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Argentum Advocates for You State Update

June 19, 2019

ARIZONA AL Training Requirements – SIGNED BY GOVERNOR (SB 1244) Modifies the training program for AL communities to include training that is consistent with the training, competency and test methodology standards developed by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) for in-home direct care workers. Stipulates that the Board must prescribe rules for AL…

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Unveiling of the Medicare for All Act of 2019

March 24, 2019

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), the co-chair of the House Progressive Caucus, unveiled HR 1384, the Medicare for All Act of 2019 which would transition our current health care system to a public single-payer system over a two-year period. Rep. Jayapal’s plan does not detail how it would be paid for but includes comprehensive and generous…

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Chronic Care Act Included in Balanced Budget Act May Present Model for Expanding Long-Term Care and Supports

August 20, 2018

Legislation included in the BBA earlier this year may present Congress with a model to expand certain long-term care and supports. Passed with bipartisan support as part of the budget bill approved earlier this year, the “Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2018,” provides Medicare Advantage plans the…

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HHS Office of Inspector General Report Identifies Vulnerabilities in Medicare Hospice Program

August 20, 2018

As part of OIG’s ongoing efforts to fight waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare, Medicaid, and more than 100 other HHS programs, it recently released a report identifying vulnerabilities to fraud and poor care. The new report covers hospice care since 2005 and increases in utilization and reimbursement. OIG made more than a dozen recommendations…

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Argentum Advances Discussions on Long-Term Care Financing with Congressional Committees

August 20, 2018

As part of efforts to continue to elevate the issue of long-term care financing and in response to draft legislation by Rep. Frank Pallone, Argentum is actively engaged with Congressional Committees including the House Energy and Commerce, Ways and Means, Veterans Affairs, and Senate Finance. While Rep. Pallone’s draft legislation would expand the Medicare program…

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A Look at the Medicare Long-Term Care Services and Supports Act

August 20, 2018

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), who currently serves as the Ranking Member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, has filed H.R. 6563, which would establish a public long-term care benefit of the Medicare program for elderly and disabled individuals by creating a new Part E under Medicare entitled Long Term Care Services and Supports (LTSS).…

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House and Senate Continue Efforts to Curb Opioid Addiction

June 25, 2018

The House of Representatives is slated to pass over 59 bills coming from five different oversight committees addressing the opioid crisis.  The Senate Finance Committee has also unanimously approved legislation that combines 22 bills recently introduced by committee members.  The Senate opioid package includes provisions that would expand telehealth access for addiction treatment, remove lifetime…

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House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Unveils Medicare Long-Term Care Services and Supports Act of 2018

June 25, 2018

To address the growing need for long-term care supports and services for over 90 million Americans age 65 and older by 2055, Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) unveiled a discussion draft to create a new Medicare benefit that would extend services to eligible beneficiaries for long-term care. The proposal would cover all long-term services and supports,…

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LifeSpan Network Applauds Rate Increase for Maryland Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports Providers

May 23, 2018

Columbia, Md. —  LifeSpan Network applauds Gov. Hogan for his approval of a 3 percent—or $20.2 million—rate increase for long-term services and supports (LTSS) providers as part of the state’s fiscal year 2019 budget. “This rate increase demonstrates the level of commitment that both the governor and the legislature have for the more than 42,000 individuals…

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MatrixCare Platform Supports Newly Proposed CMS Requirements for ‘Promoting Interoperability’

April 26, 2018

Bloomington, Minn. – MatrixCare®, the largest long-term, post-acute care (LTPAC) technology provider in the United States and perennial winner of the coveted Best in KLAS award for Long-Term Care Software, is well-positioned with its CareCommunity platform to help LTPAC providers adapt to proposed changes announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to…

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Entitlement Reform Unlikely This Year

April 25, 2018

With the planned retirement of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), mid-term elections, and President Trump’s campaign pledge not to cut Social Security and Medicare, House and Senate GOP members have indicated that the possibility of entitlement reform this year or in the next Congress is very slim.  House members discussed their skepticism at a recent…

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House and Senate Aim to Vote on Opioid Legislation by Memorial Day Recess

April 25, 2018

Health Oversight Committees of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate have held a series of hearings over the past two months to discuss and receive input on a legislative package to address the opioid crisis. Over 30 individual bills have been introduced that aim to address the crisis primarily though Medicare and…

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