DHCS Announces Stakeholder Meetings for Potential New Long-Term Care at Home Benefit

This week, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced upcoming stakeholder meetings for its potential new “Long-Term Care at Home” benefit in the Medi-Cal program for managed care and fee-for-service beneficiaries. The new model of care is intended to help address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic by decompressing skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and provide eligible consumers with a coordinated and bundled set of medical and home and community services.

The benefit is envisioned to support home care for individuals transferring from hospitals to home, from SNFs to home, or to prevent a SNF stay. DHCS and the California Department of Aging (CDA) are anticipated to develop the new benefit in coordination with the Master Plan for Aging Long-Term Services and Supports Subcommittee, other stakeholders, and partner departments, including the Department of Social Services (CDSS), Department of Public Health (CDPH), Developmental Services, and Rehabilitation.

DHCS and CDA will convene three public stakeholder meetings to discuss the proposal on Thursday, June 25 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, Friday, July 17, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, and Friday, July 31 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. All meetings will be available via telephone and webinar.

Additional information on the potential new benefit and the upcoming stakeholder meetings is available here.