LTSS / HCBS / PACE

Congress pushes CMS to publish PACE final rule by Dec. 31

Congress pushes CMS to publish PACE final rule by Dec. 31

Bipartisan bills introduced in the Senate and House call for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to publish the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly final rule by Dec. 31. The rule could open up new opportunities for PACE enrollees to access care in senior living communities and additional settings.

Reports make the case for HCBS over institutional care

Reports make the case for HCBS over institutional care

Community-based long-term services and supports have the potential to increase Medicaid beneficiary satisfaction and save costs, and they're becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to institutional care, according to reports on the Tuesday agenda of a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Open Door Forum.

Survey: Older adults prefer assisted living over home health or nursing home care

Survey: Older adults prefer assisted living over home health or nursing home care

Older adults' first choice for living arrangements as they age is to remain completely independent at home, according to a new poll. But moving to an assisted living community was a "close second," by far topping home health or nursing home care.

LTSS financing proposal 'a promising start,' providers say

LTSS financing proposal 'a promising start,' providers say

Draft legislation to create a federal program within Medicare to support those with substantial long-term care costs when they need care "is a promising start toward effective solutions," LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan told Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), in technical comments submitted June 15. Other groups shared their thoughts as well.

AMA supports incentives to expand home- and community-based services

AMA supports incentives to expand home- and community-based services

States should be incentivized to expand the availability of and access to home- and community-based services, the American Medical Association House of Delegates said in a policy it adopted at its recent annual meeting.

Operators head to Hill to brief Congress

Operators head to Hill to brief Congress

Quality, regulation and Medicaid will be three of the big themes as assisted living operators gather Monday and Tuesday in the nation's capital to meet with legislators and their staffs as part of this year's American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living Congressional Briefing.

LTSS providers to receive 3% rate increase in Maryland

LTSS providers to receive 3% rate increase in Maryland

Providers of home- and community-based services and nursing home care to Medicaid beneficiaries in Maryland will receive a 3% rate increase for fiscal year 2019, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday.

Bipartisan bill calls for $50 million per year to address geriatric workforce issues

Bipartisan bill calls for $50 million per year to address geriatric workforce issues

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate aims to increase the number of geriatric health professionals and direct service workers to support the aging population in the United States.

Proposal creating Medicare LTSS benefit gains senior living industry support

Proposal creating Medicare LTSS benefit gains senior living industry support

Proposed legislation to create a federal program within Medicare to support those with substantial long-term care costs when they need care is drawing support from senior living industry groups.

Providers tell CMS to explore telehealth, care coordination, long-term care financing

Providers tell CMS to explore telehealth, care coordination, long-term care financing

Chronic care management via telehealth and remote monitoring, service coordination in affordable housing, and long-term care financing are some of the new directions that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should explore through its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, according to feedback from providers and associations.

In Focus

Aug. 15 

Senior 'stay-cation'

State College, PA 

Residents and friends of Juniper Village at Brookline's Wellspring Memory Care in State College, PA, recently took a virtual trip to the beach.

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