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Focus: Community and Care Transitions
Build It and They Will Come: Senior Housing Needs in Colorado, U.S. 
By: Maureen Hewitt, InnovAge President and Chief Executive Officer

A couple months ago the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University released a report finding much of the country isn't prepared to meet the housing needs of older adults.


This issue has been with us for years, so it's no wonder in the short time since the report was released nothing has changed.


High-quality, affordable housing for older adults remains scarce in Colorado and throughout the nation.


Much of what is available isn't easily accessible for those with physical issues or for those who use a wheelchair. Simple things many of us take for granted-the ability to grab a door knob-can't be accomplished by some older adults.

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In The News
All Health Care is Local
the Power of Community to Drive Improvement
From, Fall 2014 

The Commonwealth Fund has developed an initiative that examines communities with significant poverty that nonetheless perform in the top tier on a composite measure of health care access, quality, efficiency, and outcomes. The case studies can be used to inform new developments in delivery system changes and payment reform to improve care across all communities.

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Systems Serving Low-Income Patients Struggle Under Readmissions Penalties
From Modern Healthcare, September 2014
By Sabriya Rice

A report published in the Joint Commission's Journal on Quality and Patient Safety found that readmission penalties have a disproportionately high impact on low-income hospitals. Hospitals that may already be under-resourced due to the socio-economic mix of their patients, have a harder time coping with the readmissions penalties than larger, more financially stable hospitals do.

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CVS Quits Cigarettes, Adjusting to the New Health Care Landscape

By: Audie Cornish
From NPR, September 2014 

CVS recently made headlines when they announced they would stop selling cigarettes company-wide. NPR discusses CVS's groundbreaking move and interviews CVS CEO Larry Merlo about the decision.

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Silver Tsunami Poised to Overwhelm Home Care Workers

By: Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
From Health News Colorado, October 2014

The upcoming wave of seniors will put pressure on all parts of the care continuum, but home health may be one of the worst hit as healthy, active seniors are increasingly able to age at home with some help. A new study from the Bell Policy center outlines what Colorado can do to prepare for the upcoming increase in demand for care.  

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Healthy Transitions Webinars Available 

Recordings and slides of our monthly webinars are located on the Webinar Archive page of the Healthy Transitions Colorado Website. 

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Healthy Transitions Colorado is a collaborative effort, focused on aligning and accelerating existing efforts to improve transitions of care for Coloradans. Our guiding principles are simple - by working together to break down the silos of health care, we can foster true community care coordination across facilities, specialties, and practices. 



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