What Have We Done for You Lately? – October 2018

Our Story | November 07, 2018

October was an activity-filled month at LeadingAge. In addition to preparing for our successful Annual Meeting & EXPO in Philadelphia, we also launched a major new managed care initiative, advocated for nursing homes on several fronts, raised awareness about the role of technology, and weighed in on important issues in our field. Here’s a rundown of our work this month on your behalf.

Launched A New Center

During our Town Hall Conversations this fall, we listened carefully as members around the country shared their concerns about Medicare Advantage and Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports. We responded to those concerns by creating the new LeadingAge Center for Managed Care Solutions and Innovations.

The new center is designed to offer you myriad benefits, including:

  • A one-stop shop filled with the tools, resources, and education you need to succeed in managed care, integrated services, and other alternative payment models.
  • The chance to join advisory and issue groups based on your interests and needs.
  • The opportunity to connect with managed care plans and other stakeholders to develop policies, approaches, and best practices that recognize the important role providers of aging services play in meeting the needs of older adults in a cost-effective manner.

We hope you’ll visit our new center today, and that you’ll keep coming back to participate in center activities and to review our growing number of resources.

Advocated for Nursing Homes

During October, we weighed in on several issues that affect our nursing home members, including:

Civil Money Penalties: We objected to proposed new fines that would allow civil money penalties of up to $200,000 against skilled nursing home staff who fail to report reasonable suspicion of crimes. LeadingAge CEO Katie Smith Sloan outlined for McKnight’s Long-Term Care News our primary objections to the proposal:

  • The excessive penalties would hurt nursing home workforce recruitment.
  • There are already criminal, professional, and financial penalties for those who commit abuse against nursing home residents, and for nursing homes that fail to report it.

Immigration Caps: We joined the American Hospital Association in condemning an amendment in the Department of Homeland Security’s appropriations bill that would limit the per-country cap for immigrant visas. Katie Smith Sloan told McKnight’s Long-Term Care News that the amendment “would make it more difficult for … nursing homes, life plan communities, and home care providers … to recruit nurses from other countries.”

Nursing Home Ratings: We kept members apprised of imminent changes to the methodology that U.S. News and World Report uses to determine nursing home ratings. We met with the magazine earlier this year to discuss our concerns after our Quality Assurance and Risk Management Advisory Group analyzed the ratings methodology.

Training Lockout: We voiced our support for new legislation that would modify the certified nursing training lockout, which prohibits nursing homes that are assessed civil monetary penalties above $10,000 on their annual survey from training certified nursing assistants for 2 years. In a statement that we issued with the American Health Care Association, Katie Smith Sloan called the bill “a monumental step forward.”

Trauma Informed Care: We’ve been working with Resilience for All Ages (RFAA) and LeadingAge Maryland to help nursing home members understand and implement trauma informed care (TIC) in their organizations. TIC will be part of the Requirements of Participation on Nov. 29, 2019. Check out our toolkits, presentations, and resources.

Raised Awareness About Technology’s Potential

LeadingAge and its Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) worked hard in October to spread awareness about the role that technology can play in serving older adults, improving our health care system, and reducing cost.

LeadingAge submitted a statement to the Senate Aging Committee in advance of an October hearing focusing on ways to reduce the cost of health care. The LeadingAge statement focused on 2 new CAST Telehealth Demonstration models for testing market-driven reforms that would let LTSS providers use telehealth and remote patient monitoring technologies.

CAST also introduced its first-ever toolkit devoted to safety technology for use in LTSS environments. The 5-part resource educates providers on the breadth of available devices, applications, and services available to help improve safety, sense of security, peace of mind, and quality of life and care for older adults and their caregivers.

Weighed in on Issues In Our Field

We hope you’ll check out some of the ways in which LeadingAge team members represented members, and their issues, in the press this month. For example:

  • Senior Vice President of Research Robyn Stone told Stria News why she’s concerned that economic, workplace, and long-term care policies are unprepared to support extended longevity.
  • Natasha Bryant, a researcher with the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston, talked with the Wall Street Journal about the role immigrants play in caregiving in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
  • Kevin Bradley, associate director of online learning for Leading Age, talked with the Philadelphia Inquirer about how LeadingAge members are serving the LGBT community.