Bipartisan Policy Center Makes Recommendations to CMS Aimed at Increasing Home Health Access

Despite the growing demand for home health services, fraud and abuse guardrails often limit access to the Medicare benefit, a recent Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) report suggests. The report highlights BPC’s recommendations for the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on how to improve home health services for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries. “Given the […]

Halting HCBS Support Is ‘Like Bringing an Umbrella to a Hurricane,’ Advocates Argue in Senate Hearing

On Wednesday, the Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman, Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.), held a hearing to highlight the importance of home- and community-based services (HCBS) for seniors and people with disabilities. He also attempted to explain the broader impact that investment in the sector can have. “Underinvestment in caregiving affects all of us — […]

CMS Faces Decisions in Shaping Medicare Advantage Home Care Benefits

In a major change for the home care industry, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans have been granted new flexibility this year, which will allow them to cover non-skilled on-home services for the first time. However, it remains to be seen how much latitude the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will give insurance companies in […]

The Case for Aligning Medicare and Medicaid Home Health Benefits

Medicare rules limiting home health should be relaxed and brought more into line with Medicaid for the most costly patient population, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). In fact, the oversight of programs serving dual-eligible beneficiaries within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should be aligned, according to the “Delivery System Reform: Improving Care […]

Health Care, Housing Collaboration Key to Aging in Place

Today’s rapidly growing senior population faces significant challenges, ranging from a lack of retirement funds and a shortage of affordable housing to homes ill-equipped for aging in place. Confronting these challenges for older citizens should be mission critical, even if it will likely require additional public spending, according to a report issued this month by […]

How to Expand Home Care by Streamlining Medicaid

The federal government should make it easier for states to fund home- and community-based services (HCBS) through their Medicaid programs, as part of a series of reforms to how senior care is financed. That’s the recommendation in a new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Long-Term Care Initiative. The Initiative was formed in 2013, […]

Report: $450 Billion Senior Care Dilemma Demands National Response

A Washington, D.C.-based think tank has come out in strong support of bridging the gap between health care and housing, saying this must become a national priority as 78 million baby boomers are either approaching or entering retirement. The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released a paper titled “America’s Growing Senior Population: Assessing the Dimensions of the Demographic […]