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April 2014
Aging Together NY  

Connect. Collaborate. Advocate.


Aging Together NY is a monthly newsletter dedicated to sharing news and analysis on aging issues and community-based care locally, in New York State and around the nation.

Featured in this month's edition: BIP (aka the Balancing Incentive Plan), an app for your dying wishes and a way for seniors to prove their identities.

Best regards,

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     Michael Romano, President
Laura Cameron, Executive Director

Trending Topics 

The BIP Work Plan - What it Means for NY Connects
Aging-NY (4/25/2014)  

The Association on Aging in NY released a summary of the state's Balancing Incentive Plan (BIP) Work Plan, especially as it relates to NY Connects, New York's no wrong door/single point of entry for long term care. Aging-NY recently hosted a webinar for members on BIP. Read more.  

ACUU and the Aging Network  
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Early Bird Gets the Discount
Click here to get the early bird rate for the Aging Concerns Unite Us (ACUU) Conference in June.  

NYSARC Joins ACUU as Diamond Sponsor  

Aging-NY (4/28/2014) 

What helps build the capacity of New York's statewide systems for long term care and  promotes excellent home and community based services for New Yorkers with disabilities who wish to remain in their homes as they age? Click here for the answer.  

Aging in New York

Reducing Avoidable Hospital Use through Delivery System Reform
DOH (4/2014)
New York has finalized terms and conditions with the federal government for an $8 billion waiver that will allow the state to reinvest savings generated by Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) reforms. The waiver's Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program will promote community-level collaborations and focus on system reform. Click here for more information.

Quality of Managed Long-Term Care Plans Gets Closer Look
NYS Department of Health (April 2014)
Medicaid and Medicare recipients who require 120-plus days per year of community based, long-term services are required to enroll in Managed Long Term Care. Click here for a report describing 38 of New York's certified MLTC plans and their quality of care.

United Hospital Funds Report on Medicaid Reforms
Medicaid Institute at United (March 2014)
The shift of Medicaid home- and community-based long-term care services(HCBS) from fee-for-service (FFS) in 2010 to a predominantly managed care model in 2013 has been documented in a new report. Read brief.

In a second report, the Medicaid Institute at United Hospital Fund provides an overview of New York State's mandatory MLTC enrollment policy, including the implementation schedule and beneficiaries' plan options. Read brief.

100,000 Direct Care Workers Receive Pay Raise
The Associated Press (4/14/2014)
New York's new budget will increase pay 2 percent for about 100,000 residential and developmental aides and food service workers at nonprofits funded by six state agencies that serve developmentally disabled, mentally ill, addicted, elderly and juvenile clients. Read more.

Gov. Cuomo Places Blame for DOH Chief's Departure
Newsday (4/10/2014)
What did Gov. Cuomo blame for the health commissioner's resignation from the NYS Department of Health? Click here
to find out.

Aging in the Community  
Director Profiles

Albany County Appoints George Brown Commissioner of the Department for Aging   

Aging-NY (4/15/2014)

George Brown, new Commissioner of the Albany County Department for Aging, understands the value of nursing homes, but he also knows what his job is: to keep Albany County's seniors out of nursing homes by providing the highest quality supportive services. Read more.

Allegany Director Madeleine Gasdik's Human Services Roots are in Tehran, Iran
Aging-NY (4/15/2014)
Madeleine Gasdik lives and works in rural Allegany County where she is the Director of the Allegany County Office for the Aging, but her passion for human services probably comes from her days growing up outside the United States - in Vietnam and Iran. Read more.

More Community News

Seniors Join the Push for an Easy Way to Prove Identity

Daily News (4/21/2014)

What do seniors need in order to access health care services, pick up grandchildren at school, open a bank account, secure a lease, get a library card and benefit from other city services? Click here to find out.

Sharing the Lessons of Another County

The Buffalo News Letter to the Editor (4/2/2014)

Erie County low-income senior housing manager supported efforts to stop providing seniors with transportation to casinos with good reason. What was it? Read more.

Aging: It's Not a Disease; It's a Process

Daily Freeman (4/18/2014)

Oftentimes there is just one thing that keeps elderly folks from being able to stay in their own home. Read more. 
Aging in the Nation     

Put Your Dying Wishes in an App
NY Times (4/24/2014)
Why do emergency room staff get so frustrated when they find out someone has a designated health care proxy? Read more.

Mortgage Reversal May Mean Reversal of Fortune for Some
NY Times (4/10/2014)
Why do elder law and reverse mortgage experts frequently encounter resistance from children of older adults looking to apply for a reverse mortgage? Read more.

Sliver of Medicare Doctors Get Big Share of Payouts
NY Times (4/10/2014)
Medicare payments to individual doctors have long been shrouded in secrecy, but a change in "shrouding"  laws reveal that much of Medicare spending is concentrated among a small fraction of doctors. Read more.

Field Resources     

Members Only    

Reblancing Long Term Care Through BIP  
In order to keep Association on Aging in NY members up-to-date on the Balancing Incentive Plan (BIP) Program, Aging-NY produced a page on the Members Only section of the website devoted exclusively to BIP. Click here to find out everything you always wanted to know about BIP but were afraid to ask.

Save the Date for Leadership Institute
The Association on Aging in NY has scheduled the fall Leadership Institute for Members Only, which takes place Oct. 21 - 23, 2014 at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel click here in Watkins Glen, NY. Click here for more information.  
If you need assistance signing on to the Members Only page, contact Karen Thornton or Alyssa Petronio, or give our office a call 518-449-7080. 
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Trending Topics
Aging in New York
Aging in the Community
Aging in the Nation
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