Some of the Commonwealth’s most underserved populations—the elderly, people with disabilities and their caregivers— now have simplified access to the long-term services and supports (LTSS) they need, thanks to MassOptions, an innovative collaboration between UHealthSolutions, the nonprofit business affiliate of UMass Medical School, and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs.
Regional Operations Director of the Health and Criminal Justice Program, Robert Delanders implores lawmakers to take a closer look at the quality of healthcare for women in the correctional setting and shares the proven positive effects improved care and increased visitation has had on inmate health and recidivism.
Jay Flanagan of the Southern New England Practice Transformation Network shares how optometry practices across the country are saving thousands of dollars in healthcare costs by giving patients a more affordable alternative to the emergency room for eye emergencies.
Warren J. Ferguson shares his experience and thoughts on presentations and discussions that took place at the 11th Academic and Health Policy Conference.
Jessica Carpenter, Senior Director of Disability and Community Services, explains the history of Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review and gives a brief overview of it's processes.
Skilled nursing facility use has declined, but the number of beds has not dropped at the same rate. Rebecca Laes-Kushner discusses this issue of "over-bedding" and how Medicaid agencies can act now to lower costs by maximizing policies that eliminate unneeded beds.
Ongoing quality management and review of disability benefit evaluation processes and procedures is critical for state and municipal retirement systems. Working with a partner skilled in assisting organizations with all aspects of medical review needs can ease the burden, says Jody Simpson of Disability Evaluation Services.
Building a successful Long Term Services and Support program starts with creating strong clinical guidelines, says Jessica Carpenter, Senior Director of Disability and Community Services. The goal is ensuring individuals receive the right service, in the right setting, and at the right time.
Robert Seifert of the Center for Health Law and Economics discusses the Indiana Medicaid Waiver, which was recently approved for a three year extension by the federal government.
Extensive evidence shows that Community Health Workers (CHWs) can help health systems meet the triple aim: improve population health, improve quality of care and contain costs, while also promoting health equity and community engagement. Katharine London discusses how new payment methods and delivery system reforms give health care providers flexibility to provide sustainable funding for CHWs.