Hospital Stays – Know Your Rights

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CARA executive director Jodi Reid addresses a workshop for retirees at the Redding Library on April 12 regarding patient rights during hospital stays.

Are you facing an upcoming hospital stay? Premature discharge is a huge problem, and a bit of advanced planning can make a world of difference when it is time for you to return home.

The California Association of Retired Americans (CARA) had much to say in their recent special workshop. The big overall? Record this telephone number:

Livanta – California Medicare Appeals Helpline: 1-877-588-1123

You can receive assistance to appeal a discharge from a hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health agency or comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facility. You can also file complaints regarding the quality of Medicare-covered services.

Livanta is your national advocate if you feel you are being discharged prematurely from a hospital. Making the call will start your file and stop your discharge until it is cleared up by the hospital staff and a Livanta representative.

PLAN AHEAD

I. Hospital stays for surgeries etc.
Get detailed info ASAP and as much as possible from a health care provider before you are admitted, and about what is involved post-visit. Most people still don’t do this for themselves or loved ones and it leads to problems like living conditions in recovery and with accessibility/mobility. Hospitals aren’t good at communicating this to patients, or don’t have enough staff to do it properly.
  • Have a family member/friend record any conversations about your care pre- and post-visit with a smartphone device etc.
II. Discharge
Hospitals are notoriously understaffed on weekends. They are required to have a discharge planner coordinate a safe discharge for you either through a social worker, nurse, or the hospital discharge planner. The problem is most hospitals discharge patients too quickly and try to do it on Fridays to reduce bed counts. You may end up back in the hospital because of this. Hospitals can be fined up to $10,000 if a patient re-enters the hospital within 30 days of an unsafe discharge.
This behavior is so pervasive that Medicare now contracts with a third party (Livanta) to make sure you have a safe discharge. Medicare pays for you to appeal your discharge. This is a secret hospitals don’t want you to know about.
Should you end up at a skilled nursing facility for recovery, Medicare pays in full for the first 100 days. Medicare also pays for hospice services.
III. Make sure you are fully “admitted” into the hospital- not held for “observation”
Observation is a way hospitals attempt to get around not having to pay the possible $10,000 fine should an unsafe discharge be identified. Placed under observation rather than full admission could lead to a huge bill you are not covered for and probably cannot afford.
Medicare does not pay while you are under observation because those services are considered outpatient care.  Do not sign or authorize anything until you see an admission slip. You are not admitted into the hospital until you sign this piece of paper.
Be an assertive patient. Know your rights.

DAC Accepting Applications

DAC is seeking résumés from qualified individuals that are interested in working with us. We are now actively hiring for our Redding Center for the Older Individuals who are Blind Program (OIB).

The purpose of the OIB program is to

  • Provide independent living services to older individuals who are blind;
  • Conduct activities that will improve or expand services for these individuals; and
  • Improve public understanding of these individuals’ challenges.

An “older individual who is blind” is an individual age 55 or older whose significant visual impairment makes competitive employment extremely difficult to attain but for whom independent living goals are feasible. Through these services and activities, the program seeks to improve independent living options for older individuals who are blind and increase their independence and self-sufficiency.

DAC Employment Application

Independent Living – Senior Specialist OIB North

DAC-Redding office relocates

The Disability Action Center’s office in Redding has a new location.

The non-profit independent living center recently moved to 2876 Park Marina Drive in Redding, vacating its old location on West St.

The office has a new manager: Wendy Longwell.

Dwight Phillips handles certain assistive technology needs for consumers.

Office hours are 9-5 Monday-Friday. The phone number: 242-8550.

Thanks Giving

DAC_logo_iconTo all those who make a difference in the lives of others; thank you.  To all those who donate their time and energy into Disability Action Center; thank you.  To all those who bring in supplies and equipment to recycle that is given back out to others in our communities; thank you.

AT for Gardening

Check out the new selection of gardening equipment in DAC’s Device Lending Library!  Just in time for Fall planting.

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Potted Plant Mover with 2 Wheels           Item Number 160872

Ergonomic Steel Bulb Auger                        Item Number 161162

Walnut and Pecan Picker Upper                Item Number 160908

Snappy Grip Ergonomic Handles                Item Number 160915

Thermoskins Arthritis Gloves                      Item Number 160877

Ergo Mates Strapping Cushion for Shoes Item Number 161031

 

Deborah Uhl

AT Coordinator

Disability Action Center

1600 West Street

Redding, CA  96001

(530)242-8550

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AT&T Supports Disability Action Center

AT&T check presentation

Disability Action Center (DAC) Executive Director, Evan LeVang, announced the acceptance of a $1,500 donation from AT&T on July 6th, 2016. DAC welcomed AT&T External Affairs representative, Preston Dickinson, for the presentation of their generous donation. Chico City Council Member, Randall Stone, was on hand as well. “We are honored by AT&T’s generosity,” said Evan LeVang. “Donations such as these enable DAC to provide innovative services beyond the scope of our regular grant-funded programs. We thank AT&T for their support of people with disabilities in our community.”

Council Member Stone, a long-time supporter of DAC, added, “The Disability Action Center’s receipt of AT&T support is testament to the outreach and support DAC provides to all members of our community. Without DAC developing solutions with me, City staff would not have been able to bring forward the Esplanade safety improvements and garner near unanimous Council approval. I am so proud of the work DAC performs and so honored to work closely with such a community asset. It is great when businesses like AT&T see that as well.”

Back to School Campaign

WSWA Western Service Workers Association is beginning their Back to School Campaign to collect school supplies.  Please drop off these supplies at the WSWA offices at 2350 Beverly Dr. Redding CA  96002 off of Cypress Avenue between Bechelli and Hartnell Avenues. Please call (530) 244-0968 if you are a business willing to have a donation box at your site. Every item helps a child and family in need. Thanks.

Please donate SCHOOL SUPPLIES.

3 ring binders

backpacks

calculators

composition books

crayons

erasers

facial tissue

glue sticks

highlighters, preferably yellow

index cards, sizes may vary

markers, water color

notebooks, spiral

pencils,  #2

pens, blue or black ink

pocket folders

protractors

rulers

 

 

 

Around Chico

 

 

Lots of outreach being done in our communities. If you wish a presentation of DAC programs and services please let us know. DAC counties include Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, and Tehama. Chico Office (530) 893-8527 and Redding Office (530) 242-8550. Thanks!

Are you rain safe?

Lots of rain coming down. There was some possible warnings of how El Nino may cause us some unexpected weather. The drought that last five years, and recent wild fires that have devastated parts of the land there could possibly be added soil erosion leading to mud slides and flooding with debris. One of the things they did not mention was in being aware of your surroundings. When you are walking, driving, doing what you do, and around your living spaces…be aware of what is going on around you and the landscape you are living with. Things that you see around you can be a precursor. Some things may never show up on your radar, but there are things that may quite well be there to be seen, that you can take action to deter or avoid.

It is important to be prepared in advance for possible emergencies/disasters. There are steps that people with all abilities can do to help them selves in advance of possible situations. DAC can put you in touch with an organization that helps you make that plan in advance if you want to give one of our offices a call in Chico (530) 893-8527 or Redding (530) 242-8550.