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September 20, 2022

In this Issue:

  1. House Subcommittee Hearing Tomorrow on Impact of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes
  2. Moving Forward Nursing Home Quality Coalition Seeks to Improve Nursing Homes
  3. Sessions at the Consumer Voice Conference; Additional Hotel Rooms Available
  4. TA Talk Tomorrow on the National Ombudsman Reporting System

House Subcommittee Hearing Tomorrow on Impact of COVID-19 in Nursing Homes

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 21st at 2:00pm ET, the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis will hold a hearing, "Examining Long-Term Care In America: The Impact Of The Coronavirus In Nursing Homes."  Witnesses will include nursing home experts, an advocate, and a frontline worker who will speak about the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed to nursing home residents and staff and what strategies can be implemented to ensure nursing homes are better equipped to protect residents and staff in the future. Experts at the hearing will discuss the consequences of the COVID-19 crisis and structural problems in nursing homes, as well as possible solutions so that residents and staff can be better protected from COVID-19 and other public health risks.

Watch the livestream of the hearing on YouTube or on the Subcommittee's website.

Moving Forward Nursing Home Quality Coalition Launched to Improve Nursing Homes

A group of nursing home residents, family members, providers, and experts have been brought together to form a coalition to advance recommedations outlined in an April 2022 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM),  "The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality: Honoring Our Commitment to Residents, Families, and Staff."  The Moving Forward Nursing Home Quality Coalition is funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation and led by LeadingAge.  More than 100 professionals and stakeholders will serve on the coalition's seven different committees and will work to engage long-term care advocates, nursing home leaders and residents, federal and state policymakers and others to prioritize NASEM recommendations over a two-year initiative.  The seven committee focus areas are:

  • Person-Centeredness, Culture Change, Care Planning & Quality of Life
  • Staffing & Well-Trained Workforce
  • Transparency & Accountability of Finances and Ownership
  • Financing System
  • System of Quality Assurance
  • Quality Measurement & Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Health Information Technology

Consumer Voice is represented on the Steering and Workforce committees.

For more information read the press release and visit movingforwardcoalition.org.

Sessions at the 2022 Consumer Voice Conference; Additional Hotel Rooms Available

2022 CV Conference LogoJoin us in Baltimore, Maryland November 14-16, 2022 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel to reconnect in person. Regular registration is ending in one month; register by October 14th for the best possible rate.

For those unable to join us in person, virtual conference programming will be December 8-9, 2022.  New live sessions and select recorded programs from the in-person conference will be available.

Note: Registration to the in-person conference also gives you access to the virtual programming.

2022 In-Person Session Topics

2022 Virtual Session topics

Learn more about the conference and register.

Additional Hotel Block for In-Person Conference

The Lord Baltimore Hotel is fully booked.  Another room block is available at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco Baltimore Inner Harbor.  This hotel is just around the corner from the Lord Baltimore Hotel, a one minute walk.  The special room rate of $169/night is available until October 21st, or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first.  Reservations can be made online.

TA Talk Tomorrow on the National Ombudsman Reporting System


State Ombudsman and Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Representatives - join the National Ombudsman Resource Center (NORC) for its next TA Talk tomorrow Wednesday, September 21st at 3:00pm ET on the National Ombudsman Reporting System.  NORC provides daily in-depth technical assistance, consultation, information, and referral, for Ombudsman programs. To increase direct access to technical assistance (TA) and peer support, NORC is hosting quarterly live technical assistance dialogues.

Tomorrow, Beverley Laubert, National Ombudsman Program Coordinator, Administration for Community Living (ACL) will open the discussion by highlighting the importance of NORS and documenting your work. NORC staff will provide a brief NORS refresher and share new resources. The presentations will be followed by open discussion. NORC is in the process of developing new NORS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and wants to know common areas of confusion and what needs additional clarification.

Watch on NORC's Facebook page or register to participate on Zoom.

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