Policy Alerts

Policy Alert: CNA-to-Resident Ratio Requirements

On Thursday December 10th, legislation S-2878, introduced by NJ State Senators Stack and Weinberg on increasing the ratio of Certified Nursing Assistants to patients in nursing homes, was presented to the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee. Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) work under the direction of a licensed nurse to assist residents with… read more


Policy Alert: NOTICE Act

Policy Alert: NOTICE Act

Congress has passed and the President has signed into law H.R. 876, the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility, or NOTICE Act. The bill requires hospitals that hold any Medicare beneficiaries for longer than 24-hours under observation to provide the beneficiaries with oral and written notification of their outpatient status and its… read more


Policy Alert: Medicare Beneficiary Requirements

Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) has introduced H.R. 1571, to require all times a Medicare beneficiary spends in the hospital to be counted toward the three-day stay requirement. The bill has 55 bipartisan cosponsors. The comparable Senate bill is S. 843, introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), with 10 cosponsors, also bipartisan. The House also has… read more


Policy Alert: LeadingAge New Jersey Delegation in Washington DC

Members of LeadingAge NJ delegation descended on Washington DC on March 17th to meet with Congressman and Senators and discuss the issues and legislation facing senior citizen nationally and locally here in New Jersey. Topics that were highlighted were Long Term Support and Services (LTSS), “Americans must have information and awareness about LTSS and how… read more


Policy Alert: Impact Act Signed

The President signed the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Transformation Act of 2014, bipartisan legislation that puts in place new and streamlined quality measures for nursing homes, home health agencies, and other post-acute care providers participating in Medicare. The ACT will facilitate patients comparing outcomes across different care settings, supporting better choices and better outcome for patients…. read more


June Policy Alert

New Secretary of Health and Human Services Yesterday the Senate voted to confirm Sylvia Burwell as the new head of the agency that administers Medicare, Medicaid, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, federally-funded medical research, and Older Americans Act home- and community-based services programs. S1961 is to be heard on Thursday in the Senate Health… read more


From the Commission on Long-Term Care

The federal Commission on Long-Term Care yesterday voted 9-6 to approve a package of recommendations for long-term care reform, which will be published Sept. 18 in a report to Congress. The recommendations, summarized online, include service delivery, workforce and financing proposals, and call for a subsequent national advisory committee to continue the commission’s work and… read more


VICTORY FOR THE SENIOR CARE INDUSTRY

Michele Kent of Leading Age New Jersey Announces Agreement on Delivery of Long Term Services. “Any Willing Provider will be permitted for two years for both Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living. NJ will continue to set rates for 2 years with SNF receiving annual inflationary adjustments during that time.” Leading Age New Jersey “This is… read more


N.J. budget may get delivered early this year

by Jarrett Renshaw/The Star-LedgerThe Star-Ledger on June 07, 2013 at 12:39 PM, updated June 07, 2013 at 1:11 PM Senate Budget Chairman Paul Sarlo says budget will be delivered long before deadline. TRENTON — State Senate Budget Chairman Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen) said today he plans to have a state budget passed in the Senate by… read more