Person-centered planning is now almost universally understood as a necessary component of an effective delivery system for long-term services and supports. Done well, person-centered planning can ensure greater independence and a better quality of life for consumers receiving LTSS. Ideally, consumers take an active, leading role in the planning process, armed with the information they need to make informed choices about services and supports that comport with their needs, as well as their preferences, goals, and desired outcomes. But there is still a lack of clarity about what exactly person-centered planning is and how to make sure it is delivered.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published new rules, effective March 2014, that provide the best legal framework to date on person-centered planning processes and written service plans.
This webinar will focus on the rules as they apply to long-term services and supports delivered through Medicaid home and community-based waivers, and will:
Provide background context for the new person-centered planning and service plan rule
Analyze the requirements of the new rule
Give examples of how selected states (Minnesota, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Wisconsin) are implementing provisions of the rule
Identify gaps where more detailed state rules or better managed care plan contractual terms are needed to ensure that compliance with the intent of the rule
Who Should Participate:
Direct service providers to the elderly including doctors, social workers, and nurses; health plan staff and care managers; policymakers, legal services and legal aid attorneys and advocates; advocates who work with older adults and individuals with disabilities; state Medicaid agencies; and consumers who are interested in learning more about Medicaid LTSS participant rights in the service planning process. This webinar was made possible through a grant from The John A. Hartford Foundation.
Gwen Orlowski, Justice in Aging
Julie Carter, Justice in Aging