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Next CAADS Conference | APR 25-27
TRANSFORMING THE CONTINNUM OF CARE
Next CAADS Webinar | MAY 18
CAADS Spring Conference & Membership Meeting | Berkeley, CA
** ON-SITE RATES ARE NOW IN EFFECT **
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SECTION 1557 OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT:
HELP II Loan Program -- Affordable Capital
What Every Provider Needs to Know to be in Compliance
2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (Pacific) | Details / registration information coming soon
The HELP II Loan Program, administered by the California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA) within the State Treasurer’s Office, offers low cost loans to assist eligible health facilities wanting to expand and improve services to their clients and the greater community. Learn more at www.treasurer.ca.gov/chffa/programs/help.
Fact Sheet: California
Changing Medicaid to a Block Grant or Per Capita Cap Could Hurt Californians
AARP Public Policy Institute | Fact Sheet 404 | Brendan Flinn | MAR 2017
Medicaid Funding Caps Would Harm Older Americans
Justice in Aging | Fact Sheet (2/17/2017) | Issue Brief | FEB 3, 2017
Everything You Need To Know About Block Grants - The Heart of GOP's Medicaid Plans
California Healthline | Shefali Luthra | JAN 25, 2017
What's New . . . APRIL 14, 2017
CAADS Best Practices Webinar Series Recordings / Handouts Available
CAADS Best Practices Webinar Series recordings / handouts are now available to CAADS members via the Members Only page using the link to "Event / Webinar Handouts and Recordings." Others may order the following webinar recordings / handouts using this form:
- MAR 16 Webinar
How Health Literacy, Plain Language and Teach-Back Support Person Centered Care
- APR 13 Webinar
Abuse Reporting Changes Under AB 40
CAADS SPRING CONFERENCE:
Transforming the Continuum of Care
April 25-27, 2017 | Doubletree Berkeley Marina Hotel
ON-SITE RATES ARE NOW IN EFFECT
Extreme Measures Author Dr. Jessica Zitter to Speak at General Session April 26
Dr. Zitter is featured in the 2017 Oscar Nominated short documentary Extremis, which won top honors at the Tribeca and San Francisco International Film Festivals and is now streaming on Netflix. Her book, Extreme Measures, charts Dr. Zitter's journey from wanting to be one kind of hero to becoming another—a doctor who prioritizes the patient's values and preferences over all other factors. Books will be available for purchase throughout the conference, and Dr. Zitter will be available for book signing following her presentation Wednesday morning.
Join us at the DoubleTree Berkeley Marina Hotel for a great line-up of educational sessions and networking opportunities as we explore the conference theme, Transforming the Continuum of Care.
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GOP Healthcare Proposal Would Harm California Seniors
APR 12, 2017 | Justice in Aging Health Network Alert
Amendment to the AHCA | California-specific fact sheet
Although we fought back against recent efforts in Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the American Health Care Act (AHCA), leaders in Congress say they will continue their efforts to pass a health care bill that would eliminate coverage for 24 million individuals and gut Medicaid funding to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. This California-specific fact sheet spells out how older adults in California will be impacted by the harmful provisions of the AHCA.
The House Rules Committee issued an amendment to the AHCA intended to stabilize the individual insurance market. The amendment is only a minor tweak, however, leaving in place the provisions that would eliminate coverage for 24 million Americans.
Right now Congress is on a two-week recess, so you have the opportunity to tell members of Congress just how harmful these proposals are for older adults.
- Call Members of Congress at 1-866-426-2631. Ask to be connected to your Representative and tell them not to vote to repeal the ACA. Use the information on the California-specific fact sheet to tell them to stop trying to repeal and replace the ACA.
Older adults have a lot to lose if any one of the changes under the AHCA are successful, so let's make sure Congress knows just how bad this is for seniors.
CAADS Sets Advocacy Fund Raising Goal of $100,000 by May 30
APR 10, 2017 | CAADS | Letter | Donate/Pledge Form [Fill-in :: Write-on]
In a letter to adult day services providers and colleagues, CAADS President Corinne Jan, CEO of Family Bridges, announced a $100,000 fund raising campaign to sustain a major advocacy effort to protect adult day services beneficiaries and programs from new threats, while looking for opportunities to strengthen our position at the state and national levels.
Ms. Jan kicked off the campaign with a generous donation of $8,000 from Family Bridges.
The President and Republican majority in Congress continue negotiations to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. Legislative proposals to drastically reduce the federal share of Medicaid (Medi-Cal) funding under a new “per person” block grant formula threaten funding for continuation of CBAS as a Medi-Cal benefit! Changes to the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI) continue to be negotiated through the state budget process. Low provider rates continue to threaten access to services.
APR 7, 2017 | California Department of Aging, CBAS Branch
A Reminder to CBAS Providers and Managed Care Plans to Register for the California Association for Adult Day Services (CAADS) Spring Conference & Membership Meeting
Registration is still underway until April 12th for the CAADS Spring Conference, scheduled for April 25-27, 2017 at the DoubleTree Berkeley Marina Hotel, Berkeley, CA. Hotel and conference registration information is posted on the CAADS website or call/e-mail CAADS: 916-552-7400; email@example.com.
The conference theme is Transforming the Continuum of Care. Kevin Prindiville, Executive Director at Justice in Aging, will provide the keynote address, “High Stakes for Older Adults in 2017.” A range of practical workshops will be offered for both Adult Day Programs and ADHC/CBAS centers including motivational interviewing, mindfulness based dementia-care, meaningful activities for persons with a dementia, honoring choice in dementia care while mitigating risk, high-risk medications and interactions in the elderly, quality measures and metrics for CBAS centers, and more. A panel of managed care plan partners will end the conference discussing innovative practices and partnerships to improve services for persons needing long term services and support.
The California Department of Aging (CDA) CBAS Branch staff will facilitate a workshop on the new CBAS IPC Individual Plan of Care (IPC) including a brief overview of the standardized ADHC / CBAS Participation Agreement, and lead a general session on CBAS Compliance with the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Rule which includes the HCB Settings and Person-Centered Planning requirements. Experienced CBAS providers will participate with CDA in the IPC workshop and offer guidance on how to implement and operationalize the care planning process using person-centered planning principles and the new IPC. Refer to the CAADS Conference Brochure for more details. MORE
Tell the Administration for Community Living What Person-Centered Means to You
APR 5, 2017 | Justice in Aging Health Network Alert
Every person should be able to make choices and to control their own decisions, regardless of their age, disability, or illness. The Administration for Community Living (ACL), in consultation with stakeholders from the aging and disability communities, has drafted a set of principles to guide their work in this area. ACL is seeking feedback on how to make a person-centered approach a reality for programs and services related to serious or advanced illness for older adults and people with disabilities.
Now it’s your turn to share your thoughts. ACL seeks input from older adults, people with dementia, people with all types of disabilities, and the families and caregivers who often support them. They also hope to hear from partners in the aging and disability networks.
The Draft Principles for a Person-Centered Approach to Serious or Advanced Illness are available here.
Send your comments on the Draft Principles to AdvancedIllness@acl.hhs.gov by May 12, 2017.
Don't Erase LGBT Older Adults!
APR 4, 2017 | Justice in Aging Health Network Alert
The Trump Administration, through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has quietly removed important questions about gender identity and sexual orientation from a national survey of older adults receiving services under the Older Americans Act.
HHS uses the results of the National Survey of Older American Act Participants to determine how to allocate resources to groups that work with older Americans. By eliminating questions for LGBT seniors, and the data that the questions generate, the administration is signaling that it will not consider the needs of LGBT older adults.
Tell the administration you think that’s wrong.
The fact is, LGBT seniors disproportionately experience poverty and lifelong discrimination. They must have equitable access to services if they are to age in dignity. See our Special Report and video on the unique legal needs of low-income LGBT older adults.
Advocates worked to get these questions included on the survey so that data would be available about the numbers of LGBT older adults, their needs, and their ability to access critical programs for seniors. Removing these questions from the survey erases this whole population and invites unequal access to assistance to continue. The removal of these questions were the only changes made to this year’s iteration of the survey, and the notice announcing the new survey incorrectly indicated that “no changes” had been made from the previous year.
Advocates for LGBT seniors are fighting back. Our partners at Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders (SAGE) are asking advocates and the public to send a comment to the administration about this change. You can do so here.
Please make a comment and share.
SSA Recently Finalized Two New Sets of Regulations
MAR 27, 2017 | Justice in Aging | Income Network Alert
In the waning days of the Obama Administration, the Social Security Administration (SSA) finalized two new sets of regulations that will have significant impacts on the disability determination process for those applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits and those applying for Supplemental Security Income benefits on the basis of disability.
The first set of regulations, Ensuring Program Uniformity at the Hearing and Appeals Council Levels of the Administrative Review Process, was finalized on December 16, 2016 and published at 81 Federal Register 90987. Although the notice says that the rule goes into effect on January 17, 2017, it also states that “compliance is not required until May 1, 2017.”
The second set of regulations, Revisions to Rules Regarding the Evaluation of Medical Evidence, was published on January 18, 2017 at 82 Federal Register 5844. These regulations become effective on March 27, 2017, although many aspects will only apply to claims filed on or after that date. M O R E
Cal Duals Update
MAR 2017 Update (PDF) (Word) | Source: CalDuals.org (3/23/2017)
Recording and Handouts Now Available for CAADS Recent Webinar:
How Health Literacy, Plain Language and Teach-Back Support Person Centered Care
MAR 21, 2017 | CAADS | Order Form: Fill-in :: Write-on
The recent CAADS Webinar, How Health Literacy, Plain Language and Teach-Back Support Person Centered Care, was a great success and full of relevant best practice real life examples! If you missed this webinar, you can still obtain the information by ordering the webinar materials. For the same cost as webinar registration, you get the following:
- PowerPoint Slides
- Handout: Everyday Words for Public Health Communication
- Handout: Plain Language: Getting Started or Brushing Up
- Handout: A Plain-Language Checklist for Reviewing Your Document
Medicare Card Fraud Alert
MAR 15, 2017 | California Health Advocates
Due to Congress' passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) in 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is required to remove Social Security numbers from all Medicare cards, and will do so starting in April 2018. This change is to prevent fraud and protect people's identity. Yet with any new change, scammers take advantage of potential confusion.
We've received several reports of beneficiaries getting calls from such scammers claiming to be from Medicare and asking for payment to receive their new Medicare card, or asking them to verify their Medicare number. This is a scam, as there is no cost to the new cards, AND Medicare will never call to verify someone's number, as they already have it.
To help educate beneficiaries and their families on this matter, we've created a short fraud alert on the upcoming change in their Medicare card and to be aware of scams.
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Medicaid: A Last Resort for People Needing Long-Term Services and Supports
MAR 13, 2017 | AARP Public Policy Institute | Full Report
Medicaid is a lifeline for millions of children and adults with disabilities and older people who depend on the program for health care and assistance with long-term services and supports (LTSS) such as toileting, bathing, and dressing. Medicaid is the nation’s largest publicly funded health and LTSS insurance program for people with low incomes.
Although most older adults will not rely on Medicaid, it is estimated that nearly one out of five of them will need the program to help pay for LTSS at some time during their lives. For people who need extensive services, the private cost without the program can be extremely high, far beyond what they can afford. For these individuals, Medicaid becomes a program of last resort.
Your Donations Help!
Three (3) great opportunities to further support Adult Day Services:
- CAADS STATE ADVOCACY FUND
- CAADS MANAGED CARE CONSULTING FUND
- ALE NINA M. NOLCOX SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Learn more and DONATE today -- thank you!
California Association for Adult Day Services, a 501 (c) 6 non-profit grassroots-driven organization, advocates for the growth and development of adult day services in California and nationally. CAADS was the first state association formed in the United States for the purpose of advancing adult day services. Centers in membership with CAADS provide innovative day programs that support individuals with physical or mental disabilities and older adults with Alzheimer's disease and their families.
A nationally recognized leader in the field of aging, the Association is governed by the CAADS Board of Directors and provides timely information, analysis, advocacy, technical assistance, education, and networking opportunities for its members. CAADS members agree to abide by the Association's Bylaws, Code of Ethics, and Anti-trust Policy.
CAADS Board of Directors: 2017
CAADS Annual Report: 2016 | 2015
Bylaws | Code of Ethics | Anti-trust Policy
The CAADS Members Only page features information and technical assistance specific to Adult Day Services, as highlighted below. For membership information, click here.
- State Budget Proposals, Legislative Alerts & Advocacy
- CBAS Waiver
- Medi-Cal Issues
- Medicare and Medi-Cal Dual Beneficiaries News & CCI / CalDuals Updates
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- ADHC / CBAS Licensing & Regulations (DPH, DHCS, CDA)
- Adult Day Program (ADP) Licensing & Regulations (DSS, CCLD)
- Funding Sources
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The Alliance for Leadership and Education (A.L.E.) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit arm of CAADS. Its mission is to advance innovation and quality in Adult Day Service through research and analysis, education and training, and leadership for the benefit of consumers and their caregivers.
NATIONAL ADULT DAY SERVICES ASSOCIATION (NADSA)
CAADS is a proud member of the National Adult Day Services Association.
Three representatives from California currently serve on the NADSA Board of Directors:
Corinne Jan, RN, PHN (NADSA Treasurer)
CEO, Family Bridges / Hong Fook Centers
Lydia Missaelides, MHA
Executive Director, CAADS
Amanda Sillars, MSW, LCSW
CEO, Total ADHC Solutions, Inc.
CARING FOR A VETERAN?
For help, call the VA Caregiver Support Line (toll-free):
Mon - Fri 8 AM - 11 PM (EST) || Sat 10:30 AM - 6 PM (EST)
TO REPORT FRAUD AND ABUSE
Call DHCS Medi-Cal Fraud Hotline:
The call is free and you can remain anonymous.
FREE FRAUD PREVENTION EDUCATION
The California Senior Medicare Patrol offers free fraud prevention education throughout the state.
To schedule a presentation, call 855-613-7080
See the SMP/Medicare fraud section at www.cahealthadvocates.org, for more information on ways to protect yourself from healthcare fraud and how to detect it.
If you come across any suspicious activity,
PLEASE REPORT IT AT
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