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60 Seconds with...  Denise Likar VP, SCAN's Community Service Organization

60 Seconds with... Denise Likar VP, SCAN's Community Service Organization

Q: How many seniors are estimated to have a mental health concern?

Commitment to care coordination: Finishing what we've started

Commitment to care coordination: Finishing what we've started

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When California launched Cal MediConnect, its landmark dual eligible demonstration project, its architects knew the challenge they were accepting.

Connecting the dots in healthcare

Connecting the dots in healthcare

A small set of community-based organizations are seeking to deliver coordinated care to people coping with multiple chronic conditions and functional limitations who wish to live well and safely in the community.

Also in the news for Oct. 30, 2014 . . .

CMS offers hospitals more flexibility to settle disputed inpatient claims ... Nursing homes interested in new secondhand smoke detector, Dartmouth researchers say ... Australian researchers announce Alzheimer's blood test progress ... SCAN Foundation releases blueprint for person-centered healthcare systems

Successful long-term care models headed to PBS show

An august panel of aging care experts will meet Monday in Washington to film a discussion about creative global and international models of eldercare. The gathering is sponsored by PBS NewsHour and funded by the SCAN Foundation. Everything from managed care programs in Minnesota and California to a voucher program in Finland and caregiver support systems in Taiwan will be examined. NewsHour's Hari Sreenivasan will moderate the session, which will include an array of well-known U.S. aging thought leaders.

Lack of information prevents long-term care planning even for those with high incomes, SCAN report finds

Lack of information prevents long-term care planning even for those with high incomes, SCAN report finds

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Americans who are earning high incomes often do not plan sufficiently for their long-term care needs, according to a new report from the SCAN Foundation and Langer Research Associates.

Here's the lowdown on your direct-care workforce

Here's the lowdown on your direct-care workforce

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If a profession were going to grow so much it could dominate certain employment sectors in the near future, it would only make sense to start focusing more on that profession, wouldn't it? Long-term care operators and managers, get ready to gain a lot more sense about your biggest employee group.

The bridge is here for your personal aging planning — cross it

The bridge is here for your personal aging planning — cross it

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A new poll* finds that two-thirds of people 40 years old and older have done little or no preparing for the challenging and expensive reality of aging. I think most people seem to have the mentality, "I'll cross that bridge when I come to it." Kids, if you're at least 40 years old, the bridge is here.

People still misunderstand, avoid thinking about long-term care, poll shows

People still misunderstand, avoid thinking about long-term care, poll shows

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Americans don't like to think about their eventual long-term care needs and don't have a realistic understanding of how the long-term care system works, according to a poll released Wednesday. Given that other surveys have reported similar findings for years, the results show the public's consistent lack of knowledge about long-term care.

60 seconds with ... Bruce Chernof, M.D.

60 seconds with ... Bruce Chernof, M.D.

Q: What are the top issues the Long-Term Care Commission needs to address? A: We need to address the knowledge deficits that exist in the general public about long-term care needs. And we need a new set of tools that helps people better prepare as they age.

Broken long-term care financing system must be fixed within 5 years, SCAN says

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The country's long-term care financing system for consumers must be revamped within five years to meet the needs of aging baby boomers, according to The SCAN Foundation. In eight reports released Wednesday, the organization laid out policy recommendations for taking pressure off government programs while increasing the availability and affordability of long-term care financing for consumers.

Long-term care operators must engage states to ensure Medicaid reimbursement following ACA ruling, provider group says

Long-term care operators must engage states to ensure Medicaid reimbursement following ACA ruling, provider group says

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While the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, it struck a provision that said states would lose their Medicaid funding if they don't comply with the planned expansion.The ruling means progressive action on maximizing Medicaid reimbursement is still needed, a top long-term care advocate told McKnight's.

Lawmakers should weigh costs associated with dementia when coordinating care for Medicare beneficiaries, analysis suggests

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As policymakers seek to integrate care for dual eligibles, they need to consider the cost of treating beneficiaries with dementia, new data suggests.

New report shows states struggling to provide affordable high-quality long-term care

New report shows states struggling to provide affordable high-quality long-term care

Even states that are doing well with offering reasonably priced, high-quality long-term care support services could do better, according to a new report released by three aging advocacy groups.

Older disabled individuals choosing community-based living, report states

Older disabled individuals choosing community-based living, report states

Greater numbers of older disabled Americans are choosing assisted living or continuing care retirement communities over nursing homes, but have higher rates of hospitalization, a new report says.

Report proposes changes to streamline care for dual eligibles

Elderly dual eligibles, those individuals that receive Medicare and Medicaid benefits, are at risk for experiencing substantial drops in care when moving between Medicare and Medicaid coverage, a new report shows.

Changing the conversation: How Americans talk, think and feel about aging

Changing the conversation: How Americans talk, think and feel about aging

In my 25 years as a physician, I've never heard anyone describe themselves as a "functionally impaired patient with chronic multiple conditions," a "long-term care recipient" or a "dual eligible." Yet these types of terms are used every day among healthcare professionals, policy wonks and advocates to describe the very people on whose behalf we work.

Researchers cite four ways to include long-term care more effectively in healthcare reform efforts

A new report released Thursday by Georgetown University researchers, in association with The SCAN Foundation, presents four possible options for including long-term care services and supports in reform legislation.