Long-term care stakeholders generally support proposed regulations on background checks of direct care workers, according to an informational memorandum issued Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Long-term care providers and states should agree on what a "direct access employee" is and whether that person has a criminal conviction that should keep him or her from working in a nursing home, according to a a recently released report from the Long-Term Care Criminal Convictions Work Group.
Organized labor groups will need to collaborate with non-union direct care workers in order for the eldercare workforce to meet the significant needs of an aging population, experts contend.
Direct care costs for treating Alzheimer's disease are estimated to be $200 billion in 2012, a new report reveals. Fully $140 will be paid through the Medicare and Medicaid programs. While 800,000 Alzheimer's sufferers live alone, most are being treated in a skilled nursing facility, assisted living, or by a family caregiver, according to "2012 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures" report from the Alzheimer's Association. Private insurance accounts for less than one-quarter of the costs, the report states. Currently, 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, and that number is expected to jump 30% by 2025, and triple by 2050.