On May 3, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the proposed rule Medicaid Program; Ensuring Access to Medicaid Services. The aim of the proposed rule is to enhance transparency in payment rates, establish uniformity in data and monitoring and provide states with fresh avenues to encourage the active involvement of beneficiaries in their Medicaid programs. These efforts are aimed at enhancing access to care. The rule places a special emphasis on home and community-based services (HCBS), encompassing mandates for direct care worker compensation, the development of grievance processes, defining critical incident reporting and implementing HCBS quality reporting measures.

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