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AARP is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of persons 50 and older. Through information, education, advocacy and service, AARP seeks to enhance the quality of life for all by promoting independence, dignity and purpose.  

The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care
The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care is a coalition of 16 national long-term care provider organizations that care for approximately 300,000 elderly and disabled patients each year in nearly 1,800 facilities across America. The Alliance is dedicated to improving the quality of nursing home care in the United States through measured results and outcomes, and to assuring the government resources necessary to provide high quality care and services.  

American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
The members of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging serve two million people every day through mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations dedicated to providing the services people need, when they need them, in the place they call home. AAHSA members offer the continuum of aging services: adult day services, home health, community services, senior housing, assisted living residences, continuing care retirement communities, and nursing homes.  

American Health Care Association
The American Health Care Association is a nonprofit federation of affiliated state health organizations, together representing more than 10,000 nonprofit and for-profit assisted living, nursing facility, developmentally-disabled, and subacute care providers that care for more than 1.5 million elderly and disabled individuals nationally. 

BenefitsCheckUp is the National Council on Aging’s online service to screen for federal, state and some local private and public benefits for older adults. It contains over 1,350 different programs from all 50 states. In addition to identifying the programs that a person may be eligible to receive, BenefitsCheckUp provides a detailed description of the programs, local contacts for additional information, and materials to help successfully apply for each program.  

California Nursing Home Search
This site is a free service for California seniors, caregivers, family members, providers and consumers. It provides comprehensive information about the quality of nursing and intermediate care facilities in the state.  

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CMS is the federal agency responsible for administering the Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program), HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act), CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments), and several other health-related programs.  

Home Health Compare
Medicare offers this tool to help consumers make informed choices and compare the quality of home health agencies.  

Institute of Medicine
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies was created specifically to advise the nation on matters of medicine and health. The Institute provides a vital service by working outside the framework of government to ensure scientifically informed analysis and independent guidance.

This is the official U.S. government site for people with Medicare.  

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
N4A is the umbrella organization for the 655 area agencies on aging and aging programs in the United States. N4A advocates on behalf of the local aging agencies to ensure that needed resources and support services are available to older Americans.  

National Citizen’s Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
This organization provides information and leadership on federal and state regulatory and legislative policy development and models and strategies to improve care and life for residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

National Council on Aging
The National Council on Aging is a national network of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the health and independence of older persons; increasing their continuing contributions to communities, society and future generations; and building caring communities. 

National Institute on Aging
NIA, one of the 25 institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form the National Institute on Aging to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people.

National Institute of Health Policy (NIHP)
This is a not-for-profit, membership organization comprised of healthcare industry leaders from five states, whose mission is to advance health policy dialogue in the Upper Midwest. The NIHP provides a neutral forum for regional healthcare institutions to work collaboratively to shape healthcare both locally and nationally. The NIHP allows its members the opportunity to focus on the important as well as the urgent in healthcare.

The NIHP is a program of the University of St. Thomas College of Business in Minneapolis, MN. Its member organizations represent all facets of healthcare including hospitals, clinics, physicians, professional organizations, health insurance plans, health systems, employers and consumers.

The New School
The New School was founded in 1919 as the New School for Social Research by a group of distinguished independent-minded scholars including historian Charles Beard, economists Thorstein Veblen and James Harvey Robinson, and philosopher John Dewey. Today, The New School, led by President Bob Kerrey, is a legendary, progressive university comprising eight schools bound by a common, unusual intent: to prepare and inspire its 9,300 undergraduate and graduate students to bring actual, positive change to the world.   

Nursing Home Compare
Medicare provides detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. This tool allows consumers to compare the quality of various nursing homes and make informed decisions about the nursing home that best meets their needs.