G. Lawrence Atkins LTSS Policy and Research Fellowship Program (“Atkins Fellowship”)

LTQA is pleased to announce the G. Lawrence Atkins LTSS Policy and Research Fellowship (Atkins Fellowship) with LTQA and the affiliated National MLTSS Health Plan Association. The Atkins Fellowship is an opportunity for graduate students with a demonstrated interest in Medicare, Medicaid and/or long-term services and supports (LTSS) to gain experience in advancing LTSS policy through research, policy analysis, and … Read More

Medicare Advantage RFI Response

LTQA and ATI Advisory have responded to CMS’ request for information (RFI) on Medicare Advantage. We appreciate CMS’ efforts to explore how to better support MA beneficiaries with serious, chronic conditions and functional needs and advance equity through this RFI. Our comments on this RFI draw from our extensive research on non-medical supplemental benefits as well as our engagements with … Read More

Webinar: Direct Care Workforce Solutions

LTQA held a webinar on direct care workforce solutions on July 26, from 2-3 pm ET. The long-term care sector is facing a crisis in the supply of direct care workers, worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Increased need and demand for services in the home is fueling a workforce shortage, which is having a direct effect on the ability of … Read More

LTQA Endorses Bipartisan Bill to Advance Integrated Care for Dually Eligible Beneficiaries

LTQA is pleased to endorse the Advancing Integration in Medicare and Medicaid Act (AIM Act), a bipartisan bill to require states to develop a strategy for integrating and coordinating health benefits for full-benefit dually eligible beneficiaries. On May 19, the Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing focused on senior mental health and integrated care during which Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and … Read More

Policy Report and Event Recording: Policy Recommendations for Congress to Advance New Supplemental Benefits in Medicare Advantage

Based on several years of research tracking the initial implementation and progress of Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI) in Medicare Advantage, a new policy report from LTQA and ATI Advisory outlines three policy recommendations for Congress to advance supplemental benefits for Medicare beneficiaries with complex care needs. Broadly, these include modifying eligibility criteria for SSBCI, incentivizing plans … Read More

Upcoming Virtual Briefing on 5/17: The Future of New Supplemental Benefits in Medicare Advantage

Join LTQA and ATI Advisory, with support from The SCAN Foundation, for a virtual briefing, “Fulfilling the Promise of the CHRONIC Care Act: The Future of New Supplemental Benefits in Medicare Advantage,” on Tuesday, May 17, from 2-3:30 pm ET. Featuring our latest policy recommendations for Congress, this briefing will serve as an important public gathering of influential stakeholders from … Read More

Event Recording and Slides Available: Delivering on the Promise of the CHRONIC Care Act

On Tuesday, November 16, from 1-2 pm ET, LTQA and ATI Advisory held a launch event to mark the release of new insights and policy recommendations from over two years of qualitative and quantitative research on non-medical benefits in Medicare Advantage. Publications include a Progress Report, providing the latest research on the landscape of supplemental benefits, and a Policy Brief, … Read More

LTQA Annual Member Meeting: Summary & Slides

On June 23, 2021, the Long-Term Quality Alliance hosted its Annual Member Meeting for LTQA members and partners. The event featured opening remarks from Carol Raphael, chair of the LTQA board, followed by a vote on the re-election of two board members, introductions and sharing of priorities by attendees, and presentations on an integrated housing and healthcare model, SASH, as … Read More

LTQA Coffee Hour on Equitable Vaccine Distribution for Older Adults and Homebound Individuals

LTQA hosted a Community Coffee Hour on equitable vaccine distribution for older adults and homebound individuals on March 25th from 3-4 pm ET, featuring speakers from Justice in Aging and Commonwealth Care Alliance. While vaccinating older adults against COVID-19 has been prioritized, many older adults in communities that have been hard-hit by the virus and homebound individuals experience barriers to … Read More

LTQA Community Coffee Hour: State Experiences with Long-Term Services and Supports during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted long-term services and supports (LTSS) delivery in both institutional settings and home- and community-based settings (HCBS), raising questions around what the future of LTSS will look like. In LTQA’s second Community Coffee Hour on December 14, 2020, Camille Dobson of ADvancing States and Mary Sowers of NASDDDS explored the challenges States have experienced with regard … Read More

January Insights: Policy Opportunities for Non-Medical Supplemental Benefits in MA

ATI Advisory’s Tyler Cromer sits down with the Long-Term Quality Alliance’s (LTQA) Mary Kaschak to discuss opportunities for policymakers to advance new, non-medical supplemental benefits in the Medicare Advantage program. Learn more from our two reports: (1) Providing Non-Medical Supplemental Benefits in Medicare Advantage: A Roadmap for Plans and Providers and (2) Advancing Non-Medical Supplemental Benefits in Medicare Advantage: Considerations … Read More

December Insights: Non-Medical Supplemental Benefits in MA

ATI Advisory’s Allison Rizer and Tyler Cromer sit down to discuss how new, non-medical supplemental benefits are being offered in Medicare Advantage, as well as share their insights on the future of these non-medical services. Learn more from our two reports: (1) Providing Non-Medical Supplemental Benefits in Medicare Advantage: A Roadmap for Plans and Providers and (2) Advancing Non-Medical Supplemental … Read More

LTQA & ATI Advisory: Data Brief on Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI) in Plan Year 2021

Now entering their second year, Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI) have grown exponentially. Data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reveal that a larger share of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, as well as Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs), are now offering SSBCI. The number of MA plans offering SSBCI has increased from 267 plans in … Read More

Announcing Part 2 of LTQA Webinar Series on Advancing Supplemental Benefits in Medicare Advantage

Join LTQA and ATI Advisory on February 2 from 2-3 pm EST for the second part in our webinar series on advancing new, non-medical supplemental benefits in Medicare Advantage featuring panelists Lindsey Copeland (Medicare Rights Center), Andy Friedell (HealthAlign), April Golenor (UPMC Health Plan), and Lucy Theilheimer (Meals on Wheels America). Register here! The introduction of Special Supplemental Benefits for … Read More

Webinar Recording and Slides Available: Advancing Non-Medical Supplemental Benefits in Medicare Advantage

On Friday, December 4th, Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA), in collaboration with ATI Advisory and with support from the SCAN Foundation, hosted a webinar on key findings from our research, data analysis, and interviews with Medicare Advantage (MA) plans and providers as presented in the recently released Roadmap and Policy Brief. The introduction of Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill … Read More

Summary and Slides Available: Advancing Medicare-Medicaid Integration During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic due to intersecting risk factors, including chronic conditions and racial and socioeconomic disparities. On top of this, dual-eligible individuals must navigate two complex and often conflicting insurance systems to receive care. During LTQA’s inaugural Member Coffee Hour on November 17, 2020, Allison Rizer of ATI … Read More

Roadmap and Policy Brief: Advancing Non-Medical Supplemental Benefits in Medicare Advantage

The Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) and ATI Advisory are pleased to announce the release of two new publications on new, non-medical supplemental benefits in Medicare Advantage. These resources were developed for plans, providers, and policymakers to accelerate adoption of these new benefits and to advance the Guiding Principles in practice. The two publications are: Providing Non-Medical Supplemental Benefits in Medicare Advantage: … Read More

Announcing Upcoming LTQA Virtual Events

LTQA is pleased to announce three upcoming virtual events in November and December 2020! LTQA Webinar: Advancing Non-Medical Supplemental Benefits in Medicare Advantage December 4, 11 am – 12:15 pm ET The introduction of Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI) and the expanded definition of “primarily health-related” supplemental benefits (PHRB) has given Medicare Advantage (MA) plans increased flexibility … Read More

Data Insight: New Primarily Health-Related Benefits in 2021 Medicare Advantage Plans

ATI Advisory and LTQA have developed a new resource that presents an analysis of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) data on 2021 plan benefit packages. This data reveals that a growing number of plans are offering non-medical supplemental benefits using the expanded definition of primarily health-related benefits. The number of plans offering these supplemental benefits has increased from 499 … Read More

Issue Brief: Using MA Supplemental Benefits to Respond to COVID-19

May 12, 2020 ATI Advisory and LTQA developed an issue brief that highlights how Medicare Advantage plans can use supplemental benefits to meet Medicare beneficiary needs during COVID-19. MA plans can provide non-medical supplemental benefits, things like food and produce delivered to Medicare beneficiaries’ doors and outreach to address social isolation, and CMS is providing unprecedented flexibility to MA plans … Read More

Briefing on Medicare Advantage and the CHRONIC Care Act

On Tuesday, January 7th, the Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA), in collaboration with Anne Tumlinson Innovations (ATI) and with support from The SCAN Foundation, held a public briefing on Medicare Advantage and the CHRONIC Care Act.  This briefing served as a public gathering of influential stakeholders across the LTSS spectrum, with a focus on implementation best practices and ways the private … Read More

IHI Blog Features Article by LTQA and ATI

On September 20, IHI published a blog post by LTQA and Anne Tumlinson Innovations regarding new expanded flexibility in Medicare Advantage Supplemental Benefits.  The blog discusses how new flexibility creates an opportunity for insurers and providers to work together to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries, and highlights our recent guiding principles for Special Supplemental Benefits for Chronically Ill Beneficiaries (SSBCI).   … Read More

LTQA Resources Featured in Better Care Playbook

This month, three LTQA resources were featured in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Better Care Playbook.  The Better Care Playbook highlights the best in evidence-based practices and promising approaches to improve care for people with complex health and social needs. It is made possible by six leading health care foundations, and led by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement with support … Read More

New n4a Business Institute Blog by LTQA Executive Director

In a new post on the n4a Aging and Disability Business Institute blog, LTQA’s Mary Kaschak and Paul Cantrell of Comprehensive Care Connections discuss the potential for Medicare Advantage (MA) to address social determinants of health (SDOH).   The CHRONIC Care Act of 2018 allowed MA plans to offer special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI), enabling plans to cover … Read More

Report: Guiding Principles for New Flexibility Under Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill

July 25, 2019 Older adults with complex care needs often require non-medical services and supports to complete many daily activities—things like transportation to adult day care centers, retrofitting a home for wheelchair use, and support for caregivers, among others. In January 2020, these benefits can be covered by Medicare Advantage plans to help meet individual needs and save chronically ill … Read More

June 2019 Summer Forum: Promising Solutions for the LTSS Workforce

LTQA 2019 Forum: Promising Solutions for the LTSS Workforce Even as the need for direct care workers increases, analysts anticipate workforce shortages, financial challenges, and an increased need for direct care workers to coordinate with care teams. On June 25, the Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) hosted a panel of LTSS stakeholders to discuss promising new solutions for issues around the LTSS Workforce.  … Read More

Press Release: LTQA Releases Study on Medical Utilization in Health Plans that Integrate LTSS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30, 2019   Contact:            Mary Kaschak Long-Term Quality Alliance 202-452-9217 mkaschak@ltqa.org   LTQA Releases Study on Medical Utilization in Health Plans that Integrate Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) The Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) today released the Final Report from a study on “Medical Utilization in Plans that Integrate Long-Term Services and Supports.”   The study was … Read More

LTQA Welcomes Mary Kaschak as Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) is pleased to announce that Mary Kaschak is joining the organization as Executive Director effective January 1, 2019. Mary will replace Larry Atkins, who has served as LTQA’s Executive Director for the last five years.  Larry will remain on the LTQA staff as Research Director and will remain in his … Read More

CMS Releases New Resource to Prevent All Cause Harm in Nursing Homes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center have produced a Change Package to prevent all cause harm in nursing homes. In response to a 2014 Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report on adverse events in skilled nursing facilities (SNF), and as part of CMS’s focus on raising awareness of nursing … Read More

LTQA Endorses New National Guidelines Calling for Improved Access to Vital Palliative Care

October 31, 2018 Many people living with a serious illness who are receiving treatment for their condition, whether heart failure, lung disease, cancer or another illness, don’t have access to palliative care, which can make all the difference in how they feel physically, emotionally and spiritually. New palliative care guidelines set out to improve access to this care, which provides … Read More

June 27, 2018 Forum: “Connecting LTSS and Health Care Information”

Forum Connecting LTSS and Health Care Information: The State of Data Interoperability Efforts and Where We Go From Here   AcademyHealth 1666 K Street NW – Suite 1100   Wednesday, June 27, 2018 9 AM to Noon   A critical component of integrated care is the capacity to communicate and share information among otherwise unconnected medical, behavioral health, and social … Read More

Environmental Scan: Data Resources Available to Determine the LTSS Needs of Working Age Adults with Disabilities

May 14, 2018 Currently, our understanding of the population that needs and uses long-term services and supports (LTSS) is largely derived from studies of people age 65 and older. However, nearly half of all individuals with functional needs are adults younger than 65. This younger population has a wide variety of disabilities and LTSS needs. The Long-Term Quality Alliance, with … Read More

Data Submission for AHRQ Nursing Home Survey

Nursing Homes that have administered AHRQ’s Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture can submit their data to the Database June 1-21, 2018. The results of this database, a Nursing Home User Database Report, will provide average scores and percentiles on the survey items and composites to help nursing homes assess their own results to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement. … Read More

Webinar: “Managed Long-Term Services and Supports: The Potential for Medicaid Managed Care to Integrate Acute and Long-Term Care”

Webinar Managing Long-Term Services and Supports: The Potential for Medicaid Managed Care to Integrate Acute and Long-Term Care Thursday, May 3 2018 2:30-4:00 PM Eastern Time   In this webinar, sponsored by LTQA and AcademyHealth’s Long-Term Services and Supports Interest Group, we offer a national overview of Managed Long-Term Services and Support (MTLSS) programs and an update on the state … Read More

Materials Available from April Technology Summit

On April 9 and 10, LTQA and the AgingWell Hub at Georgetown University hosted a Summit on “Technology Transforming the Experience of Care in the Home.”  This event brought consumers, caregivers, LTSS service providers, payers, and technology and service delivery innovators together to explore opportunities and challenges of transforming in-home care through the use of technology. To access presentation slides, Summit … Read More

Key Informant Report: Data Sources on LTSS Needs and Service Use of Adults with Disabilities Under Age 65

February 23, 2018 The Long-Term Quality Alliance, with support from The Commonwealth Fund, interviewed fourteen experts in the field of data and research related to adults under age 65 with disabilities.  These interviews served as the first phase of a project to develop recommendations for data collection that will assist policy-makers in addressing the long-term service and support (LTSS) needs … Read More

CHRONIC Care Act Signed Into Law

February 9, 2018 Today, President Trump signing into law the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which includes the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017.  The CHRONIC Care Act passed in the Senate in September 2017, supported by both Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Finance Committee.  The CHRONIC Care provisions permanently authorize Medicare Advantage … Read More

Research Brief: Medicare Spending on Older Adults Who Need Long-Term Services and Supports

October 30, 2017 About 13 percent of Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older need LTSS due to an inability to perform two or more activities of daily living or severe cognitive impairment. This need for LTSS is emerging as a defining characteristic of the high-cost, high-need Medicare population. In this new Research Brief, LTQA and Johns Hopkins University researchers analyze … Read More

Senate Unanimously Passes CHRONIC Care Act

September 27, 2017 On Tuesday, September 26, the Senate unanimously passed S. 870, the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017.  The CHRONIC Care Act has been supported by both Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Finance Committee, including Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT).  A press release regarding CHRONIC can be found here: https://www.finance.senate.gov/chairmans-news/senate–unanimously-passes-chronic-care-act. . For … Read More

LTQA at the National HCBS Conference (slides available)

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 … Read More

LTQA at the Alliance for Health Policy (Video available)

On Tuesday, July 18, LTQA’s Executive Director, Larry Atkins, spoke on the future of integrated care at the Alliance for Health Policy’s summit “Coordinated Care and Beyond: The Future of Chronic Care.” The half-day summit consisted of three panels, each focusing into a different aspect of health care for chronic conditions and incorporating the views of a diverse group of experts. Dr. Atkins participated … Read More

Staff Changes at LTQA

This month, LTQA bids farewell to Claire Jensen, who is leaving her policy analyst role to pursue a global health fellowship in Malawi. Claire has been an integral part of the LTQA team, and we wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors. While we are sad to see Claire go, we are happy to welcome Jared Hite to the … Read More

Slides available from LTQA Forum on Integrating Physicians

In case you missed our panel discussion on physician engagement today, you can download the presenters’ presentations here. Dr. James Schuster, Chief Medical Officer for Integration, UPMC James Schuster Presentation June 8 2017 Dr. Stephen Nowicki, Enterprise Medical Director for Contracted Networks and Development, WellMed Stephen Nowicki WellMed Story June 8 2017 Dr. Todd A, Stivland, M.D., CEO, and Sarah … Read More

New Release: NASUAD and CHCS Report on the Value of Medicaid MLTSS

The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) in collaboration with the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) produced a new report, Demonstrating the Value of Medicaid MLTSS Programs, to begin to fill the gap in evidence to support the value of state MLTSS programs. States identified the following issues as important outcomes to pursue when implementing an … Read More

New Release: BPC Report on Improving Care for High-Need, High-Cost Medicare Patients

Improving Care for High-Need, High-Cost Medicare Patients On April 25, 2017, the Bipartisan Policy Center released the second in a series of reports designed to improve care for high-need, high-cost Medicare beneficiaries. “Clinical evidence suggests that frail and chronically ill Medicare beneficiaries who are not dually eligible for full Medicaid benefits could often greatly benefit from the integration of non-Medicare-covered … Read More

New Release: Avalere Analysis Models Impact of Per Capita Caps on Funding for Dual Eligibles

Medicaid Per Capita Caps Could Cut Funding for Dual Eligible Beneficiaries A new analysis from Avalere models the impact of per capita caps on funding for dual eligible individuals. It finds that finds that “proposals to limit per capita federal Medicaid funding growth based on medical inflation could lead to a $44 billion spending cut for dual eligible beneficiaries…over the … Read More

New Releases from ASA, MedPAC/MACPAC, NASI

New Releases Generations: A Message to the President on Aging Policy (ASA) G. Lawrence Atkins, the Executive Director of LTQA, was the Guest Editor of the Winter 2016-17 issue of Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging (ASA). This issue lays out several policy plans on important issues related to aging for the new Administration. The ASA has made this issue of Generations available … Read More

The Playbook: Better Care for People with Complex Needs

Five national health care foundations – The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The SCAN Foundation – have partnered with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to create the Playbook, a website containing resources about care approaches and policies to better support individuals with complex health and social needs. Read more at: www.bettercareplaybook.org

New Report from AARP Public Policy Institute: Family Caregivers & Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

To kick off National Family Caregivers Month, the AARP Public Policy Institute has issued the first major research report on family caregivers’ needs within the emerging field of managed long-term services and supports (LTSS). The authors find that while family caregiver supports are still uncommon in managed LTSS, managed care contracts can lead the way in standardizing a person- and … Read More

Upcoming AARP Solutions Forum – Families Caring for an Aging America

Join the AARP Public Policy Institute for breakfast and discussion of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s report, Families Caring for an Aging America. The report recommends that the next presidential administration take steps to address the health, economic, and social issues facing family caregivers of older Americans. Hear from experts on the consensus committee that authored the … Read More

NQF Report: Quality in Home and Community-Based Services to Support Community Living

In September 2016, the National Quality Forum released The Quality in Home and Community-Based Services to Support Community Living: Addressing Gaps in Performance Measurement report. This report identifies important elements of a conceptual framework for the quality measurement of home and community-based services (HCBS), as well as characteristics of quality HCBS. It also includes recommendations for the advancement of HCBS quality measurement.

BPC Releases Report on Improving Care for Dual Eligible Individuals

Earlier this week, the Bipartisan Policy Center released Delivery System Reform: Improving Care for Individuals Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. Highlighted in the report is the importance of recognition by policymakers of “the challenges associated with making certain that vulnerable populations with complex needs are ensured continuity of care and do not lose access to services.” The analysis finds that individuals dually eligible … Read More

NASEM Releases Report on Family Caregiving

On September 13, 2016, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine released a report about the needs of individuals providing care to a family member with functional limitations, entitled Families Caring For an Aging America. The report “provides an overview of the prevalence and nature of family caregiving of older adults as well as its personal impact on caregivers’ health, economic … Read More

NCI-AD 2015-2016 Six State Mid-Year Report

The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) in collaboration with the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) released the results from a six-state deployment of the National Core Indicators – Aging and Disabilities (NCI-AD™) adult consumer survey. While 13 states are participating in the NCI-AD survey in 2016, six of the states – Colorado, Georgia, Maine, Mississippi, … Read More

LTCFC Final Recommendations

Today, the Long-Term Financing Collaborative (LTCFC) released their final report: A Consensus Framework for Long-Term Care Financing Reform. The proposals released today includes: Clear private and public roles for long-term care financing A new universal catastrophic long-term care insurance program Redefining Medicaid LTSS Encouraging private long-term care insurance initiatives Increasing retirement savings and improving public education LTCFC is a diverse … Read More

LeadingAge Releases Pathways Report

Today, LeadingAge released its 2016 Pathways Report: Perspectives on the Challenges of Financing Long-Term Services and Supports. The report is based on research, discussions, and modeling work and finds that the nation’s current LTSS financing methods are unsustainable, irrational, and unfair for individuals and families. LeadingAge believes: The need for LTSS is a risk, not a certainty, for any one … Read More

Urban Institute Releases New LTSS Financing Model

On November 17th, Health Affairs honored the release of Financing Long-Term Services and Supports: Options Reflect Trade-Offs For Older Americans and Federal Spending, by Melissa M. Favreault, Howard Gleckman and Richard W. Johnson of Urban Institute. The event gave an overview of the long-term care landscape and highlighted the report’s policy modeling options for financing long-term care. The event was … Read More

IMPACT Bill Will Advance Assessment Item Standardization and Quality across the Care Spectrum

The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014 was signed into law on Monday, October 6th. The Act will require post-acute care providers, defined as Home Health Agencies (HHAs), Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), and Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), to report standardized assessment data, as well as standardized quality and resource use measures. The IMPACT … Read More

New Study Examines Impact of Three ACA Provisions

Older adults receiving long-term services and supports (LTSS) face huge challenges in navigating the fragmented health care system in the US.  Multiple transitions among providers can have serious, negative consequences for this population.  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) established programs to attempt to address some of these hurdles, and while they show promise, a new study finds that there are … Read More

NQF Post-Acute/Long-Term Care Workgroup Releases Report for Public Comment

Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) is a public-private partnership convened by the National Quality Forum (an LTQA member). MAP was created for the explicit purpose of providing input to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the selection of performance measures for public reporting and performance-based payment programs. The draft Performance Measurement Coordination Strategy for Post-Acute Care and Long-Term … Read More

Long-term Services and Supports: A Rebalancing Act

The ongoing debate over the federal budget and deficit reduction presents a balancing act for policy makers, as many compelling interests compete for scarce dollars. But for 10 million older adults and people with disabilities who need long-term services and supports, there is a “rebalancing act” in progress. The aim is to serve more people at home and in the … Read More

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement Impacting Cost and Quality

Dr. Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, claims hospital leaders need five skills to tackle the cost and quality issue: they need to “collect data to recognize failure and success; develop solutions to problems based on that data; implement solutions effectively; identify the most important projects; and lead the organization through the process.” The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) has worked with … Read More

National Quality Forum to host 2nd Webinar in the Patient Safety Webinar Series

Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched the Partnership for Patients initiative to dramatically improve patient safety across the country. This initiative will engage stakeholders from the private and public sectors to reduce healthcare acquired conditions and hospital readmissions. In an effort to assist and facilitate learning among hospital leaders, clinicians, healthcare providers, consumers, purchasers, health plans and … Read More

NQF Board of Directors Call for Nominations

The National Quality Forum has announced a Call for Nominations for its Board of Directors.  Individuals drawn from many different backgrounds and perspectives will be considered, including consumers, purchasers, employers, payers, healthcare providers, and other critical stakeholders. Desirable candidates are individuals who:  are recognized leaders in the healthcare sector; have demonstrated expertise and experience in healthcare quality measurement and management; and are willing … Read More

Direct Care Alliance to Host Congressional Briefing

The Direct Care Alliance will host a Congressional briefing this Thursday, June 16, 2011 from 10:00-11:12 AM in 2103 Rayburn.  The topic of this briefing is Supporting America’s Home Care Workers.  The featured speakers for this briefing include: Rep. Linda Sanchez, Co- Chair, House Labor & Working Families Caucus Rep. Michael Michaud, Co-Chair, House Labor & Working Families Caucus (Invited)  Rep. … Read More

$100 million in Affordable Care Act grants to help create healthier U.S. communities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today the availability of over $100 million in funding for up to 75 Community Transformation Grants. Created by the Affordable Care Act, these grants are aimed at helping communities implement projects proven to reduce chronic diseases – such as diabetes and heart disease. By promoting healthy lifestyles and communities, especially among … Read More

New York State Budget Increases Home Health Aides’ Hourly Wages by $2

The New York State Budget for 2011-2012, passed on March 31, includes sweeping legislation that will dramatically alter the way New York pays for and delivers Medicaid services, particularly in home- and community-based settings.  PHI,  has been an active proponent for two key measures that were included in the budget: wage parity for home health aides, and care management models … Read More

New Institute Launches Institute for Person-Centered Living

The Consumer Consortium for Advancing Person-Centered Living (CCAL), and Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD, Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are pleased to announce the formation of the national Institute for Person-Centered Living (IPCL).  The Institute is an independent, nonprofit joint academic/consumer venture dedicated to advancing the philosophy and practices of person-centeredness across home and community-based (HCB) long-term … Read More

Summary of the CCTP and a taxonomy on Care Transitions

Dr. Joanne Lynn graciously provided the following summaries of the Community-Based Care Transitions Program (Section 3026) and CMS’s 10th Scope of Work for the Quality Improvement Organizations. Learning Topics for Care Transitions About the QIO contract for the 10th SOW About the CCTP

Health and Aging Policy Fellows annouces 2010-2011 application deadline

The Health and Aging Policy Fellows are accepting applications for the 2011-2012 year of the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program.  Supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program represents a collaboration between our staff at the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene at Columbia Psychiatry and the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program. This national … Read More

HHS announces private-public alliance to improve transition of care

Health and Human Services Department Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the creation of a new private-public alliance called Partnerships for Patients yesterday, saying it has the potential to prevent 1.8 million patient injuries and save the lives of 60,000 patients over the next three years. The program targets patients undergoing transitions of care, where patients are more susceptible to hospital-related infection … Read More

Community Coalitions: Pursuing Better Quality Health Care One Locality at a Time

The Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are sponsoring a luncheon briefing being held on Friday, April 15th from 12:15 PM to 2 PM. Panelists will be: Robert Graham, National program director, Aligning Forces for Quality; Carolyn Clancy, AHRQ; Jim Chase, Minnesota Community Measurement; and David Kendrick, Greater Tulsa Health Access Network. Anne Weiss of the Robert Wood Johnson … Read More

National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care

The Affordable Care Act seeks to increase access to high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. To that end, the law requires the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care (the National Quality Strategy) that sets priorities to guide this effort and includes a strategic plan … Read More

Reducing Revolving Door Hospital Readmissions

LTQA chair Mary Naylor and her colleagues Linda Aiken, Ellen Kurtzman, Danielle Olds and Karen Hirschman have authored a piece in the newest edition of Health Affairs called “The Importance of Transitional Care in Achieving Health Reform.” Currently, one in five elderly patients discharged from a hospital is readmitted within a month. Seeking to address the human and substantial financial … Read More

Living up to its name: How to fix the Class Act

The Urban Institute will hold a special forum and webcast on Thursday, March 24th from 9:00-10:30 AM ET.  Marty Ford, a member of the LTQA, along with other experts will discuss the CLASS Act provision in the 2010 health law.  Can CLASS be fixed? What changes are needed?  The panel of experts will debate various proposals of this Act. To … Read More

AHRQ’s releases new Care Coordination Measures Atlas

Last December, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published its new Care Coordination Measures Atlas report.  The Atlas, developed by the Stanford University Evidence Center, lists existing measures of care coordination, with a focus on ambulatory care, and presents a framework for understanding care coordination measurement.  With the health care community struggling to determine how to measure the extent … Read More

Health Affairs launches “The Care Span”

With the support of The SCAN Foundation, Health Affairs has launched a new feature, “The Care Span”, a section that focuses on long term services and supports (LTSS).  Bruce Chernoff, a member of the LTQA Board is President of The SCAN Foundation.  In its March issue, the lead author of one of two featured articles was Susan Reinhard, LTQA board … Read More

Release of the Transitions of Care Compendium

The National Transitions of Care Coalition is pleased to announce the release of the Transition of Care Compendium. The Transition of Care Compendium can now be accessed on the NTOCC website. The Compendium is a collection of white papers, journal articles, and websites consisting of resources that transitions of care-related professionals or interested consumers might find useful in a practice … Read More