Apr 172015
Identifying Communities with Potential for Pioneering MediCaring—Suggest Yours!

By Joanne Lynn The time has come to seek Medicare’s cooperation so MediCaring Community programs 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 of their own residents who aim to […]

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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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Aug 252015

CMS gently proposes paying for advance care planning discussions between patients and physicians under Medicare. While this is certainly a good beginning, CMS coverage should encourage comprehensive care planning, not just “brink-of-death” care and not just for eventual incompetence but also for persons now incompetent and those who retain competence to the end of life […]

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Aug 242015
Comments on the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Payment Model

By Joanne Lynn, MD CMS has issued a proposal to require all hospitals in 75 designated metropolitan areas to take on the responsibility for the related costs of hip or knee replacement surgery and 90 days after discharge from the hospital. With increasing levels of responsibility, the hospitals come to be at risk for refunding […]

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Jul 272015

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) [http://www.whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov] on Monday, July 13. Hosted by the White House in the East Wing and the Eisenhower Executive Office Building with an invited audience of about 200 attendees, […]

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Jun 022015
MediCaring Communities Webinar

Our efforts to move MediCaring Communities forward are underway! Please click this link to view an informational webinar recording, in which Joanne Lynn lays out the details of the MediCaring Communities plan, describes next steps in the campaign, and explains how to get involved. http://altarum.adobeconnect.com/p1gikillyf8/

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May 272015
Introducing the Family Caregiver Platform Project

By Anne Montgomery Now and during the exciting months ahead, people across the country will begin meeting to debate, create, and vote on ideas and proposals for possible inclusion in their state party platforms leading up to 2016. Wherever you live, Altarum Institute’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness (CECAI) hopes that you will participate […]

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May 192015
Just How Dysfunctional is Frail Elder Care in the U.S.?

By Joanne Lynn Very, very dysfunctional. You need evidence? Try these two tales. First, a remarkably illuminating piece of research was released on March 2 concerning the Meals on Wheels program (http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/docs/default-source/News-Assets/mtam-full-report—march-2-2015.pdf?sfvrsn=6). The title was “More than a Meal,” and it showed that people who got warm meals home delivered by volunteers 5 days per […]

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May 062015

By Elizabeth Rolf On May 7, 2015, PBS will begin to air “Caring for Mom and Dad.” The hour-long special will cover the challenges adult children face caring for their aging parents, including raising young children, caring for dementia patients in their homes, and the frustrations and challenges of caregiver support. The episode calls for […]

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