Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy is hosting a webinar focused on the needs of those individuals whose HCBS care is the most expensive. These individuals often face significant disabilities that require intensive levels of service over extended periods of time. This webinar will discuss various strategies for cost-effectively meeting the diverse needs of people who use HCBS. The format for this event will be a moderated discussion featuring a panel of Medicaid and HCBS experts.
Panelists will include:
- Victoria Peebles, Mathematica, will share the results of an in-depth study of the characteristics of people with the highest HCBS costs and the services driving the high costs.
- Carol Irving, Mathematica, will discuss key findings from an evaluation of the Money Follows the Person demonstration. The demonstration saved money and improved quality of life as it helped institutional residents return to the community.
- Patti Killingsworth, Tennessee Medicaid, will report on a new program, Employment and Community First CHOICES, which helps LTSS beneficiaries with the highest expenses—people with intellectual or development disabilities—to find and keep a job and live independently.
- Debra Lipson, Mathematica, will discuss the implications of these findings for state Medicaid programs seeking to improve outcomes and control costs for high-need LTSS enrollees.