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GAO recommends increased CMS oversight of Medicaid LTSS payment rates

GAO recommends increased CMS oversight of Medicaid LTSS payment rates

In the wake of findings detailed in a new report from the Government Accountability Office made public on Wednesday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will take steps to ensure that states have sufficient incentives to use the billions of dollars they receive for the provision of Medicaid managed long-term services and supports.

Advocates for seniors identify their top issues for Trump administration

Advocates for seniors identify their top issues for Trump administration

Medicaid, home- and community-based services, long-term services and supports, the elder care workforce and Medicare are among the important areas that President Donald Trump and members of Congress should focus on for older adults, advocacy groups maintain.

Save HCBS-related ACA provisions, LeadingAge and other advocacy groups tell Trump

Save HCBS-related ACA provisions, LeadingAge and other advocacy groups tell Trump

Improving access to Medicaid home- and community-based services is a critical provision of the Affordable Care Act that has bipartisan support and should remain intact even if the healthcare law is repealed and replaced, members of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations said in Jan. 10 letters to President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team.

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Operators seek resolution to these issues in the new year

Operators seek resolution to these issues in the new year

Several regulatory issues remain unresolved for senior living operators as 2017 begins.

CMS should improve oversight of HCBS, GAO says

CMS should improve oversight of HCBS, GAO says

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should standardize federal requirements for programs providing personal care services for Medicaid beneficiaries, including residents of assisted living communities, to protect beneficiaries from care-related harm and ensure that billed services are provided, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report.

CMS provides long-awaited guidance about HCBS for those with dementia

Person-centered care plans, staffing, activities and environmental design are the keys for residential and adult day settings seeking reimbursement for services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries of home- and community-based services who exhibit unsafe wandering or exit-seeking behavior, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said in recently published FAQs.

Future health outlays 'terrify' many nearing retirement, study finds

Future health outlays 'terrify' many nearing retirement, study finds

Why aren't your prospects moving in? Could be it's not you, it's them? Or more accurately, their fear of rising health outlays in the years to come?

Aging Committee leaders cheer bipartisanship

Aging Committee leaders cheer bipartisanship

As the ranking member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging prepares to depart from that role, she and the committee's chairwoman celebrated what can be accomplished when Republicans and Democrats collaborate.

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Feb. 10

Snow fun

Princeton, NJ

Residents of Brandywine Living at Princeton in New Jersey ranging in age from 88 to 94 had a little outside fun after a snowstorm blasted the Northeast on Feb. 9.

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