White House Hosts Event on American Rescue Plan HCBS Funding

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On December 12, 2023, the White House hosted an event dedicated to enhanced funding for home and community-based services (HCBS) provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The discussion focused heavily on the benefits of the ARPA funding to direct care workers and on the state use of funds to increase wages. Presenters frequently […]

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CMS Releases Data on American Rescue Plan Spending

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On December 12, 2023, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released information on how State Medicaid Agencies have used the enhanced funding for home and community-based services (HCBS) provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). According to the CMS data: The full dataset is available online at: https://www.medicaid.gov/sites/default/files/2023-12/arp-sec9817-overview-infographic_0.pdf.

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10 Reasons to be Thankful for Home Care & Hospice

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More people die from chronic disease than from acute disease. What this suggests is that the future will be about the management of chronic disease and not acute illness. The number of people going into hospitals will be fewer and they will spend less time there. What will increase by geometric progressions is the number […]

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MACPAC Examines Medicaid HCBS Policy and Payment

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On Friday, November 3rd, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission discussed two important issues related to home and community-based services (HCBS). First, the Commission examined the statutory and regulatory requirements placed on the variety of HCBS authorities, including 1915(c) waivers, 1915(i), 1915(k), and 1915(j). The discussion focused on how the requirements, such as […]

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NAHC/AARP 2023 LTSS State Scorecard

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AARP recently released the 2023 update to their nationally renowned State Long-term Services and Supports Scorecard (https://ltsschoices.aarp.org/scorecard-report/2023). The LTSS Scorecard, a first of its kind, assesses and ranks various components of the 50 states and District of Columbia in five key areas: The scorecard is a powerful tool for providers, policymakers, and stakeholders to use […]

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CMS Proposes Changes to the HCBS 1915(c) Waiver Application

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In September 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted proposed updates to the 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver Application and Technical Guide in the Federal Register for public comment. According to CMS, the changes include technical edits and updates throughout both documents, such as adding an option for states to […]

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Senator Casey Unveils Legislation to Increase Medicaid Home Care Funding

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Senator Robert Casey (D-PA), a staunch friend of the elderly and disabled, has unveiled legislation that would provide a 10 percent increase to the federal share (FMAP) of home and community-based services (HCBS) for two years. The legislation would essentially extend the HCBS funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and provide states with […]

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AARP Releases 2023 LTSS Scorecard

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On Thursday, September 28, AARP released their 2023 Long-term Services and Supports (LTSS) Scorecard, the fifth iteration of the scorecard, which is released every three years. The Scorecard ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 26 unique measures grouped into the following five categories: Notable measures that focus on homecare providers […]

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NAHC/HHFMA Webinar: Home and Community-Based Palliative Care: Past, Present, and Future

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Join NAHC/HHFMA and our panel of experts as we explore the current and potential future state of home-and-community based palliative care (HCBPC). We will take a pulse check on the existing palliative care landscape, discuss different models and approaches, and identify emerging policy opportunities and threats to HCBPC’s growth and maturation. Panelists will highlight some important […]

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