TSF: PBS Newshour special event, 2 new Care Span articles, and more…

From our colleagues at The SCAN Foundation: 

 

Dear Colleagues, 

Millions of Americans require daily support due to age, chronic health conditions or other needs.  On November 4, our friends at the PBS NewsHour will host a discussion in Washington, D.C exploring international models of care while taking a closer look at what’s happening in states around the country.  The event will aim to answer the question: can what works there, work here? Join us if you can at this important event.   

In other news, two new articles from the Health Affairs Care Span series examine trends in senior care.  The first discusses Medicare hospital prices and utilization among older adults. The second article highlights a study that found home-delivered meals can help to keep older adults with low care needs out of nursing homes and deliver net savings to state Medicaid programs on the costs of long-term care.

Also, California held its first Home- and Community-Based Universal Assessment Stakeholder Workgroup last month.  More information and resources are available as well as a Foundation-supported paper describing assessments for California’s current HCBS programs.     

Finally, please read my latest blog and accompanying infographic on Huffington Post examining satisfaction levels with care over time for people who needed daily help and were getting it through a long-term care insurance benefit. 

Sincerely,  

Bruce Chernof, MD 

 

 
 

PBS Newshour: Global and Regional Models for Long-Term Care – Can They Work Nationally? 

On November 4th, the PBS NewsHour’s Hari Sreenivasan will lead an exploration of long-term care, from across the global village to Main Street U.S.A. After looking at different models for providing long-term care and benefiting from expert commentary, the event will aim to answer the question: can what works there, work here?   

What:  

Many Americans require daily support due to age, chronic health problems or other conditions. In the wake of the final report of the federal Commission on Long-Term Care, this participatory discussion will reflect on the Commission’s findings while highlighting potential solutions. 

When:   

Monday, November 4th, 2013
Event – 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. ET
Cocktail Reception with Hors d’oeuvres – 5:30 p.m. ET to 6:30 p.m. ET 

Where:  

The North Hall at Eastern Market 

225 7th St SE
Washington, DC
Doors open 3:30 p.m.

TO RESERVE A SEAT: 

Reserve a seat by registering here: http://ltcmodels-SC.eventbrite.com OR by contacting Jen Brake at jbrake@newshour.org, 703-998-1851.

   
 

Huffington Post: Blog and Infographic on Measuring Satisfaction of Long-Term Care

When it comes to aging with dignity and independence, the enduring dilemma of how people and society should pay for needed long-term care services often grabs the spotlight. But when money is not a primary focus, what are the most important elements to determine whether people are satisfied with the care they receive?  

 

   
 

California Universal Assessment Paper and Workgroup 

The Foundation supported the development of a paper by academic partners from USC, UCLA, and UCSF that describes the current assessment approaches and assessment content for the In-Home Supportive Services program, the Multipurpose Senior Services Program, and Community-Based Adult Services.  This work is part of the first Home- and Community-Based Universal Assessment Stakeholder Workgroup, which was convened in response to a 2012 statute that called for the development of a statewide approach to HCBS assessment to facilitate care coordination, data sharing, and improved care planning across HCBS providers and settings.  More details about the Workgroup can be found on the website of the California Department of Social Services

   
 

Health Affairs: The Care Span 

Two new articles from the Health Affairs Care Span series examine trends in senior care.  The first discusses Medicare hospital prices and hospital utilization among older adults. Research from 10 states over a 15 year period shows that a reduction in Medicare price was associated with a reduction in discharges.  This volume response to price cuts appears to be accomplished through hospitals’ reduction in their number of staffed beds.  The second article highlights a study that found home-delivered meals can help to keep older adults with low care needs out of nursing homes.  Research from states’ home-delivered meals programs shows that such programs can help older adults live independently in the community and can also deliver net savings to state Medicaid programs on the costs of long-term care.

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