Capitol Correspondence - 01.13.20

Don’t Miss These January Webinars on Key Trends in Managed Care for I/DD, Social Determinants of Health

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The two webinars listed below offer information on two national discussions which have the potential to change how people with disabilities receive key supports they rely on to live full and independent lives: Medicaid managed care, and social determinants of health.

Webinar by Community Catalyst: “Service Disrupted:  Managed LTSS for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Thursday, January 16, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 pm EST 

Call in # – 303/248-0285, code 2752827# 

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Faced with the rapid advance of managed care in Medicaid, many advocates across the country are fighting to maintain the intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) service systems that they worked so hard to build. States are increasingly turning to managed care for long-term services and supports with varying goals, including better service coordination, improved quality and program savings. In the eight states evaluated in our recently released report, we found results that ranged between somewhat beneficial and terrible. Furthermore, in no state have consumers resoundingly gained better access to the full range of high-quality, coordinated services they need with managed care. On this webinar, we will discuss our findings and share advocacy strategies to ensure that consumers are better served.”


Part 1 of Webinar Series by the Administration on Community Living (ACL) on Promising Practices for Social Determinants of Health: “Just Wanna Live My Best Life – Shaping Medicaid HCBS to Fit the Individual Priorities of Self-Advocates” on Thursday, January 23, 3-4:30 PM ET”

ACL and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) are hosting a monthly webinar series to assist states and stakeholders in developing high quality programs to address social determinants of health (SDOH) and provider capacity building in home- and community-based services (HCBS). The series will focus on best practices in a number of key areas, including person-centered planning, guardianship reform, aligning HCBS policy with SDOH, housing, employment, community inclusion, and transportation, and more. 

The first webinar, Just Wanna Live My Best Life – Shaping Medicaid HCBS to Fit the Individual Priorities of Self-Advocates” on Thursday, January 23, at 3 – 4:30 PM ET will focus on best practices and participant perspectives on person-centered planning, informed choice in HCBS options, and supported decision making. 

The following questions will be addressed:

  • What is it that consumers are looking for in the PCP and case management process? 
  • In the services they receive and the people providing the supports? 
  • What are some experiences that self-advocates have had with various providers or the Medicaid system that were really strong, positive experiences, and what experiences were negative and produced poor outcomes?
  • What can states and providers learn from consumers, and how can/should they more meaningfully engage and empower individuals within the planning, service delivery, and quality improvement process? 

The webinar will include a panel of people with lived experience, as well as state HCBS program representatives who will share their perspectives on effective practices, policies, and program operations in addressing these topics. There will be ample time for questions and discussion. 

Register for the webinar.