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.

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

January 4, 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 »

Report: Working Together Toward Better Health Outcomes

July 25, 2017

The Partnership for Healthy Outcomes – comprised of Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), Center for Healthcare Strategies (CHCS), and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities (Alliance), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) – set out to capture and analyze the lessons emerging in this dynamic space, as organizations explore partnerships to achieve… Read more »

Integrated Care Resource Center

June 23, 2017

The Integrated Care Resource Center (ICRC) was established to help states share and learn about best practices for delivering coordinated health care to individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, who are among the programs’ high-need, high-cost beneficiaries. ICRC is assisting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office in working with states to… Read more »

Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative: MQii Toolkit

February 8, 2017

The Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii) Toolkit is a guide for identifying and implementing clinical quality improvements for malnutrition care. It is designed to support changes among the care team’s clinical knowledge and raise awareness of best practices for optimal nutrition care delivery. Using this toolkit can help improve malnutrition care for older adults admitted… Read more »

ASPEN Solution Center

February 7, 2017

The ASPEN Solution Center is designed to help individuals, consumers and caregivers, clinicians, and healthcare administrators with the identification, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease-related malnutrition. We have the solutions to help you and your institution deliver optimal nutrition care. This page highlights ASPEN’s resources and tools for you to help yourself, your clients, and… Read more »

ASPEN Malnutrition Toolkit

February 7, 2017

For the past 40 years, ASPEN has focused its strategic efforts on reducing the incidence of malnutrition in hospitalized patients. The following resources and tools have been made for you the, healthcare clinician, clinical nutrition managers, administrators, consumers, patients and caregivers. The A.S.P.E.N. Malnutrition Toolkit allows healthcare professionals to quickly access the latest articles, tools,… Read more »

Webinar: We Know We Do Good Work, Now What?

January 27, 2017

Aging and disability community-based organizations (CBO) provide valuable and cost-effective services that improve the quality of life of countless individuals, their families and caregivers. This good work is evident to and celebrated by those who give and receive it, but often goes unnoticed or unappreciated by larger, more “traditional” healthcare entities. A critical competency for… Read more »

Webinar: Integrate Nutrition Services in Your Local Healthcare System

January 17, 2017

Don’t miss this upcoming webinar! Title: An Opportunity to Integrate Nutrition Services into Your Local Healthcare Community Presenter: Kim Delp, Senior Director of Home & Community Based Services Date: January 26, 2017 Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm ET To find out more – click here!