LeadingAge Issue Briefs
LeadingAge has the knowledge, the insights and the passion to expand the world of possibilities for aging. This page features information that can help you learn more about our field and how public policies affect our members and the people they serve.
In a recent Washington Post op-ed, former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson and former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD) acknowledged the potential long-term services and supports financing solutions contained in the LeadingAge task force report.
LeadingAge supports pilot projects the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is pursuing to address the 3-day stay where adequate oversight and safeguards against misuse can be put into place. We strongly support and are advocating for H.R. 1179 and S. 569, legislation to resolve the observation days issue. These bills would count any time a Medicare beneficiary spends in a hospital under observation toward the three-day stay requirement.
To ensure that Medicare beneficiaries receive the services they need, when they need them, in the setting most appropriate for the beneficiary, LeadingAge recommended a wide variety of changes in Medicare and Medicaid payment policies to the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee and the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. The committees had requested input from stakeholders on deficit reduction proposals involving Medicare coverage of post-acute care and solicited other recommendations on ways to improve payment accuracy, combat fraud and address variations in the use of post-acute services.
The population aged 65 and over is the fastest-growing age cohort in
our country. Rapidly increasing numbers of elders need and want home-
and community-based services. Yet the programs that finance these
services have received flat funding for the past several years.
Adequate reimbursement under Medicare and Medicaid makes a major difference to
providers’ ability to meet the costs of recruiting, training and
retaining qualified staff as well as other essential operations that
ensure high quality clinical care and quality of life for residents and