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Supporting the Critical Role of Family Caregivers: State Opportunities

This fact sheet was developed as part of the Center’s Helping States Support Families Caring for an Aging America initiative. Six states – Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Virginia- are involved with the initiative. This fact sheet provides an overview of unpaid family caregiving and lists options state leaders can consider implementing in order to support family caregivers in their state.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/71677

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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.nasuad.org/node/71673

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Tips for Older Consumers to Stop Illegal Robocalls

The National Center on Law and Elder Rights (NCLER) released a tip sheet to help older adults stop receiving robocalls. Telemarketers, debt collectors, and scammers utilize illegal robocalls- automated telephone calls- to target potential victims. This document provides older consumers with several tips they can use to lessen the frequency of robocalls, while protecting them from scams.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/71662

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CMCS Informational Bulletin: Additional EVV Guidance

CMS released a bulletin addressing frequently asked questions regarding Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) requirements to beneficiaries receiving in-home care. This bulletin responds to questions surrounding beneficiaries with live-in caregivers, services delivered partially in the beneficiary's home, the provision of medical supplies, equipment, and appliances as a component of the Medicaid home health benefit, and the use of web-based timesheets as an EVV method.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/71661

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Workforce Matters: The Direct Care Workforce and State-Based LTSS Social Insurance Programs

The report provides an overview of the expected increased need for direct care workers and a breakdown of the current direct care workforce. In each description of barriers facing the direct care workforce, PHI includes program and policy recommendations. Challenges and recommendations in this report include areas regarding: wages and benefits, training, advanced roles, supervision, recruitment and retention, data collection, decision-making, family caregivers, and matching service registries.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/71660

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Promoting Information Sharing by Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans to Improve Care Transitions: State Options and Considerations

In 2021, under a recently released rule from CMS, D-SNPs will be required to notify the state or state’s designee when enrollees experience Medicare-covered hospital or skilled nursing facility admissions in order to ensure timely transitions of care. The Integrated Care Resource Center has released a brief that examines approaches from three states – Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee – to develop and implement information-sharing processes for their D-SNPs that support care transitions.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/71656

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Side-by-Side Comparison of Current & Recently Released Federal Nursing Home Regulations (Including Arbitration Agreements)

CMS published a proposed rule to revise the current federal nursing home regulations and a final arbitration rule. Consumer Voice has released a side-by-side comparison chart of the current and the newly released proposed rules, as well as the final arbitration rules.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/71655

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Complex Needs and Growing Roles: The Changing Nature of Information and Referral/Assistance

A project of NASUAD and NCIL, this report shares information on a range of issues – including services and referrals, technology and social media, partnerships and systems, quality assurance, training and certification, and sustainability – from the perspectives of I&R/A professionals in state agencies on aging and disability, Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, No Wrong Door systems, and other non-profit human service organizations.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/71654

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Medicare Plan Finder: Usability Problems and Incomplete Information Create Challenges for Beneficiaries Comparing Coverage Options

The GAO released a report to the Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means summarizing findings of a survey sent to State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP) directors about the usability of the Medicare Plan Finder (MPF) website. The MPF website is a resource for comparing Medicare coverage options to help beneficiaries make informed decisions about their coverage. The report also includes other areas of improvement to make the website more user-friendly.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/71651

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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.nasuad.org/node/71645

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