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Touring residential facilities, interacting with older adults positively enhances medical residents' knowledge of issues and needs ... Radio and health appliance for people with dementia under development ... Fate of Medicaid HCBS still in the hands of Congress ... Hudson Bay Capital urges Sabra shareholders to reject Care Capital Properties acquisition

$756 billion Medicaid reduction in revised BCRA affected by HCBS pilot projects, CBO says

$756 billion Medicaid reduction in revised BCRA affected by HCBS pilot projects, CBO says

A $16 billion difference in Medicaid cuts between a July 20 version of the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act and the June 26 version is due in part to a provision in the revised bill that would fund home- and community-based services demonstration projects, according to an analysis released Thursday by the Congressional Budget Office.

Providers condemn 'shortsighted' Medicaid cuts in revised Senate healthcare bill

Providers condemn 'shortsighted' Medicaid cuts in revised Senate healthcare bill

"Shortsighted," "draconian" and "drastic" are some of the words provider group leaders are using to describe the continued Medicaid cuts in the revised Better Care Reconciliation Act unveiled Thursday by Senate Republicans.

New CBO analysis shows deeper Medicaid cuts under Senate healthcare bill

New CBO analysis shows deeper Medicaid cuts under Senate healthcare bill

Medicaid spending under the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 would be approximately 35% lower in 2036 compared with spending expected under the current law, according to a new analysis of the legislation released Thursday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

CBO: Senate healthcare bill would cut Medicaid funding by $772B through 2026

CBO: Senate healthcare bill would cut Medicaid funding by $772B through 2026

Senate Republicans' bill to replace the Affordable Care Act would cut federal spending on Medicaid by $772 billion through 2026, according to an analysis released Monday by the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation. The news reinforces operator fears that states will cut funding for home- and community-based services.

CMS analysis shows HCBS vulnerability, AARP says

CMS analysis shows HCBS vulnerability, AARP says

A newly released analysis by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' chief actuary "makes clear" that the American Health Care Act poses a "danger" to Medicaid beneficiaries, especially older adults and those with disabilities who rely on Medicaid for home- and community-based services, according to an AARP policy research senior analyst.

Up to 713,000 direct-care jobs could be lost under proposed Medicaid cuts: report

Up to 713,000 direct-care jobs could be lost under proposed Medicaid cuts: report

Medicaid cuts proposed under the American Health Care Act could result in the loss of up to 713,000 direct-care jobs to provide long-term services and supports, according to a report released Thursday by LeadingAge and the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation at Community Catalyst.

21 states where seniors especially could be at risk if Medicaid funding changes

21 states where seniors especially could be at risk if Medicaid funding changes

States that currently offer relatively low levels of home- and community-based services or where the projected increase in older adults aged 85 or more years is high would be among those especially at risk in their ability to serve beneficiaries who want to stay out of the nursing home under changes to Medicaid funding proposed in the American Health Care Act, according to a new report from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

States must improve residential care options, HCBS funding, AARP says

States must improve residential care options, HCBS funding, AARP says

States will need to accelerate the rate of improving long-term services and supports in several areas to meet the upcoming needs of aging baby boomers, according to a report released today by the AARP.

NCAL hits Washington to educate members of Congress

NCAL hits Washington to educate members of Congress

National Center for Assisted Living members will converge on the nation's capital Monday and Tuesday with four themes in mind for legislators and their staffs, NCAL Executive Director Scott Tittle told McKnight's Senior Living.

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Aug. 16

'Pet therapy on steroids'

Chesterfield, MI

It was "pet therapy on steroids" when a special visitor recently roamed the halls of The Village of East Harbor, according to Administrator Carolyn Martin.