2020 HCBS Conference Materials

The 2020 Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference, held virtually, was the 36th annual HCBS Conference. On Tuesday, December 1st, state members from across the country met virtually for ADvancing States' 2020 Fall Meeting. On December 2-3 and 8-10, attendees from across the country took part in over 100 sessions focused on issues across the spectrum of aging and disability policy. The slides from these sessions are posted below. 

Tuesday, November 10

Aging and Disability 101 Intensive

  • Overview of OAA

  • Products and Services of ADvancing States

  • Challenge Accepted: An Informative and Interactive Session with ACL 

  • The State LTC Ombudsman Program 

  • National Council on Independent Living

  • Area Agencies on Aging: Trends and New Directions

  • A Chat with "Seasoned" Aging & Disability Directors

Tuesday, November 17

Medicaid 101 Intensive 

  • Products and Services of ADvancing States

  • Overview and History of Medicaid 

  • Medicaid Eligibility 

  • Medicaid Services

  • Medicaid Payments and Program Integrity

  • Medicaid LTSS

  • Managed Care and MLTSS

  • Current Issues in Medicaid 

Wednesday, December 2


Intensives 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 3

Concurrent Sessions 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • Practical Implications of Implementing EVV from a National Perspective

  • Not All Who Wander Are Lost: How a Health Plan Translated an Academic Model of Care for Dementia

  • Draining the Swamp of Ageism: How One State is Changing the Conversation and Reframing Aging 

  • Self-Directed Personal Care: Gateway to Community and a Self-Determined Life!

  • Leveraging Multiple Grant Funded Projects to Achieve Success:  Experiences from AK, IN, & WI

Concurrent Sessions 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

  • Using Technology, Data Collection and Quality Metrics to Improve Dementia Diagnosis and Care

  • Housing and Health Care: Teaming Up to Achieve the Triple Aim

  • Are We There Yet?  Improving Quality, Care Integration and Supports for People with I/DD

  • Using Data on the Long-Term Care Workforce to Strengthen the DSP Workforce & for Quality Improvement

Intensives 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 8

Concurrent Sessions 1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

  • ACL Track: Care Transitions: Building on Lessons Learned during COVID-19

  • CMS Track: Improving HCBS Assessment Reliability and Interoperability

  • Innovative Solutions for Diverse Needs: Using Research to Develop Interventions and Resources

  • The Journey – Relationships are the Key for Successful 21st Century Service Delivery Model

  • MDS Section Q and Community Transitions

  • Where to Start? Developing LTSS with and for American Indians/Alaska Natives

  • SSBCI You Say?: The Challenges and Opportunities of New Medicare Advantage Supplemental Benefits

  • Leveraging Initiatives to Enhance Quality in Home and Community-Based Services

  • Building a National Community Care Corps of Volunteers Supporting Independent Living

  • Approaches to Heightened Scrutiny and Addressing Isolation

Concurrent Sessions 2:35 p.m. - 3:35 p.m. 

  • ACL Track: Are Person-Centered Thinking, Planning, and Practice Waived in Emergency? Absolutely not!

  • CMS Track: Innovation Discovery: Medicaid’s Response to the Public Health Emergency

  • Aged to Perfection: Age-Friendly Transformation through Partnership, Alignment and Collaboration

    • Discussion only (no slides)

  • Aligning Perspectives: Goals and Principles for Integrated Care and Potential Next Step

  • Addressing Challenges in Oral Health Care Delivery for People w/ Disabilities: Population Health

  • Tribal HCBS and Intergenerational Families – Living Together and Socially Isolated

  • Advancing Action: 2020 State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports

  • Avoid The ER/Urgent Care:Telehealth For the Intellectual and Developmentally Disabled Population

  • Stronger Together - Serving Diverse Elders

  • InnovAge PACE Quickly Pivots from Center-Based to Home-Based Care

Catalyst Conversation Sessions 3:35 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.

  • Tools to Jumpstart an Integrated Care Program for Dually Eligible Individuals

  • 2018-19 NCI-AD National Report: Reviews and Reactions

  • The Health of State Budgets in the Time of COVID

  • CV-19 CheckUp: The Florida and New York Experiences

  • Elevating Home Caregiver Voices During COVID-19 in Western New York and Southeast Michigan

  • Leveraging Social Enterprise to Build Inclusive Workforce

  • Excluding the Disabled: The Secret Prejudice of Tech

Concurrent Sessions 4:35 p.m. - 5:35 p.m.

  • ACL Track: Implementing Standards for Person-Centered Planning and Practice

  • CMS Track: Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR): A Powerful Tool for Rebalancing

  • RAISE Act Family Caregiving, State Policies, and Opportunities

  • What’s HCBS Got to Do with It? The Role of HCBS in Major Policy Debates (COVID-19, MFAR, etc).

  • Tribal Initiative: Dynamic Work Before & During COVID-19. What’s Working, Changed and Needed?

  • Innovative Critical Incident Monitoring: Separate Paths, One Destination

  • Tackling Inequalities from Longevity to COVID-19: The Importance of Data, Partnerships, and Advocacy

  • Balancing Person-Centeredness and Utilization Management within HCBS

  • What’s My Worth? — Understanding the Value of Your Public Sector Experience

  • Silver Linings: Surprising EVV Lessons From COVID-19 to Help in Future Pandemics & Emergencies


Wednesday, December 9

Concurrent Sessions 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

  • ACL Track: Ready Seniors Workshop (Disaster Planning with FEMA)

  • CMS Track: Promoting Health and Welfare for People Receiving Home and Community-Based Services

  • Innovation Track: Supporting Family Caregivers During a Pandemic: Lessons Learne

  • Recognition of Family Caregivers in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports: State Progress

  • Best Practices for Implementing EVV in your Self-Directed Program

  • Re-Imagining the Congregate Nutrition Program: Innovate! Educate!

  • Meeting Needs Amid Rising Demand: Perspectives on HCBS Waiver Waiting Lists

  • Assistive Technology Partnerships and Resources: COVID and Beyond

Concurrent Sessions 2:35 p.m. - 3:35 p.m. 

  • ACL Track: Ensuring Inclusion & Integration in Adulthood: Transition Plans for Youth with Disability

  • CMS Track: Unwinding COVID-Waivers Granted Under the PHE and Implementation of Permanent Changes

  • Innovation Track: Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) – First Data Government Solutions

  • Strategies for Integrating 1915(C) Waiver Assurances into 1115 Demonstrations

  • When Emergency Attendant Backup Plans Fail During a Pandemic, Advocates and Health Plans UNITE!

  • Adapting Technology-based Engagement Strategies in Response to COVID-19

  • Nursing Homes: What Now? What Next?

  • A Story of Capturing, Collaborating, and Caring: Lessons Learned During The COVID-19 Crisis

  • Telehealth’s About Face: Pivoting People, Processes, and Policy during a Global Pandemic

  • Stories from the Front Line: How One State is Supporting Home Care Workers Through the Pandemic

Catalyst Conversation Sessions 3:35 p.m. - 4:05 p.m. 

  • LTSS Workforce Stabilization – A Solution for a COVID World and Beyond – Part 1

  • Identifying and Raising the Bar: Assessing the Quality of LTSS Delivered Through Managed Care

  • Making Informed Residential Setting Choice for Frail Adults Using COVID Fatality Rate Comparisons

  • Function Follows Form: Building Organizations for Change & Disruption

  • Pivoting from Critical Incident Detection to COVID-19 Insights

  • Applying Data & Tech to Help I/DD Service Providers Integrate Care in NY in the Age of COVID

  • How COVID Impacted your State's Long Term Care Financial Burden - Use this Billion Dollar Option

  • Pop-Up Communities: Innovative Housing Solutions for Our Aging and Disability Communities

  • Aftermath Effects: How COVID-19 Changed the Way Care Providers Perceive Technology

Concurrent Sessions 4:35 p.m. - 5:35 p.m.

  • ACL Track: Continuing the March for Civil Rights: Equal Access to Health Care

  • CMS Track: Electronic Visit Verification - Implementation Updates

  • Innovation Track: Power of the “Human Touch”:  Improving Population Health with Human-Assisted Tech

  • Overcoming Housing Barriers for LTSS Beneficiaries and the Prevention of Institutionalization

  • Responding to the Need: Outreach, Engagement, and Connection During COVID-19

  • Caring for the Future: Strengthening the Direct Care Workforce in HCBS through Data and Innovation

  • PANDA Project:  Building Family First Infrastructure for People with Dementia in Alabama

  • Supporting Self-Determination and Employment through Supported Decision-Making

  • Assisted Living Policy: National Overview & Deep Dive into Minnesota’s Quality Report Card

  • Breaking Down Silos and Creating Bridges: Innovative Partnerships to Reach Vulnerable Populations

Thursday, December 10

Concurrent Sessions 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • ACL Track: Beyond Captioning: Accessible Communications

  • CMS Track: Home & Community Based Settings Regulation: Implementation Updates and Impacts of the PHE

  • Innovation Track: Health Inequity, Food Insecurity, and the Impact of COVID-19

  • Helping States Support Families Caring for An Aging America: Idaho’s Care Navigator Pilot

  • Virtual Delivery of FMS for Self-Direction: Solutions for Times of Emergency and Beyond

  • Laying a Foundation: Building Blocks from SUA & AAA Home Modification Surveys

  • How Effective Dialogue Can Improve Accountability and Foster Innovation in OAA Service Delivery

  • The Impact of the Coronavirus on Social Isolation: Creative Community Transportation Responses

  • HCBS Settings Rule: Getting Consumer Engagement Off Life Support

  • Delaware’s Commitment to Understanding the Challenges of Caring for Children with Medical Complexity

Concurrent Sessions 2:35 p.m. - 3:35 p.m. 

  • ACL Track: Driven by Data:  ACL’s Learning Agenda and What the Evidence Act Means for You

  • CMS Track: Taking Stock of New HCBS Quality Measures: CMS, State, and Health Plan Perspectives

  • Innovation Track: LTSS of the Future

  • NCI and NCI-AD: Using Technology to Enhance Quality Data Collection

  • Person-Centered Care for Aging Individuals with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

  • Strategies for Getting Usable Data Across Different HCBS Programs and Populations

  • Leveraging Managed Care to Support Accountability and Innovations in Integration and Independence

    • Discussion only (no slides)

  • Celebrating and Embracing LGBTQ+ Older Adults in the Aging Services Network

  • Beyond EVV: Harnessing the Power of EVV to Identify At-Risk Individuals During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Collaborative Transition of Care Models: Lessons Learned during a Pandemic

Catalyst Conversation Sessions 3:35 p.m. - 4:05 p.m.

  • LTSS Workforce Stabilization – A Solution for a COVID World and Beyond – Part 2

  • What the Heck is HIDE, FIDE, MMP: Understanding the Alphabet Soup of Integrated Plans for Duals

  • Fraud & Older Adults: Changing the Narrative

  • Social Security: Critical Information for Seniors and People with Disabilities

  • Key Aging and LTSS Issues in 2020 and Beyond

  • Robotic Companion Pets: Impact and Benefit in the time of COVID-19

  • Learning from the Best: Opportunities for Consumer Engagement in HCBS Planning and Policymaking

  • What’s Your Hidden Treasure? Work Like A Captain Play Like A Pirate!

  • Therap’s Data Analytics: Outcome Measurement for Value Based Performance Evaluation