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IL-NET Presents… A National Webinar: Fueling Business Acumen – How CILs are Securing Contracts with Health Plans and Payers

Many CILs are seeking to expand their services by contracting and partnering with health plans, managed care organizations, and other payers. But how do you build these relationships, and why are these contracts important to meeting the needs of the disability community? Join us for a panel discussion with CILs who are leading the way in working with health plans and payers to learn more about how they got to “the table”, what services are of interest to health plans and payers, and about the growth and financial support their CILs have experienced through contracting with health plans and payers.

Registration Fee: This event is free-of-charge.

Target Audience

  • Staff and Board of Centers for Independent Living interested in obtaining or expanding contracts with health plans, managed care organizations, and other health payers.  

What You Will Learn

  • Benefits to CILs in working with health plans and health payers
  • The linkage between core services (as well as other CIL services) and services purchased by health plans and payers
  • Methods used by CILs to secure contracts with health plans and payers

Your Presenters

Bill Henning is director of the Boston Center for Independent Living, which has been providing contracted coordination for long term services and support for over 500 consumers/year enrolled in an MCO since 2013. BCIL also recently terminated another coordination arrangement with MCOs because service provision to consumers was being bureaucratically suffocated. The organization also engages in intensive advocacy, as needed, to ensure consumer voice and community-based LTSS in the state’s MCO plans.

Richard Petty, M.B.A., is Co-Director of ILRU and Director of the National Center for Aging and Disability (NCAD) at TIRR Memorial Hermann. In addition to directing independent living and technical assistance programs at ILRU for twenty years, he leads training and technical assistance activities for disability-oriented community organizations with the Aging and Disability Business Institute with ILRU’s partners.

Audrey Schremmer is Executive Director of Three Rivers, Inc. (3Rivers). 3Rivers achieved their goal of funding diversification using contracts with Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) as an important revenue stream. Ms. Schremmer has worked closely with current and prior MCOs to develop contracts to provide mission-based services to Kansans with disabilities.

Patricia Yeager is the CEO of The Independence Center, a 30+ year old organization serving the Pikes Peak area. The Independence Center operates a $12 million skilled and nonskilled home health agency and a pilot hospital-to-home program helping people with disabilities transition home after an acute hospital episode, rather than to the nursing home.

The IL-NET is a national training and technical assistance center for centers for independent living and statewide independent living councils. The IL-NET is operated by Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU). ILRU arranges some training activities through the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), for peer-to-peer mentoring and youth mentoring program support through the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), and for online courses and document development through Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities. 

The IL-NET is supported by grant numbers 90ILTA0001 and 90ISTA0001 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.