Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Federal Regs for AL? Not So Fast

Last week’s edition of McKnight’s Long Term Care News featured a blog post that encouraged the assisted living community to prepare for federal regulation, instead of trying to prevent it. In a strongly worded post, McKnight’s encouraged the assisted living community to embrace federal regulations, since 20 percent of assisted living residents receive Medicaid benefits.
David Kyllo

NCAL Executive Director David Kyllo responded to that post, pointing out that a robust model of regulation for assisted living is already in place, at the state level.

Says Kyllo:

In the eyes of most seniors, the assisted living concept—and its emphasis on providing the maximum level of choice in lifestyle and daily living activities—is doing just fine. Seniors strive to avoid more restrictive, institutionalized settings. State governments, as shown in our just published “2012 State Regulatory Review,” continually add to or refine oversight of assisted living centers. States offer a far more dynamic government regulation structure than the federal government could ever deliver. For example: in 2011, 16 states made statutory, regulatory, or policy changes impacting assisted living/residential care communities.  At least four of these made major changes.

Agreeing with the McKnight’s post that “federal rules can muck things up,” Kyllo pointed out that assisted living was created by consumers to meet their needs, not the federal government.

As more states make policy changes impacting assisted living communities, NCAL will continue to support their work and remind the public that a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach simply doesn’t work in today’s world of person-centered care.


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