President Obama signed the PACE Innovation Act (PIA) into law on November 5, 2015. The new law will allow the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop pilot projects based on the successful Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) model of care. NADSA has supported advocacy for this legislation. Currently the PACE model is limited to people aged 55 and older who meet state-specified criteria for needing a nursing home level of care. The PIA will allow expansion to more populations—including younger individuals, people with multiple chronic conditions and disabilities, seniors who do not yet meet the nursing home level of care. Over 115 PACE programs currently operate in the United States, and some operate at multiple locations.
Monthly Archives: May 2011
The National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) recognizes leaders in the adult day services field that serve as members of the association’s board of directors.
NADSA’s board of directors is responsible for governing the association, providing strategic direction, fiduciary oversight and developing new policies and programs. These individuals represent adult day services providers from across the country.
Lisa Peters-Beumer of Easter Seals, Chicago, Illinois, serves as chair of the board. The following individuals join Peters-Beumer as board members:
- Marco Alvarez – Meridia, Mexico
- Keith A. Anderson – University of Montana, Missoula, MT
- Joel Bednoski – Insight Memory Care Center, Fairfax, VA
- Alva “Chip” Cromartie – Adult Center for Enrichment, Greensboro, NC
- Terry Fishler – ADS Data Systems, Inc., Stevenson, MD
- Lyn Geboy – Cygnet Innovations Group, LLC, Milwaukee, WI
- Corinne Jan – Family Bridges, Oakland, CA
- Herbert Ann “Herbie” Krisle – Page Robbins Adult Day Center, Collierville, TN
- Lydia Missaelides – California Association for Adult Day Services, Sacramento, CA
- Simon Ortiz – Mi Jardin Del Rio Adult Day Centers, Rio Grande City, TX
- Kerri Pendley – Addus Healthcare, Palatine, IL
- Lori Sanchez – Morning Star Adult Day Program, Denver, CO
- Amanda Sillars – Total ADHC Solutions, Chatsworth, CA
- Howard Snyder – Senior Care Centers of America/Active Day, Trevose, PA
- Jo Ver Beek – Evergreen Commons, Holland, MI
- Christopher Vito – Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Centers, Las Vegas, NV
- Kim Vogt – Meadowbrook Adult Day Program at The Highlands, Pittsford, NY
- Steve Zarit – Penn State University, University Park, PA
In Peters-Beumer’s words, “NADSA is founded on collaboration and partnerships forged by members in communities all across the country. The new board of directors represents these adult day service providers as they work with consumers, families, policy makers and the media. NADSA’s new team of incredibly gifted and committed members are working together to develop leadership that will tell the story of adult day services’ value across the country.”
The National Adult Day Services Association (www.nadsa.org) is the leading voice of the rapidly growing adult day services industry in the United States. NADSA is an independent national organization dedicated to advancing the national development, recognition and use of adult day services. Adult day services is a professional, non-residential care setting that supports the health and well-being of older adults, adults living with dementia, and adults living with physical, cognitive, developmental disabilities or behavioral health needs. Individualized services empower and enable people to live as independently as possible in their homes and communities. NADSA’s Officers and Board Members reflect the range of adult day services providers in the service sector. NADSA provides its members with effective national advocacy, educational and networking opportunities, research and communication services.
Each year the National Adult Day Services Association recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations for the work they do on behalf of participants and families. Winners were recognized at the 2015 National Conference held at Hilton Squaw Peak Resort in Phoenix, AZ, on October 15-17. Congratulations to the 2015 National Adult Day Services Award Winners!
Administrator Award: Micheal Pope, Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay, Berkeley, California
Outstanding Adult Day Center Award, Joy’s House, Indianapolis, Indiana
Ruth Von Behren Award, Carol A. Burns, River House, Greenwich, Connecticut
Outstanding Direct Care Worker Award, John Shippen, The Susan J. Rheem Adult Day Center, Prescott Valley, Arizona
This past Thursday, July 16th, the Senate quietly and unanimously passed by voice vote S.192 to reauthorize the Older Americans Act (OAA) through 2018. For the past two years, NADSA joined with 48 other national organizations to urge passage of this legislation because it contains new provisions relating to Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) and Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) that could be helpful to Adult Day Services as Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) providers. (Capitol Hill Lobby Day participants will recall that this was one of our “asks” to the legislators.) Access the summary and other information about the bill via this link:
The effort now moves to the House of Representatives to obtain approval by that body. Now is the time to contact your Member of Congress to urge him/her to support S.192 as passed by the Senate on July 16th. Note that this is a bipartisan compromise bill that has been negotiated over the past two years.
Here is a link to obtain the contact information for Members of Congress:
http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/index.aspx (If you are uncertain who is your Representative, click on the “find your representative” link on the page and enter your zip code.)
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today urged Congress to act expeditiously and approve its pending request for fiscal year 2015 budget flexibility. The request, formally transmitted on June 23, seeks the transfer of funds from the Choice Program to continue VA’s efforts to increase Veterans’ access to care and life-saving pharmaceuticals.
“It is essential that Congress pass legislation to provide the requested budget flexibility by the end of July 2015,” Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson wrote. “This is necessary to replenish critical operations funding that VA had to reallocate from other medical services programs to sustain Care in the Community, after those funds were depleted. If these program funds are not restored, VA will face shutting down hospital operations during August 2015.
The letter and full text of the documents submitted to Congress today are available for download here:
- Signed letter to Congress
- Putting Veterans First: Legislative Request
- Draft Legislation
- Choice Act Obligations
- Care in Community Overview
- Hepatitis C Treatment Summary
Nationally, VA completed more than 56.2 million appointments between June 1, 2014, and May 31, 2015 – 2.6 million more appointments than were completed during the same time period in 2013-2014. VA also made more than three million authorizations for outside care.