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The NJ Spotlight Roundtable Series: Rebalancing Medicaid Long-Term Care

If granted, New Jersey's application for a federal Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver will enable the state to better meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities. But numerous implementation issues remain to be worked through. To investigate these complex issues, NJ Spotlight brought together state leaders, long-term care providers, and community advocates to discuss problems and possible solutions.

If granted, New Jersey's application for a federal Comprehensive Medicaid Waiver will enable the state to craft a program that can better meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities. But numerous implementation issues remain to be worked through, if high-quality healthcare is to be achieved. To investigate these complex issues, NJ Spotlight brought together state leaders, long-term care providers, and community advocates to discuss problems and possible solutions. Panelists: Valerie Harr, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services, NJ Department of Human Services; state Sen. Joseph Vitale, vice chair of Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee; Michael Scarbrough, senior vice president, Amerigroup; Dr. Michael Ogg, patient advocate; Ken Wessel, Executive Director, HomeCare Options; Marily Askin, Chief Legislative Advocate, AARP-NJ; and Paul Langevin, president, Health Care Association of NJ
»Chapter 1: Introductions and Opening Remarks
Medicaid spending has exploded even as the local and national economies have slowed significantly. Can "rebalancing" Medicaid save the state money while delivering superior healthcare services?
»Chapter 2: Experience with the Healthcare System
As the New Jersey Medicaid program changes and offers different services to clients, what's the best way to foster consumer confidence and comfort?
»Chapter 3: Costs Associated with the Medicaid System
Identifying gaps in Medicaid care can help prevent more expensive treatments -- such as hospitalization -- further down the road. At the same time duplicate payments must be identified and eliminated.
»Chapter 4: The Healthcare Workforce
To accommodate the coming changes in Medicaid, the healthcare workforce itself needs to be rebalanced. More home healthcare workers will be needed. How will they be assigned and trained? What will be the role of family care providers and how will they be compensated?

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