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CMS gives states 3 more years to comply with HCBS final rule

States will have until 2022 to comply with a final rule regarding the provision of home- and community-based services to Medicaid beneficiaries, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Tuesday.

Cutting LTSS funding would be 'penny wise and pound foolish,' Collins says

Cutting LTSS funding would be 'penny wise and pound foolish,' Collins says

Federal budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration that affect the delivery of long-term services and supports "are really pennywise and pound foolish, because in the end they're going to cause more hospitalizations, more nursing home admissions and poorer health outcomes," Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said Thursday in a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing she chaired.

Paying for LTSS via Medicare would improve outcomes, lower costs: report

Paying for LTSS via Medicare would improve outcomes, lower costs: report

Paying for long-term services and supports through Medicare for some residents of independent and assisted living communities and seniors living at home would improve care and lower costs for the government and individual beneficiaries, maintain the authors of a new report.

Per-capita Medicaid cap could reduce dual-eligible spending by $44 billion over 10 years

Per-capita Medicaid cap could reduce dual-eligible spending by $44 billion over 10 years

A per-capita cap on federal Medicaid funding growth based on medical inflation could reduce spending on dual-eligible beneficiaries by $44 billion over the next 10 years, according to new research.

More news for Monday, March 20

A response to a critique of the Urban Institute model of financing long-term services and supports ... Complaints to Arizona's Adult Protective Services rarely substantiated ... Meals on Wheels receives 35% of funding from federal government, organization says ... Poll reveals early public attitudes about ACA replacement

More news for Friday, March 17

In next phase of health reform, long-term care cannot be overlooked ... Care received at end of life varies drastically by state ... Ibuprofen associated with increased risk of cardiac arrest ... Developers seeing older renters, 3-bedroom demand ... Administrator boots residents, opens new facility

CMS may extend deadline for state compliance with HCBS final rule

CMS may extend deadline for state compliance with HCBS final rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will work to provide states with additional time to comply with a final rule regarding the provision of home- and community-based services to Medicaid beneficiaries, new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., and CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH, told governors in a March 14 letter.

ACA replacement would harm providers, caregivers, elderly, groups say

ACA replacement would harm providers, caregivers, elderly, groups say

Long-term services and supports providers, Medicaid beneficiaries and professional caregivers would suffer if the bill that Republicans in the House of Representatives proposed Monday to replace the Affordable Care Act becomes law as written, according to organizations advocating for senior living operators and workers.

Proposed changes would put Medicaid recipients, providers at risk, advocates say

Congress should reject proposed "radical structural changes" to Medicaid funding that would lead to reduced services for beneficiaries and payments for providers, 100 advocacy organizations, including LeadingAge, told legislative branch leaders Friday.

More news for Friday, Feb. 17

Price increases, aging to push healthcare to 20% of economy by 2025 ... Researcher questions Urban Institute LTSS financing model ... CPF Living CEO John Rijos on the intersection of senior living and hospitality (video) ... Jimmy Buffett partners with Minto Communities on 55+ community ... Study confirms vitamin D protects against colds and flu

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Former Life Care Centers of America President and CEO Tom Winston has earned a law degree from the University of Tennessee at age 73.

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