CMS Announces $165M to Support Home Care, Reduce ‘America’s Over-Reliance’ on Nursing Homes! The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). took a new step to support care transitions from long-term care facilities and nursing homes into home- and community-based settings.
On Wednesday, CMS announced the availability of up to $165 million in supplemental funding to states (including Virginia) currently operating Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration programs. MFP programs allow certain Medicaid users, including older adults, to more seamlessly transition from a nursing home or institution back into the home, only if they desire to do so.
“The tragic devastation wrought by the Coronavirus on nursing home residents exposes America’s over-reliance on institutional long-term care facilities,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in the agency’s announcement. “Residential care will always be an essential part of the care continuum, but our goal must always be to give residents options that help keep our loved ones in their own homes and communities for as long as possible.”
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