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Aging Network News

Week of July 26, 2015
Further Input Sought by August 10 on State Physical Health and Managed Care Programs (Pennsylvania Department of Human Services – DHS)


On May 29, DHS began to collect public comments to help guide its plan for the release of a new procurement for the provision of managed care services for physical health.  Changes will be made to contracts for the HealthChoices Physical Health program and mandatory managed care program, including the provision of both physical and behavioral health services, that will encourage the adoption of practices to support quality outcomes. Based on the public feedback already received, DHS has published a summary of the most frequently provided comments and some of the changes that are being considered. This outline is not final and DHS seeks additional comment at this time. To comment on the concepts outlined or areas that are not currently included, please e-mail RA-PWHCRFIResponses@pa.gov by August 10. Details>>

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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Quote of the Day

"A book is not complete until it’s read. The reader’s mind flows through sentences as through a circuit – it illuminates them and brings them to life."

E. L. Doctorow, novelist who died on July 21, 2015 at age 84.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Aging Network News

Next Steps Announced in Governor Wolf’s Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Plan(Pa. Departments of Human Services and Aging)


Following a public comment period and critical stakeholder input, Gov. Wolf released more details of his plan to improve care coordination and to move to Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS). “We heard repeatedly the need for consumer choice, consumer involvement and the desire to be served in the community,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas.  Based on feedback, the Departments will take the following steps:
  • Double the number of staff who work on Nursing Home Transition (NHT)
  • Create an advisory committee comprising at least 50% participants and caregivers, and conduct monthly webinars
  • Restructure existing contracts to provide more choice for participants
Governor Wolf’s person-centered initiative will result in a more strategic care delivery system and improve health outcomes for seniors and individuals with disabilities. MLTSS will create a capitated model that will improve care coordination and better health outcomes while allowing more individuals to live in their community. More>> | Additional comments are being accepted on the proposed MLTSS plan. Details in the next News Bulletin.

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Quote of the Day

"From quiet homes and first beginning, 
out to the undiscovered ends, 
there's nothing worth the wear of winning, 
but laughter and the love of friends."

Hilaire Belloc, journalist, essayist and poet, was born in Paris, France on July 27, 1870.

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CMS Region III: 50th Anniversary Celebration of Medicare & Medicaid - July 30, 10 - 11:30 am EDT, National Constitution Center, Independence Mall, F.M. Kirby Auditorium, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia 19106. RSVP>>

National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center Webinar: Identifying and Supporting People With Dementia Who Live Alone - July 30, 3 - 4 pm EDT. Register>>

Meeting Announcement: The President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities -  Aug. 3, 9 am. - 4:30 pm. ET; and Aug. 4,  9:30 am - 4 pm ET. Location: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Hubert H. Humphrey Building located at 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Conference Room 800, Washington, D.C. 20201.  As with all PCPID meetings, the public is welcome to observe in-person or via conference call. To join the meeting by phone, dial (888) 469-0957; when prompted, enter passcode: 8955387. For more information, please view the Federal Register Notice>> announcing the meeting.

Justice in Aging Webinar: How to Resolve Common Nursing Home Problems - Aug. 4,  2 - 3 pm EDT. Register>>

GenPhilly: 5th Annual Pet-tastic Happy Hour - Aug. 6, 5:30 - 7 pm EDT - Marathon Grill, 1818 Market St., Philadelphia 19102 -  RSVP>>

Job opening: Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society - Director of Refugee Programming and Planning. Application deadline: Aug. 7. Job description>>

PCA Community Relations Department Hosts Fall Information and Referral (I and R) Council Meeting - Sept. 10, 12:30 - 2:30 pm at PCA, 642 N. Broad St. The I and R Council is open to all aging system workers and provides important updates about social service programs affecting the aging and networking opportunities for attendees. To register, call 215-765-9000, ext. 4470 or e mail: KLawrence@pcaphl.org.

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