Monday, December 9, 2019

Congress Introduces Bipartisan Proposal to Permanently Fund “Money Follows the Person”

On Dec. 6, Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Wyden announced a bipartisan agreement that would include a permanent funding reauthorization for the Money Follows the Person Medicaid Demonstration Program. Introduction of a bipartisan proposal to permanently fund MFP is a milestone achievement that is the result of persistent, ongoing federal advocacy by groups like our national network.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Connect-Home Collaborative Launches Phase 2

Lutheran Services in America launched Phase 2 of the Connect-Home Collaborative this month at a meeting in Washington, D.C. At the training meeting, Collaborative members learned that interventions like Connect-Home not only need to be effective, but they also must reach the intended populations, be adopted by providers, be implemented with fidelity, and be maintained over time. Members will use this model in their three quality improvement cycles as a means to measure progress over time.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Results Innovation Lab Boosts Outcomes for 3,000 Youth over One Year

Lutheran Services in America led a diverse group of Lutheran social ministry leaders in a yearlong active learning cohort to implement innovative approaches to improve equitable outcomes for 3,000 children and youth in or at risk of entry into the foster care system. You may be wondering what we mean when we say “equitable outcomes” and why that is such a critical focus. It means that children and youth with the same potential have the same level of successful outcomes as their peers, regardless of the color of their skin, gender, or ZIP code.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Advocacy Opportunity Builds Relationships

Representatives of the Lutheran Services in America – Disability Network flew to Washington last week armed with stories and shared best practices, outcomes, and challenges that allowed them to advocate for the people we serve, the people we employ, and for our industry. Advocacy an important part of our jobs, writes Lisa Morgan, but just as important are the relationships we build with each other while speaking up for those we serve.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

Giving Caregivers the Tools to Serve Others While Staying Healthy Themselves

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota continues to innovate and grow its services — in order to keep up with the needs and demographics of the people it supports and serves. Expanding our work through technology was, in part, made possible through Lutheran Services in America’s Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative, which has been generously supported by a national foundation with a keen understanding and interest in addressing the health and wellness needs of our rural seniors and communities with limited resources.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative Assembles for Inaugural Training Conference

The Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative held a first-ever training conference for leadership and program staff in Montana. Led by Lutheran Services in America, the Collaborative supports underserved rural communities, connecting vulnerable older adults to services and supports they need to enhance their quality of life and maintain their independence.

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Administration’s Medicaid Proposal Raises Hurdles to Accessible, Affordable Health Care

Lutheran Services in America rejects any legislative proposal to cut, cap, or block grant Medicaid. Such changes would reduce access, stymie innovation, and decrease Medicaid enrollment. CMS must rescind its guidance suggesting states apply for such “1115 waivers.”

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Building an Innovative Model for Better Transitional Care

Older Americans comprise an especially vulnerable group after hospitalization. The millions of older adults who transition from post-acute care to their homes annually are dependent on caregivers for three to six activities of daily living once they return home. Yet in their efforts to get and stay well, too many patients and their caregivers don’t fully understand the extent of the patient’s needs in the critical time following acute care. The good news is a clear opportunity exists to view the challenge of transitional care and recuperating seniors’ needs through a new lens.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Tivity Health Recognizes Lutheran Services in America Network Efforts on Rural Aging in Midwest

On August 14, Tivity Health recognized our efforts to enhance the health and well-being of seniors living in rural America through our Great Plains Senior Services Collaborative, which has improved the lives of at least 1,550 vulnerable seniors in more than 70 communities across Minnesota and North Dakota, with communities in Montana recently added to our expanded efforts. Game-changing approaches will continue to be needed to help improve quality of life for rural seniors.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

LSA-DN a Leader in Disability Policy and Advocacy

As a service provider, it can be easy to get lost in the everyday challenges of day-to-day operations, focusing on funding, staffing, reports and service delivery. Coming together with colleagues at events like LSA-DN gives us a chance to step back, to think about larger strategic issues, to focus on the need for public policy and advocacy, and to learn innovative new models and approaches.

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