State Team Members
- Jennifer Eastman, Director of Community Living Policy at the MD Department of Disabilities, is serving as the team lead. Ms. Eastman is working in conjunction with the MD Association of Centers for Independent Living (MACIL), a collaboration among MD’s seven CILs throughout the state. Katie Collins-Ihrke, Executive Director of Accessible Resources for Independence, is serving as the main point of contact for MACIL.
Achievements & Successes, as of January 2018
- Two CILs have partnered with their local Aging and Disability Resource Center to serve a valuable role in the Hospital to Home Transition Program.
- Have determined the most advantageous partnership opportunity with healthcare entities within MD’s unique Total Cost of Care Model roll-out.
- Scheduled a meeting with a leading Managed Care Organization in the state to discuss partnership opportunities and available resources.
Achievements & Successes, as of August 2018
- Several CIL directors and team lead met with a new MD MCO in February to discuss partnership opportunities. Unfortunately, nothing substantial came from it because there was a lack of interest in establishing a contractual relationship with the CILs.
- Contracted with ADBI in July to conduct an in-person training on how to price services; trainer was previously a CIL director and had experience establishing a paid relationship with a MCO.
- Several CIL directors and team lead met in August with a representative from the MD Hospital Association to discuss how hospitals are starting to see the benefit in community partnerships. They discussed the changing landscape of MD’s Total Cost of Care model and how that will financially impact hospitals. Recommendations on who to contact within hospital systems, how to contact them, and how they can articulate value proposition were made.
- Team lead developed a draft document on disability and health in MD for CIL directors to use as a point of conversation when meeting with healthcare entities.
- One CIL director developed a “dashboard” following her Hospital to Home demonstration participation to present to the Population Health Director at a local hospital to convey the benefits of a community-based partnership. The dashboard included data and personal success stories.
- Team lead consulted with State Department of Aging on an ACL grant proposal to measure return on investment in ADRC-related activities. It was suggested that the intervention strategy require a collaborative relationship with a CIL, the AAA, and the hospital system.
- MD’s Department of Health continues to move forward on its Primary Care Program implementation slated for January 2019 which would incentivize primary care physicians and practices to partner with CBOs to address the social determinants of health for their patients. CMS identified a list of Care Transformation Organizations (CTOs) that will be responsible for community linkages. The CILs have an opportunity to approach these CTOs to serve as a valuable community partner in this new model.
Lessons Learned, as of January 2018
- Leverage your contacts.
- Be visible- attend conferences, join Local Health Improvement Coalitions, introduce yourself and your CIL to others.
- Need to develop script/talking points to respond to people’s assumptions about CIL services being provided at no cost.
Lessons Learned, as of August 2018
- MD’s work continues to be a time of collecting information as it becomes available, trying to schedule meetings with people who can help facilitate progress, and waiting to see what happens next. In the meantime, it would be worthwhile for the CILs to develop a pricing plan for their services.
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