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⭒ News & Notes Archive

June 2014

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Events and Trainings

Inspector General Slams California Nursing Home Inspections Again

A June 14, 2014 report by the federal Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the Department of Health and Human Services criticized the quality of California nursing home licensing inspections. The report, CMS’s Reliance on California Licensing Surveys of Nursing Homes Could Not Ensure the Quality of Care Provided to Medicare and Medicaid Beneficiaries, found that the California licensing inspections cannot be counted on to identify violations of state nursing home standards.

CDPH Approves Skilled Nursing at Redding Veterans Home

The California Department of Public Health has given the seal of approval to the Veterans Home of California in Redding to operate as a skilled nursing facility.  
Decisions for this approval came down today when the CDPH Survey team completed their initial survey and unanimously passed the veterans home with zero deficiencies in all areas of the skilled nursing facility.
Click here to read the full article.

New CANHR Publication: “Medi-Cal Recovery: What you Need to Know and How to Avoid It”

CANHR’s new publication “Medi-Cal Recovery: What you Need to Know and How to Avoid It,” is now available for download in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Free printed booklets will be available to legal services programs, Ombudsmen programs and other non-profits. For profit companies will be charged $1.00/booklet to cover the cost of printing and shipping.
Click here for a free download.

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New Advocacy Guide for State HCBS Transition Plans, and National Consumer Groups Request CMS Action

States currently are implementing the new federal Medicaid regulations for home and community-based services (HCBS).  Under the regulations, each state must develop a transition plan that explains how the state will comply with the new regulations.  Read the report:
Just Like Home: An Advocate’s Guide for State Transitions Under the New Medicaid HCBS Rules

NSCLC and other national consumer groups are requesting that CMS take action to ensure proper implementation of the HCBS regulations.
Click here to read the request.

CFPB Releases Financial Protection Guide for Assisted Living & Nursing Facilities

To equip assisted living and nursing facility staff with the know-how to prevent and spot the warning signs of elder financial abuse, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a guide to protecting residents from financial exploitation.
Click here to read and download the guide.

CCL Launched New RCFE Facility Search Website

The Department of Social Services has launched a new website with information regarding facilities licensed by its Community Care Licensing Division (CCLD), including Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs).   The site contains five years’  worth of very basic information regarding RCFEs, such as dates of visits by CCLD and numbers of complaints and citations.  It does not include substantive information regarding the inspections, complaints or citations.  CCLD states that information on the website should serve as an initial point of inquiry regarding the status of licensed facilities, and that additional information about a particular facility is available from the local Regional Office.

Click here to begin your search.


Upcoming Events

‘Comfort Care as the New Medicine’ Going to Rock SoCal

CANHR is bringing its comfort-focused dementia care training back to both San Diego on July 24th and Los Angeles on August 29th to focus on implementation of comfort care principles in lieu of chemical restraints. The training will be led by Tena Alonzo, the fantastic comfort care teacher from the Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix, AZ. Lunch and CEUs will be provided at both events.  

To learn more about or register for the San Diego training on July 24th, call 800-827-1008 or click here to see the event flyer.

Online Training for Social Workers, Discharge Planners, Geriatric Case Managers, and other Professionals: Changes to Healthcare Under the Affordable Care Act

There are many healthcare changes taking place in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act. This presentation will give an overview of the Affordable Care Act, with a focus on helping nursing facility residents evaluate their health plan options under the Coordinated Care Initiative.

Presenter: Amber Cutler, National Senior Citizens Law Center
Price – $25
(1 CEU credit)
*SWAP members receive a 10% discount.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
12:00 – 1:00 pm