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Aging Network News

Week of January 31, 2016
New CMS Rule Requires Pre-authorization for Durable Medical Equipment & Supplies (The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services - CMS)


Starting February 29, Medicare beneficiaries will need prior authorization for some durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS). CMS released the new rule to help prevent fraud, while ensuring access to medically necessary equipment and supplies. The new rule covers 135 DMEPOS items that were identified as being frequently subject to unnecessary utilization, and that have an average purchase cost of $1,000-plus or an average rental fee of $100-plus. Physician documentation to meet authorization requirements for DMEPOS will not change but will be needed earlier in the process to get needed items, such as motorized wheelchairs and certain prostheses. According to CMS, Medicare or its review contractor will make a reasonable effort to render an initial prior authorization determination within 10 business days and will make a reasonable effort to render a resubmission prior authorization determination within 20 business days.  Advocates have expressed concern that the final rule may delay access for needed DMEPOS items compromising consumers’ health or well-being, and it doesn't provide beneficiaries a way to access a high appeal level if an item is denied. It is critical that the initial documentation be complete and accurate to avoid any denials.  For more information, Click Here>>

Friday, February 05, 2016

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"Many scientists have come to believe that while we sleep the space between our neurons expands, allowing a cranial sewage network—the glymphatic system—to flush the brain of waste products that might otherwise not only prevent memory formation but muck up our mental machinery and perhaps eventually lead to Alzheimer’s. Failing to get enough sleep is like throwing a party and then firing the cleanup crew."

Patricia Marx, from "In Search of Forty Winks: Gizmos for a Good Night's Sleep" (The New Yorker, Feb. 8 & 15, 2016).

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Aging Network News

Funding Opportunity: Inclusive Transportation Planning Grants(Administration for Community Living - ACL)


The Community Transportation Association of America seeks to empower people with disabilities and older adults to be actively involved in designing and implementing coordinated transportation systems. To support this effort, funding has been made available for community-based demonstration models to facilitate the adoption of sustainable, scalable and replicable transportation systems. The intention is to develop inclusionary processes and plans, so that identifiable and measurable changes in the transportation system can be made that respond to the needs and preferences of consumers. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., eastern time on Friday, March 18. For more information, go to www.transitplanning4all.org.

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength."

Betty Friedan, feminist and writer, was born on February 4, 1921 in Peoria, Illinois. She died in 2006, on her 85th birthday.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Aging Network News

Free Senior Nutrition Education Materials for Health Educators(National Council on Aging - NCOA & American Heart Assn.)


"Next Steps to a Better Nutrition Program" has been developed to teach older adults how to afford, purchase and cook more nutritious foods.  A series of six hour-long training modules can be used to deliver nutrition education in senior centers and other community organizations. The content was developed to teach older adults about the relationship between nutrition and chronic disease, and provide them with concrete action steps to improve their diet and heart health. Topics include stretching a budget to afford healthy food, making healthy food choices, and adapting comfort foods for health. These educational materials, which each include a PowerPoint presentation, facilitator script, video and handouts in English and Spanish, are free to download. For more information and to access the materials, Click Here>>

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"Everything can change at any moment, suddenly and forever."

Paul Auster, novelist, was born in Newark, New Jersey on February 3, 1947.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Aging Network News

Seniors Invited to ‘Engage Your Body & Brain’ at PCA’s Education Day March 3(Philadelphia Corporation for Aging – PCA)


Older adults can go back to school without grades or homework at PCA’s Education Day on Thursday, March 3 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Temple University, 1515 Market St. Eight informative sessions on topics that are of interest to older adults will be presented. Topics include de-cluttering strategies, electronic gadgets, fall prevention, brain exercises, comfort food substitutions, tai chi, acting and Buddhism as a spiritual path. Admission is just $3, which includes three 50-minute sessions of your choice and a healthy snack. Advance registration is required by February 18. To register, e-mail events@pcaphl.org or call 215-765-9000, ext. 5055. For the schedule and registration form, Click Here>> This event is presented by PCA in collaboration with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Temple University and is sponsored by Always Best Care Senior Services, Health Partners Plans, JEVS at Home and Open Systems Healthcare.

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

There were towns
that knew about the flu before
it arrived; they had time to imagine the germs
on a stranger’s skirts, to see how death
could be sealed in an envelope,
how a fever could bloom in the evening,
and take a life overnight.

Faith Shearin, from her poem, "Quarantine, 1918." See the entire poem in the February 1, 2016 entry for The Writer's Almanac.

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Monday, February 01, 2016

Aging Network News

CDC Releases Critical Data to Aid in Elder Abuse Fight(U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC)


The field of elder justice has long struggled with the challenge of comparing data from different jurisdictions or sources, each of which uses their own definition of "abuse" or "neglect." To help with establishing consistent definitions and data elements, the CDC has released its much-anticipated report, "Elder Abuse Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Core Data Elements." The normalization of terms will help health and aging networks to better understand, and more effectively combat, elder abuse. CDC worked with a wide range of stakeholders, including the Administration for Community Living (ACL, to develop these recommendations, which are consistent with ACL's National Adult Maltreatment Reporting System (NAMRS) initiative. The report can be accessed or downloaded for free online, Here>>  |  For more information about ACL's NAMRS, Click Here>>

Top Headlines

Quote of the Day

"Through my grandmother's stories always life moved, moved heroically toward an end. Nobody ever cried in my grandmother's stories. They worked, or schemed, or fought. But no crying. When my grandmother died, I didn't cry, either. Something about my grandmother's stories (without her ever having said so) taught me the uselessness of crying about anything."

Langston Hughes, poet, was born in Joplin, Missouri on February 1, 1902 (Writer's Almanac).

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PCA Public Hearing on Proposed Budget, 2015-2016 - Feb. 10, 10 am at PCA, 642 N. Broad St., Phila. To register to testify at the hearing, call 215-765-9000, ext. 5075 by Feb. 8. Written comments may be submitted by e-mail to lring@pcaphl.org. More>>

Justice in Aging Webinar: Recognizing and Remedying Elder Financial Abuse in Medicaid Denials - Feb. 16, 2 - 3:30 pm ET. Register>>

Emergency Fund Coalition Seeks Nominations for 2016 Community Service Awards - Nomination Deadline Extended to February 16  More>>

Seniors Decide 2016: NCOA Toolkit - Seniors Decide 2016 Forum on Feb. 17. More>>

The Union Benevolent Association's Winter/Spring 2016 Grant Cycle is now open.! Seniors and people with disabilities is a priority area. Proposals due Mar.1 by 5 pm. Contact Angela Jubinville at info@uba1831.org with any questions. More>>

Job Opening in Aging Network: Center Director @ Good Neighbor Senior Center in Darby Twp. For info, e-mail aweisfeld@scs-delco.org.

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