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High-Performance Revisited: Examining Long-Term Services and Supports System Performance

Each edition of the AARP Public Policy Institute's Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard has measured state performance against an objective, data-driven set of metrics that illustrate how states were doing with their LTSS systems at a given time. This paper discusses the approach to the 2023 edition of the Scorecard, reflects on what has changed since the Scorecard was first published, and considers the possibilities of future editions.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74237

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From Ideation to Standard Practice: Scaling Innovations in Long-Term Services and Supports

Much innovation in the LTSS system has originated at local levels and later reached the national level after testing and support from the government, foundations and others. A new paper reviews five innovative LTSS programs to explore how they were successfully scaled up and implemented in more places. This report builds on the widely accepted model for understanding the expansion of an innovation developed by sociologist E.M. Rogers, who coined the phrase “early adopter.” Its five recommendations adapt Rogers’s framework to selecting and promoting LTSS innovations.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74208

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Look for the Helpers: Providing Support to Older Adults

Findings from the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging demonstrate the importance of providing support to caregivers. More than half of people age 50 to 80 say they helped at least one person over 65 with their health or personal care needs, meals, finances, or home maintenance/improvement in the past two years, according to new findings. While nearly all helpers (96%) reported positive aspects of supporting others, a quarter said it was more difficult than they expected, especially for those helping with more care tasks or helping someone with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease/other dementia.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74199

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White paper: Disaster planning for human services agencies

Disasters come in many forms, from hurricanes and wildfires to pandemics and cyber attacks. Some of the hardest-hit victims are often older adults, individuals with disabilites, and unsheltered clients. WellSky is offering a free white paper to inform disaster preparedness plans. The paper provides step-by-step guidance to implement the five phases of preparedness, locate federal and state resources available to you, and continue service provision during and after an emergency.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74187

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Recovery from Elder Financial Exploitation: a framework for policy and research

CFPB released a new report outlining the stages of recovery from elder financial exploitation and addressing why some older adults are more likely to get their money back than others. The report also identifies areas of work in policy, research, and practices that can help us improve the likelihood of recovery.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74143

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2021-2022 Grantee Snapshots

Community Care Corps has developed a new publication highlighting the accomplishments of their 2021-2022 grantees. Each grantee snapshot includes a program overview highlighting key efforts, partners and future directions. Returning grantees applied lessons learned from year one to enhance their volunteer service models while first-time grantees launched creative new volunteer program models to respond to the changing needs of their communities.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74142

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Telehealth and the Role of the Aging Network

A new Policy Spotlight from the Aging and Disability Business Institute and the National Council on Aging provides an overview of how telehealth has changed as a result of the pandemic. The Policy Spotlight outlines the current challenges related to access to telehealth, identifies opportunities for the Aging Network and discusses legislative actions for expanding telehealth.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74131

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Beneficiary Experience, Affordability, Utilization, and Quality in Medicare Advantage and Traditional Medicare: A Review of the Literature

The Kaiser Family Foundation's new report, “Beneficiary Experience, Affordability, Utilization, and Quality in Medicare Advantage and Traditional Medicare: A Review of the Literature,” details their findings from an analysis of 62 studies published since 2016 comparing traditional Medicare to Medicare Advantage. The analysis reviewed beneficiary experience, affordability, service utilization, and quality measures. According to the report, the review “found few differences between Medicare Advantage and traditional Medicare that are supported by strong evidence or have been replicated across multiple studies. Both Medicare Advantage and traditional Medicare beneficiaries reported similar rates of satisfaction.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74122

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Case Study: AgeSpan and Partners Bring Housing and Services Together

As an Area Agency on Aging (AAA), AgeSpan engages in innovative partnerships with housing providers through the Massachusetts Supportive Housing Program. In northeastern Massachusetts, AgeSpan pursues solutions that bring together housing and supportive services. Why? Many older adults and people with disabilities not only need afordable and accessible housing, but also supportive services that enable them to be as independent as possible. Assistance with nutrition, transportation, personal care, medication management, and chore services are just a few examples of these critical services.

Short URL: http://www.advancingstates.org/node/74120

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