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Minnix Briefs Congressional Staff on Need for New Long-Term Care Financing System

Speaking at a staff briefing organized by the National Council on Aging and sponsored by Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Larry Minnix told congressional staff that the United States faces "a perfect storm" of challenges to the current patchwork approach to financing long-term care. 

Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT) ACT

The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT) Act was signed into law by President Obama on Oct. 6, 2014. 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. We will work closely with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the implementation of the legislation.

Federal Update: Where Do Aging Services Issues Stand on Capitol Hill?

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. 

Hospital Observation Stays: U.S. Senate Aging Committee Holds Hearing

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...

Care Coordination for Older Americans Act of 2014

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.