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JUN 25, 2015 | California Healthline
JUN 2, 2015 | California Healthline
MAR 31, 2015 | California Healthline
What's New . . .
CalDuals Outreach Update
New Version of 20 Common Nursing Home Problems and How to Resolve Them Just Released
Can a nursing home deny needed therapy services? Evict a resident for being “difficult”? Limit family members and friends to specified “visiting hours”?
Many common nursing home practices are, in fact, illegal. In order to receive the best possible quality of care, a resident or resident’s family member should be familiar with the protections of the federal Nursing Home Reform Law, and understand how to use the law effectively.
That’s why Justice in Aging wrote a practical and widely-used consumer guide, 20 Common Nursing Home Problems and How to Resolve Them. The new version is completely updated and boasts a reader-friendly new design.
Family Caregiving Report, Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update, Now Available
Undeniable Progress, but Big Gaps Remain
This report highlights the growing importance of family caregiving on the public policy agenda. It lists key policy developments for family caregivers since the last Valuing the Invaluable report was released in 2011. Finally, the report recommends ways to better recognize and explicitly support caregiving families through public policies, private sector initiatives, and research.
Assemblymember Levine Proposes Funding Fixes for Vital Health Care Services
JUL 16, 2015 | SOURCE: Press Release, Assemblymember Marc Levine, District 10
Today Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) introduced legislation to close a funding gap for Medi-Cal and other vital health services, bringing a needed solution to the legislative extraordinary session on health funding.
This fix would preserve $1.1 billion in federal matching funds that were threatened after the federal government rejected a sales tax on Medi-Cal plans that California had previously used to provide its share of Medicaid funding. Resolving the problem is vital to implementation of the Affordable Care Act. AB 4 (Levine) 2nd Ext. also provides needed funding for in-home support services and developmental services.
"I applaud Governor Brown for convening this extraordinary session of the Legislature to act on this expeditiously, as waiting until 2016 is irresponsible," said Levine, a Member of the Committee on Public Health and Developmental Services in the Second Extraordinary Session. "This funding fix is broad-based, stable, and solves the problem we were called here to address. Almost half of all California's children receive health care through Medi-Cal, so we must come up with a real, sustainable solution now. I offer this potential solution, and welcome other proposals so that the Legislature can act on this crisis before adjourning in September."
AB 4 (Levine) 2nd Ext. would generate revenue through a broad-based Managed Care Organization (MCO) flat tax of $7.88 per person per month, a solution that provides $1.1 billion needed for Medi-Cal to prevent the loss of federal funds. There are 45 MCOs providing managed care coverage for 21 million Californians. Roughly 9 million of them are Medi-Cal patients. MCOs receive federal and state reimbursement for costs of services provided to Medi-Cal Californians.
AB 4 (Levine) 2nd Ext. would accomplish the following:
California currently taxes only Medicaid MCOs, an approach recently rejected by the federal government. The federal Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) notified California in July, 2014 that our current MCO tax is not in compliance with federal rules. CMS provided direction to California to construct a new MCO tax because of the fact that states do not have the "ability to tax only Medicaid MCOs. In order for a health care-related tax on MCOs to be permissible . . . the tax would have to apply more generally to all MCOs." AB 4 (Levine) 2nd Ext. would resolve this problem.
Funding for Medi-Cal, IHSS, and developmental services is critical. These programs suffered deep cuts in the Great Recession, experienced increased costs, and have yet to receive adequate funding. Several organizations have called for long term funding for Medi-Cal, IHSS, and developmental services.
California Adult Day Services State Advocacy Fund
URGENT HELP NEEDED TO REACH OUR FUNDRAISING GOAL OF $45,000 BY AUG 31
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CAADS Submits Comments on DHCS' Health Homes for Patients with Complex Needs Concept Paper Version 2.0
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 and technical assistance 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.
NINA M. NOLCOX SCHOLARSHIP FUND
The Alliance for Leadership and Education (ALE), a subsidiary of CAADS, has established the Nina M. Nolcox Scholarship Fund to inspire nurse leaders in the community.
Application is open to ADHC and ADP Nurses (LVN or RN licensed staff) working in CAADS Member Centers. Application Deadline: 5 PM August 17, 2015.
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:
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.
Lydia Missaelides, MHA
California Association for Adult Day Services
Quick Links. . .
Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI/Cal MediConnect)
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Assemblymember Marc Levine, District 10
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Marin Adult Day Health Care