Michigan Association of Health Plans

Improving LTSS Care Transitions Through Managed Care

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Long-term services and supports (LTSS) are a cost-effective, high-quality, person-centered solution that meets an individual’s goals for independence and care. LTSS can include any one of a broad range of functional and social services such as eating, bathing, dressing, preparing meals or housekeeping. Individuals who have complex health needs or a disability often need help to complete these activities of daily living (ADL) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADL).

LTSS can help people with disabilities live at home or in community settings and lead to better health and independence. The concurrent aging of the population and increasing prevalence of chronic health conditions is expected to substantially increase the demand for, use of, and expenditures related to personal health services and LTSS.

Among adults aged 18 and older, higher percentages of Black and Hispanic Americans have limitations completing their ADLs and IADLs than White Americans. When we look at Black and Hispanic Americans with lower incomes, the limitations and corresponding needs are even greater.

Individuals with disabilities tend to experience more health care transitions during their lifetime than those without a disability. As a person with a disability moves from one location to another, such as from a family home to their own apartment, their LTSS needs can change as can their available providers.

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