Jan 122014

Americans are paying more attention to what happens when very old and frail people land in the health care system.Altarum Institute’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced Illness is a strong part of new efforts to improve care for people who need long-termcare. We resolve to stay involved!

The heart of the MediCaring reform for frail elders is simple enough: Create individualcare plans, offer better medical care at lower cost, provide support for the challenges of living with frailty and disability in old age, and launch local systems for monitoring and managing changes.
In the last year, we have:
  • Coached leaders in a dozen communities dedicated to figuring out how to manage good care at an affordable price. The opportunity to save money with more prudent health care is real.
  • Written a JAMA essay about the MediCaring proposal as a critical issue for U.S. health care. You can download it here.
  • Testified before the congressionally appointed Long Term Care Commission and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Policy Committee. We have also given dozens of talks all over the country.

With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services offering shared savings for acountable care organizations, bundled payments, and other demonstrations, we see ways to use a portion of those savings to enhance social supports and to monitor and manage local care systems.

Intrigued? Want to help us craft the proposals and get them onto the policy and reform platforms of dozens of organizations? Be in touch: Share your ideas and describe your opportunities, and we will stay in touch as this movement builds.

We wish our friends and colleagues a rewarding year in 2014. We resolve to make the most of every day, creating the systems and structures that support the last phase of long lives.


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