California Healthline: California Advocates Eagerly Awaiting Federal Report on Long-Term Care Issues

by David Gorn

The federal Commission on Long-Term Care today is expected to release its comprehensive report on tactics and targets to improve care for the elderly, and that report could help focus attention on long-term care concerns in California.

California has its own vision document for long-term care, developed by state officials two years ago. More specifically, the state is undertaking a major effort to overhaul care for seniors in California, and that project may be influenced by this federal attention, according to Jack Hailey, project manager at the Government Action and Communication Institute, a not-for-profit education and health advocacy group in Sacramento.

“This is the first national report or statement since the governor released his plan two years ago,” Hailey said. “In California, we have to figure out how to get [the Coordinated Care Initiative] to work. We hope this report adds substance to the conversation.”

The federal commission’s report is six months in the making. Last week, it released a list of recommendations, and Hailey was heartened by the initial approach.

“We think this whole vision that the state has, that the federal report has, of person-centered and integrated care, is absolutely crucial,” he said. “There’s a whole set of recommendations around integration of care and creating a universal assessment. There’s an emphasis on good case management, so all the navigation isn’t left up to the patient.”


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