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April 25, 2017

Free Webinar - Part III of A Deeper Dive into the Revised Federal Nursing Home Regulations

The Consumer Voice, Justice in Aging, and Center for Medicare Advocacy are continuing to examine the revised federal nursing home regulations the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released on October 4, 2016.  Attend "A Deeper Dive into the Revised Federal Nursing Home Regulations - Part III" on Thursday, April 27th at 2:00pm ET. In this webinar, we will take a closer look at the following sections of the revised regulations:

  • Return to the Facility
  • Grievances
  • Resident & Family Councils
  • Quality of Care
Join this webinar to hear experts from all three organizations discuss changes in the regulations and their impact on the care delivered to consumers.

Eric Carlson, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging
Toby Edelman, Senior Policy Attorney, Center for Medicare Advocacy
Lori Smetanka, Executive Director, Consumer Voice
Register now.

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Share Your Medicaid Story on National Storytelling Day

Thursday, April 27th is National Storytelling Day, a time to gather stories highlighting the importance of daily lives and experiences in America.  On National Storytelling Day, Consumer Voice is inviting long-term care consumers and their families to share their story about why Medicaid is important in their lives.  As you all know, members of Congress are the ones who will decide what happens to Medicaid.  They need to hear why Medicaid is important to nursing home residents, other long-term care consumers and their families.  We have prepared questions to answer yourself or to guide an interview with someone else.  In addition, stories can be written or recorded with video.  You can submit the story via email, fileshare, or mail.  Please visit our website for interview questions and submission instructions.

Read stories we have already collected here.  We are hoping to collect one story per state.  Make sure your state is represented, and submit your Medicaid story to us this Thursday!

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Stand Up for Legal Aid

Legal Services Corporation (LSC) provides legal aid for 1.9 million individuals and families. LSC grantees provide civil legal aid for the poor, addressing matters involving safety, subsistence, and family stability.  Legal Aid is a critical support to elders, including residents of long-term care facilities.  Legal aid attorneys help residents facing eviction from nursing homes, provide support around issues of guardianship and powers of attorney, and assist individuals in accessing benefits for obtaining needed care and services.  Tell Congress why you support Legal Aid.

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Spread the Word About the Resident's Voice Challenge

All long-term care consumers are encouraged to participate in the 2017 Resident's Voice Challenge.  We are looking for creative responses - videos, poems, essays, or artwork - to this year's Residents' Rights Month theme, It's All About Me: My Life, My Care, My Choices.  Selected entries will be featured on the homepage of our website during the month of October.  Submit your entry by September 1, 2017 to be considered!

For more information about this year's Resident's Voice Challenge, visit our website.  Help us spread the word by using this flyer.  Contact info@theconsumervoice.org with any questions.

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LTCOP Volunteer Management Webinar on Model Materials and Best Practices

Sign up for the LTCOP Volunteer Management: Model Materials and Sharing of Best Practices webinar on May 31, 2017 3:00 PM EDT.

Register today.

This webinar is applicable to all staff representatives who certify, recruit, train and work with volunteer Ombudsmen. We’ll discuss the new model volunteer intake and risk management materials (e.g., application form, interview questions, code of ethics, acknowledgement form) and hear about recruitment ideas.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Spotlight on 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:

Revised Federal Nursing Home Regulations Issue Briefs - Consumer Voice, in partnership with Justice in Aging and the Center for Medicare Advocacy, developed a series of briefs entitled "A Closer Look at the Revised Nursing Facility Regulations."

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In this Issue

Free Webinar - Part III of A Deeper Dive into the Revised Federal Nursing Home Regulations

Share Your Medicaid Story on National Storytelling Day

Stand Up for Legal Aid

Spread the Word About the Resident's Voice Challenge

LTCOP Volunteer Management Webinar on Model Materials and Best Practices

Spotlight on Resources

Combined Federal Campaign


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Calendar of Events

April 23-29: National Volunteer Week

Wednesday, April 26: Getting the Coverage You're Entitled To: Part D Appeals & the Late Enrollment Penalty, 3:00pm ET, Webinar from Medicare Rights Center

Thursday, April 27: A Deeper Dive into the Revised Federal Nursing Home Regulations - Part III, 2:00pm ET, Webinar from Consumer Voice, Justice in Aging and Center for Medicare Advocacy

Wednesday, May 31: LTCOP Volunteer Management: Model Materials and Sharing of Best Practices, 3:00pm ET, NORC Webinar

November 5-8, 2017: Consumer Voice 41st Annual Conference, Arlington, VA

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