Topics – LTSS / HCBS / PACE


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.
Rep. Frank Pallone Jr.

LTSS financing proposal ‘a promising start,’ providers say

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.
U.S. Capitol

Operators head to Hill to brief Congress

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.

More news for Wednesday, April 4

Medicare Advantage revisions expand benefits to non-medical services and supplies … Eating more protein may not benefit older men … A hipper replacement for senior living? These sleek new apartments are adults-only … Senior living community keeps in touch with residents via iPads, special software
Maribeth Bersani, Argentum

Argentum works on Plan B as weather thwarts fly-in

Argentum is planning to find additional ways to discuss the Government Accountability Office’s assisted living-related report, home- and community-based services and other issues after the second day of its Public Policy Institute & Fly-In was canceled due to inclement weather.

More news for Thursday, Feb. 8

CMS answers FAQs related to HCBS Medicaid beneficiaries with dementia … AHCA/NCAL and ACHCA partner for administrator credentialing, including assisted living … Senate funding bill contains $2 billion for NIH, including Alzheimer’s research … VA considers restricting eligibility for caregivers program