Kevin J. Mahoney

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Consumer-directed long-term care service programs give participants the flexibility they want, while reducing unmet need for home and community-based services and supports. States' efforts to expand such programs under Medicaid, including those supported by federal Cash and Counseling demonstration and evaluation grants, are often hindered by challenges(More)
In Pennsylvania on February 16, 2006, a New York City resident collapsed with rigors and was hospitalized. On February 21, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene were notified that Bacillus anthracis had been identified in the patient's blood. Although the patient's history of working(More)
This paper addresses four family policy questions that policy makers often ask about consumer-directed services, examining issues such as quality, suitability, and fraud and abuse. Responses to these questions evolved from the experiences of diverse elder consumers and their caregivers who participated in IndependentChoices, the Arkansas site of the Cash(More)
Polysplenia syndrome includes malrotation and various forms of heterotaxy. Associated with this and malrotation are extrahepatic biliary anomalies. Actual obstruction, other than in associated biliary atresia, is extremely rare, and rarer still in older children. An 11-year-old girl presented with obstructive jaundice, malrotation, and heterotaxy, which(More)
PURPOSE Previous research from the Cash and Counseling Demonstration and Evaluation (CCDE) in Arkansas, New Jersey, and Florida suggests that giving consumers control over their personal care greatly increases their satisfaction and improves their outlook on life. Still, some argue that consumer-directed care may not be appropriate for consumers with(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess Medicaid consumers' interest in a consumer-directed cash option for personal care and other services, in lieu of agency-delivered services. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING Telephone survey data were collected from four states from April to November 1997. Postsurvey focus groups were conducted in four states in 1998. Early implementation(More)
OBJECTIVE The Cash and Counseling Demonstration and Evaluation (CCDE) was designed as an experiment in shifting the paradigm in home and community-based long-term care from a professional/bureaucratic model of service delivery to one emphasizing consumer choice and control. The experimental intervention was an individualized budget offered in lieu of(More)
After a decade of changes in federal law, regulation, and policy designed to promote the growth of publicly funded participant-directed long-term services and supports (PD-LTSS) programs, the number of these programs has grown considerably. The National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) at Boston College started developing an(More)
OBJECTIVE Previous research from the Cash and Counseling Demonstration and Evaluation (CCDE) programs in New Jersey, Arkansas, and Florida suggests that consumers' control over personal care greatly improves their satisfaction with care arrangements and their outlook on life. Still, some argue that consumer-directed care may not be appropriate for consumers(More)