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January 5, 2016

2015 White House Conference on Aging Publishes Report

The 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) has published a final report which includes a summary of the conference in July and the events leading up to it.  The report also includes a list of public and private initiatives announced and a compilation of feedback WHCOA received about the four main policy areas - retirement security, healthy aging, long-term services and supports and elder justice.  Access an online version of the report here.  Read a blog post about the report here.  If you are interested in a printed copy of the report, fill out this form.

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Consumer Voice Provides Comments to CMS on Revised Requirements for Discharge Planning

Consumer Voice has provided comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the proposed revised requirements for discharge planning for hospitals, critical access hospitals and home health agencies.  Consumer Voice commends the proposed rule in that it would make the discharge process more thorough, hold hospitals more accountable for the safety of patients, and better ensure patient involvement.  However,  Consumer Voice also points out that the proposed rule does not adequately inform individuals of the full scope of their rights related to discharge. Consumer Voice also provides feedback on the conditions of participation for hospitals and specialized providers. Read the full letter here.

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ABA Commission on Law and Aging Posts 2015 Adult Guardianship State Legislative Update

The ABA Commission on Law and Aging has posted its 2015 adult guardianship state legislative update.  The 28-page update includes information on the 33 state enactments on adult guardianship from 18 states this year,  as compared with 19 enactments from 17 states in 2014. Texas alone passed a total of ten bills – a “big set of enactments for the big state,” especially including measures on individual rights and less restrictive alternatives, and enacting the nation’s first statutory recognition of supported decision-making agreements. Nevada made significant changes, including a licensure requirement. Florida made
extensive amendments affecting the selection and authority of guardians. The Ohio Supreme Court approved a long-awaited set of standards for guardians. Two states passed the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act.  Read the update here.

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Spotlight on Educational Resources

The Consumer Voice and the National Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC) have a multitude of resources available online covering a wide range of long-term care topics.  Visit the Consumer Voice website and the NORC website to explore all the available resources.  Take a look at this week's highlighted resource:

Consumer to Consumer: Tips for a Successful Nursing Home Transition - Moving out of a nursing home and back into the community can be difficult.  The purpose of this Tip Sheet is to share with you suggestions for steps you can take to make your move go as smoothly as possible. These recommendations come directly from people who have already transitioned so you can learn from their experiences.

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In this Issue

2015 White House Conference on Aging Publishes Report

Consumer Voice Provides Comments to CMS on Revised Requirements for Discharge Planning

ABA Commission on Law and Aging Posts 2015 Adult Guardianship State Legislative Update

Spotlight on Educational Resources

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