Home / About Us / Agency Vision The Way Forward Mission Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging provides older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers long term care choices and consumer protection so they can achieve the highest quality of life. Vision Direction Home Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging will be the central access point and the preferred long term care management organization for all people with disabilities. Our Initiatives As advocates for older Ohioans, we are compelled to weigh in. We have devised two overarching strategies; our advocacy initiative and our business development initiative. These are the foundations of our strategic vision. Advocacy By addressing policy questions in order to save billions of dollars in Medicaid expenditures, Ohio has a perfect opportunity to learn from the best practices of other States. A clear winner in the battle to reduce Medicaid expenditures in long term care is Oregon. In Oregon, the vast majority (84%) of Medicaid long term beneficiaries receive their assistance in a home or community-based setting. In Ohio, as of 2008 only 39% of Medicaid long term beneficiaries receive care in home or at community-based environments while 61% obtain long term care in nursing facilities. The impact on Oregonians has been that older adults are able to opt for the most suitable care setting and the taxpayers' Medicaid bill is consistently among the lowest in the nation on a per member basis. Despite periodic budgetary limitations which historically have resulted in waiting lists for PASSPORT and Assisted Living, Area Agencies on Aging have realized significant progress. Over the past 12 years, the use of Medicaid-funded nursing homes by Ohioans age 60+ dropped by 14.5%, despite a 15% increase in the aging population. Taking into consideration the fact that PASSPORT enrollment has continued to increase (doubling from 1995 to 2009), Ohio has seen the effectiveness of allowing older adults to choose their long term care venue. Clearly, Area Agencies on Aging in Ohio are well positioned with the proven experience needed to implement an Oregon-based model yielding $2 billion per year savings. The goal of our Advocacy Initiative is to expand the Area Agency on Aging's (AAA) role in long term care through the transition to an Oregon-type model. AAA's will need to continue to work with key stakeholders to assist policy-makers in making this vision a reality in Ohio. Our Business Initiative: Defining Our Role in Medicaid Medical Care The paradigm for Ohio's Medicaid Medical Insurance Program for the indigent is shifting as well. The goal is to move fee-for service beneficiaries into a managed care plan. Such an enormous change with such an aggressive timeline will require Ohio's Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCO) to increase capacity at breakneck speed. This presents Ohio's AAA's with a tremendous partnership opportunity. AAA's have "feet on-the-ground" in every community throughout our State; a reputation for competent, courteous and compassionate care; a broad service provider network; and a very competitive cost structure. As such, AAA's are positioned to assume a significant role in facilitating this transition through partnerships with MCO's. This will require an entrepreneurial mind-set grounded in our mission. Against the backdrop of our Advocacy and Business Initiatives, The Way Forward, Our FY11-14 Strategic Vision, is structured into four cornerstones: Our Consumer Plan: Make Consumer Choice a Reality in Long-term Care Our People Plan: Work Together Our Quality Plan: Build it Better Our Financial Plan: Invest in the Future Utilizing this road-map, we hope to better serve older adults, their caregiver's and our community. We are most grateful for the support Ohio's policy-makers have given us as we strive to improve the lives of those who depend on our care.