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Check here often for the latest information about health reform implementation and what it means to aging services and to aging services providers as employers.

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Independence at Home Demo Shows Improved Care and Lower Costs

The positive results from the Independence at Home demonstration was a catalyst for a legislative victory. Both houses of Congress have passed the Medicare Independence at Home Medical Practice Demonstration Improvement Act, which would extend for 2 years the Independence at Home (IAH) program under way in 14 states. The Independence at Home (IAH) Demonstration showed higher quality care and lower Medicare expenditures in its first performance year.

CMS Delays Determinations on the Majority of Proposed Regulatory Waivers for MSSP

On June 9, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) final rule, which does little to provide flexibility for regulations that impact post-acute care providers.

Guidance Released on Expanding Spousal Impoverishment Standards to HCBS

On May 7, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to states on the implementation of section 2404 of the Affordable Care Act that will help more married older adults utilize Medicaid home and community based services (HCBS) by temporarily expanding the spousal impoverishment eligibility requirements to HCBS.

ACA Employer Shared Responsibility Provisions Now in Effect

CliftonLarsonAllen reviews the Affordable Care Act employer shared responsibility provisions (commonly called the employer mandate), which went into effect as of January 1, 2015. These provisions apply to those companies that have 50 or more full-time employees.

3-Day Stay Waiver Included in Proposed Rule for Accountable Care Organizations

On December 8, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its much anticipated accountable care organizations (ACO) proposed rule titled, “Medicare Program; Medicare Shared Savings Program, Accountable Care Organizations.” Included in this rule are several proposals that could impact the long-term care community.