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News by Topic: Aging and aging-related services

Sep 29, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an update to the methodology employed to determine the rate of COVID-19 cases in counties, affecting nursing homes who are required to test staff for COVID-19 based on the positivity rate of their respective counties. The changes help to reduce the burden on nursing homes in rural counties with seemingly high comparative positivity rates.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Sep 28, 2020 - The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is seeking comments related to the modification and use of the Data Performance Reports and Information Collection tools for the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). ACL is proposing to combine the SHIP Data Performance Reports and Information Collection, Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Report collection, and the Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) collection into one tool to reduce the time and effort in reporting outcomes and activities. Comments are due by October 28, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 28, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Beneficiary and Family Centered Data Collection; 2) PACE Quality Data Monitoring and Reporting; and 3) Establishment of an Exchange by a State and Qualified Health Plans. Comments are due by October 28, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Sep 23, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the availability of $165 million in supplemental funding to states operating Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration programs. Each state is eligible for up to $5 million to accelerate long-term care system transformation design and implementation and to expand home and community-based care services capacity.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Sep 17, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance for nursing homes on safely facilitating visitations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recommendations include encouraging nursing homes to utilize outdoor visitation and only allowing indoor visitation if there have been no new cases of COVID-19 in 14 days.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Aug 26, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance for nursing homes and clinical laboratories to assist in efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. New guidance requires nursing homes to test all residents and staff, includes a new survey tool and steps facilities must take to meet testing requirements.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services