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Bay Aging dba VAAACares Receives Second Annual The John A. Hartford Foundation 2017 Business Innovation Award for exemplary work to provide statewide services to Virginia’s older adults and people with disabilities.

Savannah, Ga. – Bay Aging dba the Virginia Area Agencies on Aging – Caring for the Commonwealth (VAAACares) received The John A Hartford Foundation 2017 Business Innovation Award today at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). Kathy Vesley, Presiden/CEO of VAAACares, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. The award recognizes their success in developing bold, transformative initiatives that integrate health care and long-term services and supports.

VAAACares developed a unique statewide service delivery system to attract major insurers to a one­contract, one-stop shop for referrals, reporting, billing, and accountability. VAAACares provides evidence-based complex care coordination, care transitions, and other home and community-based services that support positive health and safety outcomes for Virginians with chronic health conditions.

“I am thrilled that Bay Aging and Kathy Vesley are being recognized for this innovative work, which is proving to reduce hospital readmissions by providing better care for seniors at home. Their perseverance in this effort is especially remarkable and commendable,” said Bill Hazel, M.D., Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources.

“I was delighted to see the Virginia effort recognized nationally,” said Jim Rothrock, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services. “Kathy and her team built a keen business plan based on data and an understanding of health care. Yet, the passion and commitment demonstrated by all of the partners to improve health care outcomes while bending the health care cost curve also merits this acclaim.”

The VAAACares program was able to leverage the important role Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) play in reducing health care costs and improving quality of life through client empowerment and services provided in the home,” said n4a CEO Sandy Markwood. “By building upon its positive experience with the CMS Community-Based Care Transitions Program, VAAACares has been able to adapt its program to meet the needs of Virginia’s Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Program and expand it statewide.” This is the type of innovation that AAAs can provide across the country and we are excited to recognize Kathy for her strong leadership.”

The John A. Hartford Foundation Business Innovation Award Selection Process: Each year, candidates are nominated through an open application process. The n4a Aging and Disability Business Institute evaluates the applications based on – partnerships in establishing new relationships with health care entities; pioneering in exploring new business models; achieving improved integration and quality of life for older adults and/or people with disabilities; building sustainable models for the future; and being a risk-taker in pursuing new approaches to doing business and aligning leadership and staff in new directions.

The John A. Hartford Foundation, based in New York City, is a private, nonpartisan philanthropy dedicated to improving the care of older adults. The Foundation has three priority areas: creating age-friendly health systems, supporting family caregiving, and improving serious illness and end-of-life care.

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