Jun 202016
 
MediCaring Communities: Getting What We Want and Need in Frail Old Age at an Affordable Cost

MediCaring Communities: Getting What We Want and Need in Frail Old Age at an Affordable Cost Published June, 2016 194 pages, 6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm) ISBN-10: 1481266918 List Price $9.95 at Amazon.com Americans want a long life and most of us will get to live into our 80’s and beyond, but we […]

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Jul 262016
 
Implementing MediCaring Communities

By Joanne Lynn Nearly all Americans want a long life, and many of us will live into our 80’s and beyond. But as a society, we have avoided addressing the challenges of living well in the last years at a cost that our families and taxpayers can sustain. That’s about to change. A new MediCaring […]

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Jul 142016
 

By Anne Montgomery and Daniel Wilson, PHI Too often, personal and home care aides are the least noticed part of the direct care workforce, for these reasons: first, wages are typically low and employment benefits are sparse. Second, few states have established high-quality training programs that provide a solid skills baseline for this essential work […]

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Jul 052016
 
MediCaring Communities Proposal Shows  Substantial Savings in Medicare Costs

Contact: Judith Zimmer [email protected] 212-355-8400 Contact: Ken Schwartz [email protected] 202-772-5062 New York, New York, July 5, 2016—A new financial simulation for a novel model of care, called MediCaring Communities, has shown significant Medicare savings for frail older adults who need both medical care and nonmedical support services. Medicare savings ranged from $269-$537 dollars per person […]

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Jun 282016
 

Geriatricians, as well as the  frail, sick, and disabled elders for whom they care, are at serious risk under the proposed implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). To read Joanne Lynn’s comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Merit-Based Incentive Payments and Alternative Payment Models under MACRA, click here.

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Jun 282016
 

On April 26, Assistant Secretary for Aging Kathy Greenlee addressed the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) at its spring policy conference. President Obama had just signed the Older Americans Act (OAA) reauthorization (P.L. 114-144) into law a week earlier—the culmination of a six-year effort. This is the major federal funding for the […]

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May 312016
 

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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Apr 252016
 

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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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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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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