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

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…

Failure to Launch

Problems Cited in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Evaluation of California’s Coordinated Care Initiative May Cripple Its Success

By Jason Bloome

In December 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the first evaluation report of California’s Coordinated Care Initiative (CCI).  Here are some of the report’s findings.

Demonstration Changes Announced ..Read More…

A Puzzle With Missing Pieces

MLTSS cannot succeed in California without integrating assisted living facilities.

By Jason Bloome

Managed Long Term Support and Services (MLTSS) programs are quickly expanding throughout the nation. More than 24 states have MLTSS programs which consist of State Medicaid Agencies providing capitated payments to managed care organizations (MCOs) for the provision of LTSS, often in ..Read More…