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The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy: People with Developmental Disabilities and Managed Care

Health & Medicine hosted the second meeting of The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy focused on People with Developmental Disabilities and Managed Care on Thursday, October 30, 2014 from 9:00-11:30a.m. at the UIC School of Public Health.
 


This forum explored whether  managed care might be able to  improve services for people with developmental disabilities and how to ensure patient protections in these emerging systems. Representatives from Illinois service providers, health plans, consumer advocates, and health and disability researchers presented their perspectives in dialogue with each other. Download the forum reading list of articles, reports and resource related to the discussion here. 

Panelists:
  • Elizabeth Edwards, Staff Attorney, National Health Law Program (NHeLP) - view the presentation
  • Tamar Heller, Department Head, Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago - view the presentation
  • Tony Paulauski, Executive Director, The Arc of Illinois
  • Robert Currie, CEO of Community Care Alliance of Illinois
  • Greg Petersen, Chief Administrative Officer, Keystone Alliance - view the presentation
Some of the issues the forum addressed include:
  • Is managed care an appropriate model for delivering services to people with developmental disabilities? If not, what is better and why?
  • Are techniques for coordinating clinical, social, and long-term services and supports for other populations replicable for people with developmental disabilities? If not, what alternatives to traditional managed care exist to improve the finance and delivery system?
  • What are the gaps and failures in the current system that reform, whether through managed care or not, would seek to redress?  
  • What patient protections need to be in place to best ensure quality and ease of monitoring?
  • What are other states doing to coordinate services for people with developmental disabilities? Are any taking the lead in ways that Illinois should replicate? Are any experiencing pitfalls we should be taking care to avoid?
About The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy:
Each policy forum in The Chicago Forum for Justice in Health Policy series will focus on health reform efforts both in Illinois and in the Chicago area, including discussions of best practices from around the country. Click here to learn about our last Chicago Forum event, Challenges to the Healthcare Safety Net in a Reforming Healthcare Environment.