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Get inspired by community-based organizations (CBOs) who have innovated their way to success in health care collaborations! Learn best practices, uncover new approaches to problems, and get energized by all the exciting partnerships happening across the country.

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Serving Veterans through Collaboration A Veteran-Directed Home & Community-Based Services Program

This Aging and Disability Business Institute Success Story provides an overview of the structure and history of the partnership, discusses the nuts and bolts of the operations and the role of each partner, and describes lessons learned. The insights provided demonstrate how AAAs and CILs can partner to provide VD-HCBS. Read the Success Story to …

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Colorado Springs: The Independence Center’s Veteran in Charge Program

Innovation in integrated care is happening everywhere. From hospitals to health plans, doctors’ offices to outpatient clinics, traditional health care players are increasingly partnering with community-based organizations (CBOs) to deliver critical services that keep people living independently and with dignity in their homes and communities for as long as possible. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) …

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Innovative Thinking that Successfully Meets Payers Needs

This Aging and Disability Business Institute resource features the multi-payer approach to health care contracting implemented by Partners in Care Foundation (Partners), a community-based organization (CBO) located in San Fernando, CA. Partners were successful in securing contracts with Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), but the program was at risk of failing as there was no existing …

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Caring, Cost-Saving and Credibility in the Commonwealth

Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries living in the Commonwealth of Virginia are receiving extraordinary (and convenient) care through a partnership model that has served thousands since its inception two years ago. This Aging Today article, highlights  the VAAACares (Virginia Area Agencies on Aging—Caring for the Commonwealth) program, which  provides comprehensive care coordination, care transitions and many other services …

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The Power of Three: Collaboration Can Help Stroke Survivors Return to Independence

Although stroke related deaths has decreased substantially in the last few decades, research suggest that acute ischemic stroke hospitalizations rates have increased, as well as stroke risk factors and the prevalence of people who have three to four risk factors. Three agencies in Colorado- the Colorado Visiting Nurse Association (CVNA), Easter seals Colorado and Project …

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Local CBO Learns to Balance its Mission with Business Acumen

The San Francisco Institute on Aging (IOA) began  in 1985 as a nonprofit providing multiple services to older adults, and is best known for its Friendship Line, a volunteer-staffed suicide prevention hotline serving older adults.  With federal funding for discretionary programs on the decline, IOA has pursued additional opportunities in demonstrating the value of these …

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A Right-Minded Partnership Focuses on Healing in Community

This Aging and Disability Business Institute article highlights the enduring relationship between Senior’s Resource Center (SRC) and the Lutheran Medical Center. These Denver, Colo. based centers initiated a pilot partnership that sought out to help older adults suffering from chronic heart failure, avoid hospital readmissions, and to transition successfully back to their communities. The pilot …

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Post-Hospital Respite Program Gives Frail Homeless Elders a Safe Place to Recover

This Aging and Disability Business Institute article features the inspiring story of Bay Area Community Services (BACS), a community-based organization (CBO) in Oakland, California that is leveraging its business acumen training to partner with a large health care system to provide critical post-hospital supports and services to homeless individuals, a particularly complex and difficult-to-engage patient …

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University Group Fosters Integrated Care Collaborations in New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability (IOD) was invited by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and the Administration on Community Living  to join the Trailblazer Learning Collaborative because of its designation as a University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service (UCEDD). Laura Davie, director, and Melissa …

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Ability360: Fostering Growth, While Preserving a Service Culture of Dignity and Respect

For over 30 years, Ability360, Arizona’s largest independent living center, based out of Phoenix, has offered and promoted programs designed to empower people with disabilities to take personal responsibility so that they may achieve or continue independent lifestyles within the community. Over the years, Ability360 has been proactive about strategically positioning itself to pursue, and ultimately …

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