On August 6, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two new resources on Medicaid managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) to support states and other partners in enhancing the quality of these services. The number of states using MLTSS to expand home and community-based services (HCBS) has doubled from 2004 to 2012, prompting states to seek increased technical assistance on design and implementation of those services.
The first resource details the results of a 2012 MLTSS environmental scan, which includes an inventory of all MLTSS programs that had been implemented as of June 2012 and a projection of future programs through January 2014. The report, The Growth of Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLSS) Programs: A 2012 Update, also includes state-by-state results for current and projected programs and describes different arrangements states have used to design their MLTSS programs.
The second resource is an online tool designed to provide guidance on program design, Medicaid authorities and other information relevant to the effective management of MLTSS. The online resource will be updated as policy and practice in the field of MLTSS evolves.