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CAADS SPRING CONFERENCE: Partnering for Success
APRIL 29 - MAY 1, 2015
CDA ANNOUNCES CBAS TRAINING AT CAADS CONFERENCE
Register for MEDICATION RECONCILIATION: Ensuring effective responses through standardized medication reviews, to be held April 29, 2015, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, at the DoubleTree Berkeley Marina Hotel, 200 Marina Boulevard, Berkeley, CA 94710. Separate Registration and fee required -- 2 CE's included!
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CCI / CAL MEDICONNECT
MANAGED LONG-TERM SERVICES AND SUPPORTS (MLTSS)
ISSUES FROM THE STATES: Advocating for Improved Consumer Protections in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports
State Medicaid programs increasingly are moving their long-term services and supports programs to managed care. But the transition is not without its potential pitfalls for Medicaid beneficiaries and their advocates. A new issue brief spotlights the managed LTSS programs from Florida, Kansas, and New Jersey, and discusses how particular program policies may influence availability of services and the ability of consumers to access those services. The information presented will be of use to advocates from any state with a Medicaid managed care program, and will address both individual and systemic advocacy strategies. Read More
GENWORTH 2015 ANNUAL COST OF CARE STUDY
The results of Genworth's 12th annual Cost of Care Study shows that in California, the cost to receive long term care services at home with a home health aide has increased over the past five years. On a national level, the survey shows a dramatic increase in facility based care, including assisted living and nursing home facilities, while the cost to receive care at home through a home health aide is rising at a more moderate growth rate.
VETERANS ACCESS TO EXTENDED CARE ACT
COMMUNITY BASED INSTITUTIONAL SPECIAL NEEDS PLAN (CBI-SNP) DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM, S.704, INTRODUCED
On March 11, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced S.704, which proposes to establish a Community Based Institutional Special Needs Plan (CBI-SNP) demonstration program to target home and community based care to eligible Medicare only beneficiaries. The bill was referred to the Committee on Finance, upon which both Grassley and Cardin serve.
In Senator Grassley's press release, he noted that HCBS services are less expensive than institutional care and that the plans would tailor services to the beneficiaries specific needs. Most importantly, Adult Day Care Services are specifically included as one of the Medicare options in a bill sponsored by a member of the new Senate Republican majority.
Senator Grassley further stated, “One estimate shows four-year savings of nearly $60 million for a demonstration of 5,000 Medicare members by postponing or preventing hospitalization and institutionalization” [emphasis added]. Although only a limited demonstration proposal, this bill offers an opportunity for ADS to fit legislatively into Medicare as an institutional option and the Senator’s words mirror NADSA’s focus of Modernizing Medicare With ADS for Cost Avoidance!
CARF-CCAC FINANCIAL RATIOS STUDY
2015 STUDY OF FINANCIAL RATIOS AS PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
CARF International is conducting a 2015 study to highlight the concept of “Financial Ratios as Performance Indicators” to the field of Adult Day Services. If your organization is an Adult Day Services provider, this is your invitation to participate in this unique, exciting annual study that began in 2010.
There is no charge for your participation in this study. CARF has partnered with Mr. Jeff Boland, of Reinsel Kuntz Lesher, LLP to assist with the study, and he is required to maintain confidentiality of any information disclosed for the purpose of the study. Jeff is a representative of CARF’s Financial Advisory Panel (FAP) and has presented the results of the last five studies at the NADSA Annual Conferences in 2010-2014. For more information on the FAP’s role related to accreditation, see www.carf.org and type “FAP” in the search field located in the upper left corner of our website.
CMS HCB SETTINGS RULES
GREAT NEW RESOURCES ON CMS HCB SETTINGS RULES
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CALIFORNIA ADULT DAY SERVICES STATE ADVOCACY FUND
MISSAELIDES ACCEPTS POLICY & ADVOCACY AWARD ON BEHALF OF CAADS
Missaelides, instrumental in leading the charge to save the Adult Day Health Care model from elimination in California, accepted the award for Success Through a Unified Vision: The Fight to Preserve Alzheimer's Care in California, on behalf of the Association members, ADHC participants and their families, during the American Society on Aging National Aging in America annual conference on March 25, in Chicago.---
Dual Eligible Beneficiaries
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE PURSUES FINANCIAL FRAUD OF ELDERS
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced consent decrees against two banks that were helping scammers debit the accounts of older Americans and other victims. DOJ alleged that Commerce West Bank facilitated 1.3 million unauthorized remotely created checks for telemarketing scams, medical discount card scams, and payday loan finder scams. According to the complaint, Commerce West “received explicit notice” from Zions National Bank that Commerce West’s “clients were engaged in elder abuse.” Yet Commerce West continued facilitating payments for other scammers with similar red flags of fraud.
One day later, DOJ filed a consent decree against Plaza Bank of Irvine, California, for knowingly facilitating consumer fraud by permitting a payment processor to make millions of dollars in unauthorized withdrawals from consumer bank accounts on behalf of fraudulent merchants.
DOJ brought these cases as part of “Operation Choke Point,” an initiative which focuses on banks and payment processors that knowingly choose to process illegal transactions and willfully ignore clear evidence of fraud. Many scams, fraudulent practices, and illegal activity could not have occurred without access to the payment system. Banks and payment processors enable wrongdoers to debit victims’ bank accounts and transfer money. Elders are particularly at risk.
Last year, a telemarketing scammer defrauded seniors of $20 million by lying to them to get their bank account information. A few years ago, Wachovia enabled $142 million in unauthorized withdrawals from consumers’ bank accounts, many on behalf of fraudulent companies that targeted vulnerable elders. Thousands of consumers, many of them over age 65, filed complaints with state attorneys general, banking regulators, and the F.T.C. requesting refunds for unauthorized bank charges.
The U.S. Department of Justice complaint against Commerce West is available at:
The U.S. Department of Justice complaint against Plaza Bank of Irvine is available at: http://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/opa/press-release/attachments/2015/03/12/plaza_bank_complaint.pdf
More information on Operation Choke Point and efforts to stop payment fraud:
Identity Thieves, Telephone Tax Scams
PROTECTING OLDER ADULTS DURING TAX SEASON
With tax season in full swing, advocates are reminded that older adults are particularly vulnerable to fraudulent tax preparers, identity thieves, and individuals posing as representatives from the IRS.
A recent report by the National Consumer Law Center and the Consumer Federation of America found that 48 states do not require for-profit tax preparers to meet minimum educational, training, or competency standards. This lack of regulation places older adults at risk of fraud perpetrated by incompetent tax preparers. Older adults are also at risk from fraudulent tax preparers who endeavor to divert a tax refund to a prepaid card under the preparers’ control. Download the NCCL/CFA report at: http://bit.ly/17YkUHK.
A free or inexpensive alternative for low-income taxpayers is free tax preparation sites, including VITA sites (1-800-906-9887 or www.irs.gov) and AARP Tax-Aide sites: (http://www.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action). There are also a number of websites that allow low- and middle-income taxpayers to prepare and file their taxes online for free, such as the IRS Free File program at www.irs.gov.
Tax-Time Identity Theft Is a Growing Problem
Finally, older adults are at risk from scam artists who, pretending to represent the IRS, call or send email messages claiming that the older adult owes money to the IRS. These scammers aggressively demand immediate payment either through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. The IRS notes that it does not use unsolicited email, text messages, or any social media to discuss a personal tax issue.
Help Stop Tax Fraud of Older Adults
In Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS DELAY OF ENTIRE NEW FEDERAL OVERTIME REGULATIONS FOR HOME CARE WORKERS UNTIL JAN 15 HEARING IN WASHINGTON, DC
Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS)
Award-winning director, writer, producer, and cinematographer David Grubin takes his camera across the country from Maine to Mississippi, Alaska to San Francisco, visiting doctors, nurses, and health care professionals who are placing the patient at the center of their practice, transforming the way medical care is delivered while lowering costs.
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.
The CAADS Members Only page features information specific to Adult Day Services:
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.
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.
California Association for Adult Day Services
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