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Analysis of State Efforts to Comply with Fair Labor Standards Act Protections to Home Care Workers

This report looks at the changes states implemented to their Medicaid or other publicly-funded consumer directed home care programs in order to comply with the 2013 FLSA Home Care Rule. The report includes perspectives from various stakeholders and describes issues raised in interviews. It provides an overview of early implementation efforts, an environmental scan of state policies and procedures, and a case study examination of states with well-documented hardship exceptions.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71892

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Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Direct Care Workforce: Key Considerations for Long-Term Services and Supports Providers

This brief focuses on how providers can recruit and retain a direct care workforce. Considerations include inclusive hiring practices, cultivating an organizational environment of inclusivity, and providing appropriate training. Companion briefs in this series discuss direct care worker training and organizational cultural competence.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71800

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Training Culturally Competent Direct Care Workers: Key Considerations for Long-Term Services and Supports Providers

This brief highlights how providers can train their workforce in cultural competency. Key recommendations include establishing formal policies, focusing on the elements most relevant for LTSS, using adult learner-centered methods of training, and identifying which programs work best for your organization's setting. Additional briefs in this series focus on organizational cultural competence and recruiting and retaining a diverse direct care workforce.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71799

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Organizational Cultural Competence: Key Considerations for LongTerm Services and Supports Providers

This brief describes how LTSS providers can build cultural competence within their organization. It covers key considerations including identifying areas for improvement, supporting diversity across the organization, addressing linguistic competence, and engaging community partners. Other briefs in this series provide specific considerations for training, recruitment, and retention of direct care workers.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71798

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HCBS Conference 2019- Presentations

The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference is hosted annually by ADvancing States (formerly known as NASUAD). This event highlights best practices from across the country in home and community-based services. The conference includes federal, state, and local policymakers as well as those who administer, manage, and deliver waiver and other HCBS programs. This link contains all of the slide presentations from the 2019 HCBS Conference.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71741

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Selected Characteristics of 10 States With the Greatest Change in Long-Term Services and Supports System Balancing, 2012–2016

The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services released a report that profiled the 10 states with the greatest change in Long-Term Services and Support (LTSS) system balancing. The report highlights characteristics of the 10 states and compares their change in LTSS system balancing with other states and provides a national overview on LTSS system balancing. State profiles consist of characteristics and strategies states utilized in their progress towards rebalancing their LTSS systems.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71673

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Workforce Matters: The Direct Care Workforce and State-Based LTSS Social Insurance Programs

The report provides an overview of the expected increased need for direct care workers and a breakdown of the current direct care workforce. In each description of barriers facing the direct care workforce, PHI includes program and policy recommendations. Challenges and recommendations in this report include areas regarding: wages and benefits, training, advanced roles, supervision, recruitment and retention, data collection, decision-making, family caregivers, and matching service registries.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71660

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Collaborating to Address HCBS Workforce Challenges in MLTSS Programs

This report is the third in a series of publications from the MLTSS Institute. The report identifies the challenges and promising practices in addressing the mismatch between supply and demand for direct care workers in long term services and supports programs, all viewed through the lens of MLTSS programs. This report is co-authored by ADvancing States and Sage Squirrel Consulting, LLC.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71262

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HCBS Conference 2018- Presentations

While faced with new challenges, reduced budgets, and growing populations requiring more services, states are stronger than ever, and the work they do is more effective than ever in reaching individuals and addressing their needs. The National Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference 2018 highlights these achievements, allowing states to share best practices, present unique partnerships, and recognize the work of their peers.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70802

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MIPPA Resources

These resources are intended to be used for education and outreach to raise awareness about the availability of Medicare benefits for low-income beneficiaries, namely the Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) and the Medicare Part D Low-Income Subsidy (LIS/Extra Help) program. These outreach materials include posters to educate Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities about the low-income subsidies.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/70296

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