Senior Independence

What does it mean to remain independent in the aging process? As we celebrate America’s independence this July, we’re also looking at important aspects of holding on to personal freedoms and autonomy while still accessing quality care. Also in this issue: stories of reaching out to underserved populations to reduce health disparities.

Meagan Khau with CMS OMH discusses the importance of equal access and how the Americans with Disabilities Act has improved quality of life for millions. 
In-home providers can promote longevity and increase quality of life, according to University of Southern California professor Julie Hershberg. 
Lake Superior QIN targeted disadvantaged populations to improve diabetes management, health care access, awareness and outcomes. 
CMS realized malnutrition had a domino effect in underserved communities — so its QIO Program set out to fix that. 
Medicare beneficiaries may have a different BFCC-QIO serving their state after BFCC-QIOs entered into new contracts with CMS on June 8
Did You Know? 
Aging in place lets seniors live in their residence of choice without losing quality of life for as long as they can. When beneficiaries make this decision, planning ahead is one of the most important things to do in order to ensure success and smooth transitions. Read tips here.