California Healthline: New Reports Shine Light on Long-Term Care Problems

by George Lauer For a couple decades now, advocates for seniors and aging Californians have warned that long-term care problems will get larger and more numerous if government and health industry officials don’t make some policy changes. Three new reports are turning up the pressure on policymakers: A report titled, “A Shattered System: Reforming Long-Term … Continue reading

Capital Public Radio: Senate Report: Overhaul California’s Long-Term Care System

Ben Adler State Sen. Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) holds up a chart that shows California’s system that provides long-term care to the elderly. Ben Adler / Capital Public Radio California uses 112 programs spread across 20 state departments and agencies to provide long-term care for its nearly five million elderly residents. A new state … Continue reading

NSCLC: What’s In A Notice? How Notices Of Action Protect Consumers In Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services And Supports

From our colleagues at NSCLC:  As Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) rolls out nationwide, advocates on the ground have seen due process violations in appeals and notices of action. In this tool for advocates and consumers, NSCLC focuses on notice and appeal rights in MLTSS.  NSCLC provides background information on notices of action, … Continue reading

TSF: Aging in America: Stuck in the Middle

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From our colleagues at The SCAN Foundation: The Bipartisan Policy Center’s initiative on long-term care was featured as part of a cover story on a recent episode of CBS Sunday Morning.  The segment profiles the struggle many Americans face when it comes to long-term care financing and features an interview with former Senate Majority Leader Tom … Continue reading

TSF: 2014 Long-Term Services & Supports Summit

From our colleagues at The SCAN Foundation: Our 2014 Long-Term Services & Supports Summit was a tremendous success, bringing together 300 participants from across California to discuss the current state of LTSS and how to continue the momentum towards system transformation.  For a recap on the conference and its takeaways, please read Dr. Bruce Chernof’s … Continue reading

NY Times: Minorities Are Forced Into Nursing Homes at Greater Rates

Karen D. Lincoln is an associate professor in the University of Southern California School of Social Work and the director of the university’s Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work. Over 10 million Americans now require long-term care annually and Medicaid is the primary source of coverage. Medicaid spending on long-term care services has … Continue reading

Avalere & The SCAN Foundation: Avalere Issues White Paper on the Management of High-Risk Medicare Populations in Partnership with The SCAN Foundation

[Robinson Chavez, Michael -- - Sierra Foothills, Ca. November 16, 2011 Kate Hamon, 78, had it made when she moved to Pine Grove just north of Jackson. She owns two homes, one, a 17 acre property is all paid for. Then the bubble burst and Hamon was upside down on one of her homes, which is being purchased in a short sale for a song. Hamon, a deeply religious woman, packs up a statue of the Virgin Mary. The elderly are dealing with tough financial conditions and aborted retirements in the foothills of the Sierras. (Photo by Michael Robinson Chavez/Los Angeles Times)] *** []

From our colleagues at The SCAN Foundation:  New Avalere research for The SCAN Foundation demonstrates the ROI potential of well-targeted care coordination programs supported by robust data. In a new report on effective care management of high-risk Medicare beneficiaries, our Avalere experts make the case for three key best practice strategies. 1. Identify the full … Continue reading

The SCAN Foundation: PP&AR Explores Recommendations from Federal Commission on Long-Term Care

Form our colleagues at The SCAN Foundation: PP&AR Explores Recommendations from Federal Commission on Long-Term Care   The latest issue of Public Policy & Aging Report (PP&AR) outlines a policy prescription for a sustainable system of LTSS using the Federal Commission on Long-Term Care’s 2013 final report as its base.  Two of the eight articles can … Continue reading

NSCLC: Can Reality Match Rhetoric? Person Centered Service Planning in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports

Person-centered planning is critical to the well-being of consumers of long-term services and supports. It works by identifying the strengths preferences, needs, and desired outcomes of the individual. In order for person-centeredness to be more than an empty slogan, it must be accompanied by substantive standards set forth in managed care organization (MCO) contract language. … Continue reading

TSF: Raising Expectations: California’s 2014 LTSS Scorecard Results

As a physician, I’ve witnessed first hand the plight of so many families whose lives are thrown into turmoil as an older parent or grandparent takes a fall, suffers an injury and experiences a sudden health decline.  Without warning, families find themselves at the epiccenter of a completely fragmented long-term care system.  Continue reading Dr. … Continue reading

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