HCBS New and Notable

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.

VA Faces Challenges in Meeting Demand for Long-Term Care

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has 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.

Making Integration Work: Key Elements for Effective Partnerships between Physical and Behavioral Health Organizations in Medicaid

This report examines how health plans can partner to promote successful integration of care for enrollees with behavioral health conditions. As part of this report, CHCS interviewed leaders of organizations that are partnering to integrate care.. The report analyzes findings from Colorado, Oregon, Arizona, And Arkansas and highlights key elements that contribute to successful partnerships between physical and behavioral health organizations.


ADvancing States Publications

ADvancing States regularly releases new publications on topics across the aging and disability spectrum. We highlight all of these publications, along with webinar materials and HCBS Conference presentations, on our publications and webinars page. See below for an overview of some of our recent additions:  

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.

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

Addressing Social Isolation for Older Adults During the COVID-19 Crisis: Thank you to all of the states, organizations, and individuals who have responded with activities and ideas on how to address social isolation for older adults during the COVID-19 crisis. This document combines responses received thus far. Please continue to submit state, CBO, and facility activities to ADvancing States so that we may update this document accordingly. 

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