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CAADS Webinar Recordings / Handouts
NEW History & Physical Form — A CDA-Approved Standardized Tool
Adult Day Health Care: An Unbelievable Cost Containment Resource that Is Underfunded and Underutilized
The Effect of Adult Day Program Attendance on Emergency Room Registrations, Hospital Admission and Days in Hospital: A Propensity-Matching Study
What's New . . . JANUARY 18, 2019
CAADS January 24 Webinar to Focus on Federal and State Environment Affecting Adult Day Services
On January 24, from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (Pacific), CAADS will conduct an important webinar for adult day services providers and stakeholders. Join CAADS Executive Director Lydia Missaelides and Associate Director Christin Hemann for a discussion about the federal and state environment affecting adult day services providers and participants. Issues / questions to be addressed include:
CMS finalizes New Medicare Card distribution ahead of deadline, accelerating fight against Medicare fraud and abuse
New Medicare cards offer better identity protection for millions of Americans
JAN 16, 2019 | CMS Press Release
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently completed a large-scale effort to provide new Medicare cards without Social Security numbers to people with Medicare. The new cards support the agency’s work to protect personal identity and reduce fraud and abuse. Over the past nine months, CMS sent new cards to more than 61 million people with Medicare across all U.S. states and territories, completing the mailing ahead of schedule.
“Safeguarding our beneficiaries’ personal information continues to be one of our top priorities,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “The Trump Administration is committed to modernizing Medicare and has expedited this process to ensure the protection of Medicare beneficiaries and taxpayer dollars from the potential for fraud and abuse due to personal information that existed on the old cards. All beneficiaries should continue to use these new cards as a valuable resource when seeking care. These new cards will not only be easier for beneficiaries, but also provide the Medicare program with essential protections due to the new unique identifier on the cards.”
In April 2018, CMS began mailing the new Medicare cards, each of which features a unique, randomly assigned Medicare number known as a Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). MORE
New Fact Sheet on Medicare Enrollment Changes
JAN 8, 2019 | Justice in Aging
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new rules that limit enrollment and disenrollment from Medicare Advantage and Part D prescription drug plans for low-income Medicare beneficiaries. Previously, dual eligibles – individuals with Medicare and Medi-Cal coverage – and beneficiaries who receive the low-income subsidy (LIS) to make Part D prescription drug coverage more affordable could make enrollment changes any time throughout the year. The new rule, which became effective January 1, 2019, limits enrollment changes to once per quarter.
Justice in Aging has created a factsheet that explains these changes in detail and how they impact low-income Medicare beneficiaries in California.
MSSP Workgroup Releases Second Set of Recommendations for Public Comment
JAN 8, 2019 | California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)
In preparation for the transition of Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP) sites becoming a fully integrated Medi-Cal managed care benefit, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and the California Department of Aging (CDA) have convened a Model of Care Workgroup composed of the two agencies, MSSP sites, and managed care plans. The workgroup's goal is to develop recommendations for a model of care for the new Home and Community-Based Services Care Planning and Management benefit that will take the place of the MSSP program.
DHCS and CDA are seeking public comment on the workgroup's second set of recommendations. The public comment period will be open from now until close of business on Friday, February 8 to email@example.com.
2019 Cal MediConnect Stakeholder Process
JAN 4, 2019 | California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)
As the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continue to work toward approval of a three-year extension to Cal MediConnect (CMC), we are pleased to announce an opportunity for stakeholders to help think creatively about ways to continue to strengthen and improve the demonstration program.
Stakeholders are invited to propose new ideas for how Cal MediConnect can provide a better member experience or otherwise improve care and care coordination.* Examples include programmatic improvements identified via best practices from other integrated programs, or via SCAN evaluation findings, additional topics for DHCS Cal MediConnect plan best practices meetings or strategies to continue to improve coordination with long-term services and supports providers or behavioral health providers. As much as possible, we are looking for new, CMC-specific proposals that are cost-neutral to the state and do not require changes to CMC rates.
DHCS and CMS will review and compile those suggestions for release in March 2019 in conjunction with a webinar to review the suggestions in dialogue with stakeholders. DHCS and CMS anticipate announcing new CMC improvement initiatives in the spring of 2019, along with a timeline for implementation. Send any questions regarding this proposal to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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*Please note that the "in lieu of services" proposal is currently under consideration at DHCS as a part of a broader initiative looking at care coordination across the Medi-Cal program, and will not be considered as a part of this CMC-specific process.
Sen. Kaine's legislation to combat Alzheimer's signed into law
JAN 2, 2019 | ABC/13 News Now | Author: Erin Patterson
Legislation that will help combat Alzheimer’s disease and preserve brain health was signed into law.
For the first time, legislation was signed into law to create a public health infrastructure that will help combat Alzheimer’s disease and preserve brain health.
On December 31, 2018, the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act was signed into law. The legislation was authored by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), and Tim Kaine (D-VA).
The Act passed the Senate unanimously, and it passed the House 361-3.
The legislation offers a public health approach to reduce the risk, detect early symptoms, advance care, improve data, and ultimately change the trajectory of this devastating disease. The law allows $20 million annually over the next 5 years to create centers, generate data grants, and cooperative agreements with the CDC and State Health Departments.
About 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s, and the disease is costing the United States more than $277 billion per year, including $186 billion in costs to Medicare and Medicaid.
“I am thrilled that our bipartisan bill to strengthen our country’s response to Alzheimer’s was officially signed into law,” Senator Kaine said in a press release. “Too many families know what it’s like to have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, and I hope that our efforts will start to provide much-needed relief to those affected.”
The BOLD Act was introduced by the authored Senators last year. It was cosponsored by 58 Senators, and 181 organizations and individuals supported the Act.
Older Women & Poverty
Because of structural inequities that impact women more than men, a significant percentage of older women are struggling to stay out of poverty.
There are 7.1 million older adults living in poverty in the United States, with nearly two out of three of them being women. Women like Venorica, who is working three jobs at the age of 70, and Vicky, who once ran a successful business with her husband, are struggling to stay afloat.
A new Justice in Aging issue brief surveys the reasons more women are aging into poverty than men, discusses the support systems that are in place to help older women, and recommends ways we can strengthen and expand those support systems. The brief is accompanied by videos of women telling their own stories. Older women have cared for us and worked hard all of their lives. It's imperative that we enact policies so they don't have to struggle to make ends meet.
Cal Duals Coordinated Care Initiative
CAADS Stands With Seniors
VIDEOS / PODCASTS
Human Kindness--it just flows around here[Download Real Player]
Could adult daycare centers be one solution to providing lower cost care for Alzheimer's patients?
Seniors and Children Find Inspiration Together at a Day Care With a Heartwarming New Approach
What is an Adult Day Health Care Center? One of San Diego's Best Kept Secrets...
California’s senior population is growing faster than any other age group. How the next governor responds is crucial
This is What Life Without Retirement Savings Looks Like
Walmart to pull pharmacies from CVS Health network
Senior Emergency Unit Opens In UCSD La Jolla Hospital
The Anti-Alzheimer's BOLD Act Isn't. But It Could Be A Step In The Right Direction.
Debbie Toth Named as 2018 Recipient of Contra Costa Chair of the Board Award
Could adult daycare centers be one solution to providing lower cost care for Alzheimer's patients?
With Federal Public Charge Rule Pending, California Braces For Possible Medi-Cal Exodus
Why HHS wants Medicare Advantage plans to pay for home modifications, transportation for seniors
Here’s why Meals on Wheels is asking elderly Californians about their LGBT status
As Billions In Tax Dollars Flow To Private Medicaid Plans, Who's Minding the Store?
Lydia Missaelides, MHA