This legislative session Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) has reintroduced a bill proposing an expansion of California's MediCal Assisted Living Waiver Program.

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Tis the season of Medicare Open Enrollment.  Between 15 October and 7 December of this year you can change your Medicare health or prescription drug plan for 2019. Any change to your Medicare plan will become effective 1 January 2019.  Among many reasons why you might want to research new plans is a change in your health status, to find a lower priced plan, or because you want to stay at home rather than moving into assisted living.

CARR has long advocated for individuals or families to consider all options before moving yourself or a family member into assisted living.  Lower-cost alternatives (in-home supportive services, housekeeping, delivered meals, adult day care, or home health services) offer you more control of your lifestyle and living environment, and can keep you in your community, among friends and social activities, longer. If you are looking for lower-cost alternatives to assisted living, or are wanting to delay relocating to an assisted living environment, it might be time for you to consider your options during this Medicare Open Enrollment period. 

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Power of Attorney: Can a Licensee accept appointment for a resident?

Answer:

Title 22, §87217(d)(1)-(4)

"No Licensee or employee shall*:

(1) accept appointment as a guardian or conservator of the person and/or estate of any resident,

(2) accept any general or special power of attorney for any resident,

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Appropriately Skilled Professional

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According to Title 22 a skilled professional (aka a licensed professional (Title 22 §87101(l)(2), or medical professional (Title 22, §87101(m)(1)) refers to a person licensed in California to provide medical care or therapy, or to perform necessary medical procedures, each acting within their individual scope of practice. This includes:

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Violation: Type C

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The Self-Assessment Guide, "Facility Evaluation Process" "Technical Support Program" (TSP 9/02) describes a Type C violation as one that does "not present an immediate or potential threat to the health, safety or personal rights of clients/residents in care and where the Licensee has maintained substantial compliance with

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Hospice Waiver: Authorization for

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To retain a terminally ill resident, and permit her to receive care from a hospice agency, an RCFE must obtain a hospice waiver from Community Care Licensing (CCLD).

A hospice waiver, according to Title 22 (§87632), allows for variance with regard to a specific regulation based on a facility-wide need or circumstance which is not typically tied to a specific resident and which would otherwise not be allowed in an RCFE setting. 

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Exceptions

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Title 22, §87101(e)(6) "exception" ". .

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Legislation & Reform / Commentary on bills
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Feb 11, 2019

This legislative session Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) has reintroduced a bill proposing an expansion of California's MediCal Assisted Living Waiver Program.

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