MDR Monthly Newsletter — July 2021

Nursing Home Occupancy on the Rise

According to a report published by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC), skilled nursing home occupancy has increased for a third consecutive month. The NIC report illustrates growing optimism in the industry as occupancy has increased from 71.3% in January 2021 to 73.2% in April 2021. Despite the increase in occupancy, the industry has further ground to gain in order to reach pre-pandemic levels, where occupancy was recorded at 85.5% in February 2020. Click here for additional details as reported by Skilled Nursing News.

New CMCS Director Named

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has tapped former Massachusetts Medicaid Director Daniel Tsai as the new Director of Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS). CMCS is responsible for or the various components of policy development and operations for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Basic Health Program (BHP), which includes programs for seniors. Tsai’s tenure as CMCS Director began on July 6th, 2021. Click here for the CMS press release.

Medicaid Proposals in Biden Administration’s Unified Regulatory Agenda

The Biden Administration has released its Unified Regulatory Agenda, which serves as an indicator of the administration’s policy priorities and their expected timelines. Updated twice a year, this rendition contains several Medicaid-related proposals, most notably a proposal to streamline the Medicaid and CHIP application, eligibility, determination, enrollment, and renewal processes. Click here to see the full URA released by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

Medicaid Done Right Community Organization Spotlight

At Medicaid Done Right, our team member of the month selects a community organization to receive a donation from our company on their behalf. This Spotlight showcases these organizations and the wonderful impact they have on their community.

This month’s spotlight goes to the American Cancer Fund (ACF), an organization dedicated to the education, support and empowerment of those diagnosed with cancer by organizing and clarifying information. ACF provides free clear, independent information and research to enable patients and their families to make smarter choices for cancer treatment with an emphasis on dignity, functionality and cure. Please visit the ACF website to learn more about their mission and how you can help.

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