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Assisted Living Waiver Program – DHCS Announces Increased Provider Rates Effective 2017

by George Kutnerian
In a previous post, we let our readers know that California’s new budget would provide for an increase in funding for the Home and Community Based Services waiver programs, which includes the Assisted Living Waiver Program. At that time, the specific rates to take effect on January 1, 2017 had not yet been announced.

DHCS recently announced the specific provider rates that are to take effect on January 1, 2017.  The new provider rates are as follows:


Effective 2017                      Current

Tier 1         $55/day              $52/day

Tier 2         $66/day              $62/day

Tier 3         $75/day              $71/day

Tier 4         $87/day              $82/day


This marks the first rate increase the Assisted Living Waiver Program has received since its inception as a pilot program in 2006 when it began serving Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Joaquin counties.

The primary goal of the Assisted Living Waiver Program is to enable low-income, Medi-Cal eligible seniors and persons with disabilities, who would otherwise require nursing facility services, to remain in or relocate to the community.  The program was approved by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare and is currently in the midst of its second five-year waiver that will run into 2019.  The Assisted Living Waiver Program currently operates in 14 counties throughout the State.

6-bed RCFEs play an important role in the Assisted Living Waiver Program.  The Assisted Living Waiver Program provider rate increase is yet another signal of the effectiveness of 6Beds’ advocacy in Sacramento, where 6Beds has persistently been advocating for provider rate increases for programs that impact 6-bed facilities as well as new funding sources for 6-bed facilities to cope with the rising costs of doing business in California.

Best Regards,

George Kutnerian, M.S., MBA
Senior Vice President – Public Policy & Legislation

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6Beds VC: Nutrition Solutions for Emergency Situations

Brought to You by Meals for All.


by Jack Rein
Ever since the dawn of man we have always been confronted by challenges, both natural and man-made, that sometimes prove to be life-threatening. Here in California our two biggest natural threats are fire and earthquake. Experts have predicted that as global-warming increases the risk of wildfires increase exponentially as well. In addition, for a long time now scientists have been saying that an earthquake, referred to colloquially as “The Big One,” is imminent.

So the RCFE and the ARF community — our community — has to think and plan very seriously about what might happen to our residents in the case of a natural emergency. Safe shelter, water, light and food would be the immediate concern.

So we are very proud to welcome to our Vendor Connect Program a company called Meals for All ( When asked why it was important for our community to consider a disaster-feeding-nutrition solution they enlightened us.

“We created Meals for All so that every healthcare facility could have a compliance-friendly solution for feeding its clients during emergencies,” said Lee Tincher, President of Meals for All. “After observing the industry repercussions of disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, wildfires forcing facility evacuations, and unpredictable earthquakes, we resolved to develop a proactive answer that would strengthen dietetic practice in our industry,” she said. “As a core component of a documented disaster preparedness plan, using Meals for All helps healthcare facilities operate in accord with regulations and humanitarian needs in a crisis”, she noted.

Meals for All provides complete, easily prepared meals. Just add water. These real-foods can be re-hydrated using boiling water for a delicious hot meal or with cold water when gas or electricity is unavailable to boil water.


Trained dietary department staff may not be available to prepare meals during emergencies. Meals for All can be prepared by any staff or untrained volunteers allowing uninterrupted meal service. No knowledge of cooking, preparation or diets is needed to safely serve vulnerable populations.

The products are packed for easy transport in case of an evacuation, and are lightweight because they are dehydrated. Each menu is RDN created and approved, and comes in a bountiful array of menu items, including our newest vegetarian line. Delicious comforting menu choices makes the Meals for All solution versatile and appealing.

View the Meals for All introduction video below:

Click here to learn more:

Resident safety and health is the cornerstone of 6Beds’ mandate. We pride ourselves on the loving care that we provide. In the case of a disaster our residents will be confused, disoriented and frightened. A good meal, served with a soothing voice in a safe setting, will go a long way to allaying their fears.

It is common knowledge that disasters will strike. Making certain that we are prepared with a proper plan when one happens is extremely important. As part of our Vendor Connect Program, Meals for All can become a critical ally in making a successful, survivable disaster plan. Here is their brochure:

Visit their website here: or call them at (916) 832-MEAL (6325). Feel free to ask for Jennifer Valcazar, Long Term Care Consultant.