In order to advance our mission of improving the health of older adults, Hartford Foundation staff and grantees use the power of convenings, educational programs and publications to develop and disseminate new ideas, opportunities and best practices. We encourage you to explore the News and Events section for the latest breaking information and innovations related to the care of older adults.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) acted within its authority when it extended minimum-wage and overtime protections to home care workers, a federal court unanimously ruled on August 21. Advocates for home care workers, such as John A. Hartford Foundation grantees PHI and the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, have long sought these basic wage protections.
The Hartford Change AGEnts Action Awards are one-year grants for up to $10,000 that are available to interprofessional teams led by Hartford alumni for the purpose of achieving meaningful change to practice or policy that will improve the health and well-being of older adults and/or their families.
In a recent article, Hartford grantee Dr. Richard Besdine spoke with David Orenstein of Medical Xpress regarding the dissemination of geriatrics co-management of hip fracture patients to hospitals across the United States, a project funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation.
Hartford grantee Dr. Richard W. Besdine recently co-authored an op-ed piece with Martha Watson and Maureen Maigret in the Providence Journal on how the development of Integrated Care Initiative (ICI) demonstration projects can help better serve the needs of Rhode Islanders by addressing the frustrating bureaucratic tangle for vulnerable Medicare/Medicaid dual eligible individuals. Besdine, Watson, and Maigret are supported through a John A. Hartford Foundation grant to Community Catalyst for advocacy on behalf of the older dual-eligible population.
In a recent piece regarding end-of-life issues on National Public Radio (NPR), the Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form was featured in a conversation about a new proposal by the government to have doctors reimbursed through Medicare for conducting end-of-life conversations with their patients. Currently, Medicare pays for these kind of conversations only when it occurs during the first visit with doctors for new Medicare enrollees.