On August 30, 2017 LeadingAge (National) announced it has established a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. LeadingAge members and friends can help by donating to the LeadingAge Hurricane Harvey relief fund to benefit LeadingAge member organizations and their staff: Click here to donate 100% of the funds go to the relief effort.
LeadingAge PA announced that recently there have been a number of changes in high-ranking positions at both the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Human Services (DHS). At DHS, Governor Wolf has moved Insurance Commission Teresa Miller to the position of Acting Secretary. Jessica Altman will serve as Acting Insurance Commissioner. At DOH, Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s Physician General, assumed the role of Acting Secretary of Health after Karen Murphy’s departure. Additionally, the Deputy Secretary for Quality Assurance, which oversees licensing of all health care entities, is currently held by Shannon Baker.
LeadingAge PA Participates in Medicare Red Tape Project
The U.S. House Ways & Means Committee’s Subcommittee on Health recently requested recommendations on how to reduce the “red tape” that hampers Medicare providers. LeadingAge PA identified 12 issues and provided suggestions for improvement, beginning with the recommendation to change the nursing facility survey process so that they are judged on overall outcomes of care, and also included recommendations about the Five-Star Quality Rating System and the Value Based Purchasing requirements.