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Health Network Alert - WEBINAR: Conflict-Free Case Management: Themes in States Working to Implement New Systems

Free Webinar When: Thursday, September 25, 2014, 2-3PM EDT September 30, 2015 marks the statutory deadline for states that received funding under the Balancing Incentive Payments Program (BIPP) to make significant changes to how they fund long-term services and supports … Continue reading

Events - WEBINAR: Medicare Marketing Guidelines and Cal MediConnect

Free Webinar When: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 11 AM – 12 PM PDT To prevent marketing abuses, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has very specific guidelines that Medicare plans must follow when marketing their products These general … Continue reading

Health Network Alert - Health Network Alert: Making Up for Lost Time: Addressing Problems in California’s Assisted Living System

(09/08/2014)  Across the country, assisted living facilities now house and provide services for residents with significant care needs, a noticeable change from 30 years ago, when California adopted its quality standards. Although California has made some adjustments, the system overall …

Health Network Alert - Health Network Alert: How to Make Sure the Home Care Rule Helps, Not Harms

(09/05/2014)  The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a new rule governing home care services for people with disabilities and seniors. This rule may impact some of your state’s long term care programs, particularly your state’s “consumer-directed” programs. Consumers …

Health Network Alert - Health Network Alert – Person Centered Service Planning in Managed LTSS: What’s Needed

(08/26/2014)  Person-centered planning is critical to the well-being of consumers of long-term services and supports. It works by identifying the strengths preferences, needs, and desired outcomes of the individual. In order for person-centeredness to be more than an empty slogan, …

Health Network Alert - WEBINAR: Community-Based Settings and the New Medicaid HCBS Standards: Views from the States, 6 Months In

Free Webinar When: Tuesday, September 9, 2014  2-3 PM EDT On March 15, 2014, the new federal home and community-based services (HCBS) rule went into effect, and the countdown clock for states to craft a transition plan began running. Six … Continue reading

Health Network Alert - Health Network Alert – Majority of Seniors Will Need Long-Term Care

(08/25/2014)  We need to address the nation’s current and future long term care financial crisis. Few seniors who are not considered poor are prepared to pay for the costs of long-term care. No one should have to become poor to …

Health Network Alert - Health Network Alert – Understanding the Duals Special Needs Plan Policy

(08/20/2014)  The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently released a new Duals Special Needs Plan (D-SNP) policy impacting beneficiaries residing in counties implementing the Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI). The new policy is complicated and affects beneficiaries enrolled in …

Income Network Alert - Income Network Alert – Extreme Poverty for Older Women and Men Increasing

(08/20/2014)  Nearly half of all seniors or about 19.9 million are considered economically vulnerable, meaning they live on income less than two times the supplemental poverty threshold. Other facts about seniors in poverty are just as bleak with extreme poverty …

Income Network Alert - Income Network Alert – Poverty Among Seniors Disproportionately Affects Women

(08/19/2014)  Today, of the 15 percent of seniors living in poverty according to the Supplemental Poverty Measure, a disproportionate number are women and people of color. The Supplemental Poverty Measure more accurately accounts for the cost of living for seniors; …