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February 4, 2014

LTCCC Releases Report on Mandatory Managed Care in New York Nursing Homes

The Long-Term Care Community Coalition (LTCCC) recently released a report entitled "Mandatory Managed Care in New York State Nursing Homes." The report provides a review and assessment of current access and quality as the state mandates Medicaid Managed Long-Term Care for nursing home residents. The study is meant to identify (to the greatest extent possible) the present state of MLTC plans' relationships (i.e., contracting for services) with nursing homes and assess how this may be useful for identifying potential strengths and weaknesses as the state mandates the inclusion of residential care in MLTC. Read the report.

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Consumer Education Materials Available from the Consumers for Quality Care, No Matter Where Initiative

Consumers for Quality Care, No Matter Where was a three-year initiative launched by the Consumer Voice in October 2010. The goal of the initiative was to expand the Consumer Voice’s national grassroots advocacy network to focus on issues faced by long-term care consumers who receive services and supports in non-nursing home settings and build a strong consumer voice to advocate for well-coordinated, accessible, quality long-term services and supports both at home and in the community.  A key component of the initiative is conducting pilot projects in five states – California, New Mexico, Ohio, Vermont, and Virginia. As part of this work, we created state-specific consumer educational materials that address the following topics: how to get good home care; where to turn for help with home care; and paying for long term care. In addition, we created a national fact sheet which addresses the question, "What is quality home care?" and gives consumers a roadmap for what quality care at home should look like. The fact sheets are available on our website and you can access them here.

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CMS Clarifies Reporting Requirements for Hospice Providers in Skilled Nursing Facilities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that new revisions to the Medicare Claims Processing manual are meant to clarify requirements for hospice providers operating in skilled nursing facilities. The Affordable Care Act granted CMS the authority to begin collecting additional data on hospice claims. The new requirements are scheduled to take effect for all claims with dates of service on or after April 1, 2014. For more information, read the article in McKnight's.

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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 info@theconsumervoice.org. Copyright © 2014.

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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