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NAHC Report: Issue# 2466, 7/14/2014
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DOJ and HHS Call for Action to Address Abuse of Older Americans
New Jersey Launches MLTSS
For Your Information: Replay of the NAHC and HHNA Teleconference from July 11, 2014 Now Available Online
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DOJ and HHS Call for Action to Address Abuse of Older Americans

The Department of Justice (DoJ) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced a framework for tackling the highest priority challenges to elder abuse prevention and prosecution, and called on all Americans to take a stand against the serious societal problem of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. 

Research suggests that 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 60 has experienced elder abuse or neglect, and that people with dementia are at higher risk for abuse. Supported by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Elder Justice Roadmap was developed by harnessing the expertise of hundreds of public and private stakeholders from across the country and by gathering their input.

The goal of these expert summits was to identify the most critical priorities and concrete opportunities for greater public and private investment and engagement in elder abuse issues. The Elder Justice Roadmap, being published today, reflects the knowledge and perspectives of these experts in the field and will be considered by the Elder Justice Coordinating Council and others in developing their own strategic plans to prevent and combat elder abuse.

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New Jersey Launches MLTSS

On July 1, New Jersey launched its managed care long-term services and supports (MLTSS) program. Details of the transition are discussed below, as analyzed by NAHC’s affiliated National Council on Medicaid Home Care.


Two entry points. Enrollees can gain access to MLTSS either through one of five MCOs, or one of four PACE organizations through the state’s PACE program. For details, see pages 13-16, here. For a recent Council brief on PACE, click here.

Included waivers. MLTSS will encompass home and community based services previously available under waivers. These waivers include the AIDS Community Care Alternatives Program (ACCAP), Community Resources for People with Disabilities (CRPD), Global Options for Long-Term Care (GO), and the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) waivers. Enrollees in these waivers will automatically be enrolled in the MCOs.

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Replay of the NAHC and HHNA Teleconference from July 11, 2014 Now Available Online

NAHC and its affiliate Home Healthcare Nurses Association’s recent teleconference on the proposed changes to the face-to-face requirement is now available online.

The teleconference was presented by NAHC and HHNA and was hosted by a faculty of: Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC’s President; Elaine Stephens, HHNA’s Executive Vice President; Jeff Kincheloe, NAHC’s Vice President for Government Affairs; Bill Dombi, NAHC’s Vice President for Law; and Mary Carr, NAHC’s Vice President for Regulatory Affairs.

To access the full teleconference, please click here.

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