LTSS / HCBS / PACE
A new executive order from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf calls for state agencies to find ways to transition older adults from nursing homes to home- and community-based settings. Such settings can include assisted living communities and personal care homes.
Two reports issued Thursday focus on ways the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services can offer nonmedical supplemental benefits to chronically ill enrollees.
Kentucky put at risk the health and safety of some older and disabled adults receiving home- and community-based services through section 1915(c) Medicaid waivers because its annual inspections were “insufficient,” according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Human and Human Services Office of Inspector General.
Personal care aides should be included in the team-based programs through which home- and community-based services and care increasingly are delivered in assisted living communities and homes, but several factors are impeding their inclusion, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
A leading House Democrat is seeking ways to get more senior living services covered by Medigap insurance policies.
A bill that would raise the minimum age at which people would be required to withdraw funds from their retirement accounts is giving hope to senior living advocates that, if signed into law, it would result in older adults having more money to pay for long-term services and supports.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said it will step up its work with states to ensure that adult foster care homes and other home- and community-based settings meet health, safety and administrative requirements after a review by the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General found compliance lacking.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Friday issued new guidance meant to clarify where Medicaid beneficiaries can receive home- and community-based services as defined in a 2014 regulation, but provider advocates said they still have questions.
Older baby boomers’ top choice of where to live if they were to have dementia is a senior living community, according to the results of a new LeadingAge–NORC poll revealed Monday at the LeadingAge Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. The finding, according to LeadingAge, was one of several from the research that challenge commonly held views of baby boomer preferences related to aging.
Many married couples receiving care through home- and community-based options might lose their Medicaid coverage by the end of the month. That’s because a three-month extension of the program’s “spousal impoverishment” protection is set to expire.
Contrary to what one might assume due to the increasing appearance of long-term care benefits in Medicare-for-all proposals put forth or supported by national politicians and presidential candidates, long-term care generally has been viewed as a controversial or untouchable issue in politics, and that position may not change soon, according to one health policy expert.
Two-thirds of Medicare recipients may not benefit from the federal government’s recent policy change allowing Medicare Advantage plans to cover long-term services and supports, according to a new analysis.
Bipartisan legislation introduced Friday aims to protect Medicaid payments for home- and community-based services, including those provided in assisted living communities, that otherwise would end Dec. 31 with the expiration of a provision known as Section 2404 of the Affordable Care Act.
Medicaid payments for assisted living services could be in jeopardy in some states if Congress does not renew a provision in the Affordable Care Act that is set to expire on Dec. 31, according to a new issue brief.
Finding and keeping enough caregivers, serving beneficiaries with complex needs, and limitations on overall funding levels are three of the biggest challenges facing providers of Medicaid home- and community-based services, according to a report released Monday.
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.
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.