Few sectors are as vulnerable to Washington's fickle winds as long-term care.
With almost 15 years' experience in grassroots advocacy, working for causes from cancer to Alzheimer's prior to my current focus on aging services, has me convinced: Each and any one of us can have an impact without leaving our home turf.
Leading nonprofit providers and stakeholders are making final plans for their trips to Washington next week for the annual LeadingAge PEAK Leadership Summit.
Leaders of some of the most influential skilled nursing providers in the country will gather to discuss legislative and regulatory affairs and plot lobbying strategies Nov. 8-10 in Marana, AZ.
So much for the dog days of summer getting close. Long-term care advocates were already at full woof on Tuesday — and that's a good thing.
I find the show "So You Think You Can Dance" interesting. Wait, "interesting"? Maybe that's not strong enough of a word. I love to dance. I love to dance in a safe environment, and when I say safe, I mean I have an appropriate amount of liquid courage in order to have "Moves like Jagger."
LeadingAge members will begin gathering in the nation's capital Sunday for a four-day meeting that will focus on efforts to lobby their respective federal politicians. The PEAK Leadership Summit will take place at the Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, with dozens of provider trips to Capitol Hill lawmaker offices planned throughout. The PEAK conference will feature numerous educational sessions and workshops with continuing education credit available, as well as a vendor expo that will take place around lunch and dinner times on Monday.
It's funny, most of the time, Congress gets along about as well as the Hatfields and the McCoys. But if there is one thought that seems to unify our elected officials, it's this: Nursing homes and other providers must be receiving too many tax dollars.
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists will help providers and others celebrate the vital work of long-term care pharmacists all next week. Tuesday's theme is "Spread the Word," for educating others about consultant pharmacy. On Wednesday, pharmacists and providers are charged with sharing their success stories for improving senior care. Another highlight will be Friday when pharmacists are encouraged to thank all members of their healthcare teams.
Almost immediately after the 2006 schism that threatened to fully tear them fully apart, some stakeholders wanted to see the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care remain united with the American Health Care Association. Gradual Alliance attrition, combined with the effects of hard knocks from regulators and lawmakers, helped make it a reality this week.
You might not be old enough to remember the "Schoolhouse Rock" videos that aired between cartoons on Saturday mornings during the 1970s. One of my favorites was "I'm Just a Bill." Long-term care novices could learn a lot from it — to a point.
Last week, I heard one of the most insightful, no-baloney talks I've heard in a while from a long-term care official.
Congress returns to full action; focus turns back to therapy cap process, docs and State of the UnionJanuary 20, 2012
The U.S. Senate ends its recess Monday, six days after the House reconvened. That sets the stage for more intense lobbying over healthcare spending and other measures, including the Medicare Part B therapy caps exceptions process and how to fund Medicare doctors. Both were part of a two-month reprieve Congress approved shortly before Christmas. Long-term care providers and numerous other special interest groups will continue their blitz of lawmakers and their staff members in attempts to curry favor for what should be a much longer legislative solution this time. Also on tap: Watching intently Tuesday to see whether long-term care is mentioned in President Obama's State of the Union address.