BACS Executive Director Jamie Almanza described how a SCAN Foundation “Linkage Lab” grant is helping her organization prepare for change.
The goal of the Linkage Lab grant is to provide BACS with the necessary training and technical assistance to develop contracts with health care providers to deliver products or services that enable aging with dignity. BACS is one of six organizations selected to participate in Linkage Lab. This 24 month initiative will allow BACS to better coordinate its senior services with the health care sector, thus improving the quality of care for elders with chronic conditions and functional limitations while at the same time diversifying revenue streams for the organization.
BACS will begin by assessing their entire organization and infrastructure. They will identify both current and needed strengths and capabilities that would allow them to interface with health care partners; identify services and expertise that are valuable to managed care plans; and learn how to package those services and calculate their true cost. BACS will be building relationships with health care entities and following a practical path to partner and contract with local health plans to provide long‐term services and supports for dual eligibles.
Recognizing the role BACS will play as a change agent in Alameda County, Ms. Almanza will be sharing Linkage Lab training materials and tools with the supportive services community. Stay tuned as this project develops.
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