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State: District of Columbia
Subject Matter: Healthcare Reform
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The SCAN Foundation has released a report by the National Academy for State Health Policy analyzing provisions of the recently enacted healthcare bill that are intended to advance the continuum of care for seniors. These include an array of initiatives adopted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to bolster services that help seniors avoid nursing home placement, enhance coordination of care, and finance long-term services and supports through a new public insurance program.

"The newly passed legislation lays the foundation for greatly improving the full continuum of health and long-term care services for seniors," said Bruce Chernof, MD, president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation. "It does not encompass the entire scope of reforms needed, but it does make important progress toward transforming healthcare and social service delivery systems to become more aligned with seniors’ needs."

Among the policy advances addressed by the report, “Long Term Service and Supports and Chronic Care Coordination: Policy Advances Enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act," are the CLASS Act program and numerous incremental reforms aimed at increasing the availability of Medicaid-funded home-and community-based services. It also analyzes the various service delivery system demonstrations authorized in the Medicare and Medicaid programs that will test ways of improving care coordination for seniors with multiple chronic conditions. 

Document Author: SCAN Foundation
Firm/Company: SCAN Foundation
Document Date: January 1, 1970
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