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The Week’s Collection of Aging-related News and Information

by Derrick

Happy Friday aging professionals!
Here’s the week’s news you can use.
Enjoy your weekend and thanks for the work you do.

The Role of Medicaid for People with Dementia 
 The Kaiser Family Foundation published an issue brief of the role of Medicaid for people living with dementia. Individuals with dementia generally require a multitude of medical and behavioral health services, which can be very costly. Medicare covers some services for this population but there are gaps where Medicaid may need to fill in for payment of long term services and supports (LTSS) for low-income individuals. This brief includes a fact sheet that explains the role of Medicaid for people with dementia that live in the community. Click here to access the report and findings.
Medicaid Access to Services Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule that codifies policies regarding Medicaid agency responsibilities to demonstrate and monitor access to care.  The final rule is based on a proposed rule that was first published in 2011, which implements section 1902(a)(30)(A) of the Social Security Act. This provision requires that Medicaid State Plans must establish payment rates that ensure efficiency, economy, and quality of care. This section of the act also requires that rates are sufficient to enlist sufficient providers so that access is equitable to the “general population in the geographic area.” The regulation focuses on the portion of the law that requires equitable access. CMS refers to this as the “access requirement,” which is a significant part of the law that has not previously been codified in regulation.

The regulation requires states to develop an access monitoring plan to ensure sufficient access to specific state-plan services.  The plan must include several specific points of analysis, both by service as well as by the setting of the service. The access monitoring plan must be developed by July 1, 2016, and updated every subsequent July 1.  The plan must demonstrate how the state will monitor sufficient access to a core set of services initially, and review access to these services no less than every 3 years thereafter. States must also have a public comment period prior to the submission of a state plan amendment that implements rate restructuring. Click here to view the final rule.
Resources on the Older Driver’s AgePage 
 As individuals get older, they may not be able to continue driving independently. The National Institute on Aging’s Older Drivers AgePage provides individuals with resources about common concerns and safety tips. This page is recommended for everyone, from people who are concerned about their driving skills to family members and friends that are worried about an individuals’ ability to drive. Click here to view the resources.
Fall 2015 Issue of Generations: Ageism in America: Reframing the Issues and Impacts
The American Society on Aging (ASA) released the fall 2015 issue of their journal, Generations. This issue titled, Ageism in America: Reframing the Issues and Impacts, focuses on the reframing of ageing in our country. Findings from this issue showed that the American public has a negative perception of aging that is far from the reality of the situation. These results can be used to assess the current societal views to inform changes in policy that create a more positive view of aging.Guest editor, Laura A. Robbins, headed the collaboration process and was responsible for the research project and gathering additional authors.  This issue is available for free and the ASA is encouraging its broad usage with the aging community. Click here to view the journal.
New Brochure About Elder Abuse and Related Concerns 
The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care in partnership with the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) released the “Put a STOP to Poor Care” brochure. Every individual has the right to receive quality care when receiving long term services and supports. This brochure outlines signs of quality care, warning signs of abuse, red flags, and advocacy tips for these areas. Long-term care ombudsmen are encouraged to use this brochure as a training tool for facility staff and members of Resident and Family Councils. Click here to view the brochure.

Memory lapses early sign of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Most people, no matter what their age, every once in a while experience what are often called “senior moments”. Now, new research finds these temporary memory lapses in older women may be a sign that more serious cognitive problems lie ahead. Click here for full article.

Too Many Seniors With Diabetes Are Overtreated, Study Suggests

When it comes to treating seniors with diabetes, new research suggests that doctors often don’t cut back on medications, even when treatment goals are surpassed. The study found that when people had potentially dangerous low blood sugar levels, just 27 percent had their medicines decreased. And when blood pressure treatments lowered blood pressure levels too much, just 19 percent saw a reduction in their medications. Click here for the full article.

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