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CAADS WEBINAR | APR 19 | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (Pacific)
SSI /SSP and Medi-Cal Share of Cost
CAADS CONFERENCE | MAY 1 - 3 | Berkeley
Health, Hope and Healing: The Promise of Adult Day Services
Adult Day Health Care:
An Unbelievable Cost Containment Resource that Is Underfunded and Underutilized
For those who think Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) is just day care…think again! Read Russell D. Foster's featured article in MAZARS USA HEALTHCARE TRENDS,Sept 2017.
The Effect of Adult Day Program Attendance on Emergency Room Registrations, Hospital Admission and Days in Hospital: A Propensity-Matching Study
Research by Ronald Kelly, PhD finds a decreased reliance on costly health care services by seniors who attend adult day programs. Read Abstract and Full Article | JUN 2017 | The Gerontologist, Volume 57, Issue 3, Pages 552–562.
HELP II Loan Program -- Affordable Capital
The HELP II Loan Program, administered by the California Health Facilities Financing Authority (CHFFA) within the State Treasurer’s Office, offers low cost loans to assist eligible health facilities wanting to expand and improve services to their clients and the greater community. Learn more at www.treasurer.ca.gov/chffa/programs/help.
What's New . . . MARCH 22, 2018
Cal Duals CCI Monthly Update: MARCH 2018
2018 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures Report
The Alzheimer's Association has released the 2018 Facts and Figures Report, Infographic and California Fact Sheet. A Special Report on the Financial and Personal Benefits of Early Diagnosis, located on pages 59-66, is the focus of the Alzheimer's Association's one-time California state budget proposal to improve early detection through a public education campaign in partnership with CDA and the AAAs. This June, the CA Department of Public Health will release its early detection toolkit for primary care providers, developed in collaboration with the 10 California Alzheimer's Disease Centers.
Key California Facts:
Help Protect SHIP Funding!
MAR 16, 2018 | Justice in Aging
The Medicare State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides free local, in-depth, unbiased insurance counseling and assistance to Medicare beneficiaries, their families, and caregivers in every state. SHIPs help millions of seniors navigate their coverage options, fraud and abuse issues, billing problems, appeals, and enrollment in low-income programs.
Right now, Congress is working to finalize the FY18 funding package, including funding for SHIPs. While the Senate appropriations committee has proposed level funding for this year (FY18), the President and the House have both called for eliminating the program entirely.
Your Senators and Representative need to hear from you TODAY about how important this program is to older adults in your community.
Call 202-224-3121 to tell your Senators and your Representative to protect and fully fund SHIPs for FY18. You can use NCOA’s toolkit to send them an email too.
And while you have them on the phone, urge your Members of Congress to include these two bills that would improve access to health care for older adults and people with disabilities in the FY18 Omnibus Spending Bill:
New Cal MediConnect Performance Dashboard
MAR 15, 2018 | Department of Health Care Services, Health Care Delivery Systems
DHCS is pleased to announce the release of the new Cal MediConnect Performance Dashboard. This new dashboard will replace the previous enrollment dashboard and will also include performance metrics on quality withhold measures, care coordination, grievances and appeals, behavioral health and long-term services and supports.
This and future dashboards will also be linked on CalDuals.org.
Any questions or comments can be sent to email@example.com. Thank you for your continued support of the CCI.
Congress' big Medicare changes include lifting therapy caps, shrinking the ‘doughnut hole
MAR 14, 2018 | Fierce Healthcare | Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News
Physical therapy helps Leon Beers, 73, get out of bed in the morning and maneuver around his home using his walker. Other treatment strengthens his throat muscles so that he can communicate and swallow food, said his sister Karen Morse. But in mid-January, his home health care agency told Morse it could no longer provide these services because he had used all his therapy benefits allowed under Medicare for the year.
Beers, a retired railroad engineer who lives outside Sacramento, California, has a form of Parkinson’s disease. The treatments slow its destructive progress and “he will need it for the rest of his life,” Morse said.
But under a recent change in federal law, people who qualify for Medicare’s therapy services will no longer lose them because they used too much. MORE
New Fraud Alert on New Medicare Card Scams
MAR 13, 2018 | California Health Advocates
Beware of callers saying you must first buy a temporary card for $5-50 before your new Medicare card arrives. This is not true. It is a scam.
In California, the new Medicare cards will arrive between April and June 2018. They are free, and Medicare will not call you about your new card. Cards will be mailed to your mailing addresses on file with Social Security. If you need to update your mailing address, you can go to https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/.
The following fraud alert warns of these scams and gives tips on how to protect yourself and where to report such scams. The alert is available in 7 languages and posted at https://cahealthadvocates.org/fraud-abuse/medicare-fraud-alerts/:
The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) also has placemats in English and Spanish and a new Medicare card bookmark available in several languages. If you'd like to order some of these, please contact our Operations Manager, Jasmine Suo, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CMS to Begin Mailing NEW Medicare Cards in April
California Scheduled in Wave 2: Cards Mailing April - June 2018
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is in the process of issuing new Medicare Beneficiary Identifiers and Medicare cards to help protect the identities of Medicare beneficiaries. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 requires CMS to remove beneficiaries’ Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from Medicare cards by April 2019 to mitigate risk of medical identity theft.
CMS will begin mailing new Medicare cards to beneficiaries in April 2018. The cards will be mailed in seven waves by groups of states over the next year. All beneficiaries should receive a new card by April 2019. Learn more from NCLER.
Your Donations Help!
Three (3) great opportunities to further support Adult Day Services:
Learn more and DONATE today -- thank you!
California Association for Adult Day Services, a 501 (c) 6 non-profit grassroots-driven organization, advocates for the growth and development of adult day services in California and nationally. Centers in membership with CAADS provide innovative day programs that support individuals with physical or mental disabilities and older adults with Alzheimer's disease and their families.
The Alliance for Leadership and Education (A.L.E.) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit arm of CAADS. Its mission is to advance innovation and quality in Adult Day Service through research and analysis, education and training, and leadership for the benefit of consumers and their caregivers.
NATIONAL ADULT DAY SERVICES ASSOCIATION (NADSA)
CAADS is a proud member of the National Adult Day Services Association.
Three representatives from California currently serve on the NADSA Board of Directors:
CARING FOR A VETERAN?
For help, call the VA Caregiver Support Line (toll-free):
Mon - Fri 8 AM - 11 PM (EST) || Sat 10:30 AM - 6 PM (EST)
TO REPORT FRAUD AND ABUSE
Call DHCS Medi-Cal Fraud Hotline:
The call is free and you can remain anonymous.
TO FILE A COMPLAINT AGAINST A HEALTH CARE FACILITY LICENSED BY THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
FREE FRAUD PREVENTION EDUCATION
The California Senior Medicare Patrol offers free fraud prevention education throughout the state.
See the SMP/Medicare fraud section at www.cahealthadvocates.org, for more information on ways to protect yourself from healthcare fraud and how to detect it.
If you come across any suspicious activity,
California Association for Adult Day Services
Videos / Podcasts
Human Kindness--it just flows around here[Download Real Player]
Seniors and Children Find Inspiration Together at a Day Care With a Heartwarming New Approach
What is an Adult Day Health Care Center? One of San Diego's Best Kept Secrets...
This is What Life Without Retirement Savings Looks Like
Governor Brown’s Proposed Budget Has Only Modest Boost For Health Care
Seeking your ideas for ways to enhance recruitment and retention of Alzheimer’s disease study participants
Retirement planning: Older Americans face tough long-term care choices
This is What Life Without Retirement Savings Looks Like
Friendship Center Feels the Love at 19th Annual Festival of Hearts Fundraiser
Contra Costa Today Ep 014: Debbie Toth Talks Choice in Aging
CalOptima expanding all-inclusive senior care program to Anaheim, Laguna Woods and Santa Ana
Health Plan coordinates medical care, housing
CPMC to shut down Alzheimer’s program; residents scramble for alternatives
Lydia Missaelides, MHA