Larry Minnix tells another great story from the 2014 Aging Services of Minnesota Institute and Expo about Jean Probst, who was honored as this year's trustee of the year.
In a March 10 letter, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner responded to Congress, saying that CMS will pull back 4 provisions of a controversial proposed rule governing Medicare's prescription drug program. Many LeadingAge members were concerned about the proposal to lift the
protected class definition on three drug classes, including antidepressants and
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) issued a final memorandum on the Medicare Part D payment for drugs for beneficiaries enrolled in hospice. This memorandum provides final guidance for Part D sponsors and hospices as it relates to payment for drugs for hospice beneficiaries in 2014.
On March 4, President Obama submitted his budget proposals for fiscal year 2015. We are pleased that his budget would build on the new housing with services demonstration program and maintain or slightly increase funding for other housing and home- and community-based services programs. We are concerned about sections of the budget that call for more cuts in Medicare reimbursement to skilled nursing facilities and home health care providers.
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.