Home and Community Based Services Conference-Baltimore,MD – August 25-28, 2019

The annual conference addressed the foundation for supporting and maintaining long term support and services. Many of the CMS initiatives that support medical and social (SDOH) were addressed in their dynamic agenda. NASUAD (www.nasuad.org) also has changed its ,name to Advancing States(Advancingstates.org)

The mission statement is to design, improve and sustain state systems delivering long-term services and supports for older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers.

Many of the sessions addressed fostering strategic relationships throughout the aging and disability networks, both across and within states, and at the national level, where they collaborate with partners, including the Administration on Community Living, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and key national organizations.

Many of the sessions addresses Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports(MLTSS) services-workforce issues, funding resource access, collaboration between Community Based Organizations (CBO’s) and Managed Care Organizations (MCO’s) so that they were on a level playing field as to mutual goals and objectives.

There is an over-riding message-be innovative and demonstrate ROI. Pursue partnerships and optimize scarce resources. Understand SDOH and address your organizations core competencies to avoid duplication, use to data to substantiate your agenda and collaborate.

We understand our readership diverse organizational agendas as well as their financial foundations, albeit for profit, non-profit or not-for-profit. But at this point in time as well as articulated by many of the speakers we need to look at common sharing and coalescing our stakeholders. Eliminate the silos !

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By Bill Shaw

William " Bill " Shaw has been in the health care sector for over 30 years. After leaving management positions at Fortune 200 companies. such as The Upjohn Company, Kidde, The Travelers and Cigna he started William M Shaw & Associates, health care consulting. He has written and presented at many industry conferences . He has supported over 80 companies, start-ups in their positioning in the managed care, long term care and nice service/product space.