News & Updates
We are committed to keeping you up to date with news, updates and information that will help you and your organization thrive.  
Meeting the Future Housing Needs of Seniors

The population of seniors in the United States is expected to grow, as is the number of seniors who have a chronic disease or functional limitation. 

By employing strategies such as improving the accessibility of the housing stock, partnering with health service providers to link health care and housing, and matching services and amenities to resident needs, local governments and housing providers can help these seniors meet their needs and age outside of an institutional setting.

Read the full PD&R Edge article by clicking here.
Telephone and Internet Scams: Help Protect Older Adults

Financial fraud targeting older people is a growing epidemic that costs them an estimated $2.9 billion annually, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). This estimate is likely low as older people often do not report fraud because they are too ashamed to admit they have been scammed, may not even know that they are victims, or do not know how to report it.
Aging services providers can help their residents and clients avoid being scammed by making them aware of the kinds of scams typically aimed at older people and preventive steps that can be taken.  

LeadingAge developed guidance to assist you in reaching out to those you serve.  This will help you
 answer the following questions:
  • What are the most popular scams targeting older adults?
  • Are there some practical tips to help older adults avoid scams?
  • Who can I call to report scams?
If you or someone you know are the victim of a scam or fraud attempt, please call the US Senate Aging Committee's Fraud Hotline at 1-855-303-9470.
U.S. Senate Passes FY 2019 Housing Appropriations Bill

On August 1, 2018, the U.S. Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2019 Transportation Housing and Urban Development (T-HUD) appropriations bill.  This appropriations bill funds important HUD programs such as Housing Choice Vouchers, Project-Based Rental Assistance, and Public Housing, among many others. 

The Senate bill provides enough funding for new construction under Section 202 Housing for the Elderly ($678 million), and renews all contracts for Section 811 Housing for Persons with Disabilities ($154 million).
AWQP - Appeal Request and Quality Performance Plan Webinar

On July 31 and August 2, 2018, the Any Willing Qualified Provider (AWQP) webinar presented an overview of the appeal request and the quality performance plan report.  The AWQP is a Department of Human Services (DHS) nursing home quality improvement initiative implemented under Managed Long Term Services and Supports.  

For those who were not able to attend the live webinar, download a copy of the slide deck. 
Medical Assistance Advisory Council (MAAC) 
July 18, 2018 
Meeting Summary

NJ FamilyCare

Currently, the NJ FamilyCare (NJFC) program covers approximately 19% of New Jersey's population, with approximately 1,775,445 citizens enrolled in the program, a 2,239 increase in enrollment since June 2017.
For Fiscal Year 2019, NJFC has established initiatives and goals aimed at increasing the state's Medicaid and low-income population's access to long-acting reversible contraceptives, family planning services, and Hepatitis-C treatment. Additionally, NJFC is seeking to expand access to diabetes education and improving access to autism systems for their participants. 
Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS)

As of April 2018, the MLTSS program has enrolled 55,331 people under the Long-Term Care Recipients designation. The Division of Aging Services (DoAS) continues to reinforce their desire to transition treatment services to home and community settings and reported that 49.4% of all enrollees are receiving managed long-term services under Home and Community Based (HCBS) waivers.  Additionally , DoAS noted the Fee-for-Service population has declined since July 2014 with the total enrollment now at 10,965 individuals. 
Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Broker Overview
LogistiCare provides  non-emergency medical transportation broker (NEMT) services for New Jersey's Medicaid-eligible individuals.  Earlier this year, LogistiCare's contract was renewed with new provisions to ensure they provide a high-level of service. 

The Department of Human Services' Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS) noted that they have examined and developed performance standards that have been inserted into LogistiCare's new contract, which include vehicle availability and safety, provider reimbursements, and rides unfulfilled.  DMAHS also  detailed that LogistiCare provides over 500,000 rides per month with virtually no validated complaints. 

Click here to download the presentation materials from the July 18th MAAC meeting.

Federal law and State statute provides for the establishment of the Medical Assistance Advisory Council (MAAC). The MAAC's primary objective is to advise the DHS' Director of the Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services in matters of medical care and health services, for those whom the program is designed to serve, and to foster communication with the public. 
CMS Final Payment Rules for SNFs and IRFs

On July 31, 2018, CMS finalized 2019 Medicare payment rules for the  Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) PPS and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) PPS.  Individually and collectively, the final rules put patients over paperwork, ease provider burden, and make significant strides in modernizing Medicare. 

The SNF PPS final rule incorporates the agency's Patients Over Paperwork initiative through avenues that reduce unnecessary burden on providers by easing documentation requirements and offering more flexibility. The rule establishes an innovative new classification system, the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), which ties skilled nursing facility payments to patients' conditions and care needs rather than volume of services provided. The move to this model is expected to also save providers an estimated $2 billion over the next decade.

The IRF PPS  final rule finalize policies that ensure the measures those providers must report are patient-centered and outcome-driven rather than process-oriented. Where applicable, these changes will allow providers to work with a smaller set of more meaningful healthcare measures and spend more time on patient care.

Click here  for a fact sheet on the FY 2019 SNF PPS Final Rule

Click here for a fact sheet on the FY 2019 IRF PPS Final Rule
Disaster and Emergency Planning for the 3 R's
Readiness, Response, Recovery

August 21, 2018
10:00 am - Noon

LeadingAge New Jersey has collaborated with FEMA to present an important webinar for Housing Professionals on frontline preparation and disaster planning.  Devin Kerins, a trained FEMA Preparedness Officer and expert, will provide an overview that will focus on:
  • Active Shooter Preparation
  • Fire/Flood/Hazardous Weather Planning
  • Emergency Planning for any additional disasters FEMA feels discussion and preparation are warranted
There is NO cost to participate in the webinar!

The registration form is available by  clicking here - please note that registration is required and necessary. 

All registrations must be received no later than August 15th. 
Registration information will soon be available.  Stay tuned!
Policy & Advocacy
We are your voice, advocating for you collectively and individually.  Our goal is to ensure that our members' best interests are advanced at all levels of government.  
Recently Introduced Legislation

S-2887  (Madden) Requires landlord to provide written explanation for rent increase on tenant of senior citizen housing project.
Assembly Schedule for September through December 2018

September 13 
Group A 10:00 a.m. / Group B 2:00 p.m.
September 17
Group C 10:00 a.m. / Group D 2:00 p.m.
September 27 
Voting Session

October 15
Group A 10:00 a.m. / Group B 2:00 p.m.
October 18 
Group C 10:00 a.m. / Group D 2:00 p.m.
October 22
Committees at the Call of the Speaker
October 29
Voting Session

November 26 
Committees at the Call of the Speaker

December 3
Group A 10:00 a.m. / Group B 2:00 p.m.
December 6 
Group C 10:00 a.m. / Group D 2:00 p.m.
December 10
Committees at the Call of the Speaker 
December 17 
Voting Session
Group A Committees 
- Consumer Affairs       
- Financial Institutions and Insurance
- Health and Senior Services
- Higher Education
- Telecommunications and Utilities       
- Touring, Gaming, and the Arts    

Group B Committees
- Appropriations
- Commerce and Economic Development
- Housing and Community Development
- Law and Public Safety
- Oversight, Reform, and Federal Relations
- Regulated Professions

Group C Committees
- Education
- Judiciary
- Labor         
- Military and Veterans' Affairs
- Transportation and Independent Authorities
- Women and Children

Group D Committees
- Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Budget
- Environment and Solid Waste
- Homeland Security and State Preparedness
- Human Services
- Science, Innovation, and Technology
- State and Local Government