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Category: Federal News

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

HUD Posts Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Updates

HUD has posted an updated version of the RAD PBRA Quick Reference Guide to reflect program changes and frequently asked questions.

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DOL Issues Interim Final Rule Dramatically Increasing the Prevailing Wage

Last week, the Department of Labor (DOL) published an interim final rule that changes how prevailing wages are calculated, which has an immediate impact on foreign workers in the H1B, H1B1, and E-3 programs.

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New Requirement to Submit Documentation to QIOs Electronically

Effective October 1 of this year, a new federal rule requires the submission of all documentation to Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) through an electronic submission method.

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CMS Memo Addresses Emergency Preparedness Exercises

Under CMS emergency preparedness regulations, nursing facilities are required to conduct two emergency preparedness testing exercises annually.

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New SNF Medicare Rates Take Effect on Thursday

Based on the annual SNF Payment Rule which CMS released earlier this summer, new SNF Medicare rates for the second year of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) take effect on October 1. 

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HUD Permits Alternatives to Resident Meetings for RAD

In a Notice issued Friday, HUD permits alternatives to group resident meetings required for the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). For PHAs or owners undergoing a RAD conversion

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National Adult Day Services Week

National Adult Day Services Week will take place September 20-26 and is an opportunity to recognize this important service that supports both participants and their family caregivers.

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SNF Quality Reporting Program Public Reporting Strategy

CMS recently published a COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet detailing the SNF QRP public reporting strategy developed by CMS to account for quality data submissions

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New: Nursing Home Infection Control Survey Tool and Checklist

As we shared in last week’s newsletter, CMS has changed the COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes tool to include the new testing requirements

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Monthly LeadingAge HUD Regional Call this Thursday

Please join us for the next monthly HUD Member Regional Conference Call, scheduled for August 20 from 12-1 p.m. CST.

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Tell Congress to Finish the Job

Join providers across the Nation to call on Congress to provide immediate relief to aging services providers.

We are severely disappointed that Congress did not reach an agreement on the next COVID-19 relief package.

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HUD to Join Aug. 17 LeadingAge Call with Updated NSPIRE Inspection Standards

On August 3, HUD’s Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) released a fully updated set of NSPIRE Inspection Standards for the physical inspection demonstration program.

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HUD Updates Multifamily Q&A

The U.S. Housing & Urban Development Department (HUD) updated its Q&A for Multifamily Housing programs. The July 31 Q&A document relays HUD’s guidance on operational and procedural questions related to the safe administration of HUD-assisted programs during COVID-19. In the Q&A, HUD provides clarity on mask requirements for residents, testing requirements for residents, and management and occupancy reviews. Included in the updates: 

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CMS Extends Deadline for Use of Renewed ABN for Medicare Part B Services

As we previously reported, the Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN) Form CMS-R-131 and instructions have been approved for renewal.  

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SNF Quality Reporting Program Temporary Exceptions Have Expired

A reminder that the temporary reporting relief outlined in the March 27 CMS memo for the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) and SNF Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) program has expired as of June 30, 2020. 

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CMS to Outline SNF Prospective Payment Rule on Thursday Open Door Forum

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will share information on fiscal year 2021 skilled nursing facility payment policies during a Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care Open Door Forum this Thursday, Aug. 6 at 1 p.m.  The full agenda will include:     

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HUD Answers Questions on COVID-19 Supplemental Payment Funds

Application forms for the COVID-19 Supplemental Payment funds are due to HUD by Aug. 5. 

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Potential Funds Available for Private Pay Assisted Living

Relief funds for private-pay assisted living providers are under consideration by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. 

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New U.S. Senate Bill Includes Liability Protections

A Republican proposal introduced in the U.S. Senate this week, the HEALS Act (Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools Act) includes measures that address liability protections.  

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HUD Announces Service Coordinator CARES Act Allocation

The U.S. Housing & Urban Development Department (HUD) released a memo last week outlining plans to allocate the $10 million in Service Coordinator funding approved by the CARES Act at the end of March. The funds will support approximately 1,600 properties with grant-funded Service Coordinator programs. The agency said they plan to issue guidance for budget-funded Service Coordination and other COVID-related expenses soon.  

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