Pennsylvania: Managed LTSS plan in the works

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Pennsylvania's human services and aging departments are developing a plan for managed long-term services and supports (LTSS) at the request of Gov. Tom Wolf, Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne wrote in an Aug. 21 letter.

“The MLTSS goals are: promote health, safety and well-being of seniors and individuals living with disabilities, strengthen health care and [LTSS], enhance opportunities for home and community based services, more fully incorporate person-centered planning, advance program innovation, and ensure efficiency, transparency and accountability,” Osborne said.

The departments gathered public input on a discussion document at six session held in June at various locations across the state. The importance of consumer choice, ensuring access to a full continuum of services, integrating services and improving the participant and provider experience emerged from more than 800 comments, Osborne said.

The departments are forming an advisory committee that will meet bi-weekly beginning Sept. 1. They also plan monthly webinars.

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