Washington DC – The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) today announces the launch of its latest resource created to educate aging services providers and LeadingAge members on the technologies designed for the long-term and post-acute care market.

The negative impact of social isolation—the experienced or perceived lack of personal relationships with family, friends and acquaintances who can be relied upon—is a health concern for people of all ages, but becomes more pronounced as people age. Its prolonged health risk is significant, matching the effect of smoking 15 cigarettes a day!

“This is a real problem that older adults, caregivers, and providers want to—and need to—address. Fortunately, a growing number of companies are responding to this market demand with innovative technological solutions and services,” said Majd Alwan, Ph.D., LeadingAge Senior Vice President of Technology and Executive Director of CAST. “From relatively simple applications, such as text and picture chats, to the more complex, like virtual reality companion avatars, and robots, tech-based tools and solutions can help. This resource helps providers and consumers alike select solutions that meet their needs.”

CAST’s new offering includes:

  • A whitepaper and interactive guide explaining the issue and its significance to LeadingAge members, aging services providers, and consumers.
  • A product selection matrix compiled by CAST compares and contrasts 40 different products developed for older adults and long-term and post-acute care objectively, based on functionalities, features and capabilities that each product offers
  • An online selection tool to help prospective buyers/users select the tools and approaches best suited to their needs
  • Provider case studies providing real-life examples of a technology solution implemented by aging services providers, with details on approach, implementation strategy, outcome and lessons learned

To participate in future CAST portfolio development, please contact Scott Code, Associate Director of CAST at 202-508-9466.

About the LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies

The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) is focused on accelerating the development, evaluation, and adoption of emerging technologies that will transform the aging experience. An international coalition of more than 400 technology companies, aging-services organizations, businesses, research universities, and government representatives, CAST works under the auspices of LeadingAge, an association of 6,000+ members and partners that include nonprofit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, 38 state partners, hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations and research partners.

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September 27, 2017
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LeadingAge’s Robyn Stone, Kathryn Roberts Named Influencers in Aging

Washington, DC -- Dr. Robyn Stone, senior vice president of research at LeadingAge, and Kathryn Roberts, LeadingAge board chair and CEO of Ecumen, have both been named Influencers in Aging by Next Avenue.

The award recognizes advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers, and experts who continue to push beyond traditional boundaries and change our understanding of what it means to grow older.

“Robyn and Kathryn epitomize innovation and influence in the aging services field,” said Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge. “Their unique contributions will have a lasting effect on the lives of older adults for years to come.”

LeadingAge member Richard Browdie, president and CEO of the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, was also recognized.

“The mission of LeadingAge is to be the trusted voice for aging, and it’s clear that these 3 honorees are living out this message,” continued Smith Sloan. “I’m excited to see what they do next.”

Read more about why they were chosen and browse the full list of all this year’s Influencers in Aging.

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About LeadingAge
The mission of LeadingAge is to be the trusted voice for aging. Our 6,000+ members and partners include nonprofit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, 38 state associations, hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations and research centers. LeadingAge is also a part of the Global Ageing Network, whose membership spans 30 countries. LeadingAge is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization focused on education, advocacy and applied research.

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Washington, DC -- Today, LeadingAge unveils its vision for the future of long-term services and supports (LTSS) in a new report: A New Vision for Long-Term Services and Supports.

LeadingAge has been at the forefront of LTSS financing reform for more than a decade. We strongly believe that America must create a new system of paying for LTSS so families alone don’t shoulder the burden of paying for care their loved ones need.

LTSS, or needing help with everyday activities such as bathing, eating, or dressing, will affect about 50% of people over the age of 65. LTSS are expensive and not currently covered by Medicare. As a result, individuals must pay out of pocket. Families often resort to depleting savings and other retirement funds to pay for care. Eventually, people turn to Medicaid when they run out of money.

“We must no longer tolerate a system that bankrupts families and leaves older adults without the services they need to lead productive lives,” said Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge.

The report outlines 3 essential features of a universal LTSS insurance program:

  1. A universal approach to coverage.
  2. A catastrophic benefit period.
  3. A “managed cash” benefit structure.

“LeadingAge recognizes that a universal, catastrophic insurance approach might not be accepted readily in today’s budgetary and political environment,” continued Sloan. “However, given projected demographic trends, we are confident that the need for reform of the LTSS system will not disappear. We continue to advance the movement for reform that is guided by the principles of rationality, equity, and affordability.”
 

Read the full report.

 
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July 5, 2017
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LeadingAge Supports CMS Decision to Delay RoPs Enforcement

Washington, DC -- LeadingAge is encouraged that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has decided to delay issuing enforcement remedies for specific phase 2 requirements of the revised Requirements of Participation. Requirements will continue to be enforced, but penalties for violations will be limited. This will give providers a chance to understand, prepare, and comply with some of the most complex and challenging aspects of the new requirements.

“We are pleased that CMS has heard our collective voices on the absolute need for longer lead time to put new procedures and practices in place to come into full compliance with the new requirements,” said LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan. “This is the way they should be phased in, giving nursing homes the opportunity to absorb wide-ranging new requirements, get expert help implementing them, and thoroughly train their staff.”

The phase 2 requirements include a facility-wide assessment of competencies of staff, new requirements on medical chart review and psychotropic drugs, and antibiotic stewardship. These and other new requirements represent a significant change in nursing home regulation, and it is appropriate that nursing homes have more time to put new procedures and staff training in place.

LeadingAge had the opportunity to meet with CMS officials earlier this year to voice its concerns and submitted a lengthy document outlining our specific comments with input from more than 40 of its nursing home members.

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About LeadingAge
The mission of LeadingAge is to be the trusted voice for aging. Our 6,000+ members and partners include nonprofit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, 39 state associations, hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations and research centers. LeadingAge is also a part of the Global Ageing Network whose membership spans 30 countries. LeadingAge is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization focused on education, advocacy and applied research.

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June 22, 2017
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LeadingAge Responds to Senate Repeal and Replace Legislation

Statement from Katie Smith Sloan, LeadingAge President & CEO:

“LeadingAge continues to strongly oppose the fundamental changes to the Medicaid program made by both the House and Senate legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Medicaid is not just for poor people. It is the way middle-class families pay for long-term services and supports. The Senate bill actually cuts funding for Medicaid even more deeply than the House bill in the long run due to a lower annual growth rate.

These cuts and caps on Medicaid have the potential to hurt every American family.”

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About LeadingAge

The mission of LeadingAge is to be the trusted voice for aging. Our 6,000+ members and partners include nonprofit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, 39 state associations, hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations and research centers. LeadingAge is also a part of the Global Ageing Network, whose membership spans 30 countries. LeadingAge is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization focused on education, advocacy and applied research.

 

 

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May 18, 2017
Contact: Amanda Marr, amarr@leadingage.org 202-508-1219

Washington, DC -- The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) has updated its Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Selection Tool with 5 new telehealth products/vendors and 2 new case studies that show how telehealth:

  • Reduced blood pressure through a multi-user telehealth, gamification, and engagement platform.
  • Helped patients manage their conditions at home and improved outcomes.
     

CAST’s telehealth and RPM selection tool is designed to help long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) provider organizations identify and select the telehealth system that best fits their needs. Users can pick the basic requirements they need in a telehealth or RPM system from a set of 12 major categories of functionalities and get a shortlist of only products that meet those requirements.

“The telehealth and RPM selection tool is updated every year so that it continues to be relevant and useful to those interested in telehealth,” said CAST Executive Director, Majd Alwan. “In addition to LTPAC providers, other consumers, such as caregivers and older adults, can use this as a resource to help them understand telehealth technologies.”

The updated telehealth selection portfolio includes these components:

  • An enhanced Product Selection Matrix and Online Selection Tool that compares 20 different products to help providers better understand the functionalities offered by commercially available telehealth/RPM vendors. The product selection matrix is published in Excel format to allow providers to sort and delete products, and to perform side-by-side functionality comparisons of only products of interest to them.
  • A white paper, Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring for Long-Term and Post-Acute Care: A Primer and Provider Selection Guide, that is designed to help organizations understand the range of issues surrounding telehealth. The white paper also outlines technology solutions available in the marketplace, as well as their uses and benefits.
  • An interactive guide that gives a quick overview of telehealth, the white paper, and the planning and selection process.
  • 2 new case studies that join existing examples that show how telehealth protocols improved efficiencies in LTPAC organizations.

For more information or to participate in helping to develop future CAST portfolios, contact Scott Code, CAST associate director, at scode@leadingage.org or 202-508-9466.

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CAST’s telehealth and RPM selection tool is designed to help long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) provider organizations identify and select the telehealth system that best fits their needs.

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May 8, 2017
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The campaign, Save HUD 202, focuses on:

  • Preventing cuts to HUD 202.
  • Maintaining 100% funding for people served by affordable housing today.
  • Expanding funding to create new affordable housing for older adults.

A large and rapidly expanding population of low-income older adults faces the dual challenges of finding affordable, safe housing that can accommodate changing needs as they grow older. HUD 202 provides funding for housing with services so this population can age in place longer and with more positive health results.

A confluence of complex threats compels us to launch this campaign,” says Linda Couch, vice president of housing policy at LeadingAge. “But our goals are simple: preserve every 202 home we have, and bring affordable housing to every older adult who needs it.”

The campaign is a comprehensive, multi-month effort to convince lawmakers to fully fund the 202 program. Due to proposed spending cuts, funding for the program is at risk. Any cuts would reduce the availability of affordable housing for vulnerable, older adults.

At the end of June, LeadingAge, its state partners, and members will hold a rally on Capitol Hill to amplify the campaign’s messages.

We want to be very loud and very clear that cuts to the HUD 202 program will have a devastating effect on many older adults who rely on affordable housing options,” says Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge. “As the number of older adults increases rapidly, more -- not less -- funding is needed.”

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LeadingAge launched a new campaign today targeting the Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 202 Housing for the Elderly program (HUD 202).

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The LeadingAge Annual Meeting, held Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2016, in Indianapolis, IN, featured these announcements from CAST Business Associates.

  • Sodexo and Connected Living Form Alliance: LeadingAge Gold Partner Sodexo, a world leader in quality of life services, formally launched a partnership with CAST Business Associate Connected Living, the nation’s leading connector of seniors with family, friends, and communities. This alliance connects seniors with their families, friends, and communities digitally.

Connected Living is a social impact company that pioneered bringing user friendly, private social networks and technology into senior living communities, demonstrating how better connections contribute to happier and healthier lives. The Connected Living suite provides an easier way for senior living community staff to engage with residents, families, and prospects inside and outside the building.

Connected Living’s recently released mobile app enables family members of all ages to stay in touch easily and privately despite geographic distances and busy schedules. The app also provides relevant content, access to vital goods, and services such as food and transportation that yield enhanced peace of mind. The Connected Living mobile app is currently available for iOS devices and is coming on Android in 2017.

  • New Dashboard Enhances Arial Emergency Call: CAST Business Associate Stanley Healthcare recently unveiled a new web-based management dashboard for its Arial Emergency Call platform. The Arial platform provides wireless emergency call from portable pendants, wireless nurse call, and built-in wander management capability, and it supports multiple integrations to extend functionality.

The new dashboard offers real-time visual analytics to give executive directors and others a comprehensive overview of how a community or network is performing against key benchmarks for resident safety and security. Elements of the dashboard include total alarms, average response time, responses over X minutes, average reset time, frequent requests, alarms by shift, alarms by category, and number of alarms by hour.

It's available to new and current Arial customers as part of the Arial 9.3 software release, which also includes several enhancements such as web-based reports and new wireless sensors.

  • MatrixCare Appoints Former Cerner Executive to Fuel Continued Growth in Life Plan Community Market: CAST Business Associate MatrixCare®, the largest U.S. LTPAC technology provider, appointed Gary Pederson as Senior Vice President, Life Plan Communities (LPC) Solution on Oct. 31, 2016. Pederson serves as a member of MatrixCare’s executive team and has full responsibility for MatrixCare’s LPC Solutions business unit, including sales, account retention, marketing, operations, and research and development. He reports to MatrixCare President and CEO John Damgaard.

Prior to joining MatrixCare, Mr. Pederson served as president of two business units of Ascend Learning, LLC, a Providence Equity Partners portfolio company. Prior to Ascend, Mr. Pederson spent 15 years in various management capacities with Cerner Corporation, most recently serving as U.S. Vice-President / General Manager Healthe (Population Health) Division, where he grew division revenues from $5M to $70M in a three-year span, earning the VP/General Manager of the Year award in 2010. Prior to Cerner, Mr. Pederson spent 10 years collectively with Toshiba Medical Systems and Siemens Medical Systems in management capacities.

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September 29, 2016
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Washington -- CMS released the final rules revising the nursing home requirements of participation, which will be published October 4, 2016. This rule represents the most significant changes to the delivery of nursing home care since OBRA ‘87.

LeadingAge is pleased that CMS has recognized the enormous complexity of this rule and allowed for a phase-in for some of the components. We are also encouraged by:

  • The continuing focus on more person-centered approaches, including many elements of resident rights and quality of care. 
  • The recognition of potential unintended consequences of requiring in-person evaluation by an attending clinician prior to non-emergency transfers; as a result, CMS did not include that proposal in the final rule. 
  • The 48-hour limit on as needed orders for psychoactive medications was changed from the proposed rule language, and that CMS recognized that the 48-hour limit would potentially lead to disrupted care and resident harm.

However, after an initial read-through, there are a few sections of the rule that we believe could be detrimental to our nursing homes members.

“One of the most significant elements in the final rule is the new requirement for facility-wide assessment,” said Dr. Cheryl Phillips, senior vice president of public policy and health services. “While we support the concept of aligning staff levels and expertise with the needs of the residents, rather than looking at fixed staffing levels, we remain concerned that we have yet to fully understand what this assessment will include and how CMS will use it for assessing quality of care.”

LeadingAge is also concerned with the amount and degree of staff training that will be needed to implement the new requirements successfully. The impact on an already stretched and resource-strapped workforce will be further challenged unless both Medicare and Medicaid include the necessary staff resources into payments and population health shared savings models.

With regards to arbitration, LeadingAge has always supported arbitration agreements that are properly structured and allow parties to have a speedy and cost-effective alternative to traditional litigation. We are therefore disappointed that CMS has exceeded its authority and banned all pre-dispute arbitration agreements. Arbitration agreements should be enforced if they were executed separately from the admission agreement, were not a condition of admissions, and allowed the resident to rescind the agreement within a reasonable time frame.

Over the next several days LeadingAge will be providing in-depth analysis of the entire rule. We also recognize that much of the needed details will come out of the accompanying guidance language, and we look forward to working with CMS as such guidance is developed.

We will hold a webinar on October 13 to discuss the final rule and its implications for LeadingAge member nursing homes.

 

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June 16, 2016
Contact: Tessa Atkinson-Adams, tatkinson-adams@leadingage.org, 202-508-9492

Washington -- The LeadingAge Center for Aging Services Technologies (CAST) has updated its electronic health record (EHR) portfolio with a new CAST 7-stage EHR Adoption Model, as well as a new interactive online guide and a new case study.
  
These free tools -- designed to help long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) provider organizations understand, plan for, identify, and select the EHR system that best fit their needs -- include:

  • A whitepaper with a new interactive online guide that helps organizations understand different EHR technology solutions, their uses and benefits, the planning process, and the most important functionalities care providers need to consider when selecting an EHR.
  • A new CAST 7-Stage EHR Adoption Model that provides a framework to assess the level of adoption and sophistication of use, as opposed to just the overall rate of adoption, of EHRs in long-term and post-acute care. 
  • An enhanced Product Selection Matrix and Online Selection Tool that compares 20 different products to help providers better understand functionalities offered by commercially available LTPAC EHRs. This year, the product selection matrix is also published in Excel format to allow providers to sort and delete products, and perform side-by-side functionality comparisons of only products of interest to them.
  • A new case study that details a real-life example of how Avante Group drove quality, efficiency, and bottom-line using PointClickCare’s own 7-Stage Adoption Model. 

The new CAST 7-Stage Adoption Model is generic and based on the types of functionalities, their sophistication and focus, as opposed to rigid specific functions. This approach makes the model applicable to multiple LTPAC settings and business lines. This sets the CAST 7-Stage Adoption Model apart from previous EHR adoption models, which focused primarily on inpatient settings such as hospitals and nursing homes.

"The CAST EHR Selection Portfolio’s new 7-stage adoption model was tailored to help long-term care providers not only improve efficiency, but also quality of care for their residents," said Majd Alwan, Ph.D., executive director of CAST. “We hope that our new adoption model will make it easier for more and more providers to integrate advanced EHR functionalities into their operations, and use them to continuously improve care quality.”

For more information or to participate in future CAST portfolio development, please contact Scott Code, associate director of CAST, at scode@leadingage.org, 202-508-9466.

 

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