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A State of Decay: Are Older Americans Coming of Age Without Oral Healthcare?

OHA has published volume IV of A State of Decay. This report examines the progress of states in promoting oral health in older adults, analyzing a combination of publicly available data and information from surveys conducted with state dental directors. It uses six main variables from these sources to rank states according to the quality of their oral health care for adults aged 65 plus. The report also highlights a number of future recommendations for supporting oral health in older adults.

Short URL: http://nasuad.org/node/70350

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The Critical Programs that Keep Millions of Older Adults Out of Poverty

This fact sheet and issue brief explore how federal programs support older Americans. The focus is on four main areas, including health programs, economic security, housing and food, and legal assistance. These publications help explain how various federal programs can ideally work together to allow older Americans to meet their basic needs and maintain a high quality of life.

Short URL: http://nasuad.org/node/70344

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Taking It to the Next Level: Using Innovative Strategies to Expand Options for Self-Direction

This report from AARP's Public Policy Institute is part of a series of papers focusing on innovative strategies. It explores the benefits of self-directed care and looks at best practices used in Texas, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Florida. The report also provides a toolkit for educational and training purposes to help states improve and expand upon their self-directed LTSS programs.

Short URL: http://nasuad.org/node/70341

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Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Disparities in Health Care in Medicare Advantage

This report analyzes disparities in the care received by Medicare Advantage beneficiaries during 2015-2016. The report was compiled using information from the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) and the Medicare Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey. It looks at differences in care by race, ethnicity, and gender and also isolates racial and ethnic differences experienced by women and men.

Short URL: http://nasuad.org/node/70335

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The Growth of Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Programs: 2017 Update

CMS recently released a 2017 update to its 2012 MLTSS inventory, compiled by Truven Health Analytics. This study reviewed available information about the status of Medicaid MLTSS programs, and provides updates on the prevalence of MLTSS programs, total enrollment, and specific program design elements as of August 2017. The report surveys the landscape of MLTSS programs across the country, provides detailed summaries of each MLTSS program, and identifies national trends.

Short URL: http://nasuad.org/node/70315

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A Healthy Smile Never Gets Old: A California Report on the Oral Health of Older Adults

This report from the Center for Oral Health highlights how an alarming number of Californians age 65 years and older are suffering from untreated tooth decay and poor oral health. This report includes a series of recommendations to eliminate barriers to care and improve oral health.

Short URL: http://nasuad.org/node/70297

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Evaluation of the ACL Title VI Programs: Year 1 Interim Report

In 2016, ACL's Administration on Aging contracted ICF International (ICF) to conduct a participatory evaluation of the Title VI Grant Program. This program provides home and community-based supportive services for older American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian populations. The evaluation addresses topics such as: how tribes/organizations operate their Title VI Programs; the impact of Title VI programs on elders in the community; and more.

Short URL: http://nasuad.org/node/70265

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Report to the President 2017 America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis: Effects on People with Intellectual Disabilities, Families, Communities and the U.S. Economy

This report describes the current state of the direct support professionals (DSP) workforce as a crisis. DSPs promote participation in the U.S. economy, and yet the average DSP wage is $10.72, most work two or three jobs, and the average annual DSP turnover rate is 45%. This report explores how these issues affect individuals, families, and human services systems; the factors that contribute to these issues; and promising practices to strengthen the direct support workforce.

Short URL: http://nasuad.org/node/70171

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