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CMS Launches Webpage to Share Innovative State Actions to Expand Medicaid Home and Community-based Services

On Thursday, October 21, 2021 CMS launched a new “one-stop shop” for state Medicaid agencies and stakeholders on Medicaid.gov to advance transparency and innovation for home and community-based services. Through this new webpage, state Medicaid agencies and stakeholders can access information about states’ plans to enhance, expand, and strengthen home and community-based services across the country using new Medicaid funding made available by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP).

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73207

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Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services: Evaluating Covid-19 Response Could Help CMS Prepare for Future Emergencies

States received approval for temporary changes to their HCBS programs from CMS, within the Department of Health and Human Services to enable states to limit in-person contact to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This GAO report describes the temporary changes to Medicaid HCBS programs and examines CMS’s monitoring and evaluation of the effects of those changes.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73028

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Fair Labor Standards Act: Observations on the Effects of the Home Care Rule

The GAO released a report on the impacts of the 2013 regulation that revised the domestic service employment and companionship services under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This rule, which became effective in 2015, had the effect of extending minimum wage and overtime protections to a broader range of home care workers, many of whom provide Medicaid-funded home and community based services (HCBS).

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72194

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Executive Order, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Governor’s Office: Protection of Vulnerable Populations

On July 31, Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania announced, by an executive order, an overhaul of the state services and systems to protect the most vulnerable Pennsylvanians. The executive order establishes an Office of Advocacy and Reform, Child Advocate, and Council on Reform. The executive order also lists responsibilities of the state agencies and the Governor’s Office of Performance through Excellence.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71697

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Selected Characteristics of 10 States With the Greatest Change in Long-Term Services and Supports System Balancing, 2012–2016

The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services released a report that profiled the 10 states with the greatest change in Long-Term Services and Support (LTSS) system balancing. The report highlights characteristics of the 10 states and compares their change in LTSS system balancing with other states and provides a national overview on LTSS system balancing. State profiles consist of characteristics and strategies states utilized in their progress towards rebalancing their LTSS systems.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71673

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Heightened Scrutiny Review of Newly Constructed Presumptively Institutional Settings

CMS released an informational bulletin that provides guidance regarding new constructions and the HCBS heightened scrutiny process. The 2014 Medicaid HCBS regulation’s settings regulation requires an in-depth assessment, called heightened scrutiny, for certain providers that are presumed to be institutional. This guidance provides clarification and flexibility to states, including an overview of three potential scenarios for how newly constructed settings could receive Federal funding

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71645

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Older Americans Act: HHS Could Help Rural Service Providers by Centralizing Information on Promising Practices

This report discusses how HHS can help rural service providers cope with the challenges of meeting the demand for home and community-based services in rural areas. Specifically, GAO recommends the consolidation of information regarding promising practices to allow local officials and rural service providers to more readily access this information.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71584

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HCBS Conference 2018- Presentations

While faced with new challenges, reduced budgets, and growing populations requiring more services, states are stronger than ever, and the work they do is more effective than ever in reaching individuals and addressing their needs. The National Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference 2018 highlights these achievements, allowing states to share best practices, present unique partnerships, and recognize the work of their peers.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70802

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Medicaid Expenditures for Long-Term Services and Supports in FY 2016

This annual report outlines Medicaid expenditures for all LTSS, including institutional services and HCBS, by service category and state. This report covers trends in total LTSS expenditures, LTSS as a Percentage of Total Medicaid Spending, HCBS as a Percentage of Total Medicaid LTSS, and more.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70524

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Do Managed Care Programs Covering Long-Term Services and Supports Reduce Waiting Lists for Home and Community-Based Services?

This paper examines whether there is evidence that MLTSS programs increase access to home and community-based services (HCBS). One theory states that MLTSS programs may reduce costs associated with the use of institutional services, thereby allowing states to expand HCBS services and reduce waiting lists. This brief uses this theory and examines changes in a state's HCBS waiting list as one way to measure access to HCBS.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70487

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