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Wyoming Medicaid looking at long-term care for older adults

Aug 6, 2013 - From staff reports

The Wyoming Department of Health is inviting public participation in a project focused on long term care services supported by Wyoming Medicaid. The project will review current services and begin creating a road map for their reform and redesign.

As directed by the Wyoming Legislature, WDH is studying options to ensure Wyoming Medicaid clients receive needed care while also finding ways to be as responsible as possible with the program's state and federal funding. The effort also includes evaluating the criteria used for qualifying and placing clients and reviewing current reimbursements to service providers.

Options being examined include:

- Helping remove obstacles that prevent residents from choosing to stay in their homes and living independently including a repeal of the cap on the number of participants in the home and community based waiver program.

- Development of an assessment tool to replace the "LT101," which is used to determine a client's medical need for long term care services.

- Redesigning nursing facility reimbursements.

Community members are invited to participate in a kick-off meeting for the Long Term Care System Redesign Project. The meeting is planned for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 13 in Cheyenne at Laramie County Community College in the CCI Building- Centennial Room.

Those who cannot attend the meeting may provide input and sign up to receive updates online at https://sites.google.com/a/pubknow.com/ltc/.

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