Tuesday, February 12, 2008

How did I miss this? AoA functions "streamlined" to "empower" the elderly

We all know what it means when HHS, CMS, or any other agency charged with serving the needs of the elderly population talks about letting beneficiaries "take charge" of their own health care.  Now I read that AoA's organizational structure is being changed to facilitate that goal.  Uh oh..Check out this Jan. 8 regulatory change....


This notice amends Part B of the Statement of Organization,
Functions, and Delegations of Authority of the Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS), Administration on Aging (AoA), as follows: Part
B, Administration on Aging (67 FR 36883-36890), as last amended, May
28, 2002. This reorganization of AoA will achieve several important
objectives: It will streamline the organization; consolidate and
elevate AoA's disaster preparedness and responses activities; improve
the integration of AoA's budget development and policy analysis
functions; and enhance the organization's capacity to implement the
provisions of the Older Americans Act Amendments of 2006 which seek to
assist older Americans to conserve and extend their personal resources
by bringing transparency to long-term care, divert seniors away from
nursing home care, and empower older adults to take more control of
their own health through lifestyle and behavioral changes.

Can someone please explain?


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