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LTSS providers to receive 3% rate increase in Maryland

LTSS providers to receive 3% rate increase in Maryland

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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 bill calls for $50 million per year to address geriatric workforce issues

Bipartisan bill calls for $50 million per year to address geriatric workforce issues

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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.

Proposal creating Medicare LTSS benefit gains senior living industry support

Proposal creating Medicare LTSS benefit gains senior living industry support

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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.

Providers tell CMS to explore telehealth, care coordination, long-term care financing

Providers tell CMS to explore telehealth, care coordination, long-term care financing

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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 revises guidance on penalty period start date for HCBS waiver participants

CMS revises guidance on penalty period start date for HCBS waiver participants

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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.

GAO's assisted living report part of testimony at House hearing on Medicaid

GAO's assisted living report part of testimony at House hearing on Medicaid

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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.

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

Argentum works on Plan B as weather thwarts fly-in

Argentum works on Plan B as weather thwarts fly-in

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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.

Feds promise to enhance industry oversight in wake of GAO report

Feds promise to enhance industry oversight in wake of GAO report

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Responding to a report that cites lax state oversight, federal officials said they will begin to monitor potentially dangerous incidents at senior living communities more closely.

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

New GAO report focuses on CMS but could have direct effects on assisted living

New GAO report focuses on CMS but could have direct effects on assisted living

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A report released Monday by the Government Accountability Office contains a to-do list for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services related to state reporting of deficiencies in care and services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries in assisted living communities. Some federal lawmakers and consumer advocates, however, say they will push for changes in assisted living because of the report's findings.

Report is 'new territory,' GAO director says

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A new report about federal oversight of Medicaid beneficiaries who live in assisted living communities is "new territory" for the Government Accountability Office, the report's author told McKnight's Senior Living.

HCBS enrollment up but expenditures per participant down

HCBS enrollment up but expenditures per participant down

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The number of participants and overall expenditures for state Medicaid 1915(c) waiver programs increased from 2013 to 2014, but average expenditure per participant decreased during that time, according to a report on Medicaid home- and community-based services released by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

CMS should ensure no conflicts of interest in HCBS assessments, GAO says

CMS should ensure no conflicts of interest in HCBS assessments, GAO says

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A new report from the Government Accountability Office recommends that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma ensure that no conflicts of interest exist among entities that conduct the needs assessments that are used to determine eligibility for Medicaid home- and community-based services and to develop HCBS plans of service.

Past efforts point way to future success of Medicaid LTSS reform: report

Past efforts point way to future success of Medicaid LTSS reform: report

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As the population depending on Medicaid long-term services and supports grows, the experiences of several states offer lessons that providers can use to identify opportunities to collaborate with state Medicaid agencies on future reform efforts, according to a new report.

Largest senior living providers in 2017 named by Argentum

Largest senior living providers in 2017 named by Argentum

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This year's list features 115 companies with a total of almost 550,000 independent living, assisted living and memory care units.

Provider groups like Verma's new vision for Medicaid

Provider groups like Verma's new vision for Medicaid

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Organizations representing senior living operators told McKnight's Senior Living that they are encouraged by the Medicaid vision and policies outlined Tuesday by Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

A new top concern for assisted living operators?

A new top concern for assisted living operators?

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New contenders are challenging staffing as the issue most top-of-mind for senior living operators, according to participants in a panel discussion at the Oct. 15 NCAL Day that preceded the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living's 68th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

Tittle: No time for assumptions about assisted living regulation

Tittle: No time for assumptions about assisted living regulation

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Las Vegas — The state of affairs in the nation's capital puts assisted living in a strong position to maintain regulation at the state level, National Center for Assisted Living Executive Director Scott Tittle said Sunday to the more than 200 assisted living professionals attending NCAL Day. "But that doesn't mean we are without risk," he said.

States increasing regulatory requirements for assisted living, report says

States increasing regulatory requirements for assisted living, report says

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States gradually are increasing their oversight of assisted living communities, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Center for Assisted Living.

'It's OK to fall short,' Graham says, suggesting ACA repeal efforts may continue

'It's OK to fall short,' Graham says, suggesting ACA repeal efforts may continue

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday night appeared ready to proceed to a vote on the healthcare reform bill that bears his name, even after the release of a negative preliminary analysis from the CBO and the loss of another Republican vote just hours earlier.

State Medicaid directors urge caution on Graham-Cassidy reforms

State Medicaid directors urge caution on Graham-Cassidy reforms

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The Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act contains "significant challenges" that deserve "thorough discussion, examination and analysis," the National Association of Medicaid Directors said Thursday, urging senators not to rush complex Medicaid reform.

Senators push for Graham-Cassidy bill vote to repeal ACA next week

Senators push for Graham-Cassidy bill vote to repeal ACA next week

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Four Republican senators who introduced a bill on Sept. 13 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are pushing for a Senate vote on it before Sept. 30. As with bills under consideration in the Senate and House earlier this year, the Graham-Cassidy bill would cap Medicaid funding for each state.

Seniorlink first to earn LTSS distinction from NCQA

Seniorlink first to earn LTSS distinction from NCQA

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Boston-based Seniorlink's Caregiver Homes Network is the first healthcare organization in the United States to receive three-year accreditation for case management with long-term services and supports distinction from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Seniorlink announced Tuesday.

Nine characteristics of affordable assisted living

Nine characteristics of affordable assisted living

For the seniors housing and care industry, now is the time to invest in and develop more affordable assisted living options.

A new way to measure outcomes in older adults

A new way to measure outcomes in older adults

With support from the SCAN Foundation and the John A. Hartford Foundation, the National Committee for Quality Assurance and six collaborating organizations are testing two approaches to measuring outcomes in older adults, focusing on person-driven outcomes.

More news for Tuesday, Aug. 1

Touring residential facilities, interacting with older adults positively enhances medical residents' knowledge of issues and needs ... Radio and health appliance for people with dementia under development ... Fate of Medicaid HCBS still in the hands of Congress ... Hudson Bay Capital urges Sabra shareholders to reject Care Capital Properties acquisition

$756 billion Medicaid reduction in revised BCRA affected by HCBS pilot projects, CBO says

$756 billion Medicaid reduction in revised BCRA affected by HCBS pilot projects, CBO says

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A $16 billion difference in Medicaid cuts between a July 20 version of the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act and the June 26 version is due in part to a provision in the revised bill that would fund home- and community-based services demonstration projects, according to an analysis released Thursday by the Congressional Budget Office.

Providers condemn 'shortsighted' Medicaid cuts in revised Senate healthcare bill

Providers condemn 'shortsighted' Medicaid cuts in revised Senate healthcare bill

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"Shortsighted," "draconian" and "drastic" are some of the words provider group leaders are using to describe the continued Medicaid cuts in the revised Better Care Reconciliation Act unveiled Thursday by Senate Republicans.

New CBO analysis shows deeper Medicaid cuts under Senate healthcare bill

New CBO analysis shows deeper Medicaid cuts under Senate healthcare bill

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Medicaid spending under the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 would be approximately 35% lower in 2036 compared with spending expected under the current law, according to a new analysis of the legislation released Thursday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

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May 16

Bringing in the outdoors

Hollidaysburg, PA 

Garvey Manor and Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence continuing care retirement community recently hosted an outdoor show, "Marching into the Woods."

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