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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
CMS has issued revised guidance related to the penalty start date for asset transfers of Medicaid beneficiaries applying to receive home- and community-based services delivered through 1915(c) waivers, which includes some HCBS offered in assisted living communities.
Assisted living made an appearance Thursday at a House of Representatives committee hearing on the Medicaid program when a Government Accountability Office report related to the industry was referenced in the written testimony of a witness.
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Argentum is planning to find additional ways to discuss the Government Accountability Office's assisted living-related report, home- and community-based services and other issues after the second day of its Public Policy Institute & Fly-In was canceled due to inclement weather.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This year's list features 115 companies with a total of almost 550,000 independent living, assisted living and memory care units.
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.
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.
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 gradually are increasing their oversight of assisted living communities, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Center for Assisted Living.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the seniors housing and care industry, now is the time to invest in and develop more affordable assisted living options.