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Reform of Long-Term Care System Could Save Billions
Date:4/21/2009

iately after a stroke or major fall -- are first based on where the care is provided, not on the actual patient's condition and needs. Additionally, in 2006, the nation spent about $230 billion on a LTC system that inadequately protects today's senior population from the financial devastation of a long-term disabling condition such as Alzheimer's disease or stroke. Seniors often rely on their savings, home equity, or children to pay for their care; in the current economic climate these sources of financing have become increasingly unstable.

"The health reform goals debated today -- achieving greater efficiency and value for the healthcare dollar, adding discipline to Medicare spending, and better use of evidence to improve patient experience -- are inextricably tied to improving long-term and post-acute care in the U.S.," said Anne Tumlinson, a vice president at Avalere Health and lead author of the firm's new report. "Any meaningful reform effort will involve a careful analysis of choices, policy options, and trade-offs."

The report, "Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Reform/Estimating the Federal Budgetary Effects of the AHCA/NCAL/Alliance Proposal," was prepared by Avalere Health. The American Health Care Association, National Center for Assisted Living, and Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care provided financial support for this research. Avalere maintained sole discretion with regard to methods and interpretations of findings, and the authors are solely responsible for the content of this analysis.


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