Formerly IGSW News | VOLUME 20 | MARCH-APRIL 2013 | CADER@bu.edu

From the Director


Center Will Develop National Training and
Certification Program for Options Counselors


By Scott Miyake Geron

Fighting for Our HealthHere at the Center, we are still getting comfortable with our new name, our new business cards and door signs have not yet arrived—but we have been busy.

The most exciting development is that the U.S. Administration for Community Living (ACL) has just awarded our Center a contract to serve as one of the leading organizations in a major new workforce initiative of ACL and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Using our expertise in creating validated, skill-based online training, we will develop a national training and certification program for ACL "options counselors."... Read more

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Issues and Views


What is Money Follows the Person?

A Popular Incentive for Community-Based Care


By Robert Applebaum

Dramatic changes in how long-term services are provided in the United States have occurred in the past two decades. Now, with virtually every state in the nation operating a home- and community-based Medicaid waiver program, the proportion of older people receiving long-term services at home has reached 50 percent in many states, a number unheard of even a decade ago. One such program, the Money Follows the Person demonstration, has emerged as a popular model for moving older adults and people with disabilities out of institutions and back to the community.... Read more

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'It's a challenge and a gift'

An Options Counselor on the Job


By Mary Johnson

When Julie James (right) applied to be an options counselor four years ago, the skills that qualified her came not from her education in public policy, but rather from her experience navigating a bewildering maze of services for her two children with disabilities, she says. "I knew how to pull a rabbit out of a hat." Since then, James has done the same at the MetroWest Center for Independent Living in Framingham, Mass.... Read more


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News to Note


About feeding tubes, blood pressure, more

Campaign Helps Older Adults Ask Physicians the Right Questions


Fostering effective communication between patients and physicians is an important goal for care coordinators and every member of the healthcare team. Toward this end, The American Geriatrics Society has just released its list of "Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question," as part of the American Board of Internal Medicine's national "Choosing Wisely" campaign. Here is well-informed help for service providers who want to support older adults in asking their physicians the right questions at the right time, based on the best evidence-based information.... Read more


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Beware of less effective models

Well-Trained Multidisciplinary Team Among
Essentials of Care Coordination, New Brief Says


The power and potential of care coordination/care management to improve the quality of healthcare and long-term services and supports are again endorsed, this time in a new issue brief, "Care Coordination," just released by the Eldercare Workforce Alliance and the National Coalition on Care Coordination. The brief identifies crucial elements of effective care coordination, and, once again, a well-trained, multidisciplinary team that works across care settings is deemed essential. The brief also urges practitioners, researchers, and policy makers to beware of confusing care coordination with less effective models, such as disease management programs.... Read more


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