This week we’re reading about proposed changes to Medicare Advantage for 2016, plus an emerging training model for providers serving individuals with ASD.
- The 2016 Medicaid Draft Call Letter is out, and everyone is sharing their two-cents. Reuters is highlighting the draft’s 0.9 percent cut in Medicare Advantage payments, while Kaiser Health News is focusing in on a little-known benefit that few seniors are accessing. More on Medicare: Federal officials toughen nursing home quality standards in the face of criticism, according to the New York Times.
- NC Health News is following an emerging story out of North Carolina where hundreds with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions may lose access to small-group homes as transitional state funding approved in 2013 to support them is running out.
- ECHO Autism, a six-month course, is a new effort in the works to help train doctors and other health care providers to better serve individuals on the spectrum through a “whole-person” model of care, per Disability Scoop.