Focus on Health Care Webinar Series
With competition for resources on the state and federal level increasing, it is important to focus on the most cost-effective solutions that deliver quality services. We understand that connecting with health care systems is an integral piece of the supportive housing puzzle and our ongoing webinar series puts a spotlight on issues surrounding Medicaid, Federally Qualified Health Centers and other matters at the intersection of housing and health care.
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Recordings and Related Resources
September 27, 2012 Using Supportive Housing as a Tool to Control Costs while Improving Health Outcomes and Care Quality Among High-Cost Medicaid Beneficiaries
A significant subset of Medicaid’s high-need, high-cost beneficiaries experience homelessness and housing instability. For these individuals, homelessness exacerbates their chronic and complex conditions, increases their engagement in high-risk behaviors, and impedes their access to ongoing primary and preventive care, resulting in repeated hospitalizations, emergency department visits, and frequent use of other crisis health services. Research has demonstrated that supportive housing improves health outcomes and management of chronic conditions while reducing hospitalizations, ED visits, and Medicaid costs overall among homeless, high-cost beneficiaries. Many of the services provided in supportive housing are coverable under a variety of Medicaid authorities and are aligned with health reform’s movement toward a more coordinated and person-centered approach to health care delivery.
This webinar will explain how Medicaid departments, housing agencies and other behavioral health and human services agencies can collaborate to provide coordinated health, social services and housing to improve outcomes while lowering costs among the most expensive and high-need clients. Panelists will include the authors of a paper published jointly by CSH and the Center for Health Care Strategies which highlights opportunities for supportive housing and Medicaid partnerships. In addition, participants will hear from the perspectives of Medicaid and managed care.
- Recording (Windows Media File)
- Presentation Materials (PDF)
- Answers to questions submitted during webinar (check back soon)
July 26, 2012 Financing and Delivering Comprehensive Supportive Housing Services for Older Adults and Seniors
As the supportive housing population ages and the services new residents need grow more complex, providers face challenges meeting clients' needs and helping people stay in their homes as long as possible. This webinar will give participants service delivery ideas that help residents 'age in place'. In addition, these services must be financed and this population is typically eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Blending these insurance programs and determining the services they reimburse is essential. Speakers will provide insight on how these programs and other funding opportunities can be used to finance services in supportive housing for older adults.
February 16, 2012 Sustaining Supportive Housing Programs: Medicaid’s Role
Securing services funding is essential to sustaining supportive housing programs. Short term federal or local grants and targeted state funding can be unpredictable and subject to government budget reduction policies. Louisiana can serve as a model for how to think of the services in supportive housing broadly and align state systems to efficiently provide resources, even in tough budget times. Louisiana’s 3,000 unit Permanent Supportive Housing Program, initially created as part of the state’s Road Home hurricane recovery plan, is one of the nation’s first cross-disability, integrated permanent supportive housing (PSH) initiatives to integrate Medicaid as a major payer of services. To date the program has housed over 2,300 of the most vulnerable people with disabilities across Louisiana’s Gulf Coast region. On this webinar, participants will learn more about Louisiana’s PSH initiative and the Medicaid policy changes the federal government approved to make it happen.
September 29, 2011 Using Medicaid for Family Services in Supportive Housing
Medicaid is an important funding source for families living in supportive housing. Parents and children in supportive housing are eligible for Medicaid and it is important that providers use this resource, either directly or through partnerships, to ensure families receive the support they need. This webinar includes family supportive housing providers who explain which Medicaid services they provide, how they access Medicaid and how to pay for the services not included in Medicaid benefit packages.
August 25, 2011 Using Medicaid Data to Strengthen State Investment
This webinar featured a panel discussion on the type of data Medicaid agencies typically collect; the potential for data coordination between Medicaid, HMIS and housing agencies; and discussion on how to overcome barriers to collaboration.
June 23, 2011 How Community Health Centers, Behavioral Health Clinics and Hospitals are Leading Innovation in Supportive Housing
Webinar participants heard from community health centers, behavioral health clinics and hospitals engaged in supportive housing and learn strategies for reaching out to potential health service agency partners.
June 9, 2011 Supportive Housing Reducing Medicaid Costs and Improving Health Outcomes: A Review and Update of the Evidence
The first webinar in CSH's ongoing healthcare series will provide a summary of evidence illustrating that, by identifying and targeting vulnerable populations, community after community has found housing connected to health services improves health outcomes and reduces Medicaid costs for current enrollees who are high-cost, high frequenters of emergency rooms, hospitals and nursing homes.