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|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|August 6th, 2004
||Contact: AoA Press Office
AoA Announces New Funding Opportunity
The Administration on Aging (AoA) announced today in the Federal
Register the availability of funding to support innovative approaches
to care management in the Aging Services Network. The program
will fund existing practices and new ideas that can promote the
integration of health and social supports for older people, and
strengthen the position of the Aging Services Network in health
and long term care.
“We believe this new program holds great promise for demonstrating
how the core values and competencies of our Aging Services Network
can be effectively combined with managed care models and approaches
to enhance the quality of care for our growing elderly population,” said
Josefina G. Carbonell, AoA’s Assistant Secretary for Aging. “This
program is part of a larger strategic effort AoA has undertaken
to strengthen the role of community aging services programs in
promoting a more balanced and integrated system of health and
long term care for older people.”
As new options for older people are emerging in health and long-term
care, managed care is playing an increasingly important role.
The grants program is specifically designed to identify and support
innovations in aging services that involve the use of partnerships
with managed care organizations, and capitated financing arrangements
that improve the quality of care for older people.
AoA expects to award up to 20 projects at up to $50,000 each
under this program in Fiscal Year 2004. Eligible applicants include
non-profit community-based aging services provider organizations
that currently receive funding under the Older Americans Act,
and Area Agencies on Aging.
Three types of projects will be funded:
1. Promising Practices – projects that identify and document existing
models and approaches that can be replicated in other community organizations;
2. Program Enhancements – projects that build on existing partnerships
or approaches already in place; and,
3. New Models or Approaches – projects that support the design and/or
implementation of new models or approaches in care management.
The program advances AoA’s 5-Year Strategic Plan and builds
on other initiatives the agency has launched over the past 3
years that support the Aging Services Network’s role in
health and long term care.
Additional information about the new Integrated Care Management
Grants Program, including a copy of the full program announcement
with application instructions, can be found: Here