Build vs. Buy: Addressing Health Care Questions in Your Value Proposition

Over the last several years there has been a drive toward the integration of health care and social services, including long-term services and supports, to better meet the holistic needs of older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. This integration has been catalyzed by new payment models and health care delivery system reforms …

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Changes to Medicare Advantage Reinforce the Role of CBOs in Supplemental Benefits

A final rule published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) earlier this year has implications for aging and disability community-based organizations (CBOs) seeking and engaging in contract work with Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. The new rule aligns existing regulation with a series of changes made under the CHRONIC Care Act that expanded …

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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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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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2020 Final Call Letter Offers Guidance and Structure for Medicare Advantage Supplemental Benefits

Recent policy changes indicate a growing recognition that factors called the social determinants of health (SDOH) can play a significant role in an individual’s health and well-being—a fact that community-based aging and disability organizations (CBOs) have long known. The SDOH include access to transportation, healthy food and accessible housing. Research shows that simple, low-cost services …

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What Can a CBO Do to Enhance a Hospital’s Performance?

We all know that cross-sector partnerships are an effective strategy for addressing social determinants of health and improving the health and well-being of older adults and people with disabilities. They can also improve operational and financial performance for hospitals and health systems. These partnerships create new opportunities, but only if CBOs position themselves as offering …

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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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Aging and Disability Business Institute Selects Participants for Health Information Technology Learning Collaborative

We are excited to announce that we have selected ten community-based organizations and networks that will take part in a Health Information Technology Learning Collaborative (HITLC). The need for community-based organizations (CBOs) to be well-versed in technology is growing, particularly as more and more of them diversify their funding sources by developing innovative partnerships with …

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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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