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Avalere Health Finds New Plan to Reform Medicare Post-Acute and Long Term Care System Could Save U.S. Approximately $35 Billion Over Ten Years
Date:4/21/2009

access, improving quality, enhancing choice, boosting efficiency and controlling costs - can now be achieved in a realistic, comprehensive manner by adopting our proposal," said Bruce Yarwood, President and CEO of AHCA. "There exists a narrow window of time to achieve the global reforms that will guide the U.S. health system for decades to come, and we must not allow this enormous opportunity to escape our collective grasp."

Alan G. Rosenbloom, President of the Alliance, said, "This is a very serious plan to address a very serious crisis. Addressing post-acute and long term care in the manner we advocate -- which has now been validated by highly credible health policy experts -- is not only consistent with the overarching national goal of health care reform, it is central to achieving it. It is crucial that we recognize that older Americans have both chronic and intermittent health care needs. Failing to do so does a disservice to those who need care and undermines efforts to bring costs under control. This plan provides a substantive roadmap to accomplish many of the key reform policy objectives that will benefit every American."

David Kyllo, Executive Director of NCAL, stated, "The growing diversity of long term care settings is a welcome and necessary trend that better serves the needs and choices of aging Americans. Now that there is a strong, credible plan to bring about positive change that benefits every senior in need of care, it is incumbent on our elected leaders as well as our profession to help move this proposal from the drawing board to the health care marketplace."

In regard to the projected cost explosion in the years to come associated with simply patching the rapidly deteriorating post acute and long term care financing structure with periodic, piecemeal fixes, the AHCA/NCAL/Alliance leaders said the status quo is unsustainable in its present form and will eventually collapse. Further, ac
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