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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.

1/27/2015
Advocacy, CEO, cheatsheet, Family Relations
The White House Conference on Aging is asking for senior living stories showcasing community activities and accomplishments as it helps shape the land...
1/27/2015
Social Security announced that it will extend field office hours nationwide beginning March 16. The Social Security Administration said field offices ...
1/23/2015
Advocacy, CEO, cheatsheet
The swelling ranks of the nation’s older adults are changing the face of the nation, creating a complex array of opportunities and challenges for issu...
1/21/2015
Advocacy, Allied Member, Business Planning, CEO, cheatsheet, Membership, Partnerships, Provider Member, Strategy
ALFA has been working diligently to evolve into an organization positioned and equipped to address the long-term needs of the senior living industry. ...
1/21/2015
It’s a difficult and murky place many adult children and their parents find themselves when it comes to discussing end-of-life planning. Author Tim P...
1/21/2015
Advocacy, Legislation, Policy in the States
The Assisted Living Federation of America, which advocates for excellence in senior living, applauds President Obama’s remarks in the State of the Uni...
1/13/2015
Advocacy, ALFA's Public Policy Positions, CEO, cheatsheet, Legislation, Policy in the States, Regulations
New York is one of the most diverse states in the nation, home to broad rural regions yet housing the nation’s largest city that boasts a population o...
1/13/2015
Audits, Business Planning, cheatsheet, Facts and Figures, Membership, Regulations, Reports, Risk Management
ALFA has just published the 2014 Top Ten Deficiency Report, which provides a state-by-state assessment of the most common regulatory citations in seni...
1/13/2015
Federal Agency Activity, Insurance, Property Management
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a final rule revising the financial reporting guidelines for operators participating in the...
1/13/2015
Federal Agency Activity, Risk Management, Technology Infrastructure
The government is seeking in put on the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020. The Office of the National Coordinators for Health IT is accepting...
12/22/2014
cheatsheet, Health Care, Partnerships, Regulations
The Center for Excellence in Assisted Living has been ramping up its efforts to advance excellence in assisted living through a new vision, mission st...
12/22/2014
Health and Wellness, Health Care, Hearings, Medication Management
The Senate Special Committee on Aging released a report focusing on ways to increase the use of generic drugs within the Medicare Part D program, and ...
12/22/2014
As you begin the new year, make sure you don’t miss the biggest senior living stories of 2014. Last year’s most widely read topics include innovative ...
12/18/2014
Human Resources, Labor Relations
On December 15, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published a final rule amending its representation case (i.e., election) procedures. The so...
12/17/2014
Federal Agency Activity, Health Care
Medical debt has a significant impact on consumer credit, with 43 million Americans having overdue medical debt on their credit cards, prompting the C...
12/9/2014
Disabilities, Health and Wellness, Policy in the States
New Hampshire recently hosted a conference to address aging issues in New England, attended by political and civic leaders from Maine, Vermont, and Ne...
11/25/2014
Family Relations, Federal Agency Activity, Financing Senior Living – Consumer Education
The government has proposed additional measure for ensuring that homeowners and struggling borrowers have more foreclosure protections, including expa...
11/18/2014
Federal Agency Activity, Health Care, Research
Research studies and clinical trials help doctors and others understand more about aging and diseases affecting older adults and to help spread that m...
11/4/2014
Federal Agency Activity, Medication Technology & Informatics, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
The National Institute on Aging’s Office of Special Populations is making efforts to recruit African-Americans for clinical trial recruitment and post...
10/30/2014
Advocacy, Affiliate/Chapter, ALFA's Public Policy Positions, Policy in the States
California’s motto is simply “Eureka,” meaning “I have found it.” That sentiment reflects perfectly the many seniors who chose the Golden State’s many...
10/21/2014
Ageism, Elder Abuse, Federal Agency Activity
The Administration for Community Living is reorganizing, including expanding the Office of Elder Rights to become the Office of Elder Justice and Adul...
10/21/2014
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Quality of Life
The National Quality Forum is embarking on a new two-year project to create a framework for quality measurement for residents living in a community wh...
10/15/2014
cheatsheet, Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued infection prevention and control recommendations for hospitalized patients with known or sus...
10/15/2014
Federal Agency Activity, Medicaid, Medicare
The White House has unveiled the website for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. The site whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov includes information o...
10/8/2014
Advocacy, Affiliate and Chapter Events, Affiliate/Chapter, Business Planning, CEO, cheatsheet, Engage, Policy in the States
Florida ALFA has been poised for progress since its establishment in July 2012. The state is a haven for retirees who are attracted by the climate, cl...
10/8/2014
Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
The National Institutes of Health announced a set of investments totaling $46 million to support the goals of the BRAIN initiative, a large-scale effo...
9/16/2014
Federal Agency Activity, Medication Management
Long-term care communities now will be able to better assist in the disposal of prescription drugs belonging to current or former residents with the a...
9/2/2014
End of Life, Federal Agency Activity, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk, Memory Care Best Practices and Research
The Food and Drug Administration has announced it plans to take concerted efforts to improve the collection and availability of clinical trial data on...
8/26/2014
ALFA's Public Policy Positions, Engage, Policy in the States
A top ALFA priority is to monitor legislative and regulatory activity throughout the states. By keeping a close watch on state activity, ALFA is able ...
8/19/2014
Hearings, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
The Senate Special Committee on Aging ventured outside of Washington, DC to hold a field hearing “”Alzheimer’s Disease: A Big Sky Approach to a Nation...