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Long-Term Care and the Impact of COVID-19: A First Look at Comparative Cross-National Statistics

This brief summarizes the available data and literature on the cross-national impact of COVID-19 in LTC settings as of October 2020 and the changes in reported death rates since June 2020. This brief was prepared through intramural research by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Office of Behavioral Health, Disability, and Aging Policy.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72334

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Case Study: How Georgia meets the increased needs of seniors during COVID

When COVID-19 appeared in early 2020, human services agencies across the country had to adapt overnight. The Georgia Department of Human Services’ Division of Aging Services created new partnerships with restaurants, placed emergency funds into use quickly, streamlined decision-making and more to meet the needs of seniors.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72321

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Strengthening the Entry-Level Health Care Workforce: Finding a Path

This report, led in collaboration with ASPE’s Office of Health Policy, provides potential approaches to expand and strengthen the entry-level health care workforce in the United States, with a primary focus on the following occupational categories: licensed practical nurses, medical assistants, dental assistants, hygienists, home health aides, certified nursing assistants, and personal care aides, community health workers, and peer specialists.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72320

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Postpartum Opioid Prescription Fills, Opioid Use Disorder, and Utilization of Medication-Assisted Treatment Among Women with Medicaid and Private Health Insurance Coverage

This issue brief from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) examines the rate of opioid prescribing and its association with the development of opioid use disorder (OUD) among women covered under Medicaid and private health insurance after childbirth.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72319

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Senior Medicare Patrol (CMP) COVID-19 Fraud Resources

The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is ready to provide you with the information you need to PROTECT yourself from Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse; DETECT potential fraud, errors, and abuse; and REPORT your concerns. SMPs help educate and empower Medicare beneficiaries in the fight against health care fraud. Your SMP can help you with your questions, concerns, or complaints about potential fraud and abuse issues. It also provides information and educational presentations.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72305

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Disability-Inclusive Telework for States: State Approaches to Increasing Access and Inclusion

This document provides guidance to state policymakers on developing more inclusive telework policies and programs. It includes an overview of workplace protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) pertaining to telework; details the components of state telework programs; and indicates how each component can be modified to better accommodate all employees. This brief also offers best practices states are using to advance inclusion in their telework programs.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72299

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Nebraska Amends 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers with the Emergency Preparedness and Response Appendix K

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is approving Nebraska’s fourth submission to amend the following 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers with the Emergency Preparedness and Response Appendix K in order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The amendments that the state has requested in the Appendix Ks are additive to those previously approved and are effective from March 6, 2020 through March 5, 2021.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72285

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Personal Protective Equipment Issues and Professional Direct Care Workers During COVID-19

COVID-19 has led to immeasurable repercussions in healthcare systems across the nation and world. The one issue common to all professional direct care workers was the limited availability of personal protective equipment. This policy brief focuses on DCW and challenges they faced, and continue to face, in adequately protecting themselves and others from the transmission and infection of this deadly virus.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72276

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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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COVID-19: If Ever There Was A Time to Care About Medicare-Medicaid Integration it's Now

ATI Advisory released extensive data analysis of Medicare claims data to highlight the disparate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles).The analysis also offers policy pathways for states to improve integrated care for this vulnerable population.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/72232

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