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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Ensuring Health Systems Become Age-Friendly

  An exciting, long-overdue and much needed movement is underway to close current gaps and failures in health care for older adults so that it better meets our needs as we age. The Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative, conceptualized in 2015 and launched in 2017, has sparked innovation and improvement across the country and presents a …

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Minnesota/South Dakota Veteran Directed Home and Community Based Services Program – A long standing partnership

  In this new era of value-based care, which places an increasing emphasis on person-centered service delivery and interdisciplinary care teams, community-based organizations (CBOs) in the Aging and Disability Networks can come together to leverage strengths and serve as strong partners to health care entities’ integrated care programs. An example of this kind of synergy …

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