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  1. CMS Proposes Rules to Reform SNF and Hospice Payments and Encourage Interoperability

    In late April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed new post-acute care payment rules that will raise Medicare payments to skilled nursing facilities by $850 million (2.4%) in fiscal year 2019, launch a simplified patient classification system a year later, and improve interoperability. Hospices would ...

  2. FutureCAST Interviews David Belbeck and Dusanka Delovska-Trajkova

    In this month’s FutureCAST interviews, two experts discuss their most exciting initiatives and impressions on CAST’s impact. Susheel Ladwa, Chief Editor at DistilNFO and co-chair of the America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) IT Advisory Group, who was formerly with IBM Cloud Services, speaks with these ...

  3. CAST Case Study: Skilled Nursing Residents Adopt the Birdsong Tablet

    To give its residents the positive benefits of using a special touchscreen digital tablet for social engagement, LeadingAge CAST Patron Westminster-Canterbury on Chesapeake Bay partnered with TMM Software to create a custom tablet at an affordable cost. Thanks to local youth ...

  4. House HUD Funding Bill Covers Renewals, Not New Construction

    The bill provides significantly more funds compared to what the Administration has requested for FY19 as well as some increases over FY18 funding levels. For the Section 202 program, the bill provides $632M. The FY18 funding bill for HUD provided $678M for the 202 account, of which $105 million is for new construction. ...

  5. Medicaid and State Budgets: Some Good News

    Reviewing budgets proposed in 39 states for the 2019 fiscal year, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) found that 23 states were considering enhancements of Medicaid coverage; the majority of those states were looking at expanding the availability of home- and community-based services under their programs. Fourteen state budget ...