NAHC Analysis of the Medicaid Access Rule

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On April 22, 2024, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final Medicaid Access Rule (CMS-2442-F). The regulation becomes “effective” on July 9, 2024, which is 60 days after the scheduled formal publishing in the Federal Register; however, a number of the provisions do not actually take hold until several years after […]

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CMS Releases Updates to HCBS Quality Measures

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On Thursday, April 11, CMS released three items relevant to quality measurement in Home and Community-Based Services. These include: A CMCS Informational Bulletin that updates the existing HCBS Quality Dataset. The HCBS Quality Dataset, first implemented in 2022, is a set of national measures that is voluntary for state Medicaid agencies to collect and report. […]

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CMS issues Money Follows the Person Best Practices Report

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On Tuesday, March 12th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a report to Congress on Best Practices within the Medicaid Money Follows the Person deinstitutionalization program. This report was required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which identified eight key areas for CMS to report on best practices. The eight areas, […]

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HHS releases HCBS CAHPs data

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released the 2024 home and community-based services (HCBS) Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) chartbook. This chartbook includes data that was collected in the summer of 2023. The HCBS CAHPS was developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a way to […]

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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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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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