Nat’l Assoc. of State Head Injury Administrators: Washington Weekly UPDATE

As president of Brain Injury Association of Hawaii, attorney Ian Mattoch keeps informed on policies that effect his clients’ resources.  National Association of State Head Injury Administrators’ Director of Public Policy, Susan Vaughn, provided the following update to Ian from Washington: 

Administration News
ACL Celebrates First Anniversary
This week the Administration for Community Living (ACL) marked its first Anniversary on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. A year ago, ACL was created within the Department of Health and Human Services bringing together the Administration on Aging (AoA), the Office on Disability and the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities into a single agency (AIDD). The mission of the ACL is to “maximize the independence, well-being, and health of older adults, people with disabilities across the lifespan, and their families and caregivers”.  On April 10th, the President released his FY 2014 budget, which contained the first consolidated request for the ACL. The total ACL request is for $2.140 billion, and preserves funding for both the AIDD and the AoA core program. The Budget also proposes to transfer the ParalysisResourceCenter from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ACL, as well as increased funding for Alzheimer’s disease Supportive Services and first-time discretionary funding for Adult Protective Services.

NHTSA Presents Public Service Awards at the Lifesavers Conference
On Monday, April 15, 2013, during the 31st Annual Lifesavers Conference, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) presented 14 individuals and organizations with the agency’s top public service award for their tireless efforts in advancing highway safety throughout the country.  The Lifesavers conference brings together individuals and public safety groups who all share the common goal of making America’s roads and communities safer. Participants are introduced to fresh ideas that help promote life-saving strategies and techniques. This year’s conference, hosted by the non-profit Lifesavers organization, was expected to draw well over 1,500 participants and 95 exhibitors. To see the individuals and organizations who received awards for their work click here.

Reports and Resources
CMS Unveils New TAC for Medicaid Managed Care
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a new MedicaidManagedCareTechnical Assistance Center on Medicaid.gov. From CMS in collaboration with Mathematica Policy Research, Centers for Health Care Strategies, Manatt Health Solutions, and the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), the TAC will provide individualized technical assistance to the States on managed care program operations, including planning and procurement, benefit design and serving the needs of complex populations, access and quality, and the use of data for program oversight and management.

State Studies Find Home and Community-Based Services to Be Cost-Effective
The AARP Public Policy Institute has released a March report on long-term services and supports (LTSS) in the States. The report says that the vast majority of people in need of LTSS want to live in their own homes and communities. States have made progress in providing greater access to home and community based services (HCBS) for people with low incomes. Many States have also conducted studies to ensure that HCBS are cost effective. This report contains a summary of a collection of relevant State studies as well as web links.

Upcoming Conferences and Webinars
SW ADA Center Offers Webinar on AT after High School
The Southwest ADA Center in collaboration with the RESNA Catalyst Project and the Great Lakes ADA Center are offering the webinar, “Negotiating Access to Assistive Technology After High School: Planning Strategies & Civil Rights”, on Tuesday, April 23, from 3-4 pm (ET). It will describe the cooperative planning and assistive technology service coordination that will assist post high school students with disabilities to continue their education in post-secondary schools, or to enter the workforce. The presentation will inform participants about the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities, post-secondary schools, and employers. The webinar is free, and CEUs are available for a fee. Click here for more information and/or to register.

AHRA to Present Webinar on Patient-Centered Medical Homes
The next webinar session of the Department of Health and Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Care Innovations Exchange Web Series will focus on Accountable Care Organizations and Patient-Centered Medical Homes. The webinar, “Payment Models that Support Medical Home and Accountable Care Organization Principles: Maryland’s Experience”, will be held on Thursday, April 15th from 1-2 pm (ET). Click here for more information and/or to register.

AIRS Conference to be Held in June
The 35th Annual Training and Education Conference, “Blazing the Trail in I&R”, will take place at PortlandHilton & ExecutiveTower in Portland, Oregon on June 2 – 5, 2013. It will feature opportunities to learn from top leaders in a wide variety of educational sessions and to network with peers. The Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS), sponsor of the conference, operates an Accreditation Program that measures an organization’s ability to meet the AIRS Standards, and a Certification Program that evaluates the competence of I&R practitioners. Click here for more information.

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