CMS and HUD Announce Participants in Housing and Services Partnership

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On Friday, February 9, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that eight states and the District of Columbia will participate in the, “Housing and Services Partnership Accelerator.” The project is intended to support states implement housing-related supports and services for older adults and people with disabilities […]

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CMS Releases Updated Medicaid Telehealth Toolkit

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On Thursday, February 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an updated version of the Medicaid and CHIP Telehealth Toolkit. The toolkit is a comprehensive piece of subregulatory guidance that clearly articulates the policies associated with delivering Medicaid services via telehealth. In the toolkit, CMS espouses broad flexibility and authority for states […]

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Senate GOP Letter Expresses Concerns about Medicaid Access Rule

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On Thursday, February 15, eleven Senate Republicans sent the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) a letter expressing concerns about the Medicaid Access rule its consequences. In the letter, the Senators write that they, “have significant concerns that the proposal could and will likely harm access for seniors and people with disabilities, particularly in rural […]

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CMS Finalizes Changes to Prior Authorization Requirements

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the final rule: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Advancing Interoperability and Improving Prior Authorization Processes for Medicare Advantage Organizations, Medicaid Managed Care Plans, State Medicaid Agencies, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies and CHIP Managed Care Entities, Issuers of Qualified […]

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CMS Sends Medicaid Access Rule to OMB

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On Friday, January 26, 2024, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sent the final Medicaid Access Rule (CMS-2442-F) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance. OMB review is the last step in the process prior to release of a regulation in the Federal Register. Although the rule is […]

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CMS Releases Summary of State ARPA Spending Plans

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On January 4, 2024, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services(CMS) released a document summarizing the 51 spending plans that specify how each state and the District of Columbia is spending the enhanced federal funding provided by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The state spending summaries follow the release of a national spending report […]

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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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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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KFF Releases Updated Medicaid Waiver Waiting List Data

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On November 29th, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) released a report detailing state waiting lists for Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) waivers. Unlike other parts of the Medicaid program, states are able to limit enrollment and establish waiting, or interest, lists for HCBS waiver services. According to the KFF data: Importantly, KFF questions whether […]

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Update on 2023-2024 Medicaid Enrollment and Spending Trends

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The Kaiser Family Foundation issue brief focusing on Medicaid enrollment and spending trends contains a significant amount of interesting and useful information, derived from a survey of Medicaid agencies that collected data on actual FY2023 expenditures and projected FY2024 spending. Importantly, the survey results predict that the state share of Medicaid financing increased by 13% […]

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TODAY! Home Health and Home Care Regulatory Update

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NAHC President Bill Dombi and Director of Medicaid Advocacy Damon Terzaghi will discuss current issues in the Home Health and Medicaid HCBS industry. The webinar with Farragut Square Consulting will provide updates and information on: Interested parties can learn more and register at https://mwe.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_k6mhlsA8RxC75esbQ9d_-g#/registration.

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