PARCR - Posts Tagged with "Legislative Breakfast"

December 2013

12/14/2013 - PARCR Admin

Coffee, Tea, and Policy Leading

AgePA Public Policy Team held a Legislative Breakfast for Cumberland/Dauphin areas on November 14, 2013 at Messiah Lifeways – Contact Amanda Cyster at <amanda@leadingagepa.org> or 717-790-3967 if your facility, in a county not yet visited, would like to host a Legislative Breakfast in the Spring of 2014.

Opportunity Knocks

It was clear as a result of the 11-14-2013 Legislative Breakfast that our Representatives and legislative staff attendees wanted to hear legislative proposals that would change the way Medicaid funds senior services. The legislature has charged LeadingAgePA to begin this examination through the language the legislature amended into House Resolution #255. That amendment asked LeadingAgePA to review how Pennsylvanians can “prepare for future long-term care costs." As part of the 36 members that make up the taskforce studying this system, LeadingAge PA will need to step-up and provide policy initiatives that work. Stay tuned for these first policy initiatives coming from LeadingAgePA this December!

Meet your LeadingAge PA Team!

After nearly ten years of staff stability, the past year has brought a number of employee departures at LeadingAge PA. We now have a great new team that is set to take LeadingAge PA to new levels as we embark on the NorthStar 2.0 journey. [more[(http://www.leadingagepa.org/Portals/0/Documents/LAPAstaff.pdf)... (link to get new team) (11-25-2013)

What is NorthStar 2.0?? LeadingAgePA’s newly published NorthStar 2.0 is an update to the original NorthStar document released in 2006, which provided the framework for LeadingAge PA’s decisions and actions. Many of the association’s members used the framework to guide their decisions and strategic planning. Discover northstar 2.0... (to download a copy)

LeadingAge PA is now accepting submissions for our 2014 Distinguished Service Awards! Our awards program honors twelve outsanding individuals and groups annually. Please take the time to nominate those among you that deserve to be recognized. Deadline February 5, 2014. Learn more/nominate... (update 12-2-2013)

Governor Corbett’s Healthy Pennsylvania initiative, State Healthcare Innovation Plan for Pennsylvania, project plans to redesign the way health care services are delivered. LeadingAge PA has pointed out that long term care consumers and providers are missing from the transformation process. (12-11-2013)

Member Advocacy Project (MAP)

LeadingAge PA has introduced a new and exciting way to enhance member involvement with advocacy initiatives! Your ‘MAP’ will include a focused briefing on a specific issue, supporting documentation and a list of the specific action steps you can consider taking to assist in LeadingAge PA Advocacy efforts!

More info to come as it applies to CCRCs. (12-13-2013)

2014 Peak Leadership Summit, March 17-19.2014 in Washington, D.C. Registration opens in January 2014. Visit www.leadingage.org/PEAK/#

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Winter Wrap-Up, March 2014

3/31/2014 - PARCR Admin

LeadingAge PA's 2014 Public Policy Objectives Checklist

LeadingAge PA is pleased to introduce you to our Public Policy Objectives Checklist for 2014! Follow our Policy Team as we focus on these priorities now through mid-year. Look for our bi-weekly updates on each objective to stay informed and be sure to print and retain this checklist and mark the check box next to all eleven. (Click on Public Policy Objectives Checklist above to view)

Let the Budget Hearings Begin

This Monday (2-10-14) marks the start of Appropriations Committee Hearings on the FY2014-2015 Pennsylvania Budget. Each of the Commonwealth Departments will testify before both the House of Representatives and the Senate over the next several weeks. LeadingAge PA will be present for each of the hearings relative to our members, including the Departments of Aging, Health, Insurance and Public Welfare.

LeadingAge PA Regional Policy Forums

LeadingAge PA will hold three Regional Policy Forums to discuss our 2014 public policy objectives and planning for the second-half of 2014. these forums are open to all LeadingAge PA members and is an opportunity to share policy ideas, discuss advocacy efforts and offer suggestions for outreach to fellow members, legislators and administration officials.

Please reply to Amanda Cyster by email with your name, organization and forum you will be attending.

Introducing LeadingAge PA's Legislative & Regulatory Issues Calendar!

LeadingAge PA’s Legislative & Regulatory Issues Calendar is now available to members on our website! Use our Issues Calendar to track pending legislation, access detailed LeadingAge PA summaries, positions and advocacy call outs, and to monitor session days and comment periods. To access information, simply Go to our Calendar, click the bill and choose "Read More" to read analyses and current amendments anytime.

House Bill #1702 Leaves Committee

Yesterday (3-12-14), the House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee unanimously passed an amended version of House Bill #1702. After months of collaboration and negotiation, leadingage pa agreed to support the amended version after ensuring 'licensed long-term care service providers' would be included in the drafting process of the community respite services program regulations. both house bills #1702 and #1907 passed through the committee yesterday and are now GREEN on LeadingAge PA’s new online Issues Calendar! Be sure to continue monitoring the bills' progress with us as it travels through the legislative process!

Registration CLOSED: March 27 Webinar on Staff Approaches to Dementia Care

LeadingAge PA registration for our March 27 Webinar, "Exceeding Expectations: Development of a Comprehensive Strategy for Educating Staff and Supporting Person Centered Approaches in Dementia Care", is now closed due to maximum participation limit reached. For those who were planning to participate, please note that the webinar audio and materials will be available to all members on our website post-event.

Upcoming LASS (Lancaster Area Senior Services) Breakfast

LeadingAge PA and LASS will hold a joint breakfast with Lancaster area legislators on Friday, April 25th at Brethren Village, 3001 Lititz Pike in Lancaster beginning at 7:30am. CCRC residents should contact their communities to inquire about attending.

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Catching Up with News from LeadingAge PA - February 2015

2/28/2015 - PARCR Admin

Act 31 Reminder

Reminder of Act 31 Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting Continuing Education for Licensed Professionals Effective January 1, 2015. Act 31 requires all health related licensees and who are mandatory reporters to complete 3 hours of Department of Human Services (formerly DPW) approved training on initial application for a license. Additionally, all health related licensees applying for a license renewal are required to complete 2 hours of Board approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements

Senate Bill 4

A notice was sent out at the request of LeadingAge PA to ask your Senator to vote YES on Senate Bill 4: Legislation to Amend the PA Constitution to allow the General Assembly to Establish Criteria for Purely Public Charity. A report was sent out that SB 4 passed the Senate on February 17, 2015. It is planned that more information will be sent as the bill moves on. Thanks to those who reached out to their Senators. Since the bill passed the full Senate and is now headed to the House. LeadingAge PA will be asking for you to call your Representatives in the near future on this critical issue.

Governor Wolf Announces Cabinet Members

Ted Dallas has been chosen as the Secretary for the Department of Human Services. Most recently, Dallas served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources. Prior to his work in Maryland, Acting Secretary Dallas served in Pennsylvania’s Rendell Administration for five years as the Executive Deputy Secretary of the Department of Human Services, formerly the Department of Public Welfare.

Teresa Osborne has received the nod to serve as the Secretary for the Department of Aging. She most recently served as the Executive Director of the Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Area Agency on Aging. Previously she served as the Executive Director of the Lackawanna Area Agency on Aging.

Dr. Karen Murphy has been appointed as Secretary for the Department of Health. Dr. Murphy has extensive knowledge of the healthcare industry and has demonstrated her ability to lead complex organizations and initiatives in both the public and private sector. Formerly, Dr. Murphy served as the Director of the State Innovation Models Initiative at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.

Highmark Partnership

Highmark has contracted with naviHealth, a post-acute care management company that contracts with risk-bearing healthcare organizations, resulting in naviHealth coming into facilities and denying services. PARCR members who have Highmark coverage and have questions should feel free to contact Anne Henry, Vice President of Government Affairs at <anne@leadingagepa.org> or 717-790-3949.

Legislative Breakfast

The LeadingAge PA Government Affairs team hosted a successful legislative staff breakfast on January 29, 2015 at the State Capitol. In attendance were staff members from committees critical to assuring that our members’ best interests are taken into consideration as bills are introduced and moved through the legislative process. More…

LeadingAge Leadership Conference

PEAK! The 2015 LeadingAge (national) PEAK leadership conference in Washington, D.C. will take place on March 16-18. LeadingAge PA's Government Affairs staff will participate with members in meetings on Capitol Hill with Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation. The meetings are designed to allow LeadingAge PA members to discuss the effect of federal issues on their communities. Register

CMS Describes Changes to Five-Star Rating System for Providers

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) described some major changes/adjustments to Nursing Home Compare, and the scoring methodology for the Nursing Home Five-Star Rating System. It appears that there will be an impact to nursing homes’ overall rating based on these changes. CMS is advising that many facilities will see a reduction of 1 -2 stars in their overall rating based on the revised scoring methodology. For LeadingAge (national)’s brief overview of the changes, please click here.

LeadingAge PA Legislative Breakfasts happening April-May!

Join LeadingAge PA’s Government Affairs team for one of our upcoming Legislative Breakfasts at a location near you! Come meet your elected officials to discuss the importance of the services your facility provides and how it benefits the seniors in your community. This is an excellent opportunity for members to connect with their representatives in an informal, social setting in order to build and foster these important relationships. PARCR members are invited to attend. See dates and locations/learn more…

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Legislative Tidbits March 2015

3/31/2015 - Laura Paist

SB 4 passed the full Senate on February 17, 2015 with a vote of 30 yays and 19 nays. SB 4, sponsored by Senator Aument (R-Lancaster), is a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of PA, providing for criteria for institutions of purely public charity. The bill has now been received in the House of Representatives and has been referred to the House Finance Committee. A date has not been set for the committee to consider SB 4. LeadingAge PA will continue to strongly advocate for passage of SB 4 and may be calling upon members for assistance with grassroots at some point in the future.

Active Shooter Scenario Training

  • April 6, 9:00AM-noon, Garden Spot Village, New Holland, PA (EAST)
  • April 7, 9:00AM-noon, Masonic Village, Sewickley, PA (WEST)

LeadingAge PA invites long-term care employees to participate in a live education program presented by Sorenson, Wilder & Associates that will provide background, details and training in realistic scenarios to provide long-term care employees with the knowledge needed to protect themselves and their residents during an active shooter event.

LeadingAge PA visited PA delegation during PEAK 2015

The week of March 16, 2015, members and staff from LeadingAge PA visited Congress in Washington D.C. as part of the LeadingAge's (national) PEAK Summit to raise awareness of long term care and senior service topics. Participants advocated for crucial issues such as “fixing” observation days, therapy caps, Medicare sequestration cuts, the Five Star “Quality” Rating System, and funding for low income housing.

Budget hearings are well under way in the state Capitol

Legislative budget hearings on Governor Tom Wolf’s budget proposal are well under way. These hearings allow each state agency to provide detail and answer questions posed by members of the legislative appropriations committees about their portion of the governor’s proposed budget. More…

Older Adults Protective Services Act

Rep. Tim Hennessey reintroduces legislation to amend the Older Adults Protective Services Act. Representative Tim Hennessey (R-Chester), chairman of House Aging and Older Adult Services, re-introduced legislation to update and make necessary improvements to the Older Adults Protective Services Act (Act 79 of 1987). More…

Legislator visits to LeadingAge PA member facilities

The LeadingAge PA Government Affairs team is available to assist members with visits from legislators in several different ways. If you are planning to host a legislator at your facility and would like some help from our team, we are happy to provide you with the legislator’s biography and important talking points. We are also available to attend the visits. If you host meetings with your legislators, we would like to know so that we track these in our database. Your personal relationships with legislators go a long way when the time comes for advocacy issues that are important to LeadingAge PA. Please contact Ana Puig, Director of Legislator Affairs, at <ana@leadingagepa.org> or (717)790-3948.

REMINDER: LeadingAge PA Legislative Breakfasts happening April-May!

Join LeadingAge PA’s Government Affairs team for one of our upcoming Legislative Breakfasts at a location near you. Come meet your elected officials to discuss the importance of the services your facility provides and how it benefits the seniors in your community. This is an excellent opportunity for members to connect with their representatives in an informal, social setting in order to build and foster these important relationships. See dates and locations/learn more…

Save the Dates!

LeadingAge PA's Annual Conference & Exposition June 17-19 in Hershey PA

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Spring and Summer Legislative Tidbits 2015

8/20/2015 - PARCR Admin

Budget Stalemate – Will it End in The Near Future?

On Wednesday, August 19, after weeks of talks between Governor Wolf and Republican majority leaders, budget negotiations took a new twist when Republican leaders made a one-time budget proposal offer on education funding and pension reform to the Governor. On the education front, the Republican proposal would increase basic education to $400 million for public schools. This is the same amount that Governor Wolf requested during his budget address this past March. In exchange for the Wolf education plan, the Republicans have asked for a pension reform proposal which would move the state’s retirement system to a private sector-like 401(K) plan affecting future state government workers and public school employees. This pension plan is very similar to the one vetoed by the Governor on July 9, 2015. The House sessions resume August 25, and the Senate is in recess until September 21 unless sooner recalled by their respective leaders.
A response from Governor Wolf is expected at any time.
Even though there is a budget impasse, the commonwealth must continue operations for all critical functions that impact the health, safety and/or welfare of the citizens of Pennsylvania. This means Medical Assistance payments to LeadingAge PA members will continue.
The LeadingAge PA Government Affairs team will continue to monitor the budget process and provide updates to members as new information becomes available.

Senators request GAO assessment of 5-star rating system

On August 6, Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting an assessment of the general accuracy and reliability of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 5-Star Quality Rating System for nursing homes and its usefulness as a consumer tool.

Budget Adjustment Factor (BAF)

On June 19, 2016 a Member Alert was sent out to PARCR members requesting sharing information with their residents to make contacts with State Legislators about the action of the Department of Human Services’ Budget Adjustment Factor (BAF). The BAF formula changes would harm nursing facilities that use state taxpayer money the appropriate way. These facilities spend money to provide better quality care. The DHS’ actions would reward large companies headquartered outside of the Commonwealth. The contacts from non-profit facilities, LeadingAge PA, and PARCR members were heard and the DHS has postponed any action at this time.

Observation Stays

In May a Member Alert was sent out to PARCR members requesting action to urge US Senators to support moving forward on: “Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015” which has the opportunity to fix the Observation Stay problem. On August 6, 2015, President Obama signed into law H.R. 876, the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act. The new law requires hospitals to provide written and oral notification to Medicare beneficiaries receiving observation status for more than 24 hours, rather than admitted as inpatients. Last year on October 22, 2014 Pennsylvania’s Governor signed into effect Act 169. This act brought transparency in Pennsylvania to the hospital/patient by requiring the hospital to provide notice to the patients of their outpatient status after they have spent a full day in the hospital outside the emergency department.

Legislative Breakfasts successful

The last week in May, the LeadingAge PA Government Affairs team attended the last of nine Legislative Breakfasts held throughout the state in April and May. Dozens of elected officials from each region met member organizations' staff and residents and heard stories about the services they provide and how they benefit communities. Thanks to facilities that hosted the events.

Senior Care and the PA Budget with Anne Henry

On May 20, 2015 Anne Henry, Vice President at LeadingAge PA, was interviewed on PCN. The video which highlights that Anne Henry is watching how state government will spend its funds to take care of Pennsylvania’s senior population can be viewed on pcntv.com and searching for Anne Henry.

Department of Transportation proposed rule on license criteria for persons with cognitive impairments

In May The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation issued a proposed rule regarding criteria to obtain or retain a driver's license for those with cognitive impairments, including dementia, by adding a section to disqualify individuals that have a moderately severe cognitive impairment. Responses to the proposed rule will be reviewed before any movement on the proposal will occur.

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June Tidbits

7/11/2016 - PARCR Admin

Budget Negotiations

LeadingAge PA is requesting PARCR's advocacy now.

It is crunch time in Harrisburg for the 2016/2017 state budget, and we need your help to ask for increased Medical Assistance (MA) funding for nursing facilities. Gov. Wolf had originally proposed a 1% rate increase for nursing facility MA funding in his executive budget for the 2016-2017 fiscal year; however, due to cuts to the Department of Human Services (DHS) budget, this increase was removed.

While LeadingAge PA realizes that Pennsylvania has a serious fiscal problem and that lawmakers are struggling to pass a balanced budget, we are concerned that over the past five years, nursing facilities have seen increases in funding only twice. Meanwhile, the cost of salaries, benefits and food has continued to rise.

LeadingAge PA is working collaboratively with the Pennsylvania Health Care Association (PHCA) to request a 3.5% increase in Medical Assistance long-term care funding in the 2016-2017 FY budget. In addition, we are collectively requesting $16 million to fund the Non-Public Medical Assistance Day-One Incentive Payment, created by state legislators three years ago to preserve access to care. This funding is included in the Human Services Code.

Make calls to legislators in Harrisburg asking them to support our budget. Find your legislators and their contact information at [http://www.legis.state.pa.us/].

These talking points will help you communicate your message. This graph shows the difference between the increases in health care inflation and MA nursing facility rates. Please share it with your legislators. Please keep the LeadingAge PA team aware of your efforts both with your legislators and their staff by contacting Ana Puig, Director of Legislative Affairs, at ana@leadingagepa.org, (717)790-3948. June 30 is the deadline for an on time state budget for FY 2016-17. The LeadingAge PA Government Affairs team will monitor the budget process closely and will provide updates.

Community Health, Choices (CHC)

On June 9, 2016 the Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Ted Dallas announced that the commonwealth will lengthen the transition time for implementation of Community Health, Choices (CHC), the commonwealth’s proposed managed long-term services and supports program. Dallas said that as part of the ongoing commitment to ensure that everyone impacted by the CHC understands and is comfortable with the program prior to it going live, the first phase will now begin July 1, 2017 (rather than January 1, 2017) in the southwest.

LeadingAge PA and many other stakeholders requested that DHS defer the start of the program until all is ready. Learn more about the CHC program on the DHS website.

LeadingAge PA Annual Conference and Exposition

LeadingAge PA is holding its 2016 Annual Conference and Expostion, Be Bold! At the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, PA June 14 to June 17. The 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition is designed to inspire with strategies to explore change and innovation, grow and evolve as aging services leaders, and stay competitive in the provision of long-term services and supports to Pennsylvania seniors. PARCR will have a display table at the conference.

The pre-conference symposium, The Future of Managed Care and Medical Assistance, provides attendees with the opportunity to learn about Community HealthChoices and how it will impact care delivery systems and payment models and how Medicaid consumers will receive services in the future. The symposium is Tuesday, June 14, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Hershey Lodge, Hershey. This video has details.

Annual Legislative Staff Breakfast

The LeadingAge PA Government Affairs team held its annual legislative staff breakfast at the Capitol on April 28. The intent of the breakfast was to continue developing relationships and have one on one interaction with key staff members that work for leadership and key committees that have significant impact on issues that affect LeadingAge PA and the seniors they serve. Ron Barth, CEO, and Anne Henry, senior vice president and chief government affairs officer, spoke about our priorities for the 2016-17 FY including the budget, Community HealthChoices, and the importance of allowing people to receive assisted living services under the Medical Assistance program. It was a great opportunity to answer questions and to share with the legislative staff that LeadingAge PA is the association of solutions.

The Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization of 2015

President Barack Obama signed into law the Older Americans Act (OAA) Reauthorization of 2015, after it passed both chambers of Congress with unanimous support. LeadingAge commends the President for signing the OAA, which was 5 years overdue for reauthorization. Check for information on the importance of this Act More...

Five-Star Quality Measures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) enhanced Nursing Home Compare (NHC) in April 2016 to include six new quality measures related to publicly reported readmission. They stated that a preview of the new measures would be available on April 7; however, the preview is still not available at this time. We will be releasing the new 5 Star Analysis Report from LeadingAge Quality Metrics this month once the new measures are available and we can include them in your report. Five of the six new measures will be used in the calculation of the Five-Star Quality Measures (QM) ratings beginning in July 2016. More...

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Special Tidbit Announcements for March

3/18/2017 - PARCR Admin

Please read the two announcements from LeadingAge PA: 2017 Legislative Breakfasts scheduled for April – May and Fraud alert: HHS OIG hotline telephone scam.

Anne Henry, Senior VP & Chief Government Affairs Officer, has noted that when attending the legislative breakfast in your area, there are opportunities for having a positive impact. If you have a personal story of someone you know who has required nursing home care, it is recommended you let your representative know the story and how important it is to adequately fund these services for their constituents. Personal stories emphasize how 24 hour care is required for many people who cannot be adequately cared for at home with services.

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