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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.

1/12/2017
Federal Agency Activity, Health Care, Medication Management, News
Vanderbilt University has announced that scientists there have received notice from the Food and Drug Administration that testing in humans can begin ...
1/12/2017
Community Awareness and Education, Consumer Funding Resources, Facts and Figures, Federal Agency Activity, Finance, News, Research
The number of consumers age 60 and higher with student loan debt has quadrupled since 2005, and the amount they owe also has increased dramatically. N...
1/4/2017
Advocacy, Federal Agency Activity, News, Public Policy
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has clarified automatic sprinkler system installation requirements (PDF) in attic spaces in long-term car...
12/22/2016
Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Facts and Figures, Federal Agency Activity, Long Term Care Insurance, News
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has unveiled two new websites for consumers that include information about the quality of inpatient rehab...
12/21/2016
Advocacy, ALFA's Public Policy Positions, Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Community Awareness and Education, Medication Management, News, Public Policy, Regulations
A bipartisan Senate report calls on Congress to take action to prevent huge cost increases on well-established prescription medicines. The Senate Spec...
12/15/2016
Community Awareness and Education, Federal Agency Activity, News, Research
The Food and Drug Administration has issued guidance on how medical device firms let the public know about side effects that are discovered once those...
12/15/2016
Active & Engaged Seniors, Advocacy, Community Awareness and Education, Core Principles, Family Relations, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Education, News, Resident and Family Services
The Administration on Community Living has announced the theme of Older Americans Month for 2017 – Age Out Loud.
12/8/2016
Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Federal Agency Activity, Legislation, News, Public Policy, Research
On December 7, the Senate voted 94-5 to approve the 21st Century Cures Act bill. The bill seeks to expedite the process of getting new drugs and medi...
12/6/2016
Advocacy, Facts and Figures, Federal Agency Activity, Legislation, Long Term Care Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance Education, News, Public Policy, Regulations
A House subcommittee last week held a hearing on the federal long-term care insurance program, which recently came under fire for significantly higher...
12/1/2016
Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Facts and Figures, Falls Prevention, Federal Agency Activity, Managed Risk, News, Research, Risk Management
Falls are the leading cause of injuries among adults age 65 and older and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the latest data,...
12/1/2016
Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Community Awareness and Education, Federal Agency Activity, Long Term Care Insurance, News
The Administration for Community Living has released an updated Frequently Asked Questions page about the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.
12/1/2016
Advocacy, All States, News, Public Policy, Regulations, Regulatory Compliance
Argentum lauds state partner Argentum New York for its efforts in successfully advocating for passing legislation authorizing a new category of advanc...
12/1/2016
Elder Abuse, Facts and Figures, Federal Agency Activity, Hearings, News, Research
The Senate Aging Committee this week held a hearing focusing on the financial abuse of older Americans by guardians and others and concurrently releas...
11/22/2016
News, Public Policy, Staffing & Performance
Judge Mazzant from the Eastern District of Texas ruled on the pending lawsuit to the DOL overtime rules. His ruling granted a preliminary injunction, ...
11/21/2016
Advocacy, Clinical Quality and Quality Care Delivery, Community Awareness and Education, End of Life, Federal Agency Activity, Managed Risk, Medication Management, News, Public Policy
Colorado became the sixth state to approve language allowing terminally ill patients to end their own lives thanks to approximately two-thirds of vote...
11/17/2016
Advocacy, Federal Agency Activity, Labor Relations, News, Public Policy
Judge Samuel Cummings of the Northern District Court of Texas issued a permanent injunction against the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Persuader Rule.
11/16/2016
Consumer Funding Resources, Facts and Figures, Family Relations, Financing Senior Living – Consumer Education, News, Research, Resident and Family Services
Educating family and other caregivers about a primary benefit of the Social Security’s Representative Payee Program may help expand its coverage, acco...
11/16/2016
Federal Agency Activity, Health Care, News, Research
While the Zika virus has been in the news largely for its effect on pregnant women, older adults are also at risk, according to a new report from the ...
11/10/2016
Federal Agency Activity, Medication Management, Medication Technology & Informatics, News, Science and Technology, Technology Infrastructure
The Social Security Administration has launched a new health information technology initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs enabling all So...
11/10/2016
Federal Agency Activity, Medicare, News
The federal government is preventing additional health insurance companies from automatically moving Medicare beneficiaries into Medicare Advantage pl...
11/1/2016
The population of Latino workers is expanding in the United States, but Latino-Americans face significant retirement challenges, according to a Center...
11/1/2016
Human Resources, Human Resources and Organizational Development, News, Organizational Culture, Regulations, Staffing, Staffing & Performance
A new California rule requires hospitals and other health entities to institute violence prevention protocols to protect employees from abuse, reports...
11/1/2016
Senate Finance Committee staff have issued a draft of legislation to address chronic care issues, which includes asking for a report to Congress to in...
11/1/2016
Active & Engaged Seniors, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Medicaid, Medicaid, Medicare, News
A new study seeks to describe the characteristics and health spending of Medicare beneficiaries with physical and cognitive impairments, or PCI, and e...
9/28/2016
Advocacy, Advocacy Fly-In, ALFA Events, Community Awareness and Education, Engage, News, Public Policy
The landscape of long term care policy is changing and senior living leaders would be well served to continue to lean in on the issues to shape the de...
9/20/2016
The Administration on Aging has announced the release of more than $1 million to the senior advocacy group Justice in Aging to create a new National C...
9/15/2016
Active & Engaged Seniors, Community Awareness and Education, Federal Agency Activity, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, News
The National Institute on Aging has launched the third phase of an initiative to better understand Alzheimer’s disease by identifying and validating b...
9/7/2016
Consumer Funding Resources, Facts and Figures, Family Relations, Financing Senior Living – Consumer Education, News, Research, Resident and Family Services
Many older Hispanics expect to provide care for an aging family member or friend within the next five years, although few say they are prepared to do ...
9/7/2016
Consumer Funding Resources, Facts and Figures, Federal Agency Activity, Financing Senior Living – Consumer Education, Memory Care Education, News
The National Institutes of Health has released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 outlining the optimal approach it would take to meet the resea...
8/25/2016
Community Awareness and Education, Core Principles, Elder Abuse, Facts and Figures, Family Relations, News, Policy in the States, Reports, Research, Resident and Family Services
Counties throughout the United States have developed effective community-based efforts to prevent, identify and respond to financial exploitation of o...