The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Request For Information (RFI): Federal Government Interventions to Ensure the Provision of Timely and Quality Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) [CMS-2404-NC], scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Nov. 9, 2016 to seek public input on additional reforms and policy options the agency can consider to accelerate access to HCBS.
The Kaiser Family Foundation published a new survey report showing more than 35,000 people had participated in the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program by August 2013. The lack of affordable housing was one of the main barriers for elders to transition from a nursing home back to the community.
The Department of Health and Human Services OFFICE OF INSPECTOR stated in the September 2016 report “HOSPICES SHOULD IMPROVE THEIR ELECTION STATEMENTS AND CERTIFICATIONS OF TERMINAL ILLNESS” that hospice election statements lacked required information or had other vulnerabilities in more than one-third of GIP stays.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) addressed the topic of "Implementing the HCBS Rules in Settings Serving Individuals with Dementia & Other Cognitive Disabilities" in its monthly State Operations and Technical Assistance (SOTA) webinars for State Medicaid Agency personnel and the public.
On Sept. 7, 2015, President Obama issued Executive Order 13706 (EO 13706), which requires that all government contractors and their subcontractors provide their employees working on the contract paid sick leave. While Medicare and Medicaid-certified providers do not constitute government contractors, providers with VA contracts are covered by EO 13706 through the Contract Services Act of 1965.
Advanced home health aides (AHHA) working at some assisted living communities in New York will soon be able to administer medications under a new law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in late November.
Steve Maag, director of residential communities at LeadingAge, characterized the move as “clearly a positive development for assisted living.”