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Center for Integrated Programs (CIP)

Office of Integrated Care Innovations

Business Acumen for Community Based Organizations

2016 ACL Grants to Advance Business Acumen of State and Community-Based Organizations

Grants totaling $3.75 million over three years have been awarded to the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) to build business capacity in the aging and disability services networks. Both projects are working together to build on the previous accomplishments of ACL's business acumen work and to complement other publicly and privately funded technical assistance resource centers addressing this critical issue.

ACL’s Administration on Disabilities awarded The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) a Business Acumen for Disability Organizations grant of $750,000 per year for three years.

In addition, the new Learning Collaboratives for Advanced Business Acumen Skills (PDF, 313KB) grant awarded to n4a, of $500,000 per year for three years, will provide more in-depth learning opportunities for CBOs.

2015 ACL Business Acumen Learning Collaborative

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has selected 11 networks of community-based aging and disability organizations to participate in a learning collaborative and receive targeted technical assistance related to business acumen. Read the press release. A welcome webinar (slides: PDF, 1.02MB | audio: WAV, 33.1MB | transcript: PDF, 116KB) was held on February 10, 2015. Learn more about each of the selected networks from the following list of network profiles.

Site Profiles (2015–16)

From May 2013 to December 2014, ACL provided technical assistance to a pilot learning collaborative with nine networks of community-based organizations to assist them in marketing, contracting, and pricing the services they provide to older adults and individuals with disabilities. Following are profiles of the selected networks, resources, and webinars that have resulted from the pilot collaborative.

Site Profiles (2013–14)



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Webinar Series: The Affordable Care Act, Older Adults and People with Disabilities

This series of webinars focuses on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (also known as the Affordable Care Act, or ACA) and its impact on older adults, people with disabilities and the aging and disability networks.

The slides, a transcript and an audio recording of each webinar are available below. All webinars in the series are listed in reverse chronological order.

  • Making Managed Long-Term Services and Supports More Consumer-Focused (March 4, 2014)
  • Managed Long Term Services and Supports: Measuring Outcomes (February 26, 2013)
  • Promising Practices in Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (January 29,2013)
  • Building Integrated Care Coalitions: The California Community of ConstituentsInitiative (December 11, 2012)
  • Integrating Care: Partnerships between Community-Based Organizations and AccountableCare Organizations (September 28, 2012)
  • Managed Long-Term Services and Supports: Engaging in the Stakeholder Process (Part2) (July 24, 2012)
  • Managed Long-Term Services and Supports: Engaging in the Stakeholder Process (June27, 2012)
  • Managed Long-Term Services and Supports 101 (May 29, 2012)
  • Plan-Do-Study-Act Cycles and How They Can Accelerate Quality Improvement in Your Organization (April 24, 2012)
  • Transitions and Long-Term Care: Reducing Preventable Hospital Readmissions among Nursing Facility Residents (March 27, 2012)
  • MillionHearts (February 28, 2012)
  • Transitionsand Long-Term Care: A Look at MDS 3.0 Section Q and Money Follows thePerson (January 30, 2012)
  • The Health Care Innovation Challenge (December 8, 2011)
  • Medication Management Tools and Resources (October 25, 2011)
  • Defining Communities: Partnerships between QIOs and the Aging Network (September 27, 2011)
  • Aligning Systems for Medicare-Medicaid-Enrollees (July 5, 2011)
  • Utilizing Patient-Centered Technologies to Support Care Transitions (June 21, 2011)
  • Building Community Technology Systems to Support Care Coordination (May 31, 2011)
  • Partnership for Patients: The Community-based Care Transition Program (April 20, 2011)
  • Care Transitions in Action: From Hospital to Home in Two Communities (March 30, 2011)
  • Care Transitions 3: Making the Business Case (February 23, 2011)
  • Care Transitions 2: Making the Programmatic Case (February 9, 2011)
  • CareTransitions 1: What Do These Programs Look Like? And How Can the Aging Network Play a Role? (January 24, 2011)

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