National Academy of Medicine outlines strategies for high-need patients

On July 6, 2017, the National Academy of Medicine released a valuable report entitled, “Effective Care for High-Need Patients: Opportunities for Improving Outcomes, Value, and Health.” The report describes key characteristics of high-need patient populations, tools that can be adopted to identify evidence-based models of care for them, and strategies to promote successful implementation of such models in collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders at the federal, state, and community level. It stresses the importance of behavioral health issues, social determinants of health, and community-based supports for high-need patients who often struggle at home with functional limitations associated with aging, disabilities, and a wide range of long-term diseases examined in the report. [More]

New Hampshire Receives Federal Grant for Medicaid Home, Community-Based Care

On Friday, March 2, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that New Hampshire will receive a federal grant for home- and community-based, long-term care under Medicaid. It is the first such grant, totaling $26.5 million, and was authorized under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The program, called the "Balancing Incentive Program," is an effort to increase the proportion of Medicaid long-term care dollars spent on home and community-based services compared to funding for institutional care. [More]