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6 Ways to Combat the Workforce Crisis in Home-Based Care

As Congress debates the merits of President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan, senior care experts are laying the groundwork for why home-based care provisions should be included in it — and why even more needs to be done after.   Specifically, that home-based care provision is $400 billion to fund home- and community-based services. That influx …

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New Legislation Seeks to Help Seniors Pay for Long-Term Care

In an effort to better fund and increase access to long-term care, U.S. Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-Ny.) on Thursday introduced the Well-Being Insurance for Seniors to be at Home (WISH) Act. “We have a storm coming, with the number of disabled elders expected to double in the coming years,” Suozzi said in a statement. “Fewer …

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To Better Protect Homebound Seniors, CMS Boosts Medicare Rates for At-Home COVID-19 Vaccinations

Since COVID-19 vaccines became more widely available in the U.S., home health providers have been working to “get shots in the arms” of vulnerable, homebound populations. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced new support for those providers on Wednesday. As part of the Biden administration’s commitment to increasing access to vaccinations, …

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Republican Infrastructure Proposal Spikes $400B for HCBS

Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled a $928 billion infrastructure counteroffer to President Joe Biden’s original $1.9 trillion American Jobs Plan. The counteroffer is a substantial increase compared to the GOP’s previous five-year, $568 billion proposal, but still far less comprehensive than what the White House has called for, particularly when it comes to “soft infrastructure” …

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Adult Day Centers Revamp Operating Models After COVID Shutdowns, Census Struggles

In light of the COVID-19 emergency, adult day centers across the country were forced to temporarily shut down or operate at limited capacity. Now, adult day providers are navigating how to safely open back up again. Broadly, adult day centers give seniors access to community-based social and health services. This can include recreational activities, meals, …

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LeadingAge, Bayada Urge Congress to Invest in Aging Services Infrastructure

Leaders across the senior care sector have banded together and are urging Congress to back legislation that will increase access to care services. And help is long overdue, they argue. For decades, aging services have been underfunded in the U.S., according to Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit LeadingAge. Sloan …

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Biden Administration Releases $1.4B for HCBS, Senior Health Programs

The Biden administration is releasing $1.4 billion in funding from the American Rescue Plan for Older Americans Act programs. Distributed by the Administration for Community Living, a chunk of the funds will go toward home- and community-based services. President Joe Biden originally signed the American Rescue Plan, a COVID-19 relief package, into law on March …

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America’s Home Care Infrastructure Is Crumbling. Here’s How to Fix It.

As part of his administration’s recently unveiled American Jobs Plan, President Joe Biden wants to set aside $400 billion to better support the nation’s home-based care system. While specifics still need to be worked out, a large chunk of that funding would be used to improve the wages of home health aides and other caregivers …

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‘A Monumental Advance’: Newly Unveiled American Jobs Plan Would Invest $400B into Home-Based Care

President Joe Biden is trying to make good on one of his main campaign promises. The Biden administration on Wednesday unveiled a new $2 trillion infrastructure proposal to create jobs, build roads, fix bridges and more. On top of that, the proposal — officially dubbed the American Jobs Plan — would substantially increase funding for …

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Biden Administration Inks $230M Deal for At-Home COVID-19 Tests

The U.S. government has reached a $230 million deal to produce rapid at-home COVID-19 tests that can be purchased for $15 to $30 over the counter, the Biden administration announced Monday. The deal is with Ellume USA LLC, an Australia-based diagnostics company. For home-based care providers, testing is still paramount as the vaccine rollout continues. …

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Biden Administration Includes ‘Home Care Workforce Crisis’ in New Pandemic Plan

President Joe Biden focused on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic during his first full day in office Thursday. In doing so, he once again drew attention to home-based care and getting the current “workforce crisis” under control. “Our national strategy is comprehensive,” Biden said during an address from the White House. “It’s based on science, not …

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$1.4 Trillion Spending Package Extends Sequestration Holiday, Grants Home Health OTs More Authority

As different health care stakeholders combed through the new $1.4 trillion spending package approved by Congress on Monday, many likely felt a mix of excitement and disappointment. Included in the nearly 6,000-page spending package was a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill, changes to home health therapy rules, certain hospice provisions and more. That’s really just …

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No Funding, Closures and Limited Capacity: Adult Day Providers in Dire Need of Help

In late November, the aging-focused advocacy organization LeadingAge wrote a note to Congress, calling for relief on behalf of the 5,500 adult day service providers across the country and the vulnerable patients they serve. “Adult day services providers across the country urgently need dedicated federal funding to ensure they are able to continue providing services …

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Legislation Aimed at Expanding Advance Care Planning Introduced in Senate

On Wednesday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced the Compassionate Care Act, a bill that would support advance care planning and end-of-life care. For home health providers with existing hospice service lines or ambitions for expanding into palliative care, the news is encouraging. If passed, the Compassionate Care Act places more resources behind public awareness campaigns …

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‘Hundreds of Millions of Dollars’ Being Put Toward At-Home Testing Efforts, HHS Says

On Monday morning, Moderna (Nasdaq: MRNA) announced that its COVID-19 vaccine trials showed a near-95% effectiveness rate. That news comes just a week after Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) reported its own vaccine was about 90% effective. That’s all good news. But it coincides with a much harsher reality in the U.S.: the virus’ spread is more …

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‘Our Work Begins with Getting COVID Under Control’: What a Biden Administration Means for Home-Based Care

After one of the closest and most hotly contested campaigns in modern history, President-Elect Joe Biden addressed the nation on Saturday from an outdoor platform in Wilmington, Delaware. While it’s far too early to say what the first 100 days of a Biden administration will look like from a detailed policy perspective, the president-elect has …

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Late RAPs Could Trigger Immediate 20% Payment Reduction in 2021

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its final home health payment rule for CY 2021 on Thursday, with essentially no changes to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) or its controversial behavioral adjustment.  In addition to doubling down on PDGM, boosting the home health base payment rate by 1.9% and making minor …

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Home-Based Care Remains Popular Among Senior Living Operators, But Adult Day Could Be in Trouble

Over half of the U.S.’s largest nonprofit senior living organizations now offer some sort of home- and community-based services. That’s according to the LZ 200, an annual report conducted by the aging-focused advocacy organization LeadingAge and Ziegler Healthcare Investment Banking. Chicago-based Ziegler is a privately held investment bank specializing in home health care and senior …

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Senior Care Stakeholders: Latest COVID-19 Relief Proposal Is ‘Shameful,’ ‘Anemic’

Senate Republicans are close to unveiling their latest version of another coronavirus relief bill, with reports suggesting party leaders may do so Wednesday or soon thereafter. The proposal — first obtained by Washington, D.C.-based newsroom Roll Call — is viewed as a “skinny” version of the previously released HEALS Act from July. Among its provisions, …

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With Stimulus Deadline Nearing, Home-Based Care Industry Scrambles to Secure Additional Relief

Friday is the deadline set by House Democrats and Senate Republicans for agreeing to a new coronavirus stimulus package. Home-based care stakeholders have had ample time to review the publicly released details from both parties’ plans — and they have a wishlist of additional provisions they’re still hoping to see. One of the central pain …

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Dombi: Regulatory Flexibilities Mean More Competition for Home Health Providers

Home-based care providers are at the forefront of the nation’s fight against the coronavirus; yet they still lack the full federal help they need to succeed.  Meanwhile, regulatory flexibilities for hospitals and other health care providers are creating newfound competition for home health and home care agencies. “So far, it has been difficult to measure …

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Biden Announces $775B Plan to Boost the Caregiver Economy, Support In-Home Care Providers

Senior care — an increasingly important topic that’s too often overlooked on the campaign trail — is back in the spotlight. And maybe this time it will have some staying power. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has floated a sweeping new 10-year plan that seeks to dramatically change the way older adults are cared …

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