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News on transforming care for older adults

    June23 rd

    Read the latest brief from ATI Advisory and Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) outlining their top three recommendations to Congress for advancing Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI) in Medicare Advantage.

    Access the full report, watch the related briefing, and review the data brief detailing the growth in nonmedical benefits.

    UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program shares the experiences of older adults living in community. The latest took a reporter across the globe to learn about the increasing popularity of social prescriptions for treating loneliness and isolation.

    Our 2022 Innovation Award will recognize an organization that has demonstrated innovation in implementing a local Master Plan for Aging (MPA).

    The award will highlight how a California city or county is using the MPA Local Playbook and how local leaders are building upon existing efforts with age-friendly models and initiatives. Learn more and apply by July 12!

    June15 th

    On June 19, 1865 — two-and-a-half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the Civil War ended — federal troops were deployed to Galveston, Texas, to free 250,000 Black Americans. Last year Congress designated June 19 — Juneteenth — a federal holiday commemorating the emancipation of all enslaved Black Americans.

    The SCAN Foundation looks forward to observing this upcoming day of reflection. We are committed to advancing a coordinated and easily navigated system of quality services for all older adults that preserve dignity and independence, with a particular emphasis on communities that have been historically underserved and underrepresented. We celebrate the special significance of Juneteenth for Black Americans and seek to elevate the voices and experiences of older Black adults and their caregivers to inform our organization’s efforts, establish important dialogue, and create systems change.

    When we acknowledge and learn from the past and consistently honor individuals whose lived experiences are vital for informing a more just future, we create opportunities for person-centered, equitable, and community-focused care to flourish.

    May we all continue to uplift each other’s voices to create an inclusive society for generations to come.

    In the latest Forefront article, TSF President and CEO Sarita A. Mohanty and The John A. Hartford Foundation President Terry Fulmer share how person-driven outcome measures benefits patients and likely helps address a multitude of pressing health care issues.

    Visit the Better Care Playbook, an easy-to-navigate online resource center that can help you translate research into action. The Playbook provides evidence for improving complex care programs, examples from the field, webinars on implementing innovations, and practical resources for implementation.

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    June8 th

    A Master Plan for Aging (MPA) lays out a roadmap to help states transform the infrastructure and coordination of services for their aging populations and people with disabilities. A new tool from the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) outlines tenets essential to successful MPA development and shares examples of best practices. Learn about the unexpected benefits of an MPA and how to get started.

    Approximately 403,000 California Medicare beneficiaries were served by accountable care organizations (ACOs) in 2020, with nearly 16 percent dually eligible for Medicare and Medi-Cal. A new fact sheet from CHCS published in partnership with the Department of Health Care Services Office of Medicare Innovation and Integration provides a foundational understanding of the state’s Medicare ACO structure and who it serves. Learn more about California’s Medicare population.

    June2 nd

    Our 2022 Innovation Award will recognize an organization that has demonstrated innovative models of local Master Plan for Aging (MPA) implementation.

    We aim to highlight and celebrate how California cities and/or counties are using the MPA Local Playbook, and how local leaders are engaged in and building upon existing efforts with age-friendly models and initiatives unique to the applicant’s local area.

    Learn more and apply by July 12!

    The theme of our Innovation Award changes annually. Watch videos about past awardees: Covia, a Front Porch Partner in 2021; DayBreak Adult Care Centers in 2020; and the Berkeley Age-Friendly Continuum in 2019.

    May25 th

    As nonmedical supplemental benefits in Medicare Advantage (MA) become more widely available, now is an important time to reflect on whether we are meeting the promise of the CHRONIC Care Act. Watch the recording of a recent briefing and remarks from Senator Warren.

    Read a related report outlining policy recommendations for Congress to advance the Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill in MA plans.

    Read a new blog from Integrated Healthcare Association and Purchaser Business Group on Health that evaluates the relationship of payment to provider organization performance on person-centered care measures.

    The quality of person-centered care that an older adult receives is heavily dependent upon race, insurance, and income level. A recent report explores ways to increase the availability of person-centered care.

    May18 th

    A new report from Long-Term Quality Alliance and ATI Advisory outlines policy recommendations for Congress to advance the Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI) in Medicare Advantage (MA). Based on early research tracking the initial implementation and progress of these benefits, recommendations include modifying SSBCI eligibility criteria, incentivizing plans to report SSBCI utilization, and carefully evaluating efforts.

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    Aging successfully, safely, and happily requires a range of support services. A recent brief from the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution highlights policy opportunities that bridge efforts between housing and community-based service organizations. A second brief reimagines how the nursing home quality rating system could better define and capture the lived experiences of institutionalized residents.

    Related, the Better Care Playbook offers evidence and implementation resources at the intersection of housing, health, and social needs.

    High costs and an aging population are driving the U.S. health care system to innovate. Watch a recent webinar where our President and CEO Sarita A. Mohanty joined a panel of experts to discuss value-based care and reshaping how the nation delivers health care.

    A related Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging report identifies ways technology can support health- and home-care solutions.

    May11 th

    Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) across the nation provide services addressing health care and social needs to support older adults living in the community. A Better Care Playbook blog outlines strategies that AAAs use to create and maintain successful partnerships with health care organizations.

    A Better Care Playbook article highlights research from the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) exploring the experiences of Black patients during serious illness. The work identifies disparities in symptoms management and communications, preferences for hospital and life sustaining treatment, and recommendations for reducing suffering and enhancing equity in America.

    Addressing social needs can improve health outcomes and facilitate better use of health care services. Read recent issue briefs from the Institute for Accountable Care identifying key considerations for accountable care organizations (ACOs) to help people access social service resources by using needs assessments and developing partnerships with community-based organizations.

    May4 th

    Join Long-Term Quality Alliance and ATI Advisory on May 17 for a virtual briefing on the future of nonmedical supplemental benefits in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. Featuring new policy recommendations for Congress, this briefing will serve as an important public gathering of influential stakeholders from within long-term care. Register for the event!

    Despite making up more than half of consumer spending in the United States, older adults are yet to be accurately reflected in the media, products, and services that target them. A recent campaign and videos from Alive Ventures highlighted areas of opportunity for investment and innovation and the value of tapping into the market of building for older consumers.

    April28 th

    According to the latest Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research (AP-NORC) survey, some segments of the older population – especially those who live in rural areas and who are Black or Hispanic – have more concerns about the availability and access to services that support aging in their local community. See the related Associated Press article.

    Bar graph depicting percentages of older Black and Hispanic adults who see critical services as lacking where they live

    A new report from the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging identifies technological opportunities to advance health and home care solutions.

    In a recent blog, we teamed with Milbank Memorial Fund to discuss how states can overcome challenges and make the most of American Rescue Plan Act funding for home- and community-based services (HCBS).


    April13 th

    The latest Center for Health Care Strategies brief highlights how a Master Plan for Aging (MPA) can help states plan for the future, be responsive in a crisis, and embrace new funding and policy opportunities. Learn how to get started.

    The Aging and Disability Business Institute developed an Evidence Bank to help community-based organizations (CBOs) highlight their value as contracting partners to health care entities.

    How we talk about complex care is not consistent across sectors. The messaging guide developed by The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs and the Center for Health Care Strategies aims to further the field. Watch the recent webinar.