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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NAHC Meets White House Domestic Policy Council

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On Wednesday, September 20, NAHC and our friends with the Partnership for Medicaid Home Based Care (PMHC) and the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA) met with members of the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) to discuss the Medicaid Access Rule’s 80-20 provision. During the conversation, NAHC outlined concerns with the rule, including the […]

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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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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Releases First HCBS CAHPS Summary Report

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At the end of July, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released the first ever summary report of the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey. The HCBS CAHPS was developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a way to solicit […]

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CMS Releases Guidance on Medicaid Managed Care Financing

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On Friday, August 11, 2023, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a State Medicaid Directors Letter (SMDL) that provides guidance on how states may claim federal funding for services that receive a higher matching rate that are included in a managed care program. States are already expected to identify and claim these […]

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CMS Issues Guidance Extending HCBS Public Health Emergency Flexibilities

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On August 2, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a State Medicaid Director Letter (SMDL) that enables states to extend certain flexibilities granted by “Appendix K” authority, which is a process to make disaster-related changes to a HCBS Medicaid waivers. Previously, Appendix K changes were scheduled to expire 6 months after […]

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Texas: HHSC Publishes New HCS Certification Standards

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HHSC published new Home and Community-Based Services (HCS) Certification Standard rules effective June 21, 2023. The new rules are in Title 26 of the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 565. HHSC reorganized rules for clarity and ease of use and added guidance regarding protective devices and residential requirements. Read HCS Certification Standards 26 TAC 565. Sign up […]

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