Webinar: Building Pathways to Sustainability - Resources from the Aging and Disability Business Institute

January 23, 2019


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The ARCH Sustainability Learning Collaborative is pleased to host this webinar for the Lifespan Respite Network. For more information about the ARCH Sustainability Learning Collaborative, click here

Building Pathways to Sustainability - Resources on Business Acumen from the Aging and Disability Business Institute

As health care providers and payers increasingly recognize the importance of social and behavioral determinants of health for their members/patients and their caregivers, they are increasingly partnering with community-based organizations (CBOs) to provide services to address these issues. This webinar will talk about opportunities for partnering and contracting that can support your lifespan respite program, as well as trends that we’re seeing in contracting between health care entities and CBOs. We’ll also discuss some of the building blocks for thinking about how to build pathways to sustainability for your program.


Marisa Scala-Foley, Director, Aging and Disability Business Institute at the National Association for Area Agencies on Aging (n4a)



Business Acumen

  • HCBS Business Acumen Center Toolkit: Disability Network Business Strategies, National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities, (NASUAD), June 2018  --  NASUAD has released its first module of the HCBS Business Center Toolkit, "Disability Network Business Strategies: A Roadmap to Financial and Programmatic Sustainability for Community-Based Organizations". This how-to guide will help community-based organizations (CBOs) strategize to build and sustain their organizations in a variety of business climates including development of partnerships with Medicaid managed care organizations.  "Step 1: Prepare. Understand the Business Environment and Your Place within It" guides CBOs serving people with disabilities on what is needed to inform the development of their strategic plan. The user-friendly resource offers templates to document findings and ideas. Access the first module of the toolkit.

Medicaid Managed Long Term Services and Supports




Medicare Advanatage Plans 

  • Medicare Advantage Supplemental Benefits Changing: New Guidance, National Council on Aging, May 15, 2018 -- For 2019, U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services expands the definition of "primarily health related" supplemental benefits that Medicare Advantage plans can offer. Now many services offered by community-based organizations in the aging network, such as adult day services, home health services and transportation will be included. The National Council on Aging explains the changes, discusses some of the newly allowed benefits, and gives an overview of the impact for the aging network. Access the guidance.
  • New Federal Law and Rules Open Door for Integrated Care in Medicare Advantage, Aging and Disability Business Institute.  Two new policies will help increase the number of supplemental benefit options allowed, and provide Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollees with access to these benefits and services that may improve health outcomes. Community-based organizations (CBOs) will have the opportunity to join with MA plans to provide person-centered services that address social determinants of health.  Read the report.