March 29, 2013 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
The White House has appointed the remaining three members of the congressional Commission on Long-Term Care (LTC), which was formed as part of the same legislation that repealed the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, reports a March 13, 2013, Forbesarticle. These appointments bring the 15-member panel to 9 Democratic and 6 Republican appointments (the President, the Senate majority and minority leaders, the Speaker of the House, and the House minority leader each appointed 3 members); the article provides brief information on each member. According to the article, the commission’s purpose is to “propose solutions to a broad range of long-term care issues, including delivery, finance, and workforce matters”—within six months. In other federal news, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a final rule in the March 19, 2013, Federal Register, requiring administrators of long-term care facilities that are closing to provide written notice of closure, including a plan for relocating residents to specific parties, at least 60 days in advance.