New checklist will guide providers, ensure people with disabilities considered by states
The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) has unveiled a new checklist of steps service providers can take to ensure the interests of persons with disabilities are considered by states as they contemplate managed care or other capitated funding mechanisms.
A majority of states have adopted, or are considering, capitation strategies to reign in spiraling Medicaid budgets. "We want to make sure that the needs of people with disabilities, and the expertise of community disability services providers are part of the planning process," said Renee L. Pietrangelo, ANCOR CEO.
Among the key principles identified in the checklist are a commitment to independent living and recovery (not just a medical model), person-centered planning that respects the choices of people with disabilities, and financial incentives that motivate valued outcomes. Pietrangelo added, "Capitation shouldn't be solely about cutting costs. It's an opportunity to streamline the process of delivering long-term supports and services and to focus on the quality outcomes those services produce."
Service providers, state provider associations, self-advocates and their families can use the checklist to engage in dialogue that ensures all stakeholders are heard and that the process is transparent.
The checklist evolved out of ANCOR's 2011 Leadership Summit: Navigating Managed Care and Other Funding Strategies, with input from ANCOR members and facilitated by Allan I. Bergman of HIGH IMPACT Mission-based Consulting & Training. ANCOR will hold a follow-on Summit October 1 - 2, 2012 in Washington, DC.
The American Network of Community Options and Resources is a national trade association representing more than 800 private providers of community living and employment supports and services to more than 400,000 individuals with disabilities. As a nonprofit organization, ANCOR successfully addresses the needs and interests of private providers before Congress and federal agencies, continually advocating for the crucial role private providers play in enhancing and supporting the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Through its National Advocacy Campaign, ANCOR seeks to obtain the resources to recruit, train and retain a sustainable direct support workforce. ANCOR provides organization, professional, leadership development and networking opportunities and services, and is continually working toward partnerships and collaborations that advance our vision, mission and goals. Our prime goal is to be the indispensable leader, resource and advocate for a diverse private disability services network that ensures full citizenship and engaged community participation for people with disabilities of all ages. www.ancor.org.
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