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Combining & Targeting Populations Under 1915(c), MACPro Health Homes Quality Measures, plus More

Upcoming Calls and Webinars

Today! Combining & Targeting Populations Under 1915(c)

The objective of this training is to provide an overview of the provision of the 2014 1915(c) HCBS Final Regulation which permits states to serve multiple target groups under one 1915(c) waiver.  New Editions is currently the training lead through the Home & Community-Based Services Technical Assistance (HCBS TA) Contract overseen by the Division of Long Term Services & Supports (DLTSS) and will present the training. Ralph Lollar, DLTSS Division Director will support the training and lead the Q&A Session.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm ET

Audio Option #1: 1-844-396-8222 Your WebEx Meeting Number: 907 626 064

Audio Option #2 and Webinar 

Updates to MACPro Health Homes Quality Measure FFY 2017

This session will walk state users through the process of submitting Health Homes Quality Measures in MACPro, as well as highlight changes implemented for FFY 2017. Individuals who are involved with the creation and submission of Health Homes Quality Measures reports in MACPro (State Editor, State Point of Contact, and State Director roles). This may also include primary points of contact, policy staff members, and managers.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET

Audio option #1: 1-844-396-8222 Participant Code:  903 959 371

Audio option #2 and Webinar 

2018 Disability Competent Care Webinar Series

Time/Date: Weekly on Wednesdays from 2-3pm ET, February 21, 2018-April 4, 2018

The 2018 Disability-Competent Care Webinar Series is intended to aid providers and health care professionals in improving the delivery of care to persons with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid are at higher risk for poor health outcomes when compared to individuals without disabilities. This seven-part series will explore key concepts of the Disability-Competent Care (DCC) model and how providers and organizations can best implement these concepts to empower providers and participants with disabilities to best meet their care needs. The first three webinars of the series will be February 21st, February 28th and March 7th.

Improving Accessibility of Provider Settings, February 21, 2018 

This webinar will focus on medical office accessibility, including physical and communication barriers that may impede participants with disabilities from receiving care. Representatives from the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and CMS Office of Minority Health will discuss issues related to the ADA and provider accessibility, and the experience of developing and implementing a primary care clinic site survey.

Serving Adults with Disabilities on the Autism Spectrum, February 28, 2018

This webinar will provide a basic understanding of the autism spectrum and will examine the unique care management needs of adults with disabilities who are on the autism spectrum. The discussion will highlight the experience of being autistic and the disparities and barriers these participants experience in obtaining care.

Palliative and Hospice Care for Adults with Disabilities, March 7, 2018

This webinar will discuss palliative and hospice care services and the delivery of these services to participants with disabilities. Discussion will address advanced care planning and strategies for empowering participants and their providers to initiate these discussions.

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Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program

Comment Period due February 14, 2018: Medicaid IAP Quality Measures 

CMS’s Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) is working on a multi-year measurement development contract with Mathematica Policy Research, the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office, and the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services’ Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group. The IAP portion of the contract entails the development or refinement of a small number of measures in key gap areas related to the IAP program areas. IAP is seeking public comment on the following two quality measure concept currently under development:

  • Follow-up after hospitalization or residential treatment for substance use disorder
  • All-cause emergency department utilization rate for Medicaid beneficiaries who may benefit from integrated physical and behavioral health care

The anticipated comment period is January 25, 2018 to February 14, 2018. We ask that you submit comments to SUDQualMeasures@mathematica-mpr.com.

To learn more about these measure concepts, visit the Download section  to find separate memos for each measure listing the questions on which we request public comment, as well as zip files with Measure Information Forms (MIF) and Measure Justification Forms (MJF).

New Technical Support Opportunity for States: Value-Based Payment for Home and Community-Based Services
Expression of Interest Forms Due February 15, 2018

The Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP)’s Community-Integration through Long-Term Service and Supports (CI-LTSS) Program Area is launching an 11-month long technical support opportunity for up to 10 states seeking to design Value-Based Payment (VBP) strategies for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). Selected states will have the opportunity to work with HCBS industry experts through their individualized technical support and state-to-state learning activities. 

This technical support opportunity is open to states at all levels of experience and progress in developing a VBP strategy for HCBS.  States that have previously participated in the Medicaid IAP CI-LTSS Incentivizing Quality and Outcomes (IQO) tracks are welcome to submit an expression of interest for this technical support opportunity.

Review the VBP HCBS Program Overview (PDF, 177 KB) (PDF 177 KB) and Information Session Slides (PDF, 1.57 MB) (PDF 1.57 MB). Interested states are asked to complete and email the Expression of Interest (DOCX, 70.84 KB) (MS Word 70.84 KB) form by February 15, 2018.

New Technical Support Opportunities for States: Reducing Substance Use Disorders

Expressions of Interest Forms Due February 23, 2018 for the Opioid Data Analytics Cohort

The CMS Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program’s (IAP) Reducing Substance Use Disorder (SUD) program area is launching new technical support opportunities for state Medicaid agencies. All interested states are encouraged to review the Program Overview (PDF, 161.62 KB) (PDF 161.62 KB) for the technical support opportunities available to states in 2018. Additional information can be found in the Information Session slides (PDF, 1.5 MB) (PDF 1.5 MB).

The Program Overview (PDF, 161.62 KB) (PDF 161.62 KB) describes state-to-state learning collaborative and individualized technical support opportunities offered through the Medicaid IAP SUD, including an Opioid Data Analytics Cohort. The Opioid Data Analytics Cohort (April 2018-September 2018) is designed to support states that are in the early stages of conducting analyses to:

  • Size and stratify their opioid problem,
  • Assess the distribution and availability of medication-assisted treatment, and
  • Understand the size and characteristics of neo-natal abstinence syndrome and opioid-related maternity care in Medicaid.

Expression of Interest (DOCX, 48.21 KB) (MS Word 48.21 KB) forms are due February 28, 2018 for the Opioid Data Analytics Cohort.

The Program Overview also describes additional opportunities available to states, such as a Data Dashboards Flash Track, Rapid Response on Best Practices, Medication-Assisted Treatment Model/Payment Design, and 1115 SUD Strategic Design Support.

Data Analytic Technical Support for State Medicaid Agencies

Expression of Interest Forms Due March 5, 2018

The Medicaid IAP’s Data Analytics functional area is launching a new technical support opportunity for state Medicaid agencies to assist in building their data analytic capacity as they design and implement delivery system reforms. This opportunity is open to states at all levels of expertise and experience in data analytics. States will collaborate with IAP to receive this one-on-one data analytic technical support in one or more of the following areas:

  • Developing a data analytic strategy for analyzing a state’s Medicaid program Examples include: Identifying and understanding various data sources related to a state’s Medicaid population (e.g., enrollment, utilization rates, and costs by beneficiary type or subpopulations) and how they can be best utilized.
  • Using data to drive programmatic decision-making Examples include: Developing and executing strategies to identify key data sources, summarize data, and create reports with data visualization for decision makers.
  • Improving statistical programming and data modeling skills Examples include: Improving efficiencies in data management, support in choosing statistical software, selecting statistical tests and data models through state coaching and code review.
  • Integrating Medicaid data with other data sets (excluding Medicare) Examples include: Linking Medicaid claims with housing records or public health data, reviewing data dictionaries and manuals to offer recommendations.
  • Developing transfer protocols for sharing data with stakeholders Examples include: Designing dashboards that allow for data manipulation and visualization while maintaining data security.

Review the Data Analytic Technical Support Program Overview (PDF, 134.01 KB) (PDF 134.01 KB) and Information Session Slides (PDF, 1.64 MB) (PDF 1.64 MB). Interested states are asked to complete and email the Expression of Interest (DOCX, 837.69 KB) (MS Word 837.69 KB) form by March 5, 2018.

Register Now: Medicaid IAP Information Session (March 14, 2018)

New Technical Support Opportunity for States: Value-Based Payment and Financial Simulations

The Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program’s Value-Based Payment (VBP) and Financial Simulation functional area is launching an 12-month technical support opportunity for up to 10 states seeking to design, develop, and implement Value-Based Payment approaches (i.e. payment models that range from rewarding for performance in Fee-for-Service to capitation, including alternative payment models and comprehensive population-based payments). Interested states are encouraged to attend the information session on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET.

During the information session, participants will learn about the goals, structure, and technical support approach for working with states on VBP and financial simulations. Selected states will have the opportunity to work with VBP and financial simulation experts through individualized technical support and state-to-state learning activities. This technical support opportunity is open to states at all levels of experience and progress in developing a VBP approach. 

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