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News by Topic: Elderly population

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 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 31, 2020 - The Agency for Health Research and Quality is allowing an additional 30 days for public comments to be submitted on a proposed information collection for a project to identify and test strategies for the management of opioid use and misuse in older adults in primary care settings. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register