert
In the waning days of the Obama Administration, the Social Security Administration (SSA) finalized two new sets of regulations that will have significant impacts on the disability determination process for those applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and those applying for Supplemental Security Income benefits on the basis of disability.
The first set of regulations, Ensuring Program Uniformity at the Hearing and Appeals Council Levels of the Administrative Review Process, was finalized on December 16, 2016 and published at 81 Federal Register 90987. Although the notice says that the rule goes into effect on January 17, 2017, it also states that “compliance is not required until May 1, 2017.”
The second set of regulations, Revisions to Rules Regarding the Evaluation of Medical Evidence, was published on January 18, 2017 at 82 Federal Register 5844. These regulations become effective on March 27, 2017, although many aspects will only apply to claims filed on or after that date. M O R E
CAADS SPRING CONFERENCE:
Transforming the Continuum of Care
April 25-27, 2017 | Doubletree Berkeley Marina Hotel
Register by APRIL 12, to avoid "On-Site" Rates
Extreme Measures Author Dr. Jessica Zitter to Speak at General Session April 26
Dr. Zitter is featured in the 2017 Oscar Nominated short documentary Extremis, which won top honors at the Tribeca and San Francisco International Film Festivals and is now streaming on Netflix. Her book, Extreme Measures, charts Dr. Zitter's journey from wanting to be one kind of hero to becoming another—a doctor who prioritizes the patient's values and preferences over all other factors. Books will be available for purchase throughout the conference, and Dr. Zitter will be available for book signing following her presentation Wednesday morning.
Join us at the DoubleTree Berkeley Marina Hotel for a great line-up of educational sessions and networking opportunities as we explore the conference theme, Transforming the Continuum of Care.
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Cal Duals Update
MAR 2017 Update (PDF) (Word) | Source: CalDuals.org (3/23/2017)
Recording and Handouts Now Available for CAADS Recent Webinar:
How Health Literacy, Plain Language and Teach-Back Support Person Centered Care
MAR 21, 2017 | CAADS | Order Form: Fill-in :: Write-on
The recent CAADS Webinar, How Health Literacy, Plain Language and Teach-Back Support Person Centered Care, was a great success and full of relevant best practice real life examples! If you missed this webinar, you can still obtain the information by ordering the webinar materials. For the same cost as webinar registration, you get the following:
- PowerPoint Slides
- Handout: Everyday Words for Public Health Communication
- Handout: Plain Language: Getting Started or Brushing Up
- Handout: A Plain-Language Checklist for Reviewing Your Document
Medicare Card Fraud Alert
MAR 15, 2017 | California Health Advocates
Due to Congress' passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) in 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is required to remove Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards, and will do so starting in April 2018. This change is to prevent fraud and protect people's identity. Yet with any new change, scammers take advantage of potential confusion.
We've received several reports of beneficiaries getting calls from such scammers claiming to be from Medicare and asking for payment to receive their new Medicare card, or asking them to verify their Medicare number. This is a scam, as there is no cost to the new cards, AND Medicare will never call to verify someone's number, as they already have it.
To help educate beneficiaries and their families on this matter, we've created a short fraud alert on the upcoming change in their Medicare card and to be aware of scams.
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New Issue Brief on Nursing Facility Admissions
MAR 14, 2017 | Justice in Aging
The revised federal nursing facility regulations that went into effect in late November 2016 mean many changes for residents, family members, advocates, and others. These regulations govern most aspects of nursing facility operations, and apply nationwide to any nursing facility that accepts Medicare and/or Medicaid reimbursement.
This issue brief, Admissions, goes over the types of waivers that are no longer allowed during the admission process, talks about new prohibitions on financial guarantees and arbitration agreements, and outlines what facilities are required to disclose to prospective residents. This is the fifth issue brief in a series about the revised regulations that Justice in Aging, along with the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, and the Center for Medicare Advocacy has released. All of the briefs can be found here.
Also, the same three organizations are presenting a webinar tomorrow that will discuss how the revised regulations address admission, visitation, and rehabilitation services. Registration information is available here.
Medicaid: A Last Resort for People Needing Long-Term Services and Supports
MAR 13, 2017 | AARP Public Policy Institute | Full Report
Medicaid is a lifeline for millions of children and adults with disabilities and older people who depend on the program for health care and assistance with long-term services and supports (LTSS) such as toileting, bathing, and dressing. Medicaid is the nation’s largest publicly funded health and LTSS insurance program for people with low incomes.
Although most older adults will not rely on Medicaid, it is estimated that nearly one out of five of them will need the program to help pay for LTSS at some time during their lives. For people who need extensive services, the private cost without the program can be extremely high, far beyond what they can afford. For these individuals, Medicaid becomes a program of last resort.
Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures - 2017
MAR 10, 2017 | Alzheimer's Association | REPORT | INFOGRAPHIC
MAR 9, 2017 | California Department of Aging CBAS Branch
Don’t Miss Upcoming Training Opportunities for CBAS Providers and Managed Care Plans!
- California Association for Adult Day Services (CAADS) Spring Conference, “Transforming the Continuum of Care”, April 25-27, 2017, at the Doubletree Berkeley Marina Hotel, Berkeley, CA.
- Justice in Aging webinar, “Older Adults and Health Care Decision-Making in Clinical Settings”, Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 10a.m. to 11a.m. PDT
CAADS Spring Conference & Membership Meeting - REGISTER NOW!
Early Registration Ends March 15th
Registration is underway for the CAADS Spring Conference 2017, scheduled for April 25-27, 2017 at the DoubleTree Berkeley Marina Hotel, Berkeley, CA. Hotel and conference registration information is posted on the CAADS website or call/e-mail CAADS: 916-552-7400; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conference theme is Transforming the Continuum of Care. Kevin Prindiville, Executive Director at Justice in Aging, will provide the keynote address, “High Stakes for Older Adults in 2017.” A range of practical workshops will be offered for both Adult Day Programs and ADHC/CBAS centers including motivational interviewing, mindfulness based dementia-care, meaningful activities for persons with a dementia, honoring choice in dementia care while mitigating risk, high-risk medications and interactions in the elderly, quality measures and metrics for CBAS centers, and more. A panel of managed care plan partners will end the conference discussing innovative practices and partnerships to improve services for persons needing long term services and support. M O R E
New Fact Sheet: SSI Essential for Older Adults
MAR 7, 2017 | Justice in Aging Income Network Alert | New SSI Fact Sheet
Millions of seniors and people with disabilities rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to make ends meet. There are people relying on SSI to survive in every community in the country. The majority of SSI recipients are women, and the program is especially beneficial for people of color and people with limited English proficiency. It’s also an essential safety net for older adults who do not receive sufficient Social Security income because they worked in low-wage or seasonal jobs, or stayed home from work to care for family members.
With leaders in Congress intent on cutting safety net benefits, it’s critical that advocates proactively educate lawmakers, the media, and fellow advocates about the important role SSI plays in ensuring that some of the most vulnerable people in our communities can meet their basic needs for shelter, food, and other necessities.
Please use this new Justice in Aging SSI fact sheet that shows who relies on SSI, why it’s important, and the dangers cuts to the program would pose for low-income families and communities.
New Fact Sheet: Medicare Part D - 2017 Transition Rights
FEB 8, 2017 | Justice in Aging Health Network Alert | Fact Sheet
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires that sponsors of Medicare Part D prescription drug plans provide beneficiaries with access to transition supplies of needed medications to protect them from disruption and give adequate time to move over to a drug that is on a plan’s formulary (medication list), file a formulary exception request or, particularly for Low Income Subsidy (LIS) recipients, enroll in a different plan.
Transition rules apply to stand-alone Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs), Medicare Advantage Plans with Prescription Drug Coverage (MA-PDs), and Medicare-Medicaid Managed Care Plans participating in the Dual Eligible Financial Alignment Demonstrations.
Transition rules are particularly important for low-income beneficiaries who were automatically reassigned to new plans, which may or may not cover their medications.
In addition, all plans change their formularies each year, so even people who remain in the same plan may find that their plan no longer covers their medications or has newly imposed utilization management requirements.
To assist advocates with transition issues, this fact sheet sets out the CMS minimum requirements for all plans.
For further information, contact Georgia Burke, email@example.com.
Your Donations Help!
Three (3) great opportunities to further support Adult Day Services:
- CAADS STATE ADVOCACY FUND
- CAADS MANAGED CARE CONSULTING FUND
- ALE NINA M. NOLCOX SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Learn more and DONATE today -- thank you!
California Association for Adult Day Services, a 501 (c) 6 non-profit grassroots-driven organization, advocates for the growth and development of adult day services in California and nationally. CAADS was the first state association formed in the United States for the purpose of advancing adult day services. Centers in membership with CAADS provide innovative day programs that support individuals with physical or mental disabilities and older adults with Alzheimer's disease and their families.
A nationally recognized leader in the field of aging, the Association is governed by the CAADS Board of Directors and provides timely information, analysis, advocacy, technical assistance, education, and networking opportunities for its members. CAADS members agree to abide by the Association's Bylaws, Code of Ethics, and Anti-trust Policy.
CAADS Board of Directors: 2017
CAADS Annual Report: 2016 | 2015
Bylaws | Code of Ethics | Anti-trust Policy
The CAADS Members Only page features information and technical assistance specific to Adult Day Services, as highlighted below. For membership information, click here.
- State Budget Proposals, Legislative Alerts & Advocacy
- CBAS Waiver
- Medi-Cal Issues
- Medicare and Medi-Cal Dual Beneficiaries News & CCI / CalDuals Updates
- Managed Care Health Plans & CA Dept of Managed Health Care Updates
- ADHC / CBAS Licensing & Regulations (DPH, DHCS, CDA)
- Adult Day Program (ADP) Licensing & Regulations (DSS, CCLD)
- Funding Sources
- Education & Training Materials / Webinar Recordings
- Membership Roster
The Alliance for Leadership and Education (A.L.E.) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit arm of CAADS. Its mission is to advance innovation and quality in Adult Day Service through research and analysis, education and training, and leadership for the benefit of consumers and their caregivers.
NATIONAL ADULT DAY SERVICES ASSOCIATION (NADSA)
CAADS is a proud member of the National Adult Day Services Association.
Three representatives from California currently serve on the NADSA Board of Directors:
Corinne Jan, RN, PHN (NADSA Treasurer)
CEO, Family Bridges / Hong Fook Centers
Lydia Missaelides, MHA
Executive Director, CAADS
Amanda Sillars, MSW, LCSW
CEO, Total ADHC Solutions, Inc.
CARING FOR A VETERAN?
For help, call the VA Caregiver Support Line (toll-free):
Mon - Fri 8 AM - 11 PM (EST) || Sat 10:30 AM - 6 PM (EST)
TO REPORT FRAUD AND ABUSE
Call DHCS Medi-Cal Fraud Hotline:
The call is free and you can remain anonymous.
FREE FRAUD PREVENTION EDUCATION
The California Senior Medicare Patrol offers free fraud prevention education throughout the state.
To schedule a presentation, call 855-613-7080
See the SMP/Medicare fraud section at www.cahealthadvocates.org, for more information on ways to protect yourself from healthcare fraud and how to detect it.
If you come across any suspicious activity,
PLEASE REPORT IT AT
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California Association for Adult Day Services
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