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Ohio receives approval for Medicaid transition program

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A statewide plan that focuses on transitioning people from institutions back into the community was given initial approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to a release from the Governor's Office of Health Transformation on Monday.

The Home and Community-Based Services Transition Plan — known as the HOME Choice — has completed more than 8,000 transitions since 2008, four times the original goal of 2,000.

According to a release from the Area Agency of Aging 11, transitioning a person from an institution to the community creates savings for taxpayers. The average cost per year for a nursing home is about $78,000, while home and community based services are about $24,000.

Area Agency on Aging 11 case managers and ombudsman — utilizing the Home Choice Program — transitioned approximately 50 people in 2015, saving the state more than $2 million.

"Not only is this program giving seniors and those with disabilities a choice as to where they want to live, it also helps to curb to cost of long term care spending," said Joseph Rossi, CEO of AAA11.

Ohio Department of Aging Director Bonnie K. Burman stressed the importance that HOME Choice offers for a person-centered care approach.

"We know that quality, person-centered care, delivered in a home-like setting leads to better health outcomes and quality of life," Burman said.

Ohio joins Tennessee and Kentucky as the only states to date to achieve federal CMS approval.

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