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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.

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