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State Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard: What Distinguishes High- from Low-Ranking States? Case Studies

These are three case studies of LTSS services in Minnesota, Idaho, and Georgia done by the Public Policy Institute of AARP as follow-up studies to the Raising Expectations 2011 State Scorecard on LTSS. The State LTSS Scorecard examines states' performance across 25 indicators that comprise four key dimensions of a high-performing system.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/66188

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Medicaid: Additional Federal Action Needed to Further Improve Third-Party Liability Efforts

This GAO report examines (1) the extent to which Medicaid enrollees have private insurance, and (2) the state and CMS initiatives to improve third-party liability (TPL). Given the findings in the report, GAO recommends that CMS routinely monitor and share information regarding key TPL efforts and challenges, as well as provide guidance on state oversight of TPL efforts conducted by Medicaid managed care plans.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/66134

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Expanding Specialized Transportation: New Opportunities under the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides new but limited opportunities to promote or fund specialized transportation services for older people and adults with disabilities. This paper explains how states can use these largely untapped options to expand services for targeted low-income populations with mobility needs. It also presents two case studies illustrating how the Atlanta region and the state of Connecticut are making this work.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/66068

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NCI-AD Consumer Survey Pilot Results

This final report shares results from the 2014 pilot of the National Core Indicators-Aging and Disabilities (NCI-AD) Consumer Survey in Georgia, Minnesota, and Ohio. The results are sorted by state and funding source within the state. Since the goal of the pilot was not to compare these states, but instead to test and refine the NCI-AD Consumer Survey, the three states are not identified in the report; they are simply referred to as State 1, State 2, and State 3.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/66063

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Social Security Disability Benefits: Agency Could Improve Oversight of Representatives Providing Disability Advocacy Services

This GAO report examines 1) the extent to which states have Supplemental Security Income/Disability Insurance (SSI/DI) advocacy contracts with private organizations; 2) how SSI/DI advocacy practices compare across selected sites; and 3) the key controls the Social Security Administration has to ensure these organizations follow SSI/DI program rules and regulations. The GAO identified 16 states with some type of SSI/DI advocacy contract in 2014.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/66041

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Community-Based Organizations and MLTSS: An Issue Brief to Assess CBO Readiness

As almost half of the States have implemented MLTSS programs, community-based organizations, will be significantly impacted. At the 2013 HCBS conference, ADvancing States, with support from the SCAN Foundation, held a day-long intensive to discuss these impacts. This report outlines 5 discrete roles that CBOs are well-suited to play in MLTSS programs using as a reference point CMS’ 2013 guidance on MLTSS program design and implementation. To request a hard copy version, email Ali Diaz at adiaz@advancingstates.org.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/66027

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MLTSS Care Coordination and Ombudsman Case Studies

Community-based organizations will be notably impacted by States' implementation of MLTSS programs. Case studies on ombudsman programs and care/service coordination–culled from the MLTSS intensive at the 2013 HCBS Conference–complement the issue brief on CBO readiness. The ombudsman case studies highlight activities in Wisconsin, Hawaii, & Minnesota, while the care/service coordination case studies discuss CBO experiences in Massachusetts & Ohio. Both studies feature successful CBO practices.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/65962

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Transitions from Medicare-Only to Medicare-Medicaid Enrollment

This study focuses on understanding the rates and patterns of enrollment in Medicaid among individuals already enrolled in Medicare, the factors that predict this transition to dual coverage, and those that predict nursing home entry. This volume of this report is a descriptive examination of the number and characteristics of Medicare beneficiaries who transition to dual coverage in the coming year.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/65916

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How Many Medicaid Beneficiaries Receive Long-Term Services and Supports?

This report is a comprehensive account of the number of individuals in each state who received Medicaid-funded LTSS in calendar year 2010 based on the Medicaid Analytic eXtract (MAX). The MAX data source is a set of Medicaid administrative data files designed to facilitate Medicaid research. The report identifies the number of people by population group who received institutional and non-institutional services. With some exceptions, State and national data are included.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/65896

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Disabled Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries: Integration of Medicare and Medicaid Benefits May Not Lead to Expected Medicare Savings

In this report, the GAO examined claims, expenditure, and quality data from Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNPs) during 2009. The GAO notes that D-SNPs with higher levels of Medicare and Medicaid integration performed better on quality outcomes but did not reduce utilization of costly Medicare services. The GAO concludes that CMS projected savings from the Financial Alignment Demonstration and other initiatives to integrate care for dual eligible beneficiaries may be overstated.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/65894

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