Self-Direction for Dually Eligible Individuals Utilizing LTSS

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Podcast: 

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Live Webinar Air Date: 
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Description: 

Self-direction, often referred to as consumer-direction, is a practice that allows consumers to direct and manage their own personal care services. It is based on the premise that individuals receiving long-term services and supports (LTSS) know their needs best. Self-direction promotes personal choice and control over the delivery of LTSS, including who provides the services and how the services are provided. Evidence shows that individuals participating in self-directed LTSS programs are more satisfied with their services and experience better outcomes when compared to individuals receiving agency-based services [1]. This may have important implications for the dually eligible population since about half of all beneficiaries dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid utilize LTSS. [2]  

The shift to offering consumers the choice to direct their own services has posed challenges for health plans, who must utilize new contracting methods. This webinar discusses the importance of care coordinators, person-centered care planning, and assisting members with management tasks required for self-direction for plans seeking to support consumers in directing their own care.

By the end of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify key features of self-direction and what it entails for the consumer
  2. Identify the role of care managers and care coordinators in facilitating decisions on self-direction as part of developing and/or amending the person-centered care plan
  3. Define the role of a personal care assistant (PCA) in the interdisciplinary care team 

Featured Speakers:

  • Kristen Bugara, MSW, LSW, Care Management Supervisor, Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities
  • Courtland Townes, Deputy Director, Boston Center for Independent Living
  • Corinne Eldridge, Executive Director, California Long-Term Care Education Center
  • Maida Castellanos, Personal Care Attendant
  • Carole Stewart, IHSS Consumer

Intended Audience:

This webinar is intended for a wide range of stakeholders – including health plan leaders, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, home health care agencies, social workers, care coordinators, family and caregivers of consumers who are dually-eligible, and organizations that provide services for dually eligible beneficiaries, such as managed long-term services and supports programs and consumer organizations.

CME/CE Credit Information:

Accreditation

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. CMS is also accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) to offer continuing education credit.

  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Credit for this course expires at midnight on August 21, 2020.
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is authorized by IACET to offer 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this activity. CEU will be awarded to participants who meet all criteria for successful completion of this educational activity. CEU credit for this course expires at midnight on August 21, 2020.

After viewing the recording, please visit https://learner.mlnlms.com/to access the post-test. More information can be found in the Continuing Education Credit Guide.

References:

[1] Edwards-Orr, M., & Ujvari, K. (2018, April 12). Taking It to the Next Level: Using Innovative Strategies to Expand Options for Self-Direction. Retrieved from https://www.aarp.org/ppi/info-2018/taking-it-to-the-next-level-using-innovative-strategies-to-expand-options-for-self-direction.html 

[2] Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (2012). Medicare-Medicaid Enrollee Information, National 2012. Retrieved from https://www.cms.gov/Medicare-Medicaid-Coordination/Medicare-and-Medicaid-Coordination/Medicare-Medicaid-Coordination-Office/Downloads/NationalProfile_2012.pdf

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