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Webinar Alert: Evidence-Based Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in Correctional Settings

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HMA is cohosting a webinar with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care.

Opioid use disorder is a chronic brain disease with effective, evidence-based treatments, and is a condition protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Prisons and jails are expected, by national health care and justice organizations and by communities, to treat incarcerated persons with OUD in accordance with evidence-based practices. This webinar reviews the most current evidence-based care for opioid withdrawal and OUD treatment and provides clinicians with strategies to move correctional health practices into compliance with national and community standards.

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Webinar Replay: Federal COVID-19 Response: Medicare Advantage Policy Changes and Impacts

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This webinar was held on June 11, 2020.

In response to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus, Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have made significant policy changes to Medicare Advantage regulations, allowing for expanded benefits and other flexibilities designed to better serve the Medicare population.

During this webinar, HMA experts addressed the impact of these changes, including a look at policies affecting cost sharing, telehealth, Star Ratings, prescription drugs, provider funding, appeals, and Special Needs Plans (SNP). Speakers also addressed the likelihood that these policies remain in place even after the COVID-19 emergency ends.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn about changes in federal Medicare Advantage policies in response to COVID-19.
  • Understand how Medicare Advantage plans, including Special Needs Plans, are adjusting to the new rules, including the impact on benefit design, care delivery, payment models, and quality.
  • Identify operational implications of Medicare Advantage policy changes to ensure continued delivery of high-quality care to beneficiaries.

HMA Speakers:

  • Julie Faulhaber, MBA, Principal, Chicago
  • Mary Hsieh, PharmD, MPH, Managing Principal, Atlanta
  • Narda Ipakchi, MBA, Senior Consultant, Washington, DC
  • Sarah Owens, Principal, Philadelphia
  • Danielle Pavliv, MPH, PMP, Senior Consultant, Atlanta

HMA Framework Examines Behavioral Health Crisis Diversion Facilities

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This week, our In Focus section provides a model framework examining an option for care for individuals with behavioral health needs who often find themselves involved with law enforcement or in hospital emergency rooms during times of crisis. The framework – Crisis Diversion Facilities – was released by Health Management Associates, led by HMA Principal Bren Manaugh and supported by Arnold Ventures as part of a larger opioid and mental health response initiative.

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Brief & Report

Issue brief outlines Medicare Advantage supplemental benefit flexibilities


An HMA-authored issue brief examines beneficiary access to, and plan adoption of, newly expanded Medicare Advantage (MA) supplemental benefit flexibilities and raises questions regarding the expected impacts of new supplemental benefit offerings on beneficiary satisfaction, outcomes, and total cost of care.

The new flexibilities for MA plans include innovative supplemental benefits offered through expansion of primarily health-related benefits, benefits offered non-uniformly, Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID), and Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI).

The brief’s key finding is that enrollment in plans offering these flexibilities is relatively low and varies across geographic areas with 19% of all MA enrollees enrolled in a plan that offered at least one expanded supplemental benefit.  HMA will conduct additional analyses including interviews with key stakeholders to inform the policy community on the opportunities and challenges with the adoption and implementation of new supplemental benefits

This brief was produced by HMA Managing Principals Jonathan Blum and Mary Hsieh, Principal Eric Hammelman, and Senior Consultant Narda Ipakchi under a grant from Arnold Ventures.


Webinar Replay: Tracking State Responses to COVID-19 for Home Health and Home Care Providers: Survey Results and Provider Perspectives

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This webinar was held on June 9, 2020. 

With most federal COVID-19 funding going to hospitals and nursing homes, states are implementing various Medicaid authorities, legislation, and policies of their own to improve access to long-term services and supports, including home and community-based services. HMA home care experts have tracked these state efforts and presented the results during this informational session. They were joined by home health and home care industry leaders, who offered important perspectives on state actions as well as thoughts on additional steps that will be necessary over the long term.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand state COVID-19 legislation, executive orders, and policy guidance and how it affects home health and home care providers.
  • Gain perspective from home health and home care providers on how state COVID-19 efforts are playing out.
  • Understand the immediate and long-term challenges and opportunities home health and home care providers are likely to face as they respond to COVID-19.


Karen Brodsky, Principal, HMA
Pat Kelleher, Executive Director, Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts
Linda Mintz, Co-Chair, CareFinders Total Care
Susan Tucker, Principal, HMA