Particularly in light of new opportunities available to aging network programs under the Affordable Care Act, there are a number of opportunties for the aging network to collaborate with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the health care sector, as well as to partner with local networks of hospitals and other health care entities to provide a more holistic, person-centered approach.

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 »

TIM Talks: Business Acumen Webinar Series

March 1, 2018

The Administration for Community Living (ACL), Office of Nutrition and Health Promotion Programs (ONHPP), in collaboration with consultant Tim McNeill, hosts a Business Acumen webinar series entitled, TIM Talks. Webinars feature discussions on various business acumen related topics in an inviting question and answer format. In addition to specific topics, participants always have the opportunity… 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 »

Medicaid Adult Dental Benefits: An Overview

January 20, 2018

Access to oral health care for low-income adults is a persistent challenge in the United States. Poor oral health can elevate risks for chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, and can lead to lost workdays, reduced employability, and the preventable use of costly acute care. As many states expand Medicaid coverage for adults… Read more »

Using Community Partnerships to Integrate Health and Social Services for High-Need, High-Cost Patients

January 20, 2018

In order to better address health-related social needs, communities across the country have been experimenting with programs to connect health care providers with community-based organizations (CBOs) that address social needs, such as housing, food insecurity, and assistance with utilities and transportation. This brief from the Commonwealth Fund surveys the landscape of these programs, highlights common… 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 »

Medicare Spends More on Socially Isolated Older Adults

December 7, 2017

Socially isolated older adults are at greater risk for poor health and death than their well-connected counterparts. However, information is lacking on whether social isolation among older adults affects health care spending. AARP Policy Institute and Standford University’s Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging partnered to complete a study looking at… 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 »