October 17, 2023

HHS seeks input from providers to inform HCBS policy development

McKnights Senior Living

Providers of home- and community-based services in assisted living communities and other settings are being asked to contribute input during the federal government’s review of its evidence map.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published a notice for public input earlier this month in the Federal Register to inform a review of its Evidence Map on Home and Community Based Services

Comments must be submitted by Nov. 6.

The AHRQ will produce a technical brief providing an evidence map that summarizes HCBS service categories, the effectiveness of interventions for specific conditions, and quality measures, as well as gaps. The work will help inform policy development by HHS’ Administration for Community Living and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 

Argentum Vice President of Government Relations Paul Williams told McKnight’s Senior Living that the organization encourages AHRQ’s review of this “critical area” and its focus on person-centered care.

“Quality improvements in this area of care, we believe, will lead to better experiences and outcomes for those receiving care in community-based settings, such as senior living communities,” Williams said.

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