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July 11, 2017

Join Us in DC for the Annual Jackie Koenig Memorial Fundraiser

Please join us for an upcoming event at our office in Washington, DC:

Jackie Koenig Memorial Internship Program Fundraiser
Friday, July 28th  4pm - 6pm
1001 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 632
Please RSVP by clicking here.

Join the Consumer Voice staff and Board and meet members of Jackie's family!  We look forward to seeing old and new friends! Light refreshments will be served!

About Jackie and the Program:
Jackie Koenig was the Consumer Voice's First Communications Director who later became director of the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center. As a treasured friend and co-worker, one of Jackie's many passions was mentoring new people in gerontology, a practice she began in the 1980s when she served as a local ombudsman in Ohio and as a member of the Consumer Voice's Board of Directors.  She was passionate about her advocacy work and did not hesitate to pass on her enthusiasm to the many interns she had been privileged to tutor.  For this reason, family and friends decided to honor Jackie's legacy by establishing a special fund to support the Jackie Koenig Memorial Internship Program.

With regret, Jackie met her untimely death in 1998, but the memories of her unique brand of heartening advocacy live on. Throughout the year, students and recent graduates are selected to serve as interns at the Consumer Voice.  Today, the organization hosts 2-4 interns each semester. Staff rely heavily on the support of interns to complete important advocacy and policy work and the students likewise gain valuable, real-world experience in consumer advocacy and public policy.

Can't Attend?
Please consider an online donation (you can designate your gift to this fund on our website)!  The Consumer Voice's ability to advocate for long-term care consumers is made possible by the generous financial support of our donors.

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CMS Issues New Tool for Revised Nursing Home Regulations

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released another tool related to the revised federal nursing home regulations.  This document lists all the new F-Tags, grouped by section (e.g. Resident Rights; Freedom from Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation; Admission, Transfer, and Discharge; etc) and associated with their corresponding regulation.  You can access this table here.
This tool, along with the Revised Interpretive Guidelines, a crosswalk of old F-Tags to New F-Tags, and information about the survey process, issued by CMS last week, are available on CMS’s website.  This website will be the location for all CMS resources related to the regulation, interpretive guidelines, and implementation.

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Consumer Voice Leadership Award Nominations Due Friday

Your ADVOCACY Matters - Nominate YOUR Leaders!  Are you looking for a way to recognize a long-term care consumer, long-term care ombudsman, family caregiver, citizen advocate, or another individual for their advocacy on behalf of long-term care consumers? We encourage you to nominate individuals you know who have put "advocacy in action" and have made significant contributions to improving the lives of long-term care consumers.

Based on your nominations, Consumer Voice will recognize people who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to improving the lives of long-term care consumers.  

Visit our website for additional information about the awards and nomination process.

There are 3 easy steps to submit a nomination!

  1. Review the award categories and criteria.
  2. Complete the nomination form via SurveyMonkey.
  3. Submit a letter of recommendation.

Individuals and organizations may nominate people for an award. Awards will be presented at our 41st Annual Conference, November 5-8, 2017, in Arlington, Virginia.
Nominations are due by Friday, July 14!

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CMS Holding Call on Revised Interpretive Guidelines, New Survey Process

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is holding a Medicare Learning Network LTC National Provider Call on Tuesday, July 25 at 1:30pm ET. The call will review information about the revised Interpretive Guidance and the new Survey Process.   The call will discuss the major components of Phase 2 implementation, changes to the survey process, and training resources available.  You may email questions in advance of the call to NHSurveyDevelopment@cms.hhs.gov.  The call is aimed at nursing home providers, surveyors, prescribers, professional associations, consumer and advocacy groups, and interested others.  Register here.

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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:

Tips for Using the NORC Website - Use this helpful infographic to navigate the site.

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In this Issue

Join Us in DC for the Annual Jackie Koenig Memorial Fundraiser

CMS Issues New Tool for Revised Nursing Home Regulations

Consumer Voice Leadership Awards Nominations Due Friday

CMS Holding Call on Interpretive Guidelines, New Survey Process

Spotlight on Resources

Combined Federal Campaign


Thank you for your support!

Pre-Order Now: Residents' Rights Poster

Consumer Voice has created a newly designed poster to inform and educate about nursing home residents' rights in the revised regulations.  Purchase a 11"x17" or 18"x24" poster to display in nursing homes, offices or resident rooms.

Calendar of Events

Tuesday, July 25: Medicare Learning Network LTC National Provider Call, 1:30pm ET

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

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