Editor’s Picks: HUD’s $15 Million for Aging-in-Place

This week, Home Health Care News readers learned about the state of New York’s $47 million long-term managed care settlement with CenterLight Healthcare and CenterLight Health System, and were clued into which federal agency is offering $15 million to support aging in place. Readers also became privy to Life Enriching Communities’ “virtual” in-home programming.

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Managed Care Plan Settles Fraud Case for $47 Million—The state of New York has announced a $47 million settlement with CenterLight Healthcare and CenterLight Health System, effectively resolving claims that the company’s Select Medicaid Managed Long Term Care Plan fraudulently billed Medicaid for services rendered to patients who didn’t qualify for the program.

Federal Agency Offers $15 Million to Support Aging in Place—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is making $15 million available to test a new model to help seniors age in place. Under the Supportive Services Demonstration for Elderly Households in HUD-Assisted Multifamily Housing, the agency will offer three-year grants to eligible owners of HUD-supported senior housing developments. The funding, in part, will go toward a full-time Enhanced Service Coordinator and a part-time Wellness Nurse.

Senior Living Provider Launches ‘Virtual’ In-Home Program—Life Enriching Communities talked to HHCN about Confident Living, a program that takes services similar to those offered in senior living communities to people in their homes and helps them plan ahead for unforeseen events. “We thought, why not bring the same quality of living to them?” said Connie Kingsbury, vice president of marketing for Life Enriching Communities. “Why limit it just to the people in our senior living communities? The goal really is to keep people living in their homes.”

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A Thank You Letter to David Bowie From a Palliative Care Doctor—Mark Taubert, a palliative care doctor in the UK, pens a thank you letter to the late musician David Bowie. “What you have done in the time surrounding your death has had a profound effect on me and many people I work with,” Taubert explains.

Written by Mary Kate Nelson