Monthly Archives: August 2011

Aging Services Meets with CMS Office of Integration

Jack Christy and I had the chance to meet with Melanie Bella, Director of the CMS Office of Integration, when she was in California this week. CMS has funded California to plan the Dually Eligible Managed Care Pilot, in which persons eligible for both Medicare and Medi-Cal, will be enrolled in managed care plans. CMS intends managed care organizations to integrate all services needed for this population, including long term nursing home care. Providers serving dual eligibles in the pilot would be interfacing directly with health plans rather than dealing with Medicare or Medicaid as they do now.


Celebrating 25 Years

Yesterday, I visited Spring Lake Village in Santa Rosa, an Episcopal Senior Community, for their 25th Anniversary celebration. Close to 20 of the current 300+ residents have called Spring Lake home since the day it opened. Elected leaders, one after the other, spoke about the involvement of Spring Lakes’s residents in the Santa Rosa community, volunteering and giving back to their neighbors. It was eminently clear that Spring Lake Village is highly visible and treasured in their community. Congratulations to Sharon York, Executive Director, her team, and all Spring Lake residents.