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Advocacy in Action

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, October 25, 2019
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2019
October 25, 2019

LeadingAge Fights Red Hand Nursing Home Icon
LeadingAge has mounted a campaign to halt the red hand icon CMS plans to attach to the Nursing Home Compare profiles of nursing homes cited for abuse. While abuse and poor quality care cannot be tolerated or excused, the icon will neither increase transparency nor help consumers pick the right nursing home for themselves or a family member. For more information on LeadingAge’s efforts, and how you can lend your voice, read more.

Learn About the IMAGINE Initiative
LeadingAge just released the "IMAGINE" Initiative – International Migration of Aging and Geriatric Workers in Response to the Needs of Elders. The "IMAGINE" paper outlines a series of bold proposals that, if enacted, would enable aging services providers to employ more foreign-born workers. The ideas took root in town halls hosted by state associations throughout the country, where LeadingAge heard—loud and clear—that workforce is by far the largest challenge faced by members. We know it’s going to take a lot of different solutions to solve the caregiver shortages we face today…and will face in the future. LeadingAge and affiliates will be sharing the paper with policy makers, colleagues, and partners in the coming months to raise awareness about the aging services workforce challenge and some possible solutions. Feel free to share the paper and use it as a conversation starter about the need for more workers in the aging services field. And CLICK HERE for a special message from LeadingAge CEO Katie Smith Sloan with more information about the initiative.

We Need Your Help: Take Action on New CNA Lockout Bill
Under federal law, nursing homes are inspected annually and fines are assessed for any deficiencies in compliance with federal regulations. If these fines exceed a certain level ($10,697 as of 2018), a nursing home automatically loses its authority to train certified nursing assistants for two years. H.R. 4468 is the second bill introduced to address this unfair penalty. It would end the mandatory 2-year lockout by authorizing that the training program be reinstated once the deficiencies for which the nursing home is cited are corrected.

Now is the time to use your voice and help us build momentum for this legislation. We need your U.S. Representative to become a cosponsor of this new legislation and show their support for nursing homes in your community.

How You Can Help:

CMS Memo to Strengthen State Survey Oversight
Late last week, CMS announced actions to strengthen State Agencies’ survey performance. The initiative stems from an evaluation back in 2018 and has led to efforts to improve how State Agencies performance is monitored and reviewed. We are analyzing the CMS memo and the steps CMS will take moving forward. The Memo can be found here.

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