Funder: National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities

Author: Camille Dobson, National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD); Stephanie Gibbs, Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS); Adam Mosey, NASUAD; and Leah Smith, CHCS

May 2017 | Report


States are increasingly implementing Medicaid managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) programs to accomplish goals including rebalancing spending from institutional care to home- and community-based services, improving beneficiary experience, and better managing costs. But there is relatively limited evidence of the value of these efforts.

This report, authored by the Center for Health Care Strategies in partnership with the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities, seeks to fill that information gap. The report analyzes literature on MLTSS program outcomes as well as responses from 12 states regarding their progress toward attaining MLTSS goals and challenges in collecting data to document progress.

The states’ survey responses reflect overall progress in advancing MLTSS goals. At the same time, their responses highlighted the need for states to expand the data collected on program impacts to build stakeholder support and demonstrate program viability. States also reported lessons related to challenges of better demonstrating program value, including the need for standardized quality measures across MLTSS programs.