Raises the Bar on Quality in Long-Term Care
A commitment to quality has been the
cornerstone of the not-for-profit long-term care community for years.
It’s now time to translate that commitment into tangible evidence the public
can understand and appreciate.That evidence is Quality First
– a nationwide initiative designed to focus on quality improvement. All
of AAHSA’s state association partners across the country have endorsed Quality
the first state in the nation to pass a Legislative Resolution commending the
AAHSA Quality First Initiative in August. That Resolution was officially
presented to CAHSA October 6 by author Assemblyman Mark Ridley-Thomas
before a crowd of residents, staff and CAHSA members.
The CAHSA Board has
set a goal of 80 percent member participation in the Quality First Initiative by
May 2005. You’ll be hearing a lot about Quality First in the coming
months. Stay tuned! For more information, contact Debbie
Pate-Newberry at the CAHSA office, email@example.com.
Urged To Relax About Flu Vaccine Shortage
In mid-October, HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson
urged seniors not to panic, saying that enough flu vaccine will be available for
most seniors and those at high risk of contracting the flu, despite a national
shortage of vaccine this season. Options for residents include contacting your
doctor, checking with your community to see if a clinic is planned and going
online to check for other resources. Go to the CDC website at www.cdc.gov as
well as the CAHSA website at www.aging.org.
Focusing on Affordable Housing
Tax Exemption Rules Next year CAHSA’s
legislative agenda will again focus on helping members provide the best possible
care and services to California’s seniors. One focus area directly affecting
Residents is protecting the property tax exemption rules for affordable housing
that have been routine practice for the last 20 years. CAHSA and a coalition of
affordable housing providers are working to stop exemption rules limitations
being suggested by the Board of Equalization. If we are unsuccessful in stopping
these rule changes, CAHSA will have legislation introduced to put the current
exemption rules into statute. Without the tax exemption rules, many affordable
housing providers would have to close their housing units, potentially
displacing thousands of seniors. If legislation is needed, Residents will be
able to assist by contacting their legislators. CAHSA will alert Residents
if/when that need arises. For more information, contact Jack
Christy in the CAHSA office, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Signs Provider Tax Bill
In late September, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) signed AB
1629, the Medi-Cal reimbursement reform and provider bed tax (quality assessment
fee) legislation. The “battle” now goes to CMS at the Federal level, which
must give its approval of the waiver of uniformity, which exempts CCRCs and
MLRCs from paying the tax. It will take several months for California’s
proposal to work its way through the CMS system. In the meantime, CAHSA will do
whatever we can to lobby for CMS approval and will give members updates as
For more information, contact CAHSA at (916) 392-5111.
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