Members of the MediSked team were in Baltimore, MD this week for the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference. We learned and worked with 1,500 state directors, advocates, self-advocates, and federal partners from all 50 states, DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam.
The major takeaways were:
1. The effort to make the aging and disability network more person-centered is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. As states work on their transition plans, the emphasis on person-centered planning is a main driver. At MediSked, our mission is to improve lives, drive efficiencies, and generate innovations and we love to see the progress being made.
2. Technology is the future. For over 30 years, the public and private sector have been interested in using interoperable health information technology (HIT) to improve clinical and population health outcomes, increase quality and safety, decrease cost, and allow for more robust research data. As the landscape changes, more states are requiring agencies to implement technology with interoperable capabilities to improve quality of care. You can check our blog post on interoperability to learn more on this subject.
3. As we’ve seen since it’s passing, much interest is placed on the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes a requirement for electronic visit verification (EVV) by 2019. Non-compliance with the requirement comes with a reduction in FMAP (the federal medical assistance percentages) and states are eager to receive more guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
4. The current times are uncertain and we don’t know how the funding climate is going to turn out. Despite that, the resilient members of this community are moving forward and figuring out the best ways to do more with less without compromising quality.
Also – check out our Facebook page for fun pictures from our exhibit booth!