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|A newsletter of FCA's National Center on Caregiving
April 21, 2010
Volume X, Number 8
| IN THIS ISSUE|
State Legislation, Policy & Reports
- Iowa: New Laws Impact Direct Care Workers More...
- Massachusetts: Governor Finally Expands Home and Community-Based Pilot Program
Federal Legislation, Policy & Reports
- FCA Posts Information about Health Care Reform and Family Caregivers More...
- President Nominates Administrator for CMS More...
- Australia: "Inquiry to Examine Aged Care Sector" More...
Research Reports & Journal Articles
- Health Affairs: "Health IT: The Road to 'Meaningful Use'" More...
Conferences & Trainings
- International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease July 10-15 More...
- n4a Annual Conference and Tradeshow July 17-21 More...
Funding, Media & Miscellaneous
- AoA Awarding Lifespan Respite Care Grants to States More...
Recruit for Your Study
in Caregiving PolicyDigest More...
Iowa: New Laws Impact
Direct Care Workers|
Prompted by advocacy from the Iowa Caregivers Association
legislators passed five bills this year that impact the state's direct care
workers. The new laws will: require that
a criminal history and child and dependent adult abuse check be conducted before a student begins a certified
nursing aide (CNA) training program (S.F. 2149); provide protections for
facility-based direct care workers accused of dependent adult abuse (S.F.
2333); require health insurance companies proposing rate increases to provide
policy holders, many of whom are direct care workers, with information and the
opportunity to make a public statement before the increases can be approved
(S.F. 2201); expand access to health care services for low-income people in the
IowaCare program (S.F. 2356); and provide funding for ICA to move forward in
professionalizing the direct care workforce (H.F. 2526). For more information, visit:
Iowa Caregivers Association
Massachusetts: Governor Finally Expands Home and Community-Based Pilot
Governor Deval Patrick announced recently that his administration will expand a
pilot program that provides free counseling to older adults about alternatives
to nursing home care. While the
legislature approved expansion of this program last year and authorized $2.5
million in funding, the state administration is just now releasing the funds, 3
months before the end of the fiscal year.
The program is credited with keeping more than 300 people in their homes
and out of expensive nursing homes in one year.
For more information, visit:Boston Globe
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FCA Posts Information about Health Care Reform and
The National Center
on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance has posted new information online
about health care reform and its impact on family caregivers. It includes links to resources such as the
Campaign for Better Care's "Top Ten Things to Know About Health Care
Reform" and Families USA's "State Advocates' To-Do List" for the
first 90 days of health care reform implementation. For more information, visit:
Family Caregiver Alliance
President Nominates Administrator for CMS
On April 19, 2010, President
Obama nominated Dr. Donald Berwick for Administrator of the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Dr. Berwick, a pediatrician with a reputation for being a visionary, currently
serves as President and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and is
a professor at Harvard
and the Harvard School of Public Health.
The Administrator position has been filled with temporary appointments
since 2006. Dr. Berwick must go through
the Senate confirmation process. For
more information, visit:
Australia: "Inquiry to Examine Aged Care Sector"
Australia will soon perform an independent inquiry into the country's
aged care sector which will focus on ensuring adequate staffing and less
complexity. In light of the rapidly
aging population, one of the "key tasks will be to examine the sector's
future workforce needs, and offer options to ensure it has a large group of
well-trained staff at its disposal."
The inquiry will also examine ways to guarantee that older adults have
access to affordable, appropriate aged care services. For more information, visit:
Sydney Morning Herald
Health Affairs:"Health IT: The Road to 'Meaningful Use'"
The April 2010 issue
of Health Affairs (Volume 29, Number
4) focuses on "Health IT: The Road to 'Meaningful Use.'" This issue is important for family caregivers
because they often act as care coordinators and possess the health records and
knowledge regarding the care receiver's medical history. The journal includes articles that define
meaningful use, discuss medical homes, describe the Veterans' Administration's
experience with health IT, focus on quality, and more. For more information, visit:
Conference on Alzheimer's Disease July 10-15
Association's 2010 International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease (ICAD) will
be July 10-15 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The conference will focus on epidemiology and risk factors, genetics,
diagnosis, prevention and other research.
Register by May 14 for discounted registration rates. For more information, visit:
n4a Annual Conference
and Tradeshow July 17-21
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
(n4a) is holding its 35th Annual Conference and Tradeshow July
17-21, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri.
The conference is designed to engage AAA and Title VI aging program directors
and staff, commission members, service providers, researchers, gerontologists,
and public officials with the latest information on aging policy. Register by June 25 for discounted
rates. For more information, visit:
AoA Awarding Lifespan
Respite Care Grants to States
The U.S. Administration
on Aging (AoA) is awarding $2.25 million in Lifespan Respite Care grants to
states to establish, enhance or expand Lifespan Respite Care systems, including
new and planned emergency respite services, training and recruitment of respite
workers and volunteers, and assistance for caregivers with gaining access to
needed respite services. AoA will award
approximately ten to fifteen grants of up to $200,000 each for three-year
project periods. The deadline for
submission of a letter of intent to apply for funding is Friday,
May 7, 2010.
The closing date for applications is Monday, June 7, 2010. For more information, visit:
Administration on Aging
Recruit for Your Study in Caregiving PolicyDigest|
Caregiving PolicyDigest recently
launched this new addition to our newsletter.
Research Registry offers a listing of publically and privately supported
clinical trials of interest to family caregivers and their care recipients with
chronic or disabling health conditions.
For information on how you can list your study in PolicyDigest or on FCA's website, visit:
Family Caregiver Alliance Research Registry
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