CANHR’s postcard guide to nursing home residents’ rights regarding discharge and eviction is now available for printing and distribution. The postcard provides important information in a simple and portable format to counter all of the nonsense nursing homes tell residents and their families when a resident’s Medicare rehabilitation benefit is ending.
55 Steps, a movie about the seminal California patients’ rights case, Riese v. St. Mary’s, will be available for streaming on Amazon starting October 16.
In this Issue
- New VA Pension Rules Effective October 18, 2018
- Legislative Roundup: What Passed, What Didn’t
- State Seeks to Revoke Licenses of Oakmont Assisted Living Facilities that Abandoned Residents During a Deadly Fire Storm in Santa Rosa
- Key House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Unsafe Conditions in Nursing Homes
- In the Nursing Home, Empty Beds and Quiet Halls
- Managed Care Organizations Contracting with Lower Quality Nursing Homes in California
New VA Pension Rules Effective October 18, 2018
On September 18, 2018, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published its final rules amending 38 CFR Part 3, regarding net worth, asset transfers and income exclusions for needs-based benefits. These new regulations will become effective October 18, 2018 and will not apply to transfers made prior to October 18, 2018. Thus, it would behoove anyone in need of needs-based VA pension and who might have assets in excess of the new net worth line to do planning before 10/18/18.
The Department of Public Health (DPH) has posted lists of the California nursing homes that have sought its approval to staff below the minimum staffing requirements the Legislature adopted last year in SB 97.
A recent New York Times article spotlights the falling occupancy rates (down to just above 80%) at nursing homes throughout the country.
California law, Health & Safety Code §1320, prohibits nursing homes from requiring residents to purchase drugs, or rent or purchase medical supplies or equipment, from any particular pharmacy or other source.
My father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease last year. While I have been caring for him at home, his needs have changed and it has been a challenge providing him the care he requires.