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July 2017

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Brookdale Assisted Living

Assisted living giant Brookdale has been sued in federal court for promising services that it does not deliver. The case alleges that Brookdale systemically provides insufficient staffing throughout its 89 assisted living facilities in California resulting in various injuries and indignities to its residents. 
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Read the press release 
Read the complaint 

Medi-Cal Recipients Sue California for Failing to Ensure Seniors and People with Disabilities Can Stay in Their Homes

Four non-profit advocacy groups have filed a lawsuit against the State of California for refusing to implement a federal law intended to keep seniors and people with disabilities out of institutions while ensuring that their spouses do not become destitute.
Read the Complaint
Read the Press Release
Read the Healthline article here.

California Expands Spousal Impoverishment Provisions for Seniors and People with Disabilities in Home and Community-Based Programs

Shortly after the above lawsuit was filed, the Department of Health Care Services released ACWDL 17-25, expanding spousal impoverishment provisions for Home and Community-Based services (HCBS).  HCBS waiver programs are for seniors or persons with disabilities who want to stay at home or within their community and who are at high risk for nursing home placement.
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Medi-Cal Transportation Company LogistiCare Sued for Leaving Vulnerable Patients Stranded Without Care

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) filed a lawsuit on behalf of elderly and sick Medi-Cal recipients in LA County who are at the mercy of a private company that endangers their health and fails to deliver them to life-saving appointments.

Elderly Patients Treated for Falls may be more Likely to Suffer Later Adverse Events, Study Finds

Elderly patients who receive emergency care after a fall may be more likely to suffer adverse events in the months following that care, according to a new study.  Researchers studied a group of 350 patients aged 65 and over who were treated in the ER for injuries after a fall, and found that half suffered an adverse event within six months. For 27 patients, or 7.7% of the study group, this occurred within the first seven days after treatment.  The study also showed that patients who were taking sedative or psychiatric medications were more likely to suffer an adverse event, as were patients with diabetes or who take five or more medications.
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In-Home Supportive Services Consumer Guide

Bet Tzedek has published a user-friendly guide to In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), The IHSS Companion, available free by download. IHSS, a Medi-Cal program, pays for home care services in your home or workplace so that you can safely stay in your home or continue working.  The guide is intended for consumers, providers and advocates, and includes information regarding eligibility, application, assessments and appeals.


Action Alert: Sign On! Oppose Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements in Nursing Homes!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing a rule to repeal the ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements in nursing homes, and to permit their use as a condition of admission.  The rule will insulate nursing homes from accountability for illegal and harmful acts and lead to worse care and health outcomes for residents. Please click on the link below to sign onto the opposition letter being coordinated by the Consumer Voice and many other organizations.
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Upcoming Events

August SWAP Training in Oakland, CA

What You Need to Know about Long Term Care in California

  • Medi-Cal & the New Recovery Laws 
  • Panel of Experts: Nursing Home Alternatives & Home and Community Based Services

Friday, August 11, 2017
10 am – 1pm
The California Endowment
2000 Franklin St.
Oakland CA 94612

CANHR Happenings

CANHR Staff Yvonne Hernandez and Marcus Nelson at Richmond Main Street: Music on the Main on July 26th, 2017