Open Bridges: CalAIM and the Use of In Lieu of Services Offers Hope For Thousands of the Elderly Who Could Benefit From Skilled Nursing Facility Diversion/Transition.

By Jason Bloome

California is currently requesting stakeholder input for their CalAIM proposal, an ambitious undertaking which will streamline the delivery of Medicare and Medi-Cal services with the ultimate goal of transitioning the state to Managed Long Term Support and Services (MLTSS).  One component of CalAIM, the use of In Lieu of Services (ILOS), will ..Read More…

Unchained Scholar: Omar Pryce exemplifies mission of USC group designed for justice-involved MSW students

By: Omar Pryce

For so many students who are justice involved and/or system impacted, reintegrating into society with the albatross of a criminal record around one’s neck can be daunting at best. Social work graduate students who have been formerly incarcerated have even more hurdles to overcome with reduced field placement options ..Read More…

Transformative Moments: Resilience and Legacy

By Kathleen Bigsby, PhD, LCSW

Transformative Moments

As we approach the one-year anniversary of wildfires that impacted thousands of lives, I have found myself reflecting on this transformative moment. I believe it was nearly two months after the life-changing wildfire swept through Southern California when I truly felt the enormity of the experience. For 13 ..Read More…

A Time of Reckoning: CMS Implements a New Payment System for Medicare Payments to Skilled Nursing Facilities

By Jason Bloome

In July 2018, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a new case-mix classification model, the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), that, effective beginning October 1, 2019, will be used under the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System for classifying SNF patients in a covered Part A ..Read More…

Empty Hallways: Many Factors Contribute to Declining Skilled Nursing Facility Occupancy Rates

By Jason Bloome

A managed long-term support and services (MLTSS) program, which involve capitated payments to managed care organizations (MCOs) to provide care services for members on Medicaid and Medicare, is a tool used by many states, currently 19, to manage healthcare costs and healthcare delivery. States implement MLTSS to save money, increase efficiency, improve ..Read More…

50,000 and a Swift Passage: Will Congress Continue the Money Follows the Person Program?

By Jason Bloome

Money Follows the Person (MFP), a federal program first launched in 2007, allocated $1.75 billion dollars over five years to fund state programs to transition participants from skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to home and community-based services (HCBS). In 2011 Congress extended the program and increased the program’s allocation to $4 billion. Forty-four ..Read More…

How Can We Support Our Transitional Age Foster Youth (TAY)?

By Tunisia Nelson, Cal State Long Beach Alumni, MSW, ASW

Most children have parents who monitor their academic performances, check their attendance, enroll them in appropriate classes or even attend parent teacher conferences. Parents generally advocate and make sure that their children receive a quality education. When these children are treated unfairly or do not ..Read More…

The Graying Population: Governor Newsom Calls for a Master Plan on Aging for California

By Jason Bloome

A gray tidal wave is looming on the horizon for California. Approximately 7.8 million seniors (65+) call our state home. By 2060, the number of elderly in California is expected to grow 3 times as fast as the general population. From 2010 to 2060, in more than half the counties, there will ..Read More…

Social Work Implications and Opportunities for Advocacy as FDA Approves First Postpartum Depression Drug

By Megan Hartley, MSW Student

Postpartum depression is the most common complication of pregnancy. The California Department of Public health reports that one in give women who give birth in California will experience symptoms of postpartum depression.

On March 19, 2019 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug specifically designed ..Read More…