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Feds promise to enhance industry oversight in wake of GAO report

Feds promise to enhance industry oversight in wake of GAO report

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Responding to a report that cites lax state oversight, federal officials said they will begin to monitor potentially dangerous incidents at senior living communities more closely.

More news for Thursday, Feb. 8

CMS answers FAQs related to HCBS Medicaid beneficiaries with dementia ... AHCA/NCAL and ACHCA partner for administrator credentialing, including assisted living ... Senate funding bill contains $2 billion for NIH, including Alzheimer's research ... VA considers restricting eligibility for caregivers program

New GAO report focuses on CMS but could have direct effects on assisted living

New GAO report focuses on CMS but could have direct effects on assisted living

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A report released Monday by the Government Accountability Office contains a to-do list for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services related to state reporting of deficiencies in care and services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries in assisted living communities. Some federal lawmakers and consumer advocates, however, say they will push for changes in assisted living because of the report's findings.

Report is 'new territory,' GAO director says

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A new report about federal oversight of Medicaid beneficiaries who live in assisted living communities is "new territory" for the Government Accountability Office, the report's author told McKnight's Senior Living.

HCBS enrollment up but expenditures per participant down

HCBS enrollment up but expenditures per participant down

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The number of participants and overall expenditures for state Medicaid 1915(c) waiver programs increased from 2013 to 2014, but average expenditure per participant decreased during that time, according to a report on Medicaid home- and community-based services released by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

CMS should ensure no conflicts of interest in HCBS assessments, GAO says

CMS should ensure no conflicts of interest in HCBS assessments, GAO says

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A new report from the Government Accountability Office recommends that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma ensure that no conflicts of interest exist among entities that conduct the needs assessments that are used to determine eligibility for Medicaid home- and community-based services and to develop HCBS plans of service.

Past efforts point way to future success of Medicaid LTSS reform: report

Past efforts point way to future success of Medicaid LTSS reform: report

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As the population depending on Medicaid long-term services and supports grows, the experiences of several states offer lessons that providers can use to identify opportunities to collaborate with state Medicaid agencies on future reform efforts, according to a new report.

Largest senior living providers in 2017 named by Argentum

Largest senior living providers in 2017 named by Argentum

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This year's list features 115 companies with a total of almost 550,000 independent living, assisted living and memory care units.

Provider groups like Verma's new vision for Medicaid

Provider groups like Verma's new vision for Medicaid

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Organizations representing senior living operators told McKnight's Senior Living that they are encouraged by the Medicaid vision and policies outlined Tuesday by Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

A new top concern for assisted living operators?

A new top concern for assisted living operators?

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New contenders are challenging staffing as the issue most top-of-mind for senior living operators, according to participants in a panel discussion at the Oct. 15 NCAL Day that preceded the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living's 68th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

Tittle: No time for assumptions about assisted living regulation

Tittle: No time for assumptions about assisted living regulation

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Las Vegas — The state of affairs in the nation's capital puts assisted living in a strong position to maintain regulation at the state level, National Center for Assisted Living Executive Director Scott Tittle said Sunday to the more than 200 assisted living professionals attending NCAL Day. "But that doesn't mean we are without risk," he said.

States increasing regulatory requirements for assisted living, report says

States increasing regulatory requirements for assisted living, report says

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States gradually are increasing their oversight of assisted living communities, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Center for Assisted Living.

'It's OK to fall short,' Graham says, suggesting ACA repeal efforts may continue

'It's OK to fall short,' Graham says, suggesting ACA repeal efforts may continue

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday night appeared ready to proceed to a vote on the healthcare reform bill that bears his name, even after the release of a negative preliminary analysis from the CBO and the loss of another Republican vote just hours earlier.

State Medicaid directors urge caution on Graham-Cassidy reforms

State Medicaid directors urge caution on Graham-Cassidy reforms

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The Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act contains "significant challenges" that deserve "thorough discussion, examination and analysis," the National Association of Medicaid Directors said Thursday, urging senators not to rush complex Medicaid reform.

Senators push for Graham-Cassidy bill vote to repeal ACA next week

Senators push for Graham-Cassidy bill vote to repeal ACA next week

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Four Republican senators who introduced a bill on Sept. 13 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are pushing for a Senate vote on it before Sept. 30. As with bills under consideration in the Senate and House earlier this year, the Graham-Cassidy bill would cap Medicaid funding for each state.

Seniorlink first to earn LTSS distinction from NCQA

Seniorlink first to earn LTSS distinction from NCQA

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Boston-based Seniorlink's Caregiver Homes Network is the first healthcare organization in the United States to receive three-year accreditation for case management with long-term services and supports distinction from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Seniorlink announced Tuesday.

Nine characteristics of affordable assisted living

Nine characteristics of affordable assisted living

For the seniors housing and care industry, now is the time to invest in and develop more affordable assisted living options.

A new way to measure outcomes in older adults

A new way to measure outcomes in older adults

With support from the SCAN Foundation and the John A. Hartford Foundation, the National Committee for Quality Assurance and six collaborating organizations are testing two approaches to measuring outcomes in older adults, focusing on person-driven outcomes.

More news for Tuesday, Aug. 1

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

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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

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"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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

LTSS will be focus of new LeadingAge - UMass Boston center

LTSS will be focus of new LeadingAge - UMass Boston center

LeadingAge and the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston are partnering to create the first-of-its-kind LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston, LeadingAge announced Tuesday.

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Congress may open door to some Medicare long-term care ... It's time to worry about healthcare in the Senate ... Attitudes and behaviors of current and soon-to-be empty nesters ... Top adult financial regret is not saving enough for retirement

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Feb. 14

Winter wish

Massachusetts

Brookdale Senior Living resident Eleanor "Ellie" Ross recently got to ski again thanks to a Brookdale partnership with two-time Olympic skier Jeremy Bloom.