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HUD Secretary Ben Carson says senior housing is top priority

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Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson spoke Monday about the importance of using public-private partnerships to provide affordable housing for seniors. The neurosurgeon-turned-housing-secretary gave a 30-minute speech to senior housing and health care providers at the 54th Annual LeadingAge Florida Convention in Orlando. Carson, who took the job in March, said senior housing was one of his top priorities. “We have to help more people age in place, keep their health and their homes…

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Rick Scott signs nursing home reimbursement changes into law

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Changes to how the state’s nursing that accept Medicaid are paid are coming down the pike. Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a wide-sweeping health care bill (SB 2514) last week that, among other things, moves the payment system to a cost-based system to a prospective payment system. The law delays the move from cost-based system to a prospective payment system by a year, giving health care officials and providers additional time to study and prepare for the shift. “LeadingAge…

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House panel weighs in on nursing home reimbursement proposal

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The House Health Care Appropriation Subcommittee got the ball rolling on discussions about whether the state should change the way it pays nursing homes that accept Medicaid, with some members of the committee expressing concerns about parts of the plan. During the two-hour committee meeting Wednesday, the panel heard from Navigant officials about their proposed Medicaid nursing facility prospective payment system. Under the Navigant plan, nursing homes would be reimbursed using a per diem rate calculated based on four components,…

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House panel to discuss changing how nursing homes that accept Medicaid are paid

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Nursing homes that accept Medicaid could see changes in how they are paid in the coming fiscal year, but exactly what those changes will look like remain to be seen. The House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee is expected to begin discussions about new payment plans Wednesday, when Agency for Health Care Administration officials give members a presentation detailing the Navigant recommendations for a new payment method. The Navigant proposal would move the state away from its current cost-based model and…

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Aaron Bean files bill focused on nursing home Medicaid reimbursement rates

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Industry advocates said a Senate proposal filed this week could change the way nursing homes that accept Medicaid are paid without severely impacting high-quality nursing homes. Sponsored by Sen. Aaron Bean, the bill (SB 712) transitions nursing homes that accept Medicaid payments to a prospective payment system. But LeadingAge Florida CEO Steve Bahmer said Bean’s bill “creates a better way to pay for care without devastating the highest quality” homes, unlike a model recently put forth by consultants. The Florida…

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Personnel note: Robin Spillias to LeadingAge Florida

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Robin Spillias has been promoted to Director of Membership for LeadingAge Florida, the organization announced Thursday. Spillias will direct and coordinate all activities related to membership recruitment, retention, renewal, and benefits. “Robin is a problem-solver, an effective communicator, and a creative thinker,” LeadingAge Florida President and CEO Steve Bahmer said in a statement. “Her experience lends itself well to serving LeadingAge Florida’s member communities,” he added. “Robin’s interpersonal skills and passion, coupled with her background in marketing and public affairs,…

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Today on Context Florida: Replacing Scalia, Ronald Reagan, Florida’s seniors, student performance and Gasparilla Marathon

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Today on Context Florida: The already heated political rhetoric about replacing the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court is a sad spectacle. Bob Sparks called it “unseemly.” While he would personally agree with Republicans on the desire to have another brilliant originalist on the court, there will not be another Scalia anytime soon. No matter who is appointed, Sparks says, Democrats can take comfort in that reality. Ed Moore asks which GOP candidate is most like Ronald Reagan.…

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