By Rachel Scher McLean / Posted on October 8th, 2015
The Green House Project works with organizations in over 30 states to innovate long term care in a way that meets or exceeds the highest level of the regulations. Collaboration with state regulators is pivotal to the success of the movement and well being of elders. To build and deepen relationships with regulators, Senior Director of The Green House Project, Susan Frazier Ryan, recently attended the Association of Health Facilitator State Agencies (AHFSA) conference in Charleston, South Carolina. This conference is an important opportunity to engage in dialogue with state regulators of skilled nursing homes and ensure that there is a clear understanding of The Green House model.
“We believe that providers and regulators share the goal of creating the highest quality environments and experiences to serve people who require long term care, and help them ‘attain or maintain their highest practicable level of well being.’ In order to achieve the goal and move the field forward, it is imperative that providers and regulators do not work in silos, but rather build mutual respect for each other’s vital role,” Ms. Ryan states. The Green House Project supports organizations to partner with regulators and create real homes where people live meaningful lives.
By Susan Frazier / Posted on April 2nd, 2015
A mutual goal of providers and regulators is for elders to experience high-quality lives, enjoying choice, freedom and dignity. The Green House Project understands this, and supports dialogue and education to build strong relationships among all stakeholders. The Joint Provider Surveyor Training, recently held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, provided an opportunity to spread our message about the importance of partnership, and its necessity to achieve positive outcomes for the future of aging.
As Senior Director of The Green House Project, I joined Renee Cunningham, Director of Nursing for Kalkaska Memorial Health Center, to present the latest research on The Green House model. Renee shared her organization’s journey to adopt The Green House trademark, and the value that they believe it will bring to help them achieve their goal of opening two Green House homes in 2015.
The Green House Project partners with state regulators to understand the specific regulations of each state, and educates them about The Green House model. Since the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) of 1987 was enacted, mandating that nursing homes “…help each resident attain or maintain the highest practicable well-being…” (CMS 1987), person-centered thinking has been inscribed in long-term care policy. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continue to advance this agenda through regulations and interpretive guidelines that mandate person-centered approaches. It is essential to bring regulators and providers together for vital collaboration. Building those relationships at the policy and advocacy level are essential to achieving meaningful life at the individual level.