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Current Newsletter - Friends of Long-Term Care


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Summer Concert, Wine Tasting & Fund Raiser

Please join us at the home of John Q. Walker for a night of wine and beautiful music.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT) Greywalls Recital Hall, 6605 Greywalls Lane Raleigh, NC 27526

PROGRAM

Marianne Breneman, Clarinet
Emi Nakajina, Piano
Chansons de la Nature for solo clarinet – Jean Brandon, 1977
Chopin Nocturne in E Flat Major, opus 9, no. 2 – Frederic Chopin, 1810-1849
Concert for Clarinet, K 622 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791

Dress - Business Casual

Minimum $10 contribution for admission. Buy your tickets here. Space is limited, so be sure to make reservations in advance. Have questions about Summer Concert, Wine Tasting, and Fundraiser for FORLTC? Contact our office.

General Assembly News

There are several bills that made crossover that are on Friends radar.

  • HB 248 Support for Older Adults & DHHS Study - This bill provides that the cochairs for the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services may consider appointing a Subcommittee on Aging to examine the State's delivery of services for older adults. It was amended to include a section related to making changes to North Carolina's Community Advisory Committees which would bring them into compliance with federal ombudsman rules. This is a major legislative goal for Friends.
  • HB 399 Stop Images Taken Without Consent from Dissemination - This bill is designed to protect persons who are photographed, videotaped, or recorded without their consent from having his or her image disclosed.
  • HB 657 Improve Adult Care Home Regulation - This bill would modify the laws prohibiting issuance of adult care home licenses due to prior violations; exempting from CON review new institutional health services involving the acquisition of an unlicensed adult care home that was previously licensed; establishing a process for adult care home to request informal dispute resolution of certain adverse inspection findings by county DSSs prior to imposition of a penalty or issuance of a star rating certificate based on the adverse inspection findings; amending the rules pertaining to minimum training for personal care aides; eliminating the 12-24 month penalty on adult care home star ratings; and directing DHHS to study the effectiveness of the NC star-rated certificate program for adult care homes.

The Senate passed their version of the budget in the early morning of May 12th. Older adults issues did not fare very well.

  • Only $969,549 in non-recurring funding was appropriated for the Home and Community Care Block Grant. There is a current waiting list of over 10,000 older people in need of services.
  • No new funding was appropriated to support adult protective services and guardianship despite a 52% increase in reports over the past 7 years.
  • No new funding was appropriated to support the ombudsman program despite the fact that North Carolina's ratio of ombudsmen to facility beds falls short of the IOM recommended standards
  • The Senate budget cuts the positions needed in Adult Care Licensure and Acute/Home Care Licensure to 7 in each section (half of what was in the Governor's budget.)
  • The proposed budget provides additional funding on a temporary basis for facilities that serve recipients of State-County Special Assistance. Total funding is $10 over the two years of the biennium with a 50% match provided by the appropriate county. The amount of the temporary addition is $34 per month for each resident of a facility who is a recipient of State-County Special Assistance. This action despite the request for a permanent increase in the SA payment level.
  • The reimbursement rate for Medicaid personal care services was increased to an effective hourly rate of $15.76 from an effective rate of $15.52 per hour for services occurring after December 31, 2017 (a silver lining in what can only be characterized as grey skies in he Senate Budget.)

It is urgent that contacts are made with your House Representative if you want any of these issues addressed in the House version of the budget.


Three New Briefs Available in Series on Revised Nursing Facility Regulations

Consumer Voices

Consumer Voice, along with the Center for Medicare Advocacy and Justice in Aging, has released three new briefs in their issue brief series, "A Closer Look at the Revised Nursing Facility Regulations."

  • Return to Facility After Hospitalization - This brief explains bed hold rights when a resident returns to a facility after a hospitalization. The brief provides information on advance notification of bed hold rights and residents' rights if they return to a facility after a bed hold period has been exceeded.
  • Grievances and Resident/Family Councils - This brief covers the resident's right to file grievances and the facility's requirement to work to resolve those concerns promptly. Each facility must have a grievance policy and provide residents with information on how to file a grievance. Also, residents have a right to form a resident council, and family members and resident representatives have the right to form a family council. The facility must act upon council concerns and recommendations.
  • Quality of Care - The substantive requirements for quality of care are retained in the revised regulations, and CMS has affirmed the regulations' goals of supporting person-centered care and enabling each resident to attain his or her highest level of well-being. This brief covers those regulations as well as providing information on how the quality of care provisions have been reorganized in the revised regulations.
  • Read the other issue briefs in the series here.

Please join or renew your membership with Friends of Residents and help improve long-term care.

Your tax-deductible donation supports our mission to improve long-term care in residential and community settings throughout the state. If you haven't renewed your membership with Friends in 2017 or you want to be a new member, now is a great time to join either as an individual or as an organization. We have a $1,500 matching campaign going on during the months of April and May made possible by the generosity of AARP NC and pledges from our Board of Directors. You can learn about membership and join here. Donations in addition to basic membership fees are always welcome.

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