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.
This policy brief provides an overview of the various types of quality measures and how they are created, why quality measures matter when caring for adults with complex care needs in integrated systems, and how stakeholders can influence the quality measure development process.
Adults with complex care needs are currently often served by a number of providers and systems that do not talk to each other or coordinate efforts, making it difficult for individuals to receive high-quality care. Efforts to transform delivery systems and associated quality measurements for this vulnerable population are also fragmented. The SCAN Foundation convened a working group to develop consensus on the Essential Attributes of a high-quality system of care that supports system transformation and evaluation. This full report includes the abbreviated literature review of existing frameworks.
A working group developed a goal statement and four Essential Attributes of a high-quality system of care that supports system transformation and evaluation, and is from the vantage point of adults with complex care needs. This primer document describes the Essential Attributes of this system and the core elements detailing how delivery systems should function to meet the goal, and key definitions of concepts. Collectively, they represent the milestones that, when regularly monitored and measured, can track progress toward the goal.
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.
The number of individuals age 65 and older across the nation is projected to double in the next 50 years, from over 45 million in 2015 to over 95 million in 2065. California's age 65 and older population stands at 4 million, which is projected to double to over 8 million by 2030. This brief offers a basic primer on long-term services and supports (LTSS) in California within a national context. LTSS, also known as long-term care (LTC), provides assistance to people with disabilities of all ages, including older adults who need help with daily activities.