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    June23 rd

    Read the latest brief from ATI Advisory and Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) outlining their top three recommendations to Congress for advancing Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI) in Medicare Advantage.

    Access the full report, watch the related briefing, and review the data brief detailing the growth in nonmedical benefits.

    June8 th

    Approximately 403,000 California Medicare beneficiaries were served by accountable care organizations (ACOs) in 2020, with nearly 16 percent dually eligible for Medicare and Medi-Cal. A new fact sheet from CHCS published in partnership with the Department of Health Care Services Office of Medicare Innovation and Integration provides a foundational understanding of the state’s Medicare ACO structure and who it serves. Learn more about California’s Medicare population.

    May25 th

    As nonmedical supplemental benefits in Medicare Advantage (MA) become more widely available, now is an important time to reflect on whether we are meeting the promise of the CHRONIC Care Act. Watch the recording of a recent briefing and remarks from Senator Warren.

    Read a related report outlining policy recommendations for Congress to advance the Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill in MA plans.

    The quality of person-centered care that an older adult receives is heavily dependent upon race, insurance, and income level. A recent report explores ways to increase the availability of person-centered care.

    May18 th

    A new report from Long-Term Quality Alliance and ATI Advisory outlines policy recommendations for Congress to advance the Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI) in Medicare Advantage (MA). Based on early research tracking the initial implementation and progress of these benefits, recommendations include modifying SSBCI eligibility criteria, incentivizing plans to report SSBCI utilization, and carefully evaluating efforts.

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    High costs and an aging population are driving the U.S. health care system to innovate. Watch a recent webinar where our President and CEO Sarita A. Mohanty joined a panel of experts to discuss value-based care and reshaping how the nation delivers health care.

    A related Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging report identifies ways technology can support health- and home-care solutions.

    May11 th

    A Better Care Playbook article highlights research from the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) exploring the experiences of Black patients during serious illness. The work identifies disparities in symptoms management and communications, preferences for hospital and life sustaining treatment, and recommendations for reducing suffering and enhancing equity in America.

    May4 th

    Join Long-Term Quality Alliance and ATI Advisory on May 17 for a virtual briefing on the future of nonmedical supplemental benefits in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. Featuring new policy recommendations for Congress, this briefing will serve as an important public gathering of influential stakeholders from within long-term care. Register for the event!

    April28 th

    A new report from the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging identifies technological opportunities to advance health and home care solutions.

    April5 th

    The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) updated roadmap and accompanying brief have recommendations for federal policy solutions to improve care for individuals with complex medical and nonmedical needs. Watch last week’s event recording.

    Also, watch TSF President and CEO Sarita A. Mohanty’s related remarks in discussion with the Alliance for Health Policy on strengthening Medicare and Medicaid flexibilities.

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    More Medicare Advantage (MA) health plans are offering nonmedical supports to older adults with complex care needs. See ATI Advisory’s data brief detailing how many plans are offering these supplemental benefits this year.

    Join Long-Term Quality Alliance with ATI Advisory on May 17 for a virtual briefing on the future of nonmedical supplemental benefits in MA plans. Featuring new policy recommendations, this briefing will serve as an important gathering of influential stakeholders from across the long-term care spectrum.

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    The American Society on Aging (ASA) 2022 meeting theme is advancing economic security. Program content is organized within five areas: justice and aging, innovation and social impact, health and well-being, economic security, and ageism and culture. We are taking part in several sessions on April 12:

    • Preparing for an Aging State: Getting Started with a Master Plan for Aging (see related resources)
    • Can Medicare Help Promote Economic Security for Older Adults? An Overview of New, Nonmedical Benefits in Medicare Advantage (see related report)

    Finally on April 13, President and CEO Sarita A. Mohanty will contribute to the Advancing Tech-Enabled Health and Home Care discussion.

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    March30 th

    Medicare and Medicaid flexibilities enacted during the pandemic created opportunities to advance person-centered care. Join our President and CEO Sarita A. Mohanty TODAY, March 30, for a discussion hosted by Alliance for Health Policy on how to strengthen these flexibilities for future generations.

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    Providing quality care to people with complex needs remains one of the most pressing issues facing our health care system. Join the Bipartisan Policy Center tomorrow, March 31, for a webinar on potential federal policy solutions.

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    March23 rd

    A new issue brief and policymaker playbook from Health Management Associates and Manatt Health provide a framework to help policymakers assess which COVID-19 Medicare and Medicaid regulatory flexibilities advance person-centered care and should be made permanent.

    Join our President and CEO Sarita A. Mohanty on March 30 for a discussion hosted by Alliance for Health Policy on how to maintain and strengthen these flexibilities for future generations.

    The quality of person-centered care an older adult receives is dependent upon race, insurance, and income level, according to the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation and Leading Age LTSS Center @UMass Boston. The new report also explores practice and policy solutions to increase the availability of person-centered care.

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    March16 th

    Providing quality care to people with complex needs remains one of the most pressing issues facing our health care system. Join the Bipartisan Policy Center on March 31 for a webinar on potential federal policy solutions. 

    March9 th

    There is a clear need to assess the impact of Medicare and Medicaid flexibilities enacted during the pandemic. Join an Alliance for Health Policy event on March 30 for a discussion on how to maintain and strengthen these flexibilities for future generations. In the meantime, watch a related session from TSF’s 2021 Forum. 

    COVID-19 disproportionately affected older adults, those with complex health conditions, and family caregivers. Manatt Health’s updated resource guide assesses which COVID-19-related policies should be made a permanent part of broader long-term services and supports (LTSS) system reform.

    Our Sustaining Flexibilities in Medicare and Medicaid initiative engages partners to expand the knowledge base through reporting on the implementation and outcomes of the Medicare-Medicaid flexibilities. Watch a Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy video that discusses leveraging reforms to expand home-based care. 

    February10 th

    California’s Department of Health Care Services recently released a chartbook developed with ATI Advisory. Profile of the California Medicare Population details key characteristics of the state’s Medicare beneficiaries to help inform the future development of policies and programs.

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    February2 nd

    Long-Term Quality Alliance and ATI Advisory released new insights on the Contract Year 2023 Medicare Advantage and Part D (MAPD) Proposed Rule and its impact on nonmedical supplemental benefits. See additional resources, including an analysis of the benefits offered in 2022. In a recent Playbook blog, learn how plans have used these benefits to support family caregivers.

    See also, ATI Advisory’s earlier insights on the impact of the MAPD Proposed Rule on dually eligible beneficiaries in this tool and blog.

    January20 th

    A new analysis by ATI Advisory shows that more Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are offering Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI) in 2022. Learn more about which plans are offering which benefits.

    More states are interested in developing Master Plans for Aging (MPAs). Read New York’s announcement, and a recent blog highlighting a podcast on lessons learned in Colorado and Texas.

    To advance MPA activities, the Center for Health Care Strategies seeks Letters of Intent for states to participate in a learning collaborative. The deadline for submission is Monday, January 31.

    California’s MPA has inspired unprecedented levels of coordinated action across the state’s network of aging and disability providers, policymakers, researchers, and advocates. See what’s planned for 2022 and hear from Dr. Mohanty at Friday’s anniversary event.