NASUAD Publications

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Training Requirements for Personal Care Attendants This is a summary of the results of a mini-survey conducted in January 2012. The purpose of this survey was to gain insight on different states’ requirements for Medicaid-funded personal care attendants (PCAs). The results from 24 respondent states showed variation in requirements, from required background checks to CPR training and other educational and health requirements.
Trends in Medicaid Reform This presentation at the 2012 Aging in America Conference provides an overview of the basics of Medicaid and traces the major trends in reform, including the Olmstead decision and subsequent move toward home and community-based services; the promulgation of Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS); and a focus on “dual eligibles”.
Preliminary Analysis of the Continuing Resolution for FY11 The federal government reached a compromise to the budget crisis for fiscal year 2011 (FY11) with a bill consisting of billions in cuts to discretionary spending. This analysis of the Continuing Resolution (CR) for FY11 discusses the inconsistent allocation of funding and provides descriptions of the appropriated amounts for different departments and programs, especially those impacting the aging and disability network. The report is complemented by a budget table showing the amount of funds.
\President’s Budget Proposal Fiscal Year 2013 President Obama’s proposed budget outlines the Administration’s fiscal and program priorities for FY13. NASUAD’s preliminary analysis is framed by an interest in aging and disability program funding. The analysis reveals the proposal’s requests for food and nutrition services, independent living, caregiver support, protection of vulnerable adults, and Medicare and Medicaid. The accompanying chart shows the President’s FY12 and FY13 requests for relevant aging and disability programs.
2012 Survey on Medicaid Funded Long Term Services and Supports A February 2012 online survey consisting of 30 questions was sent to all states and focused on three topics: consumer-directed personal care services; assessments and care plan changes; and case management. The survey results provide information about respondent states’ practices regarding Medicaid funded LTSS. Consumer-directed care was found to be provided majorly through waivers; most assessments contracted out; and case management paid for as a service rather than administrative cost.
Strengthening the Aging Network Issue Brief: Older Americans Act Cost Sharing States administering the Older Americans Act (OAA) have the option of providing recipients with a choice to cost share when using services. This brief explains the stipulations and parameters surrounding cost sharing – what OAA services allow or prohibit cost sharing and under what circumstances must services be provided when clients are unable to pay the cost share.
Mental Health and Aging: Working together This presentation took place on March 20, 2012 at the Aging in America Conference to demonstrate how the aging network can benefit from working with other agencies to provide more integrated services. Namely, the State Units on Aging working with mental health and substance abuse agencies and programs to provide for more comprehensive care that takes into consideration issues unique to the aging population, such as suicide and alcohol and prescription drug abuse.
Money Follows the Person: Impediments to Implementation Money Follows the Person (MFP) is one program that appropriates federal grants to states to design programs to transition Medicaid beneficiaries from institutional care to home and community-based services. Beginning as a demonstration program, there are many impediments and uncertainties surrounding implementation. This overview provides a description of impediments as an opportunity for solutions that anticipate implementation issues and touches upon program start up, capacity, and access.
Older Americans Act Budgeting Budgeting is a crucial aspect in the deliverance of Older Americans Act (OAA) services. This brief provides information geared at State directors to help them better understand various funding sources and requirements. This summary explains the Inter-State Funding Formula on which the Administration of Aging (AoA) distributes OAA funds as well as the Intra-State Funding Formula (IFF) on which states distribute OAA funds.
Participant Experience Survey NASUAD conducted a survey of state agencies on aging and disability to determine if they conducted participant experience surveys to ensure quality. This asked four basic questions: if the state conducts participants experience survey; the frequency of conducting the survey; how the survey was completed; and who conducts the survey. The appendices include sample participant experience surveys from various states.

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