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Florida launches new assisted living community comparison tool

Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration has launched a new online tool that enables consumers to compare assisted living communities’ inspection results, facility complaints, nurse availability, imposed fines, special programs and other service/quality measures.

Wisconsin: Web site aims to help people meet challenges of aging

Aided by interviews with aging and healthcare professionals and others, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have launched a free website for older adults living anywhere in the state. It offers practical information and tools for independent, active living, as well as emotional support to combat loneliness.

West Virginia: Applicant screening working

​A screening program for assisted living and other workers with direct access to long-term care residents in West Virginia has flagged nine job applicants as not eligible for employment since its Aug. 1 launch, according to the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

Colorado: LTSS plan gets $723,823

The Colorado Medicaid program will receive a grant to create pilot programs designed to ensure comprehensive access points for residents seeking long-term services and supports regardless of age, disability or payer source.

Alzheimer’s plan calls for assisted living review

The state of Washington should undertake a review of Medicaid rates for specialized dementia care in assisted living communities, recommends the state’s Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. Sept. 26 is the deadline to comment.

Ohio decision affects HCBS across the country

In a case believed to be the first to use Medicaid’s retroactivity requirement to challenge federal LTSS payment policies, a U.S. District Court in Ohio has ruled that the state must cover assisted living services up to three months before the month of a Medicaid beneficiary’s application to an assisted living community.

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