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1 in 6 Medicaid Dollars at Stake: Medicaid Takes a Hit in Trump Budget

On February 18, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

We delved deeper into the proposed fiscal year 2021 budget from the Trump Administration and discovered a $1 trillion spending cut that could impact aging services and the people you serve. While there is a lack of detail on where these cuts would come from and the budget is likely dead on arrival, it provides perspective on the Administration's vision for Medicaid that could come into play as part of the November election.  

New Resource on Documentation Requirements for Waiver Services

On July 30, 2019 by Jeff Bostic

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has released a short document that summarizes new statutory requirements around documentation for waiver services. 

Hospice: OIG Recommends Better Protections for Beneficiaries

On July 16, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

A report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) discusses serious care deficiencies found in hospice services and the shortcomings in federal regulation and oversight to prevent these kinds of harm to beneficiaries.  

CMS to Improve State Oversight of HCBS

On June 23, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is continuing its effort to improve how states monitor health and welfare in Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). This effort, which includes technical assistance to select states, is part of the federal government’s overall health care fraud and abuse control program that was featured in a recent report.   

Protect Residents from Telephone and Internet Scams

On July 31, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

A new resource from LeadingAge will help you better protect your residents from falling victim to telephone and internet scams typically aimed at older people. 

Legislative Auditor Releases Report on Eligibility Process

On July 17, 2018 by Kari Thurlow

The Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) last week released an audit on the Medical Assistance eligibility process for seniors and those under age 65 with a disability. The audit found that DHS and the counties who implement the eligibility process “generally complied” with legal requirements for determining eligibility. Specific findings and recommendations include: 

Fighting Fraud Against Older Adults

On June 12, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

Financial fraud targeting older Americans is a growing epidemic that costs seniors an estimated $2.9 billion annually. The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging has released its 2018 Fraud Book on the top 10 scam complaints reported in 2017 against older adults.  

New Toolkit: Financial Fraud Prevention for Older Adults

On February 27, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

The Minnesota Department of Commerce has released a new toolkit to empower older adults and their families to protect themselves against financial fraud. 

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