Formerly IGSW News | VOLUME 22 | SPRING 2015 |

From the Director

News and information whizzing by...

What's Worth Your Attention?

By Scott Miyake Geron

Explaining the current popularity of e-newsletters, New York Times critic David Carr wrote that, "at a time when lots of news and information is whizzing by online, email newsletters help us figure out what's worth paying attention to."

At The LearningEdge, we embrace that role. Nothing is changing faster than the complex system of health- and long-term care. Our mission is to provide our readers with concise updates and analysis on important policy issues, practice innovations, and cutting-edge post-professional training to help social service professionals working with older adults and people with disabilities do their jobs well. Our readers tell us that they value this content, tailored for them, now more than ever.

In this issue, John Rother, president and CEO of the National Coalition for Health Care, weighs in on the Affordable Care Act. CADER's Kathy Kuhn tells why care management skills are now essential for a broad range of practitioners and highlights the experience of participants in the popular CADER Care Management Certificate program.... Read more

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Issues and Views

John Rother on the ACA at year-five

Achievements, What's Ahead,
What It Means for Service Providers

By Mary Johnson

To mark the five-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, we recently asked John Rother (pictured at right) to rate the ACA's performance thus far and to comment on the current state of health affairs. Rother, now CEO and president of the National Coalition on Health Care, is a leading policy expert and longtime advocate for reform. We first interviewed him in 2012, when provisions of the ACA were just going into effect.

The LearningEdge: In 2012, you said that healthcare reform was crucial for the country's economic recovery as well as to provide care for the millions of uninsured Americans and a better system for everyone. Three years later, how are we doing?

John Rother: In addressing its main goals, the ACA is well on its way. The healthcare marketplace is completely changed.... Read more of Rother's views, on the ACA going forward, the impending Supreme Court challenge, healthcare value, negotiating with pharmaceutical companies...

Photo of John Rother courtesy National Coalition on Health Care

'I can do a much better job for the clients.'

Care Management Certificate Program Prepares
Service Providers for Complex Emerging System

By Kathy Kuhn

With the expansion of the healthcare system through the Affordable Care Act and the focus on integrated, holistic, person-centered care as a means to improve quality, it is essential that the health and long-term care workforce be adequately trained in care coordination. Care coordination/care management brings together clinical, personal, and acute care along with long-term services and supports in various settings. Looking ahead, care coordination will be an increasingly important component of care models for older adults and people with disabilities.

To address these developments, CADER created its Care Management Certificate Program, a set of online, self-paced courses for health and social service providers. Read what program participants say about the program.

Boston University photo of Kathy Kuhn

Wanted: Skilled Care Coordinators!

CADER Care Management Certificate Program

This five-course certificate program provides the skills and knowledge you or your staff need as major trends in health- and long-term care point to the importance of care coordination. Now and in the future, social service practitioners along with nurses and others in healthcare settings must be able to help clients navigate the complex care system and connect to needed services in the community. The program can be tailored to individuals, small groups, or entire agencies. Visit the program page for details, including links to course descriptions. Or, click here to register now and receive a 10 percent discount (enter code ENEWS2015 to receive the discount). CEUs available.

News to Note

Useful information in plain English

Understanding Mental Disorders:
Your Guide to the DSM-5

The diagnostic bible of mental disorders has for the first time been translated into understandable language and combined with helpful information in an easy-to-use format meant for the general public. The American Psychiatric Association just announced publication of Understanding Mental Disorders: Your Guide to the DSM-5.

"[It] is a unique resource that serves as a tool for communication between mental health professionals, patients, and families," Renee Binder, APA president-elect, said in a release by the APA. It also can be an important aid to service providers and advocates working on determination of reimbursement eligibility.... Read more

Are you prepared?

CADER Mental Health Certificate

With CADER's Mental Health Certificate Program, health and social service providers develop the skills they need to identify and respond to older adults who have cognitive and behavioral health concerns. The program features online and face-to-face courses. Topics include dementia, depression, suicide prevention, and substance use and abuse. Focus is on the role of the practitioner, from screening and engagement to resources and referral. Participants receive a certificate and CEUs upon completion. Visit the program page for details, including links to course descriptions. Or, sign up now and receive a 10 percent discount (enter code ENEWS2015 to receive the discount).

'Stuck in neutral'

New National Assessment of Transportation
For People with Disabilities Is Released

Transportation is a key issue to people with disabilities, but for many, "transportation services remain stuck in neutral." So said Jeff Rosen, chair of the National Council on Disability, on the organization's release of a comprehensive assessment of the state of transportation for people with disabilities in the United States. The report, Transportation Update: Where We've Gone and What We've Learned, published the first week of May, details the progress and problems of the past decade and recommends policies to address them. Read more for report findings.