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Testimony, Hearings and Court Decisions

U.S. Court of Appeals Recognizes Right to Justice for Violations of Nursing Home Resident Rights
In a landmark decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled on June 30, 2009 in Grammar v. John J. Kane Regional Centers that nursing home residents and their representatives have a right to sue for violations of the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law. The Reform Law sets forth standards of care and rights for residents, such as the right to receive sufficient care to achieve one's highest practicable physical and psycho-social well being. Click here to download a pdf. version of the decision.

Aging Committee Hearing "Person-Centered Care: Reforming Services Bringing Older Citizens Back to the Heart of Society" July 23, 2008
Featuring testimony by Dr. William Thomas, MD and Robert Jenkens, Director, Green House Project, NCB Capital.

Congressional Testimony, May 15, 2008
Mary Jane Koren, M.D., M.P.H., of The Commonwealth Fund leads the Picker/Commonwealth Program on Quality of Care for Frail Elders. She is also chair of the Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes campaign Steering Committee for 2008. Invited Congressional testimony, Moving to a Higher Level: How Collaboration and Cooperation Can Improve Nursing Home Quality, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, "In the Hands of Strangers: Are Nursing Homes Safeguards Working?," from May 15, 2008.

Alliance for Health Reform Briefing, October 19, 2007
Bonnie Kantor, Executive Director of Pioneer Network, served on the panel for "Changing the Culture and Improving Quality: Innovations in Long-Term Care."
National Commission for Quality Long-Term Care Hearing, July 22, 2005
Co -Chairs Bob Kerrey and Newt Gingrich listened to invited testimony from leaders in the field of long-term care including Rose Marie Fagan of Pioneer Network.


The State Investment in Culture Change Toolkit
Created by the Institute for the Future of Aging Services, the research arm of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, aims to help states play an active role in getting nursing homes to initiate or expand culture change efforts. This Commonwealth Fund–supported publication examines how government agencies and key organizations in seven states supported and promoted culture change activities; other states can build on these models to promote culture change in their own nursing homes.

A National Alzheimer's Strategic Plan
The Report of the Alzheimer's Study Group

Long-Term Care: Options in an Era of Health Reform
Alliance for Health Reform authored by Joshua M. Wiener, Ph.D., March 9, 2009

Public Policy and Aging Report
National Academy on an Aging Society

Health, United States, 2007 with Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics

Out of Order Out of Time The State of the Nation's Health Workforce
Association of Academic Health Centers

Health Care Opinion Leaders' Views on the Future of Long-Term Care
M. Doty, M. J. Koren, and K. Davis, The Commonwealth Fund, July 2008

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics, Aging Reports

National Commission For Quality Long-Term Care, December 2007
"From Isolation to Integration: Recommendations to Improve Quality in Long-Term Care."

Nursing Home Staffing Standards in State Statutes and Regulations
 by Charlene Harrington, Ph.D.

State Chart Book on Wages for Personal and Home Care Aides, 1999-2006 
Prepared by PHI

Additional Reports


Advancing Culture Change in Florida Nursing Homes.
Florida Pioneer Network Issue Brief

Transformative Nursing Homes Experience Positive Regulatory Quality and Financial Outcomes
Pioneer Network Issue Brief

AHRQ Agency Healthcare Research and Quality - 2007 State Snapshots
Examining each state's healthcare quality compared to national rates or best performing states.

Occupational Projections for Direct-Care Workers from PHI based on Bureau of Labor Statistics Data

Direct-Care Jobs & Long-Term Care: Untapped Engine for Job Creation & Economic Growth
PHI Issue Brief