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Part of the Aging and Disability Business Institute Series—a collaboration of n4a and ASA.

Includes complimentary CEUs

The shift in healthcare to value-based programs and purchasing is creating new incentives for healthcare organizations to pursue and strengthen collaboration with community-based organizations (CBOs). Within this changing environment, accountable care organizations (ACOs) have emerged as a promising delivery and payment model that presents opportunities for CBOs to integrate their services with healthcare, and share in any financial savings. This web seminar will highlight a successful CBO-ACO partnership in Maine that resulted in better care, lower costs and opportunities for diversifying the CBO funding stream. Presenters from the Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) and the MaineHealth ACO will describe the value the SMAA brings to MaineHealth, how SMAA leadership and staff has been embedded into ACO operations and planning and best practices for sustaining a mutually beneficial CBO-health care partnership.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Describe how new payment and delivery models, particularly ACOs, present opportunities for CBOs to market and sell their services to healthcare partners.
  • Understand the value that CBO services can bring to healthcare, in terms of the new cost and quality requirements that healthcare providers are increasingly subject to.
  • List specific organizational strategies and investments that can enable and sustain a successful CBO-ACO partnership (i.e. joint staff trainings, interoperable data sharing systems, etc.)


Laurence (Larry) Gross, MPA, has, since 1983, served as executive director of the Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA), a 130+ employee Area Agency on Aging whose mission is to improve the quality of life for older adults, adults with disabilities and the people who care for them.
Elizabeth (Betsy) H. Johnson, MD, MS, serves as president and CEO of MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization, a group of providers and hospitals in Maine and New Hampshire working together to share accountability for the quality and cost of care they provide to their patients with an overall focus on improving the health of their communities.


The Aging and Disability Business Institute is funded by:

Administration for Community Living

The John A Hartford Foundation

The SCAN Foundation

The Gary and Mary West Foundation

The Colorado Health Foundation

The Marin Community Foundation


National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Independent Living Research Utilization/National Center for Aging and Disability

American Society on Aging

Partners in Care Foundation

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley/Healthy Living Center of Excellence.

Learn more about the Aging and Disability Business Institute.