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    September22 nd

    Read a new blog from ATI Advisory exploring how Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI) and the Value-Based Insurance Design Model provide opportunities for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to offer housing/rental support to their beneficiaries.

    Read a new report elevating the importance of learning an individual’s values, health-related social needs, and functional challenges to provide them the best tailored care. See more in the Better Care Playbook!

    September16 th

    A wide range of Americans rely on long-term care (LTC) for help with daily living. Nearly half of all adults aged 65 today will need LTC at some point in their lives. Learn about current proposals for LTC that expand access to home- and community-based services (HCBS).

    • Watch this week’s webinar addressing LTC affordability and current proposals to expand Medicaid HCBS.
    • Read a new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center on how LTC can be made more affordable for people who do not qualify for Medicaid.

    Read a new report from the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution that highlights LTC experts’ thoughts on rethinking care for older adults in light of COVID-19, and identifies key issues to address for LTC system transformation.

    September9 th

    This year’s virtual Forum, Amplifying All Voices in Aging, is a four-week series sharing people’s experiences engaging with health care and long-term services and supports (LTSS). Each week, we will hear from experts and stakeholders on a range of topics from the state of LTSS systems in California to transforming Medicare and Medicaid beyond COVID-19 for a person-centered future. View the agenda, and register today!

    Enacted on July 12, California’s 2021-22 budget addresses longstanding system challenges impacting older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers. Read our fact sheet to learn about key investments to support implementation of the Master Plan for Aging and California’s Home- and Community-Based Spending Plan.

    September1 st

    Join us with the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) on Tuesday, September 14, for a virtual discussion of proposals to expand the availability of Medicaid home- and community-based services (HCBS). BPC will also release a new report on making long-term care more affordable for people who do not qualify for Medicaid.

    Related: Read a new blog from the National Conference of State Legislatures highlighting opportunities for states to improve access to HCBS through several options, including the Medicaid HCBS funding in the American Rescue Plan Act.

    How can community-based organizations (CBOs) improve their business acumen? Read a recent Generations Today article sharing insights from the Aging and Disability Business Institute (ADBI) learning collaborative.

    See also ADBI’s new Health Care Outreach Toolkit for CBOs.

    August25 th

    The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) developed outcome measures that assess whether health care is helping older adults achieve “what matters most” to them. Learn how states can use person-driven outcomes to drive quality and accountability in contracted health plans. Watch prior webinars:

    The nation’s long-term care system must become more accessible and affordable if it’s to meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities. To accelerate progress, AARP Public Policy Institute has launched LTSS Choices: A Series on Advancing Transformation in Long-Term Services and Supports.

    Related: Watch a video on supporting family caregivers, and read a Health Affairs blog about current policy options.

    August18 th

    This year’s virtual event, Amplifying All Voices in Aging, is a four-week series to explore the stories of real people aging and engaging with our health care and long-term services and supports systems. We will also hear from experts and stakeholders along the way.

    Watch a promo about the event.

    Mark your calendars! 2021 Forum Amplifying All Voices in Aging. Join us for a weekly series at 12 pm PT in October.

     

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    August4 th

    We partner with UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program to build awareness on aging in America and elevate how myriad sectors affect the lives of older adults. See the latest coverage below.

    Hollywood, Health & Society (HH&S) at USC informs the entertainment industry’s depictions of aging and family caregiving. This new resource page compiles data on aging and health-related storylines along with viewer perceptions and actions.

    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).

    July21 st
    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.

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    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.)