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Listen, Learn, Explore: A Toolkit To Help State Policymakers Promote Person-Centered Care

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In Episode 5 of Listen, Learn, Explore, you’ll learn about a new toolkit from the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston that outlines steps that policymakers at the state level can take to implement a pay-for-performance (P4P) program that uses Medicaid funds to promote person-centered care in nursing homes. The toolkit focuses on lessons learned from implementation of the Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas Nursing Homes (PEAK 2.0), a program that helps Kansas nursing homes implement person-centered care.

You will hear from Laci Cornelison, Program Director of PEAK 2.0 at Kansas State University and Natasha Bryant, Managing Director and Research Associate of the LeadingAge LTSS Center at UMass Boston as they talk about how the toolkit can help you advocate with your state to integrate person-centered care expectations and incentives into state policy.

Then plan on joining us for the virtual learning circle as we delve deeper into the nuances of the toolkit and explore ways that you can work directly with state organizations and legislatures to take action. Come prepared with your questions.

Natasha Bryant

Natasha Bryant, M.A., is managing director and senior research associate at the LeadingAge LTSS Center @ UMass Boston, an independent applied research center within LeadingAge. Her work focuses on the Center’s efforts to develop, test, and disseminate workforce improvement initiatives to attract and retain quality staff at all levels— from managers to nurses to direct care workers— and quality improvement in nursing homes. She has conducted multiple projects in this area, which have included qualitative case studies, program evaluations of state and provider-based workforce and quality improvement efforts, and the analysis of secondary datasets. Ms. Bryant has published issue briefs for policymakers on pay-for-performance programs to provide financial incentives to nursing homes that adopt person-centered care and state efforts to implement culture change. Ms. Bryant managed a national initiative to improve the recruitment and retention of the direct care workforce. She holds a Master in Experimental Psychology from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Syracuse University.

Laci Cornelison

Growing up in the nursing home where her mom worked, Laci Cornelison was a gerontologist from the start. Those years of hanging out with older adults while her mom said to “keep busy” turned into her passion. Now she holds the official credentials of a gerontologist along with a long-term care administration and social work license. Laci’s experience has included direct leadership and clinical practice in an innovative person-centered care home, college instruction on aging, program leadership with the Kansas PEAK 2.0 program and research. When she is not boring her husband with talk of organizational change, healthcare, grading and research data, he is puzzling her with talk of the electrical parts he sells while her children create Ninja Warrior courses in the backyard.

Podcast time: 11 minutes

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A Toolkit To Help State Policymakers Promote Person-Centered Care
Learning Circle Discussion
April 27, 2021
1:00 PM :: 2:00 PM EDT         12:00 PM :: 1:00 PM CDT
11:00 AM :: 12:00 PM MTN       10:00 AM :: 11:00 AM PDT
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