LeadingAge Recommends Changes on HHS Strategic Plan

Members | November 12, 2017 | by Peter Notarstefano

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a draft of its FY 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan in the Federal Register for comments. LeadingAge is pleased to see workforce, person-centered care and the federal government collaborating with faith based community organizations to serve older adults and persons with disabilities listed as future strategy priorities in the HHS Draft strategic plan.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a draft of its FY 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan in the Federal Register for comments. The draft is a part of the strategic planning process under the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act of 2010 and gives agency stakeholders an opportunity to provide comments on the plan.

This Strategic Plan describes HHS’s efforts within the context of five broad strategic goals:

LeadingAge submitted comments. on the  draft of its FY 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan . LeadingAge is pleased to see workforce, person-centered care and the federal government collaborating with faith based community organizations to serve older adults and persons with disabilities listed as future strategy priorities in the HHS Draft strategic plan. The strategies are a continuation of the current focus in Medicaid HCBS concerning choice, quality and access to services. 

It is important to note the following strategies delineated in the Draft HHS Strategic Plan:

  • Develop age- and dementia-friendly livable communities to improve quality of life for older adults, families, caregivers, people with disabilities, and the larger community
  • Promote independence of older adults and people with disabilities through improved federal collaboration, including with faith-based and community organizations, to ensure opportunities to live and receive services in the community
  • Foster culture change through inclusion and accessibility for children and adults with disabilities and older adults and removing physical and other barriers
  • Pursue initiatives and programs to provide support to older adults, people with disabilities, and their families and caregivers as individuals move between institutional settings and home
  • Support the development of endorsed performance measures to include a HCBS core set to measure and quantify processes and outcomes, and enable comparable data for public reporting and quality measurement
  • Permit innovative delivery system models and program flexibilities that include HCBS to improve quality, accessibility, and affordability in Medicare and Medicaid
  • Expand person-centered models of care in Medicare and Medicaid that provide an integrated approach to addressing individuals’ medical, long-term support, and other needs to maintain health, well-being, and independence
  • Assist states in strengthening and developing high-performing long-term services and supports systems that focus on the person, provide streamlined access, and empower individuals to participate in community living
  • Include culturally appropriate, person- and family-centered care planning in federal social and healthcare services for older adults and persons with disabilities to protect individual choice and address a person’s current and future economic resources, including advanced care planning needs
  • Improve and increase competency in the healthcare and direct service workforce in person-centered approaches and cultural competency
  • Strengthen the training and capacity of healthcare providers to recognize, assess, refer, connect, and engage caregivers

LeadingAge submitted comments.