Long-Term Services & Supports

Money Follows the Person Yields Medicaid Savings in Georgia

A Georgia Health Policy Center study confirms that Medicaid programs can achieve savings by providing long-term services and supports in the community setting. In Georgia, savings were seen across three populations served by the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program—individuals with developmental or physical disabilities and older adults—after they transitioned from facilities back to… more »

Photography Exhibit Documents Journeys from Long-Term Care Back to the Community

ATLANTA– Thirty photographs that document the transition of five individuals moving from long-term care facilities back into the community will be displayed as part of the “Gaining Freedom, Coming Home” exhibition on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 4-7 p.m. at Georgia State University’s Centennial Hall.

The exhibit showcases the journeys of five people — Yaser,… more »

GHPC Helps Translate Final Medicaid Rule on Home and Community-Based Services

As more individuals with disabilities and older adults receive care in the community, home and community-based services (HCBS) are evolving. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued the “Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Settings Final Rule” to define the features of HCBS services required for Medicaid reimbursement.

The Georgia Health Policy Center… more »

Work Remains Elusive Following Transition to Community Setting

Few of the Georgians who transitioned from institutions to a community setting through the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration Grant, are working or volunteering one year after their transition. Health limitations, transportation issues, and not knowing how to start the job search are the biggest barriers to employment reported by MFP participants.

MFP is… more »

Long-Term Services and Supports Series Part III: Measuring the Effects of the Powerful Tools for Caregivers Program

Part 3: Measuring the Effects of the Powerful Tools for Caregivers Program

The Powerful Tools for Caregivers (PTC) program is effective in helping family caregivers’ develop tools to better manage their role as a caregiver. A survey of program participants in Georgia shows that following the program, family caregivers report being better able to manage their… more »

Long-Term Services and Supports Series Part II: Setting an Ideal Caseload

Part 2: Setting an Ideal Caseload 

Options counselors play a pivotal role in ensuring a smooth transition for individuals moving from a nursing facility to a community setting, but like most providers of LTSS, they are facing increased workloads. Ideally, options counselors should have a caseload of about 200 patients a year, according to analysis… more »

Long-Term Services and Supports Series Part I: Unmet Needs among Community-Living Elderly

Part 1: Unmet Needs among Community-Living Elderly

A combination of personal determination and informal care arrangements, provided by friends and family, often enable frail, older adults to remain living in their homes. These arrangements have become the norm given the multi-year’s long wait to access community-based care services provided by the state of Georgia. These… more »

Validation of Financial Capacity Assessment Tool, Alzheimer’s Association

The GHPC has been contracted by the Alzheimer’s Association to analyze and provide evaluation/validation on a tool recently developed to assess financial capacity of individuals with dementia.  The GHPC will analyze up to 30 feedback forms detailing Adult Protective Services staff and law enforcement officials’ experiences with use of the financial capacity tool.… more »