Director's Corner: Celebrating Consumer Leadership!

This month, we are thrilled to announce the Center’s second annual Speak Up for Better Health award! This prize recognizes extraordinary people working to improve their health and the health of their communities.

Director's Corner: Person-Centered Care – Sharing Evaluation Results, Progress and Threats

Sharing Evaluation Results, News Affecting Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees, and Three Harmful Federal Policy Proposals.

As #OAM19 Winds Down, a Focus on Aligning Care with What Matters to Older Adults

On the final day of #OAM19, we’re pleased to share a look at Age-Friendly Health Systems, an initiative of The John A. Hartford Foundation and Institute for Healthcare Improvement, that seeks to improve care for all older adults.

A Treasure Trove of Resources on Providing Better Care for Older Adults

During the final week of Older Americans Month (#OAM19), we’re lifting up the work we’ve been doing with the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office and The Lewin Group to develop webinar resources for providers and plans that provide care to older adults.

Embracing Older Americans Month by Serving Up Food Security for Older Adults

As the Center rolls out the second round of our Consumer Voices for Innovation (CVI 2.0) grants targeting social determinants of health and their impacts on various consumer populations, partners in Massachusetts and Maine focus on needs of older adults.

Contribute! Celebrating Older Adults Who Make a Difference in Health Innovation

The third pillar of this year's Older Americans Month theme, “Connect, Create, Contribute,” holds particular resonance for us at the Center, where we work to elevate the voices of older adult consumers in health delivery reform advocacy.

Excitement, Caution and Unanswered Questions: A Look at CMS’s New Primary Care Models

At the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation, we’ve long been champions of the important role primary care plays in improving health outcomes, lowering health care costs and achieving health equity.

Five Things We’re Doing in 2019 to Address the Social Determinants of Health

Community Catalyst’s work on social determinants is longstanding, and is an essential component of the framework needed to build a just health care system that works for everyone. Here are five ways we’re going deeper in 2019.

Eldercare Voices: Marking Older Americans Month: A Conversation With Byllye Avery on the Health Challenges Older Black Women Face

May is Older Americans Month, a perfect time to better understand some of the health-related challenges facing older Black women in the United States.

Director's Corner: Welcome to the May edition of Health Innovation Highlights!

We have lots of news to share this month about person-centered care advocacy for people with complex health and social needs.

Confronting the Wounds of Racism

During our recent visit to Montgomery, Alabama, we had the opportunity to confront our nation’s history of slavery, mass incarceration and racism, while also having our faith in our democracy elevated by witnessing energetically engaged consumer advocacy.

Eldercare Voices: Embracing Population Health to Improve Care for Older Adults

The emergence of value-based models of care has brought increased attention to improving coordination and quality while reducing unnecessary procedures and increasing attention to quality of life and patient-centered, individualized care.

Rubber, Meet Road: Consumer Engagement in Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organization Program

At a meeting of Community Advisory Council members engaged with Orgeon's Coordinated Care Programs (CCOs),many lessons on how the potential of these bodies can be realized through effective implementation.

Lifting Up Older Adult Voices for Advocacy

In this Video Blog, Pennsylvania volunteer consumer leader Debbie McCarthy-Arnone discusses the power that older adults can have when they acquire advocacy skills that can help them speak up to improve programs that serve them.

Eldercare Voices: Health and Aging Policy Fellows - Training Future Leaders to Address Health Care Needs of Older Americans

In its eleventh year, the Health and Aging Fellowship Program has had 128 Fellows to date, and is accepting applications through April 15 for the 2019-2020 program year.

Director's Corner: Remembering Rob

Here at Community Catalyst, it was Rob’s vision that made the Center possible. He was always encouraging us to look ahead, think about what was around the corner and plan for that future.

Screening for Social Needs: How Medicaid Can Address Social Determinants of Health

Several states are in the beginning stages of allowing their Medicaid program to deliver care to patients in ways that address their health-related social needs.

Five Takeaways from the New Evaluations of the Financial Alignment Initiative

In late November, the Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO) released long-awaited evaluation reports for five states participating in the Financial Alignment Initiative (FAI) – first evaluation reports for California, Illinois and Ohio, and second annual reports for Minnesota and Washington. California,...

Eldercare Voices: When Person-Centered Services Stop at My Mother's Nursing Home Door

Lori Simon-Rusinowitz, MPH, Ph.D. What can a daughter do when her mother's reality – a nursing home with no person-centered care in sight – presents a stark contrast to her own work devoted to making person-centered services available to all?...

Director's Corner: What’s Next for Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees?

Last Wednesday, the Center was honored to host “The Dual Imperative: What’s Next for Medicare-Medicaid Enrollees” in Washington, D.C. to discuss improving care for the 11 million people enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid. This population includes older adults, people...

Innovation Continues, For Better or Worse, Despite Congressional Gridlock

“Public Expects Gridlock” is the headline to a summary of survey findings about what voters expect out of Washington post-midterm elections. The Democrats control the House, Republicans control the Senate and not much of anything will get done inside the...

After the Elections: What’s Next? A Look at Social and Economic Health Determinants

Here are three key ways health care advocates can help the health care system engage proactively on SDOH

Director’s Corner: Counting Chads – A Post-Election Recap

It’s been over a week since election day, and final counts (and, in some cases, recounts) are still underway. But the broad outlines have come into view: the Senate will remain under Republican control, the Democrats have gained a clear...

Eldercare Voices: Spotlight – Learning to Appreciate Integrated Care to Address Mental Health Needs

Gregg Warshaw, M.D.   The practice of geriatric medicine is characterized by an inter-professional approach. During my career I’ve been fortunate to practice in settings with comprehensive team-based care.  Most recently, for the past three years, I have been working...

Dedicated Community Members Leading by Example in Rhode Island

In 2016, Rhode Island established a consumer-led Implementation Council (IC) for the state’s dual eligible demonstration project, the Integrated Care Initiative (ICI). This body is a community member-led council that is supported by the state’s Executive Office of Human Services...

Director's Corner: Making Better Health and Health Justice a Reality: The Important Role of Advocacy

Last week at Community Catalyst’s Annual Advocates Convening in Atlanta, Center staff, partners and guests had the chance to celebrate the important role that advocacy plays in improving health. While there is no shortage of policy ideas and solutions for...

Consumer Advocacy Around a “Do-Over” for Medicaid Managed Care in Alabama

After a new governor in Alabama halted planning for regional care organizations (RCOs) as the model for Medicaid managed care in the state, advocates with Arise Citizens’ Policy Project are involved in state efforts to come up with a better model.

What the Massachusetts One Care Implementation Council Teaches Us About Consumer Engagement

In 2013, Massachusetts developed the One Care Implementation Council so consumers could have an active role in the implementation of Massachusetts’ Financial Alignment Initiative, known as “One Care.” I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with consumers, advocates and...

Director's Corner: We’ve Got Your Back on Your 53rd Birthday, Medicare & Medicaid!

Medicare and Medicaid are turning 53 at the end of this month. Their importance to the health of the nation is hard to overstate: together, they provide coverage to one in three people in the United States, including many with...

Winning Strategies: Organizing Consumers for Delivery Reform

If health care advocacy were a sport, there’d be no question about our defensive strategy. Much of our collective efforts over the last few years have centered around defeating threats to Medicaid and Medicare, and protecting the Affordable Care Act....

Director's Corner: The Importance of Housing to Health, And What We’re Doing About It

The video features the work of Center partner the Pennsylvania Health Action Network (PHAN) in building a Housing as Health coalition in Pennsylvania along with other advocacy groups and housing organizations like Project HOME in Philadelphia.

Consumer Engagement: A Call for Tools that Measure Organizational and Policy Level Engagement

Everyone is talking about consumer engagement in health care. It is the term of art used to describe anything from reaching people through mobile apps, involving stakeholders in advisory groups to inform new program development, and even – in some...

Director's Corner: Engage at Every Age!

 Older Americans Month celebrates the difference that older adults make in our communities and this year’s theme is “Engage at Every Age.” Working with older adults to improve the quality of care and quality of life is central to the...

Lost in Translation: Providing Person-Centered Care to Linguistic Minorities

As a consumer sitting in the doctor’s office, understanding medical information has never been more challenging or complex, and providing person-centered care begins with adequately communicating with the patient. Consumers need to understand their health condition, their prescription medication, alternative...

Director's Corner: What I’m Reading During National Minority Health Month

April is National Minority Health Month, a fitting occasion to reflect on what is needed to improve care and achieve equitable outcomes in the United States. Sometimes on the front lines, when taking care of an individual patient, it can...

Faces and Stories from Oregon’s Health System Transformation

Oregon is widely perceived as a national leader in health care reform and health system transformation, but the reality for most Oregonians is that health care remains expensive, poorly coordinated and a source of anxiety for far too many. Oregon’s...

“It Feels Like You Have to Make a Decision in the Dark:” Early Lessons from Pennsylvania’s Move to Managed Care

Since Pennsylvania first proposed changing the way it delivers Medicaid-funded long-term services to older adults and people with physical disabilities, we here at the Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) and our partners have been working hard to make sure the...

Community Health Workers Building Trust and Families’ Health in the New York City Region

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are trusted members of their communities who share similar backgrounds with the people they serve. In partnership with health care consumers, clinicians and other providers, CHWs play a pivotal role in reducing health disparities and helping...

Eldercare Voices: Moving Toward Age-Friendly Health Care

Steven M. Stein MD, MHS It’s been almost 30 years since I completed my Geriatrics fellowship in Boston. I would love to say that the care of older adults has advanced to a point where all older adults receive “age-friendly”...

A Look Back and Ahead at Innovative Health Care Programs in Minnesota

Throughout 2017, TakeAction Minnesota members organized to defend Medicaid by collecting and sharing stories, mobilizing Minnesotans to vociferously oppose bills that would harm Medicaid, and by training individuals on the threats to the state’s Medicaid innovations like Integrated Health Partnerships...

Director's Corner: What’s Next for Health System Improvement - Four New Initiatives to Watch

Director, Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation It’s been a busy few months for health care advocacy, given the numerous health care-related provisions in the budget deal to keep the government open and the release of the president’s proposed...

Eldercare Voices: Goal-Oriented Care Is Person-Centered Care

David B. Reuben, MD Millions of older adults live with chronic conditions – those that last a year or more and require ongoing medical attention. Examples include arthritis, diabetes, asthma and chronic lung disease, heart failure, and dementia. Few chronic...

Medicaid Work Requirements Will Have Devastating Impacts for People with Complex Health Needs

For people with disabilities or complex medical conditions, accessing health care services is an absolutely necessary and often times incredibly stressful endeavor. Just getting the care needed to live a healthy and productive life can involve managing multiple appointments with...

Director's Corner: What I’m Learning as I’m Teaching

Over the past ten years, I’ve had the opportunity to teach in a health policy course for medical students. And over the course of that decade, I’ve enjoyed working with dozens of future doctors as they study the rapid changes...

Tapadh Leat!* For Global Lessons on Consumer and Community Engagement

Now that winter is fully upon us (see, e.g., last week’s “bomb cyclone” along the East Coast of the U.S.), I find myself reflecting back on my past few months of work at the Center. Without a doubt, one of...

Director's Corner: Our Year in Numbers

As we approach the end of 2017, I am filled with gratitude for our colleagues, our fellow advocates, our partners and our champions. 2017 has not been an easy year, but you inspired, challenged and accompanied us in our shared...

Director's Corner: On Giving Care and Giving Thanks

In my clinical work, I get to meet and work with an incredibly devoted set of family caregivers. These are parents caring for their special needs child, often while also caring for an aging parent. Or a spouse, sibling or...

Eldercare Voices: Moving Toward Person- and Family-Centered Care

Lynn Friss Feinberg, MSW As November is National Family Caregivers Month (#NFCMonth), with  this year’s theme “Caregiving Around the Clock,” we are pleased to reprint an Eldercare Voices column on the importance of recognizing the vital role of family caregivers...

“Don’t Just Make Them Hear You, Make Them Listen!”

On Oct. 12, I was honored to join advocates and consumers from Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Michigan for a day in Washington, D.C. focused on person-centered care for Medicare-Medicaid beneficiaries.   Our day was centered around the Alliance for Health...

Aging in America: A Crisis in Caring We’re Not Talking About

Every day, 10,000 people in this country turn 65 – that’s more than 400 every hour! What does this mean for health and health care? That’s the conversation that Politico Live convened recently in Washington D.C., bringing together national thought...

Eldercare Voices: Whatever It Takes - Building a Healthcare System like "Cheers" (Where Everyone Knows Your Name)

Steven M. Stein, MD Fragmented care delivered by fragmented providers with fragmented documentation during fragmented hours in fragmented settings through fragmented funding has not provided person-centered care. “Whatever It Takes” is an attempt we are undertaking in Michigan to change...

New Video: Embracing Culturally Competent Care for LGBTQ Older Adults

Tomorrow, October 11, is the 29th annual National Coming Out Day (NCOD) which celebrates people of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) identities feeling empowered to make their true selves known – to their families, friends and coworkers and...

Director's Corner: Research Roundup - Patient Engagement Pitfalls and Possibilities

I’m pleased to share two recent articles by our team that were published in the latest issue of The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. The first article, “Perspectives on How to Engage Consumers in Health System Transformation,” suggests that consumers...

Low Income Transit Riders in Rhode Island Find Their Voice

Earlier this year, RIPTA raised transit fares to 50 cents for a one-way ride plus 25 cents for a transfer. The fare increase was a disaster for low income elderly and disabled riders.

Eldercare Voices: Championing Oral Health for Older Adults

Deborah Jacobi, RDH, MA Dr. Sarah Crane is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine and practices in Rochester, Minnesota. She, along with a mentor, Dr. Linda A. Ward, are also oral health champions.  Dr. Crane shared with me...

What Consumer Advocates Need to Know About the New MACRA Quality Payment Program Rule

It would have been easy to miss it with the frenzied activity around the Senate health care bills these past few weeks, but on June 20, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed regulation laying out...

New Center Program: Connect Respected Health Care Experts with Consumer Advocates to Improve Care

An essential aspect of the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation’s mission to improve care for vulnerable and historically underserved communities is to support consumer health leaders as they advocate for health system change. To that end, this week...

A Medicaid and Medicare Anniversary That Brings Uncertainty for Dual Eligibles

As the Senate continues to debate health care proposals that could result in significant cuts to vital public programs, we want to talk about the importance of Medicaid and Medicare to the population that crucially depends on both programs working...

Director's Corner: The National Academy of Medicine Points the Way to Improved Care for High-Needs Patients

  Last week, I had the honor of speaking at the National Academy of Medicine in Washington, D.C., at the release of the Academy’s new special report, “Effective Care for High-Need Patients: Opportunities for Improving Outcomes, Value, and Health.” This...

Capping Medicaid: Lost Home Care Jobs Would Increase the Burden on Family Caregivers

Both the House-passed version of ACA repeal legislation, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), and the Senate’s version currently under deliberation – the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) – include a particularly debilitating change: a per capita cap system of...

Eldercare Voices: Understanding the Unique Health Needs and Vulnerabilities of LGBT Older Adults

David Griffith Why should providers in the medical and social services spheres care about the sexual orientations and gender identities of the older adults they serve? Despite the progress we’ve seen around LGBT acceptance over the past several years, many...

GOP Health Care Bill is a Step Backwards on the Path to Better Care

Take a moment to imagine that someone you love, maybe an aging parent or grandparent, was just released from the hospital after an illness. What kind of care would you want them to receive? Would you want them to be...

Eldercare Voices: The Assault on Medicaid Funding Puts Long-Term Services and Supports of Millions at Risk

Katie Smith Sloan At age 76, Lena Jones (not her real name) came to Tabitha Village, a HUD-subsidized independent living community in Lincoln, Nebraska. After her husband passed away, she was able to live independently. But over several years, Lena’s...

Eldercare Voices: Raising Family Caregivers’ Voices in Older Americans Month and Beyond

On this last day of Older Americans Month 2017, organized by the Administration on Community Living with the theme “Age Out Loud,” we are honored to highlight the year-round contributions of family caregivers. Sharon Hall I never intended to be a family...

#Aging Out Loud…From Generation to Generation

During this Older Americans Month, we want to pay tribute to a leader with whom many Health Policy Hub readers may not be familiar: Nelson Cruikshank.

“We Don’t Just Take It, We Take Charge!”– Celebrating Older Americans Month

It’s May, and that means it’s Older Americans Month. This year’s theme is Age Out Loud, chosen “…to give aging a new voice – one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say.” Older Americans are a group that...

Director's Corner: What’s the Latest Evidence on Patient Engagement by Primary Care Practices?

Here at the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation, we hold the core belief that the voices of consumers are essential for making our health care system better: easier to navigate, more user-friendly and more effective at addressing the...

Doing the Opposite

The Maryland Citizens Health Initiative (MCHI) has been working for the past two years to create the Maryland Faith Health Network, a pilot project with the LifeBridge Health system.

Innovations Yield Valuable Evidence to Better Meet Consumer Needs

The evaluation briefs discuss beneficiary experience in the FAI overall, early findings on care coordination (which is the foundation of the FAI) and special populations enrolled in two of the early demonstrations.

Eldercare Voices: Home Care Workers on the Interdisciplinary Care Team: A Win for Consumers and Clinicians

Corinne Eldridge Home care workers play a critical role in keeping older adults and people with disabilities healthy in the comfort of their own home. Home care workers are in the unique and pivotal position of spending many hours with...

Let’s Talk About Depression Among Older Adults

In October 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched its one-year campaign, “Depression: Let’s Talk,” with the goal of encouraging more people with depression, in all countries, to seek help. According to WHO, “depression is the leading cause of ill...

Director's Corner: What's Next for Person-Centered Care?

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” – Winston Churchill, 1942 On the heels of the 7th anniversary of the signing of the...

Building a Bridge to Empowerment Across a Language Barrier

I recently had the privilege of joining partner advocates at the Rhode Island Organizing Project (RIOP) at a “house meeting” in the Providence community. RIOP staff have long used house meetings as a powerful organizing tool, gathering consumers in comfortable...

Eldercare Voices: Let’s Work Together To Improve Care For Older Adults With Complex Needs

Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN Editor's Note: This post, Let’s Work Together To Improve Care For Older Adults With Complex Needs, was originally published on the Health Affairs Blog, February 14, 2017. Copyright ©2017 Health Affairs by Project HOPE – The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc....

Director's Corner: Bringing Health System Leaders Together to #ProtectInnovation

On Monday, March 6, our Center team hosted a briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. that brought together the voices of leaders of innovative health systems. Titled “Too Much to Lose: Protecting Patients, Protecting Progress in Health...

Director's Corner: When Words Collide - Same Words, Very Different Meanings for Consumer-Centric Lexicon

For example, think about consumer or patient engagement, something we promote and implement in our work here at the Center. Our vision for consumer engagement regards patients as active partners in their care

What LGBT Seniors Stand to Lose in ACA Repeal

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) older adults face many of the same health and aging challenges other older adults face, but more pronounced.

Eldercare Voices: Vulnerable Older Americans and Their Families Depend on the ACA and Medicaid

Gregg Warshaw, MD Proposals to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and reduce funding for Medicaid will have a disproportionate impact on low-income older adults and their families. The median income for older adults in the U.S. is less than...

Dually Eligible Beneficiaries Placed in “Double Jeopardy” By Threats to Medicaid and Medicare

Beyond the unfolding rush to repeal the ACA, proposals in favor among Republican congressional leaders and the nominee for HHS Secretary, Rep. Tom Price, would permanently rework the structure and financing of Medicaid...

People with Complex Health Needs Facing a Step Back into the Dark Ages with ACA Repeal

Here's why Republican threats to repeal the ACA should be worrisome to consumers with complex needs and to their providers, caregivers, advocates and collaborators...

Gathering Light: Year-End Reflections

This final 2016 edition of Health Innovation Highlights comes to you on the Winter Solstice. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, today we experience the inflection point from the days getting shorter, to the gift of a few...

Webinar on Aging in Place for Older Adults Shares Promising Models

On December 1, Community Catalyst hosted the third webinar in its series on Health and Housing – “Aging in Place: Housing and Health Integration for Low-Income and Chronically Ill Seniors.” Two resources are now available – both a recording of...

2016 Election Fallout: The Looming Threat to People with Disabilities

This is the first blog in a series to highlight the dangers of the repealing the Affordable Care Act. Multiple times a week, Community Catalyst will highlight a different constituency to draw attention to the benefits the ACA has afforded them.

Shaking the Post-Election Magic 8-Ball for Health Innovation

I spent the Wednesday after election day in my primary care clinic and found myself incredibly grateful to be immersed in clinical work. Caring for people who are facing tough circumstances like the functional declines of old age, cancer treatment,...

NEMT: Stalled in the Breakdown Lane

Let me tell you about a consumer I’ll call Marie. Marie lives in California and has End-Stage Renal Disease. She needs to get to a clinic three times a week for dialysis. Marie doesn’t have a car or any family...

Asking the Right Questions to Foster Happy, Healthy and Independent Aging

In late October, we attended the Senior Agenda Coalition of Rhode Island’s Ninth Annual Senior Conference in Warwick. The theme was “Aging in Community: What’s Next?” We met older adults in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s who were engaged...

Pioneering Person-Centered Models Look to Serve LGBT Older Adults

On October 22, the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation hosted a webinar in collaboration with Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) that shared information about the unique needs and concerns of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT)...

Eldercare Voices: It’s Time to Implement a National Family Caregiver Strategy

Carol A. Rodat It has been said that we either have been, are currently, or will be a family caregiver at some point in time. Family caregivers – those who are providing some form of support to a family member, partner,...

Doing the Right Thing: A Model Medicaid ACO in Minneapolis

A new report from The Commonwealth Fund demonstrates how Hennepin Health, a Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO) in Minneapolis, Minn. is breaking new ground in creating partnerships to address the range of health and social needs of the most at-risk...

Long-Awaited Evaluation of Mass Duals Demo is Out!

Back in 2013, Massachusetts became the first state to use a full managed care approach under the CMS-sponsored Financial Alignment Demonstration. This demonstration, known as One Care, serves people with disabilities ages 21-64 who have both Medicare and Medicaid and...

Ten Years in the Making: PACE Gets Some Welcome Attention

Today, Community Catalyst’s Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation submitted comments on the proposed regulations updating the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) model. The regulations proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) represent...

Four Burning Questions and Tentative Answers About CMS’ Quality Payment Program

It’s here: the final rule for CMS’ Quality Payment Program (QPP/MACRA) has been released! You dug through 900+ pages, added new acronyms to your vocabulary, submitted comments, and, at the end of a long campaign, have another 2400+ pages to...

Consumers: The Indispensable North Star for Medicaid ACOs

Last week, the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation at Community Catalyst published a report, Consumer Engagement in Medicaid Accountable Care Organizations: A Review of Practices in Six States.

An Opening for Consumers to Get a Seat at the Table on Health System Transformation

Over the last year, I have had the opportunity to serve on behalf of Community Catalyst on the Health Care Transformation Task Force - a consortium of patients, payers, providers and purchasers...

Non-Emergency Medical Transportation: Pathway to Better Health Outcomes

Even with health care coverage, Medicaid beneficiaries still find themselves facing numerous barriers to accessing the care they need and achieving better health outcomes. One barrier that continues to cause serious access problems is transportation.

Eldercare Voices: A New Initiative to Diffuse Geriatric Expertise Throughout the Health Care Workforce

Elizabeth (Libbie) Bragg, PhD, RN Between 2011 and 2029, ten thousand Americans will be turning 65 every day. By 2030, when all the Baby Boomers will have reached that age, the cohort of Americans 65-and-over will have increased from 40 million...

Massachusetts Advocates Roll Up Their Sleeves to Improve Medicaid Reform

Massachusetts, always a leader in health reform, is on the move again. Last month, the state released a draft plan to shift its Medicaid program, MassHealth, from a fee-for-service model to one that relies on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Under...

Engaged Consumers: The Key to Better Value in the Empire State

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the United Hospital Fund’s 2016 Medicaid Conference in New York City. This year’s conference focused on ongoing efforts in New York’s Medicaid program to develop delivery and payment systems that reward value...

Purposeful. Effective. Equitable.

I recently attended Health Care for All’s (HCFA) 4th Annual Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) Conference in Massachusetts, which was incredibly informative and inspiring. HCFA was a major force behind the passage of the 2008 law that required all...

Preparing for the Launch of Community HealthChoices in the Three River City

When Pennsylvania launches its Community HealthChoices (CHC) program for older adults and individuals with disabilities over the next few years, it will join a growing number of states shifting to managed care plans to provide long-term services and supports (MLTSS)...

Empowering Consumers in Patient-Centered Medical Homes

(Last year, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation launched a joint initiative with Community Catalyst called the Value Advocacy Project (VAP). The project is supporting consumer health advocacy organizations in six states in their non-lobbying advocacy efforts to pursue local and...

Reflections on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2016

The distressing crime of elder abuse often occurs in quiet, private settings, making a vocal, public response that much more important. Let us strengthen our resolve to end this problem as part of our broader efforts to create a life...

Progress Made, More Needed in Dual Eligible Demonstration Projects

Recently, CMS’ Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office (MMCO) released a new report on the progress of the Financial Alignment Initiative. Through this initiative, thirteen states are running demonstration projects focused on improving care for vulnerable Americans enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid,...

Patient-Centered Care? We Have a Long Way to Go

On April 4, my 73-year-old mother had back surgery. It was a difficult and lengthy procedure and, unfortunately, she experienced a series of post-operative complications. She remained in the hospital for 12 days, and for several of those days things...

Springtime and HST: When It Rains It Pours

It is Washington in April and the last year of the Obama administration and so – not unexpectedly – it has been a major week for health care policy proposals and rule changes; over 2,400 pages worth of proposals and...

At the Intersection of Income Inequality and Geography: A Case for a Broad Approach to Health

For several decades, data has shown a trend toward the concentration of poverty and increasing income inequality in major cities across America. Take New York City for example, a metropolitan area often cited to demonstrate some of the highest gaps...

Under the MACRA-Scope: Why Should Consumers Care?

In the next few weeks, we expect the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to release a proposed rule detailing their proposal for how physicians will be paid under the Medicare program.

A Treasure Trove of Data: The Starting Point for Addressing Health Disparities

The second in our National Minority Health Month blog series. In late March, the CMS Office of Minority Health released the Mapping Medicare Disparities (MMD) tool, an interactive map that displays differences in chronic disease prevalence and outcomes among Medicare...

Community Catalyst Looks Inward and Outward in Observance of Minority Health Month

April is National Minority Health Month, organized under the auspices of the Office of Minority Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is the first in a four-week series of blogs related to issues of health equity.

Behavioral/Physical Health Integration: Twin Cities Flashback

This week’s release by the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) of its Report to Congress highlighted the critical importance of Medicaid in the lives of so many low-income Americans. While the report focuses on Medicaid payments to...

It’s Time for a Copernican Revolution in Health Care

This is the last in a series of blogs discussing the policy priorities of the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation. Previous blogs have discussed health equity, population health, consumer protection, payment models and person-centered care models. At the...

Why Strengthening America’s Social Structures Is Essential for Health

This post in our Health System Transformation series is an update of the Jan. 26, 2016 blog post titled, “How America’s Social Structures Affect Our Health.”  This updated post adds some key policy prescriptions that are central to the vision...

Using Big Data to Improve Care for Older Adults

This guest blog by Marcus Escobedo, Senior Program Officer at The John A. Hartford Foundation, was originally published February 18 in the foundation’s Health AGEnda blog.

Consumer Protections: More than Appeals and Grievances

This is the next post in an inaugural blog series outlining the policy priorities of the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation, taking a dive into the areas that must be addressed to achieve better care, better value and better health.

Can I Get an Amen? Successful Collaborations between Hospitals and Faith/Community-Based Organizations

There is increasing acknowledgement nationwide that the social and economic conditions in which people live play an enormous role in health. Clinicians and hospitals cannot make their patients healthier by solely focusing on what happens inside the clinic walls. Rather,...

Eldercare Voices: Building Platforms for America’s Family Caregivers

Victoria Walker, MD The Family Caregiver Platform Project is a non-partisan group focused on including caregiving issues in state party political platforms across the country. We encourage grassroots efforts to educate and motivate policymakers to improve state and federal support...

What Does it Take to Create a Person-Centered Culture of Care?

As we continue the conversation on what Community Catalyst believes are the key areas advocates should focus in health system transformation, up next on our list is: creating a person-centered culture of care. The health system can be a challenge for anyone...

The Takeaway 2016 New Year’s Edition

Why Is This News? 2016 opened with yet another vote by the Republican controlled Congress to repeal the ACA coupled with more muttering about a replace agenda — we really really mean it this time. Maybe by the time we are...

Let’s Make the “C” in ACO Stand for Consumers and Community!

Consumer advocates across the country are increasingly developing expertise in payment reform and new models for health care delivery.

Children in Foster Care Need More Holistic Health Care

Over the last few years, states have witnessed widespread failings within agencies charged with overseeing the well-being of children in foster care.

Advancing Health Equity in a New Era of Health System Transformation

In a recent blog we shared reflections on our health equity journey and identified health system transformation (HST) as the next frontier of health care advocacy. Promoting health equity is an organizational priority at Community Catalyst and one of the fundamental pillars of our...

Advancing Health Equity in a New Era of Health System Transformation

In a recent blog we shared reflections on our health equity journey and identified health system transformation (HST) as the next frontier of health care advocacy.

Payment Reform: Creating a $trong Foundation for Health System Transformation

In a blog two weeks ago, we sketched out a multi-part agenda addressing what Community Catalyst believes are the key areas on which consumer advocates should focus in the midst of the current changes in the organization of health services....

Affordable Senior Housing and Services: A Coordinated Approach to Serving Vulnerable Older Adults

The cutting edge work described in this piece highlights the opportunities to deliver coordinated care and services, with a meaningful role played by service coordinators in affordable senior housing facilities.

Building Bridges to Better Health

To mark Older Americans Month, the Voices for Better Health project has debuted a new video highlighting an important strategy to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable older adults.

Eldercare Voices: Medicare’s Advance Care Planning Payment Is a Game-Changer

Amy J. Berman, BS, RN Note: This column first appeared in the John A. Hartford Foundation’s HealthAGEnda blog on November 12, 2015. The end of October marked five years since I was diagnosed with stage IV inflammatory breast cancer, a life-limiting disease....

Rhode Island’s Dual Eligible Demonstration Project: Learning and Adjusting

In July, the Ocean State became the thirteenth state to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with CMS to move forward with integrating services and financing for its Medicare-Medicaid population (dual eligible).

What Should We Hope To Achieve Through Health System Transformation?

This is the first in a blog series outlining Community Catalyst’s policy priorities for Health System Transformation.

Notes from the Frontline - Organizing to Make a Change

Since partnering with the Voices for Better Health project in 2014, I have spoken to nearly 500 older adults and people with disabilities.

Rush to Judgment?

Under the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is assisting states in integrating care for people who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.

Tackling Health Disparities in the Aging Population

With April being National Minority Health Month, the time is now to stand against the barriers that create the social, health and economic disparities experienced by older adults – a population that is becoming more and more diverse.

Let's Help Medicaid Nurture Innovation

Everywhere you look these days, more initiatives are sprouting to improve the health system. Medicaid is no exception, it is a program willing and able to help states lead the way toward more effective and efficient care.

Happy Fifth Birthday, ACA!

The passage of the ACA was a monumental achievement for individuals and organizations across the country. We continue to be incredibly proud of all our state partners who have worked tirelessly to implement the law.
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