Home Health Care News September 13, 2021
To keep vulnerable Americans at home and out of riskier long-term care settings during the pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gave states an unprecedented ability to temporarily modify their Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS) programs.
But while the emergency waivers issued by CMS helped limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, their full impact is largely known, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
“CMS relied on states to monitor how these changes affected beneficiaries and make any mid-course corrections — but provided little guidance on doing so,” GAO investors wrote in their report.
GAO is known as the watchdog arm of Congress. Its main responsibility: to evaluate whether key...