40 states plan to increase nursing home Medicaid rates
Oct 16, 2014
Reversing a trend of rate cutting during the Great Recession, most states are increasing Medicaid reimbursements for nursing homes, according to a recently released report. However, states also are accelerating...
The ACA’s ‘comprehensive’ long-term care failure
Nov 19, 2013
There’s been a lot of talk lately about what constitutes “comprehensive” health insurance coverage — and long-term care notably has not been part of this national conversation.
Taking care of Medicare and Medicaid’s dual-eligibles: A job for Super- , er, Ombudsman
Jul 16, 2013
Giving long-term care stakeholders a reason to cheer, California recently requested a federal waiver to implement Cal MedConnect, a demonstration project meant to improve care coordination for people who...
The real key to keeping employees well
May 20, 2013
Many long-term care operators have begun to put wellness programs in place. And by most accounts, they seem to be working out well so far. But do wellness programs really work? The short answer appears...
Kaiser: Small savings possible in dual-eligible programs
Nov 02, 2012
Attempts to better manage care for “dual-eligible” seniors produced a small savings, according to a study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. The findings show that hopes for a significant decrease...
Report: Block grant proposals would reduce SNF payments by $220 billion over 10 years
Oct 24, 2012
Republican proposals to convert Medicaid into a block grant program would cut government payments to nursing homes by $220.2 billion between 2013 and 2022, a new analysis finds.
Medicare premiums would rise for most beneficiaries under a premium-support model, study says
Oct 16, 2012
Under a premium-support model for Medicare, six in 10 beneficiaries would see an increase in their premiums, a non-partisan study released Monday found.
Swing state senior voters prefer Obama’s Medicare plan to Romney/Ryan proposals
Sep 28, 2012
President Obama’s Medicare plan has more support among seniors in three swing states, new polls reveal.
States’ Medicaid eligibility and enrollment remained stable in 2011, report says
Jan 18, 2012
Despite heavily burdened state budgets, states’ Medicaid eligibility and enrollment was stable during 2011, thanks partly to the Affordable Care Act, a new report finds.
Report: States propose managed care plans for dual eligibles
Aug 17, 2011
All of the 15 states selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to develop better plans for dual eligibles have proposed managed care models.