NASUAD Publications

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Factors affecting participant engagement in the design and implementation of public programs This research issue brief summarizes the results of an in-depth research study on participant engagement in the design and improvement of Cash & Counseling programs. It is intended to provide policymakers, program funders, advocates, and program participants with insights into the challenges faced and subsequent outcomes when developing and sustaining meaningful participant engagement practices. This issue brief aims to provide concrete recommendations based on the research conducted.
\HCBS Conference 2012 – Archived Sessions Access the videos of the plenary sessions and PowerPoint presentations from this national conference held in Arlington, VA, September 10-13. The conference sponsored by NASUAD featured innovative national, federal, state and local delivery and policy developments vital for ensuring that Americans of all ages and abilities receive the highest quality community living supports, care, and services.
Elder Rights Programs Title VII brings together the advocacy programs of the Older Americans Act (OAA) and authorizes development of a system of services, programs and personnel designed to help older persons understand their rights, exercise choice through informed decision-making and benefit from the support and opportunities promised by law. This webpage provides a list of resources and links that will help develop and write State Plans based on Title VII of the OAA.
Older Americans Act Citations related to Health Care Systems Coordination This document provides citations from the Older Americans Act that are supportive of, and outline opportunities for coordination efforts between State/Area Agencies on Aging and State/local health care systems.
ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES in 2012: INCREASINGLY VULNERABLE This report provides a snapshot of the APS program during a period of transition and change. Key elements driving the change include the economic environment, the continuation of states reorganization, and the federal budget impasse and decision of whether or not to fund the Elder Justice Act. NASUAD and NAPSA will continue to collect data from the states and localities to provide updates on this evolution.
Nursing Home Reimbursement Changes This letter provides State Directors of State Units on Aging (SUAs) with information regarding the CMS decision to reduce Medicare skilled nursing facility (SNF) payments by 11.1% for FY 2012 (a reduction of $3.87 billion). The decision is supposed to create more efficiency in the Prospective Payment System (PPS). The memo describes the implications of such a decision coupled with frozen or reduced Medicaid payments to SNFs and Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs).
Older Americans Act Reauthorization Listening Sessions NASUAD organized members of the Aging Network at listening forums in 3 cities for the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. The sessions fostered public input, which NASUAD used to form recommendations for improvement according to its policy principles. The letter outlining these is addressed to Assistant Secretary of Aging, Kathy Greenlee. Some recommendations are to advance the network with more funding and to modernize the language of the Act to reflect person-centered objectives.
Administration on Aging Older Americans Act Reauthorization The AoA reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 2011 was preceded by a series of listening sessions and online input forums representing thousands of consumers of OAA services. This document provides a summary of some of the common input received during this process. Some of the consistent views on OAA services were broad while others were more specific, e.g. expanding Long-Term Care Ombudsman (LTCO) services to all nursing home residents regardless of age.
Ombudsman Program Coordination with Aging and Disability Resource Centers Collaboration between Long-Term Care Ombudsmen and Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) is beneficial in making informed long-term care choices. ADRCs are a vital bank of information for people considering home and community-based services in lieu of institutional settings. This report presents findings from a survey of states’ Ombudsman programs on what types of collaboration exist; some work with ADRCs by making referrals, conducting training, and/or exchanging information.
\Charting the Ombudsman Program’s Role in a Modernized Long-Term Care System This report is the product of a dialogue concerning the role of the Ombudsman program as representation for residents of long-term care facilities in a system that is moving towards home and community-based long-term care. The report follows three key areas in which Ombudsmen can play a role—HCBS, diversion from nursing homes, and transition from institutional care—and considered the program’s resources, federal limitations, and conflicts of interest.