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Feds direct states to strengthen home and community-based care

Monday, August 22, 2016The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services issued a bulletin August 3, urging states to continue reducing their reliance on institutions in their Medicaid long-term services and supports, LTSS. The bulletin provides a series of recommendations to state Medicaid programs.…

Disability and senior rights groups demand investigation of Kansas Medicaid backlog

Thursday, August 11, 2016In a letter sent July 8 to the federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services [PDF], the Disability Rights Center of Kansas called on the federal government to investigate the state’s growing Medicaid backlog. “Ongoing delays risk depriving applicants…

Mental health parity rules expanded to Medicaid, CHIP

Wednesday, April 6, 2016The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released final regulations March 29 that expand existing mental health care equity laws to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, passed by Congress in…

Complaint demands accessible Medicaid and Medicare documentation

Monday, February 22, 2016The National Federation of the Blind and three individuals sued the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in federal court February 10, calling on the agency to make its documentation, including key materials relating to benefit changes and denials, accessible…

Medicare finalized end-of-life counseling rules

Monday, November 16, 2015Medicare doctors will, for the first time, be reimbursed by the federal government for counseling sessions with patients wishing to discuss their end-of-life options, under final rules released by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on October 30.…

Report highlights continued growth of community-based Medicaid services

Thursday, August 6, 2015Medicaid is continuing to make progress redirecting funding from institutional care toward more integrated, home and community-based services. According to a new report [PDF], funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the percentage of national Medicaid funding…

Medicare proposal would reimburse doctors for end-of-life counseling

Thursday, July 23, 2015The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a proposal July 8 that would, for the first time, reimburse health care professionals for discussions they have with Medicare beneficiaries about their end-of-life choices. Public comments will be accepted until September…

Congress passes Steve Gleason Act

Tuesday, July 21, 2015The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill July 15 that would expand Medicare coverage of speech-generating devices, clearing the way for President Obama’s signature. Since 2001, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has covered the cost of speech-generating…

Feds pull back on controversial speech device policy

Tuesday, May 26, 2015In response to backlash from disability advocates, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has shelved a controversial policy that would have restricted the types of speech generating devices covered by federal health care programs. Moreover, it has proposed a

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