The Buzz

News on transforming care for older adults


Topics in: `Person-Centered Care`

December4 th

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.

October30 th

A new model in Memphis, Tenn., reduced emergency department visits nearly 70 percent and saved the health system more than $7 million by fostering secure and genuine connections between patients and providers.

Symbol of patient and nurse.

October24 th

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!
September26 th

Improving health means addressing upstream social factors, like access to stable housing. Read the latest report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).

Integrating social care into the delivery of health care

September18 th

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.

September12 th

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.

August21 st

What are special needs plans (SNPs)? Who do they help? A new primer on the Better Care Playbook explores the three different types of SNPs and the populations each serve.

Learn about 3 types of special needs plans

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

August7 th

Help us showcase TSF initiatives at South by Southwest (SXSW) next March. Here’s how!

First, join the SXSW voting panel. Then vote on our two panels below by clicking the “Vote Up” button on each webpage.

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This summer, MemoryWell reporting unpacked “daughterhood circles” for family caregivers and the proportion of millennial caregivers from Hispanic families.

As part of Do YOU give a care?, learn how one millennial caregiver gives a care.

Holding hands

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

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

June19 th

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

June6 th

We worked with the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research to bring person-centered care conversations to life. Check out this video interactive to hear what matters to Ed and Annette Reus.

Older couple smiling

Aligning care around what matters to older adults is an essential element of person-centered care. Today, the Age-Friendly Health Systems (AFHS) initiative launches a digital campaign with resources that providers can use to facilitate conversations.

What matters to you? Ask the question that matters most.  We'll help you start the conversation.

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

May16 th

Do you know the four fundamental components of helping people with complex care needs? One complex care hospitalist program highlighted in the Better Care Playbook aims to address these and more.

People with complex health and social needs deserve #BetterCare

May9 th

A new video series from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement/Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation explores the transformation of care for people with involved disabilities.

Transforming care for people with disabilities

April10 th

Institute for Healthcare Improvement released inpatient and outpatient return on investment (ROI) calculators. These tools are designed to help financial and clinical teams collect and analyze data in their organization, and ultimately make the business case for spreading age-friendly care.

April19 th

The Handbook of Geriatric Assessment, Fifth Edition, is a multidisciplinary text that takes a contemporary approach in line with person- and family-centered care.

Authored by Drs. Terry Fulmer, president of The John A. Hartford Foundation (JAHF), and Bruce Chernof, president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation, and with contributions from other foremost experts in the field, it contains the latest information on geriatric assessment for older adults.

Completely updated and revised, the Fifth Edition includes several new chapters, including demographic trends, age-friendly health systems, payment reform and impact, the Veterans Affairs health system, self-care and management, impact on familial relations, vulnerable populations, building geriatric interdisciplinary teams, advance care planning, caregiver information, spiritual assessment, older adult hunger, and transitions of care.

Learn more

January18 th
Next Avenue encourages its readers to picture a better health care system for themselves and their loved ones through this new animated video.
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.

July28 th
The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, and The SCAN Foundation Co-Author Piece in the New England Journal of Medicine to Announce Innovative New Collaboration
June25 th

In summer 2016, TSF led a discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival about matching care with a person’s goals to get results. It featured Dr. Chernof and Dr. Mark McClellan, Director of the Center for Health Policy at Duke University, and was moderated by Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times. Listen to the panel here.