Mathematica Policy Research Releases Money Follows the Person Demonstration Program Annual Report for 2015
Mathematica Policy Research (MPR) recently released its 2015 Annual Evaluation Report for CMS’s national Money Follows the Person (MFP) rebalancing demonstration program. The MFP demonstration program is a grant offered by CMS that provides support to transition beneficiaries from institutional settings to community-based settings. It offers program beneficiaries a comprehensive suite of long-term services and supports (LTSS) that a beneficiary may require to live successfully in the community and to adjust to community life. LTSS may include supported employment services and other services someone may require to prepare for and/or engage in employment. The program also funds a rebalancing effort in the states to shift funding for long-term services and supports from institutional to community-based settings. The Annual Evaluation Report describes the changes that have been made to the demonstration program since transitions began in 2007 through fiscal year 2015.
MPR found that the largest number of transitions into the community were made during calendar year 2015 due to the high growth rate of the program. The transitions generated health care cost savings of $204 to $978 million because it was less expensive to serve beneficiaries in the community than in institutions. MPR also found that the quality of life of the beneficiaries who transitioned increased. Most beneficiaries noted that they were much happier with where they lived. Most also reported that unmet care needs had actually decreased since leaving the institution.
For more information, read the 2015 Annual Evaluation Report.