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ACL Awards USAging Funding to Establish the Center of Excellence to Align Health and Social Care

USAging has received a $12 million grant from the U.S. Administration for Community Living's (ACL) Office of Network Advancement to establish the Center of Excellence (CoE) to Align Health and Social Care: Enhancing Community-Based Aging and Disability Organizations to Improve Access to Long-Term Services and Supports. This funding will help enable community-based organizations supported by ACL to develop and enhance their ability to operate as Community Care Hubs (CCHs). Through this award, the CoE will collaborate with relevant stakeholders to improve access to long-term services and supports through CCHs as part of a broader No Wrong Door (NWD) System. USAging’s Aging and Disability Business Institute will administer and coordinate the CoE. 

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Health Care Contracts and Partnerships

Join us on September 26 from 3:00-4:00 PM ET for a webinar to hear from the 2023 winner of The John A. Hartford Business Innovation Award, Western New York Integrated Care Collaborative, and the runners-up, Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging and Region IV Area Agency on Aging in Michigan. Attendees will learn their strategies for developing contracts and partnerships, their challenges and the outcomes they achieved. Register now

New CMS Model Aims to Redesign Care Delivery and Improve Equity

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the States Advancing All-Payer Health Equity Approaches and Development Model (States Advancing AHEAD or AHEAD Model), which aims to address chronic disease, behavioral health and other medical conditions. States participating in the AHEAD Model will be better prepared to promote health equity, increase access to primary care services, set health care costs on a more sustainable trajectory and lower health care costs for patients. The AHEAD Model represents the next iteration of CMS’ Innovation Center's multi-payer total cost of care models.

New Research Shows Reduced Hospital Readmissions Among Active Care Management Participants 

A new study shows reductions in hospital readmission rates 30-90 days after discharge among patients who enrolled and were most likely to engage in the Camden Coalition's complex care management model. The results show that among patients who were deemed most likely to engage in care management, the relative 30-day readmission risk for intervention participants was 48 percent lower than the control group rate, and the relative 90-day readmission risk was 52 percent lower. Learn more about the study's methodology and findings in a blog post from the Camden Coalition.

Looking for data to boost your value proposition? The Business Institute's Evidence Bank houses a collection of research studies that CBOs can pull from to bolster their own pitches to health care entities. If you have a research article that you would like us to include, please email us or fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

Policies to Support Community Health Worker Programs for Populations With Complex Needs

In a recent blog post, The Better Care Playbook interviewed Carl Rush, principal consultant for Community Resources, LLC and senior technology advisor for the National Association of Community Health Workers, to increase understanding of the association's current and future policies related to supporting people with complex needs. Community Health Workers (CHWs) are direct care workers who share lived experience with and often come from the communities they serve. CHWs support connections between communities and health systems and build trust with patients due to their shared backgrounds. The blog post addresses issues such as the range of roles CHWs can play including advancing equity; key barriers to implementing and sustaining CHWs in agencies; payment models; and developing policy strategies to support CHWs. 

New Age-Friendly Podcast from Trust for America’s Health

Trust for America's Health has launched a new quarterly podcast focused on Age-Friendly Public Health Systems (AFPHS). The first episode features The John A. Hartford Foundation's president, Terry Fulmer. Listen to the episode for an introduction to AFPHS and related initiatives as well as a discussion of why these frameworks are essential for improving the health of older adults. The Business Institute is supported by The John A. Hartford Foundation. 

Funding Opportunity for Benefits Outreach and Enrollment  

The National Council on Aging's Center for Benefits Access is soliciting grant applications from organizations wishing to become a Benefits Enrollment Center (BEC). BECs use person-centered strategies in a coordinated, community-wide approach to find and enroll low-income Medicare beneficiaries—both older adults age 65 and older as well as adults with disabilities—into a range of public benefits. Grants from $25,000 to $250,000 will be awarded. Applications are due October 5. 

CBOs seeking to contract with health care entities often need evidence about the effectiveness of their program to make a case for contracting. The Business Institute is seeking outcomes from successful contracts to add to its Evidence Bank. Does your CBO have outcomes data from your contracts that you are able to share? Let us know.


September 26, 2023 | 3:00 PM ET

Webinar: The John A. Hartford Business Innovation Award: 2023 Recipients Speak About Their Innovative Health Care Contracts and Partnerships (Presented by the Aging and Disability Business Institute)


September 26, 2023 | 1:00 PM ET

Webinar: ECO Group Request for Proposals (Presented by The SCAN Foundation and the California Health Care Foundation)


September 27, 2023 | 2:00 PM ET

Webinar: Discovering Pathways of Support: What CMS’s new GUIDE Model means for dementia patients, caregivers and providers (Presented by ATI Advisory)


September 28, 2023 | 1:00 PM ET

Webinar: CACHI's Webinar on Five-Year Evaluation Findings (Presented by the California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (CACHI)


October 12-14, 2023 | Orange County, CA

Event: Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) Annual Conference (Presented by APRIL)


October 17-20, 2023 | Austin, TX

Event: Grantmakers in Aging 2023 Annual Conference (Presented by Grantmakers in Aging)


October 23-24, 2023 | Washington, DC

Event: C-TAC | CAPC Leadership Summit (Presented by C-TAC and the Center to Advance Palliative Care)


November 1-3, 2023 | Boston, MA

Conference: Putting Care at the Center 2023 (Presented by the Camden Coalition's National Center for Complex Health & Social Needs, Commonwealth Care Alliance and The Center to Advance Consumer Partnership)


December 4-6, 2023 | Washington, DC

Conference: Social Determinants of Health Policy Forum (Presented by Aligning for Health)

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