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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.


Transitioning into June, June 2014

6/1/2014 - Laura Paist

CMP Funds to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Facilities

This week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a grant solicitation for the reinvestment of federal civil money penalty (cmp) funds to support and further expand the national partnership to improve dementia care in nursing facilities. (legislative update 4 />22/2014)

CMS Proposes FY 2015 SNF Rates & Other Changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register today related to the prospective payment system and consolidated billing for skilled nursing facilities (snf) for fiscal year (fy) 2015. a full summary of the proposed rule can be found here…this would result in 5 counties in the commonwealth—columbia, montour, franklin, monroe and adams—becoming urban counties beginning october 1, 2014. cms has proposed a 1-year transition period for all snfs during which a blended wage index will be applied to assist providers adapting to a new designation. leadingage pa is continuing to analyze this proposed rule and work with our partners at leadingage (national) to formulate our comments on these changes. (revenue update 5 />6/2014)

CMS Proposes Changes for Hospice Providers in FY 2015

Thank you to our partners at LeadingAge (national) for sharing their summary and analysis of the rule. (regulatory update 5 />7/2014)

State Revenue Shortfall Grows

In a press release, Pennsylvania's Department of Revenue announced that state revenue shortfalls are much higher than anticipated. This equates to a two-year difference of $1.35 billion, notwithstanding the statutory changes included in the proposed budget. LeadingAge PA continues to track this year's budget process in Harrisburg and will continue to provide updates to members as they become available. You can also visit the IFO online for additional information and revenue estimates. Please contact Joan Bradbury with questions. (Legislative Update 5/8/2014)

2014 Public Policy Objectives: Creating LTC Navigators for Consumers

LeadingAge PA's 2014 public policy objectives checklist has been propelling our advocacy efforts this year as we meet with the legislature and state agencies to discuss issues that affect our members and propose innovative solutions. today, we will be visiting legislative leaders and the governor's office to distribute the newest policy objective card on creating long-term care (ltc) navigators for consumers. you can follow along on our website as each objective is checked off the list!

NorthStar 2.0 - Members are Strategically Positioned: Types of Research to Support Your Strategic Planning Initiatives

Market Study vs. Community Needs Assessment

LeadingAge PA‘s NorthStar 2.0 encourages members to align their core competencies with the needs of the community they serve and to develop key partnerships throughout the continuum of services. To do that, they must have a thorough understanding of their market and the information that is relevant to healthcare providers in their community.

Still no Definitive Answers as to What is in the Budget

Stay tuned for more information! If you have any questions about the Commonwealth's budget, please contact Joan Bradbury.

LeadingAge PA’s Annual Conference & Exposition in Hershey June 18-20, 2014

Stop In to see (or be part of) PARCR’s Exhibition Table


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 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.