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Lance Robertson Confirmed as New ACL Administrator

August 11, 2017

On August 3, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee confirmed nominee Lance Robertson as the new Assistant Secretary on Aging and the Administrator of the Administration for Community Living.

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Consumer Voice & Public Citizen Op-Ed on Forced Arbitration Agreements in Nursing Homes

August 02, 2017

News article about forced arbitration agreements.

Take Action

Oppose Pre-Dispute Arbitration in Nursing Homes: Sign on to a letter to CMS! Send comments!

July 25, 2017

Tell CMS that requiring nursing home residents to sign pre-dispute arbitration agreements is unacceptable!

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New Information Released by CMS: Revised Interpretive Guidelines, New F-Tags and More!

July 06, 2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a Survey & Certification Memo announcing the release of several new documents related to the revised federal nursing home regulations and the new survey process and training resources.

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Residents' Rights Posters Available For Pre-Order

June 30, 2017

Newly designed Residents’ Rights Posters are now available for pre-order in our online store.

Take Action

It's National Call-In Day to Save Our Health Care: Call Your Senator Today!

June 20, 2017

Tell your Senator to say “NO” to Medicaid cuts and caps and protect the care of all those needing long-term care.

Take Action

CMS needs to hear from you! Submit comments by June 26

June 19, 2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are requesting comments on several items.

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It's World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15, 2017

WEAAD serves as a call-to-action for individuals, organizations, and communities to raise awareness about abuse, neglect, and exploitation of elders.

Take Action

Congress Wants to Limit Access to Justice

June 12, 2017

The House of Representatives will be voting on legislation, H.R. 1215, the Protecting Access to Care Act, which will significantly strip away an individual’s right to justice through the courts in the event they are harmed or killed by a health care provider.

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Now Accepting Nominations for the 2017 Consumer Voice Leadership Awards!

June 09, 2017

Consumer Voice recognizes people who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to improving the lives of long-term care consumers.  Nominate an advocate now!

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CMS Reverses Course on Pre-Dispute Arbitration

June 06, 2017

After publishing a final rule banning pre-dispute arbitration agreements for nursing home residents and family members, CMS is issuing new proposed rules that rescind resident protections against these unfair provisions.

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Webinar Covers How AHCA Would Affect Medicaid

May 30, 2017

The webinar from the Alliance for Health Reform looks at where Medicaid stands - from the AHCA to state waivers.

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NPR Publishes Story on States Efforts to Crack Down on Involuntary Discharge

May 30, 2017

A recent story in NPR covers several states’ attempts to fight involuntary discharge in nursing homes.

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CMS Provides Update on Special Focus Facility Initiative

May 26, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has provided an update on the Special Focus Facility Initiative.

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CMS Announces Extension for Compliance with Home- and Community-Based Settings Rule

May 24, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced an extension of the transition period for complying with the HCBS Final Rule.

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We’re fighting the good fight … and we need your help!

May 09, 2017

During these past few months, there has been an unprecedented assault on the policies that support access to quality long-term care and protect the rights of long-term care consumers.  We are fighting back.

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Toolkit To Reduce CAUTI and Other HAIs in Long-Term Care Facilities

May 09, 2017

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a Toolkit to Reduce CAUTI and Other HAIs in Long-Term Care Facilities.  Consumer Voice was a partner on this project.

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Join the Resident's Voice Challenge

April 25, 2017

All long-term care consumers are invited to get creative and share their thoughts on this year’s Residents’ Rights Month theme - “It’s All About Me: My Life, My Care, My Choices.”

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Call for Medicaid Stories

April 23, 2017

Consumer Voice needs your stories about why Medicaid is so important to you and your family.

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Consumer Voice Issues Joint Statement on Abuse and Neglect in Nursing Homes

April 12, 2017

Consumer Voice, with the Long Term Care Community Coalition, Center for Medicare Advocacy, and California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, issued a joint statement in response to the recent reports exposing abuse and neglect in nursing homes across the country.

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Revised Nursing Home Regulations Are Safe!

March 31, 2017

The revised federal nursing home regulations are here to stay.

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Announcing Residents' Rights Month 2017

March 28, 2017

The theme for Residents’ Rights Month 2017 is “It’s All About Me: My Life, My Care, My Choices.”

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New Issue Brief on Admissions in Revised Federal Nursing Home Regulations

March 15, 2017

Consumer Voice, Justice in Aging, and the Center for Medicare Advocacy have released a new issue brief in their series on the revised federal nursing home regulations.

Take Action

Save Medicaid & Protect All Long-Term Care Consumers: Oppose Medicaid Per Capita Caps!

March 13, 2017

Medicaid is a lifeline for nursing home residents and other long-term care consumers.  Tell your members of congress to oppose per capita caps!

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Consumer Voice Issues Statement on American Health Care Act

March 10, 2017

The American Health Care Act is harmful for long-term care consumers and those who care for them.

Take Action

Groups - Sign onto the letter opposing H.R. 1215

March 03, 2017

Protect consumers’ rights to hold providers accountable. Groups, sign on to letter opposing H.R. 1215.

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Senator Franken Reintroduces Arbitration Fairness Act

March 03, 2017

Consumer Voice sent a letter to Senator Al Franken in support of his reintroduction of the Arbitration Fairness Act.

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Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes - Joint Statement from CV, NCEA, and NOVA

February 24, 2017

Consumer Voice, along with the National Center on Elder Abuse and the National Organization for Victim Assistance, have issued a statement in light of the recent CNN investigation on sexual abuse.

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Consumer Voice Issues Statement on CNN Report on Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes

February 23, 2017

Consumer Voice is outraged and horrified in response to the findings of the CNN investigative report on sexual abuse in nursing homes, “Sick, Dying and Raped in America’s Nursing Homes.”

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New Issue Brief on Nursing Services

February 21, 2017

Consumer Voice, along with the Center for Medicare Advocacy and Justice in Aging, has released a new issue brief in their issue brief series, “A Closer Look at the Revised Nursing Facility Regulations.”

Take Action

Oppose the Repeal of the ACA and Changes to Medicaid

February 17, 2017

Congress is planning to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replace it with major changes to Medicaid.  Tell your members of Congress NO!

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Article - "Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program Offers Trust and Solutions"

February 14, 2017

ACL’s Becky Kurtz has written an article in the Society of Certified Senior Advisors Journal on the long-term care ombudsman program.

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New Fact Sheets on Revised Federal Nursing Home Regulations

February 08, 2017

New fact sheets include information on involuntary transfer and discharge and unnecessary drugs and antipsychotic medications.

Take Action

Fight the Repeal of the Revised Nursing Home Regulations!

January 27, 2017

Consumer Voice and its whole network will be tweeting to fight the repeal of the revised federal nursing home regulations.

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Family Caregivers Speak at Senate Forum

January 19, 2017

Family caregivers testified at a Senate Forum on Health Care, Medicare, and Medicaid.

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Part II of Summary of Key Changes Now Available

December 22, 2016

This summary presents an overview of key changes in the revised federal nursing home regulations for the sections on Resident Assessment (§483.20) – Training Requirements (§483.95).  It is designed to highlight what is different between the prior rule and the final rule and includes only those parts of the rule that went into effect in Phase 1 on November 28, 2016.

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New Fact Sheet on Importance of Revised Nursing Home Regulations for Nursing Home Residents

December 20, 2016

Consumer Voice and Justice in Aging have released a new fact sheet entitled “Why the Recently-Revised Nursing Home Regulations are Vital for Nursing Home Residents.”

Take Action

Tell Congress Not to Repeal the Affordable Care Act!

December 20, 2016

Congressional Leaders have promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  This could harm nursing home residents and other long-term care consumers. Tell your Senators and Representative NO!

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New Fact Sheet on Assessment, Care Planning, and Discharge Planning

December 05, 2016

Consumer Voice, Center for Medicare Advocacy and Justice in Aging have released a new fact sheet providing a closer look at the revised nursing facility regulations on assessment, care planning and discharge planning.

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New Guides on How New HCBS Rules Affect Adult Day Services and Assisted Living

November 23, 2016

Consumer Voice and Justice in Aging created guides on how the HCBS rules can be used to improve services for older persons.

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New Fact Sheet on the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

November 15, 2016

This new resource from Consumer Voice and NCEA provides an overview of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program.

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Consumer Voice Releases Report on Nursing Home Closures

November 08, 2016

Consumer Voice has released a new report on why nursing home residents may suffer harm when their nursing home closes and how to reduce such harm.

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Webinar Recording Available for "Piecing Together Quality Long-Term Care"

October 12, 2016

This informative webinar gives consumers, family and advocates the tools to obtain quality long-term services and supports.

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CMS Prohibits Pre-Dispute Arbitration in Newly Released Federal Nursing Home Regulations

September 30, 2016

After recommendations from Consumer Voice, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has prohibited pre-dispute arbitration agreements in nursing home contracts as a part of the newly released federal nursing facility regulations.

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Consumer Voice Sends Comments to CMS on Special Focus Facilities

September 15, 2016

Consumer Voice sent comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in support of the Special Focus Facility program.

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Consumer Voice Featured in Philanthropy Journal News

September 09, 2016

Consumer Voice has been highlighted in the September issue of the Philanthropy Journal News, a publication of NC State University.

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CFPB Releases Report and Resource Guide on How Community Partnerships Can Help Fight Elder Financial Abuse

August 24, 2016

CFPB’s report found that strong collaboration among community stakeholders can effectively protect older adults from financial exploitation.

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ACL Awards $2.2 Million to Adult Protective Services Systems

August 23, 2016

The Administration for Community Living’s Administration on Aging awarded grants to 13 states to address abuse of older adults and people with disabilities.

Take Action

Urge Congress to Continue the Money Follows the Person Program

August 22, 2016

Help people living in nursing facilities and other institutional settings move back into the community!

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CFPB Creates Placemats to Help Prevent Elder Fraud

August 18, 2016

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has created placemats with simple tips for avoiding common predatory consumer scams.

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Infographic About Detecting and Preventing Bullying Among Older Adults

August 17, 2016

An infographic created by the Health Professionals Press shows the factors that lead to bullying and how to prevent it.

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CMS Adds New Quality Measures to Nursing Home Compare

August 16, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updated the Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Quality Ratings to incorporate new measures that look at successful discharges, emergency visits, and re-hospitalizations.

Action Update

Thank You to Those Who Signed Our Letter to CMS on Arbitration

August 05, 2016

Thank you to all the individuals and organizations who signed onto our letter to CMS calling for the agency to ban pre-dispute arbitration clauses in nursing home agreements once and for all.

Take Action

Tell CMS to Ban Pre-Dispute Arbitration in the Final Nursing Home Regulations

July 28, 2016

Tell CMS to ban pre-dispute arbitration clauses in nursing home agreements once and for all!

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Participate in the 2016 Consumer Voice Webinar Series!

July 11, 2016

Join us for a series of three webinars on a wide range of long-term care issues featuring expert speakers.

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Prevent and Protect Residents from Financial Exploitation

June 29, 2016

Resources on prevention, detection and reporting financial exploitation in nursing homes and assisted living.

Take Action

Tell Your Congressperson to Save State Health Insurance Assistance Programs

June 21, 2016

Take action to ensure older people and people with disabilities get support navigating their Medicare benefits.

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June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15, 2016

WEADD is an opportunity to share information and spread awareness about abuse, neglect, and exploitation in later life.  Check out the new elder abuse issue page for further resources.

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OAA Reauthorization Summary, FAQs, and More

June 13, 2016

Information regarding the recent reauthorization of the Older Americans Act is now available on the ACL website.

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Remembering Lou O'Reilly

June 08, 2016

Consumer Voice is saddened by the passing of long-time member and former Consumer Voice Board Member Lou O’Reilly.

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Now Accepting Nominations for 2016 Consumer Voice Leadership Awards!

June 03, 2016

Consumer Voice recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to improving the lives of long-term care consumers.  Submit your nominations now!

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Get a Resident's Voice Activity Toolkit

May 26, 2016

Join the Resident’s Voice Challenge and share why you should be the “Resident President.”

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Watch a Video on Long-Term Care Ombudsmen

May 23, 2016

What is an ombudsman? Ombudsmen advocate for residents’ rights and quality care; educate consumers and providers; resolve residents’ complaints; and provide information.

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It's Hurricane Preparedness Week!

May 16, 2016

Hurricane Preparedness Week is a time to prepare for a potential land-fall tropical storm or hurricane.  If you live in an area prone to these types of storms or even areas threatened by dangerous flooding or destructive winds, it’s important to take this time to prepare for a dangerous weather event.

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Tips for Residents on Theft and Loss in Nursing Homes

May 13, 2016

Residents have the right to retain possession of their personal belongings and are entitled to a safe environment free of theft and loss.  This Consumer Voice fact sheet provides preventative measures and remedies for a resident’s deprivation of their personal effects.

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CMS Publishes Guidance on Providing Services to Justice-Involved Individuals

May 05, 2016

CMS published guidance to surveyors clarifying federal requirements for providing services to justice-involved individuals (e.g. those on probation or parole) in skilled nursing facilities.

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Nursing homes starting to offer more individualized menus

May 04, 2016

CV in the News! - More nursing homes are including individualized menus for the specific preference of their residents.

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CMS Publishes Final Rule on Fire Safety

May 04, 2016

CMS announced a final rule to update health care facilities’ fire protection guidelines to improve protections for all Medicare beneficiaries in facilities.

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DOJ Report Finds that South Dakota Unnecessarily Relies on Nursing Facilities to Provide Services for People with Disabilities

May 03, 2016

Department of Justice report finds that South Dakota is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court’s Olmstead v. L.C. ruling.

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CMS Adds Six New Quality Measures to Nursing Home Compare

April 28, 2016

CMS has added six new quality measures to the consumer-based Nursing Home Compare website.  For the first time, CMS has included three quality measures that are not based solely on data that are self-reported by nursing homes.

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ASPE Releases Report on Function and Characteristics of Unlicensed Care Homes

April 27, 2016

HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) has released a report entitled “Understanding Unlicensed Care Homes.”

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New York Times Series on Arbitration Finalist for Pulitzer Prize

April 19, 2016

The New York Times series on arbitration, authored by Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Michael Corkery, and Robert Gebeloff, is a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting

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National Healthcare Decisions Day is April 16th

April 15, 2016

National Healthcare Decisions Day Is Tomorrow April 16. Join Consumer Voice and Americans across the country in making future healthcare decisions known to family, friends and healthcare providers.

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Call for Session Proposals for the 2016 Consumer Voice Annual Conference

April 11, 2016

We invite you to submit a proposal for a concurrent session at the 2016 Consumer Voice Annual Conference. Sessions that include more than one perspective or speakers from more than one program are encouraged.

Action Update

U.S. Senate Approves Older Americans Act Reauthorization

April 08, 2016

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act!  House-amended S. 192, the Older Americans Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, will now be sent to President Obama to sign.

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Department of Labor Releases Guide for Consumers and Families on the Fair Labor Standards Act

April 07, 2016

The Department of Labor has developed a user-friendly guide entitled “Paying Minimum Wage and Overtime to Home Care Workers: A Guide for Consumers and their Families to the Fair Labor Standards Act.”

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National Center on Elder Abuse Releases Report on State Elder Abuse Working Groups

April 07, 2016

NCEA has released a report entitled “State Elder Abuse Working Groups: A Review and Comparison of 15 State Working Groups”, which compares existing elder abuse working groups from 15 states based on their establishment, purpose, and current status.

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The Department of Justice Launches 10 Regional Elder Justice Task Forces

March 31, 2016

On March 30, 2016, the Department of Justice announced the launch of 10 regional Elder Justice Task Forces. These teams will bring together federal, state and local prosecutors, law enforcement, and agencies that provide services to the elderly to coordinate and enhance efforts to pursue nursing homes that provide grossly substandard care.

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CMS Memorandum on Implementation of required electronic submission of staffing data

March 22, 2016

CMS issued a memorandum related to Electronic Staffing Data Submission (Payroll-Based Journal – PBJ).

Action Update

Older Americans Act Passes in the House

March 22, 2016

The House passed the Older Americans Act! The Reauthorization bill will help older adults age with independence and dignity in their homes and communities, and protect elders in long-term care facilities and other settings.

Take Action

Help Reauthorize the Older Americans Act: Ask Your U.S. Representative to Vote Yes

March 21, 2016

UPDATE: The Older Americans Act has passed in the House!
The bill will reauthorize the Older Americans Act. Authorization expired on 2011 and reauthorization is long overdue.

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New Podcast Series on Dying in America

March 15, 2016

A new podcast series, sponsored by the National Academy of Medicine, will review the 2015 Institute of Medicine report “Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life.”

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NY State Comptroller's Office Report Finds that Improvements Are Needed in Nursing Home Enforcement

March 08, 2016

Laurie Kash’s experience with her mother’s poor care at a nursing home led her to take her case the New York State Comptroller’s Office.  The Office performed a subsequent audit that called for improvements in the enforcement of nursing home violations in New York.

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NPR Covers Nursing Home Evictions

February 25, 2016

On Thursday, February 25, NPR’s Morning Edition included a story about nursing home evictions, including cases when facilities refuse to take back residents who were hospitalized. Consumer Voice’s Robyn Grant, Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, was interviewed for the story.

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New Issue Page on Transfer-Discharge

February 25, 2016

Looking for information on transfer, discharge or transitions from a nursing home?  Visit the new issue page for resources including reports, tips, and fact sheets.

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Announcing New Leadership at Consumer Voice

February 18, 2016

Consumer Voice is pleased to announce Lori Smetanka, JD, as the Executive Director of Consumer Voice and Amity Overall Laib as Director of the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center.

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Resident-to-Resident Elder Mistreatment in Nursing Homes: Findings from the First Prevalence Study

February 03, 2016

This webinar, hosted by Consumer Voice in collaboration with the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), discusses resident-to-resident mistreatment and how to prevent and respond to these incidents.

Take Action

Tell Congress to Restore Long-Term Care Consumers' Rights!

January 11, 2016

Consumer Voice has launched petition asking the U.S. Congress to pass the Arbitration Fairness Act (H.R. 2087; S. 1133), legislation that would ban the use of pre-dispute, forced arbitration agreements in consumer contracts. These are agreements that residents or their loved ones must sign when entering into a nursing home or assisted living facility. We need your help! Please to sign on to this petition to urge your members of Congress to end this unfair practice and restore the rights of consumers once and for all.

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Consumer Voice Provides Comments to CMS on Revised Requirements for Discharge Planning

January 06, 2016

On January 14th, Consumer Voice provided comments on a proposed rule to revise the federal requirements for discharge planning. This proposed rule was issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and concerns discharge planning requirements for hospitals, critical access hospitals and home health agencies. Click below to learn more and read our comments.

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2015 White House Conference on Aging Publishes Report

January 04, 2016

A final report on the 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) -  summarizing the July conference and the events leading up to it - is now accessible online.

Action Update

Additional Federal Funding Secured for Certain Aging Programs in 2016

December 22, 2015

On December 18th, 2015, the U.S. Congress approved the FY 2016 Omnibus Appropriations bill, legislation that will continue the funding of federal programs through Fiscal Year 2016. This bill, which has since been signed into law, will increase funding for elder justice programs as well as Alzheimer’s research in the coming year.

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Consumer Voice Interim Executive Director Lori Smetanka Quoted in New York Times Article on Residential Care for Elderly

November 24, 2015

A recent article in The New York Times highlighted the rise of small residential homes, like Green House, as an alternative to nursing homes. Consumer Voice Interim Executive Director Lori Smetanka was interviewed for the article.

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Increase in Federal Fines Nursing Facilities Pay for Violating Nursing Home Reform Law

November 23, 2015

A provision of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (signed by President Obama on November 2nd) will increase the amounts of federal fines that nursing facilities may be required to pay for violating the Nursing Home Reform Law.

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Consumer Voice and the National Center on Elder Abuse Host Put a STOP to Poor Care Webinar

November 20, 2015

This Consumer Voice webinar was held in collaboration with the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA ) on November 19th, 2015 in order to provide a basic framework to help long-term care residents, their family members, and other advocates identify quality care and potential issues. Click below for further information and to view this webinar.

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Consumer Voice and NASOP Send Letter to Congress Requesting Funds to Support LTC Ombudsman Program and Adult Protective Services

November 18, 2015

Consumer Voice and the National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs (NASOP) sent a letter to the Senate and House Subcommittees on Labor/HHS/Education requesting to focus on residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities and those who have been victims of elder abuse, when determining appropriate funding levels for the remainder of fiscal year 2016.

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Consumer Voice Submits Comments on Proposed Adult Protective Services Guidelines

November 13, 2015

Consumer Voice has submitted comments on proposed voluntary Adult Protective Services (APS) guidelines developed by the Administration for Community Living.

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Consumer Voice Joins Alzheimer's Workplace Alliance

October 23, 2015

Consumer Voice has joined Alzheimer’s Association’s Alzheimer’s Workplace Alliance (AWA).

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Consumer Voice and NCEA Produce "Put a STOP to Poor Care" Brochure

October 20, 2015

Consumer Voice, along with the National Center on Elder Abuse, have created a new brochure entitled “Put a STOP to Poor Care.” This helpful brochure for residents, family members, facility staff and advocates includes indicators of quality care, warning signs, red flags of potential abuse, and advocacy tips to address concerns.

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Consumer Voice & Others Urge CMS to Ban Forced Arbitration Agreements in Nursing Home Contracts

October 16, 2015

Consumer Voice, along with 38 other national advocacy organizations, sent a letter to CMS on Wednesday, October 14th, asking the agency to ban the use of pre-dispute, forced arbitration agreements in nursing home contracts as part of its revisions to the federal nursing home regulations.

Action Update

Consumer Voice & Network Submit Comments on Proposed Changes to the Federal Nursing Home Regulations

October 16, 2015

On Wednesday, October 14th, Consumer Voice and members of the Consumer Voice network submitted final comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on proposed changes to the federal nursing home regulations. Click below to learn more & read our final comments.