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Capitol Correspondence - 11.12.19

Resources: CMS Webinars this Month on HCBS Provider-Owned Controlled Settings, Value-Based Payments, Mental Health

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a timely series of webinars covering three key issues in the disability community: how to comply with the Home and Community-Based Services Settings Rule, specifically on lease issues; shifting away from the current fee-for-service Medicaid system towards value-based payments; understanding populations with mental illness – many people with intellectual / developmental disabilities (I/DD) are dually diagnosed with mental illness.

As written by CMS:

HCBS Training Series: Provider-Owned or Controlled Settings, Encompassing Lease and Landlord/Tenant Relationships

This training will define private homes and ongoing monitoring with the Home and Community-Based Services settings rule. The presentation will assist states to identify which settings should be considered provider-owned or controlled for the purpose of applying the additional requirements of the settings rule. In addition, the training will discuss the types of documentation that should be included in the person-centered service plan when any modifications are made to the additional requirements for provider-owned or controlled settings including specific examples for each section of the regulations. The webinar will also review landlord/tenant relationships and identify current state issues.

Webinar: November 13, 1:30 to 3:00 pm EST Register now.

 

NEW Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program Technical Assistance Opportunities

The Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) is announcing upcoming technical assistance opportunities for Medicaid agencies. These opportunities are listed below in order of release:

  • Topic: Data Analytics to Better Understand Medicaid Populations with Serious Mental Illness. November 19, 2019. [ANCOR note: full description below]
  • Topic: Value-Based Payment for Fee-for-Service Home and Community-Based Services. November 21, 2019. [ANCOR note: full description below]
  • Topic(s): Reducing Substance Use Disorders (December 2019)
    • Data Dashboards Affinity Group
    • Medication Assisted Treatment Affinity Group
  • Topic: Value-Based Payment and Financial Simulations – General Technical Assistance (December 2019)
  • Topic: Data Analytics – General Technical Assistance (January 2020)

 

Register Now: Data Analytics to Better Understand Medicaid Populations with SMI Informational Webinar

 

The Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) is launching an eight-month data analytics technical assistance opportunity for Medicaid agencies interested in learning how to use data to gain insight into their adult Medicaid populations with Serious Mental Illness (SMI). We invite you to join us for an informational webinar to learn more about this opportunity on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST.

 

IAP will provide Medicaid agencies with technical assistance in executing state-specific analyses, using data analytic best practices to leverage Medicaid claims and encounters data, as well as other types of internal/external data to increase their understanding of the Medicaid population with SMI. Participating states will produce data profiles of the adult Medicaid SMI population that can then be used as the basis for policy making, stakeholder engagement, and data-informed delivery system reforms.

This technical assistance opportunity is open to states at all levels of experience in analyzing data. Additional information, including the Program Overview, Expression of Interest form, and Informational Session slides will be posted on the IAP webpage the day of the informational session. Register now.

Register Now: Value-Based Payment for Fee-for-Service Home and Community-Based Services Informational Webinar

The Medicaid IAP’s Community Integration through Long-Term Services and Supports (CI-LTSS) Program Area is launching a seven-month technical assistance opportunity for Medicaid agencies and their team partners seeking to design Value-Based Payment (VBP) strategies for Fee-for-Services (FFS) in Home and Community-based Services (HCBS).  We invite you to join us for an informational webinar to learn more about this opportunity on Thursday, November 21, 2019, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm EST.

During the informational webinar, participants will learn about the goals, structure, and technical support approach for working with states on VBP for FFS HCBS. Selected states will have the opportunity to work with HCBS industry experts through their individualized technical support and state-to-state learning activities including shared savings and non-financial incentives. 

This technical support opportunity is open to states at all levels of experience and progress in developing a VBP strategy for FFS in HCBS. States that have previously participated in the Medicaid IAP CI-LTSS tracks are welcome to submit an expression of interest for this technical assistance opportunity. Additional information, including the Program Overview, Expression of Interest form, and Informational Session slides will be posted on the IAP webpage the day of the informational session. Register Now.