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November 4, 2019 CMS Issues New Information Bulletin on EVV Implementation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a new information bulletin on what states need to do to receive enhanced funding, provided for in the 21st Century Cures Act, to administer EVV. 

November 4, 2019 CMS Issues Final Rule on Home Health Payments

Our members who provide home health services in addition to supports for people with intellectual / developmental disabilities will be interested in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) newly released home health final rule. 

November 4, 2019 Mark Your Calendars: USCCR Hearing on Subminimum Wages, US Access Board Discusses Elections Assistance

This week and next, two government bodies will be discussing timely issues for the disability community – elections assistance, and subminimum wages. Both events will have a webcast for those outside of the Washington, DC area.

November 4, 2019 Opportunities for People with Disabilities: ABLE Account Ambassadorship, College Scholarships

Our members might be interested in sharing the two opportunities below with the people they support, particularly those receiving supports to learn financial management or to assist with their pursuit of higher education.

November 4, 2019 Big Picture: American Medical Association Calls for Federal Guardrails on Artificial Intelligence

Recent comments by the CEO of the American Medical Association (AMA) could be of interest for the disability community because of the comments’ implications about access to health care

November 3, 2019 Courts Temporarily Halt POTUS' Order to Tie Immigration and Health Care Access

Courts have temporarily stopped President Trump's recent order to tie visas to enter the United States with health care coverage. The President's plan has caused concerns among disability advocates and employers in the field of health care because of its potential effects on immigrants with disabilities and on the workforce shortage occuring in health services.

October 31, 2019 Across the Board: A Strategic Vision for ANCOR’s Next 5 Years

ANCOR’s Board of Directors finalized the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan during its September monthly Board call with little discussion, probably since they had spent the last several months digesting the work done by ANCOR staff, four subgroups in the spring of 2019, and the feedback you gave us during our summer Virtual Town Hall and via the online survey. This renewed vision would not be possible without the input of so many ANCOR members, so thank you again to all who contributed for helping to shape the vision and direction of your national association.

October 31, 2019 Complying with EVV Requirements with Minimal Work

Complying with federal requirements regarding Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) for Home Based Waiver programs has been a daunting task for many states and providers nationwide. As of October 24, 25 states have requested exemptions from CMS, with more likely requesting exemption prior to the November 30 deadline. In addition to state departments having a difficult time meeting the requirements, many providers have been put in a very difficult position.

October 31, 2019 CEO’s Perspective: Drawing Connections, Sparking Joy

Today, we officially say goodbye to LINKS, ANCOR’s long-time bimonthly publication, and thank it for all it has done for us. From its earliest days as a print brochure that members received by mail, to its later iteration as a hard-copy magazine, and eventually to its role as a fully online newsletter, LINKS has been a critical source of information for ANCOR members about what’s happening within our association, our field and our world. Thank you, LINKS, for sparking joy for ANCOR members every time you’ve landed in our mailboxes and our inboxes.

October 31, 2019 DSPs Speak Out: The Impact Training Can Have on Staff Retention

The problem of high turnover among direct support professionals (DSPs) in intellectual/developmental disabilities services is well-documented. Some of the more eye-opening statistics in the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities’ 2017 report included the following...