April 29, 2014
Sadly for most vulnerable older Californians, their first interaction with long-term services and supports (LTSS) begins in the emergency room. A recent report from California’s Medicaid Research Institute (CAMRI) shows that this perspective is particularly true for individuals covered by Medicare and Medi-Cal. Most people who used Medi-Cal-funded LTSS started these services after an emergency room visit, hospital admission, or rehabilitation stay. Older adults entering these institutions may experience additional health complications, be discharged with less function than when they entered, and find their support system at home less prepared to meet their needs.