Older adults have unique health needs and characteristics compared with the rest of the population.  Seniors are much more likely to have multiple chronic conditions, hospital admissions and readmissions, and emergency room usage. Additionally, participants in Administration on Aging programs, on average, take 10 or more prescription drugs on a daily basis.

An Overview of Food Insecurity Coding in Health Care Settings – Existing and Emerging Opportunities

March 12, 2018

Despite the increase in interest and attention to food insecurity in health care settings, available health care terminology and codes to document food insecurity and related activities are both underutilized and under-developed. Promoting and improving opportunities to document assessments and interventions related to food insecurity in electronic health records (EHRs) are critical for: Enabling documentation… Read more »

Webinar: A Conversation with Lance Robertson, Administrator/Asst. Sec. for Aging

March 6, 2018

The OAA Meal is Part of the Equation: A Conversation with Lance Robertson, ACL Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging In celebration of National Nutrition Month the Assistant Secretary of Aging, Mr. Lance Robertson will be featured in the National Nutrition and Aging’s Resource Center (NRCNA) upcoming webinar. Mr. Robertson’s will present information during the… Read more »

Webinar: Self-Reported Oral Health Data vs. Oral Screening Data: What’s the Story?

March 1, 2018

This session will highlight the oral health status – and recommendations for improvement – of older adults discovered through research. We will share findings detailing the oral health status of older adults who live independently and typically participate in senior center activities. We will review methods followed and summarize findings regarding oral disease/condition of the… Read more »

Webinar: The Age Friendly Health Systems Initiative: Building Community-Clinical Collaboration to Improve Care and Outcomes for Older Adults and Their Families

February 28, 2018

Part of the Aging and Disability Business Institute Series—a Collaboration of n4a and ASA Register now for FREE Includes complimentary CEUs* To address the many gaps in quality care that confront older adults and their families in today’s healthcare environment, and to ensure improvements in care experience, health outcomes and costs of care, The John A. Hartford Foundation… Read more »

Food Safety for Older Adults Booklet

January 23, 2018

Food safety is important for everyone—but it’s especially important for you. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Food and Drug Administration have prepared this booklet. It is designed to provide practical guidance on how to reduce your risk of foodborne… Read more »

State Approaches to Addressing Population Health Through Accountable Health Models

January 23, 2018

To improve population health and health equity, states are working across Medicaid, public health, and other agencies to develop accountable health structures. State accountable health models — both currently operating and those in development — fall along a continuum. All of them promote healthy communities through community partnerships, but some contract with Medicaid agencies to provide health… Read more »

2018 Healthy Aging Summit

January 22, 2018

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion and the Office on Women’s Health within HHS, along with the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) are now accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the 2018 Healthy Aging Summit! The Summit will be held July 16–17, 2018 in Washington, DC. Share your work in the science of healthy aging — submit your abstract today! Older… Read more »

SNAP Is Linked with Improved Nutritional Outcomes and Lower Health Care Costs

January 18, 2018

New research links the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) with improved health outcomes and lower health care costs. This report adds to previous work showing SNAP’s capacity to assist families in buying food, reducing poverty and helping to stabilize the economy during recessions. For many low-income people, SNAP is the main source… Read more »

Building Complex Care Programs: A Roadmap for States

January 4, 2018

States pursuing the three-part aim of improved health, high quality care, and reduced costs often start with programs for complex care populations. These programs target high-need, high-cost Medicaid enrollees who are the most frequent users of costly sites of care, such as emergency departments and inpatient settings, but whose needs are often best met in… Read more »

Better Care Playbook

January 4, 2018

The Better Care Playbook is part of an effort led by The Peterson Center, The Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The SCAN Foundation to offer you the latest information and resources on how to provide better care for people with complex needs. The rapidly evolving policy and… Read more »

Strengthening Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports in an Evolving Policy Environment: A Toolkit for States

March 7, 2018

The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) and Manatt Health has developed a new toolkit that provides a targeted menu of long-term services and supports (LTSS) reform strategies adopted by state innovators that may be replicated by other states. The toolkit identifies concrete policy strategies, operational steps, and federal and state authorities that states have… Read more »

Patterns of Collaboration among Health Care and Social Services Providers in Communities with Lower Health Care Utilization and Costs

December 12, 2017

Many older adults have complex health problems that are exacerbated by non-medical problems such as unsafe housing, poor nutrition, lack of transportation, and isolation. Increasingly, health care providers are trying to address these social issues in addition to treating medical conditions. Commonwealth Fund–supported researchers explored how providers coordinate with local social services organizations and identified… Read more »

ASPEN 2017 Conference: Nutrition for Patient Care—Real World Perspective

August 9, 2017

This video presentation by Dr. Correia discusses the current state of consensus in nutrition intervention guidelines and protocols, and then highlights institutional success in implementation of a nutrition-focused Quality Improvement Program (QIP). The QIP is associated with improvement of several important clinical outcomes, including a reduction in both length of stay and 30-day readmissions in… Read more »

Food Insecurity, Chronic Disease, and Health Among Working-Age Adults

August 17, 2017

In this report, this report examines the relationship between food security and health as measured by 10 chronic conditions identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as particularly worthy of research because of their prevalence, cost, morbidity, and preventability. We focus on the role of food security as a predictor of health… Read more »