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May 14, 2024

In this Issue:

  1. A Week Supporting Resident Advocacy
  2. Registration is Open for Consumer Voice Conference
  3. Members of Congress Send Letters to Three Nursing Home Provider Groups Regarding Financial Transparency
  4. Essential Caregivers Act Introduced
  5. Next Elder Justice Coordinating Council Meeting June 12th

A Week Supporting Resident Advocacy

Resident Advocacy Week Banner 2.pngThis week Consumer Voice is celebrating long-term care resident advocacy.  Bringing the voice of residents and family members to the policy and advocacy tables is powerful! No one can relay an experience as well as the person who has lived it!   

Follow us on social media this week - Facebook and X - where we'll be highlighting resident voices and key resources.

Coming Up:

TOMORROW Wednesday, May 15 WEBINAR
Reviewing the Rule: Unpacking CMS's Minimum Staffing Standard

Join us this Wednesday at 2:00pm ET for an in-depth review and discussion of the new staffing rule. The webinar will feature Sam Brooks, Director of Public Policy at Consumer Voice, and special guests Richard Mollot, Executive Director of the Long Term Care Community Coalition and Toby Edelman, Senior Policy Attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy. Register Now

Thursday, May 16 FACEBOOK LIVE
Join us on Facebook Thursday at 2:00pm ET to watch a resident dialogue featuring four members of the Consumer Voice Consumer Advisory Council talking about their thoughts on the new minimum staffing standard and how they plan to advocate for themselves and others in their facility moving forward.  We'll be sharing information on how residents and families can advocate for themselves and inviting residents to join our Consumer Advisory Council.

Friday, May 17 INTRODUCING RESIDENTS' RIGHTS MONTH
Keep the momentum going by starting your planning for Residents' Rights Month (RRM) in October and participating in the Resident's Voice Challenge.  Keep an eye out for RRM materials to be launched this Friday.

Registration is Open for Consumer Voice Conference

2024 ConferenceJoin us in San Francisco, California September 23-26, 2024 for our 48th Annual Conference!

This year’s theme, The Power of Together, highlights the strength and effectiveness that can result from collaboration, unity, and working collectively to improve care and conditions around long-term care.

  • Connect with advocates from across the country;
  • Learn, network, and exchange ideas on long-term care issues; and
  • Hear about current trends, best practices, and advocacy opportunities.

See the preliminary agenda and session topics.

REGISTER NOW - In-person and livestreaming options are available. Recordings of plenaries and breakout sessions will be available to all registrants for 90 days after the conference

New Thursday Programming
In-person attendees can select from two different options on Thursday, September 26th from 9:00am-12:00pm - an intensive session (extra charge required) or roundtable discussion (included with in-person registration). Participants in the intensives can dive deeper into some of the most crucial long-term care issues, presented by experts in the field. Alternatively, roundtable discussions provide participants with an opportunity to engage with other attendees regarding hot-button issues in long-term care.

Make Hotel Reservations ASAP
The conference will be held at Hotel Nikko, a 2023 TripAdvisor "Travelers Choice Hotel" located in the heart of downtown San Francisco. A room block has been reserved at the hotel with a room rate of $239/night plus taxes and fees (the hotel's resort fee is waived for all rooms reserved in our block). Rooms are available in the block through August 31, 2024 or when the room block is full, whichever happens first.  The room block is filling very quickly. We recommend making a reservation as soon as possible.

Learn more about the conference.

Members of Congress Send Letters to Three Nursing Home Provider Groups Regarding Financial Transparency

Several members of Congress - Sen. Warren, Sen. Blumenthal, Sen. Sanders, Rep. Doggett, and Rep. Schakowsky - sent letters to Ensign Group, National Healthcare Corp., and Brookdale Senior Living calling into question their claims that they cannot afford to meet the new federal nursing home staffing mandate.  The letters suggested that nursing home workforce issues stem from high turnover due to poor working conditions and low pay. The letters also highlighted the practice that some providers utilize called tunneling, the process of hiding profits through related party transactions.  The members of Congress insisted on increased financial transparency, including details on how much the providers have spent on advocacy in recent years.

Essential Caregivers Act Introduced

Last week, members of Congress Sen. Blumenthal, Sen. Cornyn, Rep. Larson, and Rep. Tenney introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Essential Caregivers Act. The bill would guarantee long-term care residents nationwide the right to an in-person essential caregiver when visitations are restricted due to a declared emergency.  For months during the COVID-19 pandemic, residents had no in-person access to visitors, resulting in significant decline, depression, anxiety and other negative outcomes.  Essential caregivers provide critical support, assistance, and companionship, even when visitation is shut down during a public health emergency.  The Essential Caregivers Act is a commonsense, balanced way to ensure that residents remain safe during a public health emergency.

Next Elder Justice Coordinating Council Meeting June 12th

The Elder Justice Coordinating Council will hold its next meeting Wednesday, June 12th from 10:00am-12:00pm ET.  The EJCC was established in 2010 "to coordinate activities related to elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation across the federal government." It has been 10 years since the EJCC created the Eight Recommendations for Increased Federal Involvement in Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in 2014.  This June’s EJCC meeting will include a retrospective review and celebration of the accomplishments of the EJCC member agencies and departments and will provide a look ahead to the EJCC's future directions.

Register Now

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