HCBS New and Notable

Falls Prevention: National, State, and Local Solutions to Better Support Seniors

This report was released by the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. The report notes that one in four Americans 65 and older falls each year, leading to lasting health and economic consequences. Falls are preventable and not necessarily a part of the normal aging process. The report also includes a list of recommendations from the committee.

Information Sharing to Improve Care Coordination for High-Risk Dual Eligible Special Needs Plan Enrollees: Key Questions for State Implementation

We draw your attention to the newest technical assistance tool published in September 2019 by the Center for Health Care Strategies focusing on the new “information sharing” requirement for Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans beginning in 2021. We hope you will find it useful in explaining the new requirement as well as how to address the requirement in mandatory D-SNP contracts. 

CMCS Informational Bulletin: Additional EVV Guidance

This bulletin addresses frequently asked questions regarding Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) requirements to beneficiaries receiving in-home care. It responds to questions surrounding beneficiaries with live-in caregivers, services delivered partially in the beneficiary's home, the provision of medical supplies, equipment, and appliances as a component of the Medicaid home health benefit, and the use of web-based timesheets as an EVV method.

Supporting the Critical Role of Family Caregivers: State Opportunities

This fact sheet was developed as part of the Center’s Helping States Support Families Caring for an Aging America initiative. Six states – Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Virginia- are involved with the initiative. This fact sheet provides an overview of unpaid family caregiving and lists options state leaders can consider implementing in order to support family caregivers in their state.

 

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:  

 HCBS Conference 2019- Presentations: The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference is hosted annually by ADvancing States (formerly known as NASUAD). This event highlights best practices from across the country in home and community-based services. The   conference includes federal, state, and local policymakers as well as those who administer, manage, and deliver waiver and other HCBS programs. This link contains all of the slide presentations from the 2019 HCBS Conference. 

  Medicare in America: Coverage and Costs for Low-Income Beneficiaries: This infographic provides information on coverage and costs for low-income Medicare beneficiaries. The resource describes people on Medicare, financial needs among beneficiaries, programs supporting low-income    beneficiaries, and ways to improve access. 

  Complex Needs and Growing Roles: The Changing Nature of Information and Referral/Assistance: A project of ADvancing States and NCIL, this report shares information on a range of issues – including services and referrals, technology and social media, partnerships and systems,     quality assurance, training and certification, and sustainability – from the perspectives of I&R/A professionals in state agencies on aging and disability, Area Agencies on Aging, Centers for Independent Living, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, No Wrong Door systems, and other non-profit     human service organizations. 

  Collaborating to Address HCBS Workforce Challenges in MLTSS ProgramsThis report is the third in a series of publications from the MLTSS Institute. The report identifies the challenges and promising practices in addressing the mismatch between supply and demand for direct care   workers in long term services and supports programs, all viewed through the lens of MLTSS programs. This report is co-authored by ADvancing States and Sage Squirrel Consulting, LLC. 

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ADvancing States Newsroom

News Date News Title
8/30 ADvancing States Honors Three Leaders in Aging, Disability, and Caregiver Services
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8/28 Aging & Disabilities Technology Workgroup Launched
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8/27 NASUAD Announces New Name and Election of New Officers
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Special Interest Pages

Get in-depth information on themes of special interest – news, contact information, answers and highlighted documents.