Tag: geriatrics

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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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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Could MACRA Enable Care Models That Serve Frail Elders Well?

By Joanne Lynn Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries with advanced illnesses and worsening disabilities, and the clinicians who focus on serving them, could wind up becoming big losers if MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015) is implemented without sufficient attention to the realities of caring for these vulnerable populations. But there are ways

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Who Cares for the Frail Elderly?

by Dr. Muriel Gillick A whopping 86 million Americans are family caregivers for an adult with significant health problems, according to a new report. Untrained, unpaid, and unlicensed, they take care of some of the sickest patients in the U.S. Just under half of these caregivers provide complex medical care: this is a level of care that

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Care Transitions Activism for Geriatrics and Palliative Care

The national commitment to improving care transitions is a remarkable opportunity for geriatrics and palliative care to make a mark (and even to get paid for doing it right!).  HHS has set a goal of reducing readmissions nationwide by 20% within three years .  The Affordable Care Act (Section 3026) put in place a $500million

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