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    April7 th

    The 2021 ASA Managed Care Summit at On Aging 2021 this Friday will unpack health inequities illuminated during COVID-19, and share ways community-based organization (CBO)/health system partnerships can help heal our communities.

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    April1 st

    Medicare Advantage plans have historic flexibility to provide non-medical benefits — such as food, prescription delivery, and housing assistance — to meet the needs of their members with complex health conditions. Read more about these Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI) from the Better Care Playbook:

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    March17 th

    Results from an Aging and Disability Business Institute (ADBI) survey offer insights to help CBOs present a business case to health care entities.

    • Read a blog post from the Better Care Playbook about Area Agencies on Aging meeting health-related social needs; and
    • Complete CBO readiness assessments from ADBI.

    March3 rd

    Eight foundation leaders herald the California’s Master Plan for Aging, calling forth the importance of partnership and priorities to ensure equity in aging with dignity and independence for all.
    Master Plan for Aging Goals Overview

    Read a new article from the National Conference of State Legislatures highlighting the LTSS State Scorecard as an assessment tool for state performance, and learn best practices from leading states awarded the 2020 Pacesetter Prize.

    February25 th

    Read Manatt Health’s updated resource guide, spotlighting how states are transforming long-term services and supports during COVID-19 and planning for the future.

    Read a new Playbook blog where Marc Cohen and Ann Hwang, MD discuss new research showing racial disparities in accounting for the preferences of older people, and how health systems can become more person-centered.

    February10 th

    A new analysis from ATI Advisory and the Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) shows that more Medicare Advantage plans are offering Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI) and with wider availability. Learn more about ways to advance new, non-medical supplemental benefits in Medicare:

    Aging and Disability Business Institute (ADBI) provides resources and training to community-based organizations seeking to build contracting relationships with health care partners. Visit the redesigned ADBI website for:

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    February3 rd

    The Pacesetter Prize shines a light on states that are actively creating a high-performing system of care, and shares best practices.

    Watch our recent webinar with Pacesetter Prize state leaders who shared insights about challenges and successes.

    Read an article that highlights these leading states and opportunities to plan for an aging population.


    • Affordability and Access: Connecticut won for its robust program offerings – featuring extensive benefit options – for people with and without Medicaid.
    • Choice of Setting and Provider: New Jersey won for being a national leader in using managed care to give more choices, and increasing access to home- and community-based care for Medicare-eligible adults with complex needs.
    • Support for Family Caregivers: New York won for its comprehensive approach to empowering family caregivers, strengthening paid family leave laws, and expanding transportation options.
    • Effective Transitions: Ohio won for its successful efforts to move people who need LTSS out of institutions and back into community-based settings.

    Learn more about the Pacesetter Prize and continue the conversation on social with #PacesetterPrize.

     

    January27 th

    Nearly 250 federal regulatory changes have occurred in response to COVID-19, and will likely continue in the near future. Read Health Management Associates’ new analysis and blog on updates to Medicare regulatory flexibilities since July 2020 (co-funded with The Commonwealth Fund).

    January21 st

    Governor Gavin Newsom released his 2021-22 proposed budget on January 8. Read our fact sheet to learn how the budget connects to California’s Master Plan for Aging.

    According to new research from the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston, one-third of older adults report that their care preferences were rarely or only sometimes taken into account, with large variations by race, income, and other factors. Learn more!

    Join the Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) and ATI Advisory for a new webinar on ways to advance non-medical supplemental benefits in 2022 and beyond, featuring experts from health plans, providers, and advocacy groups.

    January14 th
    The Master Plan for Aging presents a comprehensive blueprint for public and private entities at the state, regional, and local levels to address system issues and transform services across housing, transportation, health care, and long-term services and supports.

    Learn how California’s Master Plan meets the five elements for plan success.

    Master Plan for Aging Goals Overview

    People who are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid are among the nation’s highest-need, highest-cost populations. The Better Care Playbook has grouped resources on care models that integrate services and financing for these beneficiaries. Read the related blog.

    January6 th

    Today, the state released the Master Plan for Aging, a visionary, 10-year blueprint that seeks to build an equitable California where everyone has the opportunity to age with dignity and independence in the place that they call home. Hear from the foundation CEOs.

    Watch the video conference to learn about the Master Plan’s five bold goals and 23 strategies for building a California for All Ages by 2030.

     

    Join us for a January 22 conversation about how states can improve long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers. This event will honor the winning states of the 2020 Pacesetter Prize: Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio. The Prize, which uses data from the AARP LTSS State Scorecard, shines light on states that are actively building a high-quality infrastructure for aging Americans.

    December16 th

    What is complex care? Visit the redesigned Better Care Playbook to learn about adults with complex health and social needs and the myriad resources available. Watch a related video to learn more about what’s new.

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    December2 nd

    The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) re-released its 2019 report on ways to expand supplemental benefits in Medicare for those with complex care needs. Starting in 2020, Medicare Advantage plans were permitted to offer special supplemental benefits for the chronically ill (SSBCI).

    BPC’s latest resources include an infographic on Medicare’s legislative and regulatory pathways, an infographic on SSBCI, and a helpful one-pager.

    ATI Advisory and Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) shared resources on the non-medical supplemental benefits in Medicare Advantage. The related November 19 webinar recording and presentation slides are now available on the Better Care Playbook.

    Read additional information from the Aging and Disability Business Institute: Changes to Medicare Advantage Reinforce the Role of CBOs in Supplemental Benefits.

    Last month, the 2020 Pacesetter Prize for leadership in improving long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers was awarded to Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio.

    Read related coverage of this year’s LTSS State Scorecard in the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) magazine.

    November19 th

    The ATI Advisory and Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) released new resources on the expanded, non-medical supplemental benefits in Medicare Advantage, including a roadmap outlining actionable steps as well as a brief explaining short- and long-term policy opportunities.
     
    Join today’s 9:30 am (Pacific time) webinar from the Better Care Playbook to hear more.

    Our recent AARP Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard blog identifies opportunities for reshaping how services are delivered to older adults, people with disabilities, and their family caregivers.

    November17 th

    We are pleased to announce Sarita A. Mohanty, MD, MPH, MBA, as the new President and CEO of The SCAN Foundation starting January 2021. Dr. Mohanty comes from Kaiser Permanente, where she served as Vice President of Care Coordination for Medicaid and Vulnerable Populations. Learn more!

     

    November12 th

    Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio received the latest Pacesetter Prize for leadership in improving long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers. Each winning state had improvements or innovations in key areas of LTSS, based on data from the AARP LTSS State Scorecard.

    Read the American Society on Aging (ASA) Generations Blog: Work Left to Be Done After LTSS Scorecard Shows States’ Performance

    On Monday, November 16, at 10:30 AM PT, California’s Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee will host a briefing to present their recommendations on planning for the state’s diverse population of older adults and people with disabilities, and key equity considerations. Attend using the Zoom link.

    An upcoming webinar from the Better Care Playbook will explore considerations for health plan adoption and implementation of expanded supplemental benefits to address social needs. Register today.

    October29 th

    The Better Care Playbook is a resource that helps the complex care field find promising approaches to better care for people with complex health and social needs. To ensure the Playbook is highlighting the right information for you, take the survey.

    October15 th

    Register now for our 2020 Forum: Honoring the Journey of Growing Older on October 19-20! It will include livestream plenaries, breakout sessions, performances, and more. Materials for our sessions are now available in the Forum Lobby.

    • Wondering if you have time to join us? Check out our detailed agenda and read our attendee frequently asked questions.
    • Use the Forum App to network and receive helpful notifications throughout the two-day event. Search for “The SCAN Foundation Forum” in the App store (Apple or Android) and select “Download.” The Forum App is totally free! You will need to log in using the email address you used to register for the Forum and sign up for notifications.

    This week, ATI Advisory released analysis on Medicare Advantage (MA) Plan Year 2021 data. Some 738 plans are offering non-medical supplemental benefits in 2021, an increase of 48 percent from 2020.

    Recently, AARP released the fourth edition of the Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard. It provides comparable data in order for state leaders, stakeholders, and others to benchmark performance, measure progress, and identify key areas of improvement.

    See how California ranked, and read our policy brief. Read related coverage from McKnight’s Senior Living.

    October13 th

    Just in time for open enrollment, My Care, My Choice can help Californians with Medicare and Medi-Cal better understand their care choices! New information about plan choices for 2021 is now available, and resources are available in Traditional and Simplified Chinese, along with English and Spanish.

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    September30 th

    Our virtual lobby is now open for our 2020 Forum: Honoring the Journey of Growing Older! The two-day event, October 19-20, will include livestream plenaries, breakout sessions, performances, and more.

    After registering, take a sneak peek at the lobby to learn more about our speakers and read frequently asked questions.

    The Better Care Playbook is continually being updated to better meet users’ needs, and several exciting changes are coming this fall. As they continue to refine their approach, they want to hear from you. Take the survey.

    September24 th

    Today, AARP unveiled the findings of the Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard. This fourth edition measures state performance for creating a high-quality system across five dimensions: Affordability and Access, Choice of Setting and Provider, Quality of Life and Quality of Care, Support for Family Caregivers, and Effective Transitions.

    The LTSS State Scorecard provides comparable data in order for state leaders, stakeholders, and others to benchmark performance, measure progress, and identify key areas of improvement.

    California ranked ninth overall on the 2020 LTSS State Scorecard, maintaining the same rank from 2017. Our latest policy brief provides an overview of the state’s Scorecard performance and key recommendations for transforming its LTSS system to better serve older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers.

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    September16 th

    Please join us for the virtual release of Advancing Action: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers from 10-11:30 am PT on Thursday, September 24. Register here.

    This fourth edition of the LTSS State Scorecard measures state level data, policies, practices, and costs to compare system performance and set benchmarks for future reform. Check out the 2017 edition of the Scorecard.

    Register today for our all-virtual 2020 Forum on October 19-20! Our two-day event will include livestream plenaries, breakout discussions, performances, networking opportunities, and more. Watch the video!

    September10 th

    Register today for our all-virtual 2020 Forum on October 19-20! Our two-day event will include livestream plenaries, breakout discussions, performances, networking opportunities, and more. Watch the video!

    Invitation to join us at the 2020 Forum

    The California Advocacy Network is a statewide movement involving nearly 1,000 organizations who serve more than 95 percent of California’s population. Explore our map, and learn more about the Network’s goals through 2021.

    Elderly hands coming together

    August19 th

    To help us navigate the challenges of a pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is encouraging states to allow for a family member to serve in a paid caregiver role. This blog is part of a series of posts in advance of the 2020 release of the next Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard.

     

    August11 th

    A Master Plan for Aging provides a blueprint for states and local communities to address what matters most to people as they age. A new TSF brief highlights states that have developed a Master Plan, examples of key elements, and how states without one can get started.

    August4 th

    The COVID-19 pandemic has brought policy flexibilities that can array a better care roadmap for adults with complex needs. These resources highlight how Medicare and Medicaid changes are transforming care for older adults and people with disabilities.

    • NEW: Health Management Associates describes federal Medicare and Medicaid changes during the pandemic (co-funded with The Commonwealth Fund).
    • Manatt Health examines how states are using flexibilities to improve long-term services and supports (LTSS).
    • Our TSF brief unpacks how California is using these for person-centered care.

    Finally, a new Better Care Playbook blog post shares how learnings can foster health care and LTSS renovation, “making lemonade from a very sour lemon.”

    Next Monday, August 10, join us to hear findings from our latest poll on what California voters think about the Master Plan for Aging activities in light of COVID-19. See the full agenda.

    • Zoom webinar link: https://zoom.us/j/96766953576
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    July30 th

    On Monday, August 10, join us to hear findings from our latest poll on what California voters think about the Master Plan activities in light of COVID-19. See the full agenda.

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    July22 nd

    What is the tipping point when implementing a person-centered care program for Medicare beneficiaries with complex care needs becomes financially advantageous for medical/provider groups? A report by Victor Tabbush answers this question and provides insights, and Dr. Chernof shares his perspective.

    July14 th

    On June 29, Governor Gavin Newsom signed California’s 2020-21 budget. The budget addresses the $54.3 billion deficit while maintaining funding for critical programs serving older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers. The risk of budget deficits in future years could still pose a threat to these critical programs. Read our fact sheet.Bar graph of the 2020-21 enacted budget

    For years, there has been a push toward rebalancing, or moving long-term services and supports (LTSS) service delivery away from institutions and toward home- and community-based settings. AARP recently discussed states’ progress.

    July8 th

    Last year, we celebrated the power of communications to broaden awareness and impact change for older adults and families. Check out our 2019 Annual Report.

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    The California Advocacy Network is a statewide movement involving nearly 1,000 organizations who serve more than 95 percent of California’s population. Explore our new map, and learn more about the Network members’ goals for 2020-21.

    A new guide and worksheet from the Aging and Disability Business Institute and the National Council on Aging help community-based organizations (CBOs) develop value propositions to promote their services to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans.

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    June24 th

    Our latest policy brief takes a closer look at how California has implemented federal flexibilities to ensure the state’s long-term services and supports (LTSS) system is responsive to the needs of older adults and people with disabilities during the pandemic. Earlier this month, Manatt Health reviewed how other states have responded to meet LTSS needs.

    Bar graph depicting the percentage of U.S. COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by Age Group

    In his latest Perspectives, Dr. Chernof discusses opportunities to drive change and meet person-centered needs during the coronavirus and beyond.

    June10 th

    What is the tipping point when implementing a person-centered care program for Medicare beneficiaries with complex care needs becomes financially advantageous for medical/provider groups? A new report by Victor Tabbush answers this question and provides insights. Also, read Dr. Chernof’s perspective.

    The Long-Term Services and Supports Subcommittee for California’s Master Plan for Aging delivered its final report to Governor Newsom, outlining a vision and goals for aging with dignity and independence. TSF is honored to have participated in the process.

    June4 th

    Manatt Health highlights how states are using flexibilities available during the coronavirus pandemic, with an emphasis on continued access to long-term services and supports in the community.

    Last week, the California Collaborative for Long Term Services and Supports wrapped up its webinar series on COVID-19. Access all the recordings and related resources.

    May27 th

    On May 14, 2020, California Governor Newsom released the May Revision of the 2020-21 proposed budget. The revision includes cuts to and elimination of critical home- and community-based services that impact the state’s most vulnerable older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers. Read the TSF fact sheet.

    Bar graphs showing the change in the 2020-21 budget landscape from January to May

    May12 th

    New analysis from ATI Advisory and the Long-Term Quality Alliance shows how new non-medical supplemental benefits can play an important role in meeting the evolving and dynamic needs of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    A poll from NORC shows that a majority of U.S. adults age 70 and older have canceled or delayed medical care since social distancing began due to COVID-19. It also reveals that 20 percent of older adults have had a telehealth appointment, and almost half say the experience was about the same as their in-person visits. Access the chart pack for the full findings and visualizations.

    May7 th

    Every day, older adults contribute to the vitality of California as parents, grandparents, friends, employees, employers, mentors, volunteers, artists, advocates, and more.

    Since 1963, our nation has recognized May as Older Americans Month. This year, the state is celebrating Older Californians Month through the Make Your Mark campaign. Join in to celebrate what older Californians are doing in your community to stay safe and healthy!

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    COVID-19 is shining a light on the lack of coordination between Medicare and Medicaid, and is uncovering new opportunities to better serve dually eligible populations. Read TSF Board Member Melanie Bella’s blog post in the Better Care Playbook.

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    Alongside the long-term care flexibilities created due to COVID-19, mobility managers connect older adults and people with disabilities to transportation services in their communities. A recent AARP blog unpacks the latest trends.

    April28 th

    A new poll from NORC, sponsored by The John A. Hartford Foundation and TSF, shows that a majority of U.S. adults age 70 and older have canceled or delayed medical care since social distancing began due to COVID-19, including one in six who have delayed essential medical treatments.

    The nationally representative survey reveals that 20 percent of older adults have had a telehealth appointment, and almost half say the experience was about the same as their in-person visits. Read the full poll findings.

    The Aging and Disability Business Institute annual survey unpacks how community-based organizations (CBOs) are adapting and expanding services to meet the health-related, social needs of older adults and people with disabilities. The deadline to contribute is May 1.

    April15 th

    A recent Health Affairs blog highlighted how the Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) network is meeting the health and social care needs for aging populations. Also, learn about the Aging and Disability Institute’s support of partnerships between health care and community-based organizations.

    Health care stakeholders are changing how they operate to confront coronavirus (COVID-19). As new policies emerge, the Better Care Playbook has created a resource center to curate federal guidance aimed at addressing COVID-19 for people with complex care needs.

    April8 th

    In his latest Perspectives, Dr. Chernof discusses how person-centered care is fundamental when confronting the challenges of coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Also, read Dr. Chernof’s additional contributions to the Better Care Playbook and Next Avenue.

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    Health care stakeholders are changing how they operate to confront coronavirus (COVID-19). As new policies emerge, the Better Care Playbook has created a resource center to curate federal guidance aimed at addressing COVID-19 for people with complex care needs.

    Also, ATI Advisory created a helpful slide deck to describe recent federal and state policy action.

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    In California’s COVID-19 Response Toolkit, find videos and social media content about state and local resources to support the health, safety, and well-being of all Californians during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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    April1 st

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has compiled a variety of information and resources for those working in the health care sector. Also, read the World Health Organization publication on the rights and responsibilities of health workers, including considerations for occupational safety and health.

    California is preparing for an increase in the number of people who need health care in our communities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The state is opening additional sites to treat people affected by COVID-19 and to relieve pressure on our health care system by providing care for non-COVID-19 cases. Learn about the California Health Corps.

    Earlier this week was National Doctors’ Day. To commemorate their heroic efforts, Forbes shared first-person stories from the front lines.

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    The Aging and Disability Business Institute annual survey unpacks how community-based organizations (CBOs) are adapting and expanding services to meet the health-related, social needs of older adults and people with disabilities.

    March16 th

    The Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) and ATI Advisory hosted a webinar discussing implementation of Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill (SSBCI) within Medicare Advantage. Check out the recording and slides.

    March11 th

    Every three years, based on results of the AARP Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard, we honor states making significant progress in improving LTSS for older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers.

    In 2017, Wisconsin was awarded the Pacesetter Prize for Choice of Setting and Provider. The state exhibited more progress in this domain than any other state, moving up from No. 8 in the 2011 Scorecard to No. 6. The next Pacesetter Prize recipients will be announced in summer 2020.

    Symbol of state of Wisconsin Pacesetter Prize Winner

    March3 rd

    Do you advise people who would like to learn more about their Medicare and Medi-Cal benefits? In a recent mini-documentary created by Univision and shared on My Care, My Choice, Ernesto Vazquez describes his experience with navigating Medicare and Medicaid.

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    Learn about a Northern California model’s three-pronged approach to help long-term care residents return to the community.

     

    February26 th

    New federal opportunities are prompting states to develop or enhance integrated care programs for individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. In this new brief from the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), early adopters of these care models share insights on the factors that drove their investment and led to successful implementation.

    State Efforts to Integrate Care Brief

    Dr. Chernof and the Administration for Community Living’s Lance Robertson published a Health Affairs blog on addressing social determinants of health through partnerships between health care and community-based organizations (CBOs).

    February20 th

    The Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA), in collaboration with ATI Advisory (formerly Anne Tumlinson Innovations), recently held a public briefing on implementing Medicare Advantage, non-medical flexibilities made possible through the CHRONIC Care Act. A recording of the event and related materials are now available.

    February13 th

    Every three years, based on results of the AARP Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard, we honor states making significant progress in improving LTSS for older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers.

    In 2017, Vermont was awarded the Pacesetter Prize for Affordability and Access. The state moved up from No. 19 in the 2011 Scorecard to No. 3, exhibiting more improvement than any other state. The next Pacesetter Prize recipients will be announced in summer 2020.

    Symbol of Vermont, 2017 Pacesetter Prize awardee

    February4 th
    Governor Gavin Newsom released his 2020-21 proposed budget on January 10. Read our fact sheet on how this proposal would impact the state’s older adults, people with disabilities, and the Master Plan for Aging.

    The state’s website encourages Californians to share their vision for the Master Plan for Aging, as well as keep up to date on its progress. Learn more about TSF’s Master Plan initiative.

    Together We Engage

    January23 rd

    Our initiative page on partnerships between community-based organizations (CBOs) and the health care sector links to myriad resources including the Aging and Disability Business Institute, training modules for CBOs to build their business acumen, and last year’s Blueprint for Health Plans.

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    The Care Excellence training program helps prepare care management teams in health plans and hospitals to best serve diverse older adults with complex needs. Check out the latest course offerings.

    The AgingToday article discusses how health systems are learning to integrate the 4Ms (What Matters, Medication, Mentation, Mobility) into their workflows to improve care for older adults.

    January15 th

    A new website encourages Californians to share their vision for a #MasterPlanforAging, and keep up to date on its progress. Also, find additional Master Plan resources on the TSF initiative page.

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    A TSF-authored AARP blog post discusses how the California Master Plan should engage public and private sectors in systems-based solutions that touch all aspects of life experience (e.g., health, human services, housing, and transportation, among others).

    December22 nd

    On Tuesday, January 7, the Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) – in collaboration with Anne Tumlinson Innovations (ATI) and with support from TSF – will hold a public briefing on Medicare Advantage and the CHRONIC Care Act.  We invite anyone interested in Medicare Advantage supplemental benefits to hear from Senator Mark Warner and a policy panel of expert stakeholders. Register today!

    December12 th
    Baby Boomer Laura Mosqueda helped care for her own mother for 12 years, and is the first female dean of USC’s Keck School of Medicine. Her mother-in-law Emilia represents the Silent Generation and has lived in her East LA home for 63 years, raising her own family while caring for both her parents. See all of our Rose Parade® float rider stories, including Claudia Farfan, whose profile is also available in Spanish. Also, watch Laura’s caregiving story.
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    We honor caregivers of all generations, particularly younger adults who have unique needs and experiences. Check out this Vox video and story on how millennial caregivers can be recognized, get informed, and feel supported.

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    December4 th

    Representing the GenX generation on our Rose Parade® float, Claudia Farfan has cared for her mother for 33 years and is appreciative of the family medical leave benefits her employer offers.

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    new video provides a window into September’s Master Plan for Aging Forum. The event followed We Stand With Seniors polling, showing the vast majority of Californians support Governor Newsom’s Master Plan commitment. See all the latest information at Together We ENGAGE.

    The Aging and Disability Business Institute is accepting December applications for two new learning collaboratives supporting community-health care partnerships. Access the Medicare Advantage Learning Collaborative and the Network Operations Learning Collaborative applications.

    November20 th

    Medicare Advantage plans now have the flexibility to offer special non-medical benefits for members with complex care needs. Read guiding principles on how these benefits can best support consumers and be sustainable. Also, hear from the National MLTSS (Managed Long-Term Services and Supports) Health Plan Association, one group who helped to develop these principles.

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    A report from the Bipartisan Policy Center shared recommendations on ways to expand Medicare benefits for those with complex care needs.

    November14 th

    We honor caregivers of all generations, particularly younger adults who have unique needs and experiences. Check out this Vox video and story on how millennial caregivers can be recognized, get informed, and feel supported.

    Six young millennial people posing for the camera.

    November6 th

    Family caregivers represent all ages, backgrounds, and cultures and serve as unsung heroes in the lives of older loved ones. They deserve recognition for everything they balance in their lives. Their stories also inspire conversations about what people want for their own aging experience.

    We will celebrate family caregivers through Hope’s Heroes: Honoring Caregivers of All Generations, a float at the 2020 Rose Parade® presented by Honda. The parade is a beloved New Year’s Day tradition, televised live from Pasadena, Calif. Tune in on January 1, 8 am PT/11 am ET.

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    Craig Terasawa of Temple City, Calif., is one of eight caregivers riding on our Rose Parade float. Craig runs the family pharmacy while serving many roles: primary caregiver for his father and sister, doting husband, and active dad. Watch his video.

    Craig and his father at a baseball game.

    October30 th

    The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) recently highlighted the Medicare-Medicaid integration efforts of leading states.

    A related toolkit from Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc., shares strategies states can implement when reforming their Medicaid long-term services and supports.

    Most Americans want to age in place in their homes and community and are largely supported by family, friends, and neighbors. Learn what Minnesota is doing to ensure their publicly funded long-term services and supports (LTSS) also support older adults’ needs and preferences.

    October24 th

    Greater Good Studio heard from Californians across the state on what is important when designing a Master Plan for Aging. A final report, Elevating Voices, synthesizes their findings and recommendations.

    Find more information about the Master Plan and related publications.

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    The Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) shared lessons learned from four hospitals that participated in a person-centered care pilot initiative.

    October10 th
    Today, we’re debuting a brand new www.TheSCANFoundation.org and e-blast platform titled The Buzz!

    As part of our Cal MediConnect evaluation, the latest University of California slide deck unpacks the effects of home- and community-based services (HCBS) for California dual eligibles.

    October2 nd

    Just in time for Medicare’s open enrollment, My Care, My Choice resources are now available in Traditional and Simplified Chinese, along with English and Spanish. See how it can help Californians with Medicare and Medi-Cal better understand their care choices!

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    A new My Care, My Choice Comparison Chart unpacks the basics of California’s health care coverage choices for dual eligibles.

    Watch a video series on Mi Salud, Mi Decisión, the Spanish version of My Care, My Choice. Univision ambassadors helped more than 500 people get their results.

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    September18 th

    Californians with Medicare and Medi-Cal have many choices to get the health coverage they need, but it varies by county. This policy brief outlines available choices across the state, and describes the My Care, My Choice web resource.

    Unable to watch Monday’s livestream on TSF’s California Master Plan for Aging Forum: Designing a System Built Around People and Partnerships? Read about the day’s events, and join our state’s discussion.

    The City of Berkeley is the winner of TSF’s 2019 Innovation Award. Partnering with the Milken Institute this year, the Innovation Award recognizes Berkeley as a leading California city that is preparing for its older adult population.

    September12 th

    The latest AgingToday article discusses California’s Master Plan for Aging, and why putting the Golden State’s population front and center is so important. Get the latest #MasterPlanForAging news.

    New findings, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and supported by the Six Foundations, explore mechanisms and motivations used by high-performing accountable care organizations (ACOs) to improve complex care.

    August15 th

    California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly, announced the Master Plan for Aging Stakeholder Advisory Committee, of which Dr. Chernof and TSF Board Chair Jennie Chin Hansen have been appointed. The committee will advise a Cabinet Workgroup on Aging as it develops the Master Plan, slated for completion by October 1, 2020.

    Together We ENGAGE Master Plan for Aging logo

    August1 st

    A vast majority of Californians back Governor Newsom’s Executive Order calling for a Master Plan for Aging (Master Plan), according to a new voter poll from We Stand With Seniors.

    Seven of 10 voters – nearly half of whom have caregiving experience – want the state to be held accountable for the Master Plan’s investment and implementation. Findings were shared at a Sacramento briefing this morning. See the related infographic.

    We Stand with Seniors logo

    July25 th

    Millions of older adults have chronic conditions and daily living needs. Starting in 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services allows Medicare Advantage (MA) health plans unprecedented flexibility to offer special supplemental benefits for chronically ill (SSBCI) enrollees.

    Anne Tumlinson Innovations and the Long-Term Quality Alliance, with funding from TSF, gathered 30 industry leaders to develop guiding principles on how these benefits can best meet consumer needs and be sustainable.

    Turning point in medicare policy

    Today, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released a report with recommendations on ways to expand supplemental benefits in Medicare, such as home-delivered meals, for those with complex care needs. Check out the Associated Press article.

    A recent analysis outlines opportunities to serve complex care populations in Medicare Advantage plans. Also, see our 2018 policy brief on how the CHRONIC Care Act is a key step toward advancing person-centered care.

    July17 th

    Read a Better Care Playbook blog post from Anne Tumlinson on the importance for health plans to cover non-medical services and coordinate resources to help individuals and families manage their care.

    A new shift, focusing on non-medical needs for the whole person

    On June 27, the governor signed California’s 2019-20 budget. Read our fact sheet on the budget’s impact on older adults and people with disabilities. Also, check out our resource on Governor Newsom’s Executive Order on the Master Plan for Aging.

    July11 th

    Reflecting on our 10th anniversary, Driving Change: The SCAN Foundation’s First 10 Years highlights successes during our first decade and recommits to transforming care for older adults, now and for the future.

    Annual report cover with older man in front of magazine stand

    June26 th

    Read our fact sheet on Governor Newsom’s Executive Order, and learn how the Master Plan has great potential to transform California’s currently fragmented service delivery system.

    We’ve been in the news!

    • TSF’s Gretchen Alkema spoke to The Sacramento Bee about the need for more coordination across state services.

    Dr. Chernof spoke on a Master Plan for Aging panel convened by KPCC’s AirTalk.

    June19 th

    Here are a few TSF-funded resources on care integration:

    • The Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation hosted a fall symposium on state duals demonstrations, which resulted in 10 recommendations.
    • The Center for Health Care Strategies and Manatt Health Strategies toolkit shares approaches for states seeking to reform their Medicaid long-term services and supports systems.
    June13 th

    Governor Newsom called for the development of a California Master Plan for Aging. Read our overview of the Executive Order. Hear more from TSF’s Sarah Steenhausen, who spoke at the State of Reform conference.

    • Get Dr. Chernof’s perspective.
    • Learn how the Master Plan can transform California’s currently fragmented system.
    • Review details of other states’ master plans.
    • Spread the word about the Master Plan using the We Stand With Seniors toolkit!

    Master Plan for Aging word cloud

    June11 th

    We Stand With Seniors (WSWS), our partnership with West Health to educate state leaders on the need for a comprehensive, coordinated Master Plan for Aging, commends Governor Newsom’s Executive Order. It is a “historic step in recognizing and addressing the immediate need to ensure all Californians can age with dignity and independence.” Spread the word about the Master Plan using the WSWS toolkit.

    We Stand With Seniors

    Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-14-19, calling for the development of a Master Plan for Aging. It outlines the framework for a Master Plan process, with a deadline of October 1, 2020. In Dr. Chernof’s Perspectives, he discusses the importance of designing a Master Plan that reflects what matters most to Californians.

    Also, read our #MasterPlan4Aging policy briefs:

    Aging - It's all of us

    May30 th

    With a focus on sharing skills and resources, the Aging and Disability Business Institute (ADBI) seeks to strengthen partnerships between health care systems and community-based organizations (CBOs) that serve older adults and people with disabilities.

    Aging and Disability Business Institute

    May23 rd

    Want an easy way to share My Care, My Choice (MCMC) with key stakeholders, including Californians with Medicare + Medi-Cal? Head to the Advisor Tools page and download the Outreach Flyer today!

    My Care My Choice

    May16 th

    The governor released the May Revision to the proposed California budget, which updates estimates for revenue and spending through 2020 and includes staff resources for the state’s Master Plan for Aging. Read the TSF fact sheet.

    May9 th

    Researchers at University of California, San Francisco released a new report about the experiences of California’s Medicare-Medicaid enrollees between 2015-18. Cal MediConnect beneficiaries reported higher levels of confidence and continuity of care, but key differences remain by county, race, language, and disability levels.

    April24 th

    New research from Health Affairs finds that more than 14 million older adults will lack the financial resources to afford housing and daily living needs.

    Review supporting materials, and check out the webcast from this morning’s forum.

    In the next 10 years, 67% of middle-income seniors will have 3+ chronic conditions.

    April3 rd

    The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) published a new report with considerations for governors and state leaders as they design and implement strategies to meet the long-term care needs of older adults and people with disabilities.

    My Care, My Choice has been updated to be streamlined and simpler! See how this decision-support tool can help Californians with Medicare and Medi-Cal better understand their care choices, including those who are new to Medicare.

    My Care My Choice

    October2 nd
    With 35 days left until the election, both candidates for California governor have committed to addressing the looming senior care crisis and creating a California master plan for aging. Currently, one in five older adults lives in poverty and, in just a decade, the state will see an increase of four million more seniors needing healthcare and support services. The public infrastructure cannot address these needs without significant public policy changes.
    July23 rd

    We Stand With Seniors… Will You? is a nonpartisan, public awareness and education campaign supported by West Health and The SCAN Foundation.
    Your organization can help educate California about the looming senior care crisis and need for solutions now.
    LEARN MORE

    January31 st
    Today, Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released a report on strategies to remove federal policy barriers so adults with complex care needs can get high-quality, person-centered, coordinated care.
    January10 th
    Based on 10 states’ efforts to integrate care, this Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) resource and infographic describes effective programs and presents policy considerations that are driving state investments in this area.
    December7 th

    States have significant flexibility to transform their Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS) programs in ways that advance care quality and manage costs. This toolkit from the Center for Health Care Strategies and Manatt Health shares proven, replicable strategies for states to improve person-centered, community-based options. It identifies concrete policy strategies, operational steps, and federal and state authorities that states have used to advance their LTSS reforms. The toolkit, developed with support from The SCAN Foundation and the Milbank Memorial Fund, also highlights opportunities and challenges that states faced in designing and implementing reforms.

    November10 th
    Dear President-elect Trump,

    Congratulations to you and Governor Pence for your election win after a hard-fought campaign.

    You are inheriting an aging nation with a crumbling infrastructure—not worthy of the honor and respect that older Americans deserve.  It is time to modernize our ideas and actions toward aging and health care, so that older Americans can get the right care at the right time for the right cost.

    Here are five action items for you to lead the way on making America great for older citizens.

    January24 th
    Dr. Bruce Chernof wrote a blog for Health Affairs that appeared on January 23, 2013.  Here’s an excerpt…

    “Great struggles sometimes result in unexpected opportunities. In the waning moments of 2012, Congress remained in session to bridge partisan divides to solve the fiscal cliff impasse with the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA).

    Signing the ATRA into law also achieved policy change on items far beyond the tax code. For example, the new law repealed the Community Living Assistance Services and Support (CLASS) provision in the Affordable Care Act.” Read on…