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DHS Launches HCBS Provider Toolkit

On October 8, 2019 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has released a new Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Provider Toolkit that provides guidance, frequently asked questions, and examples of provider practices that support choice and autonomy for people who receive these services.  

Register Today for Sept. 5 Webinar on HCBS Scholarship Program

On August 28, 2019 by Jenna Kellerman

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will host a Sept. 5 webinar to help Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) providers learn more about application process for the HCBS scholarship program and provide best practices for completing an application.  

CMS to Improve State Oversight of HCBS

On June 23, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

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.   

Congress Passes Short-Term Medicaid HCBS Protections

On April 16, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

The Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act, which provides a six-month extension for the Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) spousal impoverishment protections, has passed both bodies of Congress and now heads to the White House where it is expected to be signed into law. 

Aging Services Funding at Risk in Trump Administration 2020 Budget Proposal

On March 19, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

President Trump submitted his administration’s fiscal year 2020 spending proposals to Congress last week – and they did not feature good news for aging services providers and the older adults they serve. 

A Closer Look: 2019 MA Plan’s HCBS Supplemental Benefits

On December 18, 2018 by Guest Contributor

Two new reports shed more light on how Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) evaluated offering the new benefits for 2019 Medicare Advantage plans. The conclusion? Few plans – only 102 – are testing the new benefits in 2019, with more looking to offer some new Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) in 2020. The report also note that challenges remain. 

Bill Would Extend Soon-to-Expire Federal Spousal Impoverishment Protections in HCBS

On November 28, 2018 by Bobbie Guidry

A recently introduced bill in Congress would extend soon-to-expire federal spousal impoverishment protections for spouses of people receiving Medicaid home and community-based services.   

LeadingAge Launches New Center for Managed Care Solutions & Innovations

On October 23, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

LeadingAge has launched the Center for Managed Care Solutions & Innovation, a one-stop shop of tools, resources, and education to help members succeed in managed care, integrated services and other alternative payment models. 

LeadingAge Launches New Center for Managed Care Solutions & Innovations

On October 23, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

LeadingAge has launched the Center for Managed Care Solutions & Innovation, a one-stop shop of tools, resources, and education to help members succeed in managed care, integrated services and other alternative payment models. 

Presbyterian Homes & Services Joins Allina Health as Co-Owner of Genevive

On October 16, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

Allina Health and Presbyterian Homes & Services (PHS) announced their newly formed collaboration in Genevive effective Jan. 1, 2019. Genevive is a geriatric medical practice and care management organization providing comprehensive care for 5,500 older adults throughout the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. 

Congress Sets 2019 Funding for Older Americans Act

On October 9, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

Congress marked the beginning of fiscal year 2019 on Oct. 1 by passing the Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill, which covers many home- and community-based services programs. This was the first Labor-Health and Human Services appropriation to be enacted in over a decade. 

DHS Conducting Transportation Access as Part of HCBS Transportation Study

On September 4, 2018 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is conducting a survey on access to transportation services for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver recipients. The survey is part of a larger study of transportation services for HCBS waiver recipients that will inform a report to the 2019 Legislature.  

HCBS Scholarship for 2019 Now Open

On September 4, 2018 by Jenna Kellerman

The Minnesota Department of Health is soliciting grant proposals from providers of adult day care, home care, and housing with services to provide educational scholarships for their employees. Applications are due by Friday, Oct. 19. 

2019 HCBS Funding Advances in Congress

On September 4, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

The U.S. Senate last week passed a combined spending bill that contains some good news in terms of Fiscal Year 2019 funding for home and community-based services. 

DHS Conducting Two Provider Surveys as Part of HCBS Transportation Study

On August 7, 2018 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is contracting with Navigant Consulting for a review of the rates and availability of transportation services for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver clients. That study has two works groups advising DHS and Navigant, one looking at rates and one looking at access.  

Aging Services Funding Moving in Congress

On July 31, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

To facilitate timely passage of 2019 spending bills and avoid a government shutdown when the new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1, the U.S. House and Senate are combining multiple individual spending bills into larger legislative packages. 

OAA Funding Advances in Congress

On July 17, 2018 by Bobbie Guidry

Funding for essential programs that help people age in place were recently approved by the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees. 

DHS Conducting Survey of HCBS Transportation Provider Costs

On July 17, 2018 by Jeff Bostic

As we have covered previously, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is conducting numerous studies this summer that are related to reports it is required to submit to the 2019 Legislature. In addition to a study Elderly Waiver rates and of Adult Day Services, DHS is also reviewing rates and availability of transportation services for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver clients.  

DHS Conducting HCBS Transportation Access Study

On June 19, 2018 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has contracted with Navigant Consulting, the company that is also conducting studies on Elderly Waiver rates and the role of Adult Day services, to conduct a study of transportation access for home and community-based service enrollees, including both the elderly and disabled populations.  

DHS Updates and Extends Return to Community Initiative

On June 19, 2018 by Bobbie Guidry

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has updated and extended the Return to Community initiative.

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