In order to advance our mission of improving the care of older adults, The John A. 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 also work to promote media coverage of the work of the Foundation and its grantees to improve care for older adults. We encourage you to explore this section for the latest breaking information and innovations related to the care of older people and their families.
The demand for family caregivers for adults who are 65 or older is increasing significantly, and family caregivers need more recognition, information, and support to fulfill their responsibilities and maintain their own health, financial security, and well-being according to Families Caring for an Aging America, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Although caregivers' individual circumstances vary, family caregiving can negatively affect caregivers' mental and physical health as well cause economic harm, including loss of income and career opportunities. The report calls for health care delivery system reform that elevates family-centered care alongside person-centered care to better account for the roles of family caregivers and support their involvement in the care delivery process.
The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education announced the grant recipients for the Accelerating Interprofessional Community-Based Education and Practice program. An advisory council of national leaders in Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE), selected 16 recipients for funding. Each team is led by a graduate nursing program, and includes one or more professional schools and a community clinical setting. Funded programs will also receive technical assistance, expert, in-person and group consultation and resources from the National Center to accelerate their interprofessional education and collaboration efforts in community settings.
With funding from The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Center for Medicare Advocacy (CMA) is working as part of a coalition of organizations to improve Observation Status policy through advocacy and education. Observation Status is a designation used by hospitals to bill Medicare, resulting in patients being classified as outpatients rather than inpatients, which can make them ineligible for Medicare coverage of post-acute care and result in other out-of-pocket costs.
What’s next for U.S. health policy? As the country looks ahead to a new presidential administration, we face not only daunting challenges, but tremendous opportunities. To inform debate and decision making at this critical juncture, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) launched the Vital Directions for Health and Health Care initiative. Guided by an 18-member steering committee, the NAM commissioned expert papers on 19 priority focus areas for U.S. health policy, to be posted in prepublication form on Monday, September 19. Together, these papers represent the guidance of more than 100 leading researchers, scientists, and policy makers from across the United States. The Journal of the American Medical Assocation has also released a series of viewpoints presenting highlights from each of the 19 papers.
The Patient Centered Medical Home Network of The John A. Hartford Foundation Change AGEnts Initiative has released an important new paper: "Patient-Centered Medical Homes and the Care of Older Adults: How comprehensive care coordination, community connections, and person-directed care can make a difference.” The paper provides a roadmap to guide primary care practices in how to enhance care to older, complex patients and their families.