Apr 082016
 

By Joanne Lynn The time has come to seek cooperation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) so MediCaring Communities can get underway in many parts of the country. These programs are as necessary to an aging society as pediatrics and obstetrics are for children and maternal care. Empowering communities to take care […]

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Apr 252016
 
Family Caregiver Platform Project: What’s Urgent Now?

The pace of activity in the 2016 election cycle is picking up dramatically. We are in the midst of a populist moment, in which citizens around the country are making their views heard loudly and clearly. For the tens of millions of Americans who have, are, or will be family caregivers, this spring offers an […]

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Mar 282016
 

By Joanne Lynn and Elizabeth Blair For about the last decade, federal policymakers have shunned serious consideration of long-term care, apparently feeling either that it is a black hole of need or that dealing with it gets too close to acknowledging rationing and death panels. People who tried to encourage a focus on long-term care, […]

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Feb 222016
 

By Anne Montgomery A tremendously positive legislative achievement occurred on November 5, 2015, when the PACE Innovation Act (P.L. 114-85) was signed into law. Although it has received little notice, what this five-line statute does is provide the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) with the authority to loosen the rigidity of the best, […]

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Jan 262016
 

By Victoria Walker You can have a real impact this political season by connecting up with the Family Caregiver Platform Project (FCPP), which works to get caregiving issues included in as many state party platforms as possible. The pace of political activity is already breathtaking. Want to be part of it? Here’s how. The FCPP […]

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Jan 042016
 

By Anne Montgomery and Leslie Fried of the National Council on Aging One of the hallmarks of the 21st century—increased longevity of the population—will increasingly drive federal, state, and local health care programs to focus on optimizing coordination of services across a range of medical care and community services providers. Discharge planning will play a […]

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Dec 012015
 
Moving a Medicare Reform Agenda for Frail Beneficiaries: Let’s Do It

By Joanne Lynn and Anne Montgomery For a rapidly aging U.S. population, our current care system has its priorities upside down. It is calibrated to address heart disease and cancer as well as possible, with customized drugs, specialist hospital-based doctors, and 9-1-1 rapid responses. In short, we have a system that is built on the […]

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Oct 262015
 

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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Oct 262015
 
Estimating the Potential Revenue from the Newer Medicare Billing Codes

By Elizabeth Rolf and Holley Stanley Physicians caring for frail elders have long complained that they cannot provide optimal care and stay in business, given how Medicare pays for services. Over the last decade, CMS has developed and implemented new payment strategies within the Fee-for-Service Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), aiming to encourage primary care […]

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Sep 282015
 
Don’t Accept Medical Errors as the Standard of Care for Frail Elders

By Joanne Lynn, MD If you are hoping for a good night’s sleep, don’t read the stories told by Marcy Cottrell Houle of her parents’ last years of life just before you go to bed. But do read The Gift of Caring: Saving Our Parents from the Perils of Modern Healthcare [http://www.thegiftofcaring.net/], which Houle wrote […]

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