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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.

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$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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HCBS 'especially vulnerable' under ACA replacement, report says

HCBS 'especially vulnerable' under ACA replacement, report says

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Home- and community-based services would be "especially vulnerable to deep cuts" if the American Health Care Act passed by the House of Representatives were to become law, according to a new report from the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. LeadingAge, AMDA, PHI and 74 other organizations told Senate leaders the same thing.

Assisted living hospice care, HCBS, Medicaid make OIG list

Assisted living hospice care, HCBS, Medicaid make OIG list

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Assisted living hospice care, Medicaid personal care services, home- and community-based services waiver programs and Medicaid data are four topics that made the top 25 list included in the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General's "2017 Compendium of Unimplemented Recommendations."

CMS gives states 3 more years to comply with HCBS final rule

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States will have until 2022 to comply with a final rule regarding the provision of home- and community-based services to Medicaid beneficiaries, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Tuesday.

Cutting LTSS funding would be 'penny wise and pound foolish,' Collins says

Cutting LTSS funding would be 'penny wise and pound foolish,' Collins says

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Federal budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration that affect the delivery of long-term services and supports "are really pennywise and pound foolish, because in the end they're going to cause more hospitalizations, more nursing home admissions and poorer health outcomes," Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said Thursday in a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing she chaired.

Paying for LTSS via Medicare would improve outcomes, lower costs: report

Paying for LTSS via Medicare would improve outcomes, lower costs: report

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Paying for long-term services and supports through Medicare for some residents of independent and assisted living communities and seniors living at home would improve care and lower costs for the government and individual beneficiaries, maintain the authors of a new report.

Per-capita Medicaid cap could reduce dual-eligible spending by $44 billion over 10 years

Per-capita Medicaid cap could reduce dual-eligible spending by $44 billion over 10 years

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A per-capita cap on federal Medicaid funding growth based on medical inflation could reduce spending on dual-eligible beneficiaries by $44 billion over the next 10 years, according to new research.

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CMS may extend deadline for state compliance with HCBS final rule

CMS may extend deadline for state compliance with HCBS final rule

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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

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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

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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.

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GAO recommends increased CMS oversight of Medicaid LTSS payment rates

GAO recommends increased CMS oversight of Medicaid LTSS payment rates

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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.

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Sept. 20

Saluting 70 years

Washington, D.C.

The Armed Forces Retirement Home was the setting for a recent celebration of the Air Force's 70th birthday by Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, members and veterans, including a 96-year-old resident.