Posts in category "Home and Community Based Services and Supports"
Anyone interested in aging in America should see Rest, a new play by Samual Hunter, about residents and staff in a northern Idaho assisted living facility, being performed at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theatre. On Sunday afternoon, after a matinee performance of the play, I was honored to moderate a town hall meeting themed around senior... Read more »
This year, National Coming Out Day was held on October eleventh, and I cannot help but think of the irony that day brings for thousands of LGBT older adults who require long term services and supports (LTSS). As recently reported in the Washington Post (here), identifying LGBT friendly LTSS providers is ridiculously (and unnecessarily) difficult.... Read more »
The Holy Grail of reducing expenditures associated with providing medical and long term care services (LTC) to this complex population is propelling states to look to managed care organizations (MCOs) for answers. The reasoning is something like: since MCOs are capable of managing the expenditures of younger Medicaid beneficiaries, surely they will be able to... Read more »
New reports (here and here) on the changing landscape of long term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults continue to drive home the need for a national strategy to finance and develop a functional and affordable LTSS network. Their publication provides an interesting backdrop to the initial meetings of the new Commission on Long-Term Care. The 15-member commission remains one... Read more »
A flurry of activity, envisioned by Obamacare (ACA) and driven by fiscal necessity, is beginning to transform how providers of long term services and supports (LTSS) address the needs of older adults. Despite the growing interest in how the ACA will change healthcare delivery for working Americans, there is not much public coverage on the changes, which... Read more »
At the conclusion of my last blog post I posed the question that since State Medicaid programs are currently deficient in assuring compliance with quality standards in the delivery of HCBS in ALF settings, is it reasonable to assume that MCOs will be better suited to not only that task, but also with regards to... Read more »
As the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) continues at full gallop to enroll older adult Medicaid beneficiaries into managed care organizations (MCOs) during Q1 of 2013, many remain skeptical at how home and community based services (HCBS) programs will be measured and monitored and whether incentives will be aligned to meet desired goals. HCBS... Read more »