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News on transforming care for older adults


    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.

    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.

     

    April5 th

    The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) updated roadmap and accompanying brief have recommendations for federal policy solutions to improve care for individuals with complex medical and nonmedical needs. Watch last week’s event recording.

    Also, watch TSF President and CEO Sarita A. Mohanty’s related remarks in discussion with the Alliance for Health Policy on strengthening Medicare and Medicaid flexibilities.

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    More Medicare Advantage (MA) health plans are offering nonmedical supports to older adults with complex care needs. See ATI Advisory’s data brief detailing how many plans are offering these supplemental benefits this year.

    Join Long-Term Quality Alliance with ATI Advisory on May 17 for a virtual briefing on the future of nonmedical supplemental benefits in MA plans. Featuring new policy recommendations, this briefing will serve as an important gathering of influential stakeholders from across the long-term care spectrum.

    Bar graphic showing growth in nonmedical befits over time, 2020-2022

    The American Society on Aging (ASA) 2022 meeting theme is advancing economic security. Program content is organized within five areas: justice and aging, innovation and social impact, health and well-being, economic security, and ageism and culture. We are taking part in several sessions on April 12:

    • Preparing for an Aging State: Getting Started with a Master Plan for Aging (see related resources)
    • Can Medicare Help Promote Economic Security for Older Adults? An Overview of New, Nonmedical Benefits in Medicare Advantage (see related report)

    Finally on April 13, President and CEO Sarita A. Mohanty will contribute to the Advancing Tech-Enabled Health and Home Care discussion.

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    March30 th

    Medicare and Medicaid flexibilities enacted during the pandemic created opportunities to advance person-centered care. Join our President and CEO Sarita A. Mohanty TODAY, March 30, for a discussion hosted by Alliance for Health Policy on how to strengthen these flexibilities for future generations.

    Image of Dr. Mohanty next to her quote from March 2022 press release

    Providing quality care to people with complex needs remains one of the most pressing issues facing our health care system. Join the Bipartisan Policy Center tomorrow, March 31, for a webinar on potential federal policy solutions.

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    We are thrilled to introduce Rigo J. Saborio as TSF’s new Vice President of Equity and Community Impact. With over 30 years of experience in the field of aging, Rigo is widely recognized as an energetic strategist; a diversity, equity, and inclusion advocate; and a community organizer who collaborates with stakeholders on community challenges to improve services for older adults.
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    March23 rd

    A new issue brief and policymaker playbook from Health Management Associates and Manatt Health provide a framework to help policymakers assess which COVID-19 Medicare and Medicaid regulatory flexibilities advance person-centered care and should be made permanent.

    Join our President and CEO Sarita A. Mohanty on March 30 for a discussion hosted by Alliance for Health Policy on how to maintain and strengthen these flexibilities for future generations.

    The quality of person-centered care an older adult receives is dependent upon race, insurance, and income level, according to the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation and Leading Age LTSS Center @UMass Boston. The new report also explores practice and policy solutions to increase the availability of person-centered care.

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    March16 th

    The National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs (see blog) and the Center for Health Care Strategies (see blog) developed a messaging guide and infographic to help providers, advocates, and others talk about complex care. Join today’s webinar to learn more.

    Providing quality care to people with complex needs remains one of the most pressing issues facing our health care system. Join the Bipartisan Policy Center on March 31 for a webinar on potential federal policy solutions. 

    March9 th

    There is a clear need to assess the impact of Medicare and Medicaid flexibilities enacted during the pandemic. Join an Alliance for Health Policy event on March 30 for a discussion on how to maintain and strengthen these flexibilities for future generations. In the meantime, watch a related session from TSF’s 2021 Forum. 

    COVID-19 disproportionately affected older adults, those with complex health conditions, and family caregivers. Manatt Health’s updated resource guide assesses which COVID-19-related policies should be made a permanent part of broader long-term services and supports (LTSS) system reform.

    Our Sustaining Flexibilities in Medicare and Medicaid initiative engages partners to expand the knowledge base through reporting on the implementation and outcomes of the Medicare-Medicaid flexibilities. Watch a Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy video that discusses leveraging reforms to expand home-based care. 

    February24 th

    The Center for Health Care Strategies has developed a messaging guide and summary to communicate effectively when building support for complex care approaches. Register for the March 16 webinar to learn more. 

     

    We partner with UC Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program to build awareness on aging and elevate how multiple sectors affect the lives of older adults. A recent CalMatters piece shared challenges nursing home residents often experience when considering transitioning back into the community. 

    Health care providers and payers are increasingly using Social Health Access Referral Platforms (SHARP) to refer patients to community-based organizations (CBOs). The Aging and Disability Business Institute identified key issues for CBO’s to consider when deciding whether to work with a SHARP.