CMS Announces New Model Opportunity for Medicaid Managed Care Organizations Serving Beneficiaries Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 17, 2020 Contact: CMS Media Relations CMS Media Inquiries  CMS Announces New Model Opportunity for Medicaid Managed Care Organizations Serving Beneficiaries Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid New opportunity offers a more holistic approach to care for individuals, while aiming to reduce overall spending across both programs The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation is announcing a new opportunity to enable Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to better serve enrollees who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.

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Nursing Homes, Ravaged by Covid-19, Start Vaccinating the Most Vulnerable

By Frances Robles, Neil MacFarquhar and Miriam Jordan, NY Times, December 17 2020 Shannon Taylor, who survived the coronavirus, was vaccinated on Tuesday at Sundale Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care in Morgantown, W.Va.Credit…West Virginia National Guard Vaccines have now been administered at long-term care facilities in several states, but administrators warn that they will not bring a quick end to the long siege of the virus.

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COVID-19 Vaccines are a Light at the End of the Tunnel, But Serious Questions Remain for Residents of Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

By Mike Dark, CANHR Staff Attorney After a ten-month battle with the most serious public health crisis in the history of long term care in the U.S., the cavalry is finally arriving, in the form of vaccines that have already been given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by regulators. Still more vaccines await in the pipeline, perhaps for January or February.

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With Vaccine Delivery Imminent, Nursing Homes Must Make a Strong Pitch to Residents

By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News, December 17 2020 (ArtistGNDphotography/Getty Images) Imagine this: Your elderly mother, who has dementia, is in a nursing home and COVID-19 vaccines are due to arrive in a week or two. You think she should be vaccinated, having heard the vaccine is effective in generating an immune response in older adults. Your brother disagrees.

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