Long-term services and supports (LTSS) enable more than 12 million Americans to meet their personal care needs and live with dignity and independence in various community and institutional settings. With Medicaid LTSS costs totaling more than $140 billion annually and the aging population projected to grow 18 percent by 2020, state and federal officials are increasingly seeking ways to improve both the quality and cost-effectiveness of the current system of care. The Center for Health Care Strategies, in partnership with Manatt Health, recently released Strengthening Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports in an Evolving Policy Environment: A Toolkit for States to help guide states in replicating LTSS reform strategies established in innovator states.
This 60-minute webinar, made possible through support from The SCAN Foundation and the Milbank Memorial Fund, described policy strategies, operational steps, and federal and state authorities that leading states have used to increase access to community-based care and improve integration of LTSS with other Medicaid and Medicare-covered services. It highlighted opportunities and challenges that states faced in pursuing different reforms to help guide policymakers that are seeking to improve care delivery, person-centeredness, and cost-effectiveness of Medicaid LTSS.
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