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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

Jan. 29, 2014

Ohio's Long-Term Care Ombudsman, Beverley L. Laubert, Elected Chair of National Advancing Excellence in Long-Term Care Collaborative

Laubert helping lead Ohio's transformation to person-centered care in long-term care

COLUMBUS - As State Long-Term Care Ombudsman and head of the Ohio Department of Aging's Elder Rights Division, Beverley L. Laubert is helping lead the state's transformation to person-centered care in the delivery of long-term services and supports in nursing homes and home- and community-based care settings. Because of her experience and expertise, Laubert has been elected chair of the board of directors for the national Advancing Excellence in Long-Term Care Collaborative for the 2014-2015 term. She previously served for two years as the board's vice-chair.

Beverley L. Laubert, State Long-term Care Ombudsman
Beverley L. Laubert

The mission of the Collaborative is to help providers of long-term services and supports deliver the highest level of physical, mental and psychosocial well-being to the individuals they serve. One of its major initiatives is the Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes Campaign which helps nursing homes improve the quality of care and quality of life for more than 1.5 million residents in America's nursing homes, including approximately 81,000 Ohioans.

"When the consumer is at the center of all long-term care decisions, all parties benefit - from the consumer and his or her family, to facility staff and management," said Laubert. "I am honored for the opportunity to help drive person-centered care in long-term services and supports for the benefit of so many consumers in Ohio and across our nation."

In 2011, participation in the Advancing Excellence Campaign became one of the quality measures from which Ohio nursing homes caring for Medicaid consumers could select and receive higher reimbursement. In 2013, the Campaign was included in the list of quality improvement activities that nursing homes must choose from and participate in to maintain licensure. Currently, 96 percent of Ohio's nursing homes participate in the Advancing Excellence Campaign.

"Beverley Laubert works tirelessly on behalf of Ohio's long-term care consumers and is recognized nationally as an innovator and leader," said Bonnie K. Burman, Sc.D., director of the Ohio Department of Aging. "Her efforts are a reflection of the state's commitment to ensuring that long-term care consumers receive the outstanding care they deserve and can live with dignity in the setting that they prefer."

Laubert has been Ohio's State Long-term Care Ombudsman since 1994. Her office includes twelve regional ombudsman programs, 80 staff members and 350 volunteers. She led the development of Ohio's Long-Term Care Consumer Guide (www.ltc.ohio.gov), and earned the Governor's Award for Employee Excellence in 2012 for her leadership in developing nursing home quality incentives for Medicaid reimbursement. She has served two terms as president of the National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs and has been a member of the boards of the Leadership Council of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care and the Ohio Person-Centered Care Coalition.

About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that Ohio is on the leading edge of innovation in responding to the growing and changing aging population. We work with state agencies, area agencies on aging and other local partners to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice. Our programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.


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