LeadingAge PA launches new initiative to update senior care regulations

Cris Collingwood//June 6, 2023

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LeadingAge PA launches new initiative to update senior care regulations

Cris Collingwood//June 6, 2023

Mechanicsburg-based LeadingAge PA has launched a new initiative aimed at changing the aging services ecosystem and the way care is delivered and regulated in Pennsylvania. 

The association representing more than 400 senior service providers, said Tuesday LTSS Evolve will center around direct input from senior care providers and residents to rethink policies that no longer serve the best interests of Pennsylvania’s seniors and their caregivers. 

 LeadingAge PA said it will work to identify and address “antiquated, redundant and burdensome long-term services and supports (LTSS) rules, regulations, policies and guidances by collaborating with policymakers and other stakeholders at the state level.” 

“An evolution toward a more meaningful and cohesive aging services system is needed now more than ever, particularly as recovery from the coronavirus pandemic coincides with the continued rise of the aging baby boomer generation,” said LeadingAge PA President and CEO Garry Pezzano. “Many current regulations and policies, across all levels of the aging services ecosystem, are simply not achieving their intended effect. It’s time we disrupt the current system and seek meaningful reforms to better serve our older adult population with the dignity and respect they deserve.” 

 In preparation for the launch of LTSS Evolve, LeadingAge PA formed an advisory group, hosted listening sessions, and gathered feedback from its members.  

LeadingAge PA said the input it received included that many existing regulations and requirements, while well-intentioned, no longer make sense and caregivers often reported that they could provide better quality care if outdated or arbitrary rules could be brought into alignment with current operational realities. 

 “Our vision for LTSS Evolve is to lay a new foundation for long-term care and senior services in Pennsylvania — one that allows providers to play an active role in evolving how they care for older adults, with the goal of spending more time directly engaging with care recipients and being valued in their local communities and across the commonwealth,” Pezzano said. 

 “There is no dispute that the commonwealth’s older adult population deserves to receive safe and competent care,” he added. “We know we can work with state leaders and lawmakers to bring meaningful regulatory and legislative change to the aging services ecosystem.”