California Healthline: State ‘A Few Weeks’ From Waiver Draft

by David Gorn The state is weeks away from finishing the first draft of a new 1115 federal Medicaid waiver, according to Jennifer Kent, director of the Department of Health Care Services. In her first legislative hearing since being appointed director last month, Kent told the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services about … Continue reading

TSF & N3C: BUILDING THE BUSINESS CASE: COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS RESPONDING TO THE CHANGING HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENT FOR AGING POPULATIONS

Form our colleagues at The SCAN Foundation: Click here for report: BUILDING THE BUSINESS CASE: COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS RESPONDING TO THE CHANGING HEALTHCARE ENVIRONMENT FOR AGING POPULATIONS

LAO: The Universal Assessment Tool: Improving Care for Recipients of Home- and Community-Based Services

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From our colleagues at LAO: In 2012, the Legislature authorized the development and pilot implementation of a universal assessment tool (UAT) to streamline eligibility and level-of-need determinations for three home- and community-based services (HCBS) programs that provide care to seniors and people with disabilities. Our analysis finds that the benefits of a UAT likely outweigh … Continue reading

NASUAD: Community Based Organizations and MLTSS: An Issue Brief to Assess CBO readiness

Click here for report: http://www.nasuad.org/sites/nasuad/files/CBO%20Readiness%20for%20MLTSS%20Dec.%202014.pdf?utm_source=1-14-15+%28NASUAD%2C+NewsHour+%29&utm_campaign=1-14-15&utm_medium=email

NSCLC: State Officials, Providers, and Disability and Aging Groups Praise CMS Guidance on HCBS Rule

From our colleagues at NSCLC:  Since Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) release of final regulations regarding the settings of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) rule in January 2014, there has been some confusion among providers, families, advocates, people with disabilities and their families over whether people will lose services on March 17, … Continue reading

California Healthline: One Waiver Down, One More To Go?

by David Gorn With its current waiver, California successfully expanded Medi-Cal, its Medicaid program, and launched the dual eligibles demonstration project. That federal-state agreement — known as a Section 1115 waiver — is due to expire in October 2015, but that doesn’t mean the state is done with it. State health officials have formulated a … Continue reading

NSCLC: Preparing Advocates to Shape HCBS Transition Plans

From our colleagues from NSCLC: The new federal regulations on community-based settings mean states must bring their Medicaid HCBS systems into compliance. NSCLC’s Four Tips for Consumer Advocates produced with the National Disability Rights Network offers advice for assessing their state’s compliance progress. We’ve produced several webinars on the topic throughout the summer and fall … Continue reading

TSF: 2014 Long-Term Services & Supports Summit

From our colleagues at The SCAN Foundation: Our 2014 Long-Term Services & Supports Summit was a tremendous success, bringing together 300 participants from across California to discuss the current state of LTSS and how to continue the momentum towards system transformation.  For a recap on the conference and its takeaways, please read Dr. Bruce Chernof’s … Continue reading

California Healthline: Governor Rejects Adult Day Health Bill; Future of Senior Program Now Up in Air

by David Gorn On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed a bill to codify Community Based Adult Services as a Medi-Cal benefit and continue offering it as a benefit into the future. The state has attempted to eliminate adult day health care in the past. The CBAS program, serving some of the oldest, most frail Californians … Continue reading

NSCLC: California Releases Draft of HCBS Transition Plan for Public Comment

From our colleagues at NSCLC:  New federal regulations set standards to ensure that Medicaid-funded home and community-based services (HCBS) are provided in environments that are non-institutional in nature.  It is not enough that a Medicaid HCBS consumer is not living in an institution — under the new standards, the consumer must be integrated with the … Continue reading

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