New Medicaid Rules Favor Home Care Options for Seniors

Home- and community-based services for older people and disabled individuals have received some new flexibility as a result of recent regulations introduced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Two rules, submitted for review by the Office of Management and Budget in early 2012 and now under review by its Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, would amend Medicaid regulations to define and describe State plan home and community-based services under the Affordable Care Act.

Under the Home and Community-Based State Plan Services Program and Provider Payment Reassignments rule, some eligibility requirements on home-based services would be lifted, making the care more accessible to Medicaid patients.

The Community First Choice Option rule would offer states the option to provide home-based care services, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The rules aim to provide additional options to people who might otherwise require nursing care, potentially reducing Medicaid spending and the overall cost of care to patients who can receive it at home.

OMB has 60 days to review the rules before publication.

View the reassignments rule.

View the Community First Choice Option rule.

Written by Elizabeth Ecker

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Curious about all things, when not writing about senior housing topics, Liz is an avid explorer of food. She loves trying new recipes, new restaurants and new ice cream flavors. (Current favorite: Goat cheese with red cherries.)

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