Home- and community-based care to receive billions from Medicaid
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Aug. 9, 2010
A new grant solicitation issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services encourages states to apply for funds as part of a program that aims to help more individuals live independently and remain in their homes and communities instead of in institutional long-term-care facilities, such as nursing homes.
CMS hopes states will become more involved in a demonstration project called "Money Follows the Person Rebalancing," through which $2.25 billion in grants are available. Under the demonstration, states will receive an enhanced Medicaid funding match for a one-year period for each individual they transition from an institution to a qualified home or community-based program, CMS announced on July 26.
States receiving a grant will focus on rebalancing their long-term-care systems' needs by increasing the use of home- and community-based services and decreasing the use of institutional care, CMS said.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/08/09/gvbf0809.htm.