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State Policies Scrutinized by New Scorecard

September 13, 2011

A new report, designed to help states foster policies that encourage high quality care for older adults, analyzed the performance of long term services and supports, including assisted living options, across all 50 states.


CMS Offers Guidance on Reporting Crimes

July 19, 2011

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has released a memo offering guidance for nursing homes and hospices on a component of the Social Security Act that requires these communities to report any reasonable suspicion of crimes against a resident. 


HHS Announces New Initiatives for Dual Eligibles

July 12, 2011

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released plans for new initiatives aimed at providing better quality care for the nine million Americans enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid as well as lowering costs for federal and state governments.


Congressional Budget Office Predicts “Daunting” Budget Outlook

June 28, 2011

The Congressional Budget Office has released its 2011 Long Term Budget Outlook, predicting significant increases in health care spending for Medicare and Medicaid as well as increases in social security costs, creating a “daunting” budget outlook for the


Federal Financing for Medicaid Dries Up

June 21, 2011

The 90 billion dollars in federal financing, included in 2009’s economic recovery package as aid for Medicaid programs, is about to run out at the end of the month, leaving Medicaid programs with less money to provide for a rising number of beneficiaries.


Americans Worry More about Retirement

June 21, 2011

When asked if they were worried about various financial matters, Americans of all incomes were most concerned about their retirement savings, with nearly 2/3 of respondents indicating that they are very or moderately worried about not having enough money

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Proposed Medicaid Waiver Rules Could Greatly Reduce Choice Says Leading Senior Living Organization

June 15, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – June 15, 2011 – The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) today expressed its concern in a letter to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid about a revised proposed rule that will guide implementation of Medicaid Home and Commun


ALFA Voices Concerns with Proposed CMS Rule

June 14, 2011

ALFA has written a letter expressing its concerns with regulation proposed last April by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. If the rule remains unchanged, ALFA fears that many currently eligible senior living residents will be denied assistance


Medicare & Social Security in Dire Straights

May 17, 2011

The Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare released their annual projected financial analysis of the programs, concluding that Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund will be exhausted by 2024, while Social Security will be depleted by 2036.


HHS Addresses Gaps in Care through New Initiatives

May 17, 2011

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced the introduction of two new tools, aimed at improving care and reducing costs by aligning Medicare and Medicaid programs.


CMS Proposes a Rule that May Jeopardize Medicaid Beneficiaries Access to Assisted Living

April 19, 2011

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid proposed a rule which may potentially prevent assisted living providers from participating in the Home and Community Based Waiver Program by limiting the definition of what constitutes as a community based option.


Medicare Rule Draws Criticism from Home Health Proponents

March 29, 2011

A new law that requires Medicare enrollees to see a doctor in order to get benefits for home health care is generating objections from home health agencies, hospitals, and consumer groups, who argue that the law will jeopardize access to home health among

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