Tag: frail elders

Pick up the PACE to a New World of Eldercare

By Anne Montgomery, Sarah Slocum and Christine Stanik What do you need to know in order to remain in your own home as the years advance? Where can you turn for good, reliable services in a costly, chaotic, constantly shifting health care system? One possible answer is PACE (the Program of All-inclusive Care for the

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Interim Reports on Aggregating Care Plans to Manage Supportive Care Services for Elders

By Les Morgan The following reports were produced as deliverables for our project “Aggregating Care Plans to Manage Supportive Care Services for Elders” (Joanne Lynn, M.D., Principal Investigator).This project is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through Grant GBMF5662 to Altarum Institute. Dr. Lynn will provide a more detailed report on the project

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Through a Glass Darkly: The Community-Based Care Transitions Program Evaluation

Photographs of Joanne Lynn and Sarah Slocum

By Joanne Lynn and Sarah Slocum “All models are wrong, but some are useful”. – George Box In late November, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an extensive evaluation of the Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP). (https://downloads.cms.gov/files/cmmi/cctp-final-eval-rpt.pdf) While the report has some useful points, the primary metrics used to measure performance –

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It Takes YOUR Community Symposium

A photograph of a group of Zuni elders

On December 5, 2017 the “It Takes YOUR Community” symposium was hosted by Altarum’s Center for Elder Care & Advanced Illness in Washington, DC. This post provides an edited videocast of the event and the edited transcript with links to presentation slides as well as a Resource POD. The primary goal of this symposium was

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Nursing Homes and the Public Trust

Sarah Slocum portrait

by Sarah Slocum and Anne Montgomery Altarum Center for Eldercare & Advanced Illness Often — including every time we fly — we entrust our lives to others. A necessary precondition is that we have very high expectations of safety and quality. So while few of us have the training to assess an aircraft’s performance, we

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Caregiving in Politics and Policy: A Data Chartbook

Red Image of America Cares Chartbook

The America CARES Forum was held on November 14, 2016, a week after the national election. Sponsored by Altarum with Caring Across Generations, the forum featured national polling data from Lake Research Partners and The Tarrance Group. The polling showed strong support for major policy advances for both family caregivers and direct care workers, as

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Re-Designing Society for Our Future Selves by Joanne Lynn

Dr. Joanne Lynn Portrait. Photo credit Politico (used with permission)

Let’s try a thought experiment. Imagine that the government assembled a “Medicare Design Commission” that includes not only the usual assorted experts, but at least as many 88-year old women living alone on Social Security in second floor walk-ups, aiming to have them represent the target population of elderly people coming to face the multiple

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Health Care as Essential Infrastructure

Picture of Anne Montgomery

By Anne Montgomery In the aftermath of Congress’ rejection of the “American Health Care Act” (H.R. 1628), it has become clear that the largest health care program in the country—Medicaid—is poorly understood and dramatically undervalued. The House of Representative’s budget-driven proposal to remove one out of every four dollars from this bedrock federal-state partnership program

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Innovations for the Elderly: Getting a Running Start on Real Reforms

Picture of Mark Dann

By Mark Dann and Anne Montgomery Tens of millions of us are going to live well into our 80s and 90s, a remarkable sign of progress and achievement that we can attribute to our public health and medical care systems. But as we age, we grow frailer. And at that point, we need a different,

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Dr. Joanne Lynn Speaks on the Eldercare Crisis

Politico interviewed Dr. Joanne Lynn to learn how much strain younger Americans face as their elders age, and were surprised to learn that immigration could ease the crisis. The aging of the Baby Boom generation will triple the number of Americans over age 80 — a bulge demographers have seen coming for decades. Yet, American

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