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 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. 

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