Long-Term Services & Supports

GHPC’s Kristi Fuller Published in the SaportaReport

It is well-known that the baby-boom generation is aging, with about 10,000 individuals turning 65 each day. This generation has the longest life expectancy to date and benefits from advances in health care and technology. However, this generation is also more disabled, dealing with more chronic health conditions and managing more prescription medications than… more »

GHPC’s Kristi Fuller Published in the SaportaReport

As a single mother of two young girls, Michelle found herself in a nursing facility after suffering from a brain-stem stroke which led to loss of speech and quadriplegia.

“No one belongs in a nursing facility,” Michelle* said, “especially not at 34 years old. These are good people here but I didn’t belong there.”

Patricia,… more »

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 »