The Buzz

News on transforming care for older adults


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Today, we’re debuting a brand new www.TheSCANFoundation.org and e-blast platform titled The Buzz!

As part of our Cal MediConnect evaluation, the latest University of California slide deck unpacks the effects of home- and community-based services (HCBS) for California dual eligibles.

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Just in time for Medicare’s open enrollment, My Care, My Choice resources are now available in Traditional and Simplified Chinese, along with English and Spanish. See how it can help Californians with Medicare and Medi-Cal better understand their care choices!

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A new My Care, My Choice Comparison Chart unpacks the basics of California’s health care coverage choices for dual eligibles.

Watch a video series on Mi Salud, Mi Decisión, the Spanish version of My Care, My Choice. Univision ambassadors helped more than 500 people get their results.

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Read Dr. Chernof’s latest Perspectives, which reflects on the recently held 2019 Master Plan for Aging Forum. Watch a recording of the event.

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Improving health means addressing upstream social factors, like access to stable housing. Read the latest report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).

Integrating social care into the delivery of health care

September18 th

Californians with Medicare and Medi-Cal have many choices to get the health coverage they need, but it varies by county. This policy brief outlines available choices across the state, and describes the My Care, My Choice web resource.

Unable to watch Monday’s livestream on TSF’s California Master Plan for Aging Forum: Designing a System Built Around People and Partnerships? Read about the day’s events, and join our state’s discussion.

The City of Berkeley is the winner of TSF’s 2019 Innovation Award. Partnering with the Milken Institute this year, the Innovation Award recognizes Berkeley as a leading California city that is preparing for its older adult population.

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On September 16, TSF is hosting the invitation-only California Master Plan for Aging Forum: Designing a System Built Around People and Partnerships. Register now to watch Monday’s livestream starting at 9:30 am PT.

The latest AgingToday article discusses California’s Master Plan for Aging, and why putting the Golden State’s population front and center is so important. Get the latest #MasterPlanForAging news.

New findings, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and supported by the Six Foundations, explore mechanisms and motivations used by high-performing accountable care organizations (ACOs) to improve complex care.

August21 st

What are special needs plans (SNPs)? Who do they help? A new primer on the Better Care Playbook explores the three different types of SNPs and the populations each serve.

Learn about 3 types of special needs plans

August15 th

California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly, announced the Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee, of which Dr. Chernof and TSF Board Chair Jennie Chin Hansen have been appointed. The committee will advise a Cabinet Workgroup on Aging as it develops the Master Plan, slated for completion by October 1, 2020.

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August7 th

Help us showcase TSF initiatives at South by Southwest (SXSW) next March. Here’s how!

First, join the SXSW voting panel. Then vote on our two panels below by clicking the “Vote Up” button on each webpage.

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This summer, MemoryWell reporting unpacked “daughterhood circles” for family caregivers and the proportion of millennial caregivers from Hispanic families.

As part of Do YOU give a care?, learn how one millennial caregiver gives a care.

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August1 st

A vast majority of Californians back Governor Newsom’s Executive Order calling for a Master Plan for Aging (Master Plan), according to a new voter poll from We Stand With Seniors.

Seven of 10 voters – nearly half of whom have caregiving experience – want the state to be held accountable for the Master Plan’s investment and implementation. Findings were shared at a Sacramento briefing this morning. See the related infographic.

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In a recent Perspectives, Dr. Chernof discussed the importance of designing a Master Plan that reflects what matters most to Californians. Also, read our Master Plan related policy briefs:

Aging - It's all of us

July25 th

Millions of older adults have chronic conditions and daily living needs. Starting in 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services allows Medicare Advantage (MA) health plans unprecedented flexibility to offer special supplemental benefits for chronically ill (SSBCI) enrollees.

Anne Tumlinson Innovations and the Long-Term Quality Alliance, with funding from TSF, gathered 30 industry leaders to develop guiding principles on how these benefits can best meet consumer needs and be sustainable.

Turning point in medicare policy

Today, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released a report with recommendations on ways to expand supplemental benefits in Medicare, such as home-delivered meals, for those with complex care needs. Check out the Associated Press article.

A recent analysis outlines opportunities to serve complex care populations in Medicare Advantage plans. Also, see our 2018 policy brief on how the CHRONIC Care Act is a key step toward advancing person-centered care.

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Read a Better Care Playbook blog post from Anne Tumlinson on the importance for health plans to cover non-medical services and coordinate resources to help individuals and families manage their care.

A new shift, focusing on non-medical needs for the whole person

Join We Stand With Seniors for a lunch briefing and panel on August 1. Findings will be presented from a new survey that unpacks voters’ priorities and perspectives on the state’s Master Plan for Aging efforts.

State Treasurer Fiona Ma shared her perspective in a recent op-ed.

On June 27, the governor signed California’s 2019-20 budget. Read our fact sheet on the budget’s impact on older adults and people with disabilities. Also, check out our resource on Governor Newsom’s Executive Order on the Master Plan for Aging.