ANN ARBOR, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today Altarum Institute launches a blueprint for setting up a
comprehensive, practical care system for tens of millions of Americans
who will live into advanced old age during the 21st century.
The reforms, crystallized in locally-driven programs known as MediCaring
Communities, derive from the best evidence compiled to date, and are
thoroughly explained in a comprehensive guide that can be used by
policymakers, analysts, and health and social services providers
practicing in the field. Following five years of work in quality
improvement, simulation of the financing, and working with an array of
communities nationwide, the model proposes to erase the gaps between
“acute” and “long term care” services and is designed to be sustainable
within the confines of existing programs.
Communities: Getting What We Want and Need in Frail Old Age at an
Affordable Price, is authored by Joanne Lynn, MD, MA, MS,
director of Altarum Institute’s Center for Elder Care and Advanced
Illness (CECAI), and her team.
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Amazon, and more information can be found at MediCaring.org.
“Dr. Lynn is arguably the most authoritative voice on elder care reform
in America, and this book is the recipe for resolving what otherwise
will be an intractable—and worsening—problem,” said Jim Lee,
vice-president, Altarum Institute. “This is the framework we’ve been
waiting for, a comprehensive blueprint for reform, and it is our hope
that the reforms can be embedded in mainstream policy and payment
discussions at the federal, state, and local levels. We believe the time
is ripe for enabling pilot programs to move ahead.”
“The book explains how we can adapt our current programs to focus on the
explosion of frail elderly people and serve them well, even as we also
work to decrease the per capita cost of health care,” Lynn said.
“Paradoxically, if we pay more attention to services and supports that
are largely provided in the home, we can reduce utilization of the
highest-cost medical services and use a portion of the savings to build
stronger support systems in our communities. Most people can live out
their lives safely and meaningfully in their own homes—if they
also have reliable supports, rehabilitation, and attentive medical
care,” said Dr. Lynn. “MediCaring Communities would be locally chartered
programs that would serve as a point of pride for communities serving
elders and their families well. Today, elders have instant access to
high-cost services and drugs, but families struggling to support a loved
one with dementia cannot find respite, or personal care. We need to
shift the care system to be able to provide easy access to the services
that people really want.”
Just last week, The
Milbank Quarterly published Altarum’s very conservative financial
simulation of the MediCaring Communities model, showing that each of
four communities would have savings between $269 and $537 per-person
per-month to invest in community-based services.
Altarum Institute (www.altarum.org)
integrates objective research and client-centered consulting skills to
deliver comprehensive, systems-based solutions that improve health and
health care. Altarum employs almost 400 individuals and is headquartered
in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with additional offices in the Washington, D.C.,
area; Portland, Maine; and San Antonio, Texas.
Ken Schwartz, 202-772-5062