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October 07, 2004 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, awarded 14 grants totaling $600,000 to support innovative approaches to care management in the Aging Services Network. These grants are specifically designed to identify and support innovations in aging services that involve partnerships with managed care organizations or capitated financing arrangements to improve the quality of 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. “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, 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.”

Projects include: promising practices that will document existing models and approaches that can be replicated in other communities; program enhancements that build on existing partnerships or approaches already place; or new models that support the design and/or implementation of new approaches in managed care. A broad mix of partnerships between community organizations, area agencies on aging, managed care and universities are represented in the programs.

Inglewood, CA City of Inglewood Food & Nutrition Management Services, Inc., Partners in Care, Los Angeles County Area Agency on Aging & Kaiser Permanente Be Well Program
Los Angeles, CA Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Association Kaiser Permanente Metropolitan Los Angeles Region & National Alzheimer's Association Dementia Care Project
San Mateo, CA San Mateo County HealthPlan of San Mateo Integrated Information Project
Clearwater, FL Gulf Coast Jewish Family Services, Inc. CARES, Inc., Suncoast Center for Community Mental Health & Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas Pasco-Pinellas Long-Term Care Partnership
Atlanta, GA Atlanta Regional Commission Evercare, Visiting Nurse Health System, & Project Open Hand Atlanta Access Care – specialized care persons with ESRD
Chicago, IL Chinese American Service League Network & Humana, Inc. Access Community Health Managed Care Initiative
Baltimore, MD City of Baltimore School of Pharmacy, University of Maryland & Elder Health Maryland HMO, Inc. Post-hospital Discharge Support Services
Boston, MA Jewish Family and Children's Service Evercare Senior Care Options Culturally Competent Case Management for Non-English Speaking Seniors
Southfield, MI Area Agency on Aging 1-B Health Alliance Plan Community Supports/ Managed Care for Chronic Disease Management
Buffalo, NY Erie County Department of Senior Services Independent Health Association, Inc., Tender Loving Care Staff Builders Home Health Care & State University of New York at Buffalo's Center for Assistive Technology Partnership for Falls Prevention
Rochester, NY Catholic Charities of Diocese of Rochester Lifetime Health Aging & Health Integrated Care Management
Cleveland, OH Benjamin Rose Institute Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, MetroHealth Medical Center & Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging Partnership for Care Consultation
Uniontown, OH Area Agency on Aging 10B, Inc. SummaCare Health Plan High Risk Screening Tool
Seattle, WA Senior Services of Seattle/King County Health Enhancement Program (HEP)

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.