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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Building Partnerships with Primary Care to Become a Hub for Service Delivery for Older Adults in Our Community

This blog entry describes a care model that community-based organizations (CBOs) working as part of the Aging Network can implement when partnering with local primary care providers.   The last decade has seen health systems move toward payment reforms that incentivize outcomes. There has also been a substantial growth in Medicaid managed care across the …

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Medicare Advantage Policy Spotlight

Two new policy actions open the door for partnerships between Medicare Advantage (MA) plans and community-based organizations (CBOs). These changes, which expand the flexibility of MA plans to target supplementary benefits to beneficiaries, are detailed in the Business Institute’s new Policy Spotlight. The Policy Spotlight summarizes the new opportunities for CBOs made possible by the …

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National Academy of Medicine Explores Integration of Social and Health Services

The National Academy of Medicine’s (NAM) Care Culture and Decision-Making Innovation Collaborative (CCDmIC) recently brought together leading experts to discuss an issue that is rapidly gaining traction as a powerful new direction in American health care: the integration of clinical and social services to meet the goals and needs of individuals coping with complex care …

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Returns Worth the Investment

Most of us spend our time, money and other resources on “things” that we find worthwhile. Whether those “things” are material purchases or experiences, we desire a return on our investment. A return-on-investment, or ROI, can come in a numeric or monetary return (Net Profit / Total Investment X 100), which is sometimes referred to …

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