Category: Medicaid

States Move to Chart a Path for More Reliable, Affordable LTSS

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By Anne Montgomery and Sarah Slocum On May 4, 2018, the Michigan State Legislature voted to “just do it:” to assemble a group of experts to craft a blueprint for taking the Wolverine State deep into the future of Michigan’s age wave – all the way through the mid-21st century. Specifically, the language requires the

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Expanding PACE Opportunities in Our Community

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By Sonja Love Felton, LMSW, MPA Executive Director of Huron Valley PACE Huron Valley PACE, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, is a young PACE organization – we were established only 4 years ago. However, we’ve been moving quickly since the day we opened our doors. Most readers likely know that PACE is an acronym for Program

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Measuring Performance of a Community’s Elder Care System

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By Joanne Lynn Most of us now reading this will get the extraordinary privilege of being able to live into old age. For nearly all of human history, few people lived to be old, and even fewer lived long with serious disabilities. Now, most of us will have a substantial period of increasing disability at

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Comments on the The Nursing Home Conditions of Participation Proposal

By Anne Montgomery Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the long-awaited “conditions of participation” rules proposed for nursing homes. These rules signal another step in the ongoing shift in CMS toward encouraging more livable and well-supported facilities and staffing. However, since long-stay residents must consider the facility to be their home, we

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Sixth White House Conference on Aging: Now It’s Time to Do More. A Lot More.

By Anne Montgomery Around the country, people at more than 600 “watch parties” gathered to tune into a livestream of the White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) [] on Monday, July 13, 2015. Hosted by the White House in the East Wing and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building with an invited audience of about 200

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Paying The Price: Frailty is an Expensive Phase of Life

As millions of Americans reach old age, millions will experience the frailty that accompanies that time phase of life. And that price, really, can be a sticker shock when writ large over the lives of millions. People over the age of 65 account for a fair amount of the nation’s healthcare costs. For example, 13%

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The ElderBoard: Managing Care for Frail Elders

Health planning has been a long-running theme in American health policy, dating back to the 1940s. Seen by its advocates as a movement, such planning aimed to make widely available coordinated health facilities and services, especially hospitals. It also aimed to foster the orderly and efficient development of hospitals in order to meet each community’s

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Multidisciplinary Teams and Holistic Care for Frail Elders

 For most of us, for most of our lives, healthcare involves doctor visits for routine and acute care, and sometimes visits to specialists when dealing with complex or advanced illness. To be sure, many of us also find health and healing beyond the walls of a clinic or the contents of a medicine cabinet—attention to

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Very Old Adults Will Need Enhanced Social Services to Balance Medical Care

Another in our series to build the MediCaring book. Judith R. Peres contributed significantly to this post. Please feel free to comment, expand, tell us what we’ve got right, and what we have missed. For decades, older adults have relied on the medical system to cure or treat what ails them; but those aging into

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