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Americans are living longer, healthier lives, and the number of elderly is growing dramatically. In 2010, there were 40.3 million adults 65 and older—or 13 percent of the population. This number is expected to increase to more than 72 million—or 20 percent of the population—by 2030. Philanthropy is fully engaged in addressing the needs of this population and their caregivers, including the significant challenges of long-term care, prescription drug coverage, Medicare, and multiple chronic conditions. GIH offers programming on the issues facing older adults and works with other stakeholders also committed to the work.

Contact Colin Pekruhn for more information about our programming in this area.

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April 2019

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), a national organization focused on increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people living with serious illness, has written about how The John A. Hartford Foundation has helped them develop a sustainable business model. In 2014, the Hartford Foundation awarded CAPC a five-year, $2 million grant to fund strategic growth priorities, which included a focus on developing a transformation business plan to convert CAPC from solely depending on philanthropic support to a self-sustaining, revenue-generating model through annual membership fees for CAPC’s palliative care technical assistance and clinical training resources.

December 2018

The six foundation collaborative, consisting of the Commonwealth Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Milbank Memorial Fund, the Peterson Center on Healthcare, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The SCAN Foundation, committed to improving care for people with complex needs has released a new report examining how ACOs approach care for this population. The study, conducted by the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and based on national survey data, finds that most ACOs have comprehensive chronic care management processes or programs in place to manage care for complex needs. That said, few report deploying more labor-intensive interventions like advanced programs for engaging people receiving care, in-home visits after hospital discharge, or evidence-based services for people who need mental health or addiction treatment.

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