CMS Toolkit to Accelerate State Efforts to Enhance Home and Community-Based Services

Today, CMS launched a new toolkit designed for state Medicaid agencies to strengthen their infrastructure and develop robust home and community-based services (HCBS) for eligible beneficiaries. This toolkit is the latest in a series of CMS efforts to promote high quality, person-centered HCBS to safely transition older adults and individuals with disabilities back to their…

CMS Proposes to Develop Standard Measures for HCBS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to develop standard measures to use across the home and community-based services (HCBS) system for voluntary use by states, managed long-term services and supports (LTSS) plans, providers and other entities to address the gaps and recommendations identified in the report. Specifically, it recommends that the…

CMS Announces New Federal Funding to Support Transition from Nursing Homes to Community

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Wednesday, September 23, the availability of up to $165 million in supplemental funding to states currently operating Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration programs in 33 states. This funding will help state Medicaid programs jump-start efforts to transition individuals with disabilities and older adults from…

CMS Seeks Input on Quality Measures for HCBS

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a request for Information(IRFI) seeking public input on a draft set of recommended quality measures for Medicaid-funded home and community-based services (HCBS). CMS and states have worked for decades to support the increased availability and provision of high quality HCBS for Medicaid beneficiaries. HCBS provide…

House of Reps Votes to Fund Key Home Care and Hospice Programs

The House of Representatives completed their work on Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), allocating $96 billion to HHS for FY21. This funding is separate from the Medicare and Medicaid programs as those are considered mandatory spending and not subject to the annual appropriations process. Following is a summary…

ACTION ALERT: Tell the Senate to Include HCBS in COVID-19 Relief Legislation!

On Tuesday August 4th TAKE ACTION! Tell the U.S. Senate to Include Home and Community Based Services in COVID-19 Relief Bills! #WeAreEssential Now, more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, home-based care and community services (HBCS) have come to the forefront as a way to keep those at the highest risk for the virus at home while receiving the care they need under the watchful eye of…

House Approps Cmte Approves New Funding for Home Care Services

The House of Representatives’ Appropriations Commttee approved $96 billion in discretionary federal spending for fiscal year 2021, including key funds for home and community-based services, family caregiving, and respite care. The approved funds relevant to care in the home include: Home and Community Based Services: $400 million ($10 million increase from FY2020) – This program…

NAHC to Senate: New COVID-19 Relief Must Include Medicaid Home Care Services

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined a prestigious group of like-minded organizations urging the United States Senate to include Medicaid Home and Community Based Services in the next COVID-19 relief package. The letter, signed by NAHC and an amazing 251 other organizations, urges Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Charles Schumer (D-NY),…

NAHC to Senate: More Support for Medicaid and Home-Based Services

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice have joined several other organizations in urging Senate leaders to protect and bolster access to care and delivery systems that disabled and older Americans rely on. With the aging and disability communities facing unique risks of COVID-19 infection, additional resources and supports are necessary for their protection.…

NAHC: Include Medicaid HCBS Providers in COVID Relief Funds

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice and the Partnership for Medicaid Home-Based Care have written to Secretary Alex Azar of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to ask the Department to include Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) providers in the next round of funding from the Public Health and Social…