Request for Information (RFI): Federal Government Requests Input on Timely and Quality Home and Community Based Services

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services logoMedicaid officials are looking for ways to increase access to Home and Community- Based Services (HCBS) for people with disabilities and they’re asking the public to provide comments and feedback.

In a notice published in the Federal Register this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), said it is seeking suggestions from stakeholders about reforms and policy changes to potentially pursue in order to grow availability of community-based services taking into account issues affecting beneficiary choice and control, program integrity, rate-setting, quality infrastructure, and the homecare workforce.

a graphic of the words 'we want your feedback' with a thumbs-up and thumbs-downCMS said it wants feedback from stakeholders on ways to further promote access to community options while continuing to ensure choice for those who prefer institutional care. Suggestions could include the way benefits are designed to how they are paid for.

Medicaid officials said they want to know what more can be done to provide services that promote the health/safety of beneficiaries with minimal fraud, waste and abuse.

CMS is also seeking feedback on ways to strengthen the home care workforce to ensure that providers are available for a growing number of individuals needing support.

CMS is accepting public comments through Jan. 9.

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