Capitol Correspondence - 10.27.20

New Resources: ACL-Funded Materials on HCBS Quality Measurements, Social Determinants of Health Now Available

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Part of the mission of the Administration for Community Living (ACL) is to fund research on important disability issues. We share the products of two recently released ACL-funded projects to keep our members informed of trends and discussions occurring in this field.

Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living report on disability disparities in social determinants of health:

“This report uses data from the 2018 National Health Interview Sample Adult File (n=18,120) to explore differences between working-age (18-65) adults with disabilities (n=2,705) and those without disabilities (N=15,415). It starts by describing estimated rates of work limitation, activity limitation, functional limitation, and disability participation in the general population, then compares rates of disabilities in specific minority groups. It then compares disparities in social determinants of health, ending with a discussion of the research and policy implications of recognizing people with disabilities as a disadvantaged minority population.”

University of Minnesota issue briefs on quality measurement in Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) program:

The briefs discuss:

  • Involving stakeholders to address challenges in HCBS measure development;
  • HCBS outcome measurement tools and current state approaches to measurement;
  • Development of HCBS outcome measures.