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News on transforming care for older adults


    July28 th

    The latest Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research (AP-NORC) poll shows Americans generally think their communities offer the services needed to age at home. Yet, people of color and people with lower incomes are less likely to report their area does a good job providing health care, transportation, and in-home supports, among other services.

    “Americans want to age at home, but not all populations have the ability to do so—particularly communities of color and those of lower socioeconomic status,” said Dr. Sarita A. Mohanty, President & CEO of The SCAN Foundation. “Through the thoughtful use of the American Rescue Plan funds, states and localities can make a huge difference by creating more equitable access to key community services that make living well and safely at home a reality.”

    Read the related Associated Press coverage.

    AARP Public Policy Institute shares how some states are addressing the needs of older adults and people with disabilities by linking affordable housing to long-term services and supports (LTSS).

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    The Aging and Disability Business Institute (ADBI) seeks to better understand how community-based organizations are working within the evolving health care market and adapting to new contracting opportunities to meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities. Complete the survey by August 4.
    (If you received a link directly from ADBI, please use that link to complete the survey.)
    July14 th

    Person-driven outcome (PDO) measures assess the quality of care based on what matters most to individuals. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is building PDO measures into their programs for health care entities and states to consider using in order to drive quality and accountability. Learn more.

    • Watch a recent webinar highlighting how states can apply enhanced home-and community-based services funding to quality improvement activities, including PDO.
    • Register for the PDO briefing on July 21.
    • As part of the NCQA Quality Innovation Series, join health care professionals for the PDO course on August 4.

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    A Generations Today article explains how Medicare Advantage plans are using special supplemental benefits to offer home- and community-based services, address social determinants of health, and improve the lives of their members.

    July8 th

    TSF President & CEO Sarita Mohanty was appointed to the Implementing the MPA in California Together (IMPACT) Stakeholder Committee. This group will advise the state on Master Plan for Aging accountability, outcomes, and continuous improvement. Attend the first public meeting July 14.

    Quote from Sarita Mohanty regarding being appointed to committee

     

    The TSF 2021 Innovation Award recognizes organizations that embrace the principles of human-centered design to improve the lives of older adults in California. Learn more and apply today!

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    The Aging and Disability Business Institute (ADBI) seeks to better understand how community-based organizations are working within the evolving health care market and adapting to new contracting opportunities to meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities. Complete the survey by August 4.

    (If you received a link directly from ADBI, please use that link to complete the survey.)

    June30 th

    New research from the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation shares Medicare-Medicaid beneficiary perspectives on integrated care and offers recommendations to improve enrollment.

    A Better Care Playbook blog highlights how older adults and people with disabilities who are homebound have lower rates of COVID-19 vaccine than the general population. Learn about steps being taken to consider the needs of homebound individuals and increase vaccination rates.

    June23 rd

    The TSF 2021 Innovation Award seeks to recognize organizations that engage older adults in developing and crafting products and services for older Californians. Learn more and apply by July 15!

    June15 th

    Read a new Bipartisan Policy Center brief identifying key challenges and opportunities to expanding Medicare and Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS), as well as policy options for congressional consideration.

    Review highlights from the recent Forbes Health in Action event. Our president & CEO discussed person-centered care and health care transformation in a post-pandemic world.

     

    June2 nd

    Join our president & CEO at two national events highlighting key issues in transforming care for older adults:

    • June 8 at Forbes Health in Action: Dr. Mohanty and a panel of experts will discuss challenges in reaching older adults and other vulnerable populations during the pandemic.
    • June 9 at the National Health Equity Summit: Dr. Mohanty will moderate a panel on eradicating ageism as a critical component of advancing health equity.

    The California Collaborative for Long Term Services and Supports (CCLTSS) and Regional Coalitions advocate to transform care for older adults and people with disabilities, including support for the Master Plan for Aging.

    Watch a recent National Conference of State Legislatures webinar where states share strategies for reducing long-term services and supports (LTSS) costs while providing quality care. A related report highlights the LTSS State Scorecard and long-term LTSS solutions.

    May25 th

    The TSF 2021 Innovation Award recognizes organizations that embrace the principles of human-centered design to improve the lives of older adults in California. These could include a range of contributions, such as:

    • Research with older adults to better understand their needs, wants, and preferences;
    • Ideation and iteration with older adults in product, program, or service design

    Learn more about the 2021 Innovation Award and apply today!

    Read a new brief by Health Management Associates, co-funded with The Commonwealth Fund, which tracks Medicare regulatory flexibilities created during COVID-19. It provides a useful framework for policymakers to consider which temporary flexibilities should become permanent.

     

    Join us at Forbes Health in Action on June 8 to hear about challenges on reaching vulnerable populations during the pandemic, and its unique impact on older Americans.

    Panelists:

    • Sarita Mohanty, The SCAN Foundation
    • John Kao, Alignment Healthcare
    • Bruce Japsen, Forbes

    Join us on June 9 at the National Health Equity Summit where a distinguished panel will address eradicating ageism as a critical component of advancing health equity.

    Panelists:

    • Sarita Mohanty, The SCAN Foundation (Moderator)
    • Ken Dychtwald, Age Wave
    • Nathaniel Kendall-Taylor, FrameWorks Institute
    • Phyllis Meadows, Kresge Foundation
    • Terry Fulmer, The John A. Hartford Foundation
    May12 th

    Read recent articles highlighting thoughts from our new President and CEO, Dr. Sarita Mohanty, and TSF grantee work:

    Register for the Better Care Playbook webinar on May 17 featuring promising strategies for identifying unique subpopulations with complex health and social needs to better tailor health care interventions.

    Register Here

    A new Health Affairs blog explores how a personalized, interdisciplinary approach to home-based primary care can improve health outcomes for people with complex needs during the pandemic and beyond.

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    California leads the way with a Master Plan for Aging, and other states are considering the opportunity. A key element of a successful Master Plan is committed leadership from elected officials. Learn more about Master Plan activities in California and other states:

    • Read a new report from National Conference of State Legislatures highlighting policy approaches for meeting the needs of an aging population, including a Master Plan.
    • Watch a briefing on a recent California poll where voters called for state leaders to invest in equity and the Master Plan.

    May3 rd

    This spring, J. Wallin Opinion Research surveyed 1,000 likely voters across California to gauge support of the Master Plan for Aging. Findings showed that voters want elected officials and state leaders to invest in the Master Plan for Aging, with a focus on equity and those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

    Learn more about the survey and share key findings:

    A new poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research (AP-NORC) shows strong public support for government policies to help people age in their own homes and communities. Given the choice, most Americans want to receive care and support at home as they grow older.