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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

Prominent researcher calls for stepped-up HCBS funding … Newly launched device measures blood oxygen and heart rate at home … Eden Health gains caregivers with speech-to-text capabilities via nVoq platform … TV, internet most popular news sources for older adults: survey

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15 percent raise for direct care workers would yield ‘impressive’ return on investment: researchers

A 15% pay raise for direct care workers, which would come at a cost of $9.4 billion in 2022, would yield an “impressive return on investment, including concrete benefits for a variety of stakeholders,” according to a blog posted on Health Affairs. Authors include researchers from LeadingAge and the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston.

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