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Capitol Correspondence - 09.24.18

Compilation of Resources of Interest on HCBS, Disability Employment and Autism

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This week again, ANCOR is highlighting diverse materials flagged in publications we receive that we believe could be of interest to our members and/or the DSPs in their employ:

  • New Database from University of Minnesota: ICI’s Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Outcome Measurement (RTC-OM) has developed a database that catalogs instruments commonly used to measure the outcomes of recipients of home and community based services (HCBS). The database is available in two versions, one of which can be accessed by the public and the other whose use is restricted to developers of measures and staff from federal agencies who administer HCBS programs. RTC-OM Co-Director, Brian Abery indicates that, over the next several months, the Center will be providing a series of training webinars to potential users of the database. Individuals interested in participating in these sessions should check the RTC-OM’s website for the training schedule.
  • CSPD Webinar on Disability Beneficiaries’ Pursuit of Work: On October 17, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., (ET), Mathematica’s Center for Studying Disability Policy will host a webinar focused on new research on the work activity of beneficiaries with disabilities. Speakers will discuss:
    • The impacts of the Great Recession on SSI and SSDI beneficiaries having their cash benefits suspended or terminated for work
    • Changes in the characteristics and work activities of SSI and SSDI beneficiaries from 2005 to 2015
    • The likelihood that working SSDI beneficiaries receive overpayments and the extent to which overpayments affect beneficiaries’ work activity 
  • HIPAA Audit Webinar by Mentor Health: In this webinar, Mentor Health will discuss the HIPAA audit and enforcement programs and how they work, and discuss the areas that caused the most issues in prior audits. The webinar will explore what kind of issues and what kind of entities had the most problems, and show where entities need to improve their compliance the most. It will also explore the typical risk issues that lead to breaches of health information and see how those issues may be a target for auditors in the next round of audits. Cost is $139 for live viewing.