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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2837, 2/3/2016
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NAHC Submits Comments on the MSPB IMPACT Act Measure
Bipartisan Policy Center Recommends Expanding Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services to Improve Long-Term Care
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NAHC Submits Comments on the MSPB IMPACT Act Measure

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a call for public comments on the draft specifications for the Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary-Post-Acute Care (MSPB-PAC) measure on January 13, 2016.

The Improving Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) authorizes the Secretary to develop resource use measures, including total estimated Medicare spending per beneficiary in post-acute care (PAC) settings: skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), home health agencies (HHAs), long-term care hospitals (LTCHs), and inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs). The IMPACT Act stipulates that the MSPB-PAC measure should align with the hospital MSPB measure in certain ways.

In addition, the MSPB-PAC measures must be implemented according to the following statutorily mandated timelines: October 1, 2016, for SNF, LTCH, and IRF Quality Reporting Programs (QRPs), and January 1, 2017, for the HHA QRP.

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Bipartisan Policy Center Recommends Expanding Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services to Improve Long-Term Care
Recommendations seek to eliminate “Medicaid’s bias for institutional or facility-based care”

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Long-Term Care Initiative has released a new report titled “Initial Recommendations to Improve the Financing of Long-Term Care,” which contains recommendations to provide states with more flexibility to offer home- and community based services under Medicaid. The report also recommends the establishment of a federal insurance program for catastrophic long-term care, as well as a more affordable option for private long-term care insurance.

BPC is a think tank led by four bipartisan former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders – Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole and George Mitchell. The report was developed by the co-chairs of BPC’s Long-Term Care Initiative, former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist, former Secretary of Health and Human Services and Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, and former Congressional Budget Office Director Dr. Alice Rivlin. The consensus by BPC on these recommendations is noteworthy because it demonstrates growing bipartisan support for promoting the increased use of HCBS under Medicaid as a means of improving long-term care.

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NAHC Announces the March on Washington Conference
Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, April 4–5, 2016

NAHC is hosting the 2016 March on Washington Conference in the splendid city of Washington, DC. Now is a critical point as we face new rules that could challenge our mission to serve America’s aged, disabled, and ill. Join us as we work to make home care and hospice the center of health care in our country.

The nation’s capital is the heart of legislative activity that affects home care and hospice. That makes it the perfect place to raise awareness of the vital work we do. Together, we can deliver a unified message to those who make the policies that shape our business. Take advantage of this chance to lobby your lawmakers, connect with colleagues, and attend educational sessions led by experts in our field.

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