March 2017

Apply for CDSME and falls prevention grants

The Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging released funding opportunity announcements for grants to support the implementation and sustainability of Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) and falls prevention programs.

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House ACA bill delays Prevention Fund repeal

Capitol Building

Legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is moving through the committee process and is expected to be voted on by the House next week. Repeal of the Prevention and Public Health Fund that invests in falls prevention and CDSME is delayed until the start of FY19 (October 2018). Review NCOA’s statement to learn more about the bill and the serious impacts in store for Medicaid and Medicare solvency.

Read our statement | Stay informed with Straight Talk for Seniors®

Apply for 2017-18 Learning Collaboratives

We are pleased to announce the kick-off of two learning collaboratives in April 2017! The learning collaboratives will provide support to: 1) develop sustainable CDSME delivery systems through the Medicare benefits for Diabetes Self-Management Training (DSMT) and/or Health Behavior and Assessment Intervention (HBAI) services and 2) develop network hubs with community-based organizations.

Apply: DSMT/HBAI Learning Collaborative | Apply: Network Development Learning Collaborative | View the charters | View the outcomes of the 2016 learning collaboratives

CBO on ACA repeal bill: 24 million lose coverage, Medicaid cut by $880 billion

The nonpartisan official scorekeeper Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has released its analysis of the House bill to repeal the ACA. The report concludes that Medicaid would be cut by $880 billion over 10 years and 24 million Americans would lose insurance coverage by 2026 — 14 million of them under Medicaid. CBO also estimates that nongroup market premiums for pre-Medicare policyholders would increase significantly due to changes allowing insurers to charge older adults five times more than younger adults.

Read the CBO report

New resource helps combat malnutrition among older adults

Family eating healthy food

Up to 10% of all older Americans are malnourished, which can worsen chronic conditions and make it difficult for them to stay independent. NCOA and several partners have developed a new Community Malnutrition Resource Hub to help local organizations combat this issue. It includes practical resources, tools, and ideas for how to develop and implement a malnutrition plan in your community.


CDC issues data brief on emergency department (ED) visits by older adults

According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospital EDs receive an annual average of 5.2 million visits for injury by adults aged 65+. Older Americans comprised 15.9% of total ED visits, and their ED visits increased with age. Among seniors, ED visits for injury were more common among women than men.

View the report

Check out two calculators to estimate the costs and savings of CDSME

It’s essential to both accurately estimate the costs of implementing evidence-based programs and illustrate the value of workshops to potential partners. Learn about the cost calculators available to support you in determining these figures.

Cost calculator | Savings estimator tool

Tips to maintain oral health among older adults

Oral health problems like toothaches or bleeding gums are not an inevitable part of aging and can impact an older adult’s ability to manage other chronic conditions. Dr. Leonard Brennan shares three strategies that can help maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Read our blog post | Oral Health: An Essential Element of Healthy Aging

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