Not Dead Yet and Respecting Choices Announce Successful Collaboration— December 12, 2016

Not Dead Yet and other disability advocates and rehabilitation physicians have worked with Respecting Choices, a national leader in the field of advance care planning, to develop fact sheets on feeding tubes and breathing supports. Today, they announce the results of an over two year collaborative effort. Read More Here

Not Just Your Grandma’s Diabetes— March 9, 2016

Think of the typical person with type 2 diabetes. Did you imagine someone older, overweight, inactive? You’d be partly right, but the big picture is more complicated and far-reaching.

For more information, read the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Bulletin about how age, weight and activity relate to diabetes.

Medicaid and American Indians and Alaska Natives— March 7, 2016

Read the Summary of Findings (and Issue Brief, Appendices and End Notes) from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It provides an “overview of the health needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives, discusses the role of Medicaid and the potential impact of the Medicaid expansion for this population, and summarizes new guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that expands the scope of Medicaid services provided to American Indians and Alaska Natives that may qualify for 100% federal match.”

First-of-its-Kind PSA Campaign Targets the 86 Million American Adults with Prediabetes!— March 1, 2016

From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Diabetes at Work E-News, March 2016

Eighty-six million US adults have prediabetes, and 90% of them don’t know they have it. With prediabetes, blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough yet to be diagnosed as diabetes. Prediabetes puts people at elevated risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

Awareness and diagnosis are key. Research shows that once people are aware of their condition, they are much more likely to make the necessary lifestyle changes.

To raise awareness and help people with prediabetes know where they stand and how to prevent type 2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partnered with the Ad Council to launch the first national public service announcement (PSA) campaign about pre diabetes.

Take the quiz: Do I Have Pre-diabetes?

CMS All Tribes’ Call Regarding State Health Official Letter on Policy Change for 100% FMAP— February 26, 2016

From the National Indian Health Board

On February 26, 2016 CMS released a State Health Official (SHO) Letter on the agency’s reinterpretation 100% Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) reimbursement policy for services provided to Medicaid eligible American Indians and Alaska Natives. Read the State Health Official Letter (PDF).

CMS provided an overview of its new 100% FMAP policy through a webinar PowerPoint presentation (PPT).

If you have additional questions, comments, or feedback on the new 100% FMAP policy, please contact CMS at tribalaffairs@cms.hhs.gov.


ACL FY2017 Budget Request— February 26, 2016

ACL’s FY 2017 budget request is $2.076B, an increase of $28.4M over the FY 2016 enacted level. The request maintains the increases received in FY 2016 and continues to focus on sustaining core programs that promote self-determination, independence, productivity and community integration for older adults and people of all ages with disabilities, allowing them to remain independent and involved in their communities.

The budget requests additional funding for four priority investment areas—nutrition and supportive services for older adults, adult protective services and elder justice, respite care, and streamlined access to community-based services. The request also includes funding to cover increased costs associated with ACL’s new headquarters location and external services. Finally the budget also reflects the transfer (consistent with the FY 2016 appropriation) of the Traumatic Brain Injury Program from the Health Resources and Services Administration to ACL. Read more and view additional FY2017 budget documents.

Special Report: Strengthening Supports for Low-Income Older Adults and Caregivers— February 26, 2016

Margaret is a mom with two teenagers at home, a husband, and a full time job. Her mother Sadie lives alone on a limited income in an adjacent town. Margaret checks in on her every day, and is always on call for transportation to doctor’s appointments, help with bills, and groceries. Margaret is a family caregiver, one of nearly 35 million Americans providing unpaid care to an older adult.

A new paper by Justice in Aging, Advocacy Starts at Home: Strengthening Supports for Low-Income Older Adults and Caregivers, and accompanying video outline the challenges Margaret faces in helping her mother age safely at home in dignity. As the population ages and the prevalence of cognitive disorders among older adults increases, policymakers and the media are paying more attention to the challenges of caregiving. These challenges are even more acute for low-income older adults and their families.

That’s why we’ve released this paper now, with the support of the Albert and Elaine Borchard Center on Law and Aging, to make recommendations for policy changes and expanded programs to better serve everyone, but especially low-income older adults and their caregivers. Download the paper, view the video, read the blog post, and access other materials on family caregivers.

CDC recently released Elder Abuse Surveillance: Uniform Definitions and Recommended Core Data Elements (PDF), one of the first publications designed to promote consistent terminology and data collection across organizations that work to prevent elder abuse. CDC developed the document with and for a wide range of stakeholders, including researchers on aging and individuals who work with service providers in roles that promote prevention, detection, and reporting of elder abuse. Differences in definitions and data elements used to collect information on elder abuse have made it difficult to measure elder abuse across jurisdictions and identify its trends and patterns. Consistent definitions and data elements are needed to move the elder abuse prevention field toward more robust epidemiologic estimates for evaluating prevention strategies and setting prevention priorities. The newly released document is a starting point for advancing public health surveillance aimed at preventing elder abuse.