Category: Federal News
Welcome to the Federal News category. These news items pertain to aging services national policies and programs.
HUD Announces Benchmarking Assistance Opportunity for Energy and Water Use
On June 1, 2023 by Bobbie Guidry
As part of the landmark Inflation Reduction Act, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Multifamily Housing Programs announced a forthcoming initiative to support housing providers with energy and water use benchmarking. The initiative will offer free contractor support to assist with energy and water benchmarking services to HUD multifamily assisted housing properties.
Dining and Activity Visitor Attendance
On June 1, 2023 by Kari Everson
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently clarified with LeadingAge Minnesota when families and visitors can share a meal with a resident in the dining room or attend activities. According to MDH, organizations should continue infection prevention and control practices and complete a facility risk assessment to determine visitor attendance in congregate dining settings and activities.
HUD Published NSPIRE Final Rule
On May 18, 2023 by Bobbie Guidry
Last week, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published the final rule to establish its new approach to defining and assessing housing quality, the National Standards for the Physical Inspection of Real Estate (NSPIRE). The final rule describes the development of NSPIRE and the next steps from HUD before NSPIRE is implemented on Oct. 1 for multifamily and voucher programs and July 1 for public housing.
EEOC Reminds Employers to Review Employee PHE Accommodations
On May 18, 2023 by Mark Schulz
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has revised guidance for employers regarding the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. It reminds employers that they cannot automatically terminate reasonable accommodations provided due to pandemic-related circumstances.
CDC Published Updated COVID-19 Guidance
On May 8, 2023 by Kari Everson
Updated from original content posted on Monday, May 8
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic. The CDC updated sections on recommendations for universal source control and admission testing and added an appendix section to help organizations determine when to implement broader use of source control. In response to the CDC guidance release, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to QSO 20-39-NH REVISED, essentially adopting the CDC guidance.
Vaccination Mandate Ends and Other Information from CMS
On May 4, 2023 by Kari Everson
On May 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published QSO-23-13-ALL. The document provides nursing homes with an update regarding the end of the public health emergency (PHE) and how it impacts regulatory blanket waivers and interim final rules (IFR).
Ownership and Additional Disclosable Party Information on LTC “Providers and Suppliers”
On April 27, 2023 by Mark Schulz
On May 1, 2023, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish an Information Collection Request (ICR), a request for public comment on a specific topic, as part of a proposed rule about revising the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment system.
CDC Updates mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine Guidelines
On April 27, 2023 by Kari Everson
On April 23, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released updated guidance for mRNA COVID-19 vaccination. Going forward, bivalent vaccines will be administered for all immunization doses, and the monovalent (original) vaccine is no longer available. This updated guidance does not include Novovax or Johnson and Johnson Janssen. These continue to be monovalent vaccines, and the schedule remains the same.
Several Updates to SNF Quality Reporting Program in Proposed PPS Rule
On April 20, 2023 by Julie Apold
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released its 2024 Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule. It includes several proposed SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) changes.
Aging Services Workforce Now Campaign Continues at Federal Level
On April 13, 2023 by Libbie Chapuran
Our national partners at LeadingAge continue to push forward with the Aging Services Workforce Now advocacy campaign launched last year. A recent member workforce poll conducted by LeadingAge showed the shortage of caregiving professionals across aging services is still a true crisis that is not improving. That's why it's critical that we tackle our workforce challenges at every level of government, including in Washington, DC.
QSO Updates Enforcement for Infection Control Citations
On April 6, 2023 by Kari Everson
On March 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released QSO-23-10-NH, which rescinds QSO-20-31-NH and provides updated guidance on enforcement for infection control non-compliance. As a result, enforcement actions are more severe than before when cited under F880 and/or F887.
Nominate a Nurse Leader for the Nationwide 2023 McHugh Award from LeadingAge
On March 30, 2023 by Libbie Chapuran
Are you looking for a way to acknowledge an outstanding Director of Nursing or Assistant Director of Nursing in your organization? Nominate them for the Joan Anne McHugh Award for Leadership in Long-Term Services and Supports Nursing. Learn more and submit your nomination before June 16.
Becerra Addresses Top Aging Issues Before House Committee
On March 30, 2023 by Libbie Chapuran
On March 28, US Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra appeared before the House Ways and Means Committee to discuss the President’s FY24 budget proposal. Top aging services issues were discussed, such as the Three-Day Hospital Stay Requirement, Nursing Home Mandatory Staffing Ratios, and Home and Community Based Services (HCBS).
Safe Care Addresses CMS Focus on Patient Safety
On March 23, 2023 by Julie Apold
During National Patient Safety Awareness Week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) highlighted their renewed focus on patient safety because harm is still too common and often preventable in a blog published on its website. Progress in patient safety has significantly declined since the beginning of the pandemic erasing previous patient safety gains.
HUD Publishes 2023 Annual Adjustment Factors
On March 16, 2023 by Bobbie Guidry
On March 9, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the Annual Adjustment Factors (AAFs) for 2023, which adjusts rents for certain Section 8 housing assistance payment programs.
Argentum Public Policy Institute Recap
On March 9, 2023 by Mark Schulz
This past week Argentum held its annual Public Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. The public policy event started on Monday afternoon and culminated with staff advocacy visits with Congressional officials in both the U.S. Senate and House on Wednesday.
Bill Introduced to Add Assisted Living Services to Veteran Benefits
On March 9, 2023 by Bobbie Guidry
A bill introduced by US Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Jon Tester (D-MT), along with Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA), Jerry Moran (R-KS), and Mike Rounds (R-SD) to add assisted living services to veterans benefits.
Supportive Services Now More Accessible for Affordable Senior Housing Communities
On March 2, 2023 by Bobbie Guidry
Following two years of advocacy from LeadingAge, our national partner, on behalf of affordable senior housing communities, a raft of supportive services for older adults can now be more easily accessed and funded with the publication of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidance last month.
No NSPIRE Demonstration Inspections of Record Until NSPIRE Protocol Finalized
On February 23, 2023 by Bobbie Guidry
HUD's Office of Multifamily Housing Programs clarified to LeadingAge, our national partner, that the agency will not conduct housing inspections of record under the NSPIRE demonstration program until the NSPIRE materials are finalized and published, which could be as late as May or June.
US Senators Send Letter to CMS on Minimum Staffing Standards
On February 16, 2023 by Mark Schulz
On Feb. 10, US Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman Bob Casey (DFL-PA) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (DFL-OR) sent a multi-member letter to CMS regarding upcoming regulations to create a minimum staffing standard.
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