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of the Affordable Care Act that has bipartisan support and should remain intact even if the healthcare law is repealed and replaced, members of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations said in Jan. 10 letters to President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team.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

CMS: Older adults dominate HCBS participant numbers but not spending or time

CMS: Older adults dominate HCBS participant numbers but not spending or time

Older adults and/or people with disabilities account for the majority of recipients of home- and community-based services funded through Medicaid Section 1915(c) waivers, although the average dollar amount spent per participant and the duration of service provision for this group are less than they are for some other groups served by the waivers. That's according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Medicaid spent $776 million on HCBS waivers for older adults in 2014, CMS says

Medicaid spent $776 million on HCBS waivers for older adults in 2014, CMS says

The Medicaid program spent almost $776 million on 1915(c) waivers to cover home- and community-based services for older adults in fiscal year 2014, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

OIG plans review of Medicaid waivers, employee background checks, more

OIG plans review of Medicaid waivers, employee background checks, more

Reviews of Medicare and Medicaid payments, fraud and abuse, and employee background check efforts are some of the items on the agenda for the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, according to a 2017 work plan released Thursday.

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Jan. 11

Merry marriage

Tyrone, PA

It was a first for the Colonial Courtyard at Tyrone — a wedding held on site.

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