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Concerns grow that pandemic relief bill will accelerate ongoing shift to HCBS

The $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Saturday includes billions of dollars in new funding for government long-term services and supports for frail older adults and young people with disabilities. Many long-term care experts, however, worry that the bill’s most far-reaching change may be a temporary funding increase for Medicaid home- and community-based services that exclude nursing care.

Spending on HCBS continues to comprise more than half of total Medicaid LTSS outlay, CMS finds

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released the Medicaid LTSS Annual Expenditures Report for federal fiscal years (FFY) 2017 and 2018. This report discusses the long-term services and supports (LTSS) trends and growth in expenditures for home- and community-based services (HCBS). Among the report’s highlights: HCBS expenditures comprising total Medicaid LTSS expenditures surpassed…

Home Care briefs for Thursday, Jan. 21

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PACE provider urges Michigan legislature to overturn home-care restrictions

Denver-based InnovAge, the largest Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly provider, is advocating that the Michigan legislature pass a bill that would allow it to petition the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to offer its home care services in the metropolitan Detroit market, according to Crain’s Detroit.

More COVID-19 relief needed before January, provider groups say

While congratulating President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their victories at the polls, executives of the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living and LeadingAge are calling for Congress to work in the time before the Jan. 20 inauguration to pass an aid package to help long-term care operators and others battling the coronavirus.
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HCBS could be solution to ‘catastrophic costs’ of long-term care: report

Focusing more on home- and community-based services such as those provided in some assisted living communities, rather than on institutional care such as that provided in nursing homes, is one way that state and federal policymakers can address the “potentially catastrophic costs” of long-term care, according to a new report by the National Institute on Retirement Security.

Assisted living supply increases in 3 states, declines in 1: report

Assisted living supply has improved in three states in recent years, as measured by the number of assisted living and residential care units per 1,000 people aged 75 or more years, according to the 2020 Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard, released Thursday by the AARP and the AARP Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation.
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CMS announces $165 million in funding to move people from nursing homes to assisted living and other settings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will make up to $165 million in supplemental funding available to states operating Money Follows the Person demonstration programs to help state Medicaid programs boost efforts to move older adults and people with disabilities from nursing homes and other institutional settings to home- and community-based settings, the agency announced Wednesday. Such home- and community-based settings could include assisted living communities.

Ballot measure would let voters take stock of LTSS funds

A proposed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 3 ballot in the state of Washington seeks to gain voter approval for public money held in a fund for long-term care services and supports to be invested by the state government, including in private stocks.
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COVID-19 may force positive changes, improved outcomes in senior living

Over the past decade, design trends have been pushing a more progressive, upbeat vision of senior living, one that encourages more independence and social connectivity. Yet the deadly impact of the coronavirus may be forcefully pushing the sector’s design back in the opposite direction, reports an article in Bloomberg Thursday.