Legislation will allow qualified working people with disabilities to earn up to 250% of the federal poverty level without losing their AHCCCS/ ALTCS
eligibility and medical coverage.
ALTCS is a capitated LTC program for the elderly, people with physical disabilities, and people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities, who have been determined by State assessors to be at risk of institutionalization.
The PACE and ALTCS programs primarily target those at risk of institutionalization who meet the State's criteria for nursing facility level of care, i.e., nursing home certifiable (NHC).
Peck: Does ALTCS have plans for going beyond tax legislation to address the broader issues of long-term care?
That's why I think that what ALTCS is doing in terms of pushing for long-term care legislation in this Congress is crucial in setting the stage - not only for the 2000 presidential race, but also the 2000 congressional elections, in which the full House and one-third of the Senate are up for re-election.
Quality of Care in the Arizona Long-Term Care System (ALTCS
): A Study of Quality Indicators Among Nursing Home Residents.
Utilization data examined for Arizona beneficiaries are encounter data submitted by the LTC program contractors, FFS claims paid by ALTCS, and Medicare data from HCFA's national claims history data base.
Assessment data for ALTCS beneficiaries are from a computerized system maintained by the State.
Initial results from the HCFA-funded evaluation of ALTCS have shown that the program has been successful in providing HCB services as a cost-effective alternative to nursing home care (McCall, Crane, Bauer, et al.
A key feature of the ALTCS program, for the purpose of this study, is that both nursing home care and HCB care are covered services, thus enabling us to assess the factors that are associated with the transition between care settings.
The study described here compares the acute care service utilization experience of elderly and physically disabled ALTCS
beneficiaries with that of elderly and physically disabled beneficiaries in a Medicaid FFS program.
In Kemper's (1992) sample from the Channeling experiment, 48 percent had a previous hospitalization, whereas Bauer (1996) found a 6-month hospitalization rate of 53 percent among ALTCS