N4A National Meeting-Savannah Meeting

N4A Annual Conference

Savannah, GA July 29

Area Agencies on Aging-local leaders in Aging and Community Living are essential in their mission to help older adults and people with disabilities  to live with dignity and choices in their homes and communities for as long as possible. As we have shared in previous blogs-by 2030 1 in % Americans will be 65 or older.

90% of adults age 65 and older say they hope to stay in their homes for as long as possible. As this demographic shift occurs, there will be a corresponding increase in the need and demand for fiscal, health and social supports to ensure a sound quality of life for millions of older Americans. Over 85% of consumers served by AAA’s have3’a disability or chronic illness.

What AAA’s are striving for are aligned relationships with MCO’s. Physicians specifically will be part of MACRA, a value based merit based incentive system creates another imperative for MCO’s to contract, integrate data, and enable access for the MCO to the AAA’s community based programs.

We have all strived to eliminate silos in managing the care of the older adult. Looking at social determinants  of Health and integrating that data into a a care plan that exceeds chronic care needs and integrates provider access, health coverage, social integration, access to healthy options are necessary for managing total care.

AAA’s have strong provider ties that address the Integrated Care Model of Care. This includes the Primary Care Centers and Physicians, In-Home Care, Relationships with SNF’s and other social and community based support.

We strongly recommend that any enterprise-wide EWHR solutions and Common IT solutions include the AAA and social determinants of Health data points.


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By Bill Shaw

William " Bill " Shaw has been in the health care sector for over 30 years. After leaving management positions at Fortune 200 companies. such as The Upjohn Company, Kidde, The Travelers and Cigna he started William M Shaw & Associates, health care consulting. He has written and presented at many industry conferences . He has supported over 80 companies, start-ups in their positioning in the managed care, long term care and nice service/product space.