Posted September 26, 2012
in Public Policy
The Medicare Adult Day Services Act of 2012 (H.R. 6476) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, September 24, 2012 by Representative Linda Sanchez (D-CA).
If passed the legislation would:
- Expand Medicare beneficiaries care options by adding skilled nursing, rehabilitation and social services in an Adult Day Services Center;
- Provide opportunity to improve outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries at a reduced cost;
- Enable working caregivers to continue to work while their loved ones receive skilled services to recuperate from an acute illness with the flexible hours of a Medicare Adult Day Services Center;
- Allow patients who qualify for home health services or nursing homes under Medicare to use adult day care as an option for care;
- Not expand eligibility: it simply allows qualified patients to choose adult day services;
- Save Medicare dollars because it would pay adult day care providers 98% of the home health rate while adding more choice to Medicare recipients;
- Require the Medicare Certified Adult Day Services Center to meet the standards of nationally recognized accrediting agencies;
- Require the Medicare Certified Adult Day Services Center to comply with all applicable state and local building and fire codes;
- Require that services in a Medicare Certified Adult Day Services Center be ordered by a physician who approves the plan of care;
- Allow a Medicare certified home health agency to operate a Medicare Certified Adult Day Services Center if they become certified and follow the regulations for the program.
Representative Sanchez introduced a previous version of the Bill in 2009 which garnered support of 98 co-sponsors, and other 100 national and state consumer and provider organizations.
Posted September 26, 2012
LeadingAge Washington Announces “Business Planning for an Adult Day Center”
October 29, 2012, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Marriott Airport Hotel
3201 South 176th Street, SeaTac
Thinking about opening an Adult Day Center?
Join us in this informative and interactive workshop to explore what you need for a successful business plan, including:
- Determining need and target population(s);
- Understanding the regulatory framework of Adult Day Services in Washington State:
- Policies and Procedures;
- Financial Considerations, Public and Private Funding;
Sara Myers, Director of Adult Day, LeadingAge; Dave Foltz, Administrator, Stafford Suites; Nora Gibson, CEO, Full Life Care; Judi Pirone, Northshore ADH; Angela Miyamoto, King County AAA; Tommy Tomlinson, Senior Services Director, Legacy House; Doug Harkness, Dir. of Marketing, Full Life Care; Carol Miller Rhodes, Entrust; Deb Murphy, CEO, LeadingAge .
To register or learn more, contact LeadingAge Washington, 1495 Wilmington Dr. Suite 340, DuPont, WA 98327
Email: psylvia@LeadingAgeWa.org Phone: (253) 964-8870 Fax: (253) 964-8876
Each year the National Adult Day Services Association recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations for the work they do on behalf of participants and families. Congratulations to the 2012 National Adult Day Services Award Winners!
Direct Care Staff Award
- Brian Charles Owens, Woodside Place Adult Day Center, Oakmont, PA
- Carol Louise, Family Alliance, Inc., Woodstock, IL
Outstanding Adult Day Center Award
- Adult Care of Chester County, Exton, PA
Ruth Von Behren Award
- Lory L. Phillippo, Circle Center Adult Day Services, Richmond, VA
Katryna Gould Award
- Gwen Ogle, Valley Care Association, Sewickley, PA
- Pati Bryan, Council on Aging of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
Beth Meyer-Arnold Dissertation Fellowships
Christina Garrison-Diehn, Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno. “Examining the Relationship between Reported Caregiver Empathy and Dyadic Outcomes.” Advisor: Dr. William Follette
Amanda Leggett, Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University. “Depressive Symptoms, Anger and Daily Cortisol of Caregivers on High and Low Stress Days.” Advisor: Dr. Steven Zarit
Posted September 24, 2012
Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-39) has announced the introduction of the “Medicare Adult Day Care Services Act of 2012” (H.R. 6476) which would provide more cost-effective, skilled care options for seniors, people with disabilities, and families in the Medicare program.
H.R. 6476 would allow patients who qualify for home health services or nursing home care under the Medicare program to choose the option of adult day care services instead. By paying adult day care providers 98% of the home health rate, the “Medicare Adult Day Care Services Act of 2012” could also yield savings to Medicare.
“We owe it our seniors to provide them with quality health care, and they deserve to have the full range of care choices,” said Congresswoman Sánchez. “Adult day care is an important option for seniors who need rehabilitative care or help with daily life tasks, but don’t need around-the-clock care. This legislation provides a cost-effective Medicare choice by paying adult day care providers 98% of the home health rate. This bill also provides crucial relief to family caregivers, who often struggle to balance work and caring for their loved ones fulltime.”
In addition to increasing choices for seniors and people with disabilities, the “Medicare Adult Day Care Services Act of 2012” bill would provide a vital service to family caregivers. While taking care of their loved ones, these caregivers lose an average of $659,139 in wages, pension benefits, and Social Security benefits over a lifetime, according to the Family Caregiver Alliance. By providing this adult care choice to Medicare beneficiaries, H.R. 6476 helps protect a family’s economic well-being, without adding to the cost of Medicare.
Congresswoman Sánchez also introduced Medicare Adult Day Care 2009 legislation in the 111th Congress.
Posted September 20, 2012
The National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) wishes to recognize leaders in the adult day services field that serve as members of the association’s board of directors.
NADSA’s board of directors is responsible for governing the association, providing strategic direction, fiduciary oversight and developing new policies and programs. These individuals represent adult day services providers from across the country.
Edwin “Ned” Morgens of Gyrfalcon Senior Care of Johns Creek, Georgia, will serve as chair of the board. The following individuals join Morgens as board members:
- Linda Alexander-Lieblang – Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter, Los Angeles, CA
- Keith A. Anderson – The College of Social Work: Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
- Melinda Burchett – American Health Management, Inc., Albany, KY
- Troy Carter – Adult Day Care Association of Texas, Missouri City, TX
- Susan Hulce Cerletty – Retired Healthcare Exec & Licensed Physical Therapist, Brookfield, WI
- Chip Cromartie – Adult Center for Enrichment, Greensboro, NC
- Terry Fishler – ADS Data Systems, Inc., Stevenson, MD
- Joan Marie Granato – Future Focus, Bayonne, NJ
- Rick Greene – Department of Veterans Affairs, Geriatrics and Extended Care, Washington, DC
- Kathy O’Brien – Senior Gerontologist, MetLife Mature Market Institute, Westport, CT
- Lisa Peters-Beumer – Easter Seals, Chicago, IL
- Sarah Price – Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Calgary, Canada
- Jocelyn Schowalter – Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, Brookfield, WI
- Thomas Tenkely – Foundation of Senior Living, Phoenix, AZ
- Dana Territo – Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area, Baton Rouge, LA
- Steve Zarit – Penn State University, University Park, PA
In Morgens’ words, “NADSA is founded on collaboration and partnerships forged by members in communities all across the country. The new board of directors represents these adult day service providers as they work with consumers, families, policy makers and the media. NADSA’s new team of incredibly gifted and committed members are working together to develop leadership that will tell the story of adult day services’ value across the country.”
The National Adult Day Services Association (www.nadsa.org) is the leading voice of the rapidly growing adult day services industry in the United States. NADSA is an independent national organization dedicated to raising public and government awareness of the value of adult day services. Adult day services provide community-based care for frail elders as well as persons of all ages with multiple and special needs associated with conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, vision and hearing impairments, and more. NADSA’s Officers and Board Members reflect the range of adult day services providers in the industry. NADSA provides its members, adult day centers across the U.S., with effective national advocacy, educational and networking opportunities, and technical assistance, research and communication services.