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July 23, 2013

Consumer Voice and NORC Webinar on Proposed LTCOP Regulations

On Monday, July 29th, the Consumer Voice and National LTC Ombudsman Resource Center are holding a webinar entitled "State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs Proposed Rule: Webinar for the Consumer Voice Network."  This webinar will discuss the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) for State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs that was published on June 18, 2013. Becky Kurtz, Director, Office of LTCO Programs with AoA of ACL, will give an overview of the proposed rule, as well as information on how and where to submit comments on the rule by the August 19, 2013 deadline.  There will also be an opportunity for Q&A with Becky following her presentation. 

This webinar is open to State and Local Ombudsmen, Citizen Advocacy Group members, independent advocates and long-term care consumers. Registration is limited. To maximize participation, we ask that individuals from the same organization please share a phone line and only register one person.  We reserve the right to decline registration requests from multiple individuals from one organization.
Once we reach the maximum number of participants, a waiting list will be created and we will notify individuals on the waiting list if additional openings become available. The webinar will be recorded and made available on the Consumer Voice website. If you have any questions, please contact Lori Smetanka at lsmetanka@theconsumervoice.org.

Register now.

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Alliance for Aging Research Releases New Fact Sheet on Healthcare-Associated Infections

The Alliance for Aging Research released a new fact sheet in its Silver Book: Chronic Disease and Medical Innovation in an Aging Nation series.  The latest addition to The Silver Book series paints a comprehensive picture of the growing burden of healthcare-associated infections, and the value of innovation to help reduce that burden.  The factsheet was released at a call-in event, held in partnership with the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology; and featured medical experts, an economist, a patient representative, and leaders from the partnering organizations. For more information, read the press release.

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MA Advocates Give Strong Showing at State Hearing on Psychoactive Drugs and Informed Consent

Advocates in Massachusetts gave a strong showing at the state Elder Affairs Committee oversight hearing on July 16th on prescription of psychoactive drugs and informed consent.  The hearing featured a panel including Toby Eldeman, a senior policy attorney with the Center for Medicare Advcoacy Inc, Arlene Germain, President of the Massachusetts Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (MANHR), and several advocates who shared personal stories.  For more information about the issues and hearing in Massachusetts, read articles in the Boston Globe, Enterprise News, and the release from the State House News Service.

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Materials Available from CMS Webinar on Medicaid Administrative Claiming

On June 18th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a clarification of its policy regarding Medicaid administrative claiming by State Medicaid Agencies related to the services of States’ Long – Term Care Ombudsman Program. A webinar was hosted by ACL on July 9 in which CMS presented this policy. The CMS Power Point, audio tape and transcripts of the presentation can be found on AoA's website.

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Materials Available from NORC and NCLC Webinar on Transfer and Discharge

The recording and materials are now available from the National LTC Ombudsman Resource Center and National Consumer Law Center's webinar "Involuntary Transfer/Discharge: A Growing Problem We Can Do Something About." This webinar detailed the transfer and discharge provisions of the Nursing Home Reform Law and provided strategies and resources on handling transfer discharge cases.  Access the materials on NORC's website.

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Reminder: Resident's Voice Challenge Deadline is Friday

The Resident's Voice Challenge submissions are due this Friday, July 26th.  The Resident’s Voice is an opportunity for residents from facilities across the country to share their ideas about this year’s Residents’ Rights Month theme with other residents, ombudsmen, families, community members and nursing home staff.  Send submissions electronically to: info@theconsumervoice.org.  For more information, visit the Consumer Voice website.

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About The Gazette

The Gazette is a weekly e-newsletter, published by the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care and the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center. If you do not wish to continue receiving this publication, please unsubscribe. Your contributions and comments are welcome and should be sent to swells@theconsumervoice.org. Copyright © 2013.

The Consumer Voice is the leading national voice representing consumers in issues related to long-term care, helping to ensure that consumers are empowered to advocate for themselves. We are a primary source of information and tools for consumers, families, caregivers, advocates and ombudsmen to help ensure quality care for the individual. The Consumer Voice's mission is to represent consumers at the national level for quality long-term care, services and supports.

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