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CMS work group recommends approach for employing former criminals in long-term care settings

CMS work group recommends approach for employing former criminals in long-term care settings

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Long-term care providers and states should agree on what a "direct access employee" is and whether that person has a criminal conviction that should keep him or her from working in a nursing home, according to a a recently released report from the Long-Term Care Criminal Convictions Work Group.

States have 'wide discretion' to cut Medicaid payments to providers, White House says

States have 'wide discretion' to cut Medicaid payments to providers, White House says

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The White House said states can reduce Medicaid payments to long-term care operators and other healthcare providers in a court brief filed Monday.

U.S. health chief says government will not fund partial Medicaid expansions

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Answering the question on the minds of many state policymakers, the Obama administration said Monday it will not provide full federal funding for states that go only part of the way on expanding Medicaid.

CMS: Options exist for states pondering Medicaid coverage

CMS: Options exist for states pondering Medicaid coverage

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services remains busy counseling states with guidance on the standards that Medicaid programs must adhere to in coverage options for low-income. A new letter gives guidance on the Medicaid expansion scheduled to begin in January 2014.

Provider taxes; SNF payments increasing, state Medicaid GAO survey finds

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While many states have increased provider taxes since 2008, many also raised payment rates for skilled nursing facilities, according to a three-year study from the General Accountability Office.

GAO: Medicaid eligibility screening for long-term care is inconsistent across states

GAO: Medicaid eligibility screening for long-term care is inconsistent across states

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The extent to which states conduct asset verification checks on those seeking Medicaid coverage for long-term care varies greatly by state, a government report finds.

Questions about 'partial' Medicaid expansion remain unanswered, Medicaid directors leader says

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Despite assurances offered by federal officials, state Medicaid directors remain dissatisfied with the lack of guidance provided to states about the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion.

For Medicaid, it's déjà vu all over again

For Medicaid, it's déjà vu all over again

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The Supreme Court has served up yet another tortured, enigmatic decision. Now comes the fun part: figuring out what they really intended — and what those intentions will likely mean for long-term care operators.

In wake of Supreme Court ruling, states weighing Medicaid options

In wake of Supreme Court ruling, states weighing Medicaid options

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Many states are considering their options in the wake of a seemingly favorable Supreme Court ruling. The nation's highest court ruled that Congress exceeded its reach when it threatened states with a total Medicaid funding cutoff if they failed to participate in an expanded Medicaid program.

Increasing Medicare eligibility age would save money, increase Medicaid spending, budget office says

Increasing the Medicare age to 67 would save the federal government $148 billion between 2012 and 2021, but the savings would be offset by an increase in Medicaid spending, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.

States argue against Medicaid expansion in healthcare reform law challenges

States argue against Medicaid expansion in healthcare reform law challenges

Twenty-six states filed a brief Tuesday encouraging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a provision of the healthcare reform law that calls for a major expansion of Medicaid.

Report: States will see drop in Medicaid match rate in FY 2013

Most states can expect a dip in their federal match rate for Medicaid in fiscal year 2013, according to a new report from the National Association of Medicaid Directors.

States stagger under weight of Medicaid growth, new Kaiser reports find

As Medicaid enrollment grows at unprecedented rates, many state governments are trimming "optional" services for enrollees, according to a handful of new reports released Thursday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

States to suffer under weight of continued long-term care spending, consulting firm finds

States to suffer under weight of continued long-term care spending, consulting firm finds

A new report highlights the potential detrimental impact of long-term care commitments on state budgets.

Slow economy didn't stop new assisted living regulations in 2009: report

A new review of state assisted living regulations finds that the economic downturn hasn't slowed the development of new Medicaid and assisted living policy changes.

Administrative costs part of financial burden of Medicaid expansion, state directors say

Medicaid expansion carries the additional cost of administrative expenses, according to state Medicaid directors. They gathered this week to discuss ways to deal with a proposed expansion of the Medicaid program under healthcare reform legislation.

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