LTSS / HCBS / PACE
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.
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.