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August 23, 2016

Urge Congress to Continue the Money Follows the Person Program

"I’m free!"  This is what many people of all ages say when they move out of an institutional setting or nursing facility and back to the community under the federal Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program.  MFP gives people the right to decide where they live and receive home and community services and supports. It provides assistance, support and funding to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, individuals with physical disabilities, and older adults who want to transition out of an institution or facility to their own home or a community residence.

Since 2005, MFP has assisted more than 51,000 people with moving into a setting of their choice, and has helped 44 states improve access to home and community-based services. In addition, the MFP program provides an important quality framework and data collection and reporting requirements to build a solid state HCBS infrastructure.
MFP is a program where everyone wins: individuals regain their independence, and state and federal governments save money because it costs less to provide services and supports in the community rather than in an institution.

Yet despite strong bi-partisan support, this crucial program is about to DISAPPEAR. Unless Congress takes action, the MFP program will end on Sept 30, 2016.  This means that fewer people will be able to move back into the community, and state progress and momentum to shift systems from institutional to more cost-effective home and community-based settings will be slowed. 

Tell your members of Congress to continue the Money Follows the Person program.  Send a message by clicking here.  Freedom should be for everyone!

Thank you for your advocacy!

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The Resident's Voice

What would you do if you were elected President of the United States?  What issues are most important to you?  In this current election year, everyone is talking about the issues that mean the most to them.  What about long-term care issues?  If the residents receiving care in your area or facility were running for President, what would they do, if anything, to improve the long-term care system?  What would their platform be?   Ask them as part of this year's Resident Voice!

Get them started in discussions with their peers in the facility by inviting them to share their views as a part of this year's Resident's Voice Challenge, in honor of 2016 Residents' Rights Month.  Creative writing and artistic expression are meaningful and compelling ways to communicate the importance of residents’ rights and how these rights can be carried out in all long-term care settings. Use this year's theme, "My Vote Matters," to get residents engaged in politics and the presidential election. (Click here for full Resident's Voice guidelines and criteria.)

Residents are invited to participate in the "Resident President" activity.  During this activity, residents are asked to imagine they are running for president with a platform of residents' rights.  Residents create a campaign poster, sharing what they stand for.  See an example of completed Resident President posters below (click the image to view larger).

Get started with the Resident President activity by purchasing a My Vote Matters Toolkit:

Remember, all Resident's Voice Challenge entries must be submitted by September 15th, so start organizing your activities now! For further info and more suggestions for activities, visit our website.

Questions? Contact info@theconsumervoice.org

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CFPB Creates Placemats to Help Prevent Elder Fraud

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has created placemats to be placed on meal trays across the country to help prevent elder fraud and exploitation.  The placemats provide tips for avoiding scams and can be distributed to a senior center, meal program, or to loved ones.

The placemats are available in English and Spanish and can be ordered for free here.  For more information, read CFPB's blog.

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CMS Increases Mandatory Enforcement in Nursing Homes

For the first time since 1994 when the federal nursing home enforcement regulations were published, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has increased the amount and type of situations when civil monetary penalties (CMPs) must be imposed without first giving the facilities an opportunity to correct their noncompliance.  The federal Nursing Home Reform Law mandates that CMS impose CMPs and other enforcement actions at nursing homes that violate the Requirements of Participation, the federal nursing home regulations.

CMS's new policy is effective for all nursing home surveys completed after September 1, 2016 and requires the immediate imposition of CMPs at nursing homes.

For more information, read the alert from the Center for Medicare Advocacy.

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ACL Awards $2.2 Million to Adult Protective Services Systems

The Administration for Community Living's (ACL) Administration on Aging has announced $2.2 million in grants to assist 13 state Adult Protective Services (APS) systems in addressing the abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older adults and individuals with disabilities.  States awarded grants are: Arizona, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, and Tennessee.  The two-year grants will be used to enhance statewide APS systems, improve practices and data collection, and interface with ACL's National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS).  For more information, read the announcement from ACL.

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New Report on California Nursing Home Chains by Ownership Type

Leslie Ross, Ph. D. and Charlene Harrington, Ph.D. from the University of California San Francisco have published a report entitled "California Nursing Home Chains By Ownership Type - Facility and Resident Characteristics, Staffing, and Quality Outcomes in 2015." The report reviews the type of ownership among California nursing homes.  It uses publicly available data on nursing home organization structure (for-profit vs. nonprofit; chain vs. non-chain), facility and resident characteristics, nursing staffing levels and quality outcomes to create a snapshot of the current state of California's nursing homes.  The report is intended for long-term care ombudsman programs, advocacy organizations, state licensing and certification agencies, the state attorney general, the public and policymakers. 

Read the report here.  Download the databook in Excel here.

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CMS/ACL Webinar on Innovative Strategies for Implementing the HCBS Rule

CMS and the Administration for Community Living are hosting a webinar panel of providers and consumers to share innovative strategies and models used in a variety of settings that effectively use resources, promote integration into the community, and support person-centered services.  The webinar entitled "Innovative Strategies for Implementing the HCBS Rules in Settings Serving Aging Americans" will include a panel that will speak about effective practices they have used and benefited from that can be repeated in other parts of the country through the lens of implementing the federal HCBS requirements.  The webinar is tomorrow, Wednesday, August 24th from 1:30pm - 3:00pm ET. Join the webinar 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:

Infection Prevention - In conjunction with the Health Education and Research Trust (HRET) of the American Hospital Association, the Consumer Voice partnered with 8 state long-term care ombudsman programs on a project to reduce health-care associated infections (HAIs) in nursing homes.  The project focused on infection prevention and on one HAI in particular- catheter associated urinary tract infections and infection prevention (CAUTI).  Find tools to educate and engage residents and families in CAUTI and infection prevention on our website.

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In this Issue

Urge Congress to Continue the Money Follows the Person Program

The Resident's Voice

CFPB Creates Placemats to Help Prevent Elder Fraud

CMS Increases Mandatory Enforcement in Nursing Homes

ACL Awards $2.2 Million to Adult Protective Services Systems

New Report on California Nursing Homes By Ownership Type

CMS/ACL Webinar on Innovative Strategies for Implementing the HCBS Rule

Spotlight on Educational Resources

Combined Federal Campaign


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