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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
December 8, 2005 Contact: AoA Press Office
(202) 401-4541

THE ADMINISTRATION ON AGING AWARDS $600,000 TO THE
AGING SERVICES NETWORK FOR MANAGED CARE INITIATIVES

The Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, today announced 10 grants totaling nearly $600,000 were awarded to Aging Services Network partners and programs to support innovative approaches to care management. 

“The projects we funded in the first year of this program have demonstrated how the core values and competencies of our Aging Services Network can be effectively combined with managed care models, including MMA demonstrations, to enhance the quality of care for our growing elderly population,” said Josefina G. Carbonell, Assistant Secretary for Aging.“ The continuation of this program supports our larger strategic effort to strengthen the role of community aging programs in promoting a more balanced and integrated system of health and long term care for America’s seniors.”

As new options for older people are emerging in health and long-term care, managed care continues to play an important role.  AoA’s Integrated Care Management grants program, now in its second year, is designed to identify and support innovations in aging services that involve the use of partnerships with managed care organizations or Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) demonstrations. The creation and use of capitated financing arrangements that improve older people’s access to social and preventive services is also a key feature of the grants program. 

Current projects include enhancements that build either upon existing or new models, which support the design and/or implementation of approaches in managed care.  Grantees include area agencies on aging and community aging services providers.  For example, the Benjamin Rose Institute, a CASP in Cleveland, Ohio, will continue its partnership with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the MetroHealth Medical System, and the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging to expand a care consultation intervention involving the use of telephone-based coaching and coordinating to increase access to community services among seniors and their families.  A broad mix of program partnerships between area agencies on aging, community organizations, managed care organizations, universities, and health care providers are represented in the following chart:

AGING SERVICES NETWORK INTEGRATED CARE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS
SUBJECT AREA GRANTEE / LOCAL PARTNERS CITY/STATE
Dementia Care Project Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Association
Partners:  HealthCare Partners Medical Group, University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
High Risk Screening Tool Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc.
Partner:  SummaCare Health Plan
Uniontown, OH
Access Care – care management for
older persons with chronic disease
Atlanta Regional Commission
Partners: Evercare, Visiting Nurse Health System, & Project Open Hand Atlanta    
Atlanta, GA
Partnership for Care Consultation Benjamin Rose Institute
Partners:  Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, MetroHealth Medical Center & Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging
Cleveland, OH
Managed Care Initiative Chinese American Service League
Partners:  Access Community Health Network & Humana, Inc.
Chicago, IL
Be Well Program City of Inglewood
Partners:  Food & Nutrition Management Services, Inc., Partners in Care, Los Angeles County Area Agency on Aging & Kaiser Permanente
Inglewood, CA
Pasco-Pinellas Long-Term Care Partnership Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc.
Partners:  CARES, Inc., Suncoast Center for Community Mental Health & Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas
Clearwater, FL
Falls Prevention and Chronic Disease Management Kenosha County Department of Human Services
Partners: University of Wisconsin, Madison; (rate capitation)
Kenosha, WI
Integrated Information Project San Mateo County
Partner:  HealthPlan of San Mateo
San Mateo, CA
Health Enhancement Program (HEP) Senior Services of Seattle/King County
Partner: Group Health
Seattle, WA

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging (AoA), works with a nationwide network of organizations and service providers to make support services and resources available to older persons and their caregivers.  For more information about the AoA, please contact: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Aging, Washington, D.C. 20201, Phone (202) 401-4541, Email: aoainfo@aoa.gov or visit our Website at http://www.aoa.gov.




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