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What’s at Stake in Current Federal Budget Proposals
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Adult Day Health Care: An Unbelievable Cost Containment Resource that Is Underfunded and Underutilized
For those who think Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) is just day care…think again! Yes, it’s a place for family members to drop-off their aging parents while they head off to work, run errands or simply use the time to get a little (and often much needed) respite from their 24/7 caregiving duties. But, ADHCs are so much more than a place to drop off Mom and Dad for part of a day. Read Russell D. Foster's featured article in MAZARS USA HEALTHCARE TRENDS,Sept 2017.
The Effect of Adult Day Program Attendance on Emergency Room Registrations, Hospital Admission and Days in Hospital: A Propensity-Matching Study
Research by Ronald Kelly, PhD finds a decreased reliance on costly health care services by seniors who attend adult day programs. Read Abstract and Full Article | JUN 2017 | The Gerontologist, Volume 57, Issue 3, Pages 552–562.
HELP II Loan Program -- Affordable Capital
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.
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What's New . . . DECEMBER 8, 2017
CMS Temporarily Suspends Improvements in QMB Notices
DEC 8, 2017 | Justice in Aging | Fact Sheet
On October 2, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiated changes in the Provider Remittance Advice and the Medicare Summary Notice (MSN) to show more clearly that Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs) may not be charged for Medicare deductibles and co-insurance. Unfortunately, CMS will be temporarily suspending these system changes as of December 8 because of significant unforeseen issues affecting provider payments. CMS is working to address the problem and reinstate the new systems sometime in 2018.
The temporary suspension of the system improvements does not affect the rights of QMBs. QMBs do not owe deductibles and co-insurance for any Medicare Part A or Part B services.
The suspension also does not affect another change, instituted in November, that enables providers to confirm QMB eligibility before serving individuals, using the same systems through which they check other insurance coverage.
To learn more about these developments, read our fact sheet.
For more information on QMB protections, see the CMS QMB Program webpage. For tools that advocates can use to assist QMB clients who have been improperly billed, go to Justice in Aging’s Improper Billing page.
Strengthening Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports in an Evolving Policy Environment: A Toolkit for States
DEC 2017 | Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. (CHCS) | Toolkit
Long-term services and supports (LTSS) enable more than 12 million Americans to meet their personal care needs and live with dignity and independence in a variety of community and institutional settings. With Medicaid LTSS expenditures of more than $140 billion annually and the aging population projected to grow 18 percent by 2020, the increasing demand for LTSS is putting more pressure on Medicaid at both the federal and state levels. As a result of these challenges, states are seeking to reform their Medicaid LTSS systems to both improve care quality and contain program costs.
A new toolkit, developed by CHCS and Manatt Health with support from The SCAN Foundation and the Milbank Memorial Fund, provides a targeted menu of LTSS reform strategies adopted by state innovators that may be replicated by other states. It identifies concrete policy strategies, operational steps, and federal and state authorities that states have used to advance their LTSS reforms. It also highlights opportunities and challenges that states faced in designing and implementing reforms.
Other stakeholders, such as federal and state legislators, health plans, and providers, may find the toolkit helpful to identify opportunities for collaboration with state Medicaid agencies on future LTSS reform efforts.
Long-Term Care in America:
Views on Who Should Bear the Responsibilities and Costs of Care
DEC 2017 | AP-NORC Center | Overview | Report [HTML :: PDF]
The AP-NORC Center’s fifth annual Long-Term Care Poll explores how older Americans feel about the services and support in their community, the country’s preparedness to meet the care needs of an aging population, and other attitudinal trends.
Results from the 2017 Long-Term Care trends poll find that two-thirds of Americans age 40 and older feel the country is not prepared for the rapid growth of the older adult population. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey also finds that at the local level, less than half of older Americans say their community is doing a good job of meeting older adults’ needs for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home health care aides to provide long-term care. Additionally, a majority of older adults say they would like the federal government to devote a lot or a great deal of effort this year to helping people with the costs of ongoing living assistance. READ MORE
Millennials and Dementia Caregiving in the United States
DEC 4, 2017 | USC Roybal Institute | Issue Brief | Full Report
Today, the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging and UsAgainstAlzheimer’s released a issue brief that shows that one out of six millennial caregivers cares for someone with dementia. With the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias expected to reach nearly 16 million in the U.S. by 2050 from 5 million today, more millennials and young Americans are expected to face caregiving responsibilities in the future.
“Caregiving to family members with dementia can be a full-time job. Caring for the millennial caregiver is a societal investment with the potential of delaying family burdens and health care costs in the future,” said María Aranda, associate professor and interim executive director at the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging.
The Many Faces of Caregivers:
A Close-Up Look at Caregiving and Its Impacts
Regional Perspectives: California
NOV 2017 | Transamerica Institute | Survey Report
This national survey of 3,000+ non-professional caregivers examines their duties and the impact caregiving has on their personal health and well-being, employment, finances and retirement preparations. It also offers detailed findings about care recipients, including their health status and financial situation. The survey report comprises these chapters:
- Primary vs. Non-Primary. This chapter contains a portrait of today’s caregivers based on 26 key indicators measuring caregiving’s impacts on both the caregiver and care recipient.
- Influences of Demographics on Caregiving. These chapters are demographic segmentation analyses by voluntary status, employment status, gender, generations, household income, and ethnicity. Each chapter presents a concise set of 26 key measures for each demographic segment.
- Regional Perspectives: California is supplemental report to The Many Faces of Caregivers that compares and contrasts California-based caregivers relative to the national population of caregivers.
Tell Your Representative to vote NO on Tax Bill
DEC 4, 2017 | CalDuals
The Republican tax bill is not done yet. The Senate passed its version of the bill early Saturday morning and now the House must either vote on the Senate’s bill, or the House and Senate must reconcile the differences between the bills before voting. This means there is still time to make your voices heard!
Call your Representative today and tell them to vote NO! 202-224-3121.
This tax bill provides a huge tax cut to the wealthy and big corporations at the expense of the health and well-being of millions of people. Under this bill, 87 million middle- and working-class families will see their taxes rise by 2027. However, the top 0.1 percent would receive an average tax cut of $208,060. In addition, by repealing the individual mandate, the bill will drive up premiums and make health insurance more unaffordable, taking health care away from 13 million Americans, including older adults and people with disabilities who are enrolled in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
The $1.5 trillion deficit caused by this legislation will trigger automatic cuts to certain federal programs, including $400 billion from Medicare over the next decade. Republicans will also use this $1.5 trillion deficit as an excuse to attempt to make additional cuts to programs we all depend on, like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, housing assistance, and SNAP.
Send an email directly to your representative or dial the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Representative.
Tell your Representative that this bill is outrageous, and that you do not support taking money from critical programs that everyone needs to finance a tax cut for the very wealthy.
Use our Fact Sheets to get more information on how this bill will harm older adults and threaten their health care.
Cal Duals CCI Monthly Update: November 2017
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2018 Open Enrollment for Medicare & Covered California
NOV 1, 2017 | Justice in Aging | California Fact Sheet | National Fact Sheet
Here’s what older adults need to know about this year’s Open Enrollment periods for both Medicare and Covered California.
Fall is open enrollment time for both Medicare beneficiaries and enrollees in Covered California purchasing coverage in 2018.
Justice in Aging’s California open enrollment fact sheet reveals who is impacted by fall open enrollment, covers critical dates for each group, and provides key information on actions to take to ensure continuous coverage.
- Medicare Part C and Part D enrollees should review their coverage options each year as Medicare Advantage and Prescription Drug plans can change their cost-sharing, provider networks, and drug formularies.
- Medicare’s open enrollment period is from October 15-December 7, 2017.
- Covered California open enrollment is from November 1-January 31, 2018.
- Open enrollment periods have been extended for victims of natural disasters like the California wildfires..
Key Issues in Long-Term Services and Supports Quality
OCT 27, 2017 | Charlene Harrington, Joshua M. Wiener, Leslie Ross, and MaryBeth Musumeci | Issue Brief
This issue brief discusses four key issues related to long-term services and supports (LTSS) including institutional and home and community-based services (HCBS) quality, highlighting major legislative and policy changes over the last 30 years. The Appendix Tables provide data about LTSS providers and consumers, summarize key federal laws and policies related to quality, and list selected federal quality measures.
What Are Adult Day Centers -- Besides The Basis For Political Insults?
OCT 11, 2017 | Forbes | Howard Gleckman
Adult day centers seem to have made it into the political debate in Washington, though not in a good way. In his nasty weekend back-and-forth with President Trump, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) suggested the White House has become an “adult care center” and wondered if the staff had “missed a shift” when Trump launched his Sunday Twitter storm. Yesterday, Rep Diane Black (R-TN)—who wants to run for governor — replied that the Senate“ is an adult day care center” that can't get anything done.
Leaving aside this mature level of political discourse, the name-calling does raise an important question: What are adult day centers and how do they work?
Adult day centers can be an important service to frail seniors and other people with disabilities who are living at home. They provide companionship, social support, and sometimes therapy and medical services. For people who live alone or even with a caregiver, adult day programs are an opportunity to get out of the house and spend time with others. Many, though not all, provide transportation to and from their centers. READ FULL ARTICLE
What’s at Stake in Current Federal Budget Proposals:
Fact Sheets by Congressional District
OCT 2017 | California Budget & Policy Center
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A number of current proposals at the federal level, put forth by the Trump Administration and congressional leaders, call for deep spending cuts to many important public services and systems that improve the lives of individuals and families across California.
Seniors & the Law: A Guide for Maturing Californians
SEPT 2017 | The State Bar of California
Seniors & the Law — A Guide for Maturing Californians is the third in a series of State Bar consumer education guides and is available in both English and Spanish. The guide addresses a number of issues confronting seniors, including:
- Finances and debt
- Social Security and insurance
- Housing and caregiving
- Elder abuse/elder fraud
- Grandparents' rights
- Divorce and remarriage
- Estate planning and legal services
Adult Day Health Care:
An Unbelievable Cost Containment Resource
that Is Underfunded and Underutilized
SEPT 2017 | MAZARS USA HEALTHCARE TRENDS
Featured Article by Russell D. Foster
For those who think Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) is just day care…think again! Yes, it’s a place for family members to drop-off their aging parents while they head off to work, run errands or simply use the time to get a little (and often much needed) respite from their 24/7 caregiving duties. But, ADHCs are so much more than a place to drop off Mom and Dad for part of a day. READ FULL ARTICLE
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. 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.
Learn more about CAADS
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.
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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
1107 9th Street, Suite 701 || Sacramento, CA 95814–3610
T: (916) 552-7400 || F: (866) 725-3123