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News on transforming care for older adults


    August18 th

    The Center for Health Care Strategies is seeking states to participate in the Medicare Academy: Capacity-Building for Advancing Medicare-Medicaid Integration. The 10-month training program is designed to help Medicaid staff build the Medicare knowledge needed to successfully advance integration efforts. Applications are due September 9.

    It’s a summer of growth for The SCAN Foundation. We are privileged to announce two recent Foundation hires.

    Senior Policy Analyst Michelle Matter, EdD, MBA, MAG, brings more than 20 years of experience in state government, higher education, and the nonprofit aging sector. She looks forward to digging into TSF priorities and was most recently chosen as an ASA RISE Fellow, which seeks to create a diverse leadership pool that improves policies and programs at the local, state, and national levels.

    In her 19 years providing high-quality C-suite level support, Senior Executive Assistant Kenya Metoyer has achieved project goals through superior planning and problem-solving. Kenya has worked in various industries, including advertising, health care, gaming, and financial services. She looks forward to assisting TSF’s Executive Leadership Team.

     

    The California Advocacy Network is a statewide movement involving nearly 1,000 organizations who serve more than 95 percent of California’s population. We’ve updated the profiles for each Regional Coalition to reflect their efforts to advance health care and supportive services, as well as support the Master Plan for Aging at the community level.

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    We partner with UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program to build awareness on aging and elevate how a variety of issues affect the lives of older adults. A recent Inside Climate News feature shares how a pilot program in California is helping communities with older adults prepare for wildfires and other climate disasters by training in-home caregivers.

    The Better Care Playbook offers insight on programs and case manager supports for adults who want to age in place. Learn how organizations are implementing innovative complex care initiatives, improving care coordination through patient navigation, and defining successful case management.

    July20 th

    Last week, Anika S. Heavener joined TSF as our first Vice President of Innovation and Investments. Most recently, Anika was a Vice President at Homethrive, where she helped the start-up reach over $40 million in total funding to support caregivers and their loved ones with the journey of aging in place. Anika will apply her extensive experience in both venture and operations to grow the Foundation’s innovation and mission-oriented investing.

    Join us in Sacramento on September 20 for a day of activities, including conversations with national and state leaders in aging and disability, presentations by the Master Plan for Aging (MPA) stakeholder committees, and interactive discussions about MPA priorities for future years.

    A Health Affairs article highlights how person-centered care can help achieve the triple aim of high-quality, cost-effective care that improves health outcomes. Learn more about solutions to advance person-centered care and improve health equity.

    Also, join us tomorrow for a webinar to find out why person-centered care matters.

    July13 th

    The Master Plan for Aging (MPA) Learning Collaborative facilitated by Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is a multistate learning community set out to help states advance their MPAs. The learning collaborative is supporting 10 states: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Vermont. Learn what is essential to a successful MPA, the unexpected benefits, and how to get started.

    Hear about the experience and impact of complex care directly from individuals, providers, and payers in videos developed by The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs and Center for Health Care Strategies. Also, learn how to talk about complex care through a related messaging guide and recorded webinar.

    July7 th

    Few Americans say their lives have returned to what they were pre-pandemic, according to the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research (AP-NORC). Groups that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic – such as Black and Hispanic Americans – express more reservations about returning to public life and cite the availability of effective COVID-19 treatments as essential for doing so.

    “It’s critical to consider the needs of Hispanic and Black American communities beyond masking and testing, but also through the continuation of pandemic-era services like telehealth, curbside pickup, and virtual options for social activities that help those concerned about the virus to still engage with public life,” said Dr. Sarita A. Mohanty, president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation.

    See the related Associated Press article.

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

    Calling all California local leaders: How are you using the MPA Local Playbook and building upon existing efforts with age-friendly models and initiatives? Apply by Tuesday, July 12!

    June30 th

    Together Medicare and Medicaid have the potential to enhance the care experience, improve outcomes, and reduce costs. The Center for Health Care Strategies’ resource center can help states grow their knowledge base for advancing Medicare-Medicaid integration.

    Better Care Playbook offerings provide information on community-based care. Learn how to optimize the Medicare home health benefit, and impact health care utilization and costs through community-based care management.

    Our TSF 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!

     

    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.