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Public Policy News and Updates

Articles on senior living
The following articles are designed to educate and inform senior living professionals of legislation, regulations, hearings and advocacy efforts.

7/15/2014
Retirement planning is paramount for everyone and especially for families considering senior living options. Life Care Funding CEO and company co-f...
7/9/2014
Ageism, Elder Abuse, Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness
Anti elder abuse advocates released a new framework this week for addressing challenges to elder abuse prevention and prosecution.
7/1/2014
Federal Agency Activity, Hearings, Labor Relations
In a lengthy opinion authored by Justice Stephen Breyer, and drawing heavily on historical practice of presidents and the Senate, the U.S. Supreme Cou...
7/1/2014
Federal Agency Activity, Hearings, Labor Relations
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 30 in Harris v. Quinn that non-union member workers in some public sector jobs represented by unions no longer have ...
7/1/2014
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a set of materials designed to facilitate conversations with older Americans about brain...
6/25/2014
Federal Agency Activity, Health Care, Medicaid, Medicaid, Medicare
A program that recruits and trains retired professionals and other older Americans to recognize and report instances or patterns of health care fraud ...
6/25/2014
cheatsheet, Managed Risk, Regulations, Risk Management
One of the most confounding laws faced by the senior living industry is HIPAA – the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. To help ALFA ...
6/17/2014
ALFA Conference & Expo, ALFA Events, Award Programs, Business, CEO, cheatsheet, Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Human Resources and Organizational Development, Public Policy, Resident and Family Services, Science and Technology, Senior Living Industry Events
The Assisted Living Federation of America’s May conference in Phoenix was an outstanding success, complete with education, insight, networking and fun...
6/11/2014
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Health Care, Managed Risk, Medication Management
The older you get, the more likely you are to use additional medicines, which can increase the change of harmful drug interactions. The Food and Drug ...
6/11/2014
Ageism, cheatsheet, Disabilities, Elder Abuse, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk, Policy in the States
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed into law new measures revising the state’s system for criminal background checks and makes significant changes f...
5/22/2014
Health Care, Hearings
The chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs asked President Obama in a recent letter to create a special commission to investigate mounti...
5/22/2014
AARP volunteers across the nation are flocking to Capitol Hill this week with a mission to fight ageism and to encourage Congress to pass a bill chang...
5/18/2014
ALFA Conference & Expo, ALFAPAC, ALFAPAC Golf Classic, Engage
The ALFA 2014 Conference & Expo begins today with a few select events including the Ninth Annual ALFAPAC Golf Classic, the ALFA Executive Roundtable m...
5/13/2014
Consumer Intelligence, Facts and Figures, Federal Agency Activity, Reports
Older homeowners are carrying more mortgage debt that before and threatening the retirement security of millions of Americans, according to new resear...
5/13/2014
Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Health Care, Medicaid, Medicaid, Medicare, Reports
Per capita health care spending for older Americans grew 4.1 percent from 2002 to 2010, which is the lowest among any other age groups studied, accord...
5/13/2014
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Life Safety, Managed Risk
The Food and Drug Administration has released a new set of general safety recommendations for patient lifts.
5/6/2014
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
The Department of Health and Human Services has revised and expanded a host of goals and action steps in the new, 2014 update to its National Plan to ...
5/6/2014
Ageism, Elder Abuse, Hearings
The Senate Special Committee on Aging took a look at the perils of the precious metals market in a recent hearing, examining how scammers target the n...
4/30/2014
Federal Agency Activity, Home Health Care, Medicaid, Medicare
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reportedly is creating a five-star performance rating system for hospitals, home health companies and d...
4/22/2014
Ageism, Elder Abuse, Family Relations, Hearings
The Senate Special Committee on Aging is investigating whether consumers are being misled by deceptive sweepstakes promotions from Publishers Clearing...
4/15/2014
Advocacy, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Education
An exhilarating yet heartbreaking moment in CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley’s career was when she strode on stage to moderate a 2012 p...
4/15/2014
The Bipartisan Policy Center last week launched a new initiative to find a politically and fiscally viable way to improve the financing and delivery o...
4/15/2014
CEO, cheatsheet, Federal Agency Activity, Human Resources, Staffing & Performance
The Assisted Living Federation of America filed comments last week with the National Labor Relations Board opposing a proposed rule that would shorten...
4/8/2014
Federal Agency Activity, Hospice, Medicare
Medicare soon will reimburse hospices offering palliative care and providers offering curative services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recentl...
4/8/2014
Advocacy, ALFA Knight, ALFAPAC, cheatsheet, Engage, Webinars
A shared purpose brought you and your organization to ALFA, and a unified voice is a compelling tool for advocates like you. ALFA strives to provide ...
4/1/2014
Financing Senior Living – Consumer Education, Health Care, Hearings, Medicaid, Medicare
Despite some improvement and fraud-fighting tools used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the country is still losing as much as...
4/1/2014
Co-chairs of the Senate Alzheimer’s Task Force are urging fellow senators to sign on to their letter asking the Appropriations Committee to support re...
3/25/2014
End of Life, Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Health Care
Think you’re too old to donate an organ? Think again! Any age is the right age to sign up to be an organ donor, says the Administration on Aging.
3/19/2014
Federal Agency Activity, Medicare
A group of lawmakers last week urged the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to improve Medicare beneficiaries access to medicines. In a letter ...
3/5/2014
Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) asked at a hearing about Alzheimer’s funding what the National Institutes of Health is doing ...