This week, our In Focus section reviews a new paper from Health Management Associates,State Efforts to Integrate Care Across Medicaid Fee-for-Service Long-Term Services and Supports and Medicare Advantage Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans by Sarah Barth, Rachel Deadmon and Julie Faulhaber. Funded by UnitedHealthcare, this paper outlines approaches taken by Medicaid programs seeking to coordinate Medicare and Medicaid services for dually eligible individuals without first implementing standalone Medicaid managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) programs.
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Funded by UnitedHealthcare, the issue brief, State Efforts to Integrate Care Across Medicaid Fee-for-Service Long-Term Services and Supports and Medicare Advantage Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans, outlines approaches taken by Medicaid programs seeking to coordinate Medicare and Medicaid services for dually eligible individuals without first implementing standalone Medicaid managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) programs.
Authors are Sarah Barth, Rachel Deadmon and Julie Faulhaber.
This week, our In Focus section reviews a new report from Health Management Associates, COVID-19 Policy Flexibilities Affecting Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs: What to Keep, Modify, or Discard?. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government and states rapidly established new, temporary regulations and flexibilities, while providers deployed innovative technologies to connect with their patients. The report examines how COVID-19 and the responses by federal and state governments, health systems, and providers affect health care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN).
This webinar, held on June 25, 2021 and was the sixth webinar in the series “Exploring the Landscape of Behavioral Healthcare,” covering the growing impact of behavioral healthcare on clinical outcomes and cost.”
State Medicaid programs must address health disparities and advance health justice for members with disabilities – including those with mental illness and substance use disorder (SUD). Our presenters outlined the path forward in the 2021 report, Advancing Health Justice Using Medicaid Data: Key Lessons from Minnesota for the Nation, produced by AcademyHealth, Disability Policy Consortium (DPC), and Health Management Associates (HMA). During this webinar, speakers from DPC and HMA discussed how to measure health disparities, present the evidence on health disparities from one state’s Medicaid program, and discussed what federal and state policymakers can do to address health justice stemming from racial injustice, discrimination, bias, and stigma in our healthcare system.
- Understand what health justice and other related terms mean
- Learn how to measure health disparities affecting Medicaid members with disabilities – including those with mental illness and SUD
- Examine evidence on health disparities from one state Medicaid program’s efforts
- Consider the national implications of this evidence on Medicaid members
- Review what actions policymakers can take to advance health justice
- Ellen Breslin, MPP. Principal, HMA, Boston, MA
- Dennis Heaphy, M.Div. M.Ed. MPH, Health Justice Policy Analyst, Disability Policy Consortium, Malden, MA
- Anissa Lambertino, PhD., Senior Consultant, HMA, Chicago, IL
This week our In Focus reviews the Tennessee Medicaid managed care request for proposals (RFP) released on June 11, 2021, by the State of Tennessee, Division of TennCare. Tennessee will select three plans to provide physical services, behavioral services, and Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS), including nursing facility services and home and community-based services (HCBS), to beneficiaries enrolled in TennCare (Medicaid), CoverKids (Children’s Health Insurance Program), and Dual Eligible Special Needs Plans (D-SNP). Current incumbents serve over 1.5 million beneficiaries, with contracts worth $12 billion annually.
This webinar was held on June 15, 2021. It was the fifth webinar in the series Exploring the Landscape of Behavioral Healthcare, covering the growing impact of behavioral healthcare on clinical outcomes and cost.
Behavioral health staff face new challenges, anxiety, and risk of burnout as they attempt to deliver the best care possible to clients in care settings impacted by the pandemic. That’s true whether staff members work remotely or in emerging hybrid environments in which care is provided both virtually and face-to-face. Supervisors play a critical role in helping staff work through stressful logistical, clinical, and even personal situations so that the focus remains on the client.
During this webinar, HMA behavioral health experts offered practical approaches to managing staff in both virtual and hybrid settings, helping to ensure staff members remain productive, appreciated, supported, and focused on improving client outcomes.
- Understand how the stresses of the pandemic, including social distancing, loss, and the challenges of staying connected to friends and family, have impacted the mental health of clients and providers.
- Identify practical approaches to remote staff supervision, including huddles, group and individual supervision, and tactics for successful conference calls.
- Learn how supervisors and staff can work together to manage work/life boundaries, especially given the need to oversee staff working in a combination of settings, including the home, and the complexities of vaccination disclosure.
Deb Peartree, Senior Consultant, Albany, NY
Annalisa Baker, Senior Consultant, HMA, New York City