Building a Foundation for Health Care and Community-Based Organizations Partnerships

In recent years, the impact of the social determinants of health on an individual’s health and well-being has moved to the forefront of attention for many in the health care sector. The Social determinants of health include the social, economic and environmental factors that take place outside of typical health care settings and include access …

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Tools to Accelerate Cross-Sector Partnership Development

Cross-sector partnerships can be a powerful way to improve health care for older adults and people living with disabilities—and they demonstrate the extraordinary potential that can result for both health care systems and hospitals. Yet, without the right tools and information, these partnerships can be difficult to build and sustain. As a part of the …

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NCOA Releases New Resource to Help You Achieve Medicare Reimbursement for Your Diabetes Self-Management Program

  The Challenge Definitions Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) Services. The term used in the 2017 National Standards for DSMES to refer to the ongoing process of supporting individuals with diabetes to increase their knowledge, skills and ability for self-care. Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP). The term used for the six-week group Diabetes Self-Management Education …

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Building Age-Friendly Health Systems

When Susan Shelton’s 99-year old father, Chet, was a patient at the Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), he received care that was tailored specifically to his needs. This unique experience is all due to AAMC’s Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative. The initiative aims to significantly improve care and quality of life for older adults through personalized, …

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New Resource Helps Centers for Independent Living Prepare for Contracting with Health Care Entities

Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and other community-based organizations (CBOs) have a prime opportunity to develop new contracts with health care providers and payers, including health plans, as these organizations seek to engage with CBOs for their expertise in improving services to and outcomes of clients. The roots that CILs have in consumer direction can …

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The Base Case: An HIT Funding Opportunity for Area Agencies on Aging

  Despite a surging population of adults age 60 and older in the United States and increasing pressure for more integrated health and social services systems, the Aging Network faces significant challenges in accessing the necessary information technology (IT) infrastructure to achieve this integration. In 2009, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health …

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Making the Case For Health- Related Services as a Key Component of Health Care

Contracting with health care organizations requires Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and other community-based organizations (CBOs) to move from service-based reporting to alignment with clinical outcomes and, ultimately, to demonstrate lower health care costs, via reduced hospital readmission rates or other measurements. Providing individuals with person-centered options counseling and assessments, and connecting people with services …

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Paving the Way Towards Sustainable Healthy Communities

Last month, the National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) Center for Healthy Aging brought together state and local agencies, community-based organizations (CBOs) and others that are implementing chronic disease self-management education (CDSME), falls prevention programs, and other evidence-based health promotion/disease prevention programs for its annual meeting in Arlington, VA. The theme for this year’s event was …

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Health Care And Community-Based Organizations Have Finally Begun Partnering To Integrate Health And Long-Term Care

This blog was originally published by Health Affairs on February 2, 2018. Community-based organizations such as area agencies on aging (AAAs) and centers for independent living (CILs) have served for decades as cost-effective, trusted, and proven resources for addressing the health-related social needs of older adults and people with disabilities, including long-term care needs. Yet, …

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NCOA’s Roadmap to Community Integrated Health Care

The National Council on Aging’s (NCOA) Center for Healthy Aging is honored to serve as a partner with n4a’s Aging & Disability Business Institute (Business Institute) and contribute the important work of assisting community-based organizations (CBOs) to successfully adapt to a changing health care environment, enhance their organizational capacity, and capitalize on emerging opportunities to diversify funding. …

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