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State Trends in the Delivery of Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports

On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, the Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. (CHCS) published a new brief, “State Trends in the Delivery of Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports.” With support from The SCAN Foundation, seven states (Arizona, California, Kansas, Minnesota, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Texas) were selected to provide insights into current trends in both managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) program refinement and long term services and supports (LTSS) system reform.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/68244

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Promoting Community Living for Older Adults Who Need Long-term Services and Support

The Center for Policy and Evaluation, Administration for Community Living (ACL) published the policy brief “Promoting Community Living for Older Adults Who Need” in June, which marked the 17th anniversary of the Olmstead v. LC Supreme Court decision. The Olmstead decision has helped older adults and people with disabilities receive more integrated care; however, the policy brief outlines opportunities that states have to further improve their home and community-based services (HCBS).

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/68152

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Medicaid Long Term Services and Support Expenditures Data

CMS posted two new reports with Medicaid LTSS expenditures data. The first report focuses on the most recent data available and recent trends such as 1) an increase in LTSS provided in managed care programs and 2) increased used of newer Medicaid LTSS options authorized in the Deficit Reduction Act and the Affordable Care Act. The second report, “Improving the Balance,” uses data from FY1981 through FY2014 and documents the transition of Medicaid LTSS from institutional services to HCBS.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/68087

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Guidance and Resources for Long Term Care Facilities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued new guidelines to assist long term care facilities in complying with regulations by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that require facilities which are Medicare and/or Medicaid-certified to ensure their residents receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/68082

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MACPAC June 2016 Report to Congress

On Wednesday, June, 15, 2016, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) released the March 2016 Report to Congress on Medicaid and CHIP. The authorizing statute of MACPAC requires the commission to submit a report to Congress by March 15 and June 15 each year. The report discusses financial and spending analyses as well as functional assessment tools that Medicaid programs use to determine eligibility and create specific care plans.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/68001

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How States Can Support and Aging Population: Actions Policy Makers Can Take

Milbank Memorial Fund’s Reforming States Group partnered with The New York Academy of Medicine to develop sessions focused on some of the major challenges and opportunities facing states as they work to support an aging population. This report provides a review of the issues discussed at the meetings, as well as recommendations for state policy interventions. The report also focuses on topics of specific interest to state leaders: age-friendly communities; LTSS and workforce.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/67956

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ADvancing States 2016 Policy Priorities: Aging and Disabilities in America

ADvancing States has released the association’s 2016 policy priorities. The priorities document outlines issues and recommendations regarding a wide range of health and human services programs important to older adults and people with disabilities. These include issues such as: • Implementation of the Older Americans Act reauthorization; • Medicaid LTSS innovations; • Support for caregivers; and • Employment for people with disabilities •

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/67931

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2015 State of the States in Aging and Disabilities

The results of the annual survey represent a snapshot of the current status of state government employees, the agencies that administer the programs, and the services that are provided. The 2015 survey revealed that states are continuing to address the same underlying challenges discussed in the previous reports.The report also includes summary tables that outline specific information about each individual state agency and LTSS program. Email adiaz@advancingstates.org to request a hard copy version.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/66820

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How MCOs can Improve Outcomes and Reduce Costs of Care for Older Adults and Members with Disabilities

The white paper examines the impact that managed care organizations can have on cost and quality of care for older adults and people with disabilities. The National Council on Disability found that MCOs can lower the costs of services for these populations. However, MCOs must face the challenge of training staff on person-centered planning and competency for the quality of care to genuinely increase. This provides an analysis of the positives and negatives of MCOs and where to move from here.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/66684

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Principles for Improving Financing and Delivery of Long Term Services and Supports and Vision of a Better Future for People Needing Long Term Services and Supports

Convergence Center for Policy Resolution and the Long Term Care Financing Collaborative released two papers regarding the affordability and vision for delivery of long term care in the United States. The papers reflect the idea that the role of families and communities must be recognized when delivering long term services and supports. Additionally, giving elders the ability to finance their own care increases independence and autonomy and allows for support of family members and communities.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/66659


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