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    September22 nd

    Join TSF, along with West Health and Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP), to explore the demographic characteristics of California’s middle-income older adults and future challenges regarding health care and long-term care affordability. Register here.

    The webinar will offer a local perspective that builds on the recent national findings from NORC at the University of Chicago. That research projected more than 11 million middle-income older adults may have insufficient resources to pay for long-term care and housing by 2033.

    In a recent request for information, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) sought feedback to strengthen Medicare Advantage and advance health equity. Drawing on years of research, ATI Advisory and Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA) shared how CMS can strengthen supplemental benefits to advance health equity and better support Medicare beneficiaries.

    The latest podcast from the National Committee for Quality Assurance explores person-centered outcome measures and what could be a revolutionary reorientation of the traditional doctor-patient relationship.

    September14 th

    We recently hired three vice presidents from diverse sectors of health care to build out our executive team:

    • Anika S. Heavener, Vice President of Innovation and Investments;
    • Narda Ipakchi, Vice President of Policy; and
    • Rigo A. Saborio, Vice President of Programs, Equity, and Community Impact.

    The appointments conclude a broad executive search for proven, dynamic, and diverse leaders to advance TSF’s strategic priorities. Read more.

    National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15, recognizes the achievements of Hispanics who have influenced and enriched our nation.

    The SCAN Foundation (TSF) celebrates the tremendous contributions of Hispanic older adults to society. With earnings of more than $1 trillion each year and tax contributions of more than $252 billion, Hispanic individuals not only add significant value to the U.S. economy but also support and help fund social services and infrastructure that ultimately benefit all Americans. In addition, Hispanic Americans –  particularly Hispanic immigrants – continue to start and lead their own businesses at higher rates than the rest of the population.

    We are proud to partner with experts serving this vibrant community and directly engage with Hispanic older adults to inform our vision and mission.

    This year’s theme for Hispanic Heritage Month – Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation –  inspires us to work hard to advance inclusivity and achieve true health equity. While Hispanics positively impact our nation, they continue to experience disparities and inequities. Research we funded at The LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston found significant disparities in older adults’ experiences based on race, ethnicity, income, and other demographic factors. One-third of older adults reported that their preferences were never or only sometimes considered, with Hispanics being twice as likely to say that the system does not account for their preferences. When preferences are ignored, older adults are more likely to forgo medical care and report lower satisfaction with their health care. We must work harder to ensure that person-centered care includes everyone’s needs.

    TSF is committed to ensuring health equity and innovation are at the center of the aging experience. As such, a critical part of our mission is uplifting the voices and priorities of Hispanic older adults. Co-funding alongside the California Health Care Foundation, we are soon embarking on an effort with Community Catalyst to elevate the diverse voices of dual eligible beneficiaries (those who have both Medicare and Medicaid), including Hispanic dual eligibles. We will learn what matters most to them and determine which health care and nonmedical supports are unavailable in their communities. This effort will be an initial step in transforming the information infrastructure behind policy and practice decisions and producing better total health outcomes for diverse populations.

    These and other grantee organizations are working with TSF to address inequities in the U.S. health care and long-term services and supports systems. Let us celebrate Hispanic voices this month and every month to achieve better aging for all.

    Our latest Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll indicates that most U.S. adults think private health insurers (60%) and Medicare (57%) should have a large responsibility for paying for the costs of long-term care, and about half think the same about Medicaid (53%).

    Also, majorities of Black and Hispanic adults are very or extremely concerned about having access to high-quality health care when they need it. Read the press release and article.

    September8 th

    Older adults thrive in settings best suited to their individual needs. A new report from the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution highlights steps toward a system of care and supports that reflect the preferences and life goals of older adults. These include creating a constellation of care settings with adaptable and viable business models so that preferred options are available as people age, and ensuring there are enough direct and family caregivers.

    The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) included one-time funding for states to expand and enhance home and community-based services (HCBS) including modernizing infrastructure and expanding benefits. ADvancing States released two related papers on ARPA initiatives: one on increasing wages and career opportunities for direct service workers and another on expanding access to enabling technology.

    August31 st

    New findings from NORC at the University of Chicago indicate that more than 11 million middle-income older adults – coined the “forgotten middle” – may have insufficient resources to pay for long-term care and housing by 2033. According to the research, the numbers of middle-income older adults will almost double over the next decade, and the population will be more racially and ethnically diverse. Read the press release.

    The Better Care Playbook provides evidence-based research and promising practices for improving complex care. Learn how Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) are successfully contracting with health care entities to provide care coordination, evidence-based programming, nutrition, and other services to improve outcomes 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.

    August4 th

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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!

    May25 th

    As nonmedical supplemental benefits in Medicare Advantage (MA) become more widely available, now is an important time to reflect on whether we are meeting the promise of the CHRONIC Care Act. Watch the recording of a recent briefing and remarks from Senator Warren.

    Read a related report outlining policy recommendations for Congress to advance the Special Supplemental Benefits for the Chronically Ill in MA plans.

    Read a new blog from Integrated Healthcare Association and Purchaser Business Group on Health that evaluates the relationship of payment to provider organization performance on person-centered care measures.

    The quality of person-centered care that an older adult receives is heavily dependent upon race, insurance, and income level. A recent report explores ways to increase the availability of person-centered care.