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Commission Meeting - April 27, 2007

(Josh Wiener)

(John Schnelle)

The Commission met in Washington DC on April 27, 2007. The focus of the meeting was on quality in long-term care. Research Triangle Institute prepared a report for the Commission. The report is posted below as well as presentations from Josh Wiener and John Schnelle who gave testimony at the meeting.

Commissioner Mary Jane Koren testifies before House Subcommittee

Commissioner Mary Jane Koren testified before the House Appropriations, SubCommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies on February 15, 2007. Dr. Koren addressed the issue of health care and the aging population.


Commission Meeting - January 26, 2007
The Commission met in Washington DC on January 26, 2007. The focus of the meeting was looking at workforce related issues. Testimony was presented to the Commissioners from five expert witnesses.

Long-Term Care in America/ An Introduction
This report prepared for the Commission provides an overview of the current long-term care system by describing long-term care, the population that needs it, and how the care is provided and paid for

The Long-Term Care Workforce: Can the Crisis be Fixed?
Problems, Causes and Options

This report prepared for the Commission addresses long-term care workforce problems affecting frail and disabled older adults who receive care in nursing homes, assisted living and other residential facilities, and home and community-based settings.

Out of Isolation: A Vision for Long-Term Care in America
This report tells the story of long-term care in America today and outlines six areas the Commission will be focusing on as it works to lay out a roadmap for reform.  

Out of the Shadows: Envisioning a Brighter Future for Long-Term Care in America

Out of the Shadows: Envisioning a Brighter Future for Long-Term Care in America: After years of accumulated problems, the long-term care system in the United States is threatening to collapse under the massive weight of the aging Baby Boom generation. Consequently, the purpose of this report by Brown University professors Edward Alan Miller, Ph.D., M.P.A. and Vincent Mor, Ph.D. is to inform the work of the Commission as it heightens awareness and formulates policy solutions to the long-term care conundrum facing the nation. In addition to describing the current state of the problem, the report examines six issue areas facing policymakers: financing and insurance, supporting and educating caregivers, the challenges of changing the physical and organizational environments in which services are delivered, recruiting and retaining a qualified workforce, designing a more effective regulatory system, and adopting and integrating health information technology into long-term care.

Public Hearing—July 22, 2005
Topics ranging from Medicaid to healthcare safety standards were discussed at the Commission’s first public hearing. The hearing addressed challenges to improving long-term care and featured an innovation demonstration period.

Long-Term Care Quality: Historical Overview and Current Initiatives (PDF)
This report explores evolving definitions of quality long-term care, initiatives that have sought to improve quality, barriers to achieving this goal, and efforts to provide consumers with better decision-making tools.