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February 02, 2024

HCBS Rule on Worker Pay and Quality in Final Review

A proposed rule increasing compensation for home care workers and imposing stricter quality measures is under final review by the HHS Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”). Industry groups, such as the American Seniors Housing Association, worry the implementation of this rule could lead to fewer jobs, stagnant pay, and reduced access to care for seniors. The groups argue the rule has unintended consequences, like increased paperwork and service quality issues. It is also unclear if the rule applies to assisted living facilities. Industry advocates have called for CMS to reconsider the rule and address inadequate Medicaid funding for assisted living communities instead.

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