Enrollment shifts from private health insurance to Medicare as baby boomers continue to age into the program will help drive average annual growth of 5.5% in national health spending and enrollment from 2017 to 2026, according to new estimates released Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Projections include spending related to nursing care facilities and continuing care retirement communities.
While Republicans in the Senate and House of Representatives work to reconcile their two versions of a tax reform bill that analysts say could add more than $1 trillion to the federal deficit over 10 years, GOP lawmakers are signaling plans for 2018 to reduce spending on Medicare and Medicaid.
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Business intelligence and information technology are making health screenings more convenient for older adults, enabling them as well as their care providers to benefit.
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CMS has announced its plan to remove Social Security numbers from beneficiaries' Medicare cards, but the Government Accountability Office said Thursday that it is still waiting for the White House Office of Management and Budget to take further action to reduce the use of the identifier elsewhere.
A Florida home health agency paid kickbacks to the owner of three assisted living communities and others in exchange for referrals that resulted in more than $3 million in fraudulent Medicare payments, the federal government alleged Thursday as part of a larger announcement of $1.3 billion in alleged false healthcare billings.
Erroneous government payments to senior living operators and other health-related organizations are approaching $100 billion a year, a new federal report alleges.
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Paying for long-term services and supports through Medicare for some residents of independent and assisted living communities and seniors living at home would improve care and lower costs for the government and individual beneficiaries, maintain the authors of a new report.
Reduced outlays for Medicaid, a shorter lifespan for the Medicare program, higher insurance premiums for those aged 50 to 64 and more uninsured older adults would be some of the effects of the American Health Care Act, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation. "Seniors have a lot to lose," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says.
Former health policy consultant Seema Verma was confirmed as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday by a 55-43 vote in the Senate.
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Medicaid, home- and community-based services, long-term services and supports, the elder care workforce and Medicare are among the important areas that President Donald Trump and members of Congress should focus on for older adults, advocacy groups maintain.
Reducing improper payments made from the Medicare and Medicaid programs is a big step that the federal government can take to improve the country's long-term fiscal health without legislative action, the Government Accountability Office said in the first of what it expects to be annual reports on the United States' financial future.
A New Jersey woman faces up to 15 years in prison and $500,000 in fines after pleading guilty Thursday to her role in a $1 million Medicare fraud scheme through which residents of affordable seniors housing complexes were convinced to submit to unnecessary genetic testing.
Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) has been named the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Health and Human Services and its Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Businesses tend to be quite happy when elections put Republicans in charge of Congress and the White House. But senior living operators would be well advised to temper their giddiness this time, for two reasons.
Organizations representing senior living providers said Tuesday that they look forward to working with President-elect Donald J. Trump's choices to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, maintaining that both understand the issues confronting older adults and those who care for and serve them.
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Older adults and/or people with disabilities account for the majority of recipients of home- and community-based services funded through Medicaid Section 1915(c) waivers, although the average dollar amount spent per participant and the duration of service provision for this group are less than they are for some other groups served by the waivers. That's according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
The Medicaid program spent almost $776 million on 1915(c) waivers to cover home- and community-based services for older adults in fiscal year 2014, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Reviews of Medicare and Medicaid payments, fraud and abuse, and employee background check efforts are some of the items on the agenda for the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, according to a 2017 work plan released Thursday.
Leaders of organizations representing operators and others in senior living say they look forward to working with President-elect Donald J. Trump and members of his administration to advance causes important to the industry and the people associated with it.
Ten owners of assisted living facilities in Florida have been charged with receiving kickbacks and bribes and committing healthcare fraud.
In their third and final debate, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton offered competing proposals for stabilizing the troubled Social Security program.
Medicare and Medicaid payment reforms that motivate providers to engage family caregivers in delivery processes should be a priority for the next presidential administration, recommends a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.