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Covid-19 May Have Increased Nursing Home Deaths By Nearly One-Third

How bad was the covid-19 pandemic for nursing homes residents? A new government study finds that 40 percent had the virus, or probably did. About 169,000 more Medicare residents died in the pandemic year of 2020 than in 2019, an increase in the overall death rate of about 32 percent.  And in April 2020, about 1,000 more Medicare residents were [...]

By |2021-06-22T17:09:31-04:00June 22nd, 2021|nursing homes|0 Comments

FDA’s Approval Of A New Alzheimer’s Drug Shows What’s Wrong With The Way We Care For Frail Older Adults

FDA’s decision last week to approve a new “Alzheimer’s disease treatment,” and the buzz that surrounds it, is a symptom of all that is wrong with the way we care for frail older adults in the US. Rather than providing the supports that people with chronic conditions desperately need, and that evidence shows works, we prefer to chase butterflies. In [...]

By |2021-06-15T11:54:04-04:00June 15th, 2021|long-term care, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What Does FDA’s Approval Of A New Alzheimer’s Drug Mean?

In a highly controversial decision, the FDA gave accelerated approval to the first drug that could slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. But the approval does not say the FDA thinks the drug actually will treat the disease. Rather, FDA carefully states that the drug, with the chemical name aducanumab and the brand name Aduhelm, reduces a substance on the [...]

By |2021-06-07T17:50:37-04:00June 7th, 2021|dementia|5 Comments

Will Senate Moderates Sink Biden’s Medicaid Home-Based Long-Term Care Plan?

President Biden’s proposed massive expansion of Medicaid home-based long-term care is running into trouble in the Senate. And it may be done in, not by hard-core conservatives, but by a small group of self-styled Senate moderates. In his American Jobs Plan, Biden proposed increasing the federal share of Medicaid’s home and community-based services (HCBS) program by $400 billion—the largest increase [...]

By |2021-05-27T15:38:27-04:00May 27th, 2021|Medicaid|2 Comments

The Biden Administration Greenlights $12 Billion In Federal Medicaid Home Care Money. How Will States Spend It?

The Biden Administration has given the green light for states to begin to tap into about $12 billion in additional funding for Medicaid home-based long-term supports and services. In guidance issued to state Medicaid directors late last week, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted the states broad flexibility in how they use the money. The funds, [...]

By |2021-05-19T09:55:56-04:00May 19th, 2021|Medicaid|14 Comments

The Federal Government Will Require Nursing Homes to Report Covid-19 Vaccine Rates for Staff And Residents

The federal agency that regulates nursing homes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), will require facilities to publicly report covid-19 vaccination rates for staff and residents starting May 21. The rule is likely to press operators to boost staff vaccine rates to at least the 75 percent rate that industry trade groups have set as a goal  Some [...]

By |2021-05-12T11:58:27-04:00May 12th, 2021|nursing homes|0 Comments

Americans Want Government To Help Them Age At Home, Buttressing Biden’s Medicaid Long-Term Care Agenda

A new public opinion survey shows broad bipartisan backing for more public support for long-term care, especially at home, even as congressional Republicans appear to be lining up against the idea. According a  new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 63 percent of respondents say government should support programs to help low income people receive supports [...]

By |2021-05-03T17:22:41-04:00May 3rd, 2021|long term care reform|0 Comments

Biden Should Look Beyond Medicaid to Expand Long-Term Care

The Washington Post reports that business lobbyists are quietly trying to kill President Biden’s efforts to increase federal spending on Medicaid home and community-based (HCBS) long-term care services. The reason: The White House wants to fund the $400 billion increase—part of the president’s $2.2 trillion infrastructure spending program-- by raising corporate taxes. And make no mistake, business opposition could sink [...]

By |2021-04-22T14:32:18-04:00April 22nd, 2021|long term care reform, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Biden Begins An Important, Much-Delayed, National Debate About Long-Term Care Reform

President Biden’s $400 billion plan to expand Medicaid’s home and community based services (HCBS) for people receiving long-term services and supports (LTSS) already has accomplished one major goal: It has policymakers and opinion leaders talking about how we care for frail older adults and younger people with disabilities. We not had a long-term care conversation like this since Congress created [...]

By |2021-04-08T14:58:50-04:00April 8th, 2021|Joe Biden, long term care reform, Medicaid|1 Comment

Biden Proposes The Biggest Medicaid Home-Based Long-Term Care Expansion In History, But….

In his American Jobs Plan, President Biden has proposed increasing federal support for home-based long-term care by a staggering $400 billion over eight years. A $50 billion annual increase would represent a roughly 40 percent increase in the $129 billion Medicaid spent on long-term care in 2018 and a 70 percent increase in that year’s home and community-based services (HCBS) [...]

By |2021-04-01T10:22:18-04:00April 1st, 2021|Medicaid, Uncategorized|28 Comments