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HUD Releases Housing Trust Fund Commitment, Expenditure Guidance

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has issued guidance for Housing Trust Fund (HTF) grantees, as well as the first report on the status of initial trust fund commitments in 2016 and disbursements.


ODM Weighs in on Vent Rules and Hospice

LeadingAge Ohio sought clarification from Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) staff regarding the Ohio Department of Medicaid rule 5160-3-18 Nursing facilities (NFs) ventilator program and how it might pertain to a terminal wean and/or palliative ventilator withdrawal for a terminal patient.


CMS Issues SNF Final Rule Technical Corrections; SNF PPS Rate Calculator Updated

On October 3, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a correction to the fiscal year (FY) 2019 skilled nursing facility (SNF) final rule.


Hospice to Receive 1.8% Payment Update

On August 6, 2018 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update final rule.


CMS Finalizes 2019 SNF Payment Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released for public inspection the fiscal year (FY) 2019 skilled nursing facility (SNF) prospective payment system final rule on July 31, 2018.


ODM Seeks 3 Year Extension for MyCare Ohio

At the Managed Long-Term Service and Supports (MLTSS) Study Committee on Thursday, July 12, Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) Director Barbara Sears told members of the committee of ODM’s plan to submit a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting a three-year extension of the MyCare Ohio program.  The announcement followed the testimony of a number of consumers who have benefitted from the care coordination provided by MyCare.


Home Health Pre-Claim Reviews Are Coming To Ohio

LeadingAge Ohio attended a meeting with Palmetto GBA to learn more about the home health Pre-Claim Review (PCR) process that is scheduled to be initiated in Ohio no earlier than October 1, 2018 according to Palmetto representatives.


Tools Coming for PDPM Payment

The Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) was included as part of this year’s Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF-PPS) rule, as a potential replacement for the RUGS classification system.


LeadingAge Ohio Board Charts Course for Next 3 Years

Last week, the LeadingAge Ohio Board of Directors met in Columbus for its triannual strategic planning retreat, which will chart the course of the organization for the coming three years.


New Analysis on Proposed SNF Payment Rule: Part II

As reported in last week’s Source, LeadingAge and LeadingAge Ohio will continue to provide an analysis on the three key aspects of the FY2019 SNF PPS proposed rule, which CMS issued April 27, 2018. Last week had a detailed analysis of the proposed changes to the VBP program and the Quality Reporting Program.  This week the focus is on the payment changes. This article highlights payment updates proposed to begin on October 1, 2018.


What’s New in the Hospice FY 2019 Proposed Rule

On April 27, 2018 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule (CMS-1692-P) that would update fiscal year (FY) 2019 Medicare payment rates and the wage index for hospices serving Medicare beneficiaries.


New Analysis on Proposed SNF Payment Rule

As we covered in last week’s Source , the new proposed payment system from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for skilled nursing facilities will be the first year where Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) will be implemented.


Tax Exemption Primer for LeadingAge Ohio Members

Several weeks ago, LeadingAge Ohio sent an email alert noting that members (with 501(c)3 status) need to be aware of a potential challenge occurring as a result of Ohio’s existing tax law.


Infection Control Tops Survey Trends

Infection Control continues to be a top cited area with the new Long-Term Care Survey Process.


CAHPS Data Included in Hospice Compare Refresh

On Tuesday, February 20, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) posted results from the first CAHPS Hospice Survey for patients, their families, caregivers, referral sources and providers to have access to information related to choosing a hospice provider.


Reminder: Cap Reporting February 28

Hospices must calculate and submit their Cap report by next Wednesday, February 28.


Ohio Medicaid Pursues Work Requirements

Last week, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) and Office of Health Transformation (OHT) announced they will seek federal approval to implement a work requirement as required by State FY 2018-19 budget bill (HB49) and guidelines by CMS.


Dangerous Tax Bill Moves Forward And Must Be Stopped

The House and Senate have each passed their own version of H.R. 1 and are now starting a House/Senate Conference Committee to iron out their differences. Both bills are bad for older adults. At risk are the medical expense tax deduction, private activity bonds and advance refunding, and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program.


Major Tax Reform Legislation Passes House: What's Next?

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed major tax reform legislation. Attention on efforts to make the first major changes to the federal tax code in decades now turns to the U.S. Senate, where a vote is expected as early as next week.

Our national partner, LeadingAge, is an association of 6,000 not-for-profit organizations dedicated to expanding the world of possibilities for aging. Together, we advance policies, promote practices and conduct research that support, enable and empower people to live fully as they age.