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Facilities News Perspective

Perspective of a Nursing Home Resident – Penny Shaw

Penny Shaw is a Dignity Alliance Massachusetts participant.  She has lived in a nursing home in Massachusetts for about two decades and is a renowned advocate for residents in long-term care. Penny was a policy advisor to CMS and was part of the White House’s Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes. What […]

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Facilities News Spotlight

2024-02-20 Spotlight: Owner Incentives and Performance in Healthcare: Private Equity Investment in Nursing Homes

National Bureau of Economic ResearchBy  Atul Gupta, Sabrina T. Howell, Constantine Yannelis & Abhinav GuptaFebruary 2021, revised August 2023 Owner Incentives and Performance in Healthcare: Private Equity Investment in Nursing Homes Summary:Amid an aging population and a growing role for private equity (PE) in elder care, this paper studies how PE ownership affects U.S. nursing […]

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Facilities News Spotlight

2024-02-06 Spotlight: Harmful Findings at Bear Mountain Nursing Facility

DLC Report Finds Harmful Lack of Proper Care for Patients at Bear Mountain Nursing Facility in Worcester Disability Law Center, January 31, 2024 Understaffing, overmedicating, and isolating practices plague facility’s long-term patients; Weak state standards; lackluster enforcement contribute to woeful conditions The Disability Law Center, Inc. (DLC), the Commonwealth’s Protection and Advocacy system, today released […]

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Facilities News Spotlight

2024-01-30 Spotlight: Fernald School: Waltham is letting a historic property fall apart

*Boston Globe, January 29, 2024By The Editorial Board The city bought the 190-acre property in part using money from the state and promised to preserve the site. But it has let the buildings fall into disrepair. The shameful state of records left behind at the shuttered Walter E. Fernald School is a big scandal and […]

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Facilities Overview

Private Equity

The toxic effects that Private Equity investments have had on healthcare, caregiving, durable medical equipment and nursing homes is a hot topic at DignityMA. We have compiled several opinions and resources on this issue. Two books on the subject (Not vetted by DignityMA) Health Care Boston Globe January 24: Health care: The problem with private […]

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Awards

2022 State Legislative Awards

On June 15, 2022, Dignity Alliance MA presented awards to state legislators who have demonstrated exceptional work on long term services and supports. Outstanding Dignity Legislators 2021-2022 Senator Patricia Jehlen Senator Patricia Jehlen is, without doubt, the “GO TO” senator on all issues concerning nursing home transformative reform and elder issues, and has been throughout […]

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Awards News Spotlight

2024-01-25 Spotlight: Neal Honored by DignityMA

Neal is a former chair, and current ranking member, of the US House Committee on Ways and Means which deals with Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and other issues affecting older adults and people with disabilities. “Ranking Member Neal has been a strong champion for nursing home residents and individuals needing long-term care and services.  He […]

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Advocacy Housing News Testimony

DignityMA Supports The Affordable Homes Act

Testimony by DignityMA members Listen to Brianna Zimmerman (STAVROS) at approximately 7 hours 15 minutes, and Sandy Novak at 9 hours and 39 minutes. View 10+ hours of testimony. DignityMA written TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF H. 4138 Dignity Alliance Massachusetts applauds the Healey-Driscoll Administration for their leadership in addressing the issue of housing as proposed […]

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Advocacy Behavioral Health Facilities Home and Community Based News Spotlight

2024-01-18 Spotlight: Scrutinize private equity’s involvement in health care

*Boston Globe, January 17, 2024By The Editorial Board Higher prices, worse outcomes don’t serve patients or providers. When Pamela Daly got new wheelchair brakes, they rattled and didn’t work. She complained to the manufacturer but after a month was still waiting for replacements. Daly, a disability rights advocate, was late to an event at the […]

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Home and Community Based Long Term Services and Support News Spotlight

2024-01-09 Spotlight: New Way to Care for Older People in Britain

In a British Town, a New Way of Caring for Older People Is Bringing Hope New York Times (free access)By Megan Specia, December 29, 2023 For 12 years after her husband died, Norma Fitzgerald tried to maintain her independence, living alone in an apartment on the outskirts of Hull, in northern England, despite her mobility […]