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Category: Federal News

Welcome to the Federal News category. These news items pertain to aging services national policies and programs.

CMS Proposes to Revise Mandatory Remedies Policy

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to revise its policies regarding mandatory immediate imposition of federal remedies, and there are positive changes for care centers. 

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Report: Low Production Pushes Housing Costs Up

A new report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University found that housing production is not keeping pace with the nation’s growth of households, which is creating higher housing costs and increased housing affordability struggles for low- and moderate-income households.  

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Hospice: OIG Recommends Better Protections for Beneficiaries

A report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) discusses serious care deficiencies found in hospice services and the shortcomings in federal regulation and oversight to prevent these kinds of harm to beneficiaries.  

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Save the Date – Sept. 4 and 5: Effectiveness & Core Components for Infection Preventionist Certificate Program

The final countdown to Phase 3 of the Requirements of Participation that take effect Nov. 28 has begun. These requirements, among other changes, mandate that every care center have a designated and specially trained Infection Preventionist running a comprehensive infection prevention and control program. Are you prepared? 

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White House Issues Executive Orders on Affordable Housing, Health Transparency

President Donald Trump signed two Executive Orders last month that will interest LeadingAge members. The first is focused on reducing and removing regulatory burdens that raise the cost of housing development. The second relates to price transparency in health care, but does not apply to aging services providers.  

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SNF Quality Reporting Program Train-the-Trainer Event – Registration Open

Registration is open for a two-day Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Train-the-Trainer event for providers on Aug.13 and 14. The training, which is primarily intended for those responsible for training staff at care centers, includes:   

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HHS Issues Proposed Rule to Eliminate Certain Nondiscrimination and Language Access Provisions

A new proposed rule from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeks to eliminate nondiscrimination protections in health care and aging services settings for LGBT people and those with limited English proficiency. LeadingAge Minnesota opposes the proposed rule’s removal of these protections.  

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New Information and Training on Veteran Community Care Networks

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is shifting the way in which it works with community providers to expand the provider network and improve customer service for veterans and timeliness of payment for providers. 

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CMS to Improve State Oversight of HCBS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is continuing its effort to improve how states monitor health and welfare in Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). This effort, which includes technical assistance to select states, is part of the federal government’s overall health care fraud and abuse control program that was featured in a recent report.   

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Large Funding Package Passed in U.S. House

The House passed its first fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills last week. The $985 billion package includes funding for Older Americans Act (OAA) programs that will help millions of low-income seniors and people with disabilities.  

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LeadingAge Highlights Impact of Federal Poverty Threshold on Aging Services

In a response to a request for comments on how the federal government measures poverty, LeadingAge provided insight on how potential changes to the poverty threshold’s calculation could negatively impact older adults and aging services. 

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OAA Reauthorization, Medical Expense Deduction and Housing Credit Advancing in Congress

Congress is getting down to business and moving funding and policy issues that impact aging services providers. 

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HUD UPDATE: REAC Physical Inspection, NSPIRE, Carbon Monoxide Detectors and More

LeadingAge has provided an overview of recent developments in Housing & Urban Development policies that affect providers of affordable housing. This update features the latest news on the voluntary NSPIRE initiative, HUD instructions on enforcement actions if a property refuses to be inspected, instructions to inspectors to collect information only on carbon monoxide detectors, 14-day scheduling of inspections, and the four reasons HUD Multifamily field offices can delay inspections.  

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Reminder: Change from KEPRO to Livanta Requires Action by Medicare Providers

Effective June 8, 2019, Livanta replaced KEPRO as the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care (BFCC) Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Minnesota. This serves as an important reminder that skilled nursing facilities need to take action in relation to the transition to Livanta.  

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LeadingAge Drafts Comments on FY2020 SNF PPS Proposed Rule

LeadingAge comments on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) proposed rule are now available. Members can also access a fact sheet and summary of  the proposed. 

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Observation Days: Stopping Surprise Medical Bills

Observation days are gaining some interest in Congress as more and more consumers express concerns regarding surprise medical bills. 

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Providers Say Proposed $35,308 Threshold for Overtime Pay is Reasonable

While expressing a few concerns, Argentum, LeadingAge and other associations representing older adult services called the federal government’s proposed salary threshold of $35,308, under which executive, administrative, professional and certain other employees would be eligible for overtime pay if they work more than 40 hours in a week, reasonable. 

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Veterans Choice Program Sunsets as Community Care Network Launches

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is shifting the way in which it works with non-Veterans Affairs (VA) providers to expand the provider network and improve customer service for veterans and timeliness of payments for providers.  

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CMS Releases MDS 3.0 Manual update EARLY!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has officially posted a draft version of the new MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.17 Oct. 1, 2019 that will help Skilled Nursing Facilities with transitioning to the Patient-Drive Payment Model.  

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Participate in 2019 Adult Day Services Financial Indicators Study

The 2019 Adult Day Services Financial Indicators Study has been launched, and we strongly encourage adult day members to participate. The study, now in its ninth year, offers Adult Day Services members the opportunity to benchmark their individual centers to the rest of the field and determine their financial health and performance.  

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