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to solve state financial crises, The state Senate passed the employer and employees. assisted living facilities. The new according to association presi- House version of the bill— Faced with a $1.8 million program will be open to seniors dent Daniel Sisto. H. 7331—“as amended in deficit in 2010, management currently enrolled in a care pro- concurrence” on June 11. The asked to re-open the contract gram such as PASSPORT and No new home-health moratorium on new home-care to look for ways to save money. seniors living in nursing homes. RHODE ISLAND—The Legisla- companies would last until The unit No. 1199 bargaining An additional grant of ture in Rhode Island is looking July 1, 2012. committee said it agreed to look $410,000 will help fund the to put a two-year moratorium at ways to save as long as the Alzheimer’s respite and senior on licenses for new hospice care, New contract for 800 agreement included job security, volunteer programs. The fund- home nursing and home care NEW YORK—About 800 protecting wages and benefits, ing comes from the U.S. Depart- providers. nursing home workers in and a greater voice on the job. ment of Aging, and will be A flood of new home-care western New York ratified a given to the Central Ohio Area providers has hit the Rhode new four-year union contract MIDWEST Agency on Aging for disbursal. Island marketplace since the that guarantees no one with at Federal grants to include AL Medicaid global waiver took least 18 months of seniority will OHIO—New federal Medicaid SOUTHEAST effect, the Providence Journal be laid off. grants will help cover the cost of Number of inspectors falls reported. The waiver allows the The contract at the McGuire expanding a state-run in-home KENTUCKY—A decrease in state to spend Medicaid money facilities also allows workers to care program to include those in the number of nursing home on home- and community-based “bump” less senior employees assisted living facilities, accord- inspectors could hurt residents, services, rather than only on and to be recalled within the ing to the Columbus Local News. according to Kentuckians for nursing home care, in exchange same nursing home. Other The state will receive roughly Nursing Home Reform, a con- for annual spending caps. The provisions include preferential $75 million in grants over the sumer advocacy group. influx of new home-care compa- hiring with seniority at other next year to help fund its PASS- The number of inspectors nies “has basically cannibalized facilities, no wage cuts or wage PORT program, which provides declined to 72 this spring from existing long-term care opera- givebacks, and the establishment in-home care for seniors in eight 90 in 2005, the Lexington tions in this state,” said one state of a corporate labor-manage- central-Ohio counties. Much of Herald-Leader newspaper representative during a recent ment committee charged with the money will go toward fund- reported. That has occurred bill debate, the Journal reports. improving relations between the ing a new waiver for those in even though the budget for Empower Your Facility Now for QIS Success We can help you: • Avoid ﬁnes from F-tags • Save costs related to correcting quality issues • Boost customer satisfaction by successfully meeting critical quality standards Wizard Pro33 has the same questions as the CMS survey, no separate training fee and you can be up and running on the tool in about 30 minutes. Call 866.825.67
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