Reports & Publications

October 2016
Terrence Ng, Charlene Harrington, MaryBeth Musumeci, and Petry Ubri
Figure showing growth in Medicaid HCBS participants, by program, 2003-2013

This report summarizes the key national trends to emerge from the latest (2013) participant and expenditure data for the three main Medicaid HCBS programs: (1) the mandatory home health services state plan benefit, (2) the optional personal care services state plan benefit, and (3) optional § 1915 (c) HCBS waivers. It also briefly discusses the provision of Medicaid HCBS through § 1115 demonstration waivers and highlights findings from a 2015 survey of Medicaid HCBS participant eligibility, enrollment, and provider reimbursement policies, including those related to the U.S.

September 2016
Anne Bowers, Randall Owen, and Tamar Heller
The cover of the journal Disability and Rehabilitation

Purpose: To understand the impact of experience and contacts with care coordinators on Medicaid Managed Care (MMC) enrollees with disabilities. Method: Primary data was collected from a random sample of 6000 out of the 100,000 people with disabilities enrolled in one state’s mandatory MMC program. Surveys were conducted through the mail, telephone, and Internet; 1041 surveys were completed. The sample used for analysis included 442 MMC enrollees who received care coordination.

August 2016
Carrie Graham, Pi-Ju Liu, and Steve Kaye
Upper part of the first page of the publication, with logos of the Health Research for Action Center, the University of California, and the Community Living Policy Center

This report is part of an evaluation of Cal MediConnect, California's demonstration project to integrate care for people covered under both Medicare and Medicaid.  The evaluation is being conducted by the Community Living Policy Center at UCSF and the Health Research for Action Center at UC Berkeley, and is funded by The SCAN Foundation and NIDILRR.  This report presents findings from a survey of Cal MediConnect beneficiaries and comparison samples conducted over the telephone in early 2016.  With respect to long-term services and supports, LTSS-using beneficiaries in Cal MediConnect report

July 2016
Brooke Hollister, Carrie Graham, Charlene Harrington, Alice Wong, Luke O’Shea, Elaine Kurtovich, Brenda Nussey, and Pi-Ju Liu

Researchers at the University of California worked with a stakeholder advisory group to design an evaluation of Cal MediConnect (CMC), California’s dual financial alignment demonstration. It was decided that the evaluation should include qualitative interviews with stakeholders engaged in CMC to determine how the program has impacted the health system and how the system and stakeholders have responded to CMC.

April 2016
Robert Newcomer, Charlene Harrington, Denis Hulett, Taewoon Kang, Michelle Ko, and Andrew Bindman
The fton cover of the Journal of Applied Gerontology

Objective: We examined the health care utilization patterns of Medicare and Medicaid enrollees (MMEs) before and after initiating long-term care in the community or after admission to a nursing facility (NF).

Method: We used administrative data to compare hospitalizations, emergency department (ED) visits, and post-acute care use of MMEs receiving long-term care in California in 2006-2007.