In this Perspectives, Dr. Chernof discusses the need to redefine current health care quality measures, especially from the vantage point of those needing care and not just for those who provide and pay for it. In support of this goal, three new resources are available to help frame measures and advance this work.
Since inception six years ago, enrollment for The SCAN Foundation’s California Summit on Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) has doubled. The LTSS Summit provides a rare opportunity for service providers, aging and disability advocates, health plans, state officials, researchers, and the media to convene and develop a more coherent, informed, and impactful voice on behalf of older Californians, persons with disabilities, their caregivers, and service providers. In this Perspectives, Dr. Chernof discusses the sixth LTSS Summit and successes of the California Collaborative and Regional Coalitions.
As California’s Medicare-Medicaid demonstration becomes more established, a clearer picture is emerging. Over the last 18 months, Field Research Corporation and the University of California have completed numerous evaluation activities to better understand the experiences of dual eligible individuals (both those who enrolled in Cal MediConnect and those who opted out), health plans, health systems, and community-based providers. In this Perspectives, Dr. Chernof examines this rich body of work, identifying successes and what needs to improve as the demonstration moves forward.
As Medicare moves away from fee-for-service and utilization-based managed care to value-based purchasing, addressing older adults’ health in light of functional needs is becoming a business necessity. In this Perspectives, Dr. Chernof recognizes delivery systems that champion person-centered care as the practical way of the future and introduces two resources to help health systems leaders justify and ramp up greater adoption of person-centered care models.
In the last month, three separate groups released recommendations about how to help working Americans better prepare for their future long-term care needs and associated costs. In this Perspectives, Dr. Chernof highlights the similarities across each set of recommendations and advocates for the multi-pronged approach put forth by all groups—one that clarifies personal responsibility, outlines private market solutions, addresses long-term needs, and refocuses Medicaid’s role.
In this Perspectives, Dr. Chernof explains what recent polling results and coordinated care stories tell us about the experiences of Medicare-Medicaid individuals, and identifies opportunities to further strengthen and expand support.