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Alzheimer’s Association: National State Assessment on Dementia Policies – Response on Nursing Facility Care

Download the DignityMA Response on Nursing Facility Care (pdf) to the Alzheimer’s Association National State Assessment on Dementia Policies, as submitted 9/30/22 The Alzheimer’s Association is assessing dementia policies nationally and DignityMA provided the attached report. The following questions are answered by Dignity Alliance MA in the response document. Are quality care indicators used in […]

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Consolidation of senior care homes is uprooting hundreds across Massachusetts

Article by Robert Weisman, Globe Staff, October 9, 2022 Dignity Alliance MA member, Paul Lanzikos, is quoted in the article. Hundreds of older folks, many with disabilities, are being uprooted from long-term care homes across Massachusetts this fall in the wake of a brutal pandemic that claimed the lives of nearly 6,900 senior care residents […]

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I-Team: Advocates say nursing home crisis could be looming

Report by Cheryl Fiandaca of the CBS Boston I-Team, September 15, 2022 Dignity Alliance MA members, Arlene Germain and Paul Lanzikos, are interviewed in this report. Watch the CBS I-Team video on Advocates say nursing home crisis could be looming.

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Masking in Facilities

‘A hostile act’: CDC eases masking rules for hospitals and nursing homes, but they won’t apply to Mass. yet The revised guidelines immediately sparked controversy among public health experts. By Felice J. Freyer Globe Staff,Updated September 27, 2022, 8:56 a.m. (FYI: Dignity MA founder, Paul Lanzikos, is quoted below.) New national guidelines released late Friday […]

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DignityMA Supports Minimum Staffing Standard

6/10/22 DignityMA response to CMS Request for Information (RFI) to support National Minimum Staffing Standard. Inadequate staffing is the primary driver of poor health outcomes in nursing homes, and CMS has promised to propose a minimum staffing standard within one year.  The RFI follows the Biden Administration’s February 28, 2022 proposal of significant nursing home […]

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The Legislature’s Missed Opportunity – Failure to Reform Nursing Homes in Massachusetts

August 4, 2022 Op-Ed in CommonWealth Magazine by Senator Richard Moore Download Senator Moore’s Op-Ed on Failure to Reform (docx) Much has been written about the legalization of Sports Betting in the Commonwealth.  The introduction of this much-debated and formerly illegal past-time is a tribute to the power of the gambling industry in Massachusetts! With […]

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National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality

A major, comprehensive report on nursing home care was released on April 6, 2022, by the Committee on the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes under the jurisdiction of the National Academies of Sciences (NASEM), Engineering, and Medicine, The National Imperative to Improve Nursing Home Quality: Honoring Our Commitment to Residents, Families, and Staff. With […]

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Advocate for Nursing Home Reform

Please contact Senator Pat Jehlen (Patricia.Jehlen@masenate.gov, (617) 722-1578) and Representative Tom Stanley (Thomas.Stanley@mahouse.gov, (617) 722-2810) of the Committee on Elder Affairs to urge favorable action on S414 and other bills that would improve the quality of nursing homes. It is possible that some of these bills may be incorporated into a larger Nursing Home Reform […]

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DignityMA Media Re: White House Proposal

DignityMA members have been busy being published in newspapers across the state, explaining our support for the White House’s Proposed Nursing Home Reforms. Paul Lanzikos in the Gloucester Daily Times and the Salem News Arlene Germain in the Greenfield Recorder. Previous Previous Our view: Doing the right thing We have to all be in this […]

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Action Agenda from Consumer Voice

From the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care March Forth Together On February 28, 2022, the Biden Administration announced it would be implementing new nursing home reforms including the creation of a minimum staffing standard in nursing homes, accountability for poor performing nursing homes, increased transparency around ownership and finances, and support for direct […]