Technical Assistance Collective Releases Report on American Rescue Plan HCBS Evaluations

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The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Technical Assistance Collective, a grant-funded group of organizations focused on supporting state Medicaid agencies implement the HCBS ARPA spending plan initiatives, released a report that summarizes state activities to evaluate the ARPA activities. The report is largely theoretical and focuses on the evaluation activities, […]

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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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CMS Issues Guidance on Direct Care Worker Registries

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On December 12, 2023, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an informational bulletin on the development of Direct Care Worker Registries. Although CMS’ guidance does not include any new policy, it reminds states of the ability to develop these registries and use them as tools to support workforce retention, recruitment, and credentialing. […]

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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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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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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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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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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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