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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.

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...
10/21/2014
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...
10/15/2014
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...
8/19/2014
Want to add in your two cents about Social Security? The Social Security Administration has issued a call for innovative and strategic ideas for how b...
8/13/2014
The White House along with many advocates of older Americans are gearing up for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging.
8/13/2014
Elected Official Visits, Legislation, Medicare
BMA Management’s Chicago-based Heritage Woods community welcomed U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) this week to meet residents and discuss Medicare fra...
8/13/2014
Ageism, Elder Abuse, Facts and Figures, Federal Agency Activity
The IRS released a warning this week about phone scams after receiving numerous complaints from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from ind...
8/5/2014
Hearings, Medicare
Medicare should reconsider how it approaches patients who are admitted to a hospital as an inpatient versus those patients who are placed under “obser...
7/29/2014
Disabilities, Health Care, Hearings
The Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act had its day before a Senate subcommittee recently, garnering strong bipartisan support among lawm...
7/29/2014
Federal Agency Activity, Medicare, Medication Management
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is altering rules designed to prevent it from paying twice for the same prescriptions for seniors who r...
7/22/2014
End of Life, Federal Agency Activity, Managed Risk
The nation’s Health and Human Services Department issued new guidance on person-centered planning and self-direction in June and a top official with t...
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...
7/1/2014
Data shows this compassionate option for end of life is underutilized, but senior living has critical role to play.
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...