Last week, federal and state leaders from across the U.S. made their way to Baltimore for the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD), National Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference. Held at the end of every summer, the conference attracts federal and state policymakers, case management entities serving adults with disabilities and seniors, and providers and managed care organizations who administer, manage and deliver waiver and other HCBS programs. In addition to networking, learning and celebrating the hard work of their peers, attendees learned about federal regulatory and policy guidance, state program innovations, new community-based service options, and collaborative relationships designed to help people receive care and support at home and in their community.
At the Seniorlink booth we had meaningful conversations with new friends and old, State Medicaid and Aging officials, Area Agencies of Aging representatives, public policy and health care consultants, health plans and more.
A diverse set of panels were presented this year and were categorized under three different tracks that included Innovation, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Administration for Community Living. Seniorlink was pleased to host the panel “Leveraging Innovative Caregiver Supports, Including Technology, to Drive Better Outcomes,” in the Innovation track with speakers Bruce McIntyre, Executive Director at Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma, Abby Cox, Director of the Department of Human Services – Division of Aging and Seniorlink’s Massachusetts State Director, Kelli Tungate. The panel explored why caregivers are under-utilizing technology in their caregiving role, while highlighting programs that have succeeded in integrating technology with caregiving in many healthcare organizations, such as Seniorlink’s Vela care collaboration platform. The panel kicked off some lively discussions at our booth after the panel about new technologies in caregiving.
The National HCBS conference is an exciting event and one that Seniorlink is proud to sponsor and participate in every year. We are already looking forward to attending HCBS 2018!