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The Greater Lowell Elder Mental Health Collaborative developed this elder mental health resource guide on a web site in order to provide information which is accessible and current.

The information in this guide is available to anyone (except the section on agencies and services about the Lowell area).

It is our hope that this guide will help you to make referrals or to obtain services more easily. It will not help you to make diagnoses or assessments for yourself or for others.

We encourage you to let us know if you have suggestions about information or what could be added to any section.


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Federal Health Care Law

Massachusetts
Public Policy
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  • Informed Consent The Mass legislature passed a statue about informed consent for psycho-tropic medications. It requires that anyone in a nursing or rest homewho receives a psycho-tropic medication should ...
    Posted Aug 13, 2014, 12:11 PM by Frank Baskin
  • UPDATE ON MEDICAL LEAVES Medical Leaves of 20 days per episode are allowed in Mass nursing homes as of 9/1/2014.This was increased from 10 days per episode ...CLICK TITLE FOR MORE ...
    Posted Jul 30, 2014, 11:34 AM by Frank Baskin
  • Massachusetts 2015 Budget The results for this budget are: Elder Mental Health - no funding;Bed Hold- Maintained and medical leave increased to 20 days per episode.Non-medical leave...CLICK TITLE FOR MORE ...
    Posted Jul 23, 2014, 7:06 AM by Frank Baskin
  • MASS 2015 BUDGET GOES TO GOVERNOR This budget increases days for  medical leave(20) and keeps the PNA in place. It also requires written consent for the use of psycho-tropic.meds.... CLICK TITLE FOR MORE ...
    Posted Jul 3, 2014, 12:36 PM by Frank Baskin
  • Mass House/Senate 2015 Budget Geriatric Mental Health was not funded in either House. The bed hold was funded in the Senate and the PNA in each House. Conference Committee will ...CLICK TITLE FOR MORE ...
    Posted Jun 23, 2014, 11:31 AM by Frank Baskin
  • Mass House Budget Geriatric mental health and the bed hold were not funded. The PNA had the correct language. The Senate is next and Senaor Pat Jehlen has agreed...CLICK TITLE FOR MORE ...
    Posted May 7, 2014, 8:00 AM by Frank Baskin
  • Mass House Budget Proposal The House Ways & Means Comm. budget  has no funds for geriatric mental health, no language for the bed hold, and problematic language for the nursing/rest ...CLICK TITLE FOR MORE ...
    Posted Apr 21, 2014, 1:38 PM by Frank Baskin
  • Gov's Budget and Geriatric Mental Health Governor Patrick submitted his 2015 Budget with no monies in it for Geriatric Mental Health. Many advocates are contacting the Mass House Ways & Means Committee to....CLICK TITLE FOR MORE ...
    Posted Mar 8, 2014, 1:37 PM by Frank Baskin
  • GERIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH HEARING This oversight hearing was held on 1/16. Numerous individuals spoke and and advocated for the availability of appropriate and accessible mental health services for elders....CLICK TITLE FOR MORE ...
    Posted Jan 22, 2014, 7:05 AM by Frank Baskin
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Federal  
Public Policy Issues

 

  • JIMMO STANDARD NOT BEING IMPLEMENTED There is some evidence that the Medicare established eligibility standards for skilled care are not being followed. These were effective as of January, 2014. Beneficaries......FOR MORE CLICK TITLE... no ...
    Posted Aug 29, 2014, 7:27 AM by Frank Baskin
  • NEW MEDICARE STANDARD FOR SKILLED CARE Medicare has established a new standard for community and nursing home skilled care. Maintaining current level of care or preventing deterioration are now standards along.....PLEASE CLICK TITLE FOR MORE ...
    Posted Dec 20, 2013, 6:31 AM by Frank Baskin
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    Posted Dec 5, 2013, 11:26 AM by Frank Baskin
  • Anti-Psychotic Medication Use/Misuse Misuse of Antipsychotic Drugs in Nursing Homes: Are We Making Any Progress? The recent settlement of criminal and civil charges against Johnson & Johnson for off label....FOR MORE CLICK TITLE ...
    Posted Nov 15, 2013, 7:26 AM by Frank Baskin
  • HEALTH CARE LAW MARKETPLACES Each state will set up market places where consumers can purchase health insurance as required by federal law. Below is a Q & A by Kaiser Health ...FOR MORE CLICK TITLE ...
    Posted Jul 31, 2013, 6:19 AM by Frank Baskin
  • Hospital Observation Status and CMS CMS Invites Public Comment on Observation Status As part of a notice of proposed rulemaking published in the Federal RegisAs part ter on March 18, 2013 CMS is ....FOR ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2013, 12:19 PM by Frank Baskin
  • President's 2014 Budget/Medicare and Social Security The President is proposing a budget which will impact Medicare and Social Security. Medicare A and B may be combined and Social Security would .be determined ..CLICK TITLE FOR MORE ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2013, 12:26 PM by Frank Baskin
  • CLASS ACT(LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE) The President and Congress dealt with the fiscal cliff on 1/1. In the process they took the CLASS act out of the budget and.the....FOR MORE CLICK TITLE ...
    Posted Jan 9, 2013, 8:26 AM by Frank Baskin
  • MEDICARE AND SKILLED CARE CMS(Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) has agreed to change its eligibility rules for those who need skilled nursing home and also in-home and ...CLICK TITLE FOR MORE ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2012, 6:17 AM by Frank Baskin
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