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LTSS / HCBS / PACE

‘Replace denial with proposal’ on long-term care, House committee told

Congress must “replace denial with a detailed, bipartisan legislative proposal on long-term care” to address the needs of a growing older population facing high costs for healthcare and housing, Robert Blancato, national coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition, told the House Ways and Means Committee at a hearing Thursday.

Bipartisan effort probes federal oversight of Medicaid managed LTSS programs

Sept. 13 is the deadline Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) on Friday gave to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma and the directors of the eight external quality review organizations that audit Medicaid managed care organizations to answer questions about access and quality of states’ long-term services and supports programs.

Executive order favors HCBS over nursing homes

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.

Personal care aides should be part of care team: study

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.

Adult foster care homes need more oversight, HHS OIG says

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.

Boomer poll: Senior living tops home for dementia care

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.

Despite recent attention, long-term care has been a ‘third rail’ in politics, expert says

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.

Congress pushes CMS to publish PACE final rule by Dec. 31

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.

Reports make the case for HCBS over institutional care

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.