On Feb. 28, Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D -OR) introduced H.R. 4122, a bill "to reauthorize the Older Americans Act of 1965, and for other purposes." Funding for the Older Americans Act Programs are at risk because the Older Americans Act’s authorization ended in 2011.
The White House released Part I of the President Obama’s FY 2015 budget proposal, which includes reductions in funding for some programs as well as increases in funding for programs that the administration wants to expand within the Older Americans Act, Medicare, and other programs affecting older adults. LeadingAge members should reach out to their members of Congress to encourage them to maintain funding for these programs at the pre-sequester funding level.
"The Policy Implications of the Cost Structure of Home Health Agencies" is a new report that looks at the costs of nonprofit and for-profit home health agencies.
The Office of the Investigator General (OIG) in its 2014 Workplan stated that it will be investigating the billing and payments under Medicaid and Medicaid waivers for adult day services. The OIG submitted recommendations to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and states concerning adult day centers that were included in a 2011 report.
There are a number of important changes that will go into effect in 2014 for hospice providers, including changes to claims processing, general inpatient care, the move to the HIPAA Eligibility Transaction System, the reporting of data using the Hospice Item Set, the ICD-10 conversion and clarification on coding the primary diagnosis that is the basis of a beneficiary's eligibility for hospice services.