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A Tribute to Rosalie Kane: Honoring Her Life and Work as Scholar, Mentor, and Social Worker in Gerontology

The most recent issue of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work, A Tribute to Rosalie Kane: Honoring Her Life and Work as Scholar, Mentor, and Social Worker in Gerontology, is dedicated to the life and work of Rosalie Kane. Rosalie helped shape much of our current thinking about long-term services and supports (LTSS). The nine articles and commentaries cover topics ranging from the importance of learning participant preferences to the role of "quality of life" measures in evaluating LTSS.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72392

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New York Attorney General and Consumer Voice Release Reports on the Effect of COVID-19 on Nursing Homes

Attorney General of New York, Letitia James (AG), released a preliminary report on the effect of COVID-19 on nursing homes in New York. The report found that pre-existing short-staffing issues were a defining factor in how a great number of nursing homes in New York fared during the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care also released a report detailing harm and neglect resulting from facilities being locked down and inadequate staffing.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72372

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Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology (MCIT) (CMS-3372-F) Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that propels innovative technology so Medicare beneficiaries have access to the latest, most advanced devices. This action represents a step forward that will help smooth the Medicare coverage pathway for innovative products, resulting in faster access to new devices for America’s seniors.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72318

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Quality Assurance in Adult Protective Services

APS TARC recently released an issue brief to address approaches and benefits to quality assurance (QA) as well as considerations in developing a QA program. The brief describes the QA process for documentation, supervisor review and approval, case reading, performance management, and program evaluation. Additionally, the brief provides explanations in who to include in establishing a QA process, why it is important to conduct a QA process, what should be reviewed, and other questions.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72261

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Five Competency Domains for Staff Who Facilitate Person-Centered Planning

This resource was developed for human service agency leadership whose role is directing the organization and delivery of services and supports. The five competency domains include: Strengths-Based, Culturally Informed, Whole Person-Focused; Cultivating Connections Inside the System and Out; Rights, Choice, and Control; Partnership, Teamwork, Communication, and Facilitation; and Documentation, Implementation, and Monitoring.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72237

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

This brief draws from interviews with states operating new and long-standing MLTSS programs to identify six major trends in the refinement of MLTSS and underlying LTSS delivery systems nationally. The states examined in this brief are strengthening their Medicaid MLTSS programs to serve more LTSS beneficiaries and facilitate the development of integrated care programs that reduce service fragmentation for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees, particularly through Medicare Advantage D-SNPs

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72157

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Person-Centered Planning and Practice

The National Quality Forum (NQF) has published the final report from the Person-Centered Planning and Practice Project. This report outlines recommendations from a committee of stakeholders with lived and professional experience in LTSS. The report includes the committee's final recommendations across a number of areas regarding person-centered thinking, planning, and practice.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72105

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Key State Policy Choices About Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services

This issue brief discusses state policy trends using data from KFF’s 18th annual 50-state survey. It discusses policy areas such as implementation of electronic visit verification and value based payment models. The brief highlights key findings across the topics areas of HCBS program flexibility, MLTSS, and response to federal regulations

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/71918

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