MDHHS releases latest report on potential for a Managed Long-term Services and Supports Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  March 6, 2019

CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has released the latest report on its investigation into the possibility of establishing a Managed Long-term Services and Supports (MLTSS) Program. 

In 2017, the Michigan Legislature requested the department explore operational implications and possible implementation of a managed system for long-term care throughout the state. MDHHS enlisted the assistance of the Center for Health and Research Transformation, Public Sector Consultants and Health Policy Matters to conduct research and analysis. The report details the initial three phases of that work.

The report, Michigan Medicaid Long-term Services and Supports, reviews the existing landscape of Medicaid programs and presents ideas from a broad group of stakeholders gleaned through a survey and individual interviews. Quality metrics are analyzed relative to national standards and a gap analysis is presented to highlight potential areas of improvement in the existing Medicaid programs. Finally, the report provides potential options for the state to consider in terms of program structures, implementation strategies and timeline recommendations.

Going forward, Michigan will begin looking at designing and implementing opportunities for improvement in existing LTSS systems, such as options counseling, comprehensive assessments, person-centered planning and a quality strategy; convening stakeholder work groups for each of the improvement opportunities; and evaluating the MI Health Link demonstration program as a possible MLTSS model.

For more information about an MLTSS system in Michigan, visit Michigan.gov/mltss.  Questions may be emailed to MDHHS-MSA-MLTSS@Michigan.gov.

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