New Fact Sheet on Importance of Revised Nursing Facility Regulations for Nursing Home Residents
Consumer Voice, in partnership with Justice in Aging, has released a new fact sheet entitled "Why the Recently-Revised Nursing Home Regulations are Vital for Nursing Home Residents."
After four years of work from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), newly revised federal nursing facility regulations were released in September 2016, and most provisions went into effect on November 28, 2016. These revised regulations provide critical consumer protections. This fact sheet provides an overview of some important new revisions and how they protect long-term care consumers. Stakeholders and policymakers can use the fact sheet to better understand the role the revised regulations have in improving nursing care, including an increased focus on addressing a resident's needs and preferences. Download Fact Sheet Here.
Several New Fact Sheets on CMS Nursing Home Regulations to Help Families and Residents
Consumer Voice, along with Justice in Aging and Center for Medicare Advocacy, have released new issue briefs in our series on the revised federal nursing facility regulations. The fact sheets can help residents, family members and advocates better understand the regulations, which went into effect November 28, 2016. These new fact sheets provide critical resources for residents and families on:
These briefs offer advocacy tips for consumers and their family members. Know your rights!
Revised Nursing Home Regulations 2017 - New Interpretive Guidelines with Clickable Tables of Contents
Become familiar with the new nursing home regulations that govern care in long-term care communities. The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) just released the new Interpretive Guidelines to navigate the new regulations easier. Download the Revised Interpetive Guidelines with Clickable Table of Contents. Scroll down to page 2 of this document and move your mouse over the section you want to review (e.g. "Resident Rights," Quality of Care," etc.). Click on the section you've selected and the document should immediately jump to that section of the Interpretive Guidelines.
Help Us Prohibit Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements in Nursing Home Admission Contracts
Pre-dispute arbitration agreements are increasingly included in nursing home and other long-term care facility admission contracts that consumers or their families must sign in order for the consumer to be admitted as a resident. Once signed, these agreements bar consumers from seeking legal action in court should they suffer harm or injury while residing in the facility. The Supreme Court has upheld the right for such agreements to be included under the Federal Arbitration Act. Read more on why prohibiting pre-dispute arbitration agreements is important to long-term care consumers.
Take Action: Sign a petition asking the U.S. Congress to pass the Arbitration Fairness Act (H.R. 2087; S. 1133), legislation that would ban the use of pre-dispute, forced arbitration agreements in consumer contracts. We need your help! Please sign on to this petition to urge your members of Congress to end this unfair practice and restore the rights of consumers once and for all. Take Action Now
Tell Congress that Better Staffing is the Key to Better Care!
We know that higher levels of staffing lead to better care, but the federal government does not require nursing homes to have at least a minimum number of staff on duty. As a result, every day across the country there are nursing home residents who aren’t getting the care they need because there aren’t enough aides and nurses. Understaffing harms nursing home residents and can lead to pressure ulcers (bedsores), infections, malnutrition, dehydration and injuries from falls.
Take Action: We need your help in reaching out to Congress to advocate for adequate staffing to protect the safety and well-being of nursing home residents. Let your legislators know that our country's most vulnerable citizens deserve no less! Click Here to Send a Message to your Representatives.
The Notice of Observation Treatment & Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act
The Notice of Observation Treatment & Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act, which was signed into law in August 2015, requires hospitals to tell Medicare patients when they receive observation care but have not been admitted to the hospital. Beneficiaries must spend three consecutive midnights as an admitted patient in a hospital in order to qualify for Medicare's nursing home coverage; observation days do not count. This means patients who receive observation care may not receive Medicare's limited nursing home benefit if they need care in a long-term care community after being in the hospital, which is why it is critical for patients to be informed.
The Role of Guardians in the Care of Residents
Guardianship is a relationship created by state law in which a court gives one person or entity (the guardian) the duty and power to make personal and/or property decisions for an individual, upon a finding that the individual is not able to do so. Many guardians are family members. Others may be willing friends, trained volunteers, professionals such as lawyers or professional guardians. Guardians also may be corporate or governmental agencies – banks or financial institutions, non-profit or for-profit private agencies, or state or local public guardianship programs. Strong guardian standards can help prevent elder abuse. Download a New Fact Sheet on the role of guardian standards in addressing elder abuse.
Connect With VOYCE
680 Craig Road, Suite 245
Latest VOYCE News