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Home and Community-Based Services Beyond Medicaid: How StateFunded Programs Help Low-Income Adults with Care Needs Live at Home

This paper focuses on how state-funded home and community-based services programs can support low-income older adults. It highlights promising practices that support maximum independence for low-income older adults and/or people with physical disabilities and their family caregivers. The paper explores programs across nine states, including Washington state’s emerging innovation: the Medicaid Transformation demonstration.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/71163

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The Financial Hardship Faced by Older Americans Needing Long-Term Services and Supports

This study analyzes the financial burden experienced by people who require long-term services and supports. The study analyzes medical and LTSS spending among older Medicare beneficiaries, particularly the costs of assistive devices and personal care. The results show that for medical services covered by Medicare, beneficiaries with a high need for long-term services spend more than $2,700 a year out of pocket on average, twice as high as those without such need.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/71119

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Advancing Value & Quality in Medicaid Service Delivery for Individuals with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

While healthcare payment systems are moving toward paying for value, the unique needs of individuals with I/DD and their families means that the transition toward alternative payment models (APMs) for Medicaid-funded services must be undertaken carefully. This white paper includes 14 payment reform principles to guide the development and assessment of new and emerging APMs for Medicaid I/DD services. The paper also includes 13 recommendations for current and future APMs for I/DD services.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/71064

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Value-Based Payment in Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports: A Checklist for States

Medicaid value-based payment (VBP) models tie payment to outcomes including quality of care, health status, and costs. This guide presents a checklist of four issues for consideration as states identify issues to consider when developing and adopting value-based payment (VBP) models for HCBS within managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) programs. The guide also reviews strategies for stakeholder engagement.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/71057

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Potential Changes to Medicaid Long-Term Care Spousal Impoverishment Rules: States’ Plans and Implications for Community Integration

On Thursday, November 15, 2018, the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) published an issue brief exploring the upcoming changes to spousal impoverishment policies in Federal Medicaid HCBS policy. This report provides an explanation of why spousal impoverishment policies exist, the changes made by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and the potential implications of the expiration of these ACA changes.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/70901

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States Focus on Quality and Outcomes Amid Waiver Changes: Results from a 50-State Medicaid Budget Survey for State Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019

This recently released report examines the reforms, policy changes, and initiatives that occurred in FY 2018 and those adopted for implementation for FY 2019. The report focuses on changes in eligibility, managed care and delivery system reforms, long-term services and supports, provider payment rates and taxes, covered benefits, and pharmacy and opioid strategies.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/70859

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A comparison of nursing home usage in states with and without Medicaid Managed LTSS

This study from Milliman highlights the success that MLTSS programs have had in reducing institutional care for older adults and people with disabilities compared to states operating a fee for service system, both in absolute numbers as well as the acuity level of consumers receiving services in nursing facilities.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/70858

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HCBS Conference 2018- Presentations

While faced with new challenges, reduced budgets, and growing populations requiring more services, states are stronger than ever, and the work they do is more effective than ever in reaching individuals and addressing their needs. The National Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference 2018 highlights these achievements, allowing states to share best practices, present unique partnerships, and recognize the work of their peers.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/70802

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Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services: Selected States' Program Structures and Challenges Providing Services

State Medicaid programs are increasingly opting to cover home and community-based services. This report looks at the efforts of various state Medicaid programs, examines their structure, and highlights the challenges encountered. From this review, GAO highlights three main challenges: 1) difficulty recruiting and retaining home care workers, 2) difficulty serving those with complex needs and, 3) limited funding for HCBS services.

Short URL: http://www.nasuad.org/node/70785

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