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Aging and Disabilities Information Technology Systems: What You Need to Know

This issue brief is the first publication from the Aging and Disabilities Technology Workgroup. The paper seeks to define key IT terms for agency staff and explain how they relate to the technology that is currently used in aging and disabilities services as well as emerging opportunities in the field.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72041

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Addressing Social Isolation for Older Adults During the COVID-19 Crisis

Thank you to all of the states and organizations who have responded with activities, ideas, and actions taken to address social isolation for older adults during the COVID-19 crisis. The following document combines responses received thus far. Please continue to submit state, CBO, and facility activities to ADvancing States so that we may continue to share practices from across the country. Thank you for all you are doing to help decrease loneliness in older adults! UPDATED: 10.14.20

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72040

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Exploring Options for Integration: State Considerations to Better Coordinate Medicare and Medicaid

This webinar discussed two issue briefs from the MLTSS Institute on aligning Medicare and Medicaid for dually eligible individuals. The briefs covered were, "Starting from Square One: Considerations for States Exploring Medicare-Medicaid" and, “The Value of Integration to State Medicaid Agencies”. The webinar also highlighted the perspective of the District of Columbia, which is planning to launch new program elements to better integrate care.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72036

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Short-Term Money Follows the Person Extensions Resulted in a Significant Drop in State Efforts to Transition People Out of Institutions

The Community Living Policy Center (CLPC) released a brief describing how short-term extensions of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program have curtailed state efforts in transitioning individuals out of institutions. The CLPC based their findings on CMS data on annual transitions in each state.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72035

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Starting from Square One: Considerations for States Exploring Medicare-Medicaid Integration

This issue brief from the MLTSS Institute focuses on aspects of delivering effective care to individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. Only about 2/3 of states have undertaken any activity to better integrate care for dually eligible beneficiaries; many have encountered a number of barriers in pursuing better integration of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This issue brief identifies key questions that states should ask themselves before they design an integrated care program.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72030

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COVID-19 & Adults with Disabilities: Health and Health Care Access Online Survey Summary Report

The American Association on Health & Disability previously conducted a survey to assess the coronavirus pandemic's impact on access to healthcare on adults with a range of disabilities. AAHD has now published a report summarizing the findings from this survey. The initial report presents findings from all responses, while future reports will analyze results by specific type of disability.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72029

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Recognition of Family Caregivers in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

This AARP Public Policy Institute research report examines support for family caregivers in managed long-term services and supports. The report finds that states have made progress in this area, but have opportunity to continue improving support for family caregivers in their MLTSS programs. One potential solution suggested by the report is to ensure that MLTSS contracts between states and health plans include clearly defined requirements to identify and support family caregivers.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71997

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VA Faces Challenges in Meeting Demand for Long-Term Care

On March 3, 2020, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report that details challenges the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) faces in meeting growing demand for long-term care (LTC). Three major challenges the VA faces includes workforce shortages, ailing care geographically, and meeting needs for specialty care. The VA currently provides or pays for LTC for over 500,000 veterans in the U.S. in both institutional and HCBS settings.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71960

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State Efforts to Integrate Care for Dually Eligible Beneficiaries: 2020 Update

This brief looks at states who operate Medicare-Medicaid integrated care models based on demonstrations under the federal Financial Alignment Initiative (FAI) or through Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs) that are aligned with Medicaid managed care plans. It explores factors that contributed to state investment and successful program implementation. The brief also provides an overview of opportunities for other states interested in creating or enhancing integrated care programs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71952

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Improving Care And Managing Costs For Dual Eligibles

This report presents highlights from a National Governor's Association Roundtable held in December 2018. At the roundtable, state and federal officials, national experts, and industry and consumer experts discussed challenges and opportunities for states to improve care and manage costs for dual eligibles. Based on the conversation at this event, NGA identifies key considerations for governors and their staff.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71949

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