LTQA Research Director Jennifer Windh and consultant Anne Tumlinson presented research findings at NASUAD’s 2017 HCBS Conference, taking place from August 28 to August 31, 2017.
LTQA presented research from two projects:
Integrated Care Management and Outcomes for Persons with I/DD (Wednesday, August 30, 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM)
Speakers: Stephanie Rasmussen, Senior Director Medical Management, Sunflower Health Plan and Jennifer Windh, Research Director, LTQA
Description: In 2016, the Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) completed a case study on Centene/Sunflower Health Plan as part of a larger research project about the outcomes of integrated LTSS. The Sunflower study focused on the impact of managed, integrated care coordination and person-centered support planning for individuals with I/DD. In this presentation, LTQA Research Director Jennifer Windh covered the key findings, including Sunflower’s integrated care model and service planning process for persons with I/DD, the methods to identify and interventions for high-risk members, and value-based supports offered to this membership. Stephanie Rasmussen, Sunflower Senior Director of LTSS, provided an update on recent improvements to the integrated care model, improvement in health scores for members with I/DD as compared to Sunflower’s entire Medicaid population, data from Sunflower’s psychotropic medication utilization review process, and the new quality of life measures Sunflower is collecting.
The Case for LTSS Integration: New Data from NHATS (Wednesday, August 30, 2:45 PM – 04:00 PM)
Speakers: Anne Tumlinson, Founder of Anne Tumlinson Innovations and Daughterhood and Jennifer Windh, Research Director, LTQA
Description: The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) offers exciting new insights on the relationship between disability, services, medical utilization, and other critical outcomes for American seniors. In this session, the Long-Term Quality Alliance hosted a panel of researchers and policy experts on the implications of recent NHATS findings for financing long-term services and supports and creating innovative ways to support high-cost, high-need individuals in the community with a comprehensive, person-centered approach. The opportunities to cost-effectively improve care for this vulnerable population are particularly relevant in the context of policy discussions on how to modernize Medicaid and Medicare as the number of Americans depending on those programs increases and ages.