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Date:                 Aug. 25, 2008

Contact:            Gina Dapuzzo

Phone:              (732) 292-1100

 

Money Follows the Person Demonstration Offers HCBS To Transitioning Individuals

MANASQUAN, N.J. -- The Money Follows the Person (MFP) program can help transition individuals from long-term care facilities to home- and community-based services (HCBS), such as adult day care, according to Kate King, project officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

King spoke during the audio conference “Money Follows the Person Programs: How Adult Day Services Can Tap into Existing Medicare Funds,” sponsored by Adult Day Services Letter.

The MFP demonstration was created from the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. It spans five years, authorizing grants until Septemer 2011, according to King.

The grants are provided to eligible individuals wanting to transition from an inpatient care facility, such as a nursing, home to HCBS like adult day care and home health aides.

There are several qualifications to meet the criteria for the MFP demonstration. Thirty-one states are currently included in the program and no more will be accepted at this time, according to King.

In the demonstration thus far, 44 percent of the individuals are elderly, 29 percent have physical disabilities, 20 percent have mental disabilities, 6 percent have mental illnesses and 1 percent have a combination, according to King.

Besides transitioning these individuals to HCBS, the MFP demonstration also looks to re-balance the amount of Medicaid funding from institutional care to HCBS, King said.

For more information on the criteria for the MFP demonstration, visit http://www.cms.hhs.gov/DeficitReductionAct/20_MFP.asp.

The audio conference CD-ROM of “Money Follows the Person Programs: How Adult Day Services Can Tap Into Existing Medicare Funds” can be purchased for $99 at http://www.healthresourcesonline.com/edu/4mfp.htm.

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