Legislation and Laws
Articles, analyses and general information about legislation and laws that relate to aging and the services that LeadingAge members offer.
The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT) Act was passed by Congress on Sept. 18 and will soon be signed into law. The legislation not only puts forth specific additional reporting requirements for post-acute care providers, but also sets the stage for overhauling the Medicare payment methodology for these services. A key issue will be meaningful risk adjustment in the development of the standardized patient assessment, quality measure and resource use tools for which the IMPACT Act provides. We will work closely with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the implementation of the legislation.
The U.S. Congress stands in recess until after Labor Day. When the regular session resumes in September, there will be little time left for Congress to resolve outstanding issues before adjourning in early October for the election season. Congress then will return in November for a lame duck session. See where the issues affecting long-term services and supports providers stand at this point and what opportunities may remain.
On July 30, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging held “Admitted or Not? The Impact of Medicare Observation Status on Seniors,” a hearing to examine the rising use of observation stays for Medicare patients. Our Heather Boyd reports...
On July 24, Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) introduced the Care Coordination for Older Americans Act of 2014 (H.R. 5200), legislation that would focus on improved care coordination for older adults.
LeadingAge applauds Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) for introducing the Older Americans Community Access Revitalization and Education (CARE) Act (S.2763), legislation that would improve the coordination of support services for older adults through the implementation of a community care wrap around support demonstration program and a program to improve the access to support services for lower-income older adults who live in federally assisted rental housing or low-income housing.