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Addressing Nursing Facility Financing Challenges during MLTSS Program Development

ADvancing States is pleased to announce the release of a new issue brief, Addressing Nursing Facility Financing Challenges during MLTSS Program Development developed in collaboration with Milliman. This brief is intended to shed light on the complex and often-misunderstood relationship between nursing facility financing and Medicaid delivery system design.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73873

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NPRC Survey

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation's National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) is conducting a national survey to better understand the wants and needs of people impacted by paralysis and their realtionship with the resource center.The objective of the survey is to learn how the disability and paralysis community view the NPRC as a strategic partner in the advancement of disability rights, and how Reeve/NPRC can best use this feedback to identify current needs, improve their services, and identify gaps where improvements can be made. The survey will remain open until Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73866

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Request for Public Comment on Proposed Questions for Development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs)

On April 14, 2022 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture released the proposed scientific questions that will inform the development of the 2025-2030 DGAs. They are requesting public input on the proposed questions and will accept written comments from the public until Monday, May 16, 2022 .

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73849

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Leadership Tips from a Life-Long Public Servant

At a recent Medicaid Pathways Program (MPP) meeting, Estelle Richman, CHCS board chair, shared some valuable lessons from her 30+ years’ experience as a public servant at the federal, state, and local level. Estelle has held several positions, including Chief Operating Officer at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia, and Philadelphia’s Commissioner of Public Health.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73833

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The Biden Administration Extends Public Health Emergency for 90 Days

On Wednesday, April 13, 2022, The administration renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency, just before the initial April 16 expiration date. This will extend pandemic policies and flexibilities that have made it easier for millions of Americans to access health insurance coverage under Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, access telehealth services, and sign up for health insurance. CMS released guidance giving states 12 months to redetermine eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP, and Congress extended telehealth coverage of Medicare for five months after the emergency ends in the fiscal 2022 omnibus spending bill.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73832

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Older Adults’ Preparedness to Age in Place

“Aging in place" refers to living independently, safely, and comfortably in one’s home for as long as possible. In order to do so, home modifications and additional support are often needed to ensure that older adults are safe and have their needs met over the course of their aging. During January and February 2022, the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging asked a national sample of adults age 50–80 about their perspectives on aging in place and how they feel about home modifications and available social supports.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73828

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New Report Highlights How Nursing Homes with Higher Staffing Levels Have Better Five-Star Ratings and Less Instances of Abuse

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted long-standing issues of understaffing and insufficient care delivery in nursing homes. On February 28, 2022, the Biden Administration announced it would be implementing a minimum staffing standard for nursing homes and increasing scrutiny on corporate owned nursing homes. This report analyzes federal data regarding nursing home staffing levels and how it effects residents' outcomes.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73823

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Call for Nominations for The John A. Hartford Foundation 2022 Business Innovation Award

The Aging and Disability Business Institute is now accepting nominations for the The John A. Hartford Foundation 2022 Business Innovation Award. Each year, this award recognizes community-based organizations (CBOs) that have created innovative solutions to improving the well-being of older adults and people with disabilities through strategic partnerships with health care entities. The Institute is looking for nominations of CBOs that have contracts with health care entities related to advance care planning, caregiving, COVID-19 response, dementia care, and those that address health equity.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/73820

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