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Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Trading Spaces: Remodeling Acute Care for Seniors

By Liane Wardlow | Wednesday, September 19, 2018 We can probably all agree that no one wants to experience an acute medical event. However, they’re simply a part of life — particularly for seniors who often live with multiple chronic medical conditions, which can, from time-to-time, escalate into an acute situation needing immediate medical attention. Unfortunately, seniors… Read more »

Defeat Malnutrition Today: Senior Malnutrition – A Significant Threat to Successful Aging

September 12, 2018 West Health Contributors: Brenda Schmitthenner, MPA, Jessa K. Engelberg, PhD, Andrea M. Morris, PhD, MPH, Amy Herr MHS, Kai Oliver-Kurtin, Cheryl Hassoldt Malnutrition disproportionally affects seniors, with up to 1 out of every 2 at risk for malnutrition, and disease-associated malnutrition in seniors is estimated to cost $51.3 billion annually. Aligned with… Read more »

Build Healthy Places: Fast Fact: For the first time in U.S. history, older adults are projected to outnumber children by 2035.

        June 29, 2018 | Capital Impact Partners and West Health Fact For the first time in U.S. history, older adults are projected to outnumber children by 2035. Increasing life expectancy, a declining birth rate, and the aging of the baby boom generation will dramatically increase the number and proportion of the U.S. population over… Read more »

Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.: Early State Efforts to Advance Value in Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Programs

By Michelle Herman Soper, MHS and Leah Smith and Debra Lipson State Medicaid programs are beginning to adopt value-based payment (VBP) models to reward value — or high quality, cost-effective care — for the long-term services and supports (LTSS) they provide to beneficiaries. Medicaid managed long-term services and supports (MLTSS) programs — which operate in more than 20… Read more »

San Diego Union-Tribune: Gary West Commentary | Seniors will lose out with Trump’s drug plan. Here’s how.

By GARY WEST Every businessperson understands the “art of the deal” has little to do with art and everything to do with leverage. But as we discovered when President Donald Trump released his long-promised plan to lower drug prices, the business of politics often trumps real-world business principles. Nowhere in the ironically titled “American Patients First” blueprint… Read more »

Older Americans Month—Engage at Every Age

Each May, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) leads our nation’s celebration of Older Americans Month (OAM). ACL designed the 2018 OAM theme, Engage at Every Age. For more OAM resources, visit the ACL’s website.

Health Evolution: Advancing Connected Health for Seniors

Tim Lash and Dr. John Mattison of Kaiser Permanente, share their insights and challenges to connect with seniors, address their complex needs and to ultimately achieve better outcomes through more connected health.  Hear from a provider leader and a foundation executive who pioneer connected health solutions assess emerging innovation opportunities for the senior market. >… Read more »

ASA: Managing LTSS Services to Help Seniors Age in Place

By Amy Herr Introduction The ongoing repeal and replace debate has brought to light something that most Americans are not aware of—the fact that nursing home and other long term services and supports are financed almost entirely by the Medicaid program and about half of Americans will need Medicaid at some point in their lives…. Read more »

HuffPost: How to Navigate Successful Aging

Shelley Lyford, Contributor How to Navigate Successful Aging: It Takes Work and Careful Planning to Age Successfully Mark Twain once said, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” This might sum up a philosophy held by Beatrice, a former New York City principal, guidance counselor and teacher… Read more »