August 8 2019 – The Alliance for Aging, Inc. announces that its Fast Pass program has been honored with a 2019 Aging Achievement Award by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a). The awards program is supported by WellCare Health Plans. Fast Pass was among 48 local aging programs to receive honors at the n4a Annual Conference & Tradeshow, July 27-31, New Orleans.

The 2019 n4a Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards recognizes Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Title VI Native American aging programs that develop and implement cutting-edge approaches to support older adults, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. Among the selection criteria was the ease with which other agencies could replicate the program in their communities.  
“n4a is thrilled to present the Aging Innovations and Achievement Awards to a diverse and talented group of Area Agencies on Aging. We are happy to say that every corner of the country is represented in the 2019 awards this year” said Sandy Markwood, Chief Executive Officer of n4a. “The work the AAAs have done to deliver innovative and successful programs in their communities is remarkable. From programs that focus on healthy aging or transportation to nutrition or social engagement, we commend them all and urge them to continue creating great programs like the ones highlighted in this year’s 2019 Aging Innovations and Achievements Awards.” Markwood said.
The Fast Pass program was created by the Alliance in response to the challenges faced by its funded agencies in referring clients to the system due to the high volume of calls experienced by the Alliance’s Helpline.  This electronically-based system streamlines the referral process, allowing community agencies a quicker, more efficient point of entry.   It also allows them to submit multiple referrals at a time.  The result is reduced time and resources spent in the referral process, ultimately ensuring the Alliance reaches clients sooner, providing them quicker access to services.
“We are pleased that our provider agencies now have an expedited process by which they can refer clients into the system,” said Max B. Rothman, President & CEO of the Alliance for Aging. “The program also saves time and effort to clients not referred by these agencies because phone lines are no longer tied up with referrals.  It is another step in helping us achieve our goal of allowing access to much needed services to as many clients as possible.”  
All winners are showcased in the n4a awards book. 
As the Area Agency on Aging for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, the Alliance for Aging administers federal and state programs that help older adults remain at home and in their own communities.  For more information about the programs and services available to older adults and adults with disabilities, you may call the Helpline at: Dade: (305)670-4357, Monroe: (786)862-6078, or Toll Free: 1-800-963-5337, or visit