Ohio AAA Reveals Lessons Learned From Decades of Managed Care

Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities, a private, nonprofit Area Agency on Aging (AAA) serving northeastern Ohio, is a vanguard organization in the movement amongst CBOs to partner with the health care sector to improve the care and quality of life for older adults and individuals with disabilities, and save the system …

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Oklahoma Collaborators Point to Strategic Positioning

    Synergies and collaborations between disability and aging services providers are a natural fit in an integrated health care landscape. Both fields are committed to providing support that keeps people safe and comfortable in their homes and communities for as long as possible. Both are facing an increasingly constrained funding environment that has forced …

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GWEPs & Community-Based Programs: Improving the Quality of Care for Older Adults

One of my passions is finding new ways to develop a health care workforce that is better prepared to care for older adults.  That is why I was delighted to be part of the session at the recent American Society on Aging (ASA) Conference  that focused on the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program and Area Agencies …

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Addressing CBO Technology Challenges: Using HITECH Act Matching Funds to Facilitate Communication across Medical and Non-medical Medicaid Providers

THIS EVENT HAS PASSED. TO VIEW MATERIALS FROM THIS WEBINAR, CLICK HERE  In the brave new world of integrated medical and social services, one of the biggest obstacles to creating successful partnerships remains the difficulty many community-based organizations (CBOs) face in financing, building, and maintaining an interoperable IT system that can capture, analyze, and exchange …

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Getting the Contract: Reimbursement for Evidence-based Programs

*Jennifer Raymond is the Director of the Massachusetts Healthy Living Center of Excellence, which is a partnership between Hebrew SeniorLife, an academic affiliate of Harvard Medical School and Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, an Area Agency on Aging in Northeast Massachusetts. As the availability of grant funding for community-based social services continues to diminish, innovative …

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Culture Change in Aging and Disability CBOs

Deer looking back symbolizing culture change

 -By Rosanne DiStefano   As a leader in the aging and disability networks, you can often see where you need to take your organization to be better prepared to work with health care partners and other new payers. But getting folks on board with your vision may be challenging.  We all resist change for any …

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Virginia Finds Better Ways to Transition Patients from the Hospital to Their Homes

urse and elderly man spending time together in the home

*This blog is cross-posted on America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) blog HERE.  As part of its outreach to and collaboration with the health care community, the Aging and Disability Business Institute worked with AHIP to develop this blog and create a conference session on the Virginia AAA partnership described below for AHIP’s Conference on Dual …

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Build on Your “Wins”: The Eastern Virginia Care Transitions Partnership & VAAACares. Bringing Value to Health Care in Virginia

Image of an older white woman in a wheelchair being assisted in her home by 2 middle-aged white women health care workers.

Recent federal and state initiatives have sought to reduce unnecessary readmissions to hospitals and focus on the frequent transitions of care between care settings that patients experience – especially older patients and those with multiple chronic conditions.  There is growing recognition that most root causes of readmission are due to social needs, not clinical needs. …

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ADRC Agility: FREED Center for Independent Living and the Sacramento, CA Area Agency on Aging

image of the side-by-side logos of the FREED Center for Independent Living and the Area Aging on Aging in Sacramento, California. The FREED logo is a graphic of a blue bird flying over green evergreen trees.

The healthcare system in the United States is in a state of transition, as innovations and policy shifts disrupt longstanding practices and move health care providers toward shared accountability for health outcomes and value. New payment structures are spreading financial risk more widely, for example, by introducing new forms of capitation and incentive payments for …

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Bridging Disability and Aging to Maximize Capacity: The Oklahoma Aging and Disability Alliance, LLC

Synergies and collaborations between disability and aging services providers are a natural fit in an integrated health care landscape. Both fields are committed to providing support that keeps older people and those with disabilities safe and comfortable in their homes and communities for as long as possible, and both are facing an increasingly constrained funding …

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