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Physical Disabilities & Aging

RCPA is pleased to offer this webinar on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 1:00 pm to discuss moving beyond the Carve-out/Carve-in debate.

In an age of integrated care, specialty behavioral health care matters. For more than two decades, the debate of what to do in Medicaid managed care with physical health care (PH) and behavioral health care (BH) centered on the question: should a state carve-out BH from PH managed care contracts or carve-in BH to PH managed care contracts? This presentation will focus on the most current answers to that question. Please register here if you have not registered yet for this event.

Presenters include:

Panelists will review:

  • Pennsylvania’s Behavioral HealthChoices;
  • Discuss managed care models utilized in other States; and
  • Asses how the debate is changing from carve-out vs. carve-in to a focus on contractual standards and accountability.

Achieving whole-person care and addressing social determinants of health by doing specialty behavioral health care directly through various Medicaid managed care approaches will be considered. While there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the time of the presentation, we encourage you to submit questions in advance to Tina Miletic.

Please register here to attend this webinar. We look forward to your participation!

Please help the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Family Health find out what is needed to support transition age youth with special health care needs/disabilities. The Bureau is working with PEAL to outreach to families and will be asking questions about transition planning, bullying, safe relationships, and reproductive health and sexuality.

A $25 Gift Card will be provided per family. We are looking for young adults (12–21) to participate by themselves and also for young adults to participate with their family member to support communication. You can view the flyer for more details here.

Registration for Youth Only
If you are younger than 18, please ask your parent/guardian to register with you.
REGISTER

Registration for Youth Attending with Parent/Family Caregiver
REGISTER

You will need to fill out a form to receive your $25 gift card. If you are ages 12–17 and participating alone in the focus group, you will need parent signatures to receive a gift card and a release form to participate. The links to complete the forms below. Please save and send to Mary Hartley, whose contact information is also below.

If you need any accommodations, support, or have questions, please contact Mary Hartley via email or call (412) 281-4404, ext. 208. We are happy to help!

Register for the Mid-Atlantic Regional APSE Event
Monday, March 7, 2022
9:00 am–12:00 PM

APSE’s Mid-Atlantic Region includes state chapters in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland.

The Mid-Atlantic Region will have 2.5 hours of educational content focusing on Using Assistive Technology in the Workplace and Leadership and Management Development. PLUS networking opportunities to meet peers within your region.

Registration: $25 for members/$35 for non-members. Business members register free! You are welcome to attend any of the events with a separate registration.

Register, and even if you can’t make it, you’ll have access to the content and recording for 30 days.

Continuing Education Credit: After the live event, APSE will provide proof of attendance for any credentials or a continuing education credit. The regional events are pre-approved for 2.5 hours of CESP Continuing Education.

Find Your Chapter on the APSE Website!

Message from the Office of Long-Term Living: 

As a reminder, the January EVV Public Meeting will be occurring on January 21, 2022, at 1:00 pm.  Topics to be covered include EVV system updates, a Home Health Care Services implementation update, general reminders, and a Personal Care Services data update, as well as others.

Please register for the January 21, 2022 EVV Public Meeting. Questions on this topic can be directed via email.

Medication Administration Compliance
Thursday, January 27, 2022
1:00 pm CST | 2:00 pm EST
Complimentary 1.0 CEs — Nurses & QIDPs

Register HERE.

Presenter: Deb Maloy, RN, CDDN

Learning Objectives:
Medication Administration Compliance
The nurse’s scope of practice will be enhanced by knowing the expectations of medication administration and what causes of errors and quality measures to put into effect to ensure the safety of individuals served.

For registration questions or more information, contact Jose Polanco.

The Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC) voted last week and unanimously recommended a five percent payment reduction for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), and home health agencies (HHAs). There was no additional feedback provided with this recommendation; however, additional information should be provided in their upcoming March 2022 report to Congress.

Also worth noting was that MedPAC discussed its mandated report related to designing a value incentive program (VIP) for post-acute care (PAC). This report is required under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, and this was the commission’s second session dedicated to development of the PAC VIP. The report is due to Congress by March 15, 2022. Due to the limited time to develop the report, MedPAC asserted it would not be making a formal recommendation in the March Report to Congress. Also during this session, MedPAC shared its plan to submit its separate report on a unified post-acute care payment prototype to Congress in 2023.