McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: CMS could have expanded role under Biden presidency

“The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could have a broader mission under President-Elect Joe Biden’s administration in order to meet the many significant changes he’s eyeing in healthcare, according to a new analysis.”

“The report from the Kaiser Family Foundation noted there are more than 50 potential health policy administrative actions that Biden could take, based on campaign pledges. Cumulatively, those agenda items would impact every dimension of the healthcare system.”

“For the long-term care sector, potential actions include a possible restoration of mandatory penalties for nursing facilities that violate federal quality standards, which would be a reversal from the Trump administration. The incoming administration also could attempt to increase nursing home staffing and oversight, and advance policies that strengthen home- and community-based services.”

“Many of Biden’s pledges seek to address Medicare, Medicaid expansion, funding and access to healthcare, which would fall under CMS’ scope and ‘virtually every dimension of the health care system.’”

“The KFF analysis noted that means CMS could be called on to ‘much more proactive role harkening back to its formative days in the Carter administration when it was called the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA)…’” Read the full article here.

Source: CMS could have expanded role under Biden presidency – By Danielle Brown, January 12, 2021. McKnight’s Long-Term Care News.

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