NATIONAL COLLABORATIVE FOR INTEGRATION OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
- August, 2017 - A National Collaborative taskforce has been formed to submit comments on the proposed HHS' Healthy People 2030 framework.
- July 19, 2017 - CMCS Informational bulletin - Extended Use of the Targeted Enrollment “SNAP Strategy”. Discusses the conditions under which CMS may approve waivers under section 1902(e)(14)(A) of the Social Security Act to authorize states to rely on findings from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to support Medicaid eligibility determinations at application and renewal for certain populations.
- July, 2017 - Report - Federal Low-Income Programs: Eligibility and Benefits Differ for Selected Programs Due to Complex and Varied Rules. This report examines (1) the ways in which eligibility rules and benefits for selected federal low-income programs vary across the programs; and (2) what is known about challenges associated with efforts to streamline these rules.
- July, 2017 - The updated Affordable Care Act Federal upper limits (FUL) calculated in accordance with the Medicaid Covered Outpatient Drug final rule with comment are now available on the Medicaid.gov website, here. States will have up to 30 days from the July 1, 2017 effective date to implement these updated FULs.
- July, 2017 - Final Rule - Medicaid/CHIP Program; Medicaid Program and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); Changes to the Medicaid Eligibility Quality Control and Payment Error Rate Measurement Programs in Response to the Affordable Care Act. This final rule updates the Medicaid Eligibility Quality Control (MEQC) and Payment Error Rate Measurement (PERM) programs based on the changes to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
- June 19, 2017 - A summary of the preceedings at this year's National Collaborative Pre-Summit can be found here.
- June 12, 2017 - You can find a recording of the APHSA/CLASP webinar, Improving Access, Cutting Red Tape: State Lessons from Work Support Strategies, under our webinar series tab to the left.
- May 19, 2017 - APHSA's Deupty Executive Director participated in the creation of a Human Services Value Cruve E-Study. The online course ("E-Study") can be found here, and a blog post about the collaboration with the University of Minnesota can be found here.
- April 12, 2017 - An update from the Universal Service Administrative Co. about the National Verifier program build.
- March 23, 2017 - You can find the recording of APHSA/KPMG's webinar, Improving Outcomes & Reducing Costs: Leveraging Social Services in Value-Based Purchasing, under our webinar series tab to the left.
- March 17, 2016 - After extensive member engagement, APHSA submits its comment letter to HHS and USDA on the Managed Care Final Rule subregulatory guidance.
- March, 2017 - Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP), at the University of Pennsylvania, published work funded through the Arnold Foundation. The reports focus on considerations around governance, privacy and confidentiality, and tech components of an integrated data system.
- 2017 - Multiple agencies at HHS worked together to develop this Guide to Trauma-Informed Human Services. The guide is intended to provide an introduction to the topic of trauma, a discussion of why understanding and addressing trauma is important for human services programs, and a “road map” to find relevant resources.
- February 7, 2017 - The recording of the APHSA/Optum webinar entitled Another First in Michingan: Coordinating Care by Integrating Behavioral Health, Physical Health and Human Services Data can be found under our webinar series tab to the left.
- January 19, 2017 - CMS released an FAQ document addressing questions related to the newly permissible use of SSA Hub data to determine SNAP/TANF eligibility in states operating integrated eligibility systems. The FAQs address common questions we received from interested states about next steps and available funding to engage in this process. If states have additional questions they should send them to ORDP.Data.Exchange@ssa.gov and/or HubData@cms.hhs.gov.
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- January, 2017 - Two technical assistance documents have been published to assist state policymakers with the implementation of mental health and substance use disorder parity requirements for Medicaid and CHIP programs. The Parity Compliance Toolkit provides detailed technical guidance and tools to help states understand and perform the parity analysis for each of the requirements of the final parity rules. The Parity Implementation Roadmap gives policymakers practical recommendations for how to approach parity implementation and compliance from a planning and operational perspective.
- January 11, 2017 - ACF added information regarding Comprehensive Child Welfare Information Systems to the Child Welfare Policy Manual.
- January 5, 2017 - The Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit for children and youth in managed care informational bulletin provides information for states that use managed care to deliver some or all of the services included in the EPSDT benefit.
- January, 2017 - Health IT-Enabled Quality Measurement Strategic Implementation Guide. ONC’s State Innovation Model (SIM) Health IT Resource Center released the Guide to serve as a framework to help states implement policy strategies and data infrastructure supporting alternative payment models (APMs). This guide identifies 10 essential activities for building a quality measurement strategy supporting APMs across national, state, and private endeavors. The guide is available online on the ONC SIM Resource Center page, under electronic clinical quality measure resources.
- December, 2016 - "Status of State Efforts to Integrate Health and Human Services Systems and Data: 2016" - This research brief presents findings from a survey administered to state health and human services officials asking about their efforts to strengthen connections between health and human services programs for low-income populations through increased data interoperability and systems integration. This project was funded by ASPE and the project team included MEF Associates, APHSA and the Rockefeller Institute.
- December 22, 2016 - The Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) signed a historic agreement that will streamline data sharing with states and enable more integrated eligibility processes for Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) beneficiaries. Specifically, eligible state Medicaid agencies will be permitted and encouraged to use SSA data that they obtain via the CMS Federal Data Services Hub for determining eligibility for SNAP and TANF applicants when making Medicaid eligibility determinations. We are initiating this effort with Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Montana, who are executing agreements with SSA to authorize this use. For states interested in learning more about what makes a state eligible and funding availability, the primary point of contact at SSA is email@example.com and at CMS is Nicole.Comeaux1@cms.hhs.gov
- December, 2016 - The National Collaborative released its transition paper. It sets out a vision for the health and human services public and private sectors to operate a system designed to provide a modern marketplace experience and to improve population well-being, while bending the health and human services cost curve over the next decade. In the newly released paper, Promoting Greater Health and Well-Being, the National Collaborative provides guiding principles, policy priorities, and helpful tools for accomplishing this vision.
- November, 2016 - Work Support Strategies’ (WSS) final evaluation report provides crucial evidence about the effectiveness of state efforts to improve the delivery of public benefits. WSS was a multi-year, foundation-funded initiative providing states financial support and technical assistance, led by CLASP in partnership with Urban Institute and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The report finds that the six states participating in WSS (Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Rhode Island, and South Carolina) substantially improved eligible children’s and parents’ participation in safety net programs, as well as dramatically reduced the time it takes to deliver benefits. Moreover, states accomplished these goals without spending more money on administrative costs or increasing errors; rather, they used existing flexibility within the programs.
- APHSA's National Collaborative for Integration of Health and Human Services and Organizational Effectiveness Team - with the generous support from the Kresge Foundation - are launching a nationwide, peer to peer learning collaborative, The Integration Institute, specifically designed for HHS leadership teams at the state and local level to explore how to effectively work with community partners in implementing an Integrated Service Delivery System (ISD). This three-phase learning series is FREE and addresses: Orientation to Integrated Service Delivery (ISD) Impacting Health and Well-being; Organizational Assessment to Close the Gaps; and Transformation in Action. The first phase begins with a FREE webinar on January 26, 2017, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EST. To learn more about the Integration Institute please click here. To register for the inaugural webinar please click here.
- October 6, 2016 - The White House announced the expansion of the Opportunity Project and the launch of twenty-nine new digital tools built by companies and non-profit organizations to increase access to opportunity in communities across the country. More information on Interoperability and Data Analytics can be found here.
- September 15, 2016 - The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), in collaboration with the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD), published a collection of tools, designed to help public health maximize partnerships with Medicaid to improve population health. This project contributes to the Triple Aim by identifying specific opportunities, challenges, and solutions for promoting increased collaboration between Medicaid and public health.
- August, 2016 - The Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program August’s commentary describes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) strategies for sharing resources about reducing substance use disorders, including: (1) national webinars highlighting the most popular topics from the past year; (2) webpage resources including slides from our Targeted Learning Opportunity series; and (3) ongoing technical support and tools. To read more, visit the commentary page here: https://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/innovation-accelerator-program/iap-commentary/cms-commentary.html
- August, 2016 - The Administration for Children & Families (ACF) released guidance about how State Commissioners can support ACF Strategic Goals around Two-Generation Approaches. Below is a letter sent to State Commissioners that describes ACF’s commitment to the two-generation, whole-family approach, and that highlights some current resources and ones in development in support of state and local efforts.
National Collaborative Foundational Documents
- APHSA's Health & Human Services Value Curve Toolkit: Using the Human Services Value Curve framework developed by Harvard, the National Collaborative's Health & Human Services Integration Maturity Model and findings from our national scan of the states & localities, APHSA has developed a toolkit for state & local leaders to help implement the change required to improve health and human services outcomes. Click here to access the Toolkit!