LTSS / HCBS / PACE

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

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.

More news for Wednesday, Jan. 4

Feb. 10 is deadline for comments on CMS PACE proposal ... Minnesota creatives use art to connect with people who have dementia ... Easing older adults' loneliness can help keep them healthy ... Growing number of Americans retiring outside United States ... Medicaid reform needs state director input, group says ... Better Business Bureau names top scams of 2016 ... 20 of the most active communities of 2016

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Poet's Walk San Antonio had an early St. Patrick's Day celebration on Wednesday.

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